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December 3, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Boys preseason basketball rankings

So here are our boys preseason basketball rankings that ran in today’s paper — which were due before last night’s results have come in, before No. 10 Seattle Prep beat No. 5 O’Dea last night 52-47.

You’ll see Federal Way at the top of Class 4A, and while that’s the consensus view, there’s vastly differing opinions on who fits in a two and below. We went with KingCo favorite Garfield at No. 2 and then Bellarmine Prep and guard Abdul Gaddy, who’s UW-bound, while acknowledging at No. 6 that Central Kitsap might be the Lions’ top challenger in the Narrows League.

In 3A, the most difficult choice was between Franklin and Rainier Beach, and the decision went to the known commodity. We know how good Franklin can be, especially with so many players back from last year’s 24-3 season. Beach slides in so many new people into so many starting roles, and we’ll see how they all fit together before proclaiming the Vikings the favorites. And don’t forget about Bellevue, which returns four-fifths of last year’s starting lineup and had terrific showings in team camps.

Class 4A

1. Federal Way

2. Garfield

3. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)

4. Decatur (Federal Way)

5. Kentwood

6. Central Kitsap (Silverdale)

7. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane)

8. Curtis (University Place)

9. Foss (Tacoma)

10. Mountain View (Vancouver)

Others (alphabetically): Auburn, Curtis, Ferris, Inglemoor, Issaquah, Lincoln, Kentridge, Mariner, Richland, Stanwood.

Class 3A

1. Franklin

2. Rainier Beach

3. Bellevue

4. Columbia River (Vancouver)

5. O’Dea

6. Shadle Park (Spokane)

7. Lakes (Lakwood)

8. Mt. Rainier (Des Moines)

9. Meadowdale (Lynnwood)

10. Seattle Prep

Others (alphabetically): Bainbridge, Enumclaw, Mt. Si, Peninsula, Prairie, Renton, West Valley (Yakima).

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