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The Inquirer Southeastern Pa. boys' basketball Top 10

The Inquirer TOP 10

The Inquirer TOP 10

PRESEASON BOYS' BASKETBALL

Team   Record

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

 1. Neumann-Goretti (4)    27-4

 The two-time defending Class AAA state champs are deep and talented. Derrick Stewart, a 6-foot-5 forward headed for Rider; up-and-coming wing Ja'Quan Newton; and 6-4 forward Johnny Davis lead the attack.

2. Chester (1)    31-1

The speedy Clippers have what it takes to claim an eighth state title. High-leaping wing Rondae Jefferson; 6-4 forward Erikk Wright; and the Robinson brothers, Darius and Kareem, are among the returnees for coach Larry Yarbray.

3. Friends' Central (2)    23-4

The Phoenix are not a one-man show. Amile Jefferson, a 6-8 dynamo and blue-chip recruit, gets support from three top guards: Conrad Chambers; Karonn Davis; and Billy Cassidy, a transfer from Monsignor Bonner.

4. Westtown (NR)    17-10

The team has a nice mix of experience and youth. Villanova recruit Daniel Ochefu, 6-7 Yilret Yiljep, and guard Floyd Preito are joined by transfers Jeremy Schulkin, formerly of Solebury School, and Marcus Howell (Phoenixville).

5. Math, Civics & Sciences (NR)    26-5

Jeremiah Worthem, a 6-6, 190-pound swingman, and 6-6 forward Quentin Davis get support from three quality transfers: Malik Starkes (Olney), Abraham Massaley (Prep Charter), and Basil Thompson (Roman Catholic).

6. Imhotep Charter (3)    31-3

The Panthers lost three Division I recruits but are again a force. Khyree Wooten, a 6-2 wing, and 6-6 forward Brandon Austin are the cornerstones. Help comes from guard Kamani Jordan and football star Shakur Nesmith.

7. Lower Merion (NR)    19-10

Look for the Aces to take the Central League crown away from Upper Darby and make major playoff noise. A solid nucleus is made up of lead guard Raheem Hall, 6-6 forward Darryl Reynolds, and 6-4 forward Mike Robbins.

8. St. Joseph's Prep (NR)    14-9

Four starters are back for the Hawks: combination guard and Notre Dame recruit Steve Vasturia, 6-4 swingman Miles Overton, and wing guards Gene Williams and Kevin Oberlies. P.J. Kelly, a point guard, is also in the mix.

9. Constitution (NR)    25-6

Junior combo guard Daiquan Walker and the Generals happily welcome two 6-6 transfers: Savon Goodman, formerly of the Academy of the New Church, and Craig Slade (Bonner). Ahmad Gilbert, a 6-3 lefty wing, is a promising freshman.

10. Roman Catholic (NR)    17-9

The Cahillites lack veteran leadership, but have a number of productive underclassmen. Shep Garner, Shafeek Taylor, and Rip Engel head the Class of 2014. Trevaughn Wilkerson, a 6-5 freshman, is a rookie-of-the-year candidate.

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Archbishop Carroll (21-6), Council Rock North (27-3), Malvern Prep (24-7), Penn Wood (23-9), Philadelphia Electrical (23-6).

- Rick O'Brien