TheInsiders.com Preseason Top 25 Traveling Poll

Greg Oden

It's time to unveil the InsidersHoops.com's Traveling Team Top 25 Preseason Poll with a bevy of tournaments on tap this weekend. We know there will be plenty of movement early on this spring, but here's our first crack at it. If we forgot anyone, please feel free to e-mail Jeff Goodman at JGood67213@aol.com. The rankings will be updated every other week.

INSIDERSHOOPS.COM TRAVELING TEAM TOP 25 PRESEASON POLL

1. Spiece Indy Heat (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Coaches: Mike Conley, Sr., Eric Cheatham, Al Powell, Bryant Hobbs

Affiliation: Reebok

Top Prospect: Greg Oden (7-0, 230, SOPH)

Starters: PG Mike Conley (6-0, 155, SOPH); PF Josh McRoberts (6-10, 210, JR); SF Daequan Cook (6-5, 190, SOPH); SG Eric Gordon (6-2, 185, FR)

Others: PF Aaron Pogue (6-7, 235, FR); SG Curtis White (6-3, 170, SOPH); PF/SF Donald Cloutier (6-7, 190, JR); PG/SG Devin Williams (6-1, 165, SOPH); SG Jordan Cheatham (5-10, 160, SOPH)

Opening Tourney: Kingwood Classic

2. New Orleans Jazz (New Orleans, La.)

Coaches: Dannton Jackson, Anthony Roman

Affiliation: adidas

Top Prospect: PF-SF Tasmin Mitchell (6-7/220, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Darryl Augustine (6-1/165, SOPH); C Cyrus McGowan (6-10/215, JR); SF Terry Martin (6-6/190, JR); SG Drew Meyerchik (6-1/175, JR)

Others: SG/SF Dwight Lewis (6-6/185, JR); SF Brandon Dyson (6-5/175, SOPH); C Kenneth Cooper (6-10/230, JR); SG James Parlow (6-4/180, PREP)

Opening Tourney: adidas Pearland Classic - April 9-11

3. Illinois Warriors (Oak Forest, Ill.)

Coach: Larry Butler

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: SF Julian Wright (6-8, 190, JR)

Projected Starters: SG Jon Scheyer (6-5, 180, SOPH); C Jimmy Covington (6-8, 235, JR); SG Josh Tabb (6-4, 180, JR); PG Angel Santiago (5-10, 160, JR)

Others: SG Jamar Smith (6-4, 180, JR), SG Jarrett Starwood (6-2, 180, PREP), SF Billy Parrish (6-4, 185, JR), PG Ray Nelson (6-2, 170, JR), SG Phillip Perry (6-2, 175, JR), SF/PF Kenyale Evans (6-7, 185, JR), PF Dermarr McKnight (6-8, 190, JR), C Marquis Young (6-9, 240, JR), SG Russell Mackins (6-5, 180, SOPH)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

4. Georgia Stars (Atlanta, Ga.)

Coach: Norman Parker

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: G Louis Williams (6-2, 170, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Mike Mercer (6-3, 185, JR); WF Rasheem Barrett (6-4 1/2, 210, JR); BF Rashad Chase (6-8, 225, JR); C Alade Aminu (6-10, JR)

Others: G Tay Barber (6-1, 160, JR); WF Octavius Spann (6-7, 215, JR); BF Daniel Emerson (6-8, JR); PG Paul Williams (5-10, JR); F Jared Cook (6-5, JR); WF Dominique Archie (6-8, JR); G Greg Lockett (5-11, JR); WG Andre Douglas (6-3, JR); F Jay Brown (6-7, JR); WF Paul Johnson (6-6, JR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

5. Houston Hoops (Houston, Texas)

Coaches: Terrul Henderson, Austin Pastner, Byron Gibson, Hal Pastner

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: WG Rashad Woods (6-6 1/2, 205, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Nic Wise (5-10, 175, SOPH); PG David Devezin (6-0, 170, JR); BF Fendi Onobun (6-6 1/2, 220, JR); C Chris Rocquemore (6-9 1/2, 220, SOPH)

Others: BF Martellus Bennett (6-8, 240, JR); C Jeremy Barr (6-9, 260, JR); WF Ashton Hall (6-6, 205, JR); WF Jermichael Finley (6-5, 210, JR); PG Wendell Preadom (6-3, JR); G Cameron James (6-0, 180, JR); F Tyler Rodriguez (6-7, 200, JR)

