Monday, November 03, 2008

Preseason Top 25: No. 22 DeMatha

22. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Coach: Mike Jones (149-47, 7 years at DeMatha)
2007-08 record: 20-10, WCAC semifinalist
Top players: G Naji Hibbert (6-6), Sr.; G Marcus Rouse (6-2), Sr.; G Josh Selby (6-2), Jr.; G Jerian Grant (6-4), Jr.; G Victor Oladipo (6-4), Jr.; G Quinn Cook (6-0), So.; F Mikael Hopkins (6-8), So.
Team strength: Guard play
Question mark: Depth in the post
Toughest games: Dec. 7 vs. Jackson Provine (Miss.); Dec. 12 at Bishop O'Connell; Dec. 18-22 Iolani Classic; Jan. 16 vs. Bishop McNamara; Jan. 18 vs. Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) at HoopHall Classic; Jan. 20 vs. Gonzaga; Jan. 23 vs. Bishop O'Connell; Jan. 31 at Richmond John Marshall (Va.); Feb. 17 at Bishop McNamara; Feb. 20 at Gonzaga
Outlook: Four starters and 12 lettermen return from a team that failed to reach the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference final and finished outside of the National Prep Poll rankings for the first time since 2004. The Stags hope to overwhelm opponents with an array of superior perimeter athletes, who are led by blue chip point guard Selby. The Tennessee recruit averaged 14 points per game as a sophomore. On the wing is Hibbert, a Texas A&M commit who averaged 15 points per game. Rouse, who plans to sign at SUNY-Stony Brook, also averaged 15 points per outing. Jones has been impressed with the development of junior wing Oladipo and sophomore big man Hopkins.

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