By Christian Mordi - @mordi_thecomeup on Twitter / @thecomeupradio on IG
Team: Ranney Panthers
Record Last season: 22-4, 12-2 in conference play
Key players: Bryan Antoine, sophomore
Scottie Lewis, sophomore
Potential emerging stars: Ahmadu Sarnor, sophomore; Chris Autino, sophomore; Alex Klatsky, sophomore
Team analysis: In 2016, Ranney jumped on the scene as one of the best teams in South Jersey. The out of the blue emergence of Ranney was due to the additions of blue chip freshmen Bryan Antione and Scottie Lewis. The dynamic duo made a seamless transition to the high school level. Antonie manned the point for the team as was in total control of the offense. Last year, Bryan posted a solid stat-line of 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per night. Scottie Lewis aka “The New Human Highlight Reel” was one of the most exciting players to watch in the state. The freshmen averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per night.
While Lewis and Antoine were dynamic as freshmen, they had plenty of help as well in their class. Forward Chris Autino showed great poise in his first year. He was a beast on the glass and showed a wide array of post moves. Alex Klatsky was a dangerous shooter who punished teams that sagged off him in the half court.
The only knock against Ranney last year was their strength of schedule. They only played four games against the top 10 and lost all of them. In order for Ranney to make that leap into the top 10 teams in the state, they will need to play a more rigorous schedule. With that being said, natural player progression shows that Ranney should be in for a leap this year in the rankings. Be on the lookout for the Tinton Falls school, they could be the most exciting team to watch in New Jersey.
Stat to know: With 536 points in his first season at Ranney, Bryan Antoine is on pace to break 2,000 points in his career. Sensational Sophomore Scottie Lewis is on pace for 1,600 points and 800 rebounds in his career. As freshmen, Alex Klatsky, Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antione have already nabbed offers from numerous division one schools.