PRESEASON BOYS' BASKETBALL TOP 25
Records are from last season.
Rk. Team Rec.
1. Archbishop Carroll 23-5
The Patriots have what it takes to win their first Catholic League title since 1995. Derrick Jones (UNLV recruit) and Ernest Afllakpui (Temple) are the headliners. Samir Taylor, David Beatty, and Josh Sharkey are experienced guards. Ryan Daly, a 6-foot-4 guard, is a long-range sniper.
2. Roman Catholic 23-5
Elite point guard Tony Carr, 6-5 wing Gemil Holbrook (Rider), and 6-6 forwards TreVaughn Wilkerson (Hartford) and Manny Taylor lead the way. Guards D'Andre Vilmar and Nazeer Bostick, a transfer from Imhotep Charter, and 6-7 forward Paul Newman are also in the mix.
3. Neumann-Goretti 27-4
The Saints lost several key pieces from a state-championship squad, but return St. Joseph's recruit Lamarr Kimble and fellow speedy guards Quade Green, Vaughn Covington, and Zane Martin. A lot depends on the maturation of 6-foot-8 sophomore Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree.
4. Constitution 28-5
The defending Class AA state titlists bring back 6-7 forward Ahmad Gilbert (George Mason), guards Kimar Williams and Akeem King, and 6-7 forward Chad Andrews. Coach Rob Moore is also banking on solid play from guards Haneef Vaughn and Anthony Satchell.
5. Haverford School 16-8
A quick and imposing bunch is headed by savvy guard Levan Alton (Temple), 6-7 wing Lamar Stevens, junior guard and Yale commit Micah Sims, and 6-5 wing Derek Mountain. The Fords have a pair of promising freshman guards in Cameron Reddish and Kharon Randolph.
6. Martin Luther King 25-6
The Cougars are led by dynamic guards Sammy Foreman, Jabri McCall, and Tyheem Harmon, and 6-8 forward Chase Rodgers. Tyere Marshall, a 6-8 center, transferred in from Roxborough. Guards Nasir Bell and Nasir McFadden aid the bid to retain the Public League title.
7. Pennsbury 23-6
The Falcons have their Big Three - 6-8 forward Derrick Woods (St. Bonaventure) and guards Cameron Jones and Mekhi Bryant - back. They are joined by 6-8 sophomore Isaiah Carpenter, 6-7 sophomore Mark Flagg, 6-4 forward Nick Cereby, and wing guard Zack Roy.
8. Germantown Academy 19-8
Expectations are high, as the defending Inter-Ac League champs return guard Tim Guers, who will play at Division II St. Anselm, and 6-7 forward Sam Lindgren (Colgate). Guards Devon Goodman, Kyle McCloskey, Evan-Eric Longino, and Bailey Whitman are likewise experienced.
9. Chester 26-5
Fleet guards Khaleeq Campbell and Keyonte Watkins are back for the Clippers. Two forwards, 6-6 junior Juanir Moore, and 6-8 sophomore Jordan Camper, transferred in from Delaware schools. They are helped inside by 6-7 forward Marquis Collins and 6-9 center Maurice Henry.
10. Imhotep Charter 20-7
Andre Noble's Panthers could make a run for top Public League honors. They are spurred by 6-3 wing Devin Liggeons (Wagner), and guards Daron Russell, Jaekwon Carlyle, and Khalief Tinley. Nysir Marshburn, a 6-5 wing, transferred in from Philadelphia Electrical.
11. Westtown (22-7)
12. Conestoga (24-6)
13. La Salle (23-7)
14. Lower Merion (23-8)
15. Plymouth Whitemarsh (20-5)
16. Penn Wood (16-8)
17. Philadelphia Electrical (19-12)
18. Coatesville (14-10)
19. Math, Civics and Sciences (15-15)
20. St. Joseph's Prep (16-7)
21. Downingtown West (11-11)
22. Conwell-Egan (15-8)
23. Abington (25-6)
24. Episcopal Academy (16-8)
25. Downingtown East (12-10)
Under consideration, listed alphabetically: 25. Academy of the New Church (17-9), Academy Park (14-7), Archbishop Wood (11-12), Church Farm (25-5), Del-Val Charter (19-8), Friends' Central (8-18), George Washington (15-7), Holy Ghost Prep (23-7).