Southern Indiana Basketball Boys Rankings
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Week 1 of the boys saw a few games and more pandemic postponments. Silver Creek opened with a big win, scoring 106 points, against Columbus East. Kooper Jacobi with a huge game in Trey Kaufman's absence(foot injury), with 44 and 18. Branden Northern put in 23 and 9 assists. Soutwestern, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, Madison, and Providene were idle. Jeffersonville, Providence, Southwestern, and Madison were suffering from the pandemic pressures. New Albany opened with an extremely a big win over an extremely shorthanded Clarksville team. Clarksville was missing 6 varsity players, 4 starters, due to quarantines or injuries. Kaden Stanton had 30 points in his junior debut for the Dogs. New Albany then won big again against perennial power Bloomington South. It was a balanced Bulldog attack, 61-36, with 4 starters score in double digits. North Harrison opened with a big 71-38 victory over South Central. LT Hatton led the way with 21 points. North Harrison then traveled to Heritage Hills and lost 56-38. Logan McIntire led the way for the Cougars. Jennings County opened their season with a tough loss against Columbus North, 71-62. North pulled away in the 4th. Jennings County was led in scoring by Keegan Manowitz with 17 points.
Clearly the #1 team around is Silver Creek, quite possibly the #1 team overall in the state. Led by a tremendous trio of Trey Kaufman, Kooper Jacobi, and Branden Northern, this team is primed and ready to win it all again. After a disappointing sectional, Southwestern returns everyone of significance, plus they get Matthew Williams back from last years injury. Foster Mefford is a fabulous player who runs his team to near perfection. Billy Eccles can knock it down and Zach Cole can do it all. Southwestern will be a team on a mission and plays great team ball, they will be a force in the area. Floyd Central comes in at #3. There is a lot of buzz around this team mostly because Jake Heidbreder is just that good. However, the loss of big Grant Gohmann and the other battled tested graduates think will hurt this team. Jake is going to get even more of the defensive focus this year from other teams. Can his teammates rise to the challenge? Conversely, Jeff lost a lot to graduation also but this could be an addition by subtraction situation. Jeff now has its own big 3. Will Lovings-Watts is back. Branden Razor-Moore is back after a stint at J-town. Kobe Stoudemire is primed to take the reigns and run the team. This team led by new coach Andrew Grantz are going to surprise a lot of people this season. Clarksville rounds out our top 5. This is a senior heavy, athletic bunch that have played together for their entire high school career. Davon Fuqua is a playmaker. Most of the defense focuses on him and last year he displayed the ability to create for his teammates. Jaren Starks and Dakota Capps are a crafty gurards who can knock the bottom out. The lack of size could their achillies heel. Jennings County came on strong at the end of the year. With another year under their belt Keegan Manowitz and Jacob Vogel will lead this team and be very competitive in the HHC. North Harrison, under the direction of basketball whisperer Lou Leverve, will always be competitve. The Cougars will have great size led by LT Hatton. The only question is, can they find solid guard play? New Albany is an interesting team. They do have solid guard play with Kaden Stanton and Tucker Bivens. I expect Stanton to have a break out year. But do they have enough pieces to surround these 2? I am sure Coach Shannon will find the pieces and be battling at the top of the HHC. Madison returns a solid core with Nick Center, Luke Miller, and Kaden Oliver. They struggled mightly midseason and I do not expect that struggle to continue. Providence lost a lot of offense to graduation. Luckily, Coach Ryan Miller wins with defense. The Pioneers will be led by dynamic pg Nick Sexton who has been a 4 year starter. If Providence can find some offense, they are going to competing for a repeat sectional title.