Power Rankings: Sleepers Edition
Southwest DeKalb, St. Benedict's & others vie for Power Rankings consideration
Our Preaseason High School Power Rankings are idle this week, but be prepared for some shuffling next Wednesday as the regular season gets underway throughout the country.
Some teams will live up to the hype; others won't. But there will definitely be teams that'll make you wish you had them on the radar earlier.
Decatur, Georgia's Southwest DeKalb is one team capable of doing just that. Equipped with a bully in the post in Shaq Goodwin (recent Memphis-commit) and dynamic scorer Jordan Price on the perimeter, Southwest Dekalb has a chance to be one of the Peach State's finest -- and a national contender.
"By the end of the year, we're looking for top ten," Goodwin told Fivestarbasketball.com
Their first chance of cracking the top 25 comes next week when they tangle with No. 25 Columbia. If that goes in Southwest Dekalb's favor, an even bigger matchup looms on Dec. 6th with Miller Grove, ranked No. 10 in our preseason standings.
Other Sleepers in the South:
Bush (Richmond, TX), United Faith Christian (Charlotte, NC), Saint Augustine (New Orleans, LA), Hagrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA), Ridgeway (Ridgeway, TN)
Most of the east coast love goes to the New England Prep schools, DMV Catholic league, St. Anthony and Christ the King. That could change. St. Benedict's holds one of the best backcourts in the nation with senior Melvin Johnson (Miami-commit), junior standout Tyler Ennis and highly regarded freshman Isaiah Briscoe.
"I think we are going to surprise some teams in the top 25," Ennis said. "We just need to continue to build chemistry. Playing together with the guards we have we should be successful."
They will take on a Kyle Anderson-led St. Anthony team in a battle of New Jersey. A good test will also come against St. Frances on Dec. 27, one of the better teams in the Baltimore Catholic League.
Other Sleepers in the East:
Chester (Chester, PA), Friends Central (Wynnewood, PA), Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.), St. Frances (Baltimore, MD)
In the Midwest, La Lumiere has a great chance to become a household name. Raphael Davis is a Purdue commit with an array of skills while Five-Star rated Hanner Perea can and will posterize defenders over the course of the season. See video evidence below.
Tilts against No. 2 Findlay Prep (Nov. 25th, Dec. 29), No. 7 Bishop Gorman (Dec. 30), No. 13 Montrose Christian (Jan. 28) provide enough changes for them to prove themselves.
Other Sleepers in the Midwest:
Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN), Linn-Mar (Marion, IA), Sexton (Lansing, MI), Taft (Cincinnati, OH), Romulus (Romulus, MI)
While the West Coast might seem top-heavy with No. 2 Findlay, No. 7 Bishop Gorman and No. 14 Mater Dei, there are some teams that can help the left coast fill out the Power Rankings. Five-Star rated Aaron Gordon should be the force behind Archbishop Mitty and the same can be said for Grant Jerrett and La Verne Lutheran.
Other Sleepers in the West:
De La Salle (Concord, CA), Loyola (Los Angeles, CA), L.B. Polytechnic , Lone Peak (Highland, UT), Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA)