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2020-2021 HS Circuit Top 25 Rankings: Preseason

By Samad Hines, 10/30/20, 12:00PM EDT

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Here we go, the 2020-2021 high school season is officially here, for some states around the country that is. Due to COVID-19 distrupting start dates for most states around the country, basketball season will not begin officially until January or March. Below we drop our official preseason top-25 rankings to begin the 2020-2021 season. Some programs around the country will be playing as "club teams" due to their delayed seasons and others will be representing their actually high school and/or prep school program. Our top-25 national rankings have made major shifts from May, August, and to now. Check out who made our top-25 list and our "next five" list. 

1. Montverde Academy Eagles (FL) 

The Eagles finished their 2019-2020 high school season with an incredible 25-0 overall record after playing in a plethora of national events. Montverde Academy will begin the 2020-2021 high school season as the number one team in the country once again as they have rebuilt their roster from a year ago while returning a few key pieces. Prospects like Baylor commit 2021 G Langston Love, Michigan commit 2021 F Caleb Houstan2022 G Dariq WhiteheadCreighton commit 2021 PG Ryan Nembhard, and 2021 F Michael Wu will be the return core from last season's squad. The Eagles have added prospects like 2022 C Jalen Duren2022 PG Jalen Hood-Schifino, Dayton commit 2021 F DaRon Holmes2022 F Malik Reneau2022 SG Justice Williams, and 2023 F Sam Walters to their 2020-2021 roster. It is without a doubt that the Eagles are loaded once again this season and will be one of the deepest teams in the country. Langston Love, Ryan Nembhard, and Caleb Houstan should be the vocal leaders for this year's team while Jalen Duren and DaRon Holmes hold down the frontcourt spots. Montverde Academy is expected to play another tough national schedule over the next few months which includes the Spalding Hoophall Classic, Montverde Invitational, Metro Classic, and others. 

Team page: Roster + Schedule

2. Sunrise Christian Buffaloes (KS)

Arguably the best team in the country coming into the 2020-2021 high school season, Sunrise Christian comes in ranked a close number two in our national top-25 rankings. The Buffaloes finished in our top-5 national rankings last year to end the 2019-2020 high school season and made their second straight GEICO Nationals appearance. Baylor commit 2021 F Kendall Brown, Kansas commit 2021 F Zach Clemence, Minnesota commit 2021 F Kenny Photo, 2022 PG Willie Lightfoot, and 2021 F Jaylon McDaniel are key prospects returning to the Buffaloes roster next season. Highly rated Tennessee commit 2021 PG Kennedy Chandler, who averaged 24.0 PPG, 5.0 APG, and 5.0 RPG last season at Briarcrest Christian (TN), 2023 PG Fred Payne, 2023 C David Oyona, 2021 F Demian Reyes, 2022 F Grady Dick, and 2021 SG Quenton Flood are new and big key additions for Sunrise. The Buffaloes should make their third straight appearance to GEICO's next spring and are expected to play in national events like the Battle at the Rock, Spalding Hoophall Classic, and more this season.

Team page: Roster + Schedule

3. IMG Academy Ascenders (FL) 

The Ascenders captured the 2020 Border League Top Flight Invite Division title last weekend back in Phoenix and without star 2022 F Jarace Walker. IMG Academy snuck their way into the 2020 GEICO Nationals field last season after winning the title during the 2018-2019 season. They will begin the 2020-2021 high school season ranked as the third best team in the country. Their backcourt of Jaden Springer (Tennessee) and Matt Murrell (Ole Miss) have headed off to college and a new backcourt will form this season. They bring in 2022 PG Jaden Bradley, who has transferred in from Cannon School (NC) where he averaged 23.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 6.1 APG, and 2.9 SPG as a sophomore, Texas commit 2021 SG Tamar Bates2022 SG Jett Howard, son of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard, 2022 SG Louis Hutchinson, 2021 F Ezra Ausar, and 2023 C Gus Yalden. Key guys like 2021 F Moussa Diabate2022 F Jarace Walker, and 2022 SG Eric Dailey Jr. return from last season's squad for the Ascenders. IMG might not be as deep as the other top-25 programs this season, but they sure do have a talented and competitive group this season. They are expected to play in a few national events for this upcoming season, but the exact events have yet to be determined. 

