High School Power Rankings: November 30, 2011

Huntington Prep drops a peg this week after losing to Tilton

It was more famine than feast this past Thanksgiving week with many teams resting. However, we did get some good action at the DFW Thanksgiving Hoopfest where Grace Prep was impressive and Prestonwood Christian Academy jumps onto our radar. The biggest contest took place at the State Farm Tournament of Champions between No. 3 Tilton and previously No. 4 ranked Huntington Prep. Tilton's Nerlens Noel once again proved his worth leading the Rams to a 53-48 victory and getting Most Outstanding Player honors. Bigger games loom this weekend, No. 2 Findlay Prep travels to Texas to see No. 11 Marcus. Tilton takes on No. 16 South Kent on Sunday and No. 3 Oak Hill Academy battles No. 20 La Lumiere. The fun has officially started.

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Rank Prev Team Comments
1 1 none
5th year/prep school
Wolfeboro, NH

Record: 5-0

Key Wins: Notre Dame Prep

Key Losses: None

Weekly Report: After ten days off, the No. 1 team in the land gets back to work this afternoon with a home matchup with Holderness. Brewster is 5-0 on the young season, winning its games by an average of 23 points.

Up Next: 11/30 vs. Holderness School

2 2 none
4-year non-traditional
Henderson, NV

Record: 4-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Christian Faith Center Academy 112-79

Weekly ReportAnthony Bennett, Brandon Ashley and the rest of Findlay Prep made their case for the top spot in our rankings with a convincing win over Christian Faith Center Academy at the Kentucky Preseason Showcase. Things get tougher this week though when they face No. 11 Marcus on Saturday.

Up Next: 12/30 vs. Marcus

3 3 none
5th year/prep school
Tilton, NH

Record: 4-0

Key Wins: Huntington Prep

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Trent Internationale76-52, beat Sunrise Christian Academy 47-42, beat Huntington Prep 53-48

Weekly Report: After blowing out Trent Internationale and earning a tougher-than-expected win over Sunrise Christian, Tilton picked up a statement victory by beating Huntington Prep to take the State Farm Tournament of Champions. Nerlens Noel was named tournament MVP while teammate Wayne Seldon made the All-Tournament team.

Up Next: 12/4 vs. South Kent

4 5 up
4-year traditional
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Record: 9-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: Following a busy start to the season, the 9-0 Warriors rested last week and return to the court tonight against Thomasville Prep. Then on Saturday, Oak Hill gets one of the best matchups of the week: La Lumiere in the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Up Next: 12/3 vs. La Lumiere

5 4 down
4-year non-traditional
Huntington, WV

Record:5-1

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: Tilton

Results: beat Sunrise Christian Academy 49-39, beat Trent Internationale 79-41, lost to Tilton 53-48

Weekly Report:Like Tilton, Huntington Prep was able to trounce Trent Internationale and grind out a win over Sunrise Christian. But in the marquee battle of the week, Tilton escaped with a five-point win, despite guards Negus Webster-Chan and Andrew Wiggins making the All-Tournament team.

Up Next: 12/2 vs. Wesley Christian


6 6 none
4-year traditional
Chicago, Ill.

Record: 0-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: The long wait is almost over. The Wolverines get started on Saturday with their season opener against Hillcrest

Up Next: 12/3 vs. Hillcrest

7 7 none
4-year traditional
Las Vegas, NV

Record: 0-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: This will be the last week off for our team from Las Vegas, as Shabazz Muhammad and Co. are inching closer to their first game.

Up Next: 12/9 vs. Durango

8 8 none
5th year/prep school
New Hampton, NH

Record: 2-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: New Hampton hasn’t lost yet and didn’t play last week. The Huskies look to stay unbeaten tonight when they play St. Thomas More from Connecticut.

Next Up: Tonight vs. St. Thomas More

9 9 none
4-year traditional
Jersey City, NJ

Record: 0-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: St. Anthony is off for a couple more weeks before finally opening play with back-to-back away games against Emily Fischer Academy and Trenton Catholic.

Next Up: 12/16 vs. Emily Fischer Academy

10 10 none
4-year traditional
Lithonia, GA

Record: 2-0

Key Wins: Milton

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Redan 86-51

Weekly Report: The Wolverines stay unblemished for another week. Tony Parker had 26 points and 18 boards in last night’s win. They will need the same effort from him in a looming matchup with Shaq Goodwin and Southwest DeKalb.

Next Up: 12/2 at Mays

11 11 none
4-year traditional
Flower Mound, TX

Record: 8-0

Key Wins: Houston Yates

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Houston Yates 80-67, beat Upper Room Christian 61-54

Weekly ReportThe Thanksgiving Hoopfest presented a formidable challenge for Marcus, but the team from Flower Mound responded well. Marcus pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Yates by 13 last Friday, then withstood a late charge from Upper Room Christian to win by seven on Saturday.

Next Up: 12/3 vs. Findlay Prep

12 12 none
4-year traditional
Hyattsville, MD

Record: 0-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: Maryland’s highest ranked team finally begins its season with two games this week. Jerami Grant and James Robinson are the two players to watch.

