2015-16 Preseason Rankings

2016 superstar Jayson Tatum will look to lead Chaminade (MO) to a national title this year. (Photo by Ben Loewnau, STLhshoops)

2016 superstar Jayson Tatum will look to lead Chaminade (MO) to a national title this year.
(Photo by Ben Loewnau, STLhshoops)

 

Tournament fields are being released around the nation as high school hoops season is fast approaching. The offseason has been filled with plenty of transfers (Braxton Key & Mario Kegler to Oak Hill  Academy VA, Rawle Alkins to Word of God Christian NC), big time commitments (Harry GilesJayson Tatum, & Frank Jackson to DukeMiles Bridges, Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, & Nick Ward  to Michigan State), and breakout prospects (Wenyen GabrielJonathan Isaac, & Sacha Killeya-Jones) across the country. This high school hoops season has a little more buzz than usual as powerhouse schools all have very talented rosters and the 2016 class has been labeled as one of the greatest high school classes in history. The 2016 class is a very talented and deep class with a lot to offer and  will probably turn into the best NBA draft class since the 2003 draft which included the likes of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh.

This high school basketball season is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated, not only for the talented across the country, but also because of the stacked tournament fields across the country. Three holiday tournament to look out for are the City of Palms Classic, the Beach Ball Classic, and the Chick Fil-A Classic. The City of Palms field includes top 25 schools Chino Hills (CA), Montverde Academy (FL), Chaminade Prep (MO), Patrick School (NJ), and Wheeler (GA) as well as West Linn (OR), High Point Christian (NC), and Thomas Jefferson (NY). The Chick Fil-A Classic will be highlighted by top-10 schools Oak Hill Academy (VA), Huntington Prep (WV), and Roman Catholic (PA) alongside Oldsmar Christian (FL), Greensboro Day (NC), Bentonville (AR), and other talented schools. The Beach Ball Classic will be headlined by Mater Dei (CA), Montverde Academy (FL), St. Francis (GA), and Seton Hall Prep (NJ) and the Hoophall Classic is loaded with powerhouse match ups including Roman Catholic (PA) vs Montverde Academy (FL), Paul VI (VA) vs Chino Hills (CA), Patrick School (NJ) vs La Lumiere (IN), Dematha Catholic (MD) vs Chaminade Prep (MO), Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs Mater Dei (CA), Montverde Academy (FL) vs Sierra Canyon (CA), and St Anthony (NJ) vs Bentonville (AR).

There is no Ben Simmons to lead Montverde Academy (FL) to a fourth consecutive national championship, leaving the door wide open for a new national title winner. Top ranked seniors will look to duke it out for the top spots in the ultra-competitive 2016 class with Harry Giles recovering from an ACL tear and out for the year. 2017 prospects such as Wendell Carter, Michael Porter Jr, and Trevon Duval will try to take down DeAndre Ayton for the top spot in the junior class. Dicks Nationals continues to improve each year, and with no clear number one team this high school season this year could make for a very interesting tournament. Oak Hill Academy, Huntington Prep, Montverde Academy, and Findlay Prep look to be the preseason favorites to compete for this years Dicks Nationals title.


Preseason Top 30

1. Oak Hill Academy (VA)
2014-2015 Record: 47-1
Preview: Oak Hill Academy looks to continue their winning ways in 2015-2016 as they are reloaded and looking to take home their first Dicks Nationals Title this season. The last two seasons they fell just short of the Dicks Nationals Title with losses in the championship game to Montverde Academy (FL). This season the Warriors add top-30 2016 6′ 7″ SF Mario Kegler, top-50 2016 6′ 7″ SF Braxton Key (committed to Alabama), and underclassmen top-30 2017 6′ 2″ PG Matt Coleman, 2017 6′ 3″ SG Devontae Shuler, and 2018 6′ 4″ SF Montez Mathis. These top talents will go along with returning players: 2016 6′ 11″ Miami-commit Rodney Miller, 2016 6′ 7″ PF Joe Hampton who is committed to Penn State, 2017 6′ 2″ PG Lindell Wigginton, 2017 6′ 4″ SG Ty’Shon Alexander (committed to Creighton), and 2016 6′ 10″ PF Khadim Sy (committed to Virginia Tech). Despite losing the nations top prospect Harry Giles ( committed to Duke) for the year with an ACL injury the Warriors still appear primed for a run at their first ever Dicks National title with depth at every position and their coaching nearing his 1,000th win watch out!

