Boys Basketball-Who is #1 in the US?

(1-17-17) Lots of quality boys HS boys basketball teams playing their best after the MLK tournament weekend.

The #1 Private school is Sierra Canyon, Nathan Hale remains the top rated Public school, MaxPreps Top 25 and USA Top 25 team, while the new #1  Independent school  is IMG Academy,  the move came after last week’s #1 La Lumiere lost to Sierra Canyon 76-74.

Heading into the second half of the season, Nathan Hale will finish their season playing only schools from Washington, which should be an advantage for them in winning a possible National title.

(first # is Private or Public ranking, second # is the ranking each school has in this week’s MaxPreps Top 25, the third # is last week’s ranking)MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

MaxPreps High School Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings

PRIVATE

  1. -2. (3) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 16-1
  2. -6. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 19-1
  3. -8. (8) Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 9-2
  4. -10. (13) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 13-1
  5. -13. (NR) Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), 14-2
  6. -14. (15) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 12-1
  7. -15. (16) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 16-2
  8. -16. (NR) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 13-3
  9. -25. (25) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 20-2

PUBLIC

  1. -1. (No. 1 last week) Nathan Hale (Seattle), 14-0
  2. -3. (2) Chino Hills (Calif.), 18-0
  3. -4. (5) Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.), 14-3
  4. -5. (4) Simeon (Chicago), 16-0
  5. -7. (7) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 15-0
  6. -9. (12) Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), 19-1
  7. -11. (14) Jonesboro (Ark.), 16-0
  8. -12. (NR) Newton (Covington, Ga.), 18-0
  9. -17. (17) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), 18-0
  10. -18. (19) Evanston (Ill.), 15-2
  11. -19. (20) Basha (Chandler, Ariz.), 20-0
  12. -20. (21) Klein Forest (Houston), 21-0
  13. -21. (10) North Central (Indianapolis), 13-1
  14. -22. (NR) Federal Way (Wash.), 15-0
  15. -23. (NR) Wagner (San Antonio, Texas), 22-1
  16. -24. (NR) Champlin Park (Minn.), 10-0

Chino Hills close THRILLER without Liangelo Ball

MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

1. (No. 3 last week) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 18-1
2. (1) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 16-1
3. (4) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 15-2
4. (9) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W. Va.), 14-3
5. (2) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 15-1
6. (7) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 18-3
7. (NR) Rock Creek Christian Academy (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 12-0
8. (NR) Westtown (Pa.), 18-2
9. (NR) The Rock (Gainesville, Fla.), 19-1
10. (NR) Southwest Christian Academy (Little Rock, Ark.), 20-0

USA TODAY Top 25 (Experts) Updated 01/17/2017

01-Nathan Hale – Seattle, WA 14-0-Previous: 8
02-Sierra Canyon – Chatsworth, CA 16-1-Previous: 10
03-La Lumiere – LaPorte, IN 16-1-Previous: 1
04-Memphis East – Memphis, TN 14-3-Previous: 3
05-Chino Hills – Chino Hills, CA 18-0-Previous: 5
06-Montverde Academy – Montverde, FL 16-2-Previous: 2
07-IMG Academy – Bradenton, Fl 18-1-Previous: 6
08-Findlay College Prep – Henderson, NV 19-3-Previous: 4
09-Oak Hill Academy – Mouth Of Wilson, VA 18-3-Previous: 7
10-Simeon – Chicago, IL 16-0-Previous: 9
11-Mater Dei – Santa Ana, CA 19-1-Previous: 12
12-DeMatha Catholic – Hyattsville, MD 13-1-Previous: 13
13-The Patrick School – Elizabeth, NJ 9-2-Previous: 14
14-Shadow Mountain – Phoenix, AZ18-0-Previous: 15
15-Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – Chattanooga, TN 18-5-Previous: 11
16-Newton High School – Covington, GA 18-0-Previous: 21
17-Wasatch Academy – Mount Pleasant, UT 16-3-Previous: 16
18-Bishop Montgomery – Torrance, CA 16-2-Previous: 17
19-Sunrise Christian Academy – Bel Aire, KS 14-3-Previous: 19.
20-Klein Forest – Houston, TX 21-0-Previous: 20
21-Archbishop Moeller – Cincinnati, OH 13-0-Previous: 22
22-Jonesboro Senior – Jonesboro, AR 16-0 -Previous: 23
23-Tulsa Union – Tulsa, OK Previous: 24
24-Mt St. Joseph – Baltimore, MD Previous: Not ranked
25-Paul VI – (Fairfax)Fairfax, VA 14-2 Previous: 18

