Updated National Rankings: Week 9

Believe it or not, the 2019-2020 high school season is nearly halfway over and national showcase tournaments and/or events are about to come to a conclusion over the next month or so. Here we have our official week 9 top-25 national rankings and “next five” rankings. Last weekend, 13 out of our top-25 national programs took loses, with a few programs losing more than once. It was certainly a huge weekend with famous events like the Bass Pro Shop TOC and Spalding Hoophall Classic taking place. Below you can find out which programs made our week 9 top-25 rankings and “next five” rankings.

1. Montverde Academy (FL) (19-0) – Another week in and the powerhouse school in Florida, Montverde Academy, ranks as our number one overall team in America after going 2-0 this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Spalding Hoophall Classic. The Eagles defeated IMG Academy (FL) and McEachern (GA) over the weekend, two programs they defeated already earlier this season. They will host the annual Montverde Academey Invitational this weekend, a tournament they won last year, on their campus and a couple top-25 programs will join them.

2. Oak Hill Academy (VA) (26-1) – The Warriors are back at number two in our national rankings after capturing the 2020 Bass Pro Shops TOC title last weekend and defeating top-25 Bishop Gorman (NV) as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Their winning streak continues and they have not lost a game in about two months now. Oak Hill will host Florida Coast Prep (FL) at home later this week before competing in the FCA Classic this weekend.

3. Wasatch Academy (UT) (22-1) – 2022 PG Richard Isaacs Jr. posted 27 points for the Tigers over the weekend in their big win over top-5 ranked Hamilton Heights (TN) as part of the Kevin Durant MLK Classic in Virginia. The Tigers will head home to Utah this week and face Jordan (UT) and and Juan Diego Catholic (UT), two games they should for sure win.

4. Prolific Prep (CA) (20-2) – Two huge wins over top-25 programs Huntington Prep (WV) and La Lumiere (IN) over the weekend move Prolific Prep up back into the top-5 in our national rankings. The Crew defeated Huntington Prep early in the weekend in Dayton, Ohio as part of the Flyin to the Hoop event and made their way to Springfield, Massachusetts where they took down La Lumiere as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. They will host the Crush in the Valley event this weekend and where they will face top prep programs like Dream City Christian (AZ) and Bella Vista Prep (AZ).

5. Sunrise Christian (KS) (14-2) – Another familiar face make their way back into our top-5 after a statement win over the weekend at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Sunrise Christian completely destroyed highly praised Hillcrest Prep (AZ) 91-48 and where 2021 C Zach Clemence posted a team high 25 points including 6-7 from three. The Buffaloes will have this week off before making a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee next weekend to compete in the Dr. Pepper Classic.

6. Hamilton Heights (TN) (18-2) – The Hawks dropped their first and only two loses of the season so far over the weekend to top-5 ranked Wasatch Academy (UT) and unranked Westtown School (PA) at the Kevin Durant MLK Classic in Virginia. Hamilton Heights will try to bounce back this weekend in St. Louis, Missouri as they are playing the Quincy Shootout against Mehlville (MO) and St. Louis Christian Academy (MO).

7. DeMatha Catholic (MD) (16-2) – Three big wins last week for the Stags of DeMatha, with two coming from the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Gonzaga (DC), Simeon (IL), and Rancho Christian (CA) were the teams the Stags beat last week to keep them ranked in our top-10 rankings. They will face Archbishop Carroll (DC), Bishop O’Connell (VA), and Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD) all this week.

8. Minnehaha Academy (MN) (12-2) – The Redhawks go 2-0 last week and were back in action since defeating Sierra Canyon (CA) back on January 4th. Due to inclement weather over the weekend in the midwest, Minnehaha’s game against Madison Le Follette (WI) was cancelled. They will play again this weekend against Waseca (MN) on the road.

