Updated National Rankings: Week 8

The Grind’s Week 8 national rankings and “next five” rankings are in and official. It was a kind of quiet week in the world of high school hoops across the country last week but we did have a few major key matchups. A couple top-25 programs captured big and important wins while others took a couple loses last week. We have two big high school tournaments and/or showcases coming up this week, including the famous and annual Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions and loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic. Below you can find out which programs our set in our Week 8 top-25 and “next five”.

1. Montverde Academy (FL) (17-0) – Make it eight straight weeks as the number one team in the country for powerhouse Montverde Academy out of Florida. The Eagles go 2-0 up in New Jersey this past weekend as they competed in the Metro Shore Classic. They defeated Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ) and Archbishop Carroll (PA). Montverde will head to the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend where they will face IMG Academy (FL) for the second time and McEachern (GA) as well.

2. Hamilton Heights (TN) (18-0) – Hamilton Heights moves up a couple spots to our number two in our national top-25 after going 2-0 last week in their games defeating ABI (GA) and Chattanooga Christian (TN). The Hawks are still undefeated and with quality wins over Hillcrest Prep (AZ), West Oaks Academy (FL) twice, Sunrise Christian (KS), and others, it was without a doubt the Hawks deserved the number two spot. They will have a big time matchups this weekend against top-5 ranked Wasatch Academy (UT) and Westtown School (PA) in Virginia as part of the Kevin Durant MLK Classic.

3. Oak Hill Academy (VA) (22-1) – The Warriors win their first game over this weeekend since December 21st and defeated Bishop Walsh (MD) as part of the Rock the Ribbon Classic. LSU commit 2021 SG Cam Thomas led the way with 34 points. Oak Hill Academy will face Olympus Prep (NJ) later today but will head to Springfield, Missouri later this week to compete in the Bass Pro Shop Tournament of Champions before heading to the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts.

4. Wasatch Academy (UT) (19-1) – Wasatch Academy got back to business this weekend in Utah winning two games over the weekend against Desert Valley Prep (NV) and Layton Christian Academy (UT). The Tigers will play one game this week against Bountiful (UT) before they head east for their highly anticipated top-5 matchup against Hamilton Heights (TN) in Virginia as part of the Kevin Durant MLK Classic.

5. Prolific Prep (CA) (18-2) – Prolific Prep had the week off last week and will prepare for their big weekend as they have two key matchups against top-25 programs Huntington Prep (WV) and a rematch with La Lumiere (IN). They will face Huntington Prep (WV) in Ohio on January 17th as part of the Flyin to the Hoop event and will play their rematch against La Lumiere (IN) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the loaded field at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.

6. Sierra Canyon (CA) (16-2) – The Trailblazers bounce back from their lost to Minnehaha Academy (MN) last week in Minnesota with a top-25 win over Rancho Christian (CA), a program who defeated them earlier this season. Kentucky commit 2020 SG Brandon Boston Jr. and 2020 W Ziaire Williams combined for 50 points in their win over the Eagles. Sierra Canyon will face Viewpoint (CA) before they make their way to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete in the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic.

7. Sunrise Christian (KS) (12-2) – The Buffaloes defeated Legacy School of Sports Science (KS) 88-42 over the weekend in a dominating win, improving them to a 12-2 overall record. Sunrise Christian will face Carolina Basketball Academy (NC) before they make their trip to Massachusetts to compete in the loaded Spalding Hoopahll Classic in Springfield and where they will face Hillcrest Prep (AZ) in a highly anticipated matchup.

8. DeMatha Catholic (MD) (11-2) – The Stags go 2-0 last week and defeated WCAC rival St. John’s College (DC) last week in a close game 68-62. DeMatha will have their hands full this week playing five games in seven days and where three out of those five are big time matchups. Those big time matchups include a road game against rival Gonzaga (DC) and matchups against Simeon (IL) and Rancho Christian (CA) as part of the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts.

9. La Lumiere (IN) (11-2) – The Lakers played one game last week and defeated IE Prep (IN) 84-22 in a dominating fashion. La Lumiere will face Michigan City (IN) Tuesday night before making their way to the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts and where they wil face Gonzaga (DC) and Prolific Prep (CA) in back-to-back days.

10. IMG Academy (FL) (11-3) – Two big wins over the weekend gets powerhouse IMG Academy back in our top-10 national rankings. The Ascenders hosted their own Ascenders Classic on their campus and where they defeated top-25 programs Huntington Prep (WV) and St. Frances Academy (MD). Two more major matchups await IMG Academy as they will head to the loaded Splading Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts and where they will face The Patrick School (NJ) and Montverde Academy (FL) for the second time this high school season.

11. Minnehaha Academy (MN) (10-2) – The Redhawks were off last week and have not played since their major win over then top-5 Sierra Canyon (CA) last weekend. Minnehaha Academy will be back in action this week playing four total games including Breck (MN) later tonight.

12. The Patrick School (NJ) (8-3) – The Patrick School have been moved out of our top-10 national rankings after taking their third lost of the season over the weekend to Blair Academy (NJ) as part of the Metro Shore Classic. Unfortunately the Celtics were without their star player 2021 F Jon Kuminga and other key prospects. The Celtics did bounce back with a win over St. Benedict’s (NJ) over the weekend. The Patrick School will have two key games this week as they host McEachern (GA) as part of the Give Back Classic in East Orange, New Jersey and will face IMG Academy (FL) in an anticipated matchup at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts.

13. Huntington Prep (WV) (14-5) – The Irish took a lost to IMG Academy (FL) over the weekend Friday night but did bounce back with a win over a tough Imhotep Charter (PA) team as part of the Ascenders Classic. Huntington Prep will head back home and face Wesley Christian (KY) before they head to Dayton, Ohio to face Prolific Prep (CA) and St. Edward’s (OH) as part of the Flyin to the Hoop event.

14. Roselle Catholic (NJ) (6-2) – Roselle Catholic go 2-0 last week with wins over Manasquan (NJ) as part of the HoopGroup Boardwallk Classic and Linden (NJ) as part of the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational. The Lions will have two major games this week as they will face in state rival Elizabeth (NJ) and powerhouse Bishop Gorman (NV) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic.

15. Centennial (CA) (16-2) – The Huskies just straight demolished Corona (CA) over the weeked 88-38 and defeated Santiago (CA) 90-40 in their previous game. Centennial is currently on a 12-game winning streak and has not took a lost since December 10th. The Huskies will face Norco (CA) and King (CA) in their two games this week.

16. Long Island Lutheran (NY) (12-2) – The Crusaders have one four straight games since their lost to nationally ranked St. John’s College (DC) back in December and defeated Bergen Catholic (NJ) as part of the Empire Invitational over the weekend and where Illinois commit 2020 PG Andre Curbelo posted 21 points, 9 boards, 7 assists, and 6 steals. Long Island Lutheran’s next game will be against Trinity Catholic (CT) this Saturday as part of the Long Island Lutheran Invitational.

17. St. Frances Academy (MD) (19-2) – The Panthers took only their second lost of the season over the weekend to now top-10 nationally ranked IMG Academy (FL) on their campus as part of the Ascenders Classic in Bradenton, Florida. St. Frances is certainly still a top-25 program this season and will have three games this week, including two on the road.

18. Rancho Christian (CA) (16-3) – Rancho Christian took their third lost of the season over the weekend to top-10 nationally ranked Sierra Canyon (CA), a program they defeated just a couple weeks ago. The Eagles will try to bounce back this week as they will be heading out East to compete in the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts and where they will face Camden (NJ) and top-10 nationally ranked DeMatha Cahtolic (MD).

19. Mater Dei (CA) (15-3) – Mater Dei defeated in state programs Orange Lutheran (CA) and Servite (CA) in their two games last week. USC commit 2021 Harrison Hornery combined for 32 points in their two wins last week. The Monarchs will face Santa Margarita (CA) before their big matchup on the road against in state rival St. John Bosco (CA) Friday night. They will also head to Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend to face Bishop O’Connell (VA) as part of the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic.

