2015-16 Rest of the Metro Preview

This is the 13th preview in my 2015-2016 season preview series.  In this preview, I conclude my look at the teams around the metro with a look at the local independents and any other teams in The Kingdom that I haven't previewed yet and want to mention.  For a list of all the season previews and how they were generated, click here.  But don't fret, we're not done yet.  Next week, we'll begin a 3 week look at the local sections.

CHOF Lions (2014-15 season 12-12)
Kit Piepkorn led the Lions in scoring again at 19 a night last season and is back for his senior season at shooting guard.  He joins the rest of the starting lineup coming back.  Only 2 role playing seniors depart.  Tim Rohlf also averaged double figures.  Anders Strandlund will once again man the middle.

Cristo Rey Jesuit Pumas (2014-15 season 15-12)
Jericho Sims had a breakout summer on the AAU circuit.  No the junior returns to the Pumas poised for a big season.   He averaged 17.2 PPG last year.  22.8 PPG from Davonte Smith will need to be replaced.  Senior Drakarr Lobley and junior Karlton Gregory return to the lineup.  They should pick up some of that scoring slack.

FAIR Falcons (2014-15 season 6-14)
The Falcons lose 2 top scorers in Armani Scott and Laron Reynolds.  They do have some young pieces returning that saw time last year.  Junior Otis Turner will be the veteran of the group.  Soph Treavon Nystrom and freshmen Kresean Greer and Dameon Jones all saw time last year.  Though Greer may now be at De La Salle. 

Learning for Leadership Mustangs (2014-15 season 1-16)
Abdul Aden departs but the rest of the roster returns.  But still expect a long year in northeast Minneapolis.

Minnesota Transitions Wolves (2014-15 season 23-6)
The Wolves return their top 2 scorers with Isaiah Wade inside and Lewis McCaleb on the outside.  It wouldn't shock me to see Wade have a 20 and 10 season.  Sophomore Charles Gordon returns to the backcourt.  Behind Wade they'll need to find some size.

Prairie Seeds Academy Lycans (2014-15 season 12-10)
6'8" Post Brandon Egge has graduated but everyone else returns.  That includes the top 2 scorers returning as juniors.  Daveon Gibson and Brian Robinson combined for 37+ PPG last year.  Egge was the only size the Lycans had.  The rest of the lineup is very small.

St. Croix Prep Lions (2014-15 season 14-14)
New head coach Keven Seim comes in from Totino-Grace.  But this is closer to his prior gig in Stillwater.  He has to replace 31.5 PPG from PG Michael Gutierrez.  Sophomore Jayton Metcalf figures to take his place.  The other double figure scorer Jared Shea also graduated.  Quinn Fisher and Sam Richardson are the returning starters.  Juniors Austin Have and Matt Kaul saw time last season.  Size and depth are concerns.

Spectrum Sting (2014-2015 season, 12-14)
Senior center Zach Knollenberg averaged 22.5 PPG to go with almost 10 boards a night.  Ben Maki's 11.2 PPG graduated.  Junior Nick Anderson returns after averaging 8.2 PPG.  Freshman Cole Elrod also returns after being part of the rotation last season.  This will be the Sting's last season as an independent.  They'll join the MCAA next season.

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