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings, Riverdale Remains #1

(1-17-17) Riverdale continues to hang on to the #1 ranking in the SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School poll.  Riverdale picked up three wins during the week, including  15th ranked Norcross (Ga). To add to the week,  Anastasia Hayes (signed with Tennessee) was named a McDonald’s All American.

Moving up to #2 is Centennial who knocked off last week’s #2 Clovis West with an easy 70-46 win.

Only one new school enters the rankings and comes in at #18, defending  Illinois Class 2A State Champion Byron.  The Tigers bring back the majority of that State title team.  Byron is 19-2, the losses were both to state-ranked Class 4A teams, Montini (56-52) and 16-1 Rockford Boylan Catholic (44-35). Montini is ranked #1 in Illinois and is nationally ranked in several other sources.

The Tigers, hosting their own MLK tournament, went 4-0 beating three more 4A schools in the process, Rockford East, Rockford Jefferson and Rockford Guilford.

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings

RANK SCHOOL/RECORD (CITY, STATE)

  1. Riverdale (15-0) Murfreesboro, TN
  2. Centennial (19-2) Las Vegas, NV
  3. Monacan (12-0) Richmond, VA
  4. Grandview (11-1) Aurora, CO
  5. Duncanville (25-2) Duncanville, TX
  6. Mesquite (19-1) Gilbert, AZ
  7. Central Valley (13-0) Veradale, WA
  8. North Central (20-0) Indianapolis, IN
  9. Manasquan (11-0) Manasquan, NJ
  10. Clovis West (15-2) Fresno, CA
  11. Timberview (20-2) Mansfield, TX
  12. Hopkins (17-0) Minnetonka, MN
  13. Edwardsville (19-0) (Illinois)
  14. North Little Rock (15-1) (Ark.)
  15. Norcross (18-2) Norcross, GA
  16. Long Beach Polytechnic (10-3) Long Beach, CA
  17. Homestead (19-2) (Fort Wayne, IN)
  18. Byron (19-2) (Illinois)

 

2016 IHSA Girls Basketball Class 2A Championship Game: Byron vs. Teutopolis

Iowa City High’s Ashley Joens – SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week

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Iowa City High’s Ashley Joens – thanks to @LittleHawkSport

(1-16-17) (#2 – 5A) Iowa City High (13-0)  (Junior 5’11 Guard) Ashley Joens is this week’s SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

This week Joens in a win 73-35 win over Cedar Rapids Washington,scored a game-high 29 points (FG 10-14 FT – 7-8) . On Friday the Junior scored 23 points and added 7 rebounds in a 59-40 win over #7 (4A) Cedar Rapids Xavier 59-40.

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Joens, who has already committed to Iowa State,  is averaging 21.6 points a game and 11.3 rebounds per game, she also joined the 1,000 point club in early December.

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McDonald’s All-American Selection Process ‘Really Takes Place’

(1-12-17) The selection process of the McDonald’s All-American team has come under some fire after an SSN article – How players are selected for the McDonald’s All-American game was shared with a prep basketball writer in Chicago.