Opening Tourney: Las Vegas Easter Classic – April 9-11

6. Atlanta Celtics Black (Atlanta, Ga.)

Coaches: Karl McCray, Wallace Prather, Cory Smith

Affiliation: adidas

Top Prospect: SF Brandon Rush (6-7, JR)

Projected Starters: SG Javaris Crittendon (6-5, SOPH); PF Uriah Hethington (6-9, JR); PF Joey Cameron (6-9, JR); PG Sharaud Curry (5-11, JR)

Others: PF Tracy Smith (6-7, JR), SG Shamaine Dukes (6-2, JR), SF Lance Cannon (6-4, JR), F Billy Smith (6-6, JR), SF Thomas Wright (6-5, JR), SG Mamadou Marega (6-4, JR)

Next Tournament: Kingwood Classic (Houston) - April 23-25

7. New York Gauchos (Bronx, N.Y.)

Coach: Paul Brown, Gary Sims, Keith Smith, Kevin Smith

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: PF Curtis Kelly (6-8, 195, SOPH)

Projected Starters: PG Levance Fields (6-1, 180, JR), PF Mike Davis (6-9, 215 JR), SF Saquan Stone (6-5, 205, JR), SG Jessie Sapp (6-3, 185, JR)

Others: PF Jeff McDermott (6-8, JR), PF Lawrence Williams (6-8, JR), SG Nyan Boateng (6-4, 175 JR); PG Jay Stevens (5-10, JR)

Opening Tourney: Playaz Spring Fling (N.J.) - April 1-4

8. Playaz Basketball Club (Paterson, N.J.)

Coaches: Jimmy Salmon, Ashley Howard, Mark Jarrell-Wright, Rodney Rodgers, Joseph Brown

Affiliation: adidas

Top Prospect: F Brandon Costner (6-8 1/2, 215, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Jawan Carter (6-0, 165, SOPH); C Hashim Bailey (6-10, 245, JR); F J.R. Inman (6-8, 210, JR); WG Wayne Ellington (6-4, 185, SOPH)

Others: WG Gerald Henderson (6-5, 195, SOPH); WF Ryan Ayers (6-6, 195, JR); WG Jordan Fowler (6-5, SR*); BF Alvin Munafaya (6-8, JR); PG Dion Sumblin (5-7, JR); PG Luis Guzman (6-2, SOPH)

Opening Tourney: Playaz Spring Fling (N.J.) - April 1-4

9. Illinois Wolves (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Coaches: Mike Mullins, Bob Frasor, Ken Rice

Affiliation: Reebok

Top Prospect: G Bobby Frasor (6-3, 180, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Bryan Mullins (6-1, 180, JR); WG Sead Odzic (6-4, 180, JR); BF Mike Davis (6-8, 215, JR); BF Scott Smith (6-5, 220, JR)

Others: F Peter Flowers (6-6, SOPH); G Mason Stewart (6-2, JR); WG Ryan Sharp (6-3, JR); G Jon Rice (6-0, FR); BF Blake Nielsen (6-8, 230, JR); F Howard Boone (6-8, 215, JR)

Opening Tourney: Kingwood Classic (Houston) - April 23-25

10. Miami Tropics (Miami, Fla.)

Coaches: Art Alvarez, Ed Auricchio

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: WG David Huertas (6-4, 180, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Josue Soto (6-0, SOPH); WG Denis Clemente (6-1, 170, JR); BF Sammy Hernandez (6-6, 220, JR); BF-C Dwayne Collins (6-8, JR)

Others: C Jason Bennett (7-2, SOPH); PG Edwin Rios (6-0, FR); WG Eduardo Bermudez (6-5, JR); WF Brian Hoff (6-4, JR); C Luis Colon (6-10, 270, SOPH)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

11. Dallas Mustangs Blue (Dallas, Tex.)

Coaches: Tony Johnson, Allan Lewis, Grady Dale, Albert Johnson, Shyrone Titus

Affiliation: Reebok

Top Prospect: PG Byron Eaton (5-10, 190, JR)

Projected Starters: SG Austin Jackson (6-1/170, JR); SG Booker Woodfox (6-0/165, JR); SF/PF Gary Flowers (6-8/200, JR); SG Steffon Wiley (6-1/170, JR)

