Monday, November 03, 2008

Preseason Top 25: No. 18 Pinewood Prep

18. Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.)
Coach: Pat Eidson (398-149 at Pinewood Prep, 619-244 29 years overall)
2007-08 record: 27-4, SCISA state champion
Top players: F Milton Jennings (6-9), Sr.; G K.J. Manigault (6-4), Sr.; G Ryan Bogdan (6-4), Sr.; F Malcolm Reed (6-2), Sr.; G Bruce Haynes (6-2), Jr.
Team strength: Depth, athleticism
Question mark: None listed by coach
Toughest games: Nov. 27 vs. Richland Northeast; Dec. 20-23 Chick-Fil-A Tournament; Jan. 2-3 Hoops in Overdrive Tournament; Jan. 13 vs. Porter Gaud; Feb. 3 at Porter Gaud
Outlook: Four starters return from the Panthers' sixth independent schools state championship team in 15 years. The leading scorer was Jennings, who averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Clemson recruit is a very athletic big man with great outside shooting range. Manigault, a Wichita St. pledge, averaged 12 points and seven assists. Bogdan is a good perimeter scorer who averaged 11 points as a junior. A big-time transfer for Pinewood Prep is Haynes, who is also starring as the quarterback on the Panthers' football team. As a sophomore, he was a key performer playing point guard across town on Summerville High's Class 4A state championship club. 

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