Posted On: 05/13/21 1:25 AM

The season is about to start and without a true state championship, much of the pride in 2021 will ride on who brings home the league titles. We take a look at the PIL in this preview. It’s not a balanced schedule as not every team plays each other twice. And some squads will play more non-league games than others. But given what we have, here’s how we see things turning out this year in the PIL.

League Predictions

1. Jefferson
2. Grant
3. Cleveland
4. Roosevelt
5. Benson
6. Wells
7. Franklin
8. Lincoln
9. Madison/McDaniel

Player of the Year: Lamar Washington Lamar Washington 6'4" | SG Jefferson | 2022 State #163 Nation OR , Jefferson

All-League Predictions: Washington; Marquis Cook Marquis Cook 6'6" | SF Jefferson | 2023 State #27 Nation OR , Jefferson; Adrian Mosley Adrian Mosley 6'2" | SF Grant | 2023 State OR , Grant; Kavon Bradford Kavon Bradford 5'11" | CG Benson | 2023 State OR , Benson; Leo Sewell Leo Sewell 5'9" | CG Wilson | 2022 State OR , Wilson

Top Sleeper/Newcomer: Raysean Seamster, Roosevelt

Analysis
Ever since they returned to 6A, Jefferson has basically been the team to beat in the PIL and despite some of the departures from the squad (most notably 6A POY Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge 6'7" | PF Jefferson | 2021 #228 Nation OR ) the Demos remain on top. Lamar Washington Lamar Washington 6'4" | SG Jefferson | 2022 State #163 Nation OR (14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Lamar Washington Lamar Washington 6'4" | SG Jefferson | 2022 State #163 Nation OR , Jefferson All-League Predictions: Washington; Marquis Cook Marquis Cook 6'6" | SF Jefferson | 2023 State #27 Nation OR , Jefferson; Adrian Mosley Adrian Mosley 6'2" | SF Grant | 2023 State OR , Grant; Kavon Bradford Kavon Bradford 5'11" | CG Benson | 2023 State OR , Benson; Leo Sewell Leo Sewell 5'9" | CG Wilson | 2022 State OR , Wilson Top Sleeper/Newcomer: Raysean Seamster, Roosevelt Analysis Ever since they returned to 6A, Jefferson has basically been the team to beat in the PIL and despite some of the departures from the squad (most notably 6A POY Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge 6'7" | PF Jefferson | 2021 #228 Nation OR ) the Demos remain on top. Lamar Washington Lamar Washington 6'4" | SG Jefferson | 2022 State #163 Nation OR (14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Marquis Cook Marquis Cook 6'6" | SF Jefferson | 2023 State #27 Nation OR (13.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) are arguably the two best players in the state and the one-two punch will be incredibly hard to contain much less stop. Grant has some solid experienced returnees, led by do-it-all performer Adrian Mosley Adrian Mosley 6'2" | SF Grant | 2023 State OR (12.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 spg). Cleveland made some noise last year and returning league coach of the year Dondrale Campbell has key guys back in seniors Oskar Christansen (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Eli Mesulam Eli Mesulam 5'10" | PG Cleveland | 2021 State OR (8.8 ppg, .533 3pt%). Roosevelt will be young but has some length and athleticism, especially up front with Donatello Tupper Donatello Tupper 6'4" | SF Roosevelt | 2022 State OR (6 ppg) and perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in the state, 6-foot-6 junior Raysean Seamster. Benson will be led by Kavon Bradford Kavon Bradford 5'11" | CG Benson | 2023 State OR (15.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg) who was one of the state’s top freshmen last season. He rebounds extremely well for his size and could very well end up averaging a double-double. After a few years of struggle, Wells (formerly Wilson) is trending upward and a big reason why is shifty junior point guard Leo Sewell Leo Sewell 5'9" | CG Wilson | 2022 State OR (12.4 ppg, 5.9 apg) who led 6A in assists. Franklin, behind new coach Osa Esene, will rely on their size with seniors Trenton Rymal Trenton Rymal 6'4" | SF Franklin | 2021 State OR and Henry Grassman Henry Grassman 6'8" | PF Franklin | 2021 State OR . Lincoln, with new head coach Joel Lincoln, hopes to continue rebuilding with junior Henri Perrin Henri Perrin 6'3" | SG Lincoln | 2022 State OR as their standout while Madison/McDaniel, with the dean of the PIL Chuck Matthews at the helm, will play hard and be competitive with senior Tavon Wilson Tavon Wilson 6'1" | CG Madison | 2021 State OR (12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg) as their go-to guy. Best Non-League Game: 5/18, Jefferson at Jesuit Best League Game: 5/27, Grant at Jefferson; 6/18, Jefferson at Grant

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