Top 25 National High School Basketball Power Rankings
Top 25 National High School Basketball Power Rankings
Every high school wants to have the best basketball program and there have been many teams that feel they have it. Although they’re a lot of great high school basketball teams out there, they all can’t be ranked No. 1. With the high school basketball season about to start, I’m proud to announce my top 25 high school basketball power rankings.
I know you’re probably wondering how I ranked these teams? Although record is one of the primary factors in ranking any team, I also ranked these teams based on competition. In my opinion, some schools that are in Texas, California, or Illinois have tougher competition then anywhere else in the country.
Even though this is what I believe, I still give credit any team that went undefeated and ranked them accordingly. I also took into account rankings across popular sports websites and blogs. After thoroughly going through each individual website and blog, I believe I have a solid top 25 list.
I have to give some credit to ESPN, MaxPreps, RantSports, and Twitter. It was a tough and long process to come up with these teams, but I believe these teams are definitely well deserved.
Although I believe some of the best high school basketball is played in Texas, California, and Illinois, I’ve also included schools from New Jersey, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and Indiana. I’m proud to say though that two Illinois schools have made my top list and one of them is in my top 5.
I know some of you might not like my rankings, but lets agree to disagree. Rant your comments or tweet me at @ericdomingo3.
#25 Gill St. Bernard’s (Gladstone, NJ)
Gill St. Bernard’s starts off my top 25. This New Jersey school is not only ranked in the top 5 schools in New Jersey, but they’re ranked in the top 100 schools nationally. This No. 4 ranked New Jersey team compiled a 27-4 record overall and in their conference they went undefeated at 17-0. With seniors Alex Mitola, Anthony Mea, Jack Markham, Michael Hyland, Larry Piretra, and Dominic Hoffman leading the way this team has length and athleticism. They play great defense and share the ball very well. Their coached by a solid coach in Mergin Sina and is arguably the best school in New Jersey.
#24 Callaway (Jackson, MS)
Callaway high school has an outstanding program in Mississippi. This very experienced Mississippi school went 24-6 overall and in their conference they went 5-1. Although they do have a couple losses overall, they had some tough competition in Mississippi. Not only did they have a good winning record, but they were also ranked No. 1 in Mississippi across many expert boards. With experienced coach, Wayne Brent, this team can against any team in the country.
#23 Omaha Central (Omaha, NE)
Omaha Central is another great team this deserves to be on this list. They were outstanding in the 2011-2012 season going undefeated overall and in their conference. Last year they went 30-0 overall and in their conference went 2-0. They are ranked No. 1 in Nebraska and ranked in the top 25 basketball schools nationally, across many expert boards. With Akoy Agau, Dariann Barrientos-Jackson, Deshun Roberts, Kevin Scott, Tra-Deon Hollins, and Tre’Shawn Thurman this team has an outstanding team that can compete with anybody. They also have a great coach in Eric Behrens.
#22 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)
St. John Bosco is an amazing basketball school in California. Last year they had an impressive overall and conference record. Last year they went 25-8 overall and 8-2 in their conference. They not only had a great record, but they were ranked in the top 25 California schools. Many believe this school should be in the top 10, but unfortunately they had some heartbreaking losses. Coach Derrick Taylor has this team under wraps and they should have a great season this year.
#21 White Station (Memphis, TN)
White Station is one of the best basketball schools in Tennessee. Last year they had a solid record overall and in their conference. Last year they went 14-13 overall and in their conference they were 5-4. Not only did they have a solid record, but they also ranked among the top 10 schools in the state. They are coached by a great basketball mind in Jesus Patino and should dominate again this year.
#20 Tift County (Tifton, GA)
Tift County has some serious competition in Georgia, but they are definitely among one of the top schools in the state. Last year they did outstanding in their conference, but had some struggles against some schools outside their conference. They went 17-10 overall and 7-1 in their conference. They are coached by a great and experience basketball mind in Anthony Bateman and should rack up more wins this season.
#19 DeSoto (De Soto, TX)
DeSoto is definitely worthy of this list. They were one of the best basketball schools in Texas and had the record to prove it. Last year they went 33-6 overall and 9-1 in their conference. They’re ranked in the top 25 schools nationally and in the top 5 schools in Texas. Coach Chris Dyer has this team motivated and always ready to play.
#18 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, FL)
Lake Highland has always been ranked one of the best teams in Florida. Last year they proved it again with an outstanding record. They went 29-4 overall and 3-1 in their conference. They were ranked No. 5 in Florida and they’re always fighting for a chance at the state championship. They are coached by a great mind in Jeff Turner and they should continue their dominance this season.
#17 Paul VI (Fairfax, VA)
Paul VI is known all around Virginia. They dominated all over the state and country. Last year they had an outstanding record going 35-3 overall and 18-0 in their conference. This team was ranked No. 23 in the country and No. 2 in Virginia. Coach Glenn Farello always has his team ready to play.
