Power Rankings: December 12-19

Small Schools

  1. Vashon: (4-1) - The Wolverines are undefeated no more, but remain at the top.They took care of Carnahan 66-30 but took a close one to Blue Valley Northwest out in Overland Park in the Kansas part of Kansas City, 60-56. The Wolverines have been playing top-notch competition for the most part and earn some respect with that.
  2. St. Mary's: (6-0) - Southside Catholic comes into the central corridor and takes down Creve Coeur Christian Brothers (my geography might be off) in a high-intensity game (highlights). Tony Burks had a career-high 31 points (watch his highlights here) and his buddy Yuri Collins fired in 28 and dished out seven assists. These Dragons have a superb backcourt and can beat anybody in the area after their performance.
  3. Cardinal Ritter: (7-0) - These Lions are for real. Following up their Borgia Turkey Tourney title, they go down to Glendale and take down Ardmore from Oklahoma (75-67) and a great Missouri basketball program in Republic (51-47). Jared Phillips, Xavier Womack, and Malek Davis are already forming a terrifying trio with a good cast of characters in the den.
  4. Jennings: (5-1) - After shipping the Pattonville Tournament, the Warriors may have come back down to earth a bit. They edged McCluer South-Berkeley (44-41) and McCluer North (47-44). Tomorrow they’ll look to complete the McCluer sweep when they face the McCluer Comets and then face Francis Howell Central on Friday night.
  5. Miller Career: (6-1) - The Phoenix pulled off an eye-opening win over Rock Bridge from the Kansas City area. Javonte Perkins hauled in 21 points and 17 rebounds. As a team, they shot 67% from the field. That’s how good they can be. They take on North Tech and then Vashon later this week. Mark your calendars.
  6. Whitfield: (3-2) - The Warriors suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Hazelwood Central, but can take a lot from it. We know Torrence Watson is the super warrior, but Luther Taylor is a very underrated forward and Amechi Ramsey is a handy and quick as a cat at point guard. Those three will be very fun to watch.
  7. Trinity: (4-1) - Not the strongest of competition, but they’ve rattled off three straight double-digit wins and remember this is a young team with several good athletes. We’ll have our eyes on them going forward.
  8. St. Charles: (6-0) - Them Pirates are back to winning ways. The schedule has been thin so far, but they will be tested with three games in four days against undefeated Warrenton, Winfield, and very tall Parkway West. Codi Whitlock, Micah Hughes, and Cameron Teson form a formidable presence, and that doesn’t include Nick DeBeer, who is nursing an injury at the moment.
  9. MICDS: (3-2) - A loss to Westminster bumps them down a couple of places, but they have an excellent opportunity to redeem themselves with games against Lutheran South and then Soldan at the Ramey Shootout. No surprise to see Alec Spence showing out for the Rams as he’s averaging 23 points seven boards. Matt Roper is averaging 16 a game.
  10. Gateway STEM: (5-0) - I’m not afraid to say it, but I will. Not a grinder of a schedule so far but hey, 5-0. That also includes a victory over previously ranked Soldan. They're by Miqueal Pillow-Smiley, who is all smiles right now by averaging 27 points per game, which is among the highest in the area. He put 26 in their win over Soldan last week.

 

Large Schools

  1. Chaminade: (5-1) - I have seen the Red Devils play two and half times and I can conclude that they are not only the tallest but the most loaded team in St. Louis and arguably the state. They go to 10-11 deep from freshmen Luke Kasubke and Dylan Branson to seniors Reggie Crawford and Marin Vrucinic. There's plenty inbetween, mainly juniors, but it also shows coach Bennett trusts everyone and doesn't care how old you are or young in this case.  Despite all that, they couldn’t get past Champaign Central to win the Webster Classic. They rebounded and took out SLUH at home this past evening.
  2. SLUH: (5-2) - The winners of the Blue Springs South Tournament leapfrog Webster Groves to No. 2. It’s clear that Brandon McKissic is their go-to-guy. The UMKC commit is averaging 18 points and has already taken over 100 shots in seven games. He doesn’t do it all by himself, though, Matt Leritz is averaging 14 and nine a game, while a handful of regular starters are still trying to regain their match fitness while coming off of injuries.
  3. Webster Groves (2-1) - The Statesmen proved they could play very well without the powerful Carteare Gordon, but they ran into a well-operating Champaign Central squad led by another 2018 top 50 recruit Tim Finke. Webster fell to the Maroons by two points and settled for the 3rd place trophy at the Webster Classic. The Statesmen did a number on Marquette and Lee’s Summit by taking them out each by over 30 points. It should be Cam Potts and Ray Adams did a lot of damage this past weekend.
  4. CBC: (2-2) - Tough loss at home to St. Mary’s, but it should be a game that they’ll learn from and only get better. I was there, and it was evident the Cadets have a lot of potential, but they never seemed to get key stops or increase their lead when St. Mary’s was reeling. Sam Orf can shoot the lights out. Josh Nunn and Jai Love are solid guards. Caleb Love is one, if not the best freshman in the area. Kale Katchings is one of the best dynamic forwards around. They’ll be dangerous down the road.
  5. Parkway West: (4-1) - I'm gonna pick on these guys this week because they intrigue me... These Longhorns are, well, they are long and tall, but that’s where a vast majority of their points come from. Wyatt Yess has scored 77% of their 157 points, and if you add the math, correctly it’s 121. He is also a hoss on the boards and snagged 17 in their win over Eureka. West is 15-57 (26%) from beyond the arc, and all of this tells me that they love to pound it inside, especially to Wyatt. I knew that anyway, but the point is that if you limit their inside scoring, which ain’t easy, then you have a good chance to compete right with the Longhorns, but you need patience and precision in order to do so.
  6. Hazelwood Central: (4-2) - This is more like the Hawks show that we know and love. They escaped Whitfield with a 71-68 win, and they traveled to Glendale and took down Shawnee Mission West 71-43. Shaun Williams has stood out for Central so far with his post game and range from downtown. He’s averaged 18 a game so far.
  7. Parkway South: (3-2) - Eked out a win over Summit and then lost to a tough Timberland side 52-47. It will only get harder as they face De Smet and then Francis Howell this week. The Patriots continue to have a balanced scoring outlet, and if they can put it all together with their talented guard and power play, then they will rack up wins.
  8. Vianney: (2-1) -  Took the week off and will take on undefeated Lindbergh and then see if they can beat SLUH for the second time in two weeks. I overstate it enough to tell you that if Eric Krus can stay consistent then the Golden Griffins will shock a lot of people.
  9. Pattonville: (4-1) - Still without a signature win, but the Pirates have so far kept their heads above water. Destan Williams and Richard Henderson Jr is the dynamic duo leading the charge with Williams dishing and swishing, while Henderson crashes and cashes in. Good test with Timberland coming up, but first will see if they can keep their consistency against Clayton on Wednesday. 
  10. Ritenour: (3-1) - After getting smoked by Ladue in their season opener, the Huskies took it on the chin, learned from it and went on to win the St. Charles West Warrior Classic as they defeated the hosts, Fort Zumwalt South, and Kirkwood. One thing to point out is that they love to shoot. 73 field goal attempts in the championship game. Quick to score, but have an abundance of good athletes on the court with Robyion Hughes, Smith Kobe, Demeetrie Beach, and Carl Garmon.