Up Next: 12/3 vs. Glenelg Country Day

13 13 none
4-year traditional
Rockville, MD

Record: 0-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: Challenging DeMatha as Maryland’s other team of note, Montrose begins its season Friday at Hayfield, then Saturday against Woodbridge, before a Tuesday game against Friendship Collegiate.

Up Next: 12/3 vs. Hayfield

14 14 none
4-year traditional
Santa Ana, CA

Record: 2-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Mission Viejo 89-53, Los Alamitos 72-27

Weekly Report: Two blowout wins mark the early season for the West Coast squad. Xavier Johnson and Katin Reinhardt both dropped 15 points in their win over Los Alamitos last night. Should see a couple more wins leading up to the City of Palms Classic.

Up Next: 12/1 at San Juan Hills

15 15 none
4-year traditional
Arlington, TX

Record: 6-0

Key Wins: Fort Bend Travis

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Fort bend Travis 76-72, South Oak Cliff 85-62

Weekly Report: Last week ended easy enough with Grace Prep dominating HCYA North last Tuesday. But they ran into a tough Fort Bend Travis team on Saturday and were able to escape by four points for their first quality win of the season.

Up Next: 12/15 vs. Prestonwood Christian Academy

16 16 none
5th year/prep school
South Kent, CT

Record: 3-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly ReportRicardo Ledo’s team took the week off after racing out to three quick wins to start the season. After a game on Friday, a matchup with Tilton looms later in the week.

Up Next: 12/2 vs. Worcester Academy

17 17 none
4-year traditional
Montverde, FL

Record: 3-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Orlando Christian Prep 74-62, beat Bartow 75-26

Weekly Report: The duo of Michael Frazier and Kasey Hill combined for 41 points to lead Montverde against Orlando Christian Prep. Then on Monday, it was Chris Davenport who led a balanced scoring attack as the Eagles crushed Bartow at home.

Up Next: 12/6 vs. Dr. Phillips

18 18 none
4-year traditional
Indianapolis, IN

Record: 1-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Pike 88-76

Weekly Report: North Central got its season off to a good start this week with a 12-point win over Pike, but we will have to wait until they face some better competition before we know how they will fare without D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Up Next: 12/2 vs. Richmond 

19 19 none
4-year traditional
Richmond, TX

Record: 3-0

Key Wins: Houston Yates

Key Losses: Grace Prep

Results: beat La Marque 76-38, lost to Grace Prep 76-72

Weekly Report: It's tough to fault Fort Bend Travis for losing to Grace Prep this week, especially considering they thumped La Marque earlier in the week. 

Up Next: 12/6 vs. Morton Ranch

20 20 none
4-year traditional
La Porte, Ind.

Record: 6-0

Key Wins: Vermont Academy

Key Losses: None

Results: beat AIM Prep 50-38, Summit Christian 95-79

Weekly Report: Two more wins against unranked teams during this past week. The competition revs up a notch this weekend with a battle with No. 4 Oak Hill Academy.

Up Next: 12/3 vs. Oak Hill Academy

21 21 none
4-year traditional
Jacksonville, FL

Record: 2-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: beat Oldsmar Christian 103-55

Weekly Report: Six players scored in double figures as Arlington Country Day nearly doubled up on Oldsmar Christian. Torian Graham led the way with 33 points and seven steals.

Up Next: 12/2 at The Big Deal Tournament

22 22 none
4-year traditional
Middle Village, N.Y.

Record: 0-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: New York City’s Top 25 representative plays its first game on Saturday. UConn commit and senior Omar Calhoun will be the unquestioned leader on the team and will be the main player to watch for the Royals.

Up Next: 12/3 vs. Jefferson

23 23 none
4-year traditional
Wichita Heights, KS

Record: 0-0

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly ReportPerry Ellis made a name for himself over the summer. Now, he looks to carry Wichita Heights to the top of our rankings. The Falcons will look to start the season off with a win when they tip things off on Friday.

Next Up: 12/2 vs. North

24 24 none
4-year traditional
Decatur, GA

Record: 1-0

Key Wins: Southwest DeKalb

Key Losses: None

Results: N/A

Weekly Report: After a win a few weeks ago to start the season against Southwest DeKalb, Columbia returns to the court this weekend against Greater Atlanta Christian, before another break of over a week.

Next Up: 12/4 vs. Greater Atlanta Christian

25 25 none
5th year/prep school
Saxton River, VT

Record: 0-1

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: La Lumiere

Results:N/A

Weekly Report: Vermont had a tough start to the season ten days ago when it lost to La Lumiere, but will have a chance to redeem itself with a couple wins in the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic, Dec. 2-4.

Up Next: 12/2 vs. Putnam Science Academy

Best of the Rest

Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Cali.), Chester (Chester, Pa.), Friends Central (Wynnewood, Pa.), Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.), Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.), La Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Cali.), Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa), Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.), Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.), Our Savior New American (Centerreach, NY), Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, TX), Riverside Academy (Reserve, LA), St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.), St. Frances (Baltimore, MD), St. John Neuman (Philadelphia, PA), Whitney Young (Chicago, IL)

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