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NMPreps.com The Campus Tour Show
NMPreps.com - continues to bring you the best coverage in the state of New Mexico. Today, we release as a special feature on our Campus Tour, NMPreps.com The Campus Tour Show. We take a full look at each team and give you the day of practice for New Mexico High School Teams.
2012-2013 Preseason Preview60 Days of Hoops: All-Access Preseason Coverage | Classification Rankings | Coaching Records
2012 - 2013 BreakdownOVERVIEW: It's been sometime since the Rio Grande High School Ravens were a serious contender for the Elite Eight or Final Four but now in his 4th year at the helm, head coach Sean Jimenez will have his most seasoned team. In fact, besides a couple weeks they flirted with the Top 25 for a couple weeks last season (#22 and #24) this will be the first time the Ravens have been ranked this high in the NMPreps.com Top 25. For good reason too, the Ravens return one of the states top post players in Mike Torrez (NMPreps.com Top 100 Player Rankings) who is next level material. Torrez is a 6'5 forward who can knock down fifteen footers, post you up, take you off the dribble or hit from beyond the three point line.
For a backcourt with a head coach with an excellent level of knowledge to not have a "real" top guard is impressive. This will be the first year that head coach Sean Jimenez will have floor generals. Elijah Trujillo will play alongside two speedy quick little guards in sophomore twins, Juwan and Jordan Brooks. The Brooks brothers displayed a very athletic and relentless approach to the game over the post summer. These are two guards that will definitely be fun to watch this coming season. Throw in Trujillo who has been with Jimenez the past three seasons, his first, and you have a backcourt ready to make some noise. They lost a majority of scoring options from last seasons team but overall, I believe, this backcourt is better geared for a Jimenez style of play.FRONTCOURT:
They lose a powerful and talented post player but they are not worrying to much about it as NMPreps.com Top 15 player, Mike Torrez return this season and looking better than ever. The 6-foot-5 post can do several things for the Ravens program. Take you from the post with his back to the basket, or take you off the dribble from 15-feet out. He had been developing his ball handling abilities drastically from his sophomore season. Throw that in with the ability to score in the paint or hit a nice jumper or from time to time knock down from down-town. We also can't forget to mention high utility man, Louis Hernandez who will also see his name flourish with continued development being on the radar to make the NMPreps.com Top 100 Players Rankings.
We have yet to receive a Rio Grande Ravens schedule but it will look very similar to that of most Albuquerque Public Schools. They will play 90% of their games within the city limits. We do know for a fact that the Ravens get to prove that they are no pushover this season with the first game of the season, November 27th, against a Volcano Vista, who potential could be in the top 10 rankings this preseason (yet to be released on our count dow of all 67 Big School Division Teams. Don't look now but District 5-5A will rise to be one of the stronger Districts this coming season. Nicknamed by us as the "War Zone District", it will feature all 6-teams in the Top-25 this preseason. No. 23 West Mesa and No. 24 Highland High School were released last week. This historic District with all of Albuquerque's first schools will also feature the newest school in Atrisco Heritage, up form 4A. Atrisco a strong new school played for the 2012 4A Final Four and looking to make a splash in year one of 5A.FORECAST/REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS:
It takes time to build a program and who better than someone from the South Valley. Sean Jimenez has been trying tirelessly to bring the pride of the South Valley back and I believe this season they are due for that breakout season. They have both a very strong backcourt mixed together with an experienced and very talented front court. This team could be one that comes out swing on November 27 (first game) and not stop until March. I predict this team will stay off the bubble and play right into the 2013 State Tournament. District 5-5A is strong but the Ravens very well could be playing for the District Championship this season. Don't be fooled that they start the season at No. 16 because this team will only rise all season but I will let them prove it.
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