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North Central tops preseason basketball rankings

Despite some key losses, North Central opens in the top spot of the POWERADE state rankings. The Panthers lost senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) over the summer, but senior point man Ronnie Johnson is up to the task of being the No. 1 option. The Purdue recruit will try to bring North Central its second state championship in three seasons.

Indiana POWERADE preseason rankings

  1. North Central

  2. Hamilton SE

  3. Bowman Academy

  4. Pike

  5. Lawrence North

Click here for complete POWERADE state rankings.