Monday, April 06, 2015

Week 20 - Final - National Prep Basketball Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- By winning its third consecutive Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals over the weekend, Montverde (Fla.) Academy also clinched its third National Prep Poll title in a row. During the 28-year history of the Prep Poll, 20 different programs have finished ranked No. 1 -- but the Eagles are the first team to claim the top spot three seasons in a row. Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) -- the only other team that's won back-to-back titles -- will finish ranked second this season. The then-No. 1 Warriors led Montverde Academy by seven points at halftime of Saturday's High School Nationals championship game but were outscored by 16 points in the second half in a 70-61 defeat. 

^National Prep Basketball Poll – Final=
^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 final won-loss records:

#1. Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy (31-1), first team to win three consecutive Prep Poll titles
#2. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (47-1), school record for wins-x
#3. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep (30-3), beat teams from 14 states
#4. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler (30-3), only team to beat No. 1 Montverde Academy
#5. Tempe, Ariz., Corona del Sol (33-1), four Division I titles in a row
#6. Henderson, Nev., Findlay (29-3), 4-2 versus current or former Top 25 teams
#7. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd (28-4), Open Division state champion
#8. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate (31-2), 57-3 the last two seasons
#9. Jackson, Miss., Callaway (31-3), fourth consecutive 5A state title
#10. Plano, Texas, West (33-2), captured first 6A state title
#11. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton (16-16), 3A state champ; win over No. 2 Oak Hill erased by forfeit-y
#12. Pompano Beach, Fla., Ely (28-1), 7A state champ; only loss to No. 6 Findlay
#13. Mustang, Okla. (28-0), 6A state titlist
#14. Greensboro, N.C., Day (33-3), 3A state independent schools champ
#15. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic (28-4), won state Tournament of Champions  
#16. Philadelphia, Roman Catholic (29-2), earned first 4A state title
#17. Apple Valley, Minn. (30-2), two 4A state crowns in three years
#18. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon (26-4), won Division V state crown
#19. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei (29-5), SoCal Open Division champion
#20. Seattle, Garfield (27-2), back-to-back state champ
#21. Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery (31-2), lost to No. 19 Mater Dei in SoCal semis
#22. Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson (30-3), captured 4A state championship
#23. Bronx, Wings Academy (30-3), Federation AA state champ
#24. Detroit, Western (26-0), won first Class A state crown
#25. High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian (29-5), three wins against current Top 25
x-Includes one forfeit win
y-15 losses by forfeit for using ineligible player
#1. Roselle, N.J., Roselle Catholic, 28-4
#2. Philadelphia, Roman Catholic, 29-2
#3. Bronx, Wings Academy, 30-3
#4. Middle Village, N.Y., Christ the King, 26-5
#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, 30-4
#9. Radnor, Pa., Archbishop Carroll, 23-7
#10. Bayside, N.Y., Cardozo, 29-3
^East Coast=
#1. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill, 47-1-x
#2. Huntington, W.Va., Huntington St. Joseph Prep, 30-3
#3. Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate, 31-2
#4. Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Day, 33-3
#5. High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian, 29-5
#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, 31-1
#2. Marietta, Ga., Wheeler, 30-3
#3. Jackson, Miss., Callaway, 31-3
#4. Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton, 16-16-y
#5. Pompano Beach, Fla., Ely, 28-1
#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. Detroit, Western, 26-0
#3. Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne, 26-4
#4. Cleveland, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 23-4
#5. Fort Wayne, Ind., Homestead, 28-2
#6. Westchester, Ill., St. Joseph, 29-6
#7. Stevens Point, Wis., 27-1
#8. Owensboro, Ky., 31-4
#9. Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent-St. Mary, 26-1
#10. Evansville, Ind., Reitz, 29-2
#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, 29-3
#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-x
^West Coast=
#1. Oakland, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd, 28-4
#2. Chatsworth, Calif., Sierra Canyon, 26-4
#3. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei, 29-5
#4. Seattle, Garfield, 27-2
#5. Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery, 31-2
#6. Los Angeles, Fairfax, 32-3
#7. West Linn, Ore., 25-4-x
#8. Federal Way, Wash., 27-2
#9. Seattle, Rainier Beach, 25-4
#10. Etiwanda, Calif., 24-9
x-Includes one forfeit win
y-15 losses by forfeit for using an ineligible player
     FEATS OF THE WEEK: The 2014-15 season ended with a No. 1-versus-No. 2 matchup in the championship game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals in New York. Then-No. 2 Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy will flip-flop in the final rankings with previously top-ranked Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill after its 70-61 victory over the Warriors at Madison Square Garden. Senior forward Ben Simmmons (an LSU recruit) was the event’s MVP for the second straight year after averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds in three tournament wins against ranked teams. Simmons scored 20 against Oak Hill, including 13 in the fourth quarter. It’s the third consecutive High School Nationals title for Montverde Academy. ... In the 28-year history of the National Prep Poll, no program had ever finished No. 1 three times in a row before Montverde Academy accomplished the feat this season. The Eagles ended the year with a 31-1 record that included a whopping 19 wins over teams that were nationally or regionally-ranked this season. They defeated six teams in the final Top 25, including three wins in three days at the season-ending Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals. Montverde Academy’s only loss was to No. 4 Marietta, Ga., Wheeler, which was ranked No. 1 briefly this season. ... In addition to Simmons, there are five other seniors on Montverde Academy’s roster headed to Division I colleges. They include Florida-bound forward Noah Dickerson and 7-foot-4 Senegal native Jean Marc Koumadje (Florida St.). Eagles coach Kevin Boyle now boasts a 107-7 record in four seasons at the Orlando-area prep school. His teams have 11 straight Top 25 finishes including his prior coaching stop at the now-closed Elizabeth, N.J., St. Patrick.

Previous National Prep Poll champions with records and coaches:
1988--Bronx, N.Y., Tolentine (30-1), John Sarandrea
1989--Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony (32-0), Bob Hurley
1990--Chicago, King (32-0), Landon Cox
1991--Philadelphia, Simon Gratz (27-1), Bill Ellerbee
1992--Baltimore, Dunbar (29-0), Pete Pompey
1993--Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (30-0), Steve Smith
1994--Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (30-1), Steve Smith
1995--New Orleans, St. Augustine (37-1), Bernard Griffith
1996--Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony (31-0), Bob Hurley
1997--Peoria, Ill., Manual (31-1), Wayne McClain
1998--Frederick, Md., St. John's at Prospect Hall (25-0), Stu Vetter 
1999--Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (31-0), Steve Smith
2000--Compton, Calif., Dominguez (35-2), Russell Otis
2001--Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (32-1), Steve Smith
2002--Dallas, Lincoln (40-0), Leonard Bishop
2003--Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent-St. Mary (25-1), Dru Joyce II
2004--Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (38-0), Steve Smith
2005--Niagara Falls, N.Y. (28-1), Dan Bazzani
2006--Indianapolis, Lawrence North (29-0), Jack Keefer
2007--Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (40-1), Steve Smith
2008--Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony (32-0), Bob Hurley
2009--Henderson, Nev., Findlay (33-0), Michael Peck
2010--Houston, Yates (34-0), Greg Wise
2011--Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony (33-0), Bob Hurley
2012--Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (44-0), Steve Smith
2013--Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy (26-2), Kevin Boyle
2014--Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy (28-0), Kevin Boyle
2015--Montverde, Fla., Montverde Academy (31-1), Kevin Boyle

Copyright 2015 World Features Syndicate, Inc...endit

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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