Team page: Roster + Schedule

4. Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (CA)

The Trailblazers were just a game away from trying to capture their third straight CIF state championship before the COVID-19 outbreak, which forced their postseason to come to an early end back in March. This year's season for Sierra Canyon will be a bit different for the 2020-2021 high school season. Their actual high school season will not begin until March, but they will be playing in events and/or games this winter as the club team "Trailblazers". Sierra Canyon will begin ranked fourth in our preseason top-25 this season. After losing key guys like Brandon Boston Jr. (Kentucky) and Ziaire Williams (Stanford), prospects like 2022 G Amari Bailey, 2022 F Shy Odom, 2021 C Harold Yu, and 2023 G Bronny James will play bigger roles for this year's team. The Trailblazers have also added key prospects like 2022 SG Chance Westry, who averaged 23.8 PPG and 5.3 RPG at Trinity (PA), 2022 F Max Allen, and 2022 C Evan Manjikian to their 2020-2021 roster. Sierra Canyon does have a couple games schedule for this winter and will have a key matchup against Ypsi Prep Academy (MI) in November. 

Team page: Roster + Schedule

5. Bishop Gorman Gaels (NV) 

West Coast powerhouse, Bishop Gorman, will begin the 2020-2021 high school season ranked fifth in our top-25 national rankings. The Gaels season, like some, have been delayed until January and they are expected to play this winter as the club team named "Las Vegas Orange". Bishop Gorman has captured the NIAA class 4A state title nine seasons in a row and will most likely make it ten sometime in March and/or April. They return their starting backcourt in UNLV commit 2021 PG Zaon Collins and UCLA commit 2021 G Will McClendon, who combined to averaged about 30.0 points per game and 30.0 assists per game. Other returnees like 2021 G Jonathan Braggs and 2022 SG Ryan Abelman will play a key role to this year's team success. The Gaels have added 2022 SG A.J. Storr, 2022 F Darrion Williams, and 2021 F Daniel Rouzan to their roster and all three will play key roles on this season's squad. The Gaels are still looking to schedule other events and/or games as their club team with the state of Nevada still not allowing any games to be played in state as of right now. 

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6. West Oaks Flame (FL) 

West Oaks Academy (FL) has moved up tremendously since our updated preseason top-25 rankings back in August. The Flame has climbed from ranked twenty-fifth to top-10 at number six. This season’s squad should be one of the best in the country and will have that top-10 caliber talent. Since August, they have added major key prospects 2021 PG Wesley Cardet Jr.2023 F Ryan Bewley2023 F Matt Bewley, and 2021 SG J.J. Harris, who all transfer from Northeast (FL). They have also added 2021 SG Justin Neely, who averaged 27.0 PPG and 12.0 RPG last season for Miami Senior (FL). Neely just adds more fuel to the fire for this season’s squad with his scoring ability. 2021 PG A.J. Neal also returns in the starting lineup for West Oaks and should be the vocal leader for this very talented squad. The Flame are expected to play another tough national schedule this season which includes playing in the Grind Session events and making an appearance at the loaded Beach Ball Classic in December. 

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7. Wasatch Academy Tigers (UT) 

Wasatch Academy, the powerhouse school out of Utah, finished their 2019-2020 high school season with a 27-2 overall record and finishing in the top-5 nationally and making another appearance in the GEICO Nationals field. The Tigers will have a new head coach for this season, Paul Peterson, and will begin the 2020-2021 high school ranked seventh in the country. Highly rated 2022 PG Richard “Pop” Isaacs returns for his second season with Wasatch and will share the backcourt this season with Kentucky commit 2021 PG Nolan Hickman, who is transferring from Eastside Catholic (WA) where he averaged 17.3 PPG, 3.4 APG, 3.7 RPG, and 2.0 SPG last season. The Tigers also have added Houston commit 2021 F Robbie Armbrester to their roster for this season. Wasatch Academy will be looking to make their third overall appearance in the GEICO Nationals field in 2021 and will have the tough national schedule to prove so. They are expected to play in multiple national events like the Holiday Hoopsgiving, Montverde Invitational, and others. 

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8. Ypsi Prep Academy Ballboys (MI) 

One of the newest programs coming into the 2020-2021 high school season will include Ypsi Prep Academy out of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Their roster will be loaded and will be headlined by highly rated Michigan state commit 2022 F Emoni Bates. The Ball Boys will begin the 2020-2021 high school season ranked in our top-10 coming in at number eight. Ypsi Prep will also feature key prospects like Michigan State commit 2021 PG Jaiden Akins, 2022 PG Dillon Hunter, 2022 C Shawn Phillips, 2022 SG JaVaughn Hannah, and others on their roster for this season. 2023 W Marlon Barnes Jr, 2022 F Carson Cooper, and 2022 F Raymond Adams joined the program in October and should round out a super-talented rotation. They are expected to play in a couple national events to begin their season and face a few top tier programs. The Battle Basketball Showcase and the Thanksgiving Hoopfest are a couple major events they are expected to play in. Ypsi Prep Academy will also have matchups against Minnehaha Academy (MN), other wise known as Team Sizzle (MN), and Faith Academy (TX) in November and December. The Ball Boys are also expected to play in the Spalding Hoophall Classic in January and other events later this winter. 

