The Inquirer TOP 10

PRESEASON BOYS' BASKETBALL

With last season's record, and final ranking in parentheses.

Team   Record

1. Imhotep Charter (8)    25-6

The Panthers have four of the area's best players: swingman Ameen Tanksley, guard David Appolon, 6-foot-8 forward Erik Copes, and wing guard Khyree Wooten, a transfer from Strawberry Mansion.

2. Academy of the New Church (NR)    13-9

On paper, the Lions, with ample speed and a towering frontcourt, have the talent to bring the Friends Schools League championship trophy back to Bryn Athyn. Major success depends on the guard play.

3. Penn Wood (3)    27-4

The Patriots' bid to get to the Class AAAA state final for the third straight time is headed by Aaron Brown; 6-9, 250-pound force Shawn Oakman; and 6-8 swingman Darian Barnes.

4. Archbishop Carroll (5)    24-5

The Patriots' attempt to finish atop a wide-open Catholic League is headed by Juan'ya Green, Yosef Yacob, Tracy Peal (formerly at Malvern Prep), Shane Randall (ANC), and Rob Pittman (Chester).

5. Friends' Central (4)    24-2

Amile Jefferson, a 6-8 swingman, and wing guard Devin Coleman spark the attack. Malique Killing is a speedy point guard. Karonn Davis, a 6-1 combo guard, transferred in from Monsignor Bonner.

6. Plymouth Whitemarsh (2)    30-2

Yes, C.J. Aiken and Whis Grant are gone, but the defending Class AAAA state titlists welcome back 6-7 forward Jaylen Bond, wing guard Stephon Baker, point man Marcus Badger, and swingman Sam Pygatt.

7. Neumann-Goretti (1)    30-1

The Saints lost the likes of Tony Chennault and Tyreek Duren, but the cupboard isn't exactly bare at 10th and Moore. It's take-charge time for Lamin Fulton, a St. Peter's recruit, and Derrick Stewart.

8. Chester (NR)    16-11

Larry Yarbray's squad placed a disappointing eighth in the District 1 tournament. Expect more from the Clippers this year, with Maurice Nelson, Rondae Jefferson, and Lamon Church showing the way.

9. St. Joseph's Prep (NR)    17-8

The Hawks, with an always dangerous motion offense, bring back combo guards Steve Vasturia and Mike Fee, and 6-3 forward Gene Williams. Miles Overton, a sophomore guard, came over from ANC.

10. Council Rock North (NR)    22-6

Guard Aaron Morgan, 6-4 swingman Arron Goodman, and 6-6 forwards Charlie Anastasi and John Raymon are tested veterans for the defending Suburban One League National Conference champs.

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Abington Friends (17-5), La Salle (20-6), Neshaminy (20-9), Roman Catholic (18-9), West Chester Rustin (23-5), Westtown Friends (17-8).

- Rick O'Brien