Others: SF Chris Lewis (6-8/200, JR); PF/C Terrance Garrison (6-8/215, JR); C Justin Howerton (6-9/225, JR); SG Wesley Johnson (6-6/170, JR); PF/SF Jeremy Buttell (6-8/215, JR); SG John Nolan (6-4/175, JR); PG/SG Aaron Jackson (6-1/170, JR)

Opening Tourney: adidas Pearland Classic (Houston) - April 9-11

12. Team Texas (Dallas, Tex.)

Coaches: Calvin Miles, A.J. Johnson, Wes Grandstaff

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: SF Calvin Miles (6-6/200, JR)

Projected Starters: SG/SF Terrell Harris (6-4/180, JR); SG Austin Johnson (6-3/165, JR); PF Michael Prince (6-6/200, JR); PF Bryan Davis (6-8/215, SOPH)

Others: PF Kevin Rogers (6-8/215, JR); SG Chris Cooke (6-2/185, JR); PG Aram Adams (5-11/165, JR); SG Jeramy Price (6-1/170, JR); SG Walker Delatour (6-4/185, JR); SF Jerel Hastings (6-4/185, JR); PF Bamba Fall (6-11/185, JR), PF Brad Taylor (6-4/210, JR)

Opening Tourney: Texas Tip Off (April 2-4); Boo Williams (Va.) - April 9-11

13. The Family (Detroit, Mich.)

Affiliation: Nike

Coaches: Durand "Speedy" Walker, Ryan Webster, Sylvester Wilcox, Roy Webb

Top Prospect: SG Ramar Smith (6-3, 185, SOPH)

Projected Starters: PG/SG Chris Douglas-Roberts (6-5/165, JR); SF/PF Lionel Sullivan (6-5/185, JR); PG Jarret Smith (6-3/180, JR); C Anthony Sparks (6-8/305, JR)

Others: PF Brandon Wolfe (6-7/210, JR), PF Jairocey Simpson (6-6/260, JR), PF DeShawn Sims (6-8/215, SOPH), PG B.J. Walker (5-8/160, JR), PG Tajuan Porter (5-6/155, SOPH), SF Omar Thomas (6-6/205, SOPH), PF Carson Butler (6-5/220, JR), SF Eulis Stephens (6-5/190, SOPH)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) - April 9-11

14. SRAP (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Coaches: Dave Paulus, James O'Sullivan; Chris Phillips, Eric Jaklitsch

Affiliation: adidas

Top Prospects: C Andray Blatche (6-11, 220, SR*); PG Greg Paulus (6-2, 175, JR)

Projected Starters: BF James Tchana (6-7 1/2, 270, JR); WG Jim O'Sullivan (6-0, SR*); WF Corey McGee (6-7 ½, 195, SOPH); WF Benoit Bekono (6-6, JR); WF Bougari Konate (6-6, JR)

Others: WF Calvin Betts (6-3, SOPH); WF Will Harris (6-6, 200, JR); G Mike Paulus (6-4, FR); G Tim Jackson (5-11, JR)

Opening Tourney: Charlie Weber Capitol Invitational (D.C.) - April 16-18

15. Illinois Fire (Chicago, Ill.)

Coaches: Mac Irvin, Nick Irvin, Tony Bok

Affiliation: adidas

Top Prospect: PG Tony Freeman (5-11, 170, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Jeremy Pargo (6-2, 185, JR); WG-WF Nate Minnoy (6-3, 210, JR); C Clarence Holloway (6-11, 280, JR); BF DeAndre Thomas (6-7 ½, 245, JR)

Others: WF Jeremiah Bryant (6-7, 205, JR); G Jarvis Walker (6-3, 190, JR); BF Robert Eppinger (6-8, 240, SOPH); PG Sheron Collins (5-8, SOPH); PG Chris Singletary (6-3, SOPH)

Opening Tourney: Kingwood Classic (Houston) – April 23-25

16. Friends of Hoop (Seattle, Wash.)

Coaches: Jim Marsh, Chuck Williams

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: WF Martell Webster (6-6, 200, JR)

Projected Starters: BF Jon Brockman (6-8, 250, JR); C Spencer Hawes (6-10, 215, SOPH); PG Mitch Johnson (6-1 ½, 185, JR); WG Micah Downs (6-7, 215, JR)

Others: WG Ryan Staudacher (6-3, 185, JR); F Tommy Craddock (6-8, 215, JR); PG Jamelle McMillan (6-1, FR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

