Boys Basketball Rankings

MileHigh Prep Report Class 1A Boys Basketball Preseason Poll

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MileHigh Prep Report Class 1A Boys Basketball Preseason Poll

My Top 10 Rankings for Class 1A.  Last year was an interesting year with a short year.  Plenty of talented teams returning this year and should make for a fun year. 

Class 1A

RankTeamNotes
#1Granada

Made State Tournament (Went 2-1, Reached Final 4)
Granada returns a very talented team including 4 of their top 5 scorers.  Dominic Coleman must be considered for POY.  Granada gained valuable experience reaching the Final 4 last season now can they push for the State Title.
#2Briggsdale

Made State Tournament (Lost in First Round)
Briggsdale reached the State Tournament last year but were upset in the first round.  Briggsdale still gained valuable experience and now look for a deeper run.  Briggsdale returns nearly their entire roster and should be a team to watch.  Briggsdale can score points now can they improve defensively to win their district.
#3Haxtun

Made State Tournament (Went 2-1, Reached Elite 8)
Haxtun reached the State Tournament last year.  Haxtun made it to the Elite 8 before falling to eventual runners up De Beque.  Haxtun will have a big hole to fill losing their top scorer but have plenty of depth returning.  Haxtun will be a big threat this year and will be coming off some success from Football to give them some momentum.
#4Belleview Christian

Defending State Champions
Belleview Christian is your defending State Champions.  Belleview Christian will have some holes to fill with their leading scorer graduating and their #2 scorer transferring.  Belleview Christian will still have plenty remaining to make a deep run and will still feature a very tall front court.  This team could easily make another deep run.
#5Evangelical Christian

Made State Tournament (Went 1-1, lost in Sweet 16)
Evangelical Christian returns nearly their entire team who reached the State Tournament a season ago.  ECA will have plenty of fire power to make a deep run.  ECA have two players over 10 ppg and this offense could be very potent this season.
#6Merino

Made State Tournament (Went 2-1, Reached Final 4)
Merino reached the final 4 last season but have some holes to fill.  Merino will lose 3 of their top 5 scorers but have key leaders coming back to push for a state tournament berth.  Merino must have some players step up but look for Derrick Alber to have a big season for Merino. 
#7Cheyenne Wells

Made State Tournament (Went 1-1, lost in Sweet 16)
Cheyenne Wells reached the State Tournament last year and return nearly their entire roster.  Cheyenne Wells returns their top 4 scorers, and this team should improve from last season.  Cheyenne Wells could push for their District crown but I think could still reach the State Tournament. 
#8Sierra Grande  

Did Not Reach State Tournament
Sierra Grande went 8-4 last season but did not reach the State Tournament.  Sierra Grande will have a POY candidate in Isiah Chairez back along with 4 of their top 5 scorers.  Sierra Grande could push for a State Tournament berth but improving from last season is key.
#9Genoa-Hugo  

Made State Tournament (Went 0-1, lost in first round)
Genoa-Hugo reached the state tournament last year but fell in the first round.  Genoa-Hugo will look to build off last season success but will have to replace 3 of their top 5 scorers.  Wyatt Miller and Colby Simmons return as their leading scorers, but depth is key for Genoa-Hugo to make a deep run.
#10Denver Waldorf

Made State Tournament (Went 0-1, lost in first round)
Denver Waldorf went 7-6 and reached the state tournament last year.  Denver Waldorf lost in the first round but return plenty of talent to try and make a deeper run this season.  Denver Waldorf return their top 5 scorers and could be a team to push Belleview Christian for the league crown.
#11Caprock Academy

Made State Tournament (Went 1-1, lost in Sweet 16)
Caprock Academy made the State Tournament a year ago and went 12-4 overall.  Caprock Academy had their best season in some year and will look to build off that.  Caprock Academy will have some holes to fill losing 6 of their top 8 scorers.  Caprock Academy will return #2 scorer Johnathon Abshear and #3 scorer Andrew Jordan.  Depth is key for a successful season for Caprock Academy.
#12Dove Creek  

Did not Make State Tournament
Dove Creek went 7-6 last season and missed the State Tournament.  Dove Creek this season will look to improve and make a run.  Dove Creek returns 7 of their top 8 scorers including Kade Hankins who will be one of the better scorers in that district.  Look for Dove Creek to push for the top spot in this District.
#13Idalia  

Did not Make the State Tournament
Idalia did not reach the state tournament last season and ended the season with a 6-8 record.  Idalia has plenty returning to make a push for a regional berth.  Idalia returns their entire roster from last season and could be a team to watch to make the State Tournament.
#14Kim/Branson  

Made State Tournament (Went 0-1, lost in first round)
Kim/Branson went 10-5 last season and reached the State Tournament.  Kim/Branson will have a new head coach this season. Kim/Branson will have some holes to fill and could possibly be without their leading scorer. With all this new info I dropped them from #9 to #14.
 Teams to Watch for:Simla, Cotopaxi, Hanover, Flatirons Academy, De Beque, Cheraw, McClave, Prairie, Manzanola, Arickaree/Woodlin, Stratton, Front Range Baptist

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