Large School Power Rankings: Preview

1. SLUH - Long, depth, experience, and scorers. The Jr. Bills have been waiting for this season, and they have the tools win a state championship and an MCC title. B.J. Wilson, Brent Smith, and Andrew Hebenstreit are all over 6’7” and athletic as well. Brandon McKissic will run the offense, and Coach Erwin Claggett is pretty good at this.

2. Webster Groves - Where do we start? Courtney Ramey is one of the best guards in the state, and many high-major schools want him. Cam Potts is a rising guard that has ample of experience. Ultra-talented Isaiah Ford transfers in from Affton and then there’s the big man in Carteare Gordon. If the SLU recruit weren't sitting out until late January, then the Statesmen would be No. 1 on the list.

3. Chaminade - No more Jayson Tatum, the Red Devils have gotten over it. Chaminade still has a loaded team with Jericole Hellems, Karrington Davis, and Reggie Crawford to name a few. The Red Devils will have depth and most importantly, zero pressure with none of the expectations from the previous years, but then again their name is Chaminade.

4. CBC - These Cadets lining up for duty are rather young, in fact just two seniors. However, CBC has more than enough talent to make up for that. Kale Catchings, Sam Orf, Josh Nunn, and Davis Aufdembrink will wreck havoc. A couple of freshman to keep your eyes on is Caleb Love and 6’11” center, Davion Bradford. Youthful, but deadly? We shall see.

5. Hazelwood Central - The Hawks graduated nearly all of their roster, but they always have plenty of talent in store. Telly Wright will be a quick, reliable point guard as should Shaun Williams. Let's not forget that head coach Josh Martin always produces great talent when it’s all said and done.

6. Parkway West - The Longhorns have a lot of height and know how to use it. 6’9” center Wyatt Yess is a four-year starter and going to Yale. He is a landlord around the basket. He’ll have company with the athletic 6’7” junior forward Michael Akinwumi. West made it to the Class 4 quarterfinals and are primed again with a decent cast of characters.

7. Ladue - The Rams are senior laden with tall athletes. Transfer, Zach Bush is already proven to be a quick pure point guard and sharp shooting Tate Hotz joins him in the backcourt. River Rhoads at 6’6” loves long distance shooting and can play inside as well and Trent Stiebler keeps things balanced on defense. Ladue has plenty of depth too.

8. Parkway South - These Patriots appear to great again compared to their recent campaigns, and they have a great commander in coach in chief, Mitch Stevens. The Pats return four of their five top scorers including Turner Weiss and Connor McArthy. A.J. Sommer adds a great shooting touch, and Jack Mullen shapes things up in the paint.

9. Parkway Central - The Colts return plenty of the leading troops from their 18-10 squad in 2015-2016 and Rick Kirby has his boys primed for a bigger year. DeAndre Campbell keys the Colts offense and is one of the best pure point guards in the area. Arthur Green is a forward, who should break out this season and Gerald Lenoir adds a scoring touch.

10. Pattonville - This team might be a wildcard. With thoroughbred Richard Henderson Jr. at 6’6” and smooth point guard Destan Williams, the Pirates have plenty of potential to play with anybody. However, they had similar expectations and went 11-14 last season. The Pirates have height and athleticism, but can they stay consistent this year?