Prep basketball authority, MaxPreps has released their first national rankings for high school boys basketball for the young season.
Of course things around here are really focused on Yanders Law teams - one of the top grassroots basketball programs in the Midwest. With school ball underway though, we are going to shift our focus for a moment to high school ball on the national level as we examine the top teams in the country.
MaxPreps is the most diligent site there is for tracking prep sport movement. Their lists like this one are still largely subjective, but also serve as one of the best indicators we have for the top teams in the nation.
It is early in the high school basketball season, but this will still give you a good idea of who sits near the top in the nation for school ball.
All of the teams listed are undefeated, showing the margin of error that exists at this tier. Teams that have picked up losses and fallen off of the top 25 list are Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), Guyer (Denton, Texas), Norcross (Ga.), South Garland (Garland, Texas), and defending champion Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, AZ).
Below is the full list per MaxPreps.com:
Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.)
La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)
Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.)
Belleville West (Belleville, Ill.)
Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah)
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Ranney (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Federal Way (Wash.)
Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.)
Pinnacle (Phoenix, Az.)
Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.)
Carmel Christian (Matthews, N.C.)
Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)
With plenty of games to go and holiday tournaments coming up, many of these rankings are subject to volatility. It is good to see a few teams on the list from the Midwest - there is a wealth of talent here and it is good to see some recognition of that.
The MaxPreps list on the girl’s side of things is a bit older than the above, resulting in few teams having played more than three games. Even so, that list can be found here.
As high school teams around the county fight to enter the fray on the national level on down to intra-conference play, we will be excitedly watching the basketball goodness unfold.