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Case for No. 1: Findlay Prep

Pac-12 pledges Williams-Goss, Freeman are among 11 players on roster expected to play in Division I


9:15 AM, Oct. 30, 2012 EDT

Senior Nigel Williams-Goss has won two National High School Invitational tournament titles. / Photo courtesy of Findlay Prep

For the next two weeks, Jim Halley and Jason Jordan of USA TODAY High School Sports will take a look at the 10 high school boys basketball teams with a shot to be ranked as the preseason No. 1 team in the country. Next up, alphabetically, is a Las Vegas-area powerhouse.

Yesterday's Case: Chester, Pa.

Today's Case: FINDLAY PREP (HENDERSON, NEV.)

Why it should be No. 1

The Pilots’ best argument for holding down the Super 25’s top spot starts at the point with senior Nigel Williams-Goss.

Williams-Goss, a Washington commit, is an experienced leader who has won two National High School Invitational tournament titles. He’ll team up in the backcourt with Allerik Freeman, a UCLA commit, and Stan Robinson, an Indiana commit.

With that kind of personnel the Pilots will be able to implement their pressure, up-tempo system, making them a nightmare of a matchup for most teams.

“Those three guards are just bulldogs,” Findlay Prep coach Todd Simon said.

But Dion Wade may be the Pilots’ best-kept secret. Wade is an import from Belgium and at 6-foot-6, he’s capable of guarding multiple positions and finishing at the rim with efficiency.

Chris Wood, a 6-11 forward, will anchor the paint for the Pilots along with De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) transfer Gavin Schilling.

The best part?

“When we go to our bench we don’t miss a beat,” Simon said. “This is the deepest team we’ve ever had. All 11 players will go Division I.”

Player Sound-Off

Nigel Williams-Goss, senior, point guard: “We’re No. 1 because, in my three years of being here, this is definitely the hungriest team we’ve ever had. We’ve got a lot of guys who are under the radar because they’re from overseas so people don’t really know about them. Then the guys from the States, we feel like we’ve been overlooked and we know we have doubters. We want to live up to the Findlay brand, and that’s why we’re No. 1.”

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