Rant Sports Top 25 High School Basketball Team Rankings
Rant Sports High School Basketball Top 25
With high school basketball in full swing and teams vying for state championships and national recognition, it’s a great time to start ranking the top 25 in the nation.
Now ranking the top teams out of thousands across the U.S. is no easy task, some teams will unfortunately be left out. Also not every team in the top 25 will be undefeated, that would be too easy and not reflect the true top teams. I did however give those undefeated teams there just-do and ranked them accordingly how I see fit.
These 25 teams are based on not just record, but competition of opposing teams as well. A big reason why you will not see just a list of 25 undefeated teams. You will also find teams with top recruits such as Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Dakari Johnson and the Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron among others in the rankings as well.
Also these top teams do not come from just one specific region, however I am aware that in certain parts of the U.S. there is tougher and more stiff competition. I understand that and also took that into consideration.
Some teams will sound very familiar to you as they look to continue another successful season. Other teams may not sound familiar at all as they are looking to start a winning tradition of their own and are starting to create some buzz around the nation.
Where exactly do the top teams in the nation rank in my top 25? Where did the top recruit’s respective schools land? Did your school make the cut in the top 25 rankings?
Without further ado, on with the Rant Sports top 25 high school basketball team rankings.
25. Neumann-Goretti (PA) 4-0
Neumann-Goretti is a talented team that is high on a lot of people's radar. The true test comes this up coming weekend as they travel to Oregon to play in the Les Schwab Invitational and after the new year as they face a very tough Whitney Young (IL) team.
24. Loyola (CA) 8-0
Loyola is off to a strong start, thanks in part to the play of top junior Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Loyola already has two tournament wins, taking home the gold in both the South Bay Classic and Santa Monica Tournament. They go for three as they tip-off in the Max Preps Holiday Classic Wednesday.
23. Paul VI (VA) 7-2
A big victory over Oak Hill Academy at the beginning of the season is a major reason why Paul VI is still in the top 25. A loss to Lake Wales at the start of the City of Palms Classic dropped the team in the rankings, although three straight wins to end the Classic has kept Paul VI above water for the time being.
22. Pike (IN) 8-0
Pike has benefited from early season losses to top teams to make it into the rankings. Led by the trio of Jordan Pickett (20.1 ppg), TaiShaun Johnson (19.8 ppg) and Zavier Turner (15.4 ppg) Pike looks to make some noise this season.
21. Salesian (CA) 7-1
Jabari Bird has Salesian playing very well this season. An early defeat to Bullard (CA) has not phased this team as they have been able to rattle off four straight victories, including defeating top recruit Aaron Gordon and his Archbishop Mitty (CA) team 72-51 over the weekend.
20. Chester (PA) 5-2
Chester came into the season one of the hottest teams in the nation and was riding a 61-game winning streak until they were defeated by Lone Peak (UT) at the City of Palms. Two games later they lost again, this time to Whitney Young. Chester looks to get back to their winning ways as they will play in the Jameer/Pete Nelson Classic this weekend.
19. Bullard (CA) 7-0
Another team that is off to a hot start to the season, Bullard has won the Gridley Invitational knocking off Salesian in the process and the Holiday Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Up next for Bullard is Oaks Christian in the opening round of the Holiday Hardwood Invitational.
18. Southwind (TN) 11-3
One of the best three-loss teams in the country and the only one in the top 25. Future Marquette Golden Eagle and top recruit JaJuan Johnson and his Southwind teammates lost to three top teams, Oak Hill Academy (VA) in the beginning of the season and two defeats at the City of Palms at the hands of Lone Peak (UT) and Long Beach Poly (CA). Those very well could be the only losses Southwind will have this season.
17. St. John Bosco (CA) 8-1
Even though St. John Bosco was upset by Inglewood a couple weeks ago, they were able to bounce back and win the Chick-Fil-A Classic by defeating two very tough teams in Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) and Blanche Ely (FL). The true test comes January 9th as they will face one of the best teams in the nation Mater Dei (CA).
16. Fort Bend Travis (TX) 12-2
Fort Bend Travis is led by twin brothers and Kentucky Wildcats recruits Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Fort Bend Travis was able to get past Archbishop Mitty (CA) on ESPN, but suffered a five point loss at the hands of St. Frances Academy (MD) the next night. Up next for the Harrison twins and Fort Bend Travis is Miller (CA) in the Max Preps Holiday Classic.
15. Iowa City West (IA) 7-0
Now that Iowa City West has top recruit and Southern Miss Golden Eagles recruit Dondre Alexander back from an early season suspension, there's no telling how far this will go. West has been dominating the state of Iowa, but on January 12th is a major showdown with Sun Prairie (WI) who is led by Nebraska Cornhuskers recruit Nick Fuller. If they are able to get through that test, there is a good chance that Alexander and his West team goes undefeated this season.
14. St. Frances Academy (MD) 12-0
St. Frances Academy has been dominating this season so far, with a huge win against Fort Bend Travis (TX) 63-58. The road does not get any easier, as St. Frances Academy will take on Lower Marion (PA) December 27th in the Kobe Bryant Classic. After that is a showdown on January 2nd with a very tough Mount St. Joseph (MD) team who is 11-3 currently.
