Posted On: 11/22/21 11:13 AM

The high school basketball season officially starts this week and it’s never too early to think about state title contenders. Here are my favorites in Division I.

Centerville: Obviously this list starts with the defending state champions who return their 3 leading scorers from last season. They almost even added Mike Sharavjamts Mike Sharavjamts 6'8" | PF ISA | 2022 State #179 Nation OH to the fold, but Gabe Cupps Gabe Cupps 6'1" | PG Centerville | 2023 State #193 Nation OH , Tom House Tom House 6'5" | SF Centerville | 2022 State OH and Rich Rolf Rich Rolf 6'6" | PF Centerville | 2022 State OH is more than enough firepower to repeat as state champions.

Gahanna: Gahanna was a Tasos Cook miracle shot away from making it to the final 4 last season and they once again are favorites in Columbus. Between the best guard in the area with Sean Jones Sean Jones 5'10" | PG Gahanna | 2022 State #102 Nation OH to one of the top big duos in the state with Javan Simmons Javan Simmons 6'7" | C Gahanna | 2022 State OH and Joshua Whiteside Joshua Whiteside 6'7" | C Gahanna Lincoln | 2022 State OH , the Lions are loaded.

Saint Ignatius: It seemed like the Wildcats were a year ahead of schedule when they made the state final four last season. I think reasonable expectations would’ve been to make it this year, we’ll see if the Wildcats can do it again. They have a nice balance of senior and underclassmen production with Jonathan Effertz Jonathan Effertz 6'0" | PG St. Ignatius | 2022 State OH ,

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