Boys Basketball 2012-13 Preseason Power Poll

1. Norwalk (23-1) — The Truckers won their first 23 games of last season and only lost two players from that squad heading into this season. Norwalk is among the deepest teams in the area, but will be tested with a tough regular season schedule that includes state runner-up Toledo Whitmer.

2. Perkins (23-3) — Perkins reached its first regional final but fell short of the state final four by one game. Despite losing Michael Ebert, the talented duo of Brandon Smith and Nic Williams will give opponents all sorts of problems this year.

3. Westlake (19-3) — Westlake won’t be sneaking up on anyone this season, as the Demons are after their second-straight SWC championship. Shawn Hood returns his starting backcourt and top two scorers in Bryan Mackenzie and Shawn Turk.

4. Elyria (14-10) — Kody Bender and Isaiah Walton will be the go-to guys for the Pioneers as they hope to repeat as district champions. Elyria drops down to the Lake Division of the NOC this year.

5. New London (20-4) — New London ripped a 16-game winning streak last season to claim a Firelands Conference title and its’ first district title in 20 years. Seniors Dane Held, Josh Dillard and Cory Smith return to try to keep the Wildcats at the top of the FC.

6. Oberlin (14-8) — The Phoenix finished strong to claim the PAC Stripes Division championship, and return enough talent led by seniors Jason Moore and Marcus Bailey to push for a repeat.

7. Lorain (10-11) — Lorain’s second season as the Titans did not end the way it had hoped, but an influx of youth from last year’s JV team which finished 18-1 should provide great optimism for Andy Bastock’s team.

8. Clearview (8-13) — The Clippers lose superstar scorer Anthony Fears, but return quite a good crop of young players led by Gerrell Williams, Clifton Brown and Eric Burkey that should help the team compete for a Stripes Division title.

9. Bay (10-13) — Bay had a surprisingly-strong finish to last season as it reached the district semifinal with a pair of impressive sectional wins. Most of that team including Scott Rapps and Ryan Voiers is back for the Rockets.

10. Western Reserve (15-7) — The Roughriders say goodbye to Nolan Todd, but return a very good group of players led by senior Willie Roth who should help put his team in position to try and unseat New London as Firelands Conference champions.

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Last Updated: 11/24/2012 9:27:39 PM EST

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