Montrose earns top billing in preseason hoop rankings

Montrose Christian already fielded a loaded roster with the return of seniors Justin Anderson and Kevin Larsen. The addition of former Missouri standout Ishmail Wainright catapults last year's NHSI winners into the national championship discussion. Stu Vetter's troops open the season at No. 4 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and tops in Greater D.C. play.

Joining them in the national rankings are WCAC heavyweights DeMatha (No. 13) and Gonzaga (No. 19). Each team boasts a playmaking point guard with DeMatha featuring Pitt commit James Robinson and Gonzaga returning reigning Gatorade D.C. Player of the Year Nate Britt II. Paul VI is the top team in Virginia, while 4A champ North Point leads the way for Maryland Public Schools.

The top three teams at the start of the season look like this:

1. Montrose Christian

2. DeMatha

3. Gonzaga

Here's a closer look at the area's top hoop teams.