Putnam Science Academy has won 27 straight games and make a strong argument for being regarded as the number one prep school in the country. Five-Star Akok Akok, Wichita State commit Tyson Etienne, St. Bonaventure commit Justin Winston, juniors Hassan Diarra, Demarr Langford, Kareem Reid and more highlight this talented team. Head coach Tom Espinosa is known for having athletic teams and there is year is no different as they will be a nightmare for opponents on both ends. The national spotlight isn’t anything new for the Mustangs as they know they are expected to dominate throughout this season.
Head coach Tony Bergeron and Woodstock Academy are taking the prep school scene by storm this year. Tre Mitchell, San Diego commit Mikal Gjerde, Wichita State commit Noah Fernandes, Indiana State commit Trey Anderson, Preston Santos, Ody Ogumama and more make Woodstock the number three ranked team in the post graduate rankings. They can attack their opponents in multiple ways with how skilled, athletic and tough they are. They have the talent to end up as the number one prep school by the end of the season.
Sunrise PGB gives the Buffaloes two top-five ranked teams, as both Sunrise programs are slotted at No. 4 in our respective rankings. The post grad unit is already off to a 3-0 start, cruising through their competition behind the leadership of four high-major commits; Malik Hall (Michigan State), Shereef Mitchell (Creighton), Damerius Wash (Kansas State) and Tray Jackson (Missouri). Keep an eye on underrated point guard Carlos Paez. The Venezuelan native is a spark-plug on both ends of the floor for the Buffaloes, and the three-year Sunrise veteran brings a ton of experience to the table. Don’t expect Sunrise to lose too many games this season, but their ranking will be dependent on how well they play in their national events.
Massanutten Military Academy went 32-4 in 2017-18, earning a ‘bye’ in the National Prep Championship with a deep and balanced lineup. Massanutten reloads with a talented bunch led by Dereon Seabron, Jarren McAllister, Brandon Suggs and returning 6-foot-10 big man Mahamadou Diawara. The Colonels play some of the best defense in post grad basketball, and have length for days, featuring eight players over 6-foot-6 on their roster. As long as this unit defends efficiently, they will be able to compete with the best post grad basketball teams in the country. They’re already 2-0, and will face TSF Gold, St. Thomas More and Woodstock Academy before Thanksgiving.
The Tigers are coming off a 32-5 season in 2017-18, and they have a ton of production to replace this winter. Luckily, they bring in a ton of new talent under head coach Lee Martin, and they should find plenty of success. Senior Justin Webster transfers in, and the two-year veteran EYBL Pro Skills veteran should contend for the Tigers’ leading scorer. 2019 forwards Tyson Jackson (6-foot-9) and Jeremiah Davenport (6-foot-6) should also make noise as they transfer in to Hargrave. The 15-man roster should yield a substantial rotation, and if the top half of it stays healthy, Hargrave will once again be in contention for a national title.
The Ascenders have established themselves as a high-level player in both the high school and post grad basketball worlds. They return with another loaded post grad roster, highlighted by the senior additions of Penn State commit Patrick Kelly, 247 No. 65 Lester Quinones and 247 No. 81 Terrence Shannon Jr. The 15-man roster will lack ideal size, but that’s about the only reason to be apprehensive about IMG’s long-term success. The Ascenders will face off against No. 6 Hargrave Military and No. 3 Woodstock Academy to kick off their season, and they’ll need Kelly, Quinones and Shannon to be in mid-season form.
The MacDuffie School is set to make a lot of noise this season. Head coach Jacque Rivera has a stacked roster this season with prospects such as UConn commit James Bouknight, Wake Forest commit Ismael Massoud and highly-rated junior Richard Springs. This is a big year for the Mustangs, and they aren’t hiding away from big time opponents with the likes of the Top 20 ranked Ranney School, Blair Academy and IMG Academy. Bouknight and Massoud will receive a lot of the attention, but Springs will be crucial for them to be successful this season. The Mustangs will attempt to keep their spot in the top ten when they kick off their season at the National Prep Showcase against Scotland Campus.
It’s a great season for New England prep school basketball, and Northfield Mount Hermon is a big reason why. They return standouts like UPenn commit Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd and add a major piece in Harvard commit Chris Ledlum. Underclassmen Jack Molloy, Avery Brown and Kekoa McArdle could see significant minutes this year. Head coach John Carroll has his teams play a smart brand of basketball and that should be expected with this year’s team as well. NMH comes in ranked number 9 in our Post-Grad Power 10, and has a great chance to rise up the rankings with a strong showing in November.
CBD Montverde rounds out the preseason top ten, and head coach Kevin Boyle Jr has another roster that should make noise. James Lee, Gibson Jimerson, Trae Broadnax, Oton Jankovic and Seth Pinkney make a solid core for the Eagles, and it will be interesting to see who takes the scoring responsibility once the season begins. Our guess is Lee or Jimerson, as both excelled on the EYBL circuit this past spring. CBD will test themselves against a very difficult schedule, and anything short of a trip to the National Prep Championship would be considered a disappointment to the Florida-based powerhouse.