2. Montverde Academy (FL)
2014-2015 Record: 31-1
Preview: Montverde Academy looks to win its 4th consecutive Dick’s Nationals and they will have to do it without LSU bound Ben Simmons. This team will look much different than the teams from the last three title runs, but led by 2018 stars, 6′ 8″ PF Silvio De Sousa and 6′ 9″ SF EJ Montgomery, they will have a chance at capturing their 4th straight. Key retuning players from last year’s title team are 2016 6′ 3″ PG Howard Washington (committed to Butler), 2018 EJ Montgomery, and much improved 6′ 10″ PF Bruno Fernando. Newcomers to this year’s Montverde Academy (FL) team include 2016 6′ 10″ Ohio State-commit Micah Potter, 6′ 8″ PF Silvio De Sousa who played for their prep team last year, 2017 6′ 9″ SF Sean Mobley, 2018 6′ 8″ PF Simi Shittu, 2018 6′ 1″ PG Marcus Carr, and 2016 6′ 1″ PG Devonta Jordan. Although Montverde Academy (FL) will have a very young core this season, it is a very talented group that Boyle will groom for another run at their 4th consecutive Dick’s Nationals title.

3. Huntington Prep (WV)
2014-2015 Record: 32-3
Preview: Huntington Prep (WV) looks to finally get over the hump and win its first national title. Star senior tandem top-10 6′ 7″ SF Miles Bridges (committed to Michigan State) and Indiana-commit 6′ 3″ PG Curtis Jones will look to lead the way for this years Irish. Huntington Prep (WV) will return starter 2016 6′ 1″ SG Ivan Gandia along with bench contributors 2018 6′ 3″ PG Jonathan Kabongo and 2016 6′ 5″ SG Luka Petrovic. Newcomers to this year’s squad will be 2016 6′ 7″ SF Micah Thomas, 2017 6′ 7″ SF Trace Young, 2018 7′ 0″ C Boya Ognong, and 2017 6′ 6″ SF David Mulumba. Huntington Prep will face a tough national schedule this year that features match ups pitting them against Montverde Academy (FL), Prolific Prep (CA), Chaminade Prep (MO), Roselle Catholic (NJ), and Oldsmar Christian (FL) along with being featured in the stacked field of the Chik Fil A Classic.

4. Findlay Prep (NV)
2014-2015 Record: 29-3
Preview: Findlay Prep (NV) will have a very deep team this HS Hoops season as they return top-15 2017 6′ 8″ PF PJ Washington, top-30 2017 6′ 8″ SF O’Shae Brissett, 2017 6′ 3″ SG Shakwon Barrett, and 2017  6′ 7″ SF Donnie Tillman. The Pilots will also introduce a talented crop of newcomers led by top-20 5′ 11″ PG Markus Howard who will bring a dynamic scoring punch to the Pilots already potent offense. 2016’s 6′ 1″ LSU-Commit Skylar Mays and 6′ 4″ SG Carlos Johnson (committed to UNLV) and 2017 6′ 8″ PF Tristan Clark (committed to Baylor) will add depth to their talented bunch. The big loss for the Pilots in the offseason was 2016 UNLV-commit Justin Jackson transferring to Hill School in Canada for his senior season. Findlay Prep (NV) looks to have the roster to contend for their first Dick’s Nationals title since 2012, but with a very talented Oak Hill, Montverde, and Huntington Prep it should be an interesting tournament when April rolls around.

5. Chaminade Prep (MO)
2014-2015 Record: 25-4
Preview: Duke commit #2 2016 6′ 8″ SF Jayson Tatum will look to lead this year’s Chaminade Prep (MO) team into the national spotlight and will have the chance to do that early in the City of Palms Classic in December. Chaminade Prep will return key big man 2016 6′ 9″ PF Tyler Cook (committed to Iowa) along with 2016 6′ 10″ PF Will Gladson and 2017 6′ 4″ SG Reggie Crawford. Other contributors from last years team who will be retuning are 2016 6′ 1″ PG Mike Lewis and 2018 6′ 6″ SF Jericole Hellems. This year’s Chaminade Prep team will be improved from last years squad who fell just short of a Missouri state title. Chaminade will have plenty of chances to prove their worth on the national stage this year including a big matchup with #3 Huntington Prep (WV) at the Cancer Research Classic in January. Chaminade is poised for a big year behind Jayson Tatum, who will shoulder much of the load in his senior campaign.

