High School Power Rankings Week 7: December 28, 2011

Brewster goes into the new year in the same spot, No. 1.

After the front 7 – shifting goes all over the place in this week's Power Rankings. Julius Randle and Prestonwood Academy winning the City of Palms and avenging an early loss to Grace Prep puts them at No. 8. Poor weeks for West Coast power Bishop Gorman and Mater Dei pushed them back. While departures from Miller Grove, Columbia and Riverside Academy opened the door for newcomers – including Aaron Gordon and Archbishop Mitty.

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1 1 none
5th year/prep school
Wolfeboro, NH

Record: 10-0
Key Wins: Notre Dame Prep, Tilton
Weekly Report: Mitch McGary and Brewster was able to enjoy the week off, knowing its top spot was not threatened. New Hampton lies after the New Year, then a big time rematch with Tilton at the Hoop Hall Classic.
Next Up: 1/6 vs. New Hampton

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

Record: 13-0
Key Wins: Marcus
Weekly Report: No games for Findlay Prep this week, but they will get to make their claim for the top spot on Thursday when they face a tough La Lumiere squad with something to prove led by Indiana-bound Haner Perea.
Next Up: 12/29 vs. La Lumiere

3 3 none
4-year traditional
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Record: 22-0
Key Wins: Grace Prep, La Lumiere, Miller Grove
Results: Beat David Douglas, 93-53, Beat Westtown, 93-43; beat W.J. Keenan, 68-67; beat Paul IV, 76-55
Weekly Report: Oak Hill became the first team to 20 wins in our power rankings with three straight at the Chick-fil-A Classic. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 17 points in the title game while N.C. State bound Tyler Lewis dealt 13 assists.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Les Schwab Invitational

4 4 none
4-year traditional
Chicago, Ill.

Record: 8-0
Key Wins: Whitney Young
Results: Beat Corliss, 79-51; beat Whitney Young, 62-55
Weekly Report: Those in the Chicago area were treated to a great game when the Wolverines beat crosstown rival Whitney Young last week. Ultimately, Jabari Parker and Simeon emerged victorious over Jahlil Okafor’s crew. Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Okafor showed why he is so highly touted by scoring 20. The difference, however, was that Simeon’s supporting cast was a bit more effective. Kendrick Nunn had 19 and stretch big man Steve Taylor had 16.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Pontiac Holiday Tournament

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

Record: 10-2
Results: Beat Wilbraham and Monson, 63-47
Weekly Report: All eyes were on Prestonwood Christian at City of Palms last week, but Tilton quietly won the signature series title with a resounding win over Wilbraham and Monson. Georges Niang showed off his post-moves and Wayne Selden led the way for the Rams, who also saw a strong contribution from senior Kevin Crescenzi (13 points).
Next Up: 1/6 vs. Proctor

6 6 none
4-year traditional
Jersey City, NJ

Record: 3-0
Weekly Report: St. Anthony was off this week, but future Bruin Kyle Anderson and Co. are in Boston tonight for a Christmas tournament. After that, the schedule gets brutal as the Friars are in action seemingly every other day for the rest of the year.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Christmas Tournament

7 7 none
4-year non-traditional
Huntington, WV

Record: 9-1
Key Losses: Tilton
Results: Beat Northland, 71-62; beat Taft, 72-53
Weekly Report: After getting by Northland, Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep outlasted a tougher-than-expected Taft team in the Ironton Classic by closing the game on a 27-12 run. Now, Huntington Prep will enjoy some time off before a marquee game versus Whitney Young.
Next Up: 1/8 vs. Whitney Young

8 12 up
4-year traditional
Plano, TX

Record: 8-1
Key Wins: Bishop Gorman, Grace Prep
Key Losses: Grace Prep
Results: Beat Grace Prep, 62-42
Weekly Report: Prestonwood Christian continued to show why it is the surprise team of the year so far, by dismantling Grace Prep by 20 in the City of Palms final. College royalty is after Five-Star rated Julius Randle is a big reason for their early success so far, but don’t forget about freshman Mickey Mitchell — one of the best in his class.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Scott County

9 8 down
4-year traditional
Arlington, TX

Record: 11-2
Key Wins: Fort Bend Travis, Mater Dei Christian, Prestonwood Christian, Montverde Academy
Key Losses: Oak Hill, Prestonwood Christian
Results: Lost to Prestonwood Christian, 62-42
Weekly Report: If you missed what happened last week at City of Palms, you can get all caught up here. Grace Prep lost in the title game to the same Prestonwood Christian team they beat before the tournament started.
Next Up: 1/3 vs. Pantego Christian

10 9 down
4-year traditional
Hyattsville, MD

Record: 6-0
Results: Beat Lincoln, 59-48, Beat St. Mary’s Ryken, 86-66
Weekly Report: Maryland’s team cruised to a 20-point win over St. Mary’s Ryken this week then notched a West Coast W over Lincoln and the Robinson Twins. If you’re a college fan wondering where DeMatha’s supreme shotblocker Beejay Anya will end up, take a look at what he told us.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Holiday Classic

11 11 none
4-year traditional
Flower Mound, TX

Record: 14-1
Key Wins: Montrose Christian, Houston Yates
Key Losses: Findlay Prep
Weekly Report: After climbing three spots last week, Marcus Smart and Co. had a week off for the holidays. They are back in action on Jan. 3 when they visit Plano.
Next Up: 1/3 vs. Plano

