High school basketball season begins this week with the O'Gorman boys and the Lincoln girls opening as the favorites in Class AA.

The South Dakota High School Basketball Media Poll will be released each Monday at 5:00 PM. This year's preseason poll features multiple Sioux Falls metro area schools ranked in Class AA.

O'Gorman is the favorite entering the season for Class AA boys. The Knights bring back many players from last year including Augustana recruit Akoi Akoi, USF recruit Jack Cartwright, and Zach Norton. O'Gorman opens the season at home against Roosevelt on Friday (December 13) night.

Sioux Falls Lincoln also brings back most of the roster from their runner-up finish last year. That has led to the Patriots being at the top of the rankings entering this year. Lincoln is led by USD recruit Morgan Hansen, and SDSU softball recruits Emma Osmundson. Lincoln begins to play in Watertown on Friday.

Preseason South Dakota Media basketball poll for the 2019-20 season. Teams are ranked by points received and first-place votes are in parentheses.

Boys

Class AA

  1. O’Gorman (15) 84
  2. Yankton (3) 70
  3. Brandon Valley 52
  4. Roosevelt 32
  5. Huron 26

Receiving votes: Lincoln 4, Rapid City Central 1, Aberdeen Central 1

Class A

  1. St. Thomas More (15) 87
  2. SF Christian (3) 60
  3. Dell Rapids 54
  4. Lennox 27
  5. Sioux Valley 20

Receiving votes: Tea Area 13, Crow Creek 7, Red Cloud 1, Dakota Valley 1.

Class B

  1. De Smet (13) 83
  2. Viborg-Hurley (4) 68
  3. White River 43
  4. Sully Buttes (1) 34
  5. Dell Rapids St. Mary 22

Receiving votes: Aberdeen Christian 9, Canistota 7, Hanson 3, Northwestern 1.

Girls

Class AA

  1. Lincoln (11) 83
  2. O’Gorman (6) 75
  3. Stevens 41
  4. Washington 31
  5. Brandon Valley (1) 28

Receiving votes: Harrisburg 10, Yankton 2.

Class A

  1. T-1. Winner (11) 78
  2. T-1. Lennox (6) 78
  3. St. Thomas More (1) 54
  4. SF Christian 32
  5. West Central 13

Receiving votes: McCook Central/Montrose 10, Miller 3, Hamlin 1, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 1.

Class B

  1. Corsica-Stickney (15) 84
  2. Castlewood (1) 55
  3. De Smet (1) 52
  4. White River (1) 44
  5. Ethan 27

Receiving votes: Bridgewater-Emery 7, Faith 1.