6. Roman Catholic (PA)
2014-2015 Record: 31-2
Preview: Roman Catholic (PA) is coming off a great season that included capturing both the Catholic League Title, by taking down 5x defending champions Neumann Goretti (PA), and capturing the AAAA Pennsylvania State Title over Martin Luther King HS (PA). Four of five starters from last years championship team return for their quest at back to back state titles. Returning starters include Penn State commits top-30 2016 6′ 4″ PG Tony Carr and 2016 6′ 4″ SG Nazeer Bostick along with 2017 6′ 4″ SF D’Andre Vilmar and 2016 6′ 8″ big man Paul Newman. Those four returning starters will join Haverford (PA) transfer and Penn State commit 2016 6′ 7″ SF Lamar Stevens who will continue playing with his Team Final (PA) AAU teammates Tony Carr, Nazeer Bostick, and Paul Newman this high school season. Roman Catholic’s schedule is one of the toughest in the nation this year as they head down to the Chick-Fil-A Classic where potential match ups with Oak Hill Academy (VA), Huntington Prep (WV), and Oldsmar Christian (FL) loom. Along with these match ups Roman Catholic will face off against 3x defending national champions Montverde Academy (FL) in the hoophall and take on a loaded Catholic League to defend their title against the Quade Green led Neumann Goretti Saints. Look for Roman Catholic to take home their second straight state title this year behind a good, senior laden group of high major prospects that will be challenged throughout.

7. St. Anthony (NJ)
2014-2015 Record: 28-2
Preview: The fighting Hurley’s are always a threat to be in the top 25 and with most of its core returning last years St. Anthony (NJ) bunch, this years St Anthony team will have a real chance to make a run at the Top 10. 2016 6′ 3″ Georgetown-commit Jagan Mosely will look to take the reigns this year and win Bob Hurley his 26th New Jersey State Championship. Key returners from last years Friars team are 2016 6′ 7″ SF Kaleb Bishop, 2016 6′ 4″ SG Idris Joyner, 2017 5′ 11″ PG RJ Cole, and 2016 5′ 11″ Javaris Hayes. Newcomers to this year’s St Anthony team include talented 2017 6′ 9″ PF Daniel Mading, 2016 5′ 10″ PG Asante Gist, 2018 6′ 10″ big man Oscar Okeke, 2018 6′ 9″ PF Savior Akuwovo, 2017 6′ 7″ SF Samson George, 2018 6′ 0″ PG Chauncey Sterling, and 2019 6′ 4″ PG Marial Mading. As long as coach Hurley is at the helm, St Anthony always has a chance at a New Jersey state title, and this year they have to be the favorite to capture Hurley’s 28th New Jersey state title.

8. Garfield (WA)
2014-2015 Record: 27-2
Preview: Last year Garfield (WA) took down Rainier Beach (WA) 66-51 to capture the Washington state title and this year’s team looks like a lock to do the same. Garfield returns four starters from last years championship team and all four averaged double figures last year. Returning starters are 2016 6′ 4″ SG Jaylen Nowell who led the scoring with just over 23 points per game, 2016 6′ 6″ SF Alphonso Anderson who averaged a double-double, 2016 5′ 10″ PG Jayshaun Agosto, and 2016 6′ 1″ PG Terrell Brown. Returning contributors who will look to provide a spark off the bench will be 2017 5′ 11″ PG Jelani Howard and 2017 6′ 4″ SF Quentin Richardson-daigle. Incoming transfer 2018 6′ 8″ PF J’Raan Brooks will provide some size down low and depth to a solid senior-laden group. Garfield (WA) will be the overwhelming favorite to win another Washington state title and will look to compete for a birth in the Dick’s Nationals tournament in April.