17. Tennessee Travelers (Newport, Tenn.)

Affiliation: Nike

Coaches: Charlie Benson, Ian Andresan

Top Prospect: SG/PG Jamont Gordon (6-4, 215, JR)

Projected Starters: PF David Palmer (6-8/230, JR); SG/SF Jonathan Adams (6-5/200, JR); PF Matthew Dotson (6-8/210, JR); SF Daniel Puckett (6-7/210, JR)

Others: PF Tyler Webb (6-8/220, JR); PG Dequan Twilley (5-10/155, SOPH); SF Micah Williams (6-4/210, SOPH); SG Stephen McClellan (6-1/165, SOPH); SG Rushawn Reeves (6-1/190, JR); SG Logan Johnson (6-4/170, JR); SG Verice Cloyd (6-3/170, JR); C Rob Bledsoe (6-10/190, JR); PG Zach Ferrell (5-10/155, JR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) - April 9-11

18. Team Florida (Clearwater, Fla.)

Coach: Tom Topping

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: F Keith Brumbaugh (6-9, 180, JR)

Projected Starters: PF Arminus Urbutis (6-9, 215, JR), PF Stanley Hodge (6-0, 160, JR), SG Jeremiah Rivers (6-4, 170, SOPH), SF Keaton Grant (6-4, 175, JR).

Others: SF Luc Mbahamoute (6-7, 185, JR), PG Vytautas Valiulis (6-1, 165, JR), Giedriuis Knysas (6-6, 160, JR), C Raymond Sykes (6-9, 185, JR), SF Stephane Bakinde (6-8, 185, JR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams April 9-11

19. Alabama Lasers (Huntsville, Ala.)

Coach: Wig Pearson

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: BF Richard Hendrix (6-8 1/2 , 250, JR)

Projected Starters: C Yamene Coleman (6-9, 215, JR); WF Xavier Keeling (6-5, SOPH); PG Tyler Holloway (6-0, JR); WG Xavier Gibson (6-5, JR)

Others: G Leon McKinney (6-3, JR); PG Charles (JR) Strawbridge (5-10, SOPH); G William Barnes (6-3, SOPH); BF Mike Johnson (6-7 ½, 235, JR); BF Peanut Whitehead (6-8, 240, SOPH)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

20. Southern California All-Stars (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Coaches: Ollie Goulston, Pat Barrett

Affiliation: Reebok

Top Prospect: WG Bryan Harvey (6-5, 190, JR)

Projected Starters: PG JayDee Luster (5-9, 150, FR); WF Marcus Johnson (6-6, 180, JR); BF Taylor King (6-6, 190, FR); BF-C Lowell Grissom (6-8, SR*)

Others: PG Joey Knox (6-0, JR); WF Chase Budinger (6-6, 185, SOPH); G Quentin Watkins (6-2, FR)

Opening Tourney: Las Vegas Easter Classic - April 9-11

21. Arizona Magic (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Coaches: David Grace, Earl Flaggs, Anthony Ray

Affiliation: Reebok

Top Prospect: F Lawrence Hill (6-8, 210, JR)

Projected Starters: WF Ty Morrison (6-7, 215, SR*); PG Harvey Perry (6-5, 210, SR*); PG Darren Jordan (6-0, 175, JR); WG-WF Joey Shaw (6-7, 195, JR)

Others: WG Christian Polk (6-4, 190, SOPH); G Jared Bayless (6-3, 190, FR); BF-C James Anderson (6-10, 190, JR); BF Enkem Ojubough (6-9, 205, JR); G Kaleo Kina (6-3, 200, JR); WG Ray Murdock (6-4, 210, JR); PG Tim Maiden (6-1, 185, JR); G Eli Davis (6-4, 210, JR); F James Lester (6-8, 215, SR*); BF-C Marcel Jones (6-7, 310, FR); F Harper Kemp (6-6, 205, FR); F Ty Turbinson (6-5, 205, FR)

Opening Tourney: Las Vegas Spring Showcase – April 16-18

22. D.C. Blue Devils (Washington, D.C.)

Coaches: Rob Jackson, Dale Deberry

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: F Kevin Durant (6-8, 185, SOPH)

Projected Starters: G Eric Price (6-1, JR); PG Tywon Lawson (5-10, 170, SOPH); BF Mike Freeman (6-8, 210, JR); C Lucas Stien (6-11, JR)

Others: G Corey Allmond (5-10, SOPH); F Robert Diggs (6-7, 180, JR); WG Ryan Scott (6-3, JR); C Matt Hewson (7-2, JR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

