Behind the 2020-21 Boys PRIVATE SCHOOL Preseason #PBCHOOPSTOP5 and PRIVATE SCHOOL Season Preview

2020 has been a year like no other, bringing changes to our everyday lives. Sports, basketball in particular, has not been immune to the changes. Those changes have affected the start of the high school basketball season here in Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County School District has made the decision to delay the start of the season two weeks from the official start date set by the FHSAA. Many private schools however have decided to begin the year and compete using the FHSAA calendar. Due to these changes we have decided initially to separate Private and Public school polls to start the 2020-21 #PBCHOOPS high school basketball season, beginning with the Preseason Boys Private School Top 5 and season preview.

#1 Saint Andrew's

Not much more can be said about the defending Florida Class 3A State Champions other than they are the undisputed #1 team in the county and arguably the best team in South Florida, public or private. The Scot's return five seniors from last seasons team including University of Memphis signee Joshua Minott. In short, Saint Andrew's is LOADED (yes ALL CAPS) and looking to repeat as state champions once again. Senior transfer big man, 6' 8" Bobby Stewart will add to an already formidable front line that includes 6' 8" Minott and 6' 7" senior Kenny Turner. Dynamic senior 6' 4" guard Devin Hines returns along with the proven point guard duo of Landon Brody and Jasper Schwartz to complete the nucleus. Last season Saint Andrew's proved they were for real, this time around they look to put themselves in the upper echelon of great teams in the states history.

More Players to Watch: 2021 Thompson Hyland, 2022 Anquan Boldin Jr, 2022 Charlie May

#2 Grandview Prep

The transfer of Micah Octave back to Olympic Heights earlier this month definitely altered the short term outlook on Grandview Prep's season. Yet the season view long term for the Pride may not be dire. Grandview still returns three seniors from a team that came up a few points short in the Class 2A Regional Final last season. The Pride will be led by 6' 6" senior Makye Boles, who was the teams most consistent player last season and leading scorer, Boles has had a solid summer and fall averaging a double double almost every time out. 6' 7" 205 lbs senior Pedro Brown also returns along with 6' 0" senior guard AJ Gilles, Brown was the X-factor last season and will be a match-up nightmare for many opponents with his combination of size, physicality and perimeter shooting. While some talent was lost, Grandview was able to reload and will expect big things from junior guards Gunner Walters and Reilly Berg.
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More Players to Watch: 2022 Drew Cohen, 2023 Colin Rice, 2023 Omel Occieus

#3 Cardinal Newman

Newman is back and no longer flying under the radar. The Crusaders program has a storied history, winning two State Championships and now have developed a strong core that looks ready to shine. Led by one the counties top scorers that no one has heard of 6' 1" guard Nic Tingling. Tingling is a highly efficient, athletically gifted shooter that scores in bunches. 6' 3" junior Jarard Mosely is another skilled, athletically gifted guard, who plays with a big motor. Heading into his third year as a varsity player, Mosely has been through the battles and looks prime for a breakout season. Up next though for Newman is 6' 1" freshman point guard Adrian Shackelton. Shackelton is highly skilled with a solid frame and is a name to know for the future.

More Players to Watch: 2022 Kevin Eutsey, 2023 Scotty Anosier

#4 King's Academy

In a regular year King's would be able to fly under the radar, this year however with the changes to the start of the season and the first ever #PBCHOOPS Private School, there is no place for the young Lions talent to hide. King's will be led by one of the areas best point guards 6' 1" senior Jonathan Joseph, JJ is super long and a high level scorer who averaged 17 points per game last season. This season JJ will have some size on the front line with the addition of 6' 6" sophomore Zakiah Saez and emerging 6' 10" junior Logan Knight returning. Saez is an athletic wing that can play above the rim and really shoot the ball, Knight is still a developing big man but will provide a much needed presence in the paint. The Lions will have a solid combination of experience, size and quality guard play this season, they will be tough.

More Players to Watch: 2021 Bijan Hunter, 2022 Trace Hogan, 2022 Chris Cochran, 2022 Zebedee McKee, 2025 Javian Jones

#5 Jupiter Christian

Jupiter Christian is just a season removed from am appearance in the State Final 4 and look like a team ready to make a return in the near future. The Eagles have loaded up on young talent and are preparing to be the next team in class 3A. The prospects for this year do look good however, the Eagles have had a strong fall season. Senior RJ Morris returns to lead a young but talented group. Morris was one of the counties top scorers last season and looks on pace to continue. Jupiter Christian added a few key pieces via transfer including sophomore PG Jermaine Hunter and 6' 6" junior Conner Weston. The key however will be the emergence of 6' 6" sophomore Jeremiah Augustine, Augustine had a breakout freshmen campaign and looks to build on the success this season.

More Players to Watch: 2021 Sean Louissaint

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Atlantic Christian

Atlantic Christian is looking to build off a solid 2019-20 season, returning #PBCHOOPS Rookie of the Year Matthew James. James is a shot blocking machine, erasing shots at a high rate. The Sharks have surrounded James with solid guards via transfer. Expect 6' 5" shooter Mason Brown, Justin Wiggins and Jovonte Allen to add punch to scrappy squad that gets after it on the defensive end.

More Players to Watch: 2022 Victor Rivera, 2021 Gerson Civil

Saint John Paul II

The Eagles are coming off a solid 2019-20 but still find themselves in tough class 3A, which not only features the defending state champs but also some of the better private school programs in South Florida. 6' 2" senior point guard Matt Ansah will need to carry a heavy load this time around, Matt put his play making on full display during fall season running with Team #PBCHOOPS and is on track to have a big year.

Benjamin

Last year was an uncharacteristically down year for Brandon Arnette's Benjamin team. That however was to be expected with any young team. This year expect the Bucs to be back and highly competitive as in years past, led by juniors Isaiah Nesmith, Mark Cueto and sophomore point guard Darrell Sweeting.

Katz Yeshiva

Coach Adam Liberman has done a solid job up in Boca in his first two years. This years squad will be led junior Jonathan Levy and seniors Brendan Lasko and Adi Rotenstein. Expect the Storm to be solid this season.

Oxbridge Academy

Last year was a forgettable year for the Thunderwolves. It will be interesting to see how an extra year of maturity and development will translate in the win/loss column.

Due to different season start dates the Public School Preseason Top 5 will be delayed 2 weeks. Make sure to check back for the release of the Private Schools #PBCHOOPS Preseason List which include the Player Watch List, Super 11, Starting 5 and Fantastic 5 highlighting the top private school players in the county.

Also remember to check in every week to pbchoops.com during the high school season for the #PBCHOOPS Boys and Girls Player of the Week. Once again this years award will be Powered by HANDLELIFE. Weekly winners will get exclusive HANDLELIFE merchandise!!

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