2016-17 Top 25

Michael Porter Jr has led Nathan Hale to a number one ranking, one year after a 3-18 finish.

Michael Porter Jr has led Nathan Hale to a number one ranking, one year after a 3-18 finish.                                              Photo: (Jon Lopez, Nike)

1 Nathan Hale (WA) (Last Week: #1) 29-0

Michael Porter Jr and company transformed a 3-18 Nathan Hale into the number one team in high school hoops.

2 La Lumiere (IN) (Last Week: #2) 28-1

La Lumiere won its first Dick’s Nationals championship, taking down Wasatch Academy (UT), Findlay Prep (NV), and Montverde Academy (FL) en route to a coveted Dick’s Nationals crown.

3 Bishop Montgomery (CA) (Last Week: #4) 31-2

Bishop Montgomery finished off their magical postseason run with a California Open Division state championship, taking down Woodcreek (CA) 74-67 in the title game.

4 Memphis East (TN) (Last Week: #5) 33-3

Memphis East repeats as Tennessee state champions, taking down Southwind (TN) 65-45 in the final. Penny Hardaway has molded one of the best high school basketball programs in the nation.

5 Westtown School (PA) (Last Week: #6) 32-2

Westtown School captured the Pennsylvania State Independent School championship, knocking off Episcopal Academy 73-65 and finishing their season with just two losses.

6 Imhotep Charter (PA) (Last Week: #7) 31-1*

Imhotep Charter dominated their state championship matchup with Strong Vincent (PA), winning going away 80-52 in the PIAA AAAA title game.

7 Findlay Prep (NV) (Last Week: #8) 33-4

Findlay Prep fell just short in their Dick’s Nationals semifinal game, losing to La Lumiere (IN) 54-52 after taking down Oak Hill Academy (VA) 77-65 in their first round contest.

8 Mater Dei (CA) (Last Week: #10) 33-3

Mater Dei fell just short of capturing the California Open Division state championship, falling to Bishop Montgomery (CA) in the state semifinals.

9 St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) (Last Week: #11) 30-4

St. Benedict’s Prep had another strong season under the tutelage of their head coach, Mark Taylor, who is building a strong reputation in the high school ranks.

10 Montverde Academy (FL) (Last Week: #14) 26-5

Montverde Academy took down previously unbeaten Arizona state champions Shadow Mountain (AZ) and North Carolina state champions Greensboro Day (NC), before falling to La Lumiere (IN) 70-52 in the Dick’s Nationals title game.

11 Greensboro Day (NC) (Last Week: #15) 34-4

After earning legendary coach Freddy Johnson’s 9th state title, Greensboro Day earned an invitation back to Dick’s Nationals where it registered the state of North Carolina’s first win in event history. The Bengals took down IMG Academy (FL) 59-40 before falling in the semifinals to Montverde Academy (FL).

12 IMG Academy (FL) (Last Week: #3) 26-2

IMG Academy ended their season on a sour note, losing to Greensboro Day (NC) 59-40 in the first round of their first ever trip to Dick’s Nationals.

13 Jonesboro (AR) (Last Week: #13) 32-0

Jonesboro finished off a perfect season, taking down El Dorado (AR) 74-57 to capture the 6A Arkansas state championship.

14 Patrick School (NJ) (Last Week: #16) 29-4

Patrick School captured their 6th New Jersey Tournament of Champions, and their first since 2009 as they took down Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 69-55.

15 Shadow Mountain (AZ) (Last Week: #9) 27-1

Shadow Mountain earns their first ever invitation to Dick’s Nationals, but fell short against Montverde Academy (FL) 74-61 in the first round, as they played without superstar sophomore Jaelen House, who was serving a one game suspension.

16 Tift County (GA) (Last Week: #17) 29-2

Tift County finished their season as the top ranked Georgia school after taking down previously ranked Newton (GA), McEachern (GA), and Norcross (GA) on their way to a Georgia 7A state championship.

17 Sierra Canyon (CA) (Last Week: #18) 27-3

Despite being knocked out of the California state playoff field, Sierra Canyon hangs their hat on quality wins over Gonzaga (DC), Memphis East (TN), La Lumiere (IN), Oak Hill Academy (VA), and Findlay Prep (NV) among others.

18 Oak Hill Academy (VA) (Last Week: #12) 38-5

Oak Hill Academy’s season ended in disappointment, as the defending Dick’s Nationals champions were knocked out in the first round by Findlay Prep (NV).

19 Chino Hills (CA) (Last Week: #19) 29-3

Chino Hills season ended in disappointment, after they lost in their state quarterfinal showdown to Bishop Montgomery (CA) 87-80.

20 Gonzaga (DC) (Last Week: #20) 32-5

Gonzaga took home the WCAC title, DCSAA title, and Alhambra title to end the season extremely strong and break into the top 20.

21 Brentwood Academy (TN) (Last Week: #21) 30-2

Brentwood Academy finished the season strong, reeling off 19 consecutive wins and winning the state title over McCallie (TN) 74-42.

22 Huntington Prep (WV) (Last Week: #22) 26-4

Huntington Prep had a solid comeback season, after finishing with 11 losses a season ago.

23 Trinity Episcopal (VA) (Last Week: #23) 35-1

Trinity Episcopal had a terrific season, finishing 35-1 and taking down state powers Bishop O’Connell (VA) and Paul VI (VA) in their state title win.

24 Cypress Falls (TX) (Last Week: #24) 35-3

Cypress Falls ended the season on a roll, winning 25 straight games and capturing the 6A Texas state championship.

25 Apple Valley (MN) (Last Week: #25) 30-2

Apple Valley reeled off 25 consecutive wins and avenged both of their early season losses in their state title run, taking down Maple Grove (MN) and Champlin Park (MN).

Next 5:

26 Archbishop Wood (PA) (Last Week: #26) 29-3
27 Basha (AZ) (Last Week: #27) 30-1
28 Klein Forest (TX) (Last Week: #28) 34-1
29 McEachern (GA) (Last Week: #29) 28-1
30 Jackson (OH) (Last Week: #30) 28-2

*Imhotep had one forfeit due to in game fight, official record is 30-2