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1016sports preseason basketball rankings
December 18, 2013By Brad Laux of 1016sports
1016sports' Top-10 rankings for boys' and girls' basketball are back! As was the case in the fall, but different from previous hoops' polls, all 33 schools in the 10th and 16th Regions, as well as Wolfe County, are combined together in one set of rankings per gender. Each squad is evaluated individually regardless of enrollment or affiliation.
The rankings reflect my opinion of the order of teams by overall talent. Individual records and post-season titles are a factor, but the primary criteria I have used is whether or not I think the No. 1 team would beat the No. 2 team (and on down the line) in head-to-head competiton at a neutral site.
There's not much scientific in the formation of the rankings. They are based on preseason information I have collected from the coaches throughout the region, plus interviews I have done, current rosters, as well as my own observations. For the past two years, I also have covered the 10th Region for The Cats' Pause, and that information also factored into the rankings. At the time of this release, there are still multiple coaches with whom I have not spoken about this season, so the selections are merely educated guesses, and very possibly off base. But, as the season progresses and I see more teams compete, hopefully, the polls should balance out.
Please note, this is only done for fun and a conversation piece.
With that said, here is the 2013 preseason rankings with last season's record in parenthesis and a note about both No. 1 teams: