Preseason CAL Hoops Fine 5
The 2015-2016 Cape-Atlantic League high school basketball season is underway, the 18th annual Ocean City PBA Tipoff Classic signals the start of the season here is the Cape-Atlantic League Fine Five teams as we start the year off.
1. St Augustine Prep Hermits - Paul Rodio's Hermits are the defending Cape-Atlantic League champions and return their dynamic duo of guard Sa'eed Nelson (17.1) and forward Justyn Mutts (14.6) add in junior Austin Kennedy (10.1) and the Hermits have a shot to win a state title this season. It would be considered a shock if the Hermits weren't playing at Stockton in the CAL Title game.
2. Atlantic City Vikings - The Vikings are deep and talented, featuring Leon Daniels (15.5), who will miss the start of the season with a medical condition, four-year varsity player Lamar Thomas (10.2) and Jamir Prevard (10.1) who is one of the most versatile in the CAL. Coach Gene Allen always has one of the most tenacious defensive-minded teams in the area, the Vikings come at you in waves and this years team will be no different.
3. Wildwood Catholic Crusaders - The Crusaders are the favorites in the United division, but have their goals set on a league title. Featuring D.J. (12.1) and Trey Smith (12.0) along with Will Bell, Ryan Legler and freshman Jalen Freeman the Crusaders can contend with any team in South Jersey. Coach Dave DeWeese hopes to have his team playing at Stockton on the league's final weekend.
4.Holy Spirit Spartans - The Spartans are young, but do return 6-7 senior big man Tyler Jones. A pair of sophomores with varsity experience will be counted on heavily with Travis Stoll and Andrew Gallagher stepping into starting roles. The loss of senior guard C.J. Barnes to a torn ACL will hurt, but he could give the team a life late in the season.
5. Ocean City Red Raiders - The Red Raiders return the top returning scorer in the CAl, Connor Laverty, who scored 18.7 points per game last season. Also back are Garrett Jones, Sean Jamison and Luciano Lubrano to form a small but veteran team that will try to use it's quickness to win games.