9. Dematha Catholic (MD)
2014-2015 Record: 33-4
Preview: Dematha Catholic (MD) may have the best one-two punch in the nation as they return top-20 2016 6′ 4″ SG Markelle Fultz who is committed to Washington and top-15 2017 6′ 6″  athletic SF DJ Harvey. Combo guard Fultz will likely be the primary ball handler for this years Dematha team and will need to develop his skills as a point guard for this team to thrive. Other key returners are 2016 sharp shooter 6′ 2″ Nate Darling (committed to UAB), 2016 6′ 5″ SF Kellon Taylor, 2017 6′ 7″ PF Christian Dyches, and 2016 6′ 3″ SG Reggie Gardner. Newcomers to this years Dematha team will be 2017 6′ 9″ PF Josh Calton, 2018 5′ 10″ PG Sherwyn Devonish-Prince, and 2019 6′ 8″ PF Jamel Melvin. Harvey and Fultz will carry this years Dematha Catholic team but they will need their roles players to step up throughout the year to maintain their position in the top 10 nationally.

10.  La Lumiere (IN)
2014-2015 Record: 24-3
Preview: La Lumiere (IN) is coming off a season in which they missed the Dick’s Nationals tournament for the first time since 2011. They will rely heavily on transfers to carry the load this year in hopes of a trip back to New York for Dick’s Nationals. Key newcomers to this year’s squad includes top-20 2017 6′ 7″ SF Brian Bowen, top-40 2017 6′ 10″ PF Jeremiah Tilmon, 2016 6′ 10″ C James Banks (committed to Texas), 2016 6′ 7″ PF Algevon Eichelberger (committed to DePaul), top 2019 prospect 5′ 11″ PG Tyger Campbell, and 2017 6′ 8″ PF Joey St. Pierre. Key returners from last years La Lumiere team are 2016 6′ 4″ SG Brandon Cyrus, 2017 6′ 0″ PG Isaiah Coleman-Lands, 2017 6′ 4″ SG Tyler Plummer, and 2018 6′ 8″ PF Kevin Zhang. This years La Lumiere team certainly has a chance to return back to the Dicks Nationals but it will need to find chemistry between returners and transfers early in the season to succeed.

11. Advanced Prep International (TX)
2014-2015 Record: N/A
Preview: Advance Prep (TX) is a “first year school” out of Texas who will be looking to make a huge impact on this year’s high school hoops season. The artist formerly known as Prime Prep will look to get clearances from the NCAA and start a new basketball powerhouse with the same coach and many of the same players. Advance Prep has some of the most talented players in the nation as they will have a starting lineup that will feature top-20 2017 6′ 10″ PF Billy Preston, top-15 2016 6′ 6″ SG Terrance Ferguson (committed to Alabama), top-5 2017 6′ 2″ PG Trevon Duval, 2016 6′ 6″ high flying SF Mark Vital (committed to Baylor), and 2016 6′ 9″ PF Nysier Brooks (committed to Cincinnati). It will be interesting to see how well the elite players for Advanced Prep International (TX) mesh on the court and depending on chemistry this ranking could fluctuate up or down throughout the season.

12. Sierra Canyon (CA)
2014-2015 Record: 28-4
Preview: Sierra Canyon (CA) has a core group of juniors returning to this years team that will look to take the next step and win a California state title. Led by a scary tandem of top 25 prospects in the post, 2017 6′ 8″ PF Ira Lee and 2017 6′ 8″ PF Cody Riley, not many teams will be able to match their star power down low. In the backcourt returning 2017 guards 5′ 11′ Remy Martin and 5′ 11″ Devearl Ramsey are two more high-major juniors who will look to lead this years team in the backcourt. Other contributing returners include 2017 6′ 1″ SG Terrance McBride, 2018 6′ 3″ SG Michael Feinberg, and 2017 6′ 3″ SG Adam Seiko. Watch out for this year’s talented Sierra Canyon team to make some noise on the national stage.

13. Neumann Goretti (PA)
2014-2015 Record: 30-2
Preview: Neumann Goretti (PA) is looking to win its third consecutive AAA Pennsylvania State Title and their 6th state title in 7 years. Neumann Goretti returns four of their five starters from their championship team including their leading scorer top-30 2017 5′ 11″ PG Quade Green, 2017 6′ 9″ PF Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Towson-commit 2016 6′ 3″ SG Zane Martin, and 2016 5′ 11″ PG Vaughn Covington. Key bench contributors returning from last year’s team include 2017 6′ 6″ PF Emil Moody and 6′ 2″ SG Rasheed Browne. Freshman newcomer 6′ 6″ PF Chico Whyte has enrolled in Neumann Goretti and may see a few minutes to add depth in the Saints front-court. Quade Green is looking for his third consecutive state title and he will be determined to lead this Saints as he did in his monster Sophomore year. Green will have help from his high-major big man Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, returning slasher Zane Martin, and sharp-shooter Vaughn Covington.

