Top 5 Pasco County Prep Basketball Poll

Emanuel Sharp has been averaging more than 20 points a game for the Bishop McLaughlin boys basketball team.

Throughout the 2020-2021 regular season, we will provide weekly rankings, news and notes on the prep basketball season in Pasco County. With the regular season now heading into the second half, we begin to take a closer look at Pasco’s top teams. Here’s a look at this week’s Top 5 Pasco County Prep Basketball Poll.

Boys

1. Bishop McLaughlin (12-5): The Hurricanes have five losses this season, but recently played in the Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina, taking on some of the best teams in the country and held their own. 

2. Fivay (10-1): The Falcons have one loss this season and that came at the hands of Brooks-Debartolo, one of the top programs around.

3. Wiregrass Ranch (6-2): The Bulls have only lost two games this season and those came against East Lake and Spring Hill Springstead. 

4. Wesley Chapel (7-4): This Wildcats have some legitimate talent and their schedule may show four losses, but those have come against Brooks-Debartolo Collegiate, Fivay, and twice to Tampa Freedom.

5. Land O’ Lakes (7-6): The first season of the Gators under the guidance of Conor Jordan has been somewhat up and down but Nate Santana has been one of the county’s best. Santana is averaging 22.3 points per game. 

Girls

1. Wesley Chapel (9-3): The Wildcats have been the county’s best team. Playing toe-to-toe with Seffner Christian is a prime example of that. Wesley Chapel is averaging 57.8 points per game and is led by Mia Nicholson’s 18 points a contest.

2. Mitchell (9-3): The Mustangs went 16-10 last season, but they have taken the next step this campaign. Mitchell has impressive wins over Fivay and Clearwater Calvary Christian. 

3. Wiregrass Ranch (7-4): Every loss the Bulls have on their schedule are up against a quality Tampa Bay area club. The losses are versus Academy of the Holy Names, Seffner Christian, Lennard and East Lake. 

4. Zephyrhills (10-5): The Bulldogs went 18-8 last season and are taking the next step this 2020-2021 campaign. Zephyrhills is averaging 62 points a game and four players average in double-digit scoring. 

5. Fivay (9-3): It’s been hard to judge the Falcons’ season based on their three losses, which have come against Wesley Chapel, Mitchell and Zephyrhills.

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