Below is a Twitter conversation between a prep basketball writer from Chicago and SSN

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx (his intital tweet)
Don’t get worked up about the burger company all-american nominations. Totally meaningless. They basically name anyone a coach suggests.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx How players are selected for the McDonald’s All-American game- https://statelinesportsnetwork.net/2017/01/11/is-the-mcdonalds-all-american-game-a-big-deal-yep/

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt that has nothing to do with what I’m referring to.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx the entire process of nominating a player, to selection process is in the story , including who can nominate players

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt except that isn’t what really happens. those nominations have nothing to do with who is selected.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx info came straight from game officials in a reply to my email, straight from person who oversees it

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt a selection committee picks the team. they don’t care (or even know) who gets nominated. what they told you is the PR.

In an email reply to SSN from the McDonald’s All-American selection committee:

We do accept all eligible nominees that high school coaches/athletic directors submit. The nominees represent the good in high school basketball. It is an honor for these student-athletes to be considered deserving and worthy by their high school coaches who have worked with them during their high school careers.

We list the nominees on our website because if a coach feels that they have a candidate worthy of a nomination and takes the time to submit that nomination we should recognize that player for their hard work and loyalty to their high school programs.  It may not be a big deal to some people but is a complement and big deal to the nominee that their high school coach or athletic department think that highly of them as a person and student-athlete.

We do have a selection committee that does pick the team. Selection takes place through a balloting system vote:

  • Votes are confidential.
  • Committee members are instructed not to discuss any of the balloting results or nominees outside of the internal committee.
  • At no time, should any Committee member solicit information or opinions pertaining to any nominee’s athletic talent or basketball career.
  • Each member submits his or her individual votes via a confidential and closed balloting system.  The results are tabulated from all voters and the top 24 vote getters compromise the McDonalds All American Teams.

Our committee members are given the list of (all) nominees to review. Members do have the opportunity to nominate additional candidates if they feel someone has not been nominated that is deserving. Candidates cannot move forward to selection if they have not been nominated.

  1. Top 100 Consensus List

o    Selection Committee members submit their Top 100 national players based on the nominations submitted during the nomination period.

o    A Top 100 Consensus list is created from these lists.

o    The Top 100 Consensus list is then presented to the members to review.

o    Committee members are given the opportunity to add any player they feel is deserving of but not on the list.

 

  1. First Ballot

o    Committee is given the Top 100 Consensus List

o    Committee is to choose their top 50 players

o    Each vote at this level is worth one point

o    Votes are tallied and scored.

o    The Top 50 vote getters advance to the second ballot.

 

  1. Second Ballot

o    Ballot consists of the top 50+ players based on total number of votes per player voted on by the Committee; there maybe more than 50 due to ties; not usually more than 55 though

o    Committee members are to vote for their top 30 choices

o    Each vote at this level is worth one point

o    Votes are tallied and scored.

o    The Top 30 vote getters advance to the second ballot.

 

III.            Final Ballot

o    Weighted Ballot consisting of the top 30+ players based on total number of votes per player voted on by the Committee; there maybe more than 30 due to ties; not usually more than 33 though

o    Committee is to vote for their top 25 players

o    Committee members vote for players based on:

  • Point guard
  • Shooting guard
  • Forward / wing
  • Power forward
  • Center

o    The Committee is to vote five (5) players per position

  • First choice vote is worth five (5) points
  • Second choice vote is worth four (4) points
  • Third choice vote is worth three (3) points
  • Fourth choice vote is worth two (2) points
  • Fifth choice vote is worth one (1) point

o    Votes are totaled and scored.

  1. Selection

o    The top 24 vote getters advance and are named to the McDonald’s All American Team.

‘IT REALLY TAKES PLACE’

Is The McDonald’s All-American Game A Big Deal? Yep!

(1-11-17) This week nominations for the Annual McDonald’s All-American Games were announced.  Names of players from all across the nation were released.  It’s also a time for those who follow high school basketball start the discussion  of why certain players  are not on the list. There is a process that starts on September 1st of every year to find the next group of All-Americans.

