Monday, January 04, 2016

Week 4 PrepNation National Prep Basketball Poll

King of the Hill

Chino Hills has No. 1 ranking in a stranglehold after two big tourney wins

The National Prep Basketball Poll is compiled by high school sports experts Jamie DeMoney of XOS Digital and Dr. Jeremy Plowman with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches. The Week 4 national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with won-loss records:

NATIONAL TOP 25                             
1. Chino Hills HS (Calif.), 13-0
2. Montverde Academy (Fla.), 15-1
3. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 20-1
4. DeMatha HS (Hyattsville, Md.), 10-2
5. Garfield HS (Seattle), 8-1
6. Sierra Canyon HS (Chatsworth, Calif.), 9-1
7. Atascocita HS (Humble, Texas), 21-0
8. Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 5-1
9. High Point Christian (N.C.), 13-2
10. Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 14-0
11. St. John’s College HS (Washington), 12-1
12. St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), 12-0
13. St. Anthony HS (Jersey City, N.J.), 5-0
14. Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, Minn.), 13-0
15. La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.), 14-2
16. Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.), 12-0
17. Greenforest Christian HS (Decatur, Ga.), 14-1
18. Chaminade HS (St. Louis), 11-3
19. Stevens Point HS (Wis.), 9-0
20. Cardozo HS (Bayside, N.Y.), 9-0
21. Roman Catholic HS (Philadelphia), 8-1
22. Overland HS (Aurora, Colo.), 7-0
23. University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit), 6-0
24. DeSoto HS (Texas), 21-1
25. North Central HS (Indianapolis), 9-0

1. Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 5-1
2. St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), 12-0
3. St. Anthony HS (Jersey City, N.J.), 5-0
4. Cardozo HS (Bayside, N.Y.), 9-0
5. Roman Catholic HS (Philadelphia), 8-1
6. Sacred Heart HS (Waterbury, Conn.), 4-0
7. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.), 6-1
8. Roselle Catholic HS (N.J.), 4-2
9. Neumann-Goretti HS (Philadelphia), 7-2
10. Putnam Vo-Tech (Springfield, Mass.), 5-0

1. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 20-1
2. DeMatha HS (Hyattsville, Md.), 10-2
3. High Point Christian HS (N.C.), 13-2
4. St. John’s College HS (Washington), 12-1
5. Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.), 12-0
6. Paul VI HS (Fairfax, Va.), 9-2
7. Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.), 15-3
8. Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 13-6
9. Gonzaga College HS (Washington), 10-1
10. Greensboro Day (N.C.), 17-3

1. Montverde Academy (Fla.), 15-1
2. Greenforest Christian HS (Decatur, Ga.), 14-1
3. Victory Rock Prep (Sarasota, Fla.), 12-1
4. Scotlandville HS (Baton Rouge, La.), 15-1
5. Norland HS (Miami), 12-3
6. Oldsmar Christian HS (Fla.), 14-3
7. Wheeler HS (Marietta, Ga.), 8-5
8. Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 12-2
9. Miller Grove HS (Lithonia, Ga.), 12-2
10. Jonesboro HS (Ga.), 10-3

1. La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.), 14-2
2. Stevens Point HS (Wis.), 9-0
3. University of Detroit Jesuit HS (Detroit), 6-0
4. North Central HS (Indianapolis), 9-0
5. Wayne HS (Huber Heights, Ohio), 9-0
6. Westerville South HS (Ohio), 8-2
7. Morgan Park HS (Chicago), 10-1
8. Moeller HS (Cincinnati), 9-1
9. Mercer County HS (Harrodsburg, Ky.), 14-0
10. Curie HS (Chicago), 10-1

1. Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, Minn.), 12-0
2. Chaminade HS (St. Louis), 11-3
3. Overland HS (Aurora, Colo.), 7-0
4. Apple Valley HS (Minn.), 11-1
5. Lone Peak HS (Highland, Utah), 7-2
6. Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, Kan.), 8-2
7. Maple Grove HS (Minn.), 8-1
8. Omaha South HS (Neb.), 9-0
9. Iowa City West HS (Iowa), 5-2
10. Wichita East HS (Kan.), 5-0

