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Virgin Islands High School Preview/Top six - Feb 2, 2017


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Eudora Kean was the 2016 fictional champs last year, because we don't have a V.I. tournament and their crown is up for grabs as the public schools have regrouped. Eudora Kean got off to great start winning the MLK Jr. Tourney and did the same last year, but that rocky start in Puerto Rico sunk them to number two. Complex's center Shakeem Alcindor already proved he is the best player in the league garnering double and triple teams. Alcindor still managed to average around twenty at the MLK. Central High has so much weapons, it may be hard to deny them the top spot. The Hawks have not shown what they could do and we wait patiently to see.
The top six will be a tournament driven due to some schools not entering leagues and only playing in tournaments. The name of the game is maximum participation and I have added the Virgin Gorda team Bregado Flax.

1. Central High: Zion Jones (G, 6-0, Sr.), Rahkeem Swanston (G, 5-10, Jr.), Trejon Ali (G, 5-6, Sr.), Ashoy Simmonds (G, 5-7, Jr.), Jaden Cyril (F, 6-1, Jr.), Jahni Adolphe (G, 5-9, Sr.), Tyriq Evans (F, 6-4)
Comment: With most teams struggling in search of veteran leadership, Central High is filled with upperclassmen. Jones and Swanston are capable of big nights and Simmonds is tough to stop from getting to the basket. Cyril and Evans will be tough on the boards.

2) Eudora Kean: Emari Howe (G/F, 6-1, Sr.), Jahwkani Williams (G, 5-10), Devon Freeman (G, 5-8, Soph.), Akil Greig (F, 5-10, Sr.), Jeremiah James (G, 5-11, Soph.)
Comment: Started off the season with two losses in Puerto Rico then rebounded to win the 2017 preseason MLK tournament. Howe was his usual self, while Williams balled out.

3) Educational Complex: Shakeem Alcindor (F, 6-6, Sr.) ZahQuan Francis (), James Richardson (G, 6-1, Jr.), Vincent Joseph (), Joseph Narinesingh (), Daunte McFarlande
Comment: The maturation of Shakeem Alcindor continues. The big man led his team to the finals of the MLK with his unbelievable play. Macfarlane's toughness and Narinesingh three point stroke offer offensive support to Alcindor.

4) Elmore Stoutt: Lesten Weltshire, Devante Brewley, Noel McKelley, Amari Maduro
Comment: D'Moi Hodge, Michael Richardson and Franklyn Penn are all not here but the cupboard isn't completely bare. Lestin Wiltshite is now the show and was one of the better scoring options at the Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament. His high mark was 30 points and Brewley jump shot looks like he is in mid-season form. Brewley had six three pointers in a loss to Eudora Kean.

5) Charlotte Amalie: Issa Tatem (F, 5-11, Sr.), Johnathan Eliasa (G, 5-10, Jr.), Dwayne Lynch (G, 5-6, Sr.) K'Shard Callender (F, 6-1, Soph.), Temoy Singletary, Terrell Lake (G, 5-9, Jr.), Naseem Huggins (F, 6-1), Clail Dieudonne (F, 6-3)
Comment: Chicken Hawks looked terrible at the Martin Luther King, but as the coaching staff said, 'the tournament was to see what you have.' Now the season begins! Will the real Tatem please stand up? Lynch brings the style to the Chicken Hawks while big men Callender, Huggins and Dieudonne do the dirty work.

6) Antilles: Cam Newton (G, 5-6, Jr.), Joshua Farrell (F/G, 6-3, Jr.), Joseph Sibilly Jr. (G, 5-8, Soph.), De'Shamoi Greaves (G, 5-5, Soph.), Scott Richards (F, 6-2)
Comment: Sibilly looks like the next big thing out of Hurricane land while Richards is going to be a handful for opposing big men. He has that reliable jumper. If Farrell puts it together this could be the start of the resurgence.

St. Joseph's: Charles Jacobs (F, 6-1, Soph.)
Comment: Jacobs was hand selected by Coach Webster to rekindle the Saints fire but he needs a lot of help.

Good Hope-Country Day: Christian Rasmussen
Comment: GHCD is combing with Free Will Baptist and could crack the top six sometime this season.

Gifft Hill: Ty Massaquoi, Landice Wallace, Nekhori Sprauve, Patrick Hendrickson
Comment: Massaquoi is the Barracudas main offensive weapon. Hendrickson needs to get tough. Coach Clarence Stephenson has to coach 'em up.

Bregado Flax: Elian O'Neal
Comment: O'Neal is a talented guard.

Ss. Peter and Paul:
Comment: The Jaguars have forfeited their first game this season.

Montessori: Andrew Webb
Comment: Webb is a pure shooter and the school's only weapn.

Seventh Day Adventist (St. Croix): Nothing much is known annually about the small parochial school.

Preseason Player of the Year: Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex
First Team

F Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex
F Lestin, Wiltshite, Elmore Stoutt
G Emari Howe, Eudora Kean
G Zion Jones, Central High
G Rahkeem Swanston, Central High

Second Team
F Issa Tatem, Charlotte Amalie
F Scott Richards Jr, Antilles
G Devante Brewley, Elmore Stoutt
G Dwayne Lynch, Charlotte Amalie
G Ashoy Simmons, Central High

Third Team

F Daunte McFarlane, Educational Complex
F Clail Dieudone, Charlotte Amalie
G Devon Freeman, Eudora Kean
G Elian O'Neal, Bregado Flax
G Joseph Narinesingh, Educational Complex

2017 Tournament Calendar
Central High School Invitational March 3-5
Elmore Stoutt Varsity Tournament: March 17-19
  




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