2017 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees

How does a player get nominated and selected to participate in the games?

Below is the process for a player to be considered and to be selected to play in the game.

McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games

Player Nomination and Selection Process

Updated September 2015

The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games feature the top 24 boy and 24 girl players from high schools throughout the United States and sets itself apart from other comparable events in that players are selected based on a systematic voting process.   The Selection Committee, led by committee chair Morgan Wootten, is composed of basketball experts from across the country that review prospect’s fundamental talents and athleticism in the committee’s effort to identify to the top 48.  The following elements are taken into serious consideration when selecting a McDonald’s All American.

Athletic Achievement

  • Player’s accomplishments on the hardwood.
  • High school career:  All evaluations and nominations are based on the individual player’s fundamental skill level and athleticism.
  • Player’s Accolades

Scholastic Achievement

  • All nominees must be eligible to participate under the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or other comparable organization.
  • A nominee is eligible to be a McDonald’s All American if he or she is deemed eligible to participate under their high school and governing league policies.
  • Each nominee must be a high school senior.
  • Nominees cannot have repeated a grade once they have entered the 9th grade.
  • Nominees cannot have their 19th birthday before September 1st of senior year.
  • Each nominee may only have participated in eight semesters of high school athletics.
  • Player must be academically eligible to participate with their high school team based on their school and league requirements.

Behavior

  • Players who have been convicted of a felony are not permitted.
  • Players who have been charged with a felony with a case pending are not permitted.
  • Players who have a history of “getting in trouble” with either the law (i.e. misdemeanor), at school, during extracurricular activities, and/or at home may be excluded pending feedback from their principal, athletic director, coach, league officials, and/or community leaders.
  • The Selection Committee will review on a case-by-case basis.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations are submitted online at mcdaag.com  between Sept. 1st thru Dec. 1st of the candidate’s senior year.
  • Nominations can only be submitted by:

o    High School Varsity Coach

o    High School Athletic Director

o    High School Principal or Head of School

o    Selection Committee Member

Selection Process

Selection takes place through a balloting system vote that is submitted by a collective group of prominent basketball community members.

  • Votes are confidential.
  • Committee members are instructed not to discuss any of the balloting results or nominees outside of the internal committee.
  • At no time, should any Committee member solicit information or opinions pertaining to any nominee’s athletic talent or basketball career.
  • Each member submits his or her individual votes via a confidential and closed balloting system.  The results are tabulated from all voters and the top 24 vote getters compromise the McDonalds All American Teams.

Take a look at who has played in this classic over the years.

ALL-AMERICAN GAME LEADERS (Boys)

Points Scored
31 -Jonathan Bender -West, ’99
30- Michael Jordan -East, ’81
28- Eddy Curry -West, ’01
28- Paul Pierce -West, ’95
28 -Chris Webber -West, ’91
27 -LeBron James -East, ’03
27 -Jerry Stackhouse -East, ’93
27 -John Williams -West, ’84
26 -J.J. Redick -East, ’02
25 -Kevin Durant -West, ’06

Assists
13 -Jacque Vaughn -West, ’93
13- Lonzo Ball -West 16
12 -Andre Barrett -East, ’00
12 -Erick Barkley -West, ’98
11 -Sebastian Telfair -East, ’04
11- Brett Nelson -West, ’99
11 -Adrian Autry -East, ’90
10- Chris Paul -East, ’03
10- Stephen Marbury -East, ’95
10 -Tyus Jones -East 14
10- Bobby Hurley East, ’89

Steals
10 -Khalid Reeves -East, ’90
7 -Jordan Farmar -West, ’04
6 -Dell Curry -East, ’82
6-Michael Jordan -East, ’81

Rebounds
24- Sam Perkins -East, ’80
21- Othella Harrington -West, ’92
16 -Shaquille O’Neal West, ’89
16 -Dallas Comegys -East, ’83
16 -John Williams -West, ’84
16 -Rudy Woods -West, ’78
15 -Zach Randolph -West, ’00
15- Derrick Coleman -West, ’86
15 -Teddy Grubbs -West, ’79

Just by looking at the above list of names on the all-time list for scoring, rebounding, steals and assists and you can see it is a very impressive group of super stars.

