Way Too Early Super Poll – Top 20 Teams Regardless of Class
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Over the last few weeks we at Prep Hoops Indiana have been releasing our “Way Too Early” previews for each class highlighting the projected Top 5 teams and Top 15 prospects. This quieter period in the month of August is…
Over the last few weeks we at Prep Hoops Indiana have been releasing our “Way Too Early” previews for each class highlighting the projected Top 5 teams and Top 15 prospects. This quieter period in the month of August is the perfect time to start giving some early previews for the upcoming high school season that we can then look back upon as the fall turns to winter. Now, due to popular demand, we will release a first look at our Super Poll which we publish on the website every Monday of the high school season. This poll, similar to the IBCA Poll, rankings the Top 20 teams in the state regardless of class.
#1 Lawrence North Wildcats
Despite recently being ranked #2 in the Class 4A “Way Too Early” Rankings, the Wildcats bump to number one thanks to the addition of 6’8″ forward and . It looks like, on paper, the Wildcats will be the team to beat now in Class 4A.from Colorado. The Class of 2026 prospect brings the height that Lawrence North needed to add in with arguably the most dynamic backcourt in the state featuring
#2 Kokomo Wildkats
You can point to some of what Kokomo lost, but the much more important factor is that they once again have . The recent Kansas commit has led the ‘Kats to the Semi-State and State Finals each of the last two years and it makes sense to expect a similar outcome for his senior season. Additionally, they still bring back , , and along with the addition of talented sophomore .
#3 Ben Davis Giants
It is reload, not rebuild for the defending 33-0 Class 4A state champions. Some could reasonably argue they deserve to be number one until someone knocks them off and we won’t argue if that is your view. However, no matter how you cut it, this team is going to be very difficult to beat once again. With Northwestern commit leading the way throughout the summer, the Giants proved they have their sights set on a repeat.
#4 Crispus Attucks Tigers
There is no shortage of talent to go around for the defending Indianapolis City Champions. University of Indianapolis commit is back for his senior season after averaging 18.0 points per game and making 75 three-pointers on the season. 6’8″ junior forward returns as well after putting up 15.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game as a sophomore. North Central transfer will help the playmaking in the backcourt alongside junior . It was an up-and-down summer for this group, but the Tigers have the talent to compete with anyone in the state of Indiana.
#5 Fort Wayne Wayne Generals
Fort Wayne Wayne went from 4-18 to 22-5 with a trip to Semi-State in just one year’s time. Now, they will look to break through and go even further while bringing back a large portion of their production. The Generals top two scorers, Jevon Lewis (16.6 points, 6.4 assists) and (13.9 points) are both back. 6’5″ forward returns 9.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as well. Elsewhere, look for to make a leap going into his junior season. This is an athletic team with a lot of talent that is now familiar with winning basketball games. They will likely be the best team outside of the greater Indianapolis area this season.
#6 Noblesville Millers
This is another example of how if you want to strictly take summer results into account then you would absolutely move the Millers up a few spots. They defeated both Crispus Attucks and Fort Wayne Wayne at the Charlie Hughes Showcase. However, we’ve got them settling in here at number six for now. Both of those games over the summer were close. Senior guard returns after earning Indiana Junior All-Star honors by averaging 13.8 points and 3.5 assists per game. Do-it-all 6’6″ wing Hunter Walton is coming off of a breakout summer and should have an excellent senior season. Additionally, look for talented sophomore scorer to have a great year as well.
#7 Brownsburg Bulldogs
It is hard to lose a borderline five-star prospect and hold on to Top 10 status. However, both Browsnburg and Fishers (more on them in a minute) were able to do that this off-season. The Bulldogs come out just ahead though as they did a little more to offset the loss. Senior guard brings over 17.3 points per game from Avon High School. Additionally, versatile 6’5″ wing transferred in from Evansville Harrison where he averaged 7.4 points per game as a sophomore. Adding those talented players with returning double-figure scorer Grant Porath gives Coach Lynch plenty to work with once again.
#8 Fishers Tigers
Up until about a month or so ago Fishers was the clearcut number one team heading into next season. However, a back-breaking transfer from their 5-star point guard change the ceiling of what this team can likely become. That doesn’t mean they can’t still be one of the better teams in the state of Indiana though. The Tigers still feature Huntington commit in the front court and versatile forward . Those two seniors will create a one-two punch good enough to win plenty of games. Elsewhere, look for guys like junior , senior , and even freshman Cooper Zackery to make names for themselves this season.