14. Oldsmar Christian (FL)
2014-2015 Record: 35-4
Preview: Oldsmar Christian (FL) is coming off a great year and will look to improve behind their three high major seniors. The three players that Oldsmar Christian will rely heavily on will be 2016 6′ 8″ PF Dontay Bassett (committed to Florida), 2016 6′ 4″ PG Eric Hester (committed to Florida), and 2016 6′ 8″ SF Troy Baxter (committed to USF). Other key players for Coach Fair this year will be 2017 6′ 5″ SG L.J. Figueroa, 2018 6′ 6″ SG Antwann Jones, 2016 6′ 2″ SG Herman Williams, 2016 6′ 4″ SF Jerome Merritt, and 2018 6′ 4″ PG Elijah Weaver. Oldsmar Christian (FL) will be tested by local Florida competition this year as well as potential match ups with Oak Hill Academy (VA), Huntington Prep (WV), and Roman Catholic (PA) in the loaded Chick-Fil-A Classic.

15. Chino Hills (CA)
2014-2015 Record: 17-15
Preview: Chino Hills had a rough year in 2014-15, however they will look to bounce back this year behind a Ball-filled lineup. The three Ball brothers are all committed to UCLA and will make up this years Chino Hills backcourt, top-15 2016 6′ 6″ PG Lonzo Ball, 2017 6′ 5″ SG LiAngelo Ball, and 2019 5′ 9″ PG LeMelo Ball. The front-court will be anchored by 2016 6′ 9″ PF Shane Hopkins and 2018 6′ 5″ SF Andre Ball. Other key contributors for this years Chino Hills team will be 2016 6′ 7″ PF Chazz Smith and 2017 6′ 4″ SG Elijah Scott. The Huskies will rely heavily on senior leader Lonzo Ball to lead the way this year however their is another Ball brother in the starting lineup as freshman LeMelo Ball will get his chance to play alongside his two older brothers. Chino Hills had a good summer showing in California and will look to make their mark on the nation facing a tough nation schedule that includes a trip down to Florida for the City of Palms.

16. Mater Dei (CA)
2014-15 Record: 29-5
Preview: Mater Dei (CA) will look to bounce back from last years heartbreaking overtime loss to Bishop O’Dowd (CA), breaking their streak of four consecutive California state championships. This years Mater Dei team will rely heavily on high major 2016 6′ 10″ PF MJ Cage (committed to Oregon) to dominate in the paint. Other players who will need to step up from last years top 25 team include 2016 6′ 2″ SG Bailey Stout, 2018 6′ 5″ SF Harrison Butler, 2018 6′ 9″ PF Michael Wang, 2016 6′ 9″ PF Miles Brookins, and 2017 6′ 6″ SF Matthew Weyand. Mater Dei will also add one notable newcomer into the mix this year with 2017 6′ 7″ SF Justice Sueing. Overall this years Mater Dei team has a solid mix of height and senior leadership that will help legendary coach Gary McKnight continue to build his legacy in California and across high school basketball.

17. Patrick School (NJ)
2014-2015 Record: 18-6
Preview: Patrick School (NJ) is looking to make their way back into the national spotlight with their first New Jersey Tournament of Champions title since 2009. This year they return a strong core led by top-20 2017 6′ 11″ C Nick Richards, 2016 6′ 8″ PF Cyril Langevine (committed to Rhode Island), and 2016 6′ 0″ PG Bryce Aiken (committed to Harvard). This years Patrick School team will rely heavily on their tandem of elite talent between senior leader Bryce Aiken and talented big man Nick Richards. Other returning contributors from last years Patrick School squad include 2017 6′ 2″ PG Jamir Harris, 2017 6′ 10″ PF Bul Ajang, and 2017 6′ 3″ SG Markus McClary. Top newcomers to this years team include 2016 6′ 6″ SF Mike Sagay and 2018 5′ 8″ PG Jordan Walker. This year’s Patrick School team has a real chance to put the artist formerly known as high school powerhouse St. Patrick (NJ) back on the map.

