The Suburban Guru’s Pre-Season Forecast

James Nelson Stewart’s Regional Top 10

  1. Camden-Jr. G 6-4 D.J. Wagner (ESPN #1 2023), Jr. C 7-0 Aaron Bradshaw (ESPN #20 2023), Sr. F 6-8 Rasheer Fleming (St. Joes), Jr. F 6-6 Boog Robinson, Jr .G 6-0 Cian Medley and Coach Rick Brunson!!! Enough said!!!
  2. Imhotep-Defending Public League Champions. Coach Andre Noble brings back Jr. F 6-8 Justin Edwards (ESPN #18 2023), Jr. G 6-0 Ra Burno, Sr. F 6-6 Mo Abdullah (Rider), Sr. G 6-0 Ronny Raphael (Gannon), So. F 6-6 Jeremiah White and adds Super So. G 6-2 Ahmad Nowell (ESPN #24 2024) to an already loaded team.
  3. Westtown-Coach Seth Berger brings back the Nation’s Top Returning Post Prospect in 7-0 Derick Lively (ESPN #2 2022, Duke) and adds Sharpshooting Sr. G 6-3 Jameel Brown (Penn St.) from The Haverford School to the mix.
  4. Roman Catholic-Chris McNesby comes back to the team after a brief hiatus and inherits a team featuring Sr. G/F 6-6 Dan Skillings (Cincinnati), Sr. G 6-3 Khalil Farmer (Hofstra), Jr. Superb Floor General PG 6-3 Xzayvier Brown and a deep roster which includes 6-8 Fr. Sensation Shereef Jackson (son of Marc Jackson)
  5. Reading– The Defending PA 6A Champions. The hardest playing team you will see. Coach Rick Perez brings back the outstanding core of the Defending State Champions with Athletic Jr. 6-2 G Ruben Rodriguez Jr, Versatile Sr. 6-5 F Daniel Alcantara, steady Sr. 6-0 Floor Leader Joey Chapman, Sr. G 6-0 Xavier Davis and 6-3 Jr. Amier Burdine. The loss of Moro Osumanu (West Chester) will sting but this group seems to thrive in the underdog position.
  6. Neumann-Goretti – When a team as talented as this group ends up at the 6th position, that tells you how deep the area is in talent this year. Covid derailed the season for the Saints last year but Coach Arrigale has a team that can compete for the Catholic and State Title this year. Neumann added 6-7 Jr. F Sultan Adewale to an already deep roster of returnees led by 6-1 Sr. G Masud Stewart and So. Quartet of 6-0 G Robert Wright, 6-0 G Khafeeq Myers, 6-5 F Amir Williams and 6-10 C Luke Bevilacqua. This ranking may turn out to be too low for this group.
  7. MCS– Coach Lonnie Diggs, a year removed from a Public League Championship, boosts another team that will compete for a title in the Pub and in the State. The leader is 6-0 Sr. Floor General Jaheim Bethea. Fresh off a Peach Jam Title, he definitely will not be scared of the moment. Plus there is a talented group right alongside of Bethea. The Sr. Trio of 6-3 G Trent Middleton, 6-8 F Khalif Crawley and 7-0 C Darryon Prescott will provide a lot of height and skill. Jr. 6-1 G Chauncey Pressley will also provide scoring and defense for this group.
  8. The George School-Coach Ben Luber is building an Upstart program in the Bucks County. With the Combination of 6-9 Jr. F Kachi Nzeh and 6-4 So. PG Christian Bliss, this team has a combination of height, experience and youth to continue to challenge Westtown for supremacy in the Friends League.
  9. Archbishop Wood– Defending Catholic League Champons. Lost a lot but also gained some new pieces to join a couple Sr. Contributors to the 6A Runners Up. Sr. 6-1 PG Justin Moore (Drexel) will lead this group that returns 6-5 Sr. F Mike Knouse and 6-3 Sr. Tyson Allen. 6-7 Jr. F Carson Howard, 6-4 So. G Jalil Bethea, 6-4 Jr. F Basil Lester are expected to play big roles for this team. Watch out for 6-4 Athletic Fr. Milan Dean Jr.
  10. Lower Merion-Defending 6A District 1 Champions. Coach Gregg Downer returns 3 starters from the title team but they were probably the 3 best players from last year. 6-10 Sr. F Demetrius Lilley (Penn St.) is the featured star but 6-3 Jr. Shooter Sam Brown (Son of Brett Brown) and 6-1 Sr. steady PG Jaylen Shippen may be one of the underrated good backcourts in the region.
    10B. Allentown Central Catholic-Defending 4A State Champion. Another team that doesn’t get as much respect from the area but returns the dynamic duo from their title team. One of the clutch players in region 6-1 Sr. PG Tyson Thomas returns after hitting the title clinching basket for ACC. 6-6 Sr. F Liam Joyce is also a returning All-State player. Coach Dennis Czensitis will be counting on 6-7 So. David Fridia to make a jump this year.
James Nelson Stewart, The Suburban Guru

Best of the Rest
West Catholic
Plymouth Whitemarsh
Downingtown West
Executive Charter
Devon Prep

The Terrific Twenty
DJ Wagner-Camden (ESPN #1 2023)
Derick Lively-Westtown (ESPN #2 2022) (Duke)
Justin Edwards-Imhotep (ESPN #16 2023)
Aaron Bradshaw- Camden (ESPN #22 2023)
Jeremiah Bembry-Executive Charter (Florida St) 2022
Demetrius Lilley-Lower Merion (Penn St.) 2022
Daniel Skillings-Roman (Cincinnati) 2022
Christian Fermin-Pocono Mountain West (VCU) 2022
Derek Simpson-Lenape (Rutgers) 2022
Justin Moore-Wood (Drexel) 2022
Kaseem Watson-West Catholic (Cal St. Bakersfield) 2022
Jaheim Bethea-MCS 2022
Sultan Adewale- Neumann 2023
Elmarko Jackson-ANC 2023
Xyavier Brown-Roman 2023
Ruben Rodriguez-Reading 2023
Al Amadou-SCH 2023
Kachi Nzeh-George School 2023
Rahmir Burno-Imhotep 2023
Horace Simmons-Lasalle 2023

Just missed:
Khalil Farmer (Roman-Hofstra), Rasheer Fleming (Camden-St. Joes), Kyle Jones (Father Judge), Michael Walz (Conestoga-Richmond), Nix Varano (Lasalle-Army), Mo Abdullah (Imhotep-Rider), Matty Williams (Lincoln), Kobe Magee (Executive Charter-Drexel), Daniel Alcantara (Reading)

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