Boys’ basketball: 2009-10 rankings

Gee, who do you suppose should be top-ranked in Class 4A in next year's preseason boys' basketball poll? (AP photo)

Gee, who do you suppose should be top-ranked in Class 4A in next year's preseason boys' basketball poll? (AP photo)

Four weeks after I posted next year’s girls’ basketball preseason rankings, I’m giving equal time for the boys.

Again, the rankings are loosely based on mathematics — (2008-09 W-L pct. ) x (pct. returning ppg) — with a little fudging based on tradition. For instance, Linn-Mar, Western Christian, Pella Christian and others get a little bit of a break.

Some thoughts:

Where will Ames be ranked in the national preseason polls? The Little Cyclones have to be somewhere in the top 25, don’t they?

The deepest class is 1A, especially with Council Bluffs St. Albert, Treynor and Des Moines Christian dropping a class. A top-10 isn’t enough for the small schools. I’m going farther.

Seven of my top 10 in 2A were neither state participants nor ranked in the final Associated Press poll last season, including No. 1 Monroe PCM.

Records might not all be perfect. I’m using the records from Quik Stats.

Who’s too high? Who’s too low? Please tell. I’m not an expert on this.

CLASS 4A

1. Ames (26-0)

2. Southeast Polk (18-6)

3. Des Moines Hoover (17-5)

4. Johnston (20-6)

5. Linn-Mar (23-3)

6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (21-2)

7. North Scott (16-7)

8. Davenport Central (16-6)

9. Waukee (14-9)

10. Iowa City High (17-6)

Next in line (in alphabetical order): Cedar Falls (16-9), Des Moines Roosevelt (13-8), Lewis Central (14-8), Marshalltown (16-6), Sioux City West (13-10).

CLASS 3A

1. Carroll (22-4)

2. Forest City (18-5)

3. Charles City (15-7)

4. Le Mars (14-8)

5. Mount Pleasant (19-5)

6. Sioux City Heelan (25-2)

7. Harlan (23-4)

8. Norwalk (24-3)

9. Jefferson-Scranton (17-7)

10. Marion (20-5)

Next in line (in alphabetic order): Ballard (19-6), Carlisle (14-9), Denison-Schleswig (17-6), Iowa Falls-Alden (16-6), Pella (16-6).

CLASS 2A

1. Monroe PCM (18-6)

2. Pekin (20-4)

3. Cascade (20-4)

4. Sumner-Fredericksburg (23-3)

5. Panorama (19-3)

6. Dyersville Beckman (19-5)

7. Davis County (17-7)

8. Pella Christian (26-2)

9. Western Christian (26-2)

10. IKM-Manning (20-2)

Next in line (in alphabetic order): Battle Creek-Ida Grove (17-4), Central Lee (21-5), Mid-Prairie (18-6), Sioux Central (17-5), Underwood (18-5), West Fork (20-2), Wilton (19-6).

CLASS 1A

1. Rock Valley (25-2)

2. Cedar Falls NU High (21-5)

3. Council Bluffs St. Albert (20-4)

4. Des Moines Christian (20-4)

5. Clay Central-Everly (20-3)

6. Ankeny Christian (19-5)

7. Keota (21-2)

8. Boyden-Hull (15-9)

9. Treynor (21-3)

10. Don Bosco (15-6)

11. Elk Horn-Kimballton (13-7), 12. Iowa Mennonite (26-2), 13. Colo-Nesco (17-8), 14. Bedford (17-6), 15. Clinton Prince of Peace (19-6).

Next in line (in alphabetic order): Burlington Notre Dame (23-4), Central City (18-6), East Buchanan (19-2), East Mills (15-9), Villisca (21-4).

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7 Responses to “Boys’ basketball: 2009-10 rankings”

  1. Boys’ basketball: 2009-10 rankings | IowaPrepSports.com Says:

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  2. Franchise24 Says:

    LinnMar is second no matter what mathematical equation you come up with, they are loaded again!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. ball Says:

    PCM is way to high for 2A. they were in the worst conference in 2A last year and finished 18-6. I dont care who they have coming back there definitly not gonna be the number 1 team in 2A

  4. Mike Says:

    Pella Christian and Norwalk appear to be too high based on the number of quality seniors they will be losing this year. Both will be fine but probably not pre-season top 10’s – too inexeperienced.

  5. Andy Says:

    This is one of the most awful preseason predictions I have ever seen. Pekin #2 in 2A?? Seriously??!??! Westran Christian #9??? They should be #1 to start the year.

  6. Matthew Anderson Says:

    I think that Linn-Mar is to low and Des Moines Hoover is way to high and same as South East Polk

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