9. Sierra Canyon (CA) (18-3) – The Trailblazers finished their weekend on the East Coast with a 1-1 record after losing only their third game of the year to top-25 ranked Paul VI (VA) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. Sierra Canyon will have a big in state matchup with Windward (CA) later this week at home.

10. La Lumiere (IN) (13-3) – La Lumiere drops their third game of the season to Prolific Prep (CA) over the weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. They do, however, defeat Gonzaga (DC) last weekend and that win is what keeps them in our national top-10 rankings. The Lakers will have three games back home this week in the state of Indiana.

11. IMG Academy (FL) (12-4) – The Ascenders take down top-25 ranked The Patrick School (NJ) over the weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic but also were defeated once again by Montverde Academy (FL). IMG Academy will have two road games this week against Booker (FL) and Knoxville Catholic (TN) before heading out to Maryland next weekend.

12. Centennial (CA) (18-2) – The Huskies are quietly winning their games and are currently on a 14-game winning streak. They will have two road games this week against in state rivals Roosevelt (CA) and Santiago (CA) before their major matchup this Saturday night against Windward (CA) as part of the State Preview Challenge.

13. Long Island Lutheran (NY) (14-2) – Long Island Lutheran went 3-0 in all of their games last week and move up a few spots in our national top-25 rankings. The Crusaders duo of Illinois commit 2020 PG Andre Curbelo and Ohio State commit 2020 F Zed Key have led them to an overall 14-2 record so far into their season. They will be tested this weekend as they are competing in the Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament on the campus of Montverde Academy.

14. Sheldon (CA) (15-2) – Arizona State commit 2020 G/F Marcus Bagley led the Huskies to a win over Mayfair (CA) with 18 points in three quarters this past weekend in California as part of the Bosco MLK Showcase. The Huskies will have a road game against in state program Cosumnes Oaks (CA) before heading out to St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the Quincy Shootout. Their matchup with Vashon (MO) awaits.

15. Paul VI (VA) (14-4) – The Panthers get a big win over the weekend against top-10 ranked Sierra Canyon (CA) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic despite taking a lost in the 2020 Bass Pro Shops TOC title game to powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (VA) a couple days before in Springfield, Missouri. The Panthers will face Bishop Ireton (VA) before their big matchup on the road against St. John’s College (DC) Sunday night.

16. Bishop Gorman (NV) (15-3) – The Gaels go 1-1 in their East Coast trip to Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. They defeated top-25 program Roselle Catholic (NJ) and took a lost to powerhouse and number two ranked overall Oak Hill Academy (VA). Bishop Gorman will have two games this week before their major matchup against Coronado (NV) Friday night. ESPNU is expected to televise the game on national TV beginning at 8pm local time and 11pm ET.

17. Roselle Catholic (NJ) (7-3) – The Lions defeated in state rival Elizabeth (NJ) in an anticipated matchup before dropping their third game of the season to Bishop Gorman (NV) over the weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. Roselle Catholic will have two key games this week against in state programs Camden (NJ) as part of the Play by Play Classic and St. Benedict’s (NJ) as part of the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational.

18. The Patrick School (NJ) (10-4) – No 2021 F Jon Kuminga for the Celtics over the last few games due to an ankle injury. The Patrick School squeezed past McEachern (GA) 75-72 as part of the Give Back Classic in East Orange, New Jersey before taking a lost to IMG Academy (FL) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. The Celtics will have a huge matchup against Camden (NJ) Saturday at Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey.

19. Scotlandville (LA) (23-2) – A 14-game winning streak is what the Scotlandville Hornets out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana are currently on. They continued their win streak this past weekend as they defeated Southern Lab (LA). The Hornets will head back to Florida this weekend to compete in the Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament on the campus of Montverde Academy.

20. Dorman (SC) (18-1) – The Cavaliers go 2-0 last week in their home state and outscoring their opponents 158-78 and continue their win streak with their only loss coming from top-5 ranked and powerhouse Oak Hill Academy back in early December. Dorman will have two road games this week against in state programs Byrnes (SC) and Gaffney (SC).