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9. Prolific Prep Crew (CA) 

The Crew made history last season making their first ever appearance in the GEICO Nationals field. Prolific Prep finished their incredible 2019-2020 high school season with a 31-3 overall record led by McDonald's All Americans Jalen Green (G-League) and Nimari Burnett (Texas Tech). Prolific Prep has moved from our "On the Fringe" list to being ranked number nine in our preseason top-25 national rankings. Stanford commit 2021 PG Isael SilvaOregon commit 2021 F Nathan Bittle, 2022 SG Kamari Lands, and 2022 F Mouhamed Gueye are just a few key additions they have added since our updated preseason top-25 rankings back in August. Mark Phelps will be the new head coach this season for Prolific Prep and taking former head coach Joey Fuca's place. The Crew should be a national threat for this upcoming season once again and are expected to play another national schedule which includes stops at the Grind Session bubbles, Spalding Hoophall Classic, Hoophall West, and more. 

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10. DeMatha Catholic Stags (MD)

DeMatha Catholic, located in Hyattsville, Maryland, is one of the country’s most consistent basketball program and have bought out multiple next level prospects over the years. The Stags begin the 2020-2021 high school season in our preseason top-10 after finishing last season ranked seventh in the country. The defending WCAC champions finished their 2019-2020 high school season with a 30-3 overall record. Key prospects like 2021 PG Elijah HawkinsUConn commit 2021 SG Jordan Hawkins2022 F Tyrell Ward2021 PG Jacoi Hutchinson2021 SG Will Reynolds2022 G Aaron Roberson, and 2023 F Jason Moore return to the roster for head coach Mike Jones and staff. One of the best scorers in the 2022 class, 2022 G Rodney Rice, who averaged 22.9 PPG last season at The Bullis School (MD), will just add more offensive fire power for DeMatha this season. The Stags are certainly the favorites to repeat as champions in the WCAC, one of the toughest high school basketball conferences in the country. 

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11. St. Frances Academy Panthers (MD) 

St. Frances Academy is currently ranked eleventh in our preseason top-25 national rankings coming into the 2020-2021 high school season and due to their league play not beginning until possibly January, the Panthers will be playing as a club team named called "Baltimore Panthers". The Panthers might not have that super five star prospect on their roster, but this year's squad will have depth and return almost more than half of their scoring from a year ago. Maryland commit 2021 F Julian Reese headlines their roster but other key guys like Delaware commit 2021 G Khyrie Staten2021 G Byron Ireland2021 G Elijah Davis, and 2023 SG Jonathan Lamothe will all play a much bigger role this upcoming season for the Panthers. Newcomers like 2024 F Derik Queen and 2023 F Maximus Lockett, who is transferring from North Hampton (MA), will play key roles for this season's squad as well. St. Frances Academy does plan on playing in national events as a club team this winter until their league play begins in January. 

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12. Long Island Lutheran Crusaders (NY) 

Long Island Lutheran should be the number one team coming out of the state of New York as of right now coming into the 2020-2021 high school season. The Crusaders have been one of the most consistent basketball programs in the state, the Northeast, and the country over the last few years. They finished their terrific 2019-2020 high school season with a 22-3 overall record playing a national schedule, and due to the COVID-19 outbreak, their postseason was cut short. They lose key guys Andre Curbelo (Illinois) and Zed Key (Ohio State) but will return key pieces like St. John's commit 2021 SG Rafeal Pinzon, 2021 F Drissa Traore, 2021 F Kacper Klaczek, 2021 G Ryan Dunn, 2021 F Paul Jordan, and 2023 PG Jayden Reid. They also add big time additions like 2022 C Jaxon Koroll who is transferring from St. Mary's (CAN) where he averaged 10.0 PPG, 13.0 RPG, and 3.0 BPG last season, 2022 PG Jayden Pierre, who is transferring from Elizabeth (NJ) where he averaged 17.0 PPG and 6.0 APG, and 2022 F Finley Sheridan to their 2020-2021 roster. The Crusaders will certainly have the talent and chance to move up in our top-25 rankings as the season goes along. Their schedule has yet to be confirmed for this season but they are expected to play another tough schedule. 

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13. La Lumiere Lakers (IN) 

Indiana powerhouse, La Lumiere, has moved from being in our “On the Fringe” list to ranked thirteenth in our preseason top-25 national rankings to begin the 2020-2021 high school season. The Lakers made it to the 2018-2019 GEICO Nationals title game and finished their 2019-2020 high school season ranked in the top-5 with a 23-3 overall record. La Lumiere will have a whole brand new roster coming into this season with their front court of 2022 F Vincent Ikechukwu and Minnesota commit 2021 C Treyton Thompson headlining their roster. They also have added key additions 2022 PG J.J. Starling, who is transferring from Charles Baker (NY) where he averaged 28.0 PPG, 2023 PG Jeremy Fears