13. St. Anthony (NJ) 5-0
St. Anthony has started strong this season, not allowing an opponent to score over 39 points while scoring an average 68.8 points per game in their five victories. Led by Temple Owls recruit Josh Brown, St. Anthony will be playing in the Shooting Touch Shootout December 27-28 against Winter Park (FL) and Central Catholic (MA) respectively.
12. Simeon Academy (IL) 4-1
One of the most well-known high school teams in the nation this year, Simeon Academy has struggled a bit this season mainly due to top player Jabari Parker being hampered by a foot injury. Parker missed the start of the season and has not been able to return to his star form since. And now with rumblings of Parker taking some more time off to rest the foot causes some concern. The Pontiac Holiday Tournament is days away and it will be interesting to see if Parker will in fact play. If Simeon is able to pull through in the tournament, the next test comes against Montverde Academy (FL). A win there could very well propel this team up the rankings.
11. West Charlotte (NC) 7-0
West Charlotte has been absolutely dominating this season, defeating opponents by an average of almost 28 points per game. Led by North Carolina Tar Heels recruit Kennedy Meeks, West Charlotte will look to show the nation why they are a force to be reckon with as they will participate in the Junior Orange Bowl Classic beginning December 27th.
10. St. Benedict's (NJ) 10-0
Tyler Ennis has St. Benedict's playing very well this season. The Syracuse Orange recruit has St. Benedict's not only undefeated but playing some of the best ball of any team in the country. St. Benedict's has scored at least 100 points three times so far and has won by an average of 34.5 points per game.
9. Oak Hill Academy (VA) 16-2
One of the most storied high school basketball programs ever, Oak Hill Academy is off to another strong start to the season. Although they suffered tough losses to Paul VI (VA) and La Lumiere (IN), Oak Hill bounced back against a good Montrose Christian (MD) team. Led by the play of point guard and Washington State Cougars recruit Ikenna Iroegbu Oak Hill Academy looks to be back to their winning ways.
8. Whitney Young (IL) 6-1
Whitney Young is by far the top team in the state of Illinois. Although their only defeat came at the hands of Montverde Academy (FL) at the City of Palms, they bounced back and defeated Omaha Central (NE) and Chester (PA) two very strong teams. Showdowns with Neumann-Goretti (PA) and Chester should test the true mettle of this team.
7. DeSoto (TX) 14-1
An early season loss to a very tough and one of the better teams in Texas Duncanville (TX) has not slowed down this DeSoto team. A victory over Simeon Academy (IL) on national television not only propelled DeSoto's season, but also shot them to the top of the rankings. DeSoto looks to avenge their loss to Duncanville in a rematch January 11th on the road.
6. Long Beach Poly (CA) 8-1
Long Beach Poly's only defeat came to (shocker here) Montverde Academy (FL) at the City of Palms Classic. Oregon Ducks recruit Jordan Bell has been able to keep this team in the top ten with wins over Tift County (GA), Omaha Central (NE), and Southwind (TN), all coming at the City of Palms. No rest for the weary as Bell and company head on the road to Texas to play in the Whataburger Tournament starting December 27th.
5. Mater Dei (CA) 10-0
With such a strong start to the season, it's hard not to put Mater Dei in the top five. They just bowled over teams in the Las Vegas Tarkanian Classic, winning the tournament with ease. Mater Dei hasn't really been tested much this season, although the upcoming Orange Holiday Classic and a showdown with St. John Bosco (CA) should make for and interesting next month for the team.
4. Findlay Prep (NV) 17-0
Although they haven't been tested much as well, it's hard to ignore Findlay Prep when they have played so many games and have yet to lose. Washington Huskies recruit Nigel Williams-Goss led Findlay Prep to the 'Iolani Classic championship. On their way to the title, they knocked off top teams Montrose Christian and La Lumiere, both of which played Findlay Prep tough. Looking way ahead Findlay Prep has a showdown with Montverde Academy in late January.
3. Huntington Prep (WV) 12-0
There's no doubt that Huntington Prep belongs in the top three, some could even make an argument that they are the top team in the nation. Easy argument to make especially when they have sophomore Montaque Gill-Ceasar who is one of the better players in the nation regardless of class and senior standout and top recruit Andrew Wiggins who has plenty of top college's after him. Huntington Prep has won in impressive fashion so far this season and in the next couple of weeks they will face top teams Wesleyan Christian Academy and La Lumiere.
2. Lone Peak (UT) 10-1
Lone Peak has been playing the best basketball as anyone in the country. There's a reason why they were the first team ever to come out of Utah to play in the City of Palms Classic. And when they got there all they did was win, knocking off Chester and ending their 61-game winning streak and then taking down Southwind on their way to the championship game. If it wasn't for losing in that championship game to the number one team, then Lone Peak would be sitting atop the rankings. A rematch with Chester on January 12th at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee, WI should be a classic.
1. Montverde Academy (FL) 11-0
The number one team in the nation and deservedly so, Montverde Academy. Led by top recruit and the top center in the country Dakari Johnson, who earned the MVP at the City of Palms Classic and Florida Gators recruit Kasey Hill, Montverde Academy have knocked off top 25 teams Whitney Young, Long Beach Poly and Lone Peak. The new year gets real interesting as they will face Simeon Academy on January 5th and then Findlay Prep on the 21st.