33-1, Class 4A state champions
Players to watch: Jabari Parker
(6-8, Sr., G/F), Kendrick Nunn
(6-2, Sr., G, Illinois verbal commit), Jaylon Tate
(6-2, Sr., G, Illinois verbal commit), Russell Woods
(6-8, Sr., F), Kendall Pollard
(6-5, Sr., G/F), Sean Moore Jr.
(6-2, Sr., G), Ricky Norris (6-3, Sr., G), Quron Davis
(6-8, Sr., F), D.J. Williams
(6-6, So., G/F), Ben Coupet
(6-5, Fr., G/F)
Experience, size, guard play, depth and arguably the best player in the country in Parker. And the Wolverines play stifling defense. Anything else? Simeon was an easy pick for the No. 1 ranking. All that's left for this group is a national title and they have made no secret about their desire to accomplish just that.
Aside from perhaps a dominant big man (and only a microscopic number of teams at the high school level have that), Smith's squad is virtually without weakness. But they will be tested by a daunting schedule that will include games against Montverde Academy (Fla.)
, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
and Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)