OUR SAVIOR NEW AMERICAN (CENTEREACH, N.Y.)
Led by power forward/center Cheick Diallo, this squad is off to a 6-1 start this season and has risen to No. 17 in the USA Today Super 25 and No. 21 in MaxPreps.
ARLINGTON COUNTRY DAY (JACKSONVILLE, FLA.)
The squad brings back several key players from its 30-5 state championship campaign last season, including South Florida signee Tulio Da Silva and nationally ranked junior guards Mario Kegler and Lamonte Turner.
CAPE HENRY COLLEGIATE SCHOOL (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.)
Virginia Tech signee Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-6 small forward ranked No. 62 by ESPN and No. 58 by Rivals, and Rice commitment Marcus Evans lead last season’s state runner-up squad.
Finished 26-4 last season with a Class 2A state championship and returns seniors Brandon Ingram, ranked No. 12 in the nation by ESPN, Darnell Dunn and Mykel Hart.
MADISON (ALA.) ACADEMY
Coached by Andy Blackstone, Madison features junior Josh Langford, who is ranked No. 13 in his class by ESPN.
MONTROSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (ROCKVILLE, MD.)
Tulane signee TJ Oliver, a 6-9 power forward, leads this 5-1 team. Juniors AJ Wilson and Alani Moore also are impact players.
GREENFOREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (DECATUR, GA.)
David Jones’ Eagles, led by senior Justin Ravenel and juniors John Ogwuche and Precious Ayah, are looking to improve on last season’s 22-8 finish.
WESTTOWN SCHOOL (WEST CHESTER, PA.)
Sophomore Mohamed Bamba has made a name for himself with this squad, which finished 20-6 last season. Jair Bolden, a 6-3 guard, is the team’s senior leader.
After winning the Class 4A state title last season, the Warriors returned to action with a preseason No. 1 state ranking and are led by Wofford signee Matthew Pegram and junior guard Jamez Rogers.
Coach Zach Norris’ squad received a preseason No. 1 ranking but is off to a 2-4 start and looking to find its footing. The Raiders are led by senior Antwan Holmes, junior Majerle Poole and sophomore Tariq Simmons.
Coach Mark McClam’s team has no shortage of firepower, with senior Xavier McDaniel and juniors Chevez Goodwin and guard Seventh Woods, ranked No. 28 in the nation by ESPN.
In their first season under coach Mark Burnitz, the young Diamond Hornets are looking for experience. Jared Richardson, a 6-3 guard, is the team’s senior leader. Freshman Alex Caldwell and sophomore Ja’Cor Nelson could have breakout games.
The Blue Devils are led by senior VCU signee Tevin Mack and bolstered by guard Deandre Nathaniel and center Grayson Stiglbauer. Dreher was 19-7 last season and is off to a 6-0 start.
Coach Perry Dozier’s Vikings have a big time lineup that’s led by senior guard/forward PJ Dozier (No. 21, ESPN) and 6-5 senior forward Malik Dunbar.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)
Led by Dennis Smith, Jr., ESPN’s No. 5 ranked junior in the nation, Trinity Christian was the Class A champion with a 26-4 record last season. High Point signee Alonzo Tyson, a 6-9 forward, is the team’s senior leader.
MORGAN COUNTY (MADISON, GA.)
Jamond Sims’ 2013-14 squad won the GHSA Class 3A championship and returned senior guard Tookie Brown, who is signed with Mississippi State, and junior Jailyn Ingram.
Barking Abbey (East London, UK)
Led by coach Frank Holloway, Barking Abbey captured the EABL National championship with a 14-2 record last season. A trio of seniors – Josh Steele, 6-11 forward Karolis Kundratos, and 7-1 center Nathan Smith – anchor the lineup.
Athens (Ga.) Christian
Georgia-bound Will “Turtle” Jackson leads an experienced squad that finished 25-5 last season. The team also gets a boost from seniors Chris Tate and Demetrius McWorter.
Sophomore Jalek Felton, a 6-4 guard/forward, is averaging 29 points in leading the Auctioneers this season. Mullins, which was 20-8 and reached the third round of the 2A playoffs last season, is 3-2 this year.
Providence Day (Charlotte)
Juniors Grant Williams, Josh Howard and Isaac Johnson are at the heart of coach Brian Field’s squad, which went 23-4 last season.
The Falcons return key seniors Aaron McGuire and Wright Bynum from the squad that went 18-8 last season. Coach Ryan Molony’s squad is 5-2 this season.
Juniors Brian Jessie and San Antonio Brinson, a 6-8 forward, lead the Fightin’ Irish, who are 4-2 this season.
In their first year under coach Aaron Lucas, the Cavaliers are 4-4. RNE is a guard-heavy squad led by junior sharpshooter Nigel Chaney and sophomores James Fuller-Davis and Marquise Riley.
Last season’s Class 4A runners-up are led by seniors Randall Shaw, Darius White and East Tennessee State signee Tyler Hooker. Hillcrest is 3-1 in non-conference action this season.
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