Monday, January 05, 2015

Week 7 National Prep Basketball Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- Two-time defending Prep Poll champ Montverde Academy (Fla.) returned to the No. 1 spot  after a one-week absence. Although Montverde missed a chance to avenge its City of Palms Classic loss to No. 3 Wheeler (Ga.), it won the same Les Schwab Invitational tournament that Wheeler was involved in last week. Wheeler, the previous No. 1 team, fell to No. 3 after being upset by West Linn (Ore.) in the Les Schwab semifinals. Montverde's return to No. 1 instead of undefeated and No. 2-ranked Oak Hill (Va.) was a difficult call. The deciding factor was the Eagles' overall body of work, which includes a 7-1 record against teams in this week's poll. To its credit, two of Oak Hill's 21 wins are against teams in the current rankings. 

^National Prep Basketball Poll – Week 7=
^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. Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy (16-1), 10-1 versus current or formerly-ranked teams
#2. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (21-0), idle since Dec. 20 win over No. 7 Bishop O’Dowd
#3. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler (13-1), upset by West Linn (Ore.) at Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore.
#4. Henderson, Nev., Findlay (15-0), beat No. 10 Our Savior New American, 82-69, on ESPNU
#5. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep (16-0), beaten teams from 10 states
#6. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic (7-0), edged regionally-ranked St. Anthony, 51-49
#7. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd (5-2), losses to No. 1 Montverde Academy and No. 2 Oak Hill
#8. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon (10-1), 7-1 versus current or formerly-ranked teams
#9. Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson (12-1), upset by regionally-ranked Chaminade, 88-81
#10. Centereach, N.Y., Our Savior New American (12-3), highly-touted uncommitted sr. F Cheick Diallo a native of Mali
#11. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate (9-1), beat No. 12 Wesleyan Christian, 70-61 
#12. High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian (16-2), both losses to Top 25 teams
#13. Plano, Texas, West (15-2), upset by regionally-ranked Parkview (Ark.), 53-41
#14. Los Angeles, Fairfax (10-0), won Under Armour Holiday Classic in San Diego
#15. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons, (17-0) champion of Kingdom of the Sun tourney in Ocala, Fla.
#16. Chicago, Simeon (9-1), dominated regionally-ranked Bishop Gorman, 75-45
#17. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (12-1), only loss to No. 8 Sierra Canyon
#18. Oklahoma City, Putnam City West (7-1), jr. G Tre Evans an Oklahoma St. commit
#19. Cleveland, Villa Angela-St. Joseph (7-0), 2-0 versus teams that were ranked this season
#20. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton (11-0), plays No. 2 Oak Hill on Saturday
#21. Mableton, Ga., Pebblebrook (11-2), runner-up to No. 8 Sierra Canyon at MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
#22. Tempe, Ariz., Corona del Sol (13-1), edged by No. 8 Sierra Canyon, 65-64
#23. Muskegon, Mich. (4-1), 31-game win streak ended by state-ranked East Kentwood
#24. Humble, Texas, Atascocita (18-1), upset by state-ranked Cypress Woods, 75-71
#25. Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery (12-1), led by Oregon St.-bound sr. G Stephen Thompson Jr.
#1. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic, 7-0
#2. Centereach, N.Y., Our Savior New American, 12-3
#3. Newark, N.J., St. Benedict’s, 12-1
#4. Philadelphia, Roman Catholic, 9-0
#5. Brookville, N.Y., Long Island Lutheran, 9-1
#6. Brooklyn, Jefferson, 12-1
#7. Bayside, N.Y., Cardozo, 8-0
#8. Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony, 4-1  
#9. Radnor, Pa., Archbishop Carroll, 7-3
#10. Philadelphia, Neumann-Goretti, 8-0
^East Coast=
#1. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill, 21-0
#2. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep, 16-0
#3. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate, 9-1
#4. High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian, 16-2
