Video: Preseason Top 25 basketball rankings
Breaking down the national contenders heading into the 2019-20 season.
Head Coach: Glenn Farello
Last Season: No. 52 in final Top 100, 27-9 (WCAC regular season co-champions)
Key Contributors:Knasir McDaniel
(5-9, So., G)
Jan. 16-18 vs. TBD — Bass Pro Tournament of Champions
Feb. 11 at Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 16 vs. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
With their top two players out for the 2018-19 season with injuries, the Panthers of Paul VI battled admirably, winning 27 games against a national schedule and claiming a WCAC co-championship.
At full strength to start 2019-20, expect the talented guard-oriented group to challenge for its third consecutive WCAC regular season championship and much more.
Roach was one of those to miss the season because of a torn ACL, He figures to come out hungry and lead a loaded backcourt onto the national spotlight.
Alongside Roach, first-team MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Keels, first team MaxPreps Freshman All-American McDaniel, sharpshooter Freeman and big man Coleman should fill out the starting five.
Facing a challenging non-conference schedule that includes showdowns with No. 2 IMG Academy, No. 3 Sierra Canyon, No. 16 Wasatch Academy and a trip to the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, look for the Panthers' four-guard rotation to give opponents trouble all season.