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Rangeview boys basketball heads into the season as the preaseason #1 team. (Feature Photo by: Yucheng Zhang)

Rangeview boys basketball heads into the season as the preaseason #1 team. (Feature Photo by: Yucheng Zhang)

Rangeview boys basketball heads into the season as the preaseason #1 team. (Feature Photo by: Yucheng Zhang)

Rangeview boys basketball heads into the season as the preaseason #1 team. (Feature Photo by: Yucheng Zhang)

Jeffrey Afriyie, Sports Writer

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Preseason top 25

  1. Rangeview- Rangeview is starting their season off with 3/5 of their starting lineup from last year’s championship team and are seeking to go back to back. The Raiders defeated the Overland Blazers 72-69 in their foundation game on November 30th, to prove they’re still #1.
  2. Overland
  3. Smoky Hill
  4. Thunderridge
  5. Chaparral

    Rangeview guard Obi Agbim pulls up in the quarterfinal win vs. Grandview during the 2019 playoffs. (Yucheng Zhang)

  6. Grandview
  7. Denver East
  8. Eaglecrest
  9. Mountain Vista
  10. Cherry Creek
  11. Columbine
  12. Valor Christian
  13. Highlands Ranch
  14. George Washington
  15. Fairview
  16. Doherty
  17. Rock Canyon
  18. Fountain Fort Carson
  19. Ralston Valley
  20. Pine Creek
  21. Arvada West
  22. Boulder
  23. Legend
  24. Arapahoe
  25. Regis

 

Top 5 Gatorade Player of the Year Candidates

Kobe Sanders – Chaparral: After leading Chaparral to the state championship game last season, and earning 1st team All-State, Kobe Sanders will have the ball often, and will have most of Chaparral’s offense on his shoulders this season.

Caleb McGill – Grandview: The UC Davis commit is healthy now, after coming off an injury at the end of last season. He will be the focal point for Grandview on both ends of the floor.

Luke O’Brien – Columbine: The Colorado commit is coming off a 1st team All-State selection last season, and will be far and away from the biggest focus of the Columbine basketball team this season.

Graham Ike – Overland: With multiple Division 1 offers on the table, Ike is leading an Overland team after coming off a 2nd team All-State selection last season. Overland will play through Ike throughout the season.

Christopher Speller – Rangeview: Coming off a 2nd team All-State season, and after winning the Final Four Most Dominant Player award last season, Speller will be a main point in Rangeview’s offense en route to going for back to back championships.