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Posted On: 10/24/18 8:21 PM
The season is coming up quickly and we are starting to pour into our previews for the upcoming season. Today, we are looking at those Regional setups across the state starting with 1 and ending with 16. Today, we preview Regional 3 with Sectionals 9-12.
Last Year – 17-18
*Based on Sagarin from 2017-18
Teams that are in the Top 10 of the State in 4A
Cathedral – If Cathedral is going to win the State Championship, it might be because of a freshman. Tayshawn Comer comes into Cathedral and has the skill and poise to lead a team who really was only missing a point guard. They lose Jarron Coleman who put up a lot of points for them but bring back a ton of key pieces in Armaan Franklin, Justin Hensley, James Franklin, Ross Welch, Grant Taueg, and a host of others. They are deep and talented and will fight with Lawrence Central for the top spot.
Lawrence Central – LC will be in a position that they haven’t been in for quite some time. They lose a few pieces but all replaceable this year. They have an out-of-state wing transfer coming in but maybe the key piece will be the development of Jacob Laravia and D’Andre Davis. Davis has become a massive scoring threat and Laravia has developed into a forward that can do it all. They don’t have much depth but they could have the best starting lineup in the state.
Lawrence North – For Lawrence North, they will always be competitive. They have produced so much talent over the decades that is will be tough to count them out. Even in a year where they just graduated Kevin Easley and lost J.P Carroll and Michael Saunders Jr. to transfer. Tony Perkins is ready to step up and Jared Hankins will lead the way. If they can get a true point guard to run they show they could be a top team again.
Brownsburg – Last season, Brownsburg proved again that they have the ability come the end of the season they can be in it. Now, they have a team with so much talent that they can compete and likely will be one of the top teams in the entire state. Cam Alford and Pierce Thomas will be the top pieces but with the development of Ryan Wiggins and Malek Edmonds, they have size and scoring that should allow them to matchup with any team in the state.
Top Ten Potential
Teams that could be in the Top 10 of the State in 4A
Warren Central – Warren Central has been the class of 4A really the last two years and again, they should be. However, this is a much different mix of players than last year as they graduated six key players and they are looking at new guards to lead the way. In their offense, the guards matter most and while Isiah Moore and Manual Brown have transferred in, how long will it take before their team gels?
Ben Davis – Ben Davis is sitting in a position where they could surprise teams by the end of the year but figuring out how to replace a Hall of Fame worthy head coach and a stud in Aaron Henry will take some time. However, look for Jalen Windham and Dawand Jones to be a great duo. They need to figure out their guards and who will be capable enough as a leader and scorer to give them a third piece to their offense.
Compete With Most
Teams that could be well above .500 this Season
Richmond – Richmond will be the beneficiary of some transfers this season that could help build the program up quickly. While they lose Rickie Wedlow, they gain Jordan Stolle, Jalen Hilliard, Lucas Kroft, and Andrew Kroft. Four likely starters. In their Sectional, they don’t have a ton of competition so that could go a long way.
New Palestine – For New Pal, they only lose one player from last season in Gavin Hausz. Everyone comes back including Matt True, Dylan Romine and Max Gizzi. They won 15 games a year ago and could be even more competitive with a Sectional that isn’t as strong as a year ago.
Teams that were good last year but could struggle this Season
Terre Haute South –South is going to go into a full rebuild and who knows how long it will take. Usually, they pull a talented player from the area every other year but they don’t necessarily have one in the pipeline right now. The loss of DeAvion Washington is big and they might not have many pieces capable of becoming a a legit scoring threat on the roster right now.
Plainfield – Plainfield has had some trouble getting talent but last season was a big one for them. Trey Davis came along and was really good and Gavin Bizeau was outstanding and an Indiana All-Star worthy player. Now, those two are gone and they will rely more of guys like Owen Litzelman and Aidan Booher. Booher could be special but it might be a year too early and do they have depth to really compete?
Indianapolis Roncalli – Roncalli is going to be a completely different team, from top to bottom. They graduated eight guys from last year so there aren’t any guys left that had significant time. Look for Daniel Asher and Johnny Brunk to be the basis for their size moving forward but they will have a new look for their guards. Could be a rough year with the schedule they have.
Preseason Power Ranking
Dawand Jones (Sr., Ben Davis)
Armaan Franklin (Sr., Cathedral)
Jared Hankins (Sr., Lawrence North)
Cameron Alford (Sr., Brownsburg)
Jalen Windham (Sr., Ben Davis)
Lucas Kroft (Sr., Richmond)
Tony Perkins (Jr., Lawrence North)
D’Andre Davis (Jr., Lawrence Central)
Nijel Pack (Jr., Lawrence Central)
D.J. Hughes (So., Lawrence North)
Max Gizzi (Jr., New Palestine)
J.P. Carroll (Sr., Avon)
Jacob Laravia (Sr., Lawrence Central)
Manuel Brown (Sr., Warren Central)
Jesse Bingham (Sr., Warren Central)
Honorable Mention Team:
Wendell DeMyers (Sr., Avon)
Zach Rinehart (Sr., Avon)
Justin Hensley (Sr., Cathedral)
Noah Belt (Sr., Connersville)
Eli Pancol (Sr., Pendleton Heights)
Chaz Hinds (Sr., Southport)
Isiah Moore (Sr., Warren Central)
Jakobie Robinson (Sr., Warren Central)
Malek Edmonds (Jr., Brownsburg)
Charlie Peterson (Jr., North Central)
Jayden Brewer (So., Avon)
Pierce Thomas (So., Brownsburg)
Vincent Brady (So., Lawrence North)
Jayden Taylor (So., Perry Meridian)
Aidan Booher (So., Plainfield)