Posted On: 11/26/19 8:34 AM

Basketball season is right around the corner. Teams are firing up practice this week and games will be starting in less than two weeks. With that in mind, it’s time to unveil my preseason top-10 rankings.

Bismarck Century

Bismarck Century has been the dominant team in Class A North Dakota for years and that doesn’t appear to be ending this winter. Lauren Ware is the best two-way player in the state and can dominate a game in ways few others are capable. Julia Fitterer, Chloe Markovic and Anna Kinnebrew are all back after solid seasons last year as well. The Patriots are the heavy favorite to repeat as state champs again.

Devils Lake

The Firebirds were clearly the second best team in Class A last season, reaching the state title game and giving the Patriots a good run. Jes Mertens is back after averaging better than 12 points and five rebounds. She’s a potential Player-of-the-Year candidate as she’ll likely take on a bigger role offensively this winter. Ramsey Brown averaged 12.6 points per game last year and returns. The Firebirds also bring back a solid core of role players including Abby Johnson and Jailyn

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