Posted: 6:41 pm Monday, January 23rd, 2012
By Jeff Greer
Let’s take the weekly look at the boys’ hoops top 10, which is printed every Tuesday in the Post.
A few teams are starting to round into form, notably Dwyer and John I. Leonard. Suncoast is coming on strong. And the big three private schools — Summit Christian, Grandview Prep and St. Andrew’s — are churning out wins. Jupiter’s become a bit of a disappointment at this point, while Spanish River still appears to be the top big school until further notice.
Here’s this week’s top 10, which you can also view here. I’ve listed each team’s upcoming games. All tips are 7:30, unless noted.
1. Summit Christian (17-2): at American Heritage (Tue.), vs. Somerset Academy (Thu.), at Park Vista (Fri.)
2. Grandview Prep (17-1): at Plantation-American Heritage (Wed.), vs. Coral Springs Christian (Fri.)
3. Spanish River (13-2): vs. Seminole Ridge (Tue.), at John I. Leonard (Fri.)
4. St. Andrew’s (14-2): at Cardinal Newman (Tue.), at Hollywood Christian (Fri.)
5. John I. Leonard (12-4): at Park Vista (Tue.), vs. Spanish River (Fri.)
6. Suncoast (14-4): at Palm Beach Gardens (Sat.)
7. Dwyer (13-6): at Palm Beach Central (Tue.)
8. Palm Beach Lakes (11-3): at Royal Palm Beach (Tue.), vs. Jupiter (Thu.), vs. Santaluces (Sat.)
9. Martin County (18-3): at Port St. Lucie (Tue.), at Sebastian River (Fri.)
10. Jupiter (14-7): at Wellington (Tue.), at Palm Beach Lakes (Thu.), at Palm Beach Gardens (Fri.)
Also considered: Jensen Beach, Lake Worth Christian, Royal Palm Beach.
Instead of breaking down the entire poll, I’ll take the temperature of area hoops as I see ‘em. We may disagree, so let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. (As always, keep it respectful.)
Last week, I pegged Dwyer as a team that deserves the wait-and-see approach. Coach Fred Ross said his team needed some time to jell with its new elements, especially football players like Deandre Bozeman and Ted Taylor. I saw Dwyer on Friday night handle Gardens with ease. Gardens is a scrappy team, making that win no slouch. And Joel James looked as dominant as I’ve seen him. That’s not good for everyone else, but it’s great for Dwyer.
Suncoast is making moves, too. The Chargers edged Palm Beach Lakes on Saturday and won three games this week. The two Jonathans — Odjo and Smith — have been fantastic for Suncoast. This is a team that can win some games in the playoffs, and should have a fun showdown with Jensen Beach in districts.
Wait ‘n’ see
Summit Christian lost again this week — to Winter Haven at the Lake Wales tournament on Saturday. Not a bad loss against a good team. But the bigger news item was Farad Cobb’s return. The Saints have been hobbled all year by injuries, losing projected starter Dorian O’Neal for the season and Cobb for seven games. Now, with Cobb back, Summit has the tools it needs to repeat as state champs. So don’t worry about the second loss in as many weeks.
Jupiter has hit some tough times of late. The Warriors have lost four of seven in the new year, and though the losses haven’t been to bad teams, they’re still disappointing. Jupiter has one of the best scorers in the area — Bobby Hain — and two very good complementary pieces in 6-10 center Grant Pelchen and uber-athletic 6-4 wing Mike Edgely. But the guard play has hurt Jupiter, and it’s going to have to improve against quick and agile backcourts if the Warriors want to make any noise.