Prep School Rankings Cont’d (11-15)
Getting right into it today, the 10-15th slots are filled by teams who have a chance to be the cream of the crop by the end of the year, or could potentially fall out of favor in the Top 20 Rankings. Either way each team is well represented, and has at least 2-3 kids that will impact a Division I level team come Fall 2012.
A team you will not see in today’s 10-15 Rankings is NIA Prep. Please take a 20 second timeout to remember NIA Prep, which has folded just like Border’s Bookstore.
To the Ranking’s Cave!…
#15) New Creations - If you’re not a Tony Cole fan, something is wrong with you. New Creations plays EVERYWHERE, and they do not run from anybody. They have two studs in Michael Lewis & Marshall Bennett that they will lean on heavily. In order to really reach their potential they will need a third star to ride if Lewis or Bennett should ever falter.
#14) Charis Prep - Coach Peralta is one of those prep school coaches that has stood the test of time. He has came under fire along the way for kids not qualifying, yet he has never lacked talent. He has adjusted his school setting to where they only take post grads who are qualified, and while they do not have the Sam Grooms or Keith Dewitt’s of the world, they do have versatile forward James Williams, steady PG Cahli Thomas, & Bill Laimbeer’s little nephew 6’8 big Scott Sill.
#13) Massanutten Military Academy – This will be the best fielded Massanutten team in years. Coach Chad Myers got the job in June & was able to land more Division I recruits in 2 months then Massanutten has had in the last 3 years. Terry Brutus leads the charge and is a versatile 4/3 who has a knack for getting to the FT line. Guards Corbin Collins & Bryan Harris round out the backcourt, with either one being able to run the show in transition or half court.
#12) Rise Academy – Year 3 for Rise Academy has them w/ a Top 5 team in the country in terms of talent. But, the question is, will the kids buy into defense and playing together. If they do, they will be scary good! Coach Vinchenzo Sparacio has done one of his finest recruiting jobs in assembling this team, and he should be rewarded in the “W” column. Talented PG Tre Bennett and versatile wings Darien Walker and Chester Mcfadden will hold the backcourt down & as they go, so will Rise. Look for 6’9 big Taylor Bessick to have a solid year too.
#11) La Lumiere - No secret here, Hanner Perea is the truth! Is the best athlete in the 2012 class, and runs like a deer. Without him La Lumiere wins games, but with him, they are an upper echelon team. Frontcourt mate Jay Simpson will fill any hole Perea leaves, and is a inside/out threat. Guard Raphael Davis is the main guy who will carry the load on the perimeter, and Lumiere also features 7′ New Mexico commit Obij Aget and Southern Illinois commit Bobo Drummond, who was our favorite guard of the live period!