Monday, March 23, 2015

Week 18 National Prep Basketball Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- All eight teams invited to the upcoming Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals tournament are ranked in the Week 18 National Prep Poll. Top-ranked Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) drew the top seed in the tournament, followed by No. 2-ranked and second-seeded Montverde (Fla.) Academy. Picking up three more wins against ranked teams the weekend of April 2-4 would would assure Oak Hill an unprecedented eighth National Prep Poll title, but its first national tournament championship in six appearances at the event. Montverde Academy is trying for its third consecutive season-ending tournament crown and also its third Prep Poll title in a row. 

^National Prep Basketball Poll – Week 18=
^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. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (45-0), top seed at Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals April 2-4 in New York-x
#2. Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy (28-1), seeded second at High School Nationals
#3. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler (30-2), fourth seed at High School Nationals
#4. Tempe, Ariz., Corona del Sol (33-1), four Division I titles in a row
#5. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate (31-2), 57-3 the last two seasons
#6. Pompano Beach, Fla., Ely (28-0), seeded third at High School Nationals
#7. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep (29-2), fifth seed at High School Nationals
#8. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd (27-4), plays No. 19 Mater Dei Saturday for Open Division state crown
#9. Henderson, Nev., Findlay (28-2), seeded sixth at High School Nationals
#10. Plano, Texas, West (33-2), captured first 6A state title
#11. Mustang, Okla. (28-0), won 6A state championship game by 39 points
#12. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton (16-16), 3A state champ; first crown since 2006-y
#13. Jackson, Miss., Callaway (31-3), fourth consecutive 5A state title
#14. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic (27-4), record 103 points in state Tournament of Champions semis  
#15. Seattle, Garfield (27-2), back-to-back state champ
#16. Philadelphia, Roman Catholic (29-2), won first 4A state title
#17. Apple Valley, Minn. (30-2), two 4A state crowns in three years
#18. Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Day (33-2), seventh seed at High School Nationals
#19. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei (29-4), beat regionally-ranked Fairfax for SoCal Open Division title
#20. Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery (31-2), lost to No. 19 Mater Dei, 65-59, in SoCal semis
#21. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon (25-4), advanced to Division V state final
#22. Jacksonville, Fla., Providence (33-1), second 3A championship in three years
#23. Middle Village, N.Y., Christ the King (25-4), NYC Catholic AA titlist
#24. Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson (30-3), captured 4A state championship
#25. Muskegon, Mich. (23-1), three wins away from repeat Division I state crown
x-Includes one forfeit win over No. 12 Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton
y-15 losses by forfeit for using ineligible player
#1. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic, 27-4
#2. Philadelphia, Roman Catholic, 29-2
#3. Middle Village, N.Y., Christ the King, 25-4
#4. Bronx, Wings Academy, 28-2
#5. Philadelphia, Neumann-Goretti, 29-2
#6. Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony, 28-2
#7. Waterbury, Conn., Sacred Heart, 28-0
#8. Sparta, N.J., Pope John XXIII, 30-3
#9. Radnor, Pa., Archbishop Carroll, 23-7
#10. Bayside, N.Y., Cardozo, 29-3
^East Coast=
#1. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill, 45-0-x
#2. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate, 31-2
#3. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep, 29-2
#4. Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Day, 33-2
#5. High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian, 28-5
#6. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 33-4
