The South Carolina High School Basketball Coaches Association held its annual luncheon in Columbia Wednesday to release the pre-season rankings and introduce the top five boys and girls players in the state. Here’s the breakdown of the rankings:
4A Boys: 1-Goose Creek 2-Gaffney 3-Dorman 4-Hillcrest 5-Fort Dorchester 6-Lexington 7-Carolina Forest 8-Sumter 9-Irmo 10-West Ashley
4A Girls: 1-Spring Valley 2-Irmo 3-Goose Creek 4-Northwestern 5-Hartsville 6-Hillcrest 7-Greenwood 8-Dorman 9-Dutch Fork 10-Ridge View
3A Boys: 1-Greer 2-Battery Creek 3-Daniel 4-Lake City 5-Camden 6-JL Mann 7-Dreher 8-Fairfield Central 9-Lower Richland 10-Darlington
3A Girls: 1-Lower Richland 2-Myrtle Beach 3-Darlington 4-Riverside 5-JL Mann 6-Daniel 7-Battery Creek 8-Chester 9-North Charleston 10-Travelers Rest
2A Boys: 1-Wade Hampton of Hampton 2-Marion 3-Keenan 4-Burke 5-Abbeville 6-Central 7-Kingstree 8-Dillon 9-Strom Thurmond 10-Mid-Carolina
2A Girls: 1-Marion 2-Southside 3-Eau Claire 4-Strom Thurmond 5-Silver Bluff 6-Timberland 7-Manning 8-Burke 9-Columbia 10-Bishop England
1A Boys: 1-Hemingway 2-Calhoun County 3-Great Falls 4-Estill 5-Landrum 6-Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 7-Williston-Elko 8-Scott’s Branch 9-Latta 10-Military Magnet
1A Girls: 1-Christ Church 2-Indian Land 3-Timmonsville 4-Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 5-CE Murray 6-Williston-Elko 7-Chesterfield 8-Latta 9-Landrum 10-Estill
The Elite 5 Boys in the state are Josh Corry of Gaffney, Bruce Ellington of Berkeley, DeAndre Hopkins of Daniel, Damien Leonard of JL Mann and RJ Slawson of Fort Dorchester.
The Elite 5 Girls in the state are Asia Dozier of Spring Valley, Xylina McDaniel of Spring Valley, Camille Glymph of JL Mann, Latifah Coleman of Central and Khadijah Sessions of Myrtle Beach.
AUDIO: Phil Kornblut interview with Damien Leonard (6:28)