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The Ranney School is going into this season as one of the most intriguing teams throughout the country. With the most highly regarded senior duo in Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, the Panthers will be all over the national radar. Ranney rose to prominence four years ago, but there was doubt whether they were able to live up to expectations. It’s safe to say that they have done just that heading into their biggest season yet. They have accomplished a good amount in their four years on the national scene, but have yet to reach their biggest goal in winning the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title. This should add plenty of motivation for Ranney going into this year.
There are two stars for the Ranney School in Villanova commit Bryan Antoine and Florida commit Scottie Lewis. Both are five-star talents who are able to coexist on the floor, which is at times hard to come by. Antoine has one of the best skill set’s in the nation and is also a bigtime athlete. He is a matchup problem with how he can score in multiple ways and how he is developing his feel for the game. Three qualities that stand out the most about Lewis are his athleticism, motor, and leadership. He is outstanding at making an impact on both ends and going hard from start to finish. These two stars should make plenty of headlines throughout this high school season.
Players around the lethal duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis are going to be crucial for the Ranney School this season. You can expect these two to go off, but to win some of their biggest games it will take more than that. Senior shooting guard Alex Klatsky will be counted on to knock down shots and provide leadership. The Panthers biggest addition this year is junior forward Phillip Wheeler who will bring elite athleticism and tenacity on defense. Freshman Elijah Perkins and senior forward Chris Autino will be important pieces this year for Ranney as well.
Expectations are high for Ranney this year, there is no denying that. People will expect them to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title and nothing less. Lucky for the Panthers, they have the schedule to prepare for it. They will take on some of the nations best such as Montverde Academy, McEachern High School, Roselle Catholic, Bergen Catholic, The MacDuffie School and more. A stacked schedule like this should prepare them for what it takes to win the T.O.C. It’s been fun watching this senior group develop throughout high school into being one of the top teams in the country and will be interesting to see how they fare against elite competition.