Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 6 National Prep Basketball Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- For the first time in over a calendar year, there is a new No. 1-ranked team in the National Prep Basketball Poll. Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) holds the top spot in this week's rankings following its 72-65 win last week over previously top-ranked Montverde Academy (Fla.) at the City of Palms Classic. Wheeler and Montverde Academy could have a rematch this Tuesday if both reach the finals of the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore. 

^National Prep Basketball Poll – Week 6=
^By Jamie DeMoney & Dr. Jeremy Plowman=

     The National Prep Basketball Poll is compiled by Jamie DeMoney of XOS Digital and high school basketball expert Dr. Jeremy Plowman with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with won-loss records:
#1. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler (11-0), won City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
#2. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (21-0), 3-0 versus ranked teams
#3. Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy (12-1), lost to No. 1 Wheeler in City of Palms final
#4. Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson (11-0), beat three state-ranked foes to win Proviso West tourney in Hillside, Ill.
#5. High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian (14-1), only loss to No. 1 Wheeler
#6. Henderson, Nev., Findlay (12-0), plays No. 11 Our Savior New American on Friday
#7. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep (14-0), 126-13 since 2010-11 season
#8. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd (5-2), 1-2 versus ranked opponents
#9. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic (4-0), all wins by 16 or more points
#10. Plano, Texas, West (11-1), only loss to No. 3 Montverde Academy
#11. Centereach, N.Y., Our Savior New American (10-2), won Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C.
#12. Muskegon, Mich. (2-0), has 31-game winning streak
#13. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei (10-2), both losses against ranked teams
#14. Louisville, Ky., Trinity (8-2), both losses to Top 5 teams
#15. Redondo Beach, Calif., Redondo Union (10-2), 4-2 versus current or formerly-ranked foes
#16. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate (7-1), third place at Chick-fil-A Classic
#17. Oklahoma City, Putnam City West (7-1), only loss to No. 15 Redondo Union
#18. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (10-0), beaten teams from four states and D.C.
#19. Humble, Texas, Atascocita (15-0), top-ranked 6A team in state coaches’ poll
#20. La Porte, Ind., La Lumiere (10-1), upset by Potter’s House Christian (Fla.), 57-54
#21. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon (6-1), 3-1 versus ranked teams
#22. Brookville, N.Y., Long Island Lutheran (7-0), top-ranked in state sportswriters poll
#23. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton (8-0), sr. brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson (both F) are Memphis commits
#24. Cleveland, Villa Angela-St. Joseph (6-0), seeking second state crown in three years
#25. Champlin, Minn., Champlin Park (11-0), beat then-No. 25 Apple Valley, 79-74
#1. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic, 4-0
#2. Centereach, N.Y., Our Savior New American, 10-2
#3. Brookville, N.Y., Long Island Lutheran, 7-0
#4. Middle Village, N.Y., Christ the King, 7-1
#5. Newark, N.J., St. Benedict’s, 9-1
#6. Brooklyn, Jefferson, 10-1
#7. Bayside, N.Y., Cardozo, 8-0
#8. Philadelphia, Roman Catholic, 7-0
#9. Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony, 4-0  
#10. Radnor, Pa., Archbishop Carroll, 4-3
^East Coast=
#1. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill, 21-0
#2. High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian, 14-1
#3. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep, 14-0
#4. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate, 7-1
#5. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 10-0
#6. Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Day, 17-0
#7. Huntersville, N.C., North Mecklenburg, 10-0
#8. Raleigh, N.C., Millbrook, 12-0
#9. Bel Air, Md., John Carroll, 12-1
#10. Fairfax, Va., Paul VI, 4-4
#1. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler, 11-0
#2. Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy, 12-1
#3. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton, 8-0
#4. Jacksonville, Fla., Providence, 15-0
#5. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons, 14-0
#6. Oldsmar, Fla., Oldsmar Christian, 17-1
