23. White Station (Memphis, Tenn.)
Last year: 31-7, Division I Class 3A state champion
Coach: Jesus Patino
Top players: G Joe Jackson (6-1, Sr.); C Nino Johnson (6-7, Jr.); G Andre Hollins (6-2, Jr.); C Marvin Williams (6-7, Jr.)
Top games: Jan. 14-16 at Bass Pro Tournament of Champions (Springfield, Mo.); Feb. 13 vs. Melrose
Notable: The Spartans possess tremendous speed and maturity and are the choice as Memphis’ preseason top team over district rival Melrose by the narrowest of margins. Slashing point guard Jackson (Memphis) scored 25 points per game last season. Hollins averaged 12 points. Inside contributions are expected from Johnson, a transfer from Melrose.