No. 3 Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.)Head coach:
Rob Fulford2012-13 record:
30-3, No. 5 final Academy Top 10 national rankingPlayers to watch: Miles Bridges
(6-6, So., G/F), Thomas Bryant
(6-9, Jr., F), Levi Cook
(6-10, Jr., C, West Virginia verbal commitment), Angel Delgado
(6-8, Sr., F, Seton Hall verbal commitment), Ivan Gandia
(6-1, So., G), Montaque Gill-Ceasar
(6-7, Jr., G/F), Jalen Lindsey
(6-7, Sr., G/F, Providence verbal commitment), JaQuan Lyle
(6-5, Sr., G), Josh Perkins
(6-3, Sr., G, Gonzaga verbal commitment)Breaking down the Express
After bidding adieu to the likely No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in Andrew Wiggins, the Express will rely on a more collective effort this winter.
"It's tough to say we will be better without Andrew Wiggins, but we are a lot deeper," Fulford said. "We have nine guys that will start games."
Perkins is one of the nation's top point guards and should pile up gaudy assist numbers with senior Top 100 talents like Delgado, Lindsey and Lyle to distribute to.
Fulford has to be regarded as one of the top recruiters in basketball at any level. The upstart Huntington St. Joseph Prep program features no fewer than eight high major prospects. Talent won't be an issue for the 2013-14 Express.Stepping up
At 6-10 and in the 290-pound range, Cook is going to be a handful.
"If they (officials) allow him to post up the way he has been in workouts, he's a problem," Fulford said. "He's very physical and has great hands and great feet. He's been the biggest surprise so far."
Cook is a West Virginia native who committed to the home state Mountaineers as a freshman. He joined the program over the summer from Glen Daniel, an unincorporated community about two hours south of Huntington.Key dates
Nov. 27 – at Carlisle (Martinsville, Va.)
Dec. 7 – vs. Arsenal Technical (Indianapolis)
at Marshall County Hoopfest
Dec. 13 – vs. Walnut Hills (Cincinnati)
at Boyd County Shootout
Jan. 9 – vs. Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.)
at Festival of Hoops
Jan. 11 – at Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Jan. 18 – vs. Prime Prep (Dallas)
at Spalding Hoophall Classic
Feb. 5 – vs. Carlisle