Saints start season at No. 1

Southeastern Pennsylvania  boys' basketball preseason rankings
Team                                2007-08 Record
Last season’s final rankings in parentheses. Records are from last season.
1. Neumann-Goretti (NR)  15-10
The Saints are out to prove that last season was a fluke. Expect them to cut down the PIAA Class AAA state championship nets at season’s end.
2. Penn Wood (10)             23-9
Roman Catholic transfer Aaron Brown fits in nicely. The Patriots will build on last season’s success.
3. Roman Catholic (8)        19-6
Senior point guard and Villanova signee Maalik Wayns is the area’s best player. High-flying forward Koron  Reed, a Freire Charter transfer, will add an inside presence.
4. Pennsbury (4)                30-3
With senior guard and West Virginia signee Dalton Pepper in the lineup, the Falcons can beat most area teams.
5. North Catholic (5)          22-5
The Falcons graduated three starters from last season’s Catholic League champions. However, this team is much more talented.
6. Imhotep Charter (9)       27-4
This could be the season the guard-heavy Panthers reach the Class AA state championship.
7. Germantown Academy (NR) 18-11
The Patriots boast a dominant one-two combination in shooting guard Cameron Ayers and forward Jeff Holton.
8. Prep Charter (NR)         17-7
Even though last season’s starting guards are at other schools, fear the Huskies. They have the area’s tallest front court.
9. Academy of the New Church (2)  26-2
The Lions boast the area’s best crop of underclassmen in freshman forward Savon Goodman, sophomore center Malcolm Gilbert and sophomore guard Jonathon Rawls.
10. Chester (1)      33-1
The Clippers lost most of their players from last season’s Class AAAA state champions. But as long as the jerseys read C-H-E-S-T-E-R, they are a tough draw.
Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Bartram (21-6), Friends Central (13-14), Lower Merion (19-7), Norristown (32-2), Plymouth-Whitemarsh (16-9), Southern (23-7).
Keith Pompey