To play in this game or even be nominated for the game is a big honor. The players start to receive national attention as soon as the nominations are released. Now that high school sports, like basketball and football, are gaining more and more national attention it’s a great venue for these players to perform on.  Media coverage includes ESPN, from the first practice until the after the game, plus numerous national media sites make it a point to cover the games.

This year’s game will once again be played at the United Center in Chicago.

March 29 2017:

  • 16th Annual McDonald’s All American Games (Girls)
    – Broadcast on ESPNU
  • 40th Annual McDonald’s All American Games (Boys)
    – Broadcast on ESPN

 

ALL-AMERICAN GAME LEADERS (Girls)

Points Scored
25    Sabrina Ionescu    West    16
23    Elizabeth Williams    East, ’11
22    Alexis Hornbuckle    East, ’04
21    Meighan Simmons    West, ’10
21    Ann Strother    West, ’02
21    Shanna Zolman    East, ’02
21    Te’a Omari Cooper West 15
21    Amber Ramirez    East    16
20    Nirra Fields    West, ’12
20    Natasha Howard    East, ’10
19    Marissa Coleman    East, ’05
19    Candace Parker    West, ’04
19    Stephanie Watts    West    15
19    Shakayla Thomas    East    14

Assists
7    Jordin Canada    West    14
6    Jasmine Thomas    East, ’07
6    Kyra Lambert    West    15
6    Kelsey Mitchell    East    14
6    Crystal Dangerfield    16
5    Niya Johnson    East, ’12
5    Natasha Howard    East, ’10
5    Eliza Pierre    West, ’09
5    Erin Grant    West, ’02
5    Shanna Zolman    East, ’02
5    Ali Patberg    East    15
5    Destiny Slocum    West    16

Blocks
9    Alison Bales    East, ’03
6    Ashley Gayle    West, ’08
6    Stephanie Mavunga East, ’13
5    Katie Collier    West, ’12
5    Joslyn Tinkle    East, ’09
5    Amanda Thompson    West, ’06
5    Sara Hammond    East, ’11
5    Amber Henson    East, ’11

Rebounds
14    Kelly Cain    East    07
13    Madison Williams    West, ’10
13    Stephanie Mavunga    East    13
12    Bashaara Graves    East, ’12
12    Kayla Pedersen    West, ’07
12    Courtney Paris    West, ’05
12    Seimone Augustus    East, ’02
11    Elizabeth Williams    East, ’11
11    Elena Delle Donne    East, ’08
11    Willnett Crockett    West, ’02
10    Tierra Ruffin-Pratt    West, ’09
10    Candace Parker    West, ’04
10    Brianna Turner    West    14
10    Lauren Cox    West    16
10    Sabrina Ionescu    West    16
10    Tierra Ruffin-Pratt West ’09
10    Tye’sha Fluker West, ‘02

Riverdale Still #1 In SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings

KSA Holiday Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World  Orlando, FL

(1-10-17) Riverdale (Tn) remains at #1 in this week’s SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings. Only one change in the Top 5, Homestead (Ind) drops to 17th from #5 after a loss to Carmel in OT.  Both schools are ranked #2 and #3 in Indiana in 4A, Indiana’s #1 team, North Central, checks into the rankings for the first time this week at #10.

Edwardsville (Illinois) is new to the rankings this week, they move up to #14 with a 16-0 record.