#7. Raleigh, N.C., Word of God, 29-3
#8. Garner, N.C., 28-1
#9. Stafford, Va., Colonial Forge, 26-2
#10. Fort Meade, Md., Meade, 26-2
#1. Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy, 28-1
#2. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler, 30-2
#3. Pompano Beach, Fla., Ely, 28-0
#4. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton, 16-16-y
#5. Jackson, Miss., Callaway, 31-3
#6. Jacksonville, Fla., Providence, 33-1
#7. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons, 32-1
#8. Jonesboro, Ga., 32-1
#9. Alpharetta, Ga., St. Francis, 29-3
#10. Tallahassee, Fla., Godby, 31-0
#1. Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson, 30-3
#2. Muskegon, Mich., 23-1
#3. Detroit, Western, 22-0
#4. Evansville, Ind., Reitz, 29-1
#5. Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne, 25-4
#6. Cleveland, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 21-4
#7. Cleveland, Central Catholic, 23-4
#8. Westchester, Ill., St. Joseph, 29-6
#9. Stevens Point, Wis., 27-1
#10. Owensboro, Ky., 31-4
#1. Apple Valley, Minn., 30-2
#2. Wichita, Kan., East, 24-1
#3. Champlin, Minn., Champlin Park, 31-1
#4. Aurora, Colo., Overland, 23-5
#5. Blue Springs, Mo., South, 29-2
#6. Eldridge, Iowa, North Scott, 23-3
#7. Omaha, Neb., Creighton Prep, 27-2
#8. St. Louis, Chaminade, 24-4
#9. Iowa City, Iowa, West, 24-1
#10. Minneapolis, De La Salle, 27-4
#1. Tempe, Ariz., Corona del Sol, 33-1
#2. Henderson, Nev., Findlay, 28-2
#3. Plano, Texas, West, 33-2
#4. Mustang, Okla., 28-0
#5. Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman, 27-6
#6. Lancaster, Texas, 34-4
#7. North Little Rock, Ark., 25-5
#8. Houston, Clear Lake, 35-3
#9. Oklahoma City, Putnam City West, 24-3
#10. Plano, Texas, Prestonwood Christian, 33-4-z
^West Coast=
#1. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd, 27-4
#2. Seattle, Garfield, 27-2
#3. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei, 29-4
#4. Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery, 31-2
#5. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon, 25-4
#6. Los Angeles, Fairfax, 32-3
#7. Chino Hills, Calif., 17-14-zz
#8. West Linn, Ore., 25-4-z
#9. Federal Way, Wash., 27-2
#10. Seattle, Rainier Beach, 25-4
x-Includes one forfeit win over No. 12 Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton
y-15 losses by forfeit for using an ineligible player
z-Includes one forfeit win over Chino Hills, Calif.
zz-Nine losses by forfeit for using an ineligible player
     FEATS OF THE WEEK: District 12, comprised of Philadelphia Catholic and Public League teams, swept all four of Pennsylvania’s state championship games. In Class 4A, senior forward Gemil Holbrook (a Rider recruit) scored 20 points as No. 16 Philadelphia, Roman Catholic topped Public League member Philadelphia, Martin Luther King, 62-45, for its first title. The 3A crown went to regionally-ranked Philadelphia, Neumann-Goretti for the fifth time in six seasons. Junior guard Zane Martin scored a game-high 26 points as the Saints held off regionally-ranked Catholic League rival Radnor, Pa., Archbishop Carroll, 69-67. Fairless Hills, Pa., Conwell-Egan -- also a member of the Catholic League -- beat Aliquippa, Pa., 62-51, for the 2A title. Philadelphia, Constitution -- of the Public League -- routed Farrell, Pa., 85-53, in the Class A final. ... Senior guard Jalen Brunson (Villanova) exploded for 30 points as No. 24 Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson rolled past Normal, Ill., 57-40, for its first 4A state title. Stevenson is only the third school in state history to win football and boys basketball championships in the same school year. ... Senior forward Aric Holman (uncommitted) had 20 points, 14 rebounds, and eight blocks to lift regionally-ranked Owensboro, Ky., to the Sweet Sixteen state championship. Owensboro knocked of Bowling Green, Ky., 74-58, for its first title since 1980. ... Senior forward Kevin Puryear (Missouri) scored 15 points to help regionally-ranked Blue Springs, Mo., South to a 71-57 win against Riverside, Mo., Park Hill South and its first Class 5 state crown.

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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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