18. Apple Valley (MN)
2014-2015 Record: 30-2
Preview: Apple Valley (MN) will look to repeat recent success and win another state title on the back of talented top-10 2017 6′ 5″ SG Gary Trent Jr. Other talented returning starters returning from last years championship squad include 2018 6′ 2″ PG Tre Jones (younger brother of Duke star Tyus Jones), 2016 6′ 6″ SF Cameron Kirksey, and Buffalo-commit 6′ 11″ C Brock Bertram. Apple Valley has a senior laden team with an underclassmen backcourt to carry the team in future years. This team has the perfect combination of talent and experience to make another run at Minnesota state-title and step into the national spotlight once again. Apple Valley will face mostly Minnesota schools this year and will have an opportunity to go undefeated if they can maintain a strong effort throughout the season.

19. Atascocita (TX)
2014-2015 Record: 35-2
Preview: Atascocita comes into the year with a senior-laden group of players who will look to continue their success from last season. Last year Atascocita was bounced in their Regional final game but with most of its core in tact from last years 2 loss team expect a strong showing and potentially a Texas State title run out of this group. Five key returning seniors on this years Atascocita team who will get major minutes will be led by the talented 2016 6′ 0″ SG Carsen Edwards (committed to Purdue), along with returning running mates 2016 6′ 3″ SF Brandon Loville, 2016 6′ 4″ SF Matt Willrodt, 2016 6′ 2″ SG Jerris Harris, and 2016 5′ 11″ PG Greg Shead.  2017 6′ 7″ PF Fabian White and 2016 6′ 6″ PF Nick Mason will provide some height in the post however Atascocita will look for major contributions from their guard play to carry them throughout this high school hoops season.

20. Paul VI (VA)
2014-2015 Record: 20-15
Preview: Paul VI (VA) will look to rebound from a rough season in which they accumulated 15 losses. Louisville-commit 2016 6′ 7″ SF VJ King will lead the way for a talented Paul VI team who is looking to bounce back into the top 25. Other returning contributors for Paul VI are 2016 6′ 8″ PF Corey Manigault committed to Pittsburgh, 2017 6′ 1″ PG Aaron Thompson, 2018 6′ 5″ SF Brandon Slater, and 2018 6′ 6″ PF Vincent Lee. Aaron Thompson will need to step into a leadership position this year as he will be the primary ball handler for this talented Paul VI team. Key newcomers to this years team include 2017 6′ 6″ SF Myles Douglas and 2019 6′ 0″ PG Anthony Harris. This Paul VI team will rely heavily on Corey Manigault to perform in the paint as their lack of height could be a potential problem against top national competition.

21. Miller Grove (GA)
2014-15 Record: 27-4
Preview: Miller Grove (GA) left the state tournament early last year, losing in overtime to Warner Robbins (GA) in a disappointing quarterfinal exit. This year Miller Grove will be led by Connecticut-bound 2016 6′ 0″ PG Alterique Gilbert, a top-25 prospect whose athleticism, game management, and quickness set him apart. Other key returners from last years Wolverines include 2016 6′ 6″ SF Raylon Richardson, 2017 6′ 3″ SG Joshua Jackmon, 2016 6′ 3″ SG Aidan Saunders, and 2018 5′ 11″ PG Devonta Brittian. Miller Grove and Wheeler appear to be the top two teams in the state of Georgia this year, look for some intense battles between two of Georgia’s most storied programs.

22. Simeon (IL)
2014-2015 Record: 27-3
Preview: Simeon (IL) is looking to return to prominence and win their first state title since the Jabari Parker era. Look for elite 2018 6′ 1″ PG Kezo Brown to have a breakout season this year for the Wolverines as he has the potential to be the next Simeon great. Alongside Brown, key contributors returning from last years team will be 2016 6′ 4″ SG Zach Norvell (committed to Gonzaga), 2016 6′ 7″ SF Ben Coupet, 2016 6′ 2″ SG Josh Thomas, and 2017 5′ 9″ PG Evan Gilyard. Key newcomers to for this years Wolverines include 2016 6′ 8″ PF Terrell Phipps and 2016 6′ 5″ SF James Gordon. Simeon may be the best team out of the state of Illinois this upcoming year and may have its best shot since Jabari Parker to return to glory and finish as state champions again.