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings
1-10-17

  1. Riverdale (12-0) (Murfreesboro, TN)
  2. Clovis West (14-1) (Fresno, CA)
  3. Monacan (10-0) (Richmond, VA)
  4. Grandview (9-1) (Aurora, CO)
  5. Norcross (15-1) (Norcross, GA)
  6. Mesquite (16-1) (Gilbert, AZ)
  7. Centennial (16-2) (Las Vegas, NV )
  8. Duncanville (23-2) (Duncanville, TX)
  9. Central Valley (11-0) (Veradale, WA)
  10. North Central (19-0) (Indianapolis, IN )
  11. Manasquan (9-0) (Manasquan, NJ )
  12. Timberview (22-2) (Mansfield, TX )
  13. Hopkins (14-0) (Minnetonka, MN)
  14. Edwardsville (Illinois) 16-0
  15. Mason (Ohio) 10-0
  16. North Little Rock (Ark.), 13-1
  17. Homestead (Fort Wayne, IN) 16-1
  18. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga) 13-1
  19. Long Beach Polytechnic (Ca) (7-3)
December 21, 2016

Top-ranked Hopkins dominated the first half, then held off Park Center on the way to a 60-47 win over the tenth-ranked Pirates in girls basketball. The teams met in the state quarterfinals last season.

McDonald’s All-American Nominations

 

Nathan Hale Remains The #1 SSN National Boys Public School Basketball Team

Massillon Jackson enters Public School Rankings

 

(1-8-17) Not many changes at the top of the SSN National Boys Basketball Public School Basketball rankings, Nathan Hale remains as the #1 team, followed by #2 Chino Hills. The rest of the Top 5 includes Chicago Simeon, Memphis East and McEachern.

Four new schools enter the rankings this week, at #10 Evanston (Illinois), Chandler Basha (Az) at #11, Klein Forest (Tx) at #12 and Massillon (Oh) Jackson at #14.

MaxPreps High School Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings

(first # is ranking for the Public and or Private school rankings, SSN splits the Top 25 for these rankings — second # is the ranking each school has in this week’s Top 25, the third # is last week’s ranking)MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

PUBLIC

  1. -1. (No. 1 last week) Nathan Hale (Seattle), 11-0
  2. -2. (2) Chino Hills (Calif.), 16-0
  3. -4. (4) Simeon (Chicago), 12-0
  4. -5. (6) Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.), 11-2
  5. -7. (8) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 12-0
  6. -10. (11) North Central (Indianapolis), 10-0
  7. -12. (15) Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), 17-1
  8. -14. (17) Jonesboro (Ark.), 12-0
  9. -17. (23) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), 16-0
  10. -19. (NR) Evanston (Ill.), 14-2
  11. -20. (NR) Basha (Chandler, Ariz.), 19-0
  12. -21. (NR) Klein Forest (Houston), 18-0
  13. -23. (NR) Jackson (Massillon, Ohio), 7-0

Sierra Canyon remains as the #1 private school the week, the rest of the Top 5 includes Mater Dei (Ca), Patrick School (NJ), St. Anthony (NJ) and Gonzaga (Washington DC).

One new Private school joins the rankings, 15-1 Trinity (Ky) at #9.

Published on December 30, 2016

In the Semi Final of the 21st annual Les Shwab Invitational Sierra Canyon, CA faced off against Gonzaga, DC.  Cody Riley lead Sierra Canyon in scoring with 32 & Marvin Bagley had 30. Gonzaga was lead by 5’7 Chris Lykes who had 24 and Prentiss Hubb added 22 points.

PRIVATE

  1. -3. (3) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 12-1
  2. -6. (7) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 18-1
  3. -8. (9) Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 5-2
  4. -9. (10) St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), 8-0
  5. -11. (13) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 12-2
  6. -13. (16) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 11-1
  7. -15. (18) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 9-1
  8. -16. (21) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 14-1
  9. -18. (NR) Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 15-1
  10. -22. (24) East English Village Prep (Detroit), 5-0
  11. -25. (25) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 18-2

 

MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

1. (1 last week) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 16-0
2. (4) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 14-0
3. (5) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 16-1
4. (3) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 12-1
5. (2) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 18-1
6. (6) St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), 12-1
7. (7) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 17-2
8. (8) Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah), 15-2
9. (NR) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W. Va.), 12-3
10. (NR) Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 15-4

December 19, 2016

Highlights from the Prolific Prep 80-68 victory over Aspire Academy in the Winter Shootout from Orlando Florida.