21. Neumann-Goretti (PA) (14-2) – A familiar face re-enters are national top-25 after a couple ranked programs took a couple losses last week. The Saints are still considered and arguably a top-25 program in the country. They defeated Roman Catholic (PA) last weekend in double overtime 77-69. They will face Archbishop Wood (PA) Friday night.

22. Grayson (GA) (20-1) – Grayson finally makes their way into our national top-25 and well deserved. The Rams go 2-0 over the weekend in their trips to Ohio and Virginia. They defeated Wayne (OH) as part of the Flyin to the Hoop event in Dayton, Ohio and Crestwood (CAN) as part of the Kevin Durant MLK Classic in Alexandria, Virginia. The Rams will have a key matchup with in state rival Shiloh (GA) before facing Ramsay (AL) on Saturday at Norcross High School as part of the Peachtree Corners Invitational.

23. St. Frances Academy (MD) (22-3) – The Panthers drop a few spots after taking a lost to unranked Mount St. Joseph (MD) last week. St. Frances only take their third lost of the season and will try and bounce back this week. They will have two more games before their huge matchup against in state Baltimore Poly (MD) at Morgan State University.

24. Rancho Christian (CA) (17-5) – The Eagles go winless in their East Coast trip to Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic losing to Camden (NJ) and top-10 ranked DeMatha Catholic (MD). Rancho Christian dropped their 5th lost of the season and their win earlier in the season over Sierra Canyon (CA) is what kept them in our top-25 national rankings. They will face Poly (CA) this Saturday as part of their Rancho Christian Showcase.

25. Huntington Prep (WV) (15-7) – It has not been a good month for Huntington Prep as they go 0-2 over the weekend in Dayton, Ohio as part of the Flyin to the Hoop event losing to top-5 ranked Prolific Prep (CA) and unranked St. Edward’s (OH). The Irish will take trip back to Ohio this weekend as they will face Woodward (OH). Their high major wins over top-25 programs Sunrise Christian (KS) and Roselle Catholic (NJ) keep them in our national top-25.

Next Five:

St. John’s College (DC) (15-3) – The Cadets took a bad loss over the weekend to Archbishop Carroll (DC) putting them out of our national top-25 for now. They have such a tough schedule playing in the talented WCAC that they will have multiple chances to make their way back into our top-25 national rankings. St. John’s leads the pack of our “next five” rankings and will have three games to be played this week.

Mater Dei (CA) (16-5) – Mater Dei is put in our “next five” rankings for the first time all season long after dropping two straight games to unranked programs St. John Bosco (CA) and Bishop O’Connell (VA) as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Monarchs will have a chance to make their way back in our national top-25 before the season ends. They will face JSerra Catholic (CA) and Orange Lutheran (CA) this week.

Camden (NJ) (11-1) – One of the newest faces in our “next five” rankings, Camden High School out Camden, New Jersey. The Panthers earned our recognition after their defeat over top-25 nationally ranked Rancho Christian (CA) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic and where Kentucky commit 2020 F Lance Ware posted 18 points and 14 boards. Camden will have their chance to get into our national top-25 rankings as they face top-25 programs Roselle Catholic (NJ) and The Patrick School (NJ) this week.

Gonzaga (DC) (12-6) – The Gonzaga Eagles lose two games last week to two top-10 nationally ranked programs DeMatha Catholic (MD) and La Lumiere (IN) in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. The Eagles stay in our radar in our “next five” due to their strength of schedule that includes playing the WCAC, so they will have a chance to climb up in our rankings regardless.

Westtown School (PA) (16-5) – The Moose make their way back in our radar and in our “next five” rankings after their win over top-10 nationally ranked Hamilton Heights (TN) in Virginia as part of the Kevin Durant MLK Classic. Westtown School will play one game this week before their big matchup with Blair Academy (NJ) on Sunday as part of the Hoop Group Lehigh.