23. Westerville South (OH)
2014-2015 Record: 26-3
Preview: 
Westerville South (OH) will look to take the next step for their program and win the Ohio state title in an ultra-competitive field. The Ohio state title is never easy and this year will be no different but behind a talented core of upperclassmen look for Westerville South to be major players come March. Westerville South will rely heavily on 2017 6′ 9″ C Kaleb Wesson (committed to Ohio State) in the post to carry the load alongside his brother 2016 6′ 6″ SF Andre Wesson. Other key returners from last years team include 2016 6′ 3″ SF Jordan Humphrey, 2016 6′ 2″ SG Thomas Ennis, 2016 5′ 10″ PG Jelani Rogers, and 2017 6′ 6″ PF Antoine Smith. Westerville South (OH) will get a chance to test their skills early in the national spotlight when they travel down to Florida for the City of Palms Classic.

24. Prolific Prep (CA)
2014-2015 Record: N/A
Preview: Prolific Prep (CA) comes into the 2015-2016 season as a second year program that has steadily been on the rise over its first two years. Top-3 2016 6′ 8″ SG Josh Jackson will lead the way for Prolific Prep with the ability to light up the scoreboard at will and his relentless onslaught on the rim. He will be joined by top-25 2016 6′ 8″ SF Vance Jackson (committed to Connecticut) and 2016 6′ 6″ SG Devon Daniels (committed to Oregon State). Other key newcomers for this year’s Prolific Prep (CA) team will be 2018 6′ 4″ SG Khaleem Bennett, 2018 6′ 9″ SF Brown Eyisi, 2018 6′ 10″ PF Nathan Mensah, 2019 6′ 0″ SG Pierre Crockrell Jr, and 2017 6′ 7″ SG Abu Kigab among others. Prolific Prep has a lot of new faces this year and will need to find a way to create chemistry amongst a lot of talent across their roster.

25. Wheeler (GA)
2014-15 Record: 30-3
Preview: Wheeler (GA) is looking for their second consecutive state title, however this time they will be tasked to do it without California-bound SF Jaylen Brown. Last season was the Wildcats first chance to attend the Dicks Nationals tournament and despite a monster effort from Jaylen Brown they fell just short of Huntington Prep (WV) in the first round. This year key returners include 2016 6′ 4″ SG Cam Jordan, 2016 5′ 10″ PG Makhai Eastmond, and top-40 2017 6′ 2″ PG Darius Perry. Other returners from last years squad include 2016 6′ 6″ PF Yanni Starr, 2017 6′ 4″ PF Isaiah Swan, 2017 6′ 4″ SF TJ Smith, and 2018 5′ 11″ PG Khalil Hawkins. The key newcomer for this year’s team will be Georgia Tech-commit 6′ 8″ PF Romello White, as he will provide a post presence for an undersized Wheeler squad. Wheeler will have to develop over the course of the year to compete for back-to-back state titles as Georgia is deep with talented teams for the upcoming season.

26. Bishop Gorman (NV)
2014-2015 Record: 27-6
Preview: Bishop Gorman (NV) are looking for their fifth consecutive Nevada state title on the back of their 2016 6′ 11″ big man Zach Collins (committed to Gonzaga). Other key returners from last years championship team include 2017 6′ 5″ elite scorer Charles O’Bannon Jr, 2017 6′ 3″ SG Chris Poopola Jr, 2016 5′ 10″ PG Julian Payton, 2016 6′ 6″ SG Chase Nomaaea, and 2018 6′ 5″ SF Jamal Bey. Charles O’Bannon Jr will have to take on a much bigger on this years Gaels team as he will need to step up his scoring production and take on more of a leadership role.

27. Roselle Catholic (NJ)
2014-2015 Record: 28-4
Preview: Roselle Catholic (NJ) is looking to win back-to-back New Jersey state titles but they will be up against some stiff competition as St Anthony (NJ) and Patrick School (NJ) both will be fighting to add another state crown to their collection. They will be led by a youthful mix of newcomers and returning contributors led by talented 2018 6′ 8″ PF Nazreon Reid. Alongside Reid, talented transfers 2017 6′ 9″ SF Andre Rafus, 2017 6′ 3″ SG Nate-Pierre-Louis, and 2017 5′ 10″ PG Leondre Washington will look to make an immediate impact on this years Lions. Other key contributors from last years team include 2016 6′ 10″ C Peace Ilegomah and 2016 6′ 4″ SG Matt Bullock. Look for Roselle Catholic to grow and compete against other talented New Jersey schools in this years Tournament of Champions.

