Here are my PRESEASON Power Rankings for the upcoming 2017-2018 local HS Boys Basketball season:
Batavia returns their top-two scorers from a season which finished with them making it all the way to the Section V Class A Semifinals. Expect a big year from the Blue Devils, despite a glaring lack of size.
Pembroke returns an entire starting lineup full of seniors, and has assembled a tough regular season schedule in order to prepare better for the postseason – where they have bowed out early the past two seasons.
Cal-Mum earned a surprise trip to the Section V Finals a season ago, and with plenty of firepower coming back, I expect this group to head back to the big game.
4. Le Roy
Le Roy did lose a bit of offensive production to graduation, but I believe they bring back enough talent to be one of the top-teams in their Division.
Oakfield graduated a few key contributors from a season ago, but have plenty coming back to a team who I believe will contend for a GR League Title.
Alexander will enter the 2017-2018 season under new leadership, but are grateful to have two of their top-players returning to the lineup this year.
7. Notre Dame
The Irish struggled mightily a season ago, but with both of their leading scorers returning to the lineup this year, they should be in for a resurgent campaign.
Elba finished last season as Section V Champion, but lost the core of the group which led them there to graduation. It will be a tall hill for the Lancers to climb, if they hope to get back to the big game.
Attica will be forced to endure life without a few players who had led them for the past several seasons. However, they do have experience returning and should be able to compete within the GR League.
Pavilion has athleticism and experience lining their roster which could make for a run within the LCAA.
Wheatland-Chili didn’t lose much to graduation, but will have a long way to go before proving themselves to be a GR League contender once again.
The Bees lost a bunch from a season ago, when they made it all the way to the Sectional semis. This year is a transitional year for B-B.
Lyndonville struggled last season after losing one of their top-scorers to injury. This year, having lost more to graduation, the Tigers are a year away from becoming a GR League contender.
Holley failed to win a game last season and will be looking for a rebound year under new leadership.
Stay tuned as the season goes on for an updated list of my top-teams in the local area.
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