1. Atascocita HS (Humble, Texas), 21-0
2. Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 14-0
3. DeSoto HS (Texas), 21-1
4. Lancaster HS (Texas), 14-2
5. Shadow Mountain HS (Phoenix), 10-4
6. Fort Bend Elkins HS (Missouri City, Texas), 18-1
7. Bentonville HS (Ark.), 7-3
8. Mustang HS (Okla.), 5-2
9. Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas), 9-4
10. Steele HS (Cibolo, Texas), 18-1

1. Chino Hills HS (Calif.), 13-0
2. Garfield HS (Seattle), 8-1
3. Sierra Canyon HS (Chatsworth, Calif.), 9-1
4. Bishop Montgomery HS (Torrance, Calif.), 14-0
5. Prolific Prep (Windsor, Calif.), 14-3
6. Redondo Union HS (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 11-3
7. Mater Dei HS (Santa Ana, Calif.), 13-2
8. West Linn HS (Ore.), 6-3
9. Rainier Beach HS (Seattle), 4-0
10. Fairfax (Los Angeles), 12-1


Top Three Storylines

Chino Hills (Calif.) tightened its grip on the No. 1 ranking after winning two of the nation’s top holiday tournaments in back-to-back weeks. The Wolves (13-0) defeated three consecutive Top 10 teams – including No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) -- en route to the City of Palms Classic championship in Fort Myers, Fla. Chino Hills then added a pair of wins against regionally ranked teams while rolling to the MaxPreps Holiday Classic championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) toppled a field that included three Top 5 teams at the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore. The Warriors (20-1) thumped No. 4 DeMatha (Md.) in the tournament final, 82-66. No. 5 Garfield (Wash.) beat regionally-ranked West Linn (Ore.) in the third-place game.

Preseason No. 1 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) re-entered the national poll at No. 6 on the strength of its tournament title at the Iolani Prep Classic in Honolulu. The Trailblazers beat No. 15 La Lumiere (Ind.), 53-48, in the championship game. Sierra Canyon’s already talented roster might become even more star-studded this week. Five-star sophomore center Marvin Bagley III has enrolled at the school, but must receive clearance from the California Interscholastic Federation before he can complete for the Trailblazers.

Top Three Risers

1. Patrick School (N.J.)
2. High Point Christian (N.C.)
3. Hammond (S.C.)

Top Three Feats

Five-star senior point guard Lonzo Ball earned a pair of tournament MVP awards while leading top-ranked Chino Hills (Calif.) to the City of Palms Classic and the MaxPreps Holiday Classic titles. Ball, a UCLA recruit, averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists at City of Palms. He scored 33 points and dished out 12 assists in Chino Hills’ 96-80 win over regionally ranked Redondo Union (Calif.) for the MaxPreps crown.

Steve Smith, head coach of seven-time Prep Poll titlist Oak Hill Academy (Va.), eclipsed the 1,000-victory plateau for his career. Smith’s 30-season record at the school improved to a brilliant 1,001-65 when the Warriors defeated DeMatha for the Les Schwab Invitational title.

Five-star senior guard Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 46 points to lift No. 18 Chaminade (St. Louis) to an 84-83 overtime win against regionally ranked Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.) at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.Va. Tatum, a Duke recruit, is averaging 30.3 points through 11 games this season.

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The PrepNation National Prep Poll is a continuation of World Feature Syndicate’s National Prep Poll, which was published and distributed to the Associated Press and other news organizations from 1987 to 2015.

The National Prep Poll is second only to the USA Today Super 25 as the longest continually published weekly high school rankings. While a product of World Features Syndicate (1987-2015), the National Prep Poll was the only high school poll distributed to newspapers and websites around the United States by the Associated Press.

Before authoring rankings for Student Sports and ESPN, National High School Sports Hall of Fame journalist Doug Huff compiled the National Prep Poll rankings from 1987 until 1999. Current author Jamie DeMoney has compiled the poll since the start of the 1999 basketball season to the present.

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.

About 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.

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