The Inquirer TOP 10PRESEASON BOYS' BASKETBALL
Records are from last season.
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 Aflakpui (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 6-8 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 also is 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 Alston (Temple) and three wing players: Lamar Stevens and Micah Sims, both 6-7, and 6-5 Derek Mountain. The Fords have two 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 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 3 - 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 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 from Philadelphia Electrical.
- Rick O'Brien