12 14 up
4-year traditional
Montverde, FL

Record: 9-1
Key Wins: Riverside
Key Losses: Grace Prep
Results: Beat North Clayton 81-47, Beat Riverside, 92-80
Weekly Report: Montverde notched a quality win this week with a 12-point defeat of Riverside Academy at City of Palms. Michael Frazier had 19 for Montverde, while Riverside’s Ricardo Gathers scored 12 in the losing effort. Meanwhile, standout guard Kasey Hill gave us his top 3.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Kingdom of the Sun

13 15 up
4-year traditional
Rockville, MD

Record: 8-1
Key Losses: Marcus
Results: Beat Orlando Christian Prep, 47-36
Weekly Report: There aren’t many people who wouldn’t have wanted to spend the week with Montrose Christian in Hawaii. They won the tournament with an 11-point win over Orlando Christian Prep in the title game. Justin Anderson won the Most Outstanding Player award while Michael Carrera took home MVP honors.
Next Up: 1/10 vs. Don Bosco Cristo Ray

14 16 up
5th year/prep school
New Hampton, NH

Record: 9-2
Key Wins: Vermont Academy
Key Losses: St. Thomas More
Weekly Report: Coming off a win at the Mercer Tournament last week, New Hampton took Christmas week off and will be back in action in 2012.
Next Up: 1/4 vs. Vanier Prep

15 17 up
4-year traditional
Jacksonville, FL

Record: 6-0
Results: Beat Lexington, 77-66
Weekly Report: Arlington Country Day notched its sixth win of the season with a victory in the showcase of the Chick-fil-A classic. Four players scored in double figures for the Apaches, including Ben Howze, who had a game-high 20.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Triple Threat Holiday Invitational

16 18 up
5th year/prep school
Oakdale, CT

Record: 11-0
Key Wins: South Kent, New Hampton
Results: Beat NIA Prep, 99-74
Weekly Report: St. Thomas More reached a perfect 11-0 so far this season with a convincing win over NIA Prep. Ky Howard was the hero for the Chancellors as he poured on 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Next Up: 1/11 vs. New Hampton

17 20 up
4-year traditional
Wichita Heights, KS

Record: 4-0
Weekly Report: Perry Ellis and the Falcons are off until Jan. 3 when they take on Bishop Carroll. While they continue to play lesser-known competition, it is possible for teams to jump frog them.
Next Up: 1/3 vs. Bishop Carroll

18 up
5th year/prep school
Chatham, Virg.

Record: 18-0
Weekly Report: The boys from Chatham, Virginia are obviously talented enough to land in the Power Rankings. The only issue, they do not face any of our ranked teams on their schedule. Could be in the same boat as Wichita Heights – talented but unproven on the biggest stage.
Next Up: 1/7 vs. True Academy

19 13 down
4-year traditional
Santa Ana, CA

Record: 9-2
Key Wins: Bishop Gorman
Key Losses: Grace Prep
Results: Lost to Rancho Bernardo 56-44, Beat Burbank 75-42, Beat Bishop Gorman, 79-69
Weekly Report: Some might have thought Mater Dei would face Bishop Gorman in the City of Palms final, but the Monarch’s ten-point win in the fifth place game was impressive nonetheless. However, the loss to a lesser-known Rancho Bernardo hurts them.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. MaxPreps Holiday Classic

20 10 down
4-year traditional
Las Vegas, NV

Record: 4-2
Key Wins: Miller Grove
Key Losses: Prestonwood Christian, Mater Dei
Results: Beat Rye, 81-33, Lost to Mater Dei, 79-69
Weekly Report: Bishop Gorman lost by ten to Mater Dei at City of Palms, but not because of Shabazz Muhammad. Muhammad scored a game-high 26 points and dished out five assists in the losing effort. Coach Calipari was on hand for that game, listen to Bazz’s thoughts.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Beach Ball Classic

21 23 up
4-year traditional
Washington, D.C.

Record: 6-0
Results: Beat Bishop McNamara 68-46
Weekly Report: Nate Britt might be heading to North Carolina in the Fall of 2013 but right now he is leading his squad to an undefeated season so far. They have three games in South Carolina started tonight to keep the streak going
Next Up: 12/28 vs. James Island Charter

22 22 none
4-year traditional
Los Angeles, CA

Record: 8-0
Weekly Report: The Best in the West? After Bishop Gorman and Mater Dei had less than expected performances at the City of Palms, the Los Angeles crew can make that claim. They will try to prove so with a trip east in the Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic in Maryland.
Next Up: 12/28 Bellarmine Prep

23 up
4-year traditional
San Jose, CA

Record: 6-0
Results: Beat Compton 61-47
Weekly Report: Aaron Gordon’s crew makes its first appearance in the rankings and it might not be the last. They could end up facing DeMatha in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.
Next Up: 12/29 @ Torrey Pines- Holiday Classic

24 up
4-year traditional
Chester, Pa.

Record: 4-0
Results: Beat Newark 69-41
Weekly Report: Welcome to the Power Rankings. This Chester squad, paced by junior Rondae Jefferson could be the best out of the illadelph. A matchup with Christ the King on New Year’s should give them a chance to validate this mark.
Next Up: 12/28 vs. Imhotep Charter

25 24 down
4-year traditional
La Porte, Ind.

Record: 11-2
Results: Lost to Elgin 40-34, Beat Batavia 59-35,
Weekly Report: Two of the Lakers top players, Hanner Perea and Raphael Davis missed their two recent games for family commitments. The result, one win and a loss in the Championship game to an unknown Elgin squad. They’ll get chance at redemption vs. Findlay this week – let’s just hope they come with the whole team.  
Next Up: 12/29 vs. Findlay

Best of the Rest

Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.), Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.), Our Savior New American (Centereach, NY), Southwind (Memphis, TN), St. Frances (Baltimore, MD), Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

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