Monday, November 03, 2008

Preseason Top 25: No. 15 Whitney Young

15. Whitney Young (Chicago)
Coach: Tyrone Slaughter (66-22, 4 years at Whitney Young)
2007-08 record: 25-5, Class 4A sectional finalist
Top players: G Chris Colvin (6-3), Sr.; G Marcus Jordan (6-3), Sr.; G Anthony Johnson (6-3), Jr.; C Stan Brown (6-8), Sr.; G Ahmad Starks (5-9), Jr.; F Sam Thompson (6-6), So.
Team strength: Outside shooting, perimeter play
Question mark: Defense, rebounding
Toughest games: Dec. 6 vs. St. Benedict's (N.J.) at Marshall County Hoopfest; Dec. 13 vs. Oak Hill (Va.) in Milwaukee; Jan. 19 vs. Mater Dei (Calif.) at HoopHall Classic; Feb. 7 vs. Fairfax (Calif.) at Nike Extravaganza
Outlook: The Dolphins, who reached as high as No. 15 in the National Prep Poll last season, should make a serious run at their first state championship. Three starters return led by Johnson, a Purdue recruit who averaged 12 points per game last season. He is a smooth athlete with a good outside shooting touch. Colvin is a scoring combo guard who notched 14 points, three steals, and two assists per game. Jordan, the youngest son of basketball legend Michael Jordan, averaged 11 points, six rebounds, three steals, and an assist. Thompson is a high-upside sophomore who is expected to make a big impact this season. On the blocks, Brown is developing into a Division I prospect.

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