28. Greensboro Day (NC)
2014-2015 Record: 33-3
Preview: Greensboro Day (NC) is coming off their first Dick’s Nationals birth in school history, losing in the first round to national power Montverde Academy (FL). Although they lose three key senior starters from last years team they have a youthful core of talented prospects across their roster. Look for 2017 6′ 5″ SF JP Moorman, 2017 6′ 5″ SF John Newman, and 2018 6′ 1″ SG Will Dillard to take control of this team under the tutelage of legendary coach Freddy Johnson. Other key contributors for this years Bengals are 2016 6′ 8″ C Walker Miller, 2017 5′ 11″ PG Jordan Perkins, 2017 6′ 1″ SG Pearce Landry, and 2018 6′ 8″ C Adam Calhoun. As long as coach Freddy Johnson, who has amassed over 900 career wins, is under the helm Greensboro Day is always a threat to win North Carolina state titles.

29. Bishop Montgomery (CA)
2014-2015 Record: 31-2
Preview: Bishop Montgomery (CA) is looking to improve upon last years State quarterfinal exit against a tough Mater Dei (CA) team. They will rely heavily on returning starters, 2017 6′ 7″ SF Jordan Schakel and 2016 6′ 3″ SG Ethan Thompson to carry the load this season. Other returners from last years team include 2018 6′ 4″ SG David Singleton, 2016 6′ 3″ SG Matthew Mondesir, 2016 6′ 3″ SF Abul Sheriff, and 2018 6′ 5″ SF Fletcher Tynen. Bishop Montgomery will have a young supporting cast this season however, Schakel and Thompson will provide the experience to lead their young core to another solid season. California is a tough state to win a state title and the competition will certainly be fierce for the upcoming season.

30. Westtown School (PA)
2014-2015 Record: 24-8
Preview: Westtown School (PA) is loaded with young prospects for scouts to feast on this season. Widely regarded as a top-5 2017 prospect 6′ 11″ PF Mohamed Bamba is primed to have a breakout year at Westtown. The addition of top-10 2018 6′ 6″ SG Cameron Reddish will provide this years team with a consistent scoring threat and returning senior leader 6′ 4″ PG Jair Bolden (committed to George Washington) will provide a steady hand at the guard spot. Other members of the Westtown backcourt include 2017 6′ 2″ SG Najja Hunter and 2018 5′ 11″ PG Zaki Hunter. 2017 6′ 8″ PF Anthony Ochefu will provide another option in the paint beside their ultra-talented 6′ 11″ big man Mohamed Bamba. They will get a chance to show how good they are in a holiday showdown at the Cancer Research Classic versus a very talented Advanced Prep International (TX).


Honorable Mention:

Rainier Beach (WA), High Point Christian (NC), Sacred Heart (CT), Greenforest Christian (GA), St Vincent St Mary (OH), Sunrise Christian (KS), Bentonville (AR), West Linn (OR), Thomas Jefferson (NY), Desoto (TX)


Preseason Top 30

1. Oak Hill Academy (VA)
2. Montverde Academy (FL)
3. Huntington Prep (WV)
4. Findlay Prep (NV)
5. Chaminade Prep (MO)
6. Roman Catholic (PA)
7. St Anthony (NJ)
8. Garfield (WA)
9. Dematha Catholic (MD)
10. La Lumiere (IN)
11. Advanced Prep International (TX)
12. Sierra Canyon (CA)
13. Neumann Goretti (PA)
14. Oldsmar Christian (FL)
15. Chino Hills (CA)
16. Mater Dei (CA)
17. Patrick School (NJ)
18. Apple Valley (MN)
19. Atascocita (TX)
20. Paul VI (VA)
21. Miller Grove (GA)
22. Simeon (IL)
23. Westerville South (OH)
24. Prolific Prep (CA)
25. Wheeler (GA)
26. Bishop Gorman (NV)
27. Roselle Catholic (NJ)
28. Greensboro Day (NC)
29. Bishop Montgomery (CA)
30. Westtown School (PA)


2014-15 Final Top 25
2016 Player Rankings
2017 Player Rankings
2015-2016 High School Transfer List