#16 Sheldon (Sacramento, CA)
California is known for great basketball talent and Sheldon high school surely is talented. Last year, they had a great record overall and in their conference. They went 29-6 overall and 9-1 in their conference. They were ranked No. 4 in California and ranked in the top 50 schools nationally. Coach Joey Rollings always has his team focused and ready to play anybody.
#15 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA)
If you’re familiar with high school basketball then you know about Archbishop Mitty. Last year they dominated schools all over the California area going 31-3 overall and 13-1 in their conference. With the help of Andrew Wiggins, they ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 12 in the nation. Coach Tim Kennedy is a great coach is well respected all over California.
#14 Indianapolis Cathedral (Indianapolis, IN)
Indianapolis Cathedral is an outstanding Indiana team. They dominated last year going 20-4 overall and 5-1 in their conference. They ranked No. 8 in Indiana and among the top basketball schools nationally. The Fighting Irish should have a great season this season with Coach Andy Fagan leading the way.
#13 St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ)
St. Anthony is one of scariest teams to face in New Jersey and in the Natin. Last year they just didn’t lose. They compiled a record of 32-0 and ranked No. 1 in New Jersey. Not only were they ranked No. 1 in the state, but they were also ranked No. 5 nationally. Coach Bob Hurley definitely helps this teams case as one of the best teams in the country. Coach Hurley is very experienced and one of the best coaches in high school basketball.
#12 Proviso East (Maywood, IL)
I’m proud to name Proviso East among the top schools in the Country, Being an Illinois native and seeing this school go 32-1 overall and 12-0 in their conference was incredible. Their dominance lead them to the No. 2 rank in Illinois and among the top 50 schools in the nation. Coach David Chatman always has this team ready.
#11 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, PA)
The Saints are one of the scariest teams in Pennsylvania. Last year they were awesome compiling a overall record of 29-3 and they were also 16-0 in their conference. They were ranked No. 2 in the state and ranked in the top 100 nationally. They should continue their success with Coach Carl Arrigale leading the way.
#10 Southwind (Mephis, TN)
The Southwind Jaguars are definitely a force to be reckoned with. They had an awesome 2011-2012 season compiling a 27-4 record overall and 13-1 record in their conference. They also were ranked No. 2 in state and No. 82 in the nation. They should do great again this season with Coach Paul Edwards leading the way.
#9 Salesian (Richmond, CA)
Salesian definitely deserves to be on this list. Last year they were awesome going 34-2 and 12-0 in their conference. They ranked No. 3 in state and No. 18 nationally. Many Californians believes this team can win state this year and have confidence they can beat any team in the country. Coach Bill Mellis always has his team mentally prepared.
#8 Whitney Young (Chicago, IL)
Whitney Young is great basketball school. Last year their record was 16-10 overall and 7-2 in their conference. They ranked No. 11 in state and among the top schools in the country. Under coach Tyrone Slaughter this team is truly one of the best teams in Illinois and the country. Coach Slaughter always has his team ready and fired up. He’s a very experienced coach that preaches defense and teamwork.
#7 Rainer Beach (Seatle, WA)
Rainer Beach is definitely one of the best teams in Washington and in the country. Last year they had a great season going 27-3 overall and 15-1 in their conference. They ranked No. 1 in state and No. 55 nationally. Coach Michael Bethea does a great job leading this team with tough defense and excellent offense.
#6 Chester (PA)
The Clippers definitely deserve to be on this list. Last year they had a perfect season going 34-0 overall and 10-0 in their conference. They ranked No. 1 in state and No. 9 nationally. Coach Larry Yarbray Sr. has this team always prepared and ready to play.
#5 Lone Peak (Highland, UT)
Long Peak is an outstanding program. Last year they had an amazing season going 22-3 overall and 9-1 in their conference. They ranked No. 1 in state and they were ranked No.6 nationally. Under Coach Quincy Lewis this team could play against any team in the country. Coach Lewis has a great basketball mind and great competitive spirit.
#4 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA)
#3 Prestonwood Christian (Piano, TX)
Prestonwood Christian definitely needed to be on this list. Last year they went 27-4 overall and 12-0 in their conference. They ranked No. 7 in state and No. 25 nationally. With top 2013 prospect Julius Randle leading the way, this team is a force to be reckoned with. Also under Coach Chris Mayberry this team plays great defense and lights out offense.
#2 Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, TX)
Fort Bend Davis is an amazing basketball schoo. Last year they went 36-4 overall and 13-0 in their conference. They ranked No. 3 in stated and No. 8 nationally. They’re always ranked as one of the best teams in the country and have an awesome coach in Craig Brownson.
#1 Simeon (Chicago, IL)
I’m proud to announce my No. 1 ranked school as Simeon. Simeon had an amazing season last year going 32-1 overall and 8-0 in their conference. With Jabari Parker leading the way, this team is definitely a hard team to beat. Parker is arguably the best player in the country and Coach Robert Smith is arguably one of the best coaches in high school basketball.