Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm / Updated at 10:36 pm
Ratings
Ratings: Nebraska prep boys basketball, Dec. 5
The Top 10
1. Omaha Benson
Almost all of last year's team, which took fourth at state, is back. College prospect Khyri Thomas, a nifty passer and scorer at 6-foot-4, guides a lineup that should get double-digit scoring from 6-9 Thik Bol and 6-6 Tyree Peter.

2. Omaha Central
The Eagles will be a mostly new flock aside from Tre'Shawn Thurman, who is expected to top last year's 11-point scoring average. He'll be joined by Reath Nyoach and Malik Harris, both 6-6. Jarek Coles comes over from Millard South as point guard and club teammate Rashad McCoy transferred in from Burke.

3. Omaha South
While the Packers graduated the nucleus of last year's third-place team, they bring back ace defender Tyler Hall, 6-foot-8 Kevin Harkins and 6-3 James Dumes. Coach Bruce Chubick also likes his younger players.

4. Bellevue West
The Thunderbirds return four starters — seniors Christian Hatterle and Brad Brazeal and juniors Malik Hluchoweckyj and CJ Johnson — from a 14-10 team. Coach Doug Woodard expects a big year from Hatterle, who dealt with a back injury last season.

5. Omaha Westside
The Warriors will start seniors Mike Kiger, Kevin Metoyer and Jake Meyers on the perimeter and blend in 6-4 Mike Herrmann, who averaged 15 points a game last year for Papillion-La Vista South.

6. Lincoln Southeast
The Knights have the deepest senior class (12) in the state, led by the 6-foot-4 tandem of BJ Day and Nebraska football recruit Luke Gifford. They must improve as a unit offensively, though, to better last year's 16-9 mark.

7. Norfolk
The Panthers may have more growing pains left following last year's 11-13 season, but a turnaround year seems in store. They return seniors Taylor Reedy and Stefan Medal and juniors Kory Reestman and 6-8 Tyler Hagedorn.

8. Omaha Burke
Coach Ben Holling's Bulldogs will be a mix of seniors and sophomores, led by South Dakota State recruit Trey Carr at guard. Jack Dresslar also is in the backcourt. On the front line are two sophomores, 6-6 Wanjang Tut and 6-4 Noah Fant.

9. Omaha Creighton Prep
Size seems to be the Junior Jays' top commodity, with 6-6 sophomore Drew Homa and 6-5 junior Jason Allbery joining senior guard Pat Broderick in the lineup and 6-7 sophomore Will Schenken coming off the bench.

10. Lincoln North Star
Like Burke, the Navigators will blend seniors and sophomores. The veterans are 6-2 Connor Musiel and 6-0 Nate Tederman, the team's defensive stopper. The young guns are sophomores Triston Simpson at point guard and Logan Cale as a 3-point ace.

OTHER NO. 1 TEAMS

Class B, Elkhorn South
With a wealth of guards, the Storm are the preseason favorite after going 19-7 and finishing fourth at state. Matt Thomas and JJ Zumbrennen are returning starters in the backcourt, with Johnny Trueblood a slasher-type scorer.

Class C-1, Boone Central/NG
Last year's runner-up lost only one of its top five scorers and returns senior starters Derek Gentrup, Tyler Hedlund and Carter Johnson in the backcourt. Travis Kennedy, a 6-6 junior, is poised to play center.

Class C-2, Fremont Bergan
The Knights were expecting to have seven players who last season were in the lineup for five games or more. Add 6-8, Nigeria-born Ogbe Thompson, and they move to the top of the contenders list. Colton Brdicko and Cole Conrad were double-digit scorers as juniors.

Class D-1, Howells-Dodge
With five of last year's top seven in the rotation back for the Jaguars, they should make a run for a repeat title. Luke Hegemann, their scoring leader last season, is a 6-5 forward.

Class D-2, Wynot
The defending champion graduated its center, but its four returning starters are athletic — seniors Jackson Sudbeck, Davis Wieseler and Brady Stratman and sophomore Austin Lange.

Nebraska preseason high school boys basketball ratings by World-Herald staff writer Stu Pospisil, as published in The World-Herald Dec. 5.

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TOP 10/CLASS A, 2012-13 record, 2012-13 final rating

1. Omaha Benson, 19-7, 4
2. Omaha Central, 25-4, 1
3. Omaha South, 25-4, 3
4. Bellevue West, 14-10, NR
5. Omaha Westside, 11-12, NR
6. Lincoln Southeast, 16-9, 8
7. Norfolk, 11-13, NR
8. Omaha Burke, 12-12, NR
9. Omaha Creighton Prep, 13-11, 6
10. Lincoln North Star, 13-10, NR

CLASS B

1. Elkhorn South, 19-7, 4
2. Gretna, 19-8, 3
3. York, 19-6, 9
4. Ralston, 19-7, 6
5. Beatrice, 13-10, NR
6. Norris, 15-6, 10
7. Scottsbluff, 22-6, NR
8. Omaha Skutt, 15-9, 8
9. Lincoln Pius X, 13-8, *NR
10. Omaha Roncalli, 12-10, NR
*—Class A in 2012-13

CLASS C-1

1. Boone Central/NG, 23-7, 2
2. Wahoo Neumann, 19-7, 8
3. Lincoln Christian, 17-10, 5
4. Wahoo, 29-0, 1
5. Wayne, 22-5, 3
6. Boys Town, 16-9, 9
7. Gibbon, 21-6, NR
8. Norfolk Catholic, 14-11, NR
9. Kearney Catholic, 22-4, 6
10. Columbus Lakeview, 16-6, NR

CLASS C-2

1. Fremont Bergan, 15-10, 8
2. Freeman, 24-5, 4
3. Hartington CC, 22-8, 3
4. Doniphan-Trumbull, 16-7, NR
5. Kimball, 21-3, *10
6. Southern Valley, 24-3, 1
7. Yutan, 18-4, NR
8. West Point GACC, 11-14, NR
9. Ravenna, 15-8, 9
10. Crofton, 11-14, NR
*—Class C-1 ranking in 2012-13

CLASS D-1

1. Howells-Dodge, 29-0, 1
2. O'Neill St. Mary's, 24-3, 3
3. Overton, 18-7, NR
4. North Platte SP, 22-4, *6
5. Nebraska City Lourdes, 11-14, NR
6. Burwell, 26-3, 2
7. Randolph, 19-5, NR
8. Hemingford, 19-6, NR
9. Elm Creek, 13-9, NR
10. BDS, 21-4, 9
*—Class C-2 ranking in 2012-13

CLASS D-2

1. Wynot, 25-3, 1
2. Lincoln Parkview, 15-6, NR
3. High Plains, 21-5, *5
4. Falls City Sacred Heart, 23-4, 3
5. Exeter-Milligan, 20-5, *NR
6. Sterling, 19-8, 7
7. Bancroft-Rosalie, 19-6, 8
8. Leyton, 22-3, 5
9. Spalding/SA, 25-3, 2
10. Hitchcock County, 14-9, NR
*—Class D-1 ranking in 2012-13

Contact the writer: Stu Pospisil

stu.pospisil@owh.com    |   402-444-1041    |  

Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring.

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