Video: Preseason Top 25 basketball rankings
Breaking down the national contenders heading into the 2019-20 season.
Head Coach: Jason Kerr
Last Season: Not Ranked in final Top 100, 19-8 (WIAA Class 3A state champions)
The defending WIAA Class 3A state champions are heavy favorites to repeat, as they return seven players who started at some point in 2018-19.
Assuming the Fighting Irish are able to repeat as state champions in the Evergreen State, their final ranking will ultimately be determined by how they fare in their only out-of-state contests at the City of Palms Classic.
This group will rely heavily on the production of Banchero, their first team MaxPreps Sophomore All-American selection from last season.
They'll especially need the top-ranked junior big man to perform at a high level in the City of Palms Classic with an opportunity to pick up some quality wins — an opening round win over Blanche Ely would set up a quarterfinals meeting with No. 17 Gonzaga.
Christofilis, Davis, Perkins and Johnson are expected to round out the starting lineup on a junior oriented team looking to make some noise on the national stage a year earlier than expected.
O'Dea could qualify for a berth in GEICO Nationals. However, unless they make a run to the semifinals or better at the City of Palms Classic a limited national schedule may hold this group back from the Big Apple.