Video: Preseason Top 25 Basketball RankingsBreaking down the national contenders heading into the 2018-19 season.
Head Coach: Mike JonesLast Season:
32-5 (Maryland Private School, WCAC tournament, Alhambra Catholic Invitational champions)
Players to Watch:
Jan 5 - vs. Norcross (Ga.)
— Cancer Research Classic (Wheeling. W. Va.)
Feb. 10 - vs. Paul VI (Fiarfax, Va.)
In today's day it's rare to see a national Top 10 high school basketball program return all five starters with no major transfers breaking up the starting rotation.
The Stags do just that in 2018-19, returning Dickinson, Kogelnik, Moore, Smith and Timberlake from last season and starting the season with the same national ranking they ended the 2017-18 season.
Finishing last season as WCAC, Alhambra Invitational and Maryland Private School state champions, the Stags have lofty expectations of repeating as WCAC tournament champions and finishing Top 5 nationally, according to head coach Mike Jones.
The Stags will face a difficult non-conference schedule, taking on IMG Academy, Guyer, Norcross, Roman Catholic and Olive Branch, in addition to their rigorous conference slate.
Experience, chemistry and talent are the three major reasons why DeMatha begins 2018-19 with their highest preseason ranking in over a decade.