Monday, November 03, 2008

Preseason Top 25: No. 10 Montrose Christian

10. Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
Coach: Stu Vetter (764 wins in 32 seasons)
2007-08 record: 21-4 (East Coast No. 10 in final National Prep Poll)
Top players: F/C Mouphtaou Yarou (6-9), Sr.; F Isaiah Armwood (6-7), Sr.; G Terrance Ross (6-5), Jr.; G Justin Anderson (6-5), Fr.; G Dominic Milburn (6-4), Sr.
Team strength: Athleticism, balance
Question mark: Inexperience at perimeter positions, chemistry, depth
Toughest games: Dec. 18-22 Iolani Classic; Jan. 17 vs. Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) and Jan. 18 vs. Centerville (Ohio) at Flyin' to the Hoop; March 6 vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.); *April 3-5 at Nike Championship Tournament (*tentative)
Outlook: Vetter, a two-time national coach of the year whose teams have finished regionally ranked or better in six straight seasons, expects this year's team to be one of his best. The Mustangs' talented roster features Villanova recruit Yarou, a native of Benin in West Africa who joined the team midway through last season. Vetter says Yarou is the best big man he's coached since current NBA player Linus Kleiza. Armwood, who has also pledged to play at Villanova, is the team's only returning starter. He can jump out of the gym and should put up big numbers this season after being hampered by injuries a year ago. A pair of very talented newcomers will be counted on to lead the Montrose backcourt. Ross is a transfer from Portland Jefferson where last year he led the Democrats to a state championship and was named Oregon 5A player of the year. Anderson, a native of Spotsylvania, Va., is getting early consideration as the nation's top-ranked player in the Class of 2012. He is the complete package, according to Vetter, with the ability to shoot, handle the ball, and rebound.

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