Basketball Colorado 4A Preseason Top 10
By Matt Langley
TEAM 2013-14 Record
- Pueblo South (22-3) Lost to Thomas Jefferson in SW 16
The Colts return three of the four top scorers off last years team. Seniors Trey Parker and Jared Baros along with talented sophomore Malik Johnson will lead the way for the Colts.
- Longmont (19-6) Lost in SW 16 to Cheyenne Mountain
The Trojans lost last years leading scorer Austin Kemp to graduation but the sweet sixteen team was tremendously young playing a number of underclassmen. Longmont has seniors Clint Sigg and Blake O’Grady and a number of talented juniors headlined by guard Justinian Jessup and forward Kevin Mitchell.
- Lewis-Palmer (13-12)
The Rangers return everyone except for last years leading scorer Chase Stone. Expect juniors Jonathan Scott and Sam Strasburger to lead this team on its road to Boulder.
- Thomas Jefferson (17-9) Lost in an Elite 8 classic to Denver South
The biggest question for the Spartans this year is how do you replace Trey Andres 15 ppg and 8 rbs game? The Spartans return highly touted two sport athlete senior Josh McNair along with a number of experienced varsity players such as seniors Sergio Garcia and Jalen Rose along with a tough schedule will have them prepared for a deep state tournament run.
- D’Evelyn (20-6) Lost in Elite 8 to Sand Creek
D’Evelyn lost a lot off last years senior lead elite 8 team. However one of the better guards in the state, Grant Witherspoon returns for the Jags. Not to mention Coach Pachner always has tough teams.
- Valor Christian (21-5) Lost in Elite 8 to State Champ Pueblo East
Gone are D1 athletes Chase Foster and Christian McCaffery, back is D1 recruit Khameron Davis. The 6’4 guard Davis has big shoes to fill but he has some help coming from the JV ranks as well.
- Pueblo Central (15-10)
Central might have the most athletic back in 4A and some might argue the state with junior guards Kobi Betts and Michael Ransom.
- Golden (19-5)
The Demons graduated three players last year but return their top three scorers. Look for a more experienced Golden team to be serious contenders behind seniors Ryan Thistlewood, Cole Greff, and junior Ryan Blodgett.
- Holy Family (25-2) Class 3A Champs
The Tigers make the jump to 4A this and many wonder how will the Tigers fair in the new classification. The Tigers are a true team effort but senior Luke Golter and ultra talented two sport athlete junior Chris Helbig will have this team a serious contender in wide open 4A .
10. Steamboat Springs (18-7)
6’10 Garrett Bye could lead this team to a deep run in the playoffs.