Monday, November 03, 2008

Preseason Top 25: No. 24 Madison Memorial

24. Memorial (Madison, Wis.)
Coach: Steve Collins (183-54, 10 years at Memorial)
2007-08 record: 23-3, Division I state runner-up
Top players: F Jeronne Maymon (6-7), Sr.; G Vander Blue (6-4), Jr.; G/F Albert Lomomba (6-4), Fr.; G Tre Creamer (6-3), Jr.
Team strength: Experience, quickness
Question mark: Outside shooting
Toughest games: Jan. 3 vs. Henry Sibley (Minn.); Jan. 10 vs. Lafayette (Mo.)
Outlook: Anything short of its second state title in five years will probably be considered a disappointment for Memorial, which returns two of the top players in the state. The Spartans were runners-up last year for the third time in four years. Maymon, a Marquette recruit, was named state player of the year as a junior. He averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game. Blue, who will play at Wisconsin, averaged 13 points and six rebounds. Lomomba is an athletic wing who will likely make his presence felt as a freshman.

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