Monday, November 03, 2008

Preseason Top 25: No. 12 Detroit Country Day

12. Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)
Coach: Kurt Keener (559-163, 30 years at Detroit Country Day)
2007-08 record: 21-5, Class B state quarterfinalist
Top players: G Ray McCallum (6-1), Jr.; C DaShonte Riley (6-11), Sr.; F Donnavan Kirk (6-8), Sr.; F Jordan Dumars (6-6), Sr.; C Amir Williams (6-10), So.
Team strength: Size, speed, depth
Question mark: Chemistry
Toughest games: Dec. 20 vs. Chicago De La Salle; Dec. 30 vs. Kalamazoo Central; Jan. 17 at Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak; Jan. 27 vs. Flint Powers; Feb. 3 at St. Mary's Prep; Feb. 7 vs. Arthur Hill; Feb. 21 at Bloomington (Ind.) South
Outlook: Country Day, the only high school ever to produce two Naismith Award winners (Chris Weber and Shane Battier), is loaded to challenge for their eighth state championship in 20 years. Three returning starters will be joined on the court by Bloomington (Ind.) North transfer McCallum, a pure point guard whose father Ray Sr. is the new head coach at the University of Detroit Mercy. There is also great talent and size in the Yellowjackets' front court where Georgetown recruit Riley returns after averaging 11 points, 10 rebounds, and six blocked shots. Miami-bound power forward Kirk averaged 10 points, seven boards, and two blocks. Talented sophomore Williams adds inside depth. Dumars, a South Florida recruit and son of former Detroit Pistons all-star Joe Dumars, averaged nine points and hit 41 percent of his shots from outside the 3-point arc last season.

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