#5. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 12-1
#6. Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Day, 19-0
#7. Huntersville, N.C., North Mecklenburg, 12-0
#8. Washington, St. John’s, 11-2
#9. Raleigh, N.C., Millbrook, 12-1
#10. Raleigh, N.C., Word of God, 16-1
#1. Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy, 16-1
#2. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler, 13-1
#3. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons, 17-0
#4. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton, 11-0
#5. Mableton, Ga., Pebblebrook, 11-2
#6. Jacksonville, Fla., Providence, 18-1
#7. Jonesboro, Ga., 13-1
#8. Jackson, Miss., Callaway, 13-3
#9. Weston, Fla., Sagemont, 12-3
#10. Alpharetta, Ga., St. Francis, 13-3
#1. Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson, 12-1
#2. Chicago, Simeon, 9-1
#3. Cleveland, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 7-0
#4. Muskegon, Mich., 4-1
#5. Louisville, Ky., Trinity, 9-3
#6. Westchester, Ill., St. Joseph, 11-2
#7. Indianapolis, Southport, 9-0
#8. Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent-St. Mary, 8-0
#9. La Porte, Ind., La Lumiere, 11-2
#10. Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne, 6-2
#1. Champlin, Minn., Champlin Park, 11-0
#2. St. Louis, Chaminade, 9-2
#3. Wichita, Kan., East, 5-0
#4. Apple Valley, Minn., 10-1
#5. Aurora, Colo., Regis, 8-0
#6. Iowa City, Iowa, West, 7-0
#7. Lawrence, Kan., 6-0
#8. Webster Groves, Mo., 9-2
#9. Blue Springs, Mo., South, 9-0
#10. Highland, Utah, Lone Peak, 8-3
#1. Henderson, Nev., Findlay, 15-0
#2. Plano, Texas, West, 15-2
#3. Oklahoma City, Putnam City West, 7-1
#4. Tempe, Ariz., Corona del Sol, 13-1
#5. Humble, Texas, Atascocita, 18-1
#6. Little Rock, Ark., Parkview, 9-1
#7. DeSoto, Texas, 18-3
#8. Lancaster, Texas, 14-4
#9. Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman, 13-4
#10. Mustang, Okla., 4-0
^West Coast=
#1. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd, 5-2
#2. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon, 10-1
#3. Los Angeles, Fairfax, 10-0
#4. Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery, 12-1
#5. Long Beach, Calif., Poly, 10-2
#6. Redondo Beach, Calif., Redondo Union, 11-4
#7. Seattle, Rainier Beach, 9-1
#8. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei, 11-3
#9. Bellevue, Wash., 9-2
#10. Portland, Ore., Central Catholic, 8-2
     FEATS OF THE WEEK: The No. 1 ranking in the National Prep Poll once again belongs to Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy. The Eagles, who fell from No. 1 to No. 3 in last week’s poll, regained the top spot after winning the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore. Montverde Academy beat West Linn, Ore., 70-58, in the championship game. West Linn defeated then-No. 1 Marietta, Ga., Wheeler in the semifinal round, thwarting hopes for a rematch of Wheeler’s win over Montverde Academy one week earlier for the City of Palms Classic championship in Fort Myers, Fla. ... Arizona-bound senior guard Allonzo Trier scored 33 points to propel No. 4 Henderson, Nev., Findlay to an 82-69 win over No. 10 Centereach, N.Y., Our Savior New American. ... Junior guard Miles Bridges had a triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in No. 5 Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep’s 89-49 rout of Chicago, Whitney Young. ... Keyed by a 39-point, 14-rebound effort from standout junior guard Jayson Tatum, regionally-ranked St. Louis, Chaminade upset No. 9 Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson, 88-81. ... Senior guard Demetrius Troy (UNC Greensboro) drained 10 three-pointers and scored 49 points to lead regionally-ranked Raleigh, N.C., Word of God to a 103-85 win over Fayetteville, N.C., Trinity Christian for third place at the Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. In the tournament’s seventh-place game, senior Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-5 UCF signee, scored 44 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lift Tavares, Fla., Liberty Christian Prep to a 93-83 win over Lynchburg, Va., Virginia Episcopal.

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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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