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Saints start season at No. 1

Southeastern Pennsylvania  boys' basketball preseason rankings

Team                                2007-08 Record

Last season’s final rankings in parentheses. Records are from last season.

1. Neumann-Goretti (NR)  15-10

The Saints are out to prove that last season was a fluke. Expect them to cut down the PIAA Class AAA state championship nets at season’s end.

2. Penn Wood (10)             23-9

Roman Catholic transfer Aaron Brown fits in nicely. The Patriots will build on last season’s success.

3. Roman Catholic (8)        19-6

Senior point guard and Villanova signee Maalik Wayns is the area’s best player. High-flying forward Koron  Reed, a Freire Charter transfer, will add an inside presence.

4. Pennsbury (4)                30-3

With senior guard and West Virginia signee Dalton Pepper in the lineup, the Falcons can beat most area teams.

5. North Catholic (5)          22-5

The Falcons graduated three starters from last season’s Catholic League champions. However, this team is much more talented.

6. Imhotep Charter (9)       27-4

This could be the season the guard-heavy Panthers reach the Class AA state championship.

7. Germantown Academy (NR) 18-11

The Patriots boast a dominant one-two combination in shooting guard Cameron Ayers and forward Jeff Holton.

8. Prep Charter (NR)         17-7

Even though last season’s starting guards are at other schools, fear the Huskies. They have the area’s tallest front court.

9. Academy of the New Church (2)  26-2

The Lions boast the area’s best crop of underclassmen in freshman forward Savon Goodman, sophomore center Malcolm Gilbert and sophomore guard Jonathon Rawls.

10. Chester (1)      33-1

The Clippers lost most of their players from last season’s Class AAAA state champions. But as long as the jerseys read C-H-E-S-T-E-R, they are a tough draw.

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Bartram (21-6), Friends Central (13-14), Lower Merion (19-7), Norristown (32-2), Plymouth-Whitemarsh (16-9), Southern (23-7).

Keith Pompey