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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

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

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Bill Iezzi has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1985 and South Jersey sports since 2006.

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer high school sports reporter since 2004. He was named the 2007 media person of the year by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.

Don Beideman has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1989. Among his favorites are field hockey and lacrosse.

Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Phil Anastasia has followed the South Jersey sports scene since 1980. A South Jersey native, Phil joined the Inquirer as a sports columnist in May 2008 after nearly 30 years with the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill.

Marc Narducci has covered South Jersey high school sports for the majority of his tenure with The Inquirer, which began in 1983. After a few years of covering the NFL and NBA, Marc returns to South Jersey, serving as the assigning editor, columnist and beat writer for various sports.

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