Posted On: 11/25/19 10:00 AM

Prep Hoops Missouri takes a preseason look at the top Class 5 teams to watch in the state. Teams listed in alphabetical order.

Battle: The Spartans have won three consecutive district championships and are hoping four a fourth, plus a deeper run in the state tournament. There is excellent talent on the perimeter with the point guard tandem of 6'2" 2020 Maricus Grant, 5'9" 2020 Zivaughn Ward, along with 6'3" 2021 scoring guard Cachao Gianquinto and 6'3" 2021 shooter Tristian Meny. The top front court returnee is 6'6" 2020 forward Abdi Ibriham, who can shoot the 3-pointer.

Blue Springs: The Wildcats have a strong group of underclassmen, starting with athletic 2021 wing Najee Williams and 6'7" 2021 post player Eli Wingert, 6'4" 2021 forward Justin Johnson and the talented 2022 group of 6'5" wing Braden Appelhans, 5'8" point guard Kyle Bruce and 6'5" forward Ike Ezeogu.

CBC: The Cadets will be strong again after advancing to the state championship game last season. They are led by 6'3" 2020 guard Caleb Love, who has signed with North Carolina. There is a lot of firepower on the perimeter with Love with 5'9" 2022 point guard Rob Martin, 6'3" 2021 Chevalier Brenson, 5'11"

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