#9 Brownstown Central Braves
If you were basing the rankings strictly off of the summer you could argue Brownstown Central should be as high as number three due to beating a couple of these teams ahead of them. However, summer results simply don’t always mean that much. That obviously is not to take anything away from this Class 2A program, but it will just mean more for them to prove it during the actual high school season. Purdue commit will once again be one of the top scorers in the state while his running mates , , and help to make up one of the more talented starting lineups in the state regardless of class.
#10 Westfield Shamrocks
The Shamrocks went 16-8 the year after losing Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and another Division I guard. Now, they will have to replace Alex Romack, but that got much easier with the addition of 6’8″ senior forward . The talented lefty post player is going to be one of the better front court options in the greater Indianapolis area. On the perimeter, senior guard brings back 14.3 points per game to combine with Book for a very good inside-outside punch. Charles Ferrell, , and are among the other names to know.
#11 Cathedral Fighting Irish
There is certainly plenty to replace for Coach Delany and the Fighting Irish this season. However, the cupboard isn’t bare and that was proven with some of their success this summer. 6’8″ junior is ready to have a breakout season as is junior point guard . Other pieces such as , , and Anthony Fields return varsity experience as well. Look for sophomore . to make an impact as well after a monster summer.
#12 Plainfield Quakers
They might not catch as many of the headlines, but the returning senior duo of and Collin Schmidt is as good as any in the Indianapolis area. After leading the 15-8 Quakers in scoring last season, the 5’10” Ellis had a huge summer and is poised to be one of the top shooters and scorers in the area. He averaged 14.1 points per game last season while Schmidt, a 6’6″ forward, added 11.0 points per game. Plainfield has some of the best young talent in the area including , , , and incoming freshman .
#13 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles
The defending Class 3A state runner-up had a great summer including wins at the Charlie Hughes Showcase over the likes of Scottsburg, Carroll (Fort Wayne), and Mount Vernon (Fortville). Leading scorer is back for his senior season after averaging 14.4 points per game a year ago. Additionally, 6’7″ forward has really come into his own and is ready for a big senior season. Keep an eye on 6’5″ junior to make a large impact as well. Veteran point guard will run the show once again too.
#14 Jeffersonville Red Devils
Jeffersonville emerged last season as one of the better teams in southern Indiana led by a sophomore trio of , , and . They averaged 13.5, 13.1, and 12.8 points per game respectively. That core also played AAU together through the summer with Indiana Elite Team Tradition and had a lot of success. Fellow junior classmate will provide some additional playmaking out of the backcourt. Look for the Red Devils to be a real contender down south this year.
#15 Mount Vernon (Fortville) Marauders
The core is young, but very talented. As freshmen, and averaged 13.1 and 13.0 points per game respectively to lead the Marauders in scoring. 6’4″ wing R’Mani Wells added 4.8 points per game in his freshman season. Look for junior guard and senior to settle into expanded roles this year as well. Mount Vernon might be a year away, but they still are going to win a lot of games.
#16 Scottsburg Warriors
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better “big three” than Scottsburg’s returning senior core of , , and . Clancy put up a team-leading 16.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. Miller, a 6’5″ wing, who had an outstanding summer, added 15.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on impressive 56.5%/46.6%/84.1% shooting splits. Meanwhile, Zellers, a 6’9″ forward, averaged 12.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. Senior guard helps glue it all together with his toughness, but is there enough elsewhere to move the Warriors higher?
#17 Carroll (Fort Wayne) Chargers
Blowing Green commit and highly recruited Division II/NAIA prospect Cannen Houser make up a very skilled one-two punch on the perimeter for the Chargers. However, that is far from the only firepower this group will feature this season. Look for names like , , and Dareon Truesdale to really emerge as impactful contributors as well.
#18 Carmel Greyhounds
Never count out Carmel. That should be a mantra as old as time at this point. They Greyhounds are going to be young, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be talent. will be the most proven commodity coming back for his junior season, but look for a very talented sophomore class to make the leap into major varsity roles. Senior guard has varsity experience as well.
#19 Chesterton Trojans
A one-two combo of and is enough by itself to make Chesterton one of the best in The Region and all of far northern Indiana. The Trojans will be tough to beat as their pair of Indiana Junior All-Stars return for their senior seasons.
#20 Center Grove Trojans
, , , , Dylan Meador , , etc. Center Grove brings plenty back from a team that rattled off 22 wins last season. Admittedly, the also lose some important production, but there is an excellent core ready to take a step forward and continue winning basketball games.