There are so many interesting basketball openers on Friday, but one that truly catches our eye has Washington Township at Pennsauken in a 7 p.m. Olympic American matchup. Township has four starters returning led by 6-10 LaSalle recruit Matt Lopez and the Minutemen appear to be among the many contenders in an American Division in which Cherokee opens up as the favorite.

Pennsauken is among the most interesting teams in South Jersey. The Indians should benefit greatly from 6-4 Trenton Catholic transfer Frank Smalls, along with Camden transfers Hubert Simmons and Takwail Bailey.

Those three, in addition to football standouts Marcus Jones and Sid Holmes, should give the Indians a formidable frontcourt.

The Olympic American appears so loaded this year that the one team out of the six that isn’t considered a contender is Eastern, which is the defending champion.

Cherokee opens with Eastern so it will be a good gauge to see where the defending champion is and where this year’s preseason favorite and Inquirer No. 1 ranked team stands.