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Stags are ranked No.14 in USA Today Preseason Rankings

DeMatha found themselves in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 rankings once again.

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DeMatha took the No. 14 spot in the USA Today Preseason Rankings that came out on Nov. 3.

Last season, the Stags went 32-5 and were runner-up for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Despite not having Markelle Fultz and Nate Darling, the Stags still has a squad good enough to be one of the top teams in the area.

Four-star guard and Notre Dame commit is coming off a season where he averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game. His ability to contribute on both ends of the court will be a major factor in the Stags success this year.

Delaware bound Ryan Allen, who tallied nine points per game, is likely to run the point guard position. 6-foot-9 center Josh Carlton is another returning player who can make an impact on the defense.

Expect sophomore guard Justin Moore to have a bigger role after being a solid bench player last season. Freshman center Hunter Dickinson is someone to look out for as he is getting looks from Division I schools already.

La Lumiere is the top team in the preseason rankings. Last season, they fell to Oak Hill in the Dicks National Championship. Five-star Brian Bowen and sophomore guard Tyger Campbell should be able to help La Lumiere make it back to Madison Square Garden for a second straight time.

IMG Academy took the fourth spot in the rankings. Transfers Trevon DuVal and Bruno Fernando makes IMG a team to beat. Chino Hills sits at No. 12 despite going 35-0 last year. Even though Chino Hills won’t have Lonzo Ball, this team is still capable enough to move up in the rankings.

Below are the rest of the USA Today Preseason Rankings.

1. La Lumiere

2. Oak Hill Academy

3. Sierra Canyon

4. IMG Academy

5. Bishop Montgomery

6. Montverde Academy

7. Findlay Prep

8. Marietta

9. Mater Dei

10. Patrick School

11. Westtown

12. Chino Hills

13. Memphis East

14. DeMatha Catholic HS 

15. Wasatch Academy

16. Gray Collegiate

17. St. Benedict’s Prep

18. New Albany (Ind.)

19. Hudson Catholic

20. Wesleyan Christian Academy

21. Bishop Gorman

22. Nathan Hale

23. Westlake (Austin, Tex.)

24. Simeon

25. Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)

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