20. Paul VI (VA) (9-3) – The Panthers bounce back with two straight wins last week which included a major win over WCAC rival Gonzaga (DC). Paul VI will have an extremely tough week playing six games in the next seven days. Out of those six games, three include matchups in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Missouri and one including a huge matchup against top-10 nationally ranked Sierra Canyon (CA) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic.

21. Bishop Gorman (NV) (13-2) – Bishop Gorman was back in action last week for the first time since the 2019 Les Schwab Invitational back in late December and going 3-0 defeating Durango (NV), Silverado (NV), and Clark (NV). The Gaels will have a road game against Desert Oasis (NV) before heading to the East Coast to play in the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts and where they will face Roselle Catholic (NJ) and Oak Hill Academy (VA), who are both nationally ranked in the top-25.

22. Sheldon (CA) (11-2) – Sheldon played their first game of the year last week since losing the Torrey Pines Tournament title game back in late December. They defeated Franklin (CA) 74-58 last week in their lone game. The Huskies will play three more games this week before their highly anticipated matchup next Monday against Mayfair (CA) at St. John Bosco High School in Southern California.

23. Scotlandville (LA) (21-2) – A 12-game winning streak is what the Scotlandville Hornets are currently on and have not lost since their two point lost to McEachern (GA) back at the City of Palms Classic in mid-December. The Hornets won two close games last week against Dunham (LA) and Madison Prep Academy (LA). Scotlandville will have a key matchup against in state program McKinley (LA) Tuesday night at home. Their 12-game winning streak will be on the line.

24. Dorman (SC) (16-1) – The Cavaliers go 2-0 defeating Spartanburg (SC) and Hillcrest (SC) and holding both opponents to just under 40 points. Dorman will have two in state matchups this week including one on the road against Boiling Springs (SC) and at Riverside (SC).

25. St. John’s College (DC) (14-2) – Although they took a lost early last week to top-10 nationally ranked DeMatha Catholic (MD), St. John’s College make their way back into our national top-25 with Archbishop Stepinac (NY) losing two games last week to unranked opponents. The Cadets did bounce back after their lost to DeMatha, defeating Bishop O’Connell (VA) 74-60. They will have two games this week against Archbishop Carroll (DC) and Georgetown Prep (DC).

Next 5:

Neumann-Goretti (PA) (11-2) – The Saints win their only game last week against Monsignor Bonner (PA) 115-86. Neumann-Goretti lead our next five rankings and will have three major games this week in the state of Pennsylvania. They will face rivals Archbishop Carroll (PA), Roman Catholic (PA), and La Salle College (PA). Three key matches that can possibly put them back in our national top-25.

Grayson (GA) (16-1) – Grayson defeated in state rivals South Gwinnett (GA) and Rockdale County (GA) last week and holding them to about 50 points per game. The Rams are currently on an 8-game winning streakand will have their rematch with Newton (GA) on Tuesday January 14th, a program that defeated them earlier this season and has given them their only lost of the season. They will also be competing in the Flyin to the Hoop event in Ohio and Kevin Durant MLK Classic in Virginia over the weekend.

Greensboro Day (NC) (21-2) – Greensboro Day went 2-0 last week defeating Calvary Day School (NC) and Charlotte Christian (NC) and holding them to both 47 points. The Bengals will face Caldwell Academy (NC) before they head out to the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Missouri and where they will have a key matchup against Washington (OK) in the first round.

Gonzaga (DC) (11-4) – The Eagles go 1-1 last week after losing to WCAC rival and top-25 nationally ranked Paul VI (VA) in a close one 62-54. Gonzaga will have two major games this week as they host WCAC rival top-10 nationally ranked DeMatha Catholic (MD) and a matchup with top-10 nationally ranked La Lumiere (IN) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic.

Archbishop Stepinac (NY) (8-4) – Archbishop Stepinac drops out of our national top-25 for the first time this season after two loses to unranked opponents over the weekend. The Crusaders will have to bounce back this week as they will face St. Francis Prep (NY) in New York and Eastside Catholic (CT) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the loaded Spalding Hoophall Classic.