23. Pump ‘N Run (Chatsworth, Calif.)

Coaches: Ron Chalmers, Brian Taylor

Affiliation: adidas

Top Prospect: BF Jordan Wilkes (6-9, 200, JR)

Projected Starters: BF Alex Stephenson (6-8, 215, SOPH); PG Mario Chalmers (6-2, 175, JR); WG Nick Young (6-6, SR*) PG Jonathan Gibson (6-0, JR)

Others: PG Brian McTear (5-11, 155, JR); BF Evan Harris (6-7, SR*); A.J. Mahar; WG Jonathan Tolliver (6-3, SR*); WG Lorenzo Keeler (6-3, SR*)

Opening Tourney: Texas Classic – April 9-11

24. Martin Bros. (Waterloo, Iowa)

Coach: Hank Huddleson

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: BF-C Ross Marsden (6-10, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Kevin Kanaskie (6-1, JR); WF Adam Templeton (6-5, JR); BF Travis Nelson (6-9, JR); WG Tyrone Scott (5-10, JR)

Others: G Nate Garner (6-4, JR); F Grant Franzen (6-6, JR); F Patrick Fandja (6-6, JR); F Casey Morgan (6-7, JR); PG Jon Heyland (6-0, JR); G Andrew Stimson (6-1, JR); G Dan Bohall (6-3, JR); WG Jason Bohannon (6-2, SOPH); BF Jordan Eglseder (6-10, SOPH); PG Tyler Sash (6-0, FR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

25. St. Louis Eagles (St. Louis, Mo.)

Coaches Erwin Claggett, Eric Long, Roy Pierce, Ron Golden

Affiliation Nike

Top Prospect PF Tyler Hansbrough (6-9/230, JR)

Projected Starters PF Ashton Farmer (6-5/215, JR); PG Lamar Howard (6-3/190, JR); SF Arthur Sargent (6-4/195, JR); SF/PF Alex Tyus (6-8/195, SOPH)

Others PG Tim Clark (6-0/160, JR); C Cody Stoneburner (6-9/210, JR); SF Eric Jones (6-4185, JR); PG Jay Robinson (5-11/140, JR); SF Alex Barnett (6-5/200, JR); SG Zac Riley (6-1/185, JR); PF Javonte Hughes (6-8/215, JR); SG Landon Shipley (6-1/165, JR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams Invitational (April 9-11)

Others to Watch: Southeast Elite (Huntsville, Ala.); Arkansas Wings (Ark.); Belmont Shore (Long Beach, Calif.); H-Squad (Calif.); California Elite (Calif.); Inland (Calif.); Oakland Slam ‘N Jam (Calif.); Colorado Chaos (Col.); D.C. Assault (Washington, D.C.); Delaware Sharpshooters (Milford, Del.); Tallahassee Wildcats (Tallahassee, Fla.); Team Breakdown (Fla.); South Florida Heat (Fla.); World Wide Renegades (Ga.); Smyrna Stars (Ga.); Meanstreets (Chicago, Ill.); Spiece Select (Ind.); Blessed IJN (Fort Wayne, Ind.); KC Pump ‘N Run (Kan.); Baltimore Select (Md.); New England Playaz (Springfield, Mass.); BABC (Boston, Mass.); Michigan Hurricanes (Mich.); Team Minnesota (Minn.); Magnolia Stars (Miss.); N.J. All-Stars (N.J.); New Jersey Panthers (N.J.); Metro Hawks (Bronx, N.Y.); New York Ravens (Bronx, N.Y.); Albany City Rocks (N.Y.); New Heights (New York, N.Y.); New York Panthers (New York City, N.Y.); N.C. Gaters (N.C.); All-Ohio Red (Ohio); Cleveland Basketball Club (Ohio); Portland Panthers (Portland, Ore.); Portland Elite (Ore.); Philly MJC (Pa.); South Carolina Ravens (S.C.); Athletes First (Okla.);YOMCA (Tenn.); Memphis Bulldogs (Tenn.); Houston Elite (Houston, Texas); Texas Blue Chips (Texas); Squires (Va.); Boo Williams (Va.); Rotary Select (Wash.); Wisconsin Playground Warriors (Milwaukee, Wisc.); Fox Valley Skillz (Wis.); Wisconsin DTA (Wis.); Friends of Hoop (Wis.)

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