Re: Top 8 Open Teams for this season. Seen all but 1

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Posted by Opinion on October 18, 2017 at 08:23:17:

In Reply to: Top 8 Open Teams for this season. Seen all but 1 posted by Insider Al on October 17, 2017 at 04:13:32:

: These are my top 8 predictions for the Open teams. After going to the various fall leagues and tournaments, I have seen all but one of the teams listed below. You can bank on it

: 1. Mater Dei......Way too much talent. They are a college team.
: 2. Sierra Canyon.....This might be their best team yet. Depth, size, guard play. Scary good
: 3. LB Poly.....This might be their weakest team yet. Still very good but definitely not the favorites
: 4. Etiwanda....Even with a huge downgrade to coach who jumps around they are super talented.Not even sure he could mess up this team
: 5. Ribet Academy....Yes. I saw them with my own eyes last weekend. Frontline and PG are ridiculous. coach in over his head and what looks like an international harem.
: 6. Windward....Only team I haven't seen. Coach never does anything with the team in summer or fall. Must be nice to have club ties
: 7. Alemany....Very strong team. Nice size and speed. Will the new coach keep them rolling
: 8. Harvard Westlake........Might have a better team than last year. Twins and a 6'2 post. Problem is the rest are better than last year

: Top 3 out
: 1. Serra....returns their whole team. Lucky they are only taking 8
: 2. Fairmont Prep.....Very good team.
: 3. Orangewood Academy......Another solid season expected

Really good list. I would still put Alemany, Harvard, and Windward above Ribet. Even though Ribet beat Harvard in a fall league game, I agree with you that their coach looks in way over his head with this team, and that Harvard would beat them in a regular season game when they are practicing every day and being coached regularly. But that looks like definite top 8. Ribet can move on that list when they get all of their players eligible and actually win some real games against some of these top teams...I mean, if you based the top 8 on just talent alone...I might put Ribet number 1 or 2 just behind Mater Dei. The only team I haven't really seen was Sierra Canyon. They were in San Diego, and in the second division.....and they did not win it. But they may have been missing players...I don't know. Still...very good list.

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