Previous rankings in parentheses; NR-not ranked.
Rk. Team Rec.
1. Paul VI (2) 24-5
Seniors Jay Howard and Matt Risse finished their careers as 1,000-point scorers.
2. Haddonfield (1) 28-1
The Bulldogs are projected to return six of their top eight players, including starters Rob DePersia, Nick DePersia, and Jake Robinson.
3. Pitman (NR) 25-8
The Panthers' last three wins were over Schalick, Point Pleasant Beach, and Bloomfield Tech, teams with a combined record of 78-9.
4. Wildwood Catholic (4) 23-5
After losing the opener to Atlantic City, the Crusaders were 18-1 against teams from South Jersey, with the lone loss to Haddonfield.
5. Cherry Hill East (NR) 23-8
Junior guard Jake Silpe averaged 20.2 points, 5.6 assists, and 5.4 rebounds in five tournament games.
6. Eastern (5) 24-5
The Vikings were 13-2 after Jan. 30, with wins over Schalick, Cherokee, Delsea, Pitman, and Rancocas Valley.
7. St. Augustine (6) 23-5
The Hermits beat Eastern, Pitman, and Camden Catholic after Feb. 15.
8. Camden (NR) 22-10
The Panthers were 11-3 after Feb. 10, with wins over Pitman, Haddonfield, Pemberton, and Central Jersey champion Matawan.
9. Bishop Eustace (9) 20-9
The Crusaders were the only South Jersey team to beat Paul VI, and they did it twice.
10. Holy Spirit (10) 21-7
The Spartans' losses were all to top teams: Wildwood Catholic (twice), Roman Catholic, Atlantic City, Eastern, Haddonfield, and the Patrick School.
- Phil Anastasia