KY Team Rankings: Week 11

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Posted On: 02/6/18 2:12 PM

We are now in the 11th week of the Kentucky High School basketball season, and Prep Hoops Kentucky looks to break down each team ranked in the Bluegrass State’s Top 10 poll.

 

TOP TEN TEAMS

  1. Scott County (24-1)
    • The Cardinals have not lost a game to an in-state opponent all year.  Their only loss comes at the hands of Ohio blue-blood Moeller High School out of Cincinnati
    • Scott County has four victories over teams ranked in the Top 10 poll (Ballard, Lexington Christian, Madison Central, and Bryan Station (twice)
    • 2019 3-star prospect Michael Moreno continues to impress.  He is averaging 19.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.  He currently holds offers from Iowa, Eastern Kentucky, Bradley, Miami (OH), and Northern Kentucky
    • The three-headed monster back-court of Cooper Robb (UNC Charlotte commit), Diablo Stewart (2019), and Bryce Long (2019) is tough to beat.  Between the three, they are averaging a 13 points per game
  2. Louisville Trinity (22-2)
    • Trinity’s only two loses come at the hands of Fern Creek (ranked 5th in the “Top 10”) at the King of the Bluegrass and on the road at Madison Central (ranked 6th)
    • Trinity also has four victories over teams ranked in the Top 10 poll (the first time they played Fern Creek, Lexington Christian, Cooper, and Butler)
    • 2019 four-star prospect and former Louisville commit David Johnson just picked up an offer from Ohio State.  A Louisville offer is still on the table. He is averaging 15.1 points and 6 rebounds per game
    • 2018 prospect Jayden Scrubb is averaging just under 19 points and 8 rebounds per game. He currently holds offers from Samford, Winthrop, and Youngstown State
    • Keep an eye on top 2020 prospect Justin Powell.  A point guard, Powell has offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, and Xavier.  As a sophomore he is averaging 11.6 points per game
  3. Covington Catholic (21-4)
    • Cov Cath lost back-to-back games for the only time this season in late December against Fern Creek and Cooper.  During that late month stretch, they may have played the most difficult schedule of anyone in the state
    • The Colonels are 2-2 vs. teams in the Top 10 poll.  They defeated Ballard, and then as mentioned previously, lost to Fern Creek and Cooper.  They avenged the Cooper loss on January 21st
    • 2018 Iowa commit CJ Fredrick leads the Colonels in scoring, averaging 22 points per game.  He’s also shooting a bliztering 46% from 3-point range
    • Cov Cath’s 2018 class is a talented one.  Fredrick has committed to Iowa, big man Jake Walter has committed to play at Xavier, and point guard Aiden Ruthsatz has committed to play at top 25 D-II program Christian Brothers
  4. Louisville Butler (21-2)
    • Butler has been a pleasant surprise for many this season.  The Bears defeated 8th ranked Ballard in early January and lost a close one to Trinity shortly after
    • 1-1 vs. teams in Top 10.  Ballard and Trinity are the only two teams played.  They also have impressive wins over St. Xavier, Newport Central Catholic, North Hardin, and Pleasure Ridge Park
    • Butler is led in scoring by 2019 guard Maurice Tolley, averaging 14 points per game.  Senior guard Jaquay Wales is averaging 11.7 points and senior forward Devin Pendergrass is averaging 11.8
  5. Fern Creek (20-5)
    • Fern Creek hasn’t lost back-to-back games all year and at one point saw themselves riding a 7 game winning streak
    • 2-2 vs. Top 10 teams.  Lost to Trinity at the beginning of the year, but got revenge at King of the Bluegrass.  They also defeated Covington Catholic.  They recently lost to Ballard in late January
    • Unsigned 2018 Ahmad Price lead Fern Creek, averaging 16.8 points per game.  Samford commit Anthony Wales is averaging 15.8 points and unsigned senior forward Clint Wickliffe is averaging 12 points and 8 boards
  6. Madison Central (19-6)
    • No team has played as many games against Top 10 opponents than the Indians of Madison Central
    • 2-4 against Top 10 opponents, they have defeated Trinity and took down Ballard just last week
    • 2019 Isaiah Cozart demands a lot of attention because of his size and length.  Plus it helps that he’s quickly becoming one of the greatest shot-blockers in Kentucky high school basketball history.  Small college programs need to keep an eye on 2018’s Isaiah Minter and Dustin Geralds.  Minter is averaging 12 points per game and is always toeing the double-double line each night, while Geralds is averaging 15.5 points and 10 rebounds per game
  7. Cooper (18-5)
    • Cooper took some tough losses to Simon Kenton and Boone County in early January.  But wins against region rival Covington Catholic, Pulaski County, Campbell County, and Madison Central show proof that the Jags have what it takes to contend against anyone
    • 2-2 against opponents ranked in the Top 10
    • Senior guard and Belmont commit Adam Kunkel does is all.  He’s averaging 20.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while also shooting almost 50% from the field.
    • Small college programs should keep an eye on senior guard Chris McNeil.  He is averaging 11 points per game and shooting over 51% from the field
  8. Louisville Ballard (18-5)
    • It seems like Ballard is always in the running, so no one should ever county them out.  First game of the year saw the Bruins square off against #1 Scott County in a six point loss.  Their most significant win comes against Fern Creek
    • 1-4 vs. teams in Top 10. Defeated Fern Creek in late January
    • Seniors Marshon Ford, Dorion Tisby, and Delonta Wimberly lead a balanced Bruins attack, with all three averaging a combined 11 points per game
  9. Bryan Station (19-4)
    • The Defenders started off the season red hot, winning their first 11 games.  They haven’t lost back-to-back games all season
    • 2-2 vs. Top 10 teams.  Have defeated Madison Central twice and lost to Scott County twice
    • Led by senior guard Eric Boone, who is averaging 20.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game
    • Small college programs need to keep an eye on senior guard Terrance Clayton-Murphy.  Good athlete who can slash to the rim.  He is averaging 13.1 points per game
  10. Lexington Christian (19-6)
    • Talk about red hot, the Eagles have won their last 12 games – which includes a championship at the All “A” Classic in Richmond
    • 0-2 vs. Top 10 teams, LCA has lost to semi-close ones to Scott County and Trinity
    • 2018 North Florida commit Carter Hendrickson is leading the way, averaging 18.8 points per game.  2018 Cumberlands commit Austin Hall is averaging 17.1 points per game, and 2019 stud Kyle Rode – who holds offers from Liberty, Samford, Northern Kentucky, and New Orleans, is averaging 15 points and 7 rebounds per game