#7. Jackson, Miss., Callaway, 11-3
#8. Weston, Fla., Sagemont, 10-2
#9. Alpharetta, Ga., St. Francis, 10-3
#10. Jonesboro, Ga., 11-1
#1. Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson, 11-0
#2. Muskegon, Mich., 2-0
#3. Louisville, Ky., Trinity, 8-2
#4. La Porte, Ind., La Lumiere, 10-1
#5. Cleveland, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 6-0
#6. Westchester, Ill., St. Joseph, 11-2
#7. Indianapolis, Southport, 8-0
#8. Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent-St. Mary, 5-0
#9. Hindman, Ky., Knott County Central, 9-0
#10. Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne, 5-2
#1. Champlin, Minn., Champlin Park, 11-0
#2. Wichita, Kan., East, 4-0
#3. Apple Valley, Minn., 9-1
#4. Aurora, Colo., Regis, 7-0
#5. Eldridge, Iowa, North Scott, 5-0
#6. St. Louis, Chaminade, 5-2
#7. Iowa City, Iowa, West, 6-0
#8. Lawrence, Kan., 6-0
#9. Webster Groves, Mo., 7-2
#10. Blue Springs, Mo., South, 8-0
#1. Henderson, Nev., Findlay, 12-0
#2. Plano, Texas, West, 11-1
#3. Oklahoma City, Putnam City West, 7-1
#4. Humble, Texas, Atascocita, 15-0
#5. Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman, 10-3
#6. Tempe, Ariz., Corona del Sol, 11-0  
#7. Mustang, Okla., 4-0
#8. DeSoto, Texas, 14-2
#9. Phoenix, Desert Vista, 11-0
#10. Lancaster, Texas, 9-4
^West Coast=
#1. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd, 5-2
#2. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei, 10-2
#3. Redondo Beach, Calif., Redondo Union, 10-2
#4. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon, 6-1
#5. Seattle, Rainier Beach, 6-1
#6. Los Angeles, Fairfax, 8-0
#7. Portland, Ore., Central Catholic, 8-0
#8. Corona, Calif., Centennial, 8-2
#9. Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery, 12-1
#10. Long Beach, Calif., Poly, 10-2
     FEATS OF THE WEEK: For the first time in the past 24 weekly rankings, there is a new No. 1 team in the National Prep Basketball Poll. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler ascended to the top spot after its 72-65 win over No. 3 Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy -- the team that held the No. 1 ranking since early December 2013. Tournament MVP Jaylen Brown, an uncommitted senior forward, had 25 points and 12 rebounds as Wheeler stopped Montverde Academy’s quest for a third straight City of Palms Classic championship in Fort Myers, Fla. Wheeler and Montverde Academy are both participating in this week’s Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore. They could have a rematch in Tuesday’s championship game. ... Senior guard Jalen Brunson (Villanova) scored 27 points to lead No. 4 Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson to a 69-60 win over regionally-ranked Westchester, Ill., St. Joseph for the championship of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament in Hillside, Ill. ... Champlin, Minn., Champlin Park entered the national rankings at No. 25 after a 79-74 win over then-No. 25 Apple Valley, Minn., to win the Granite City Classic in St. Cloud, Minn. Senior guard J.T. Gibson (Nebraska-Omaha) led Champlin Park with 38 points. ... Blue chip senior guard Malik Newman (uncommitted) poured in 44 points to lift regionally-ranked Jackson, Miss., Callaway to an 83-62 rout of Jackson, Miss., Wingfield. ... Senior guard Luke Kennard of Franklin, Ohio, set the single-game scoring record at the 34th annual Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Kennard (Duke) had 52 points in a 96-73 rout of Mullins, S.C., breaking the previous record of 48 points set in 1995 by former NBA guard Mike Bibby for Phoenix, Shadow Mountain.
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Compiled weekly weekly since 1987 and distributed by World Features Syndicate and the Associated Press, the National Prep Poll is the nation's second oldest weekly high school sports rankings. Doug Huff compiled the rankings from 1987 until 1999. Jamie DeMoney has compiled the poll since the start of the 1999 basketball season to the present. was originally launched August 1, 2001 by Jamie DeMoney for the purpose of creating a permanent online home for the National Prep Poll football and boys basketball rankings.

The National Prep Poll is the only high school poll distributed to newspapers and websites around the United States by the Associated Press.

Among the criteria used in the weekly compilation of the National Prep Poll rankings are strength of schedule, the ability to accomplish the ultimate goal on a team's schedule (i.e. winning a championship), impact players and performers, a team's coaching and recent tradition.

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