Regis Jesuit’s (COLO) Fran Belibi SSN’s National Girls Basketball Player of the Week

(1-8-17) This week’s SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week is Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colorado) Sophomore Fran Belibi (6’1 Forward).  Belibi became the first high school girl in Colorado history to dunk a basketball during a game.  The dunk took place on Friday (1-6-17) night in a 78-23 win over Grand Junction.  The dunk received national attention and went viral on social media.

What was overlooked in that game, Belibi scored 21 points (10-12 FG), had 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 blocked shots and 2 assists.  She would top that off on Saturday (1-7-17) night with a double-double against Fairview, she would score 23 points (9-12 FG), 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in a 69-52 win.

 

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#1 Ranking on the Line In Independent School Match-up

Tyger Campbell leads #2 La Lumiere

PJ Washington Leads Findlay Prep to OT WIN At Thanksgiving Hoopfest

(1-2-17) This weekend the #1 and #2 teams in the Independent HS Boys Basketball rankings will do battle in West Virginia at the Cancer Research Classic. The two schools, La Lumiere and Findlay Prep are a combined 31-0 on the season against some of the best competition in the country.

La Lumiere in the last USA Today Top 25 also held down the #1 spot, while Findlay Prep was ranked #8.

Two schools enter the Top 10 this week, Wasatch Academy (Utah) 14-2 at #8 and #10 First Love Christian Academy (Pennsylvania( 8-1).

MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

January 2, 2017

1. (1 last week) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 14-0
2. (4) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 17-0
3. (3) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 11-0
4. (6) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 12-0
5. (5) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 14-1
6. (7) St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), 10-1
7. (2) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 17-2
8. (NR) Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah), 14-2
9. (10) West Oaks Academy (Orlando, Fla.), 10-2
10. (NR) First Love Christian Academy (Washington, Pa.), 8-1

 

IMG Academy Wins 2016 Mike Miller Classic – Championship Game Highlights

2017 Flyin to the Hoop Features National And Ohio Teams

 

(1-2-17) One of the Top National Boys Basketball Tournaments, Premier Health Flyin to the Hoop,  will be held in Kettering, Ohio for the 15th year in a row starting Janiuary 13th.

Eight schools from outside of Ohio will be competing during the  tournament:

  • IMG (FL)
  • Hamilton Heights (TN)
  • Our Savior New American (NY)
  • Prolific Prep (CA)
  • Huntington Prep (WV)
  • Wheeler (GA)
  • Wesley Christian (KY)
  • Covington Catholic (KY)

From the Stateline area, Versailles, of the Midwest Athletic Conference, will take on Tri-Village on Monday the 16th at 11:30 am.  The Tigers feature Junior Justin Ahrens, who is an Ohio State commit and whose older brother Kyle starts for Michigan State.

at the Michigan Invite

One other Stateline area team is Sidney, the high scoring Yellow Jackets are led by SSN National Player of the Week Sophomore Andre Gordon, they will open the tournament on the 13th at 630pm against Fairmont.

 

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2017 Premier Health Flyin to the Hoop Schedule

 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF TOURNAMENT TEAMS

Trevon Duval (2017), Emmitt Williams (2018), Silvio DeSousa (2018) & IMG Academy put on a show for the fans at IMG in their first game of the season.

 

NextUp Exhibition, as Hargrave Military Academy took on Huntington Prep (11-20-16)

 

 

Wheeler was led by Darius Perry who scored 17.