Overland heads preseason 5A boys basketball rankings

Denver East Overland boys basketball

Austin Conway and Overland are the preseason No. 1 team in 5A boys basketball. (Pam Wagner).

Overland, a final four team a season ago, is the preseason No. 1 pick in Class 5A boys basketball.

The Trailblazers return a talented roster, as well as three of their four leading scorers from 2013-14. Included are senior Division I commits Austin Conway (Wyoming) and Ryan Swan (Air Force), as well as top 2016 national recruit De'Ron Davis.

Overland got 10 first-place votes, and had 151 total points.

Regis Jesuit is No. 2 in CHSAANow.com's 5A poll, while defending champion Denver East begins at No. 3. Eaglecrest is fourth, and ThunderRidge rounds out the top 5.

Also ranked in the preseason is No. 6 Chaparral, No. 7 Abraham Lincoln, No. 8 Arvada West, No. 9 Rangeview and No. 10 Mountain Vista.

Elsewhere, Sanford is the lone defending champion to open up as a preseason No. 1 team. It heads the 2A poll.

Reflecing the uncertainty of the 4A this year, eight different teams received first-place votes in that classification's preseason ranking.

Longmont got five of those votes, and leads the 4A poll as preseason No. 1. Pueblo South also got five first-place votes, and is No. 2.

Lewis-Palmer is third, Thomas Jefferson is fourth and Valor Christian rounds out the top five. Defending champion Pueblo East is No. 9 in the preseason. Holy Family, last season's 3A champion which moved up to 4A this year, is No. 8.

In 3A, Colorado Academy leads the way. The Mustangs, runner-up last season, received seven of the 11 first-place votes.

1A's preseason poll is led by McClave. Defending champion Hi-Plains is No. 3.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. Polls are released each Monday.

Complete rankings are below.

CHSAANow.com Boys Basketball Polls

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

First-place votes are in parentheses.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Overland (10) 0-0 151
2 Regis Jesuit (1) 0-0 117
3 Denver East (4) 0-0 110
4 Eaglecrest 0-0 94
5 ThunderRidge (1) 0-0 89
6 Chaparral 0-0 82
7 Abraham Lincoln 0-0 50
8 Arvada West 0-0 39
9 Rangeview 0-0 35
10 Mountain Vista 0-0 28
Others receiving votes:
Legend 25, Fossil Ridge 11, Cherry Creek 10, Rock Canyon 9, Dakota Ridge 6, Highlands Ranch 6, Chatfield 4, Smoky Hill 4, Aurora Central 3, Cherokee Trail 3, Montbello 3, Boulder 1.

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Longmont (5) 0-0 132
2 Pueblo South (5) 0-0 102
3 Lewis-Palmer (2) 0-0 90
4 Thomas Jefferson (1) 0-0 89
5 Valor Christian (1) 0-0 84
6 D'Evelyn (1) 0-0 69
7 Sand Creek 0-0 55
8 Holy Family 0-0 44
9 Pueblo East (1) 0-0 43
10 Denver South (1) 0-0 36
Others receiving votes:
Golden 33, Cheyenne Mountain 30, Pueblo Central 18, Air Academy 14, Denver West 13, Mead 13, Steamboat Springs 11, Mesa Ridge 10, Thompson Valley 10, Pueblo West 8.

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Colorado Academy (7) 0-0 103
2 Colorado Springs Christian (2) 0-0 89
3 Faith Christian (2) 0-0 80
4 Moffat County 0-0 66
5 Jefferson Academy 0-0 44
6 Lutheran 0-0 39
7 St. Mary's 0-0 25
8 Kent Denver 0-0 21
9 DSST-Stapleton 0-0 19
10 The Pinnacle 0-0 17
Others receiving votes:
Brush 16, Manitou Springs 14, Grand Valley 12, Machebeuf 9, Platte Valley 8, Aspen 7, Centauri 6, Eaton 6, Sterling 6, Monte Vista 5, Buena Vista 4, Bennett 2, Frontier Academy 2, St. Mary's Academy 2, University 2, Strasburg 1.

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Sanford (10) 0-0 100
2 Ignacio 0-0 89
3 Simla 0-0 57
4 Resurrection Christian 0-0 56
5 Akron 0-0 46
6 Meeker 0-0 41
7 Rye 0-0 35
8 Sedgwick County 0-0 28
9 Holyoke 0-0 24
10 Yuma 0-0 16
Others receiving votes:
Center 13, Crowley County 13, Denver Christian 11, Caliche 9, Peyton 6, Ellicott 4, Mancos 1, Swink 1.

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 McClave (8) 0-0 95
2 Norwood 0-0 75
3 Hi-Plains (1) 0-0 68
4 Fleming 0-0 62
5 Holly 0-0 54
6 Cheyenne Wells 0-0 45
7 South Baca 0-0 34
8 Sangre De Cristo (1) 0-0 29
9 Jim Elliot 0-0 22
10 Granada 0-0 15
Others receiving votes:
Peetz 6, Arickaree/Woodlin 5, Denver Jewish 5, Shining Mountain 5, Cheraw 4, Otis 4, Primero 4, Kit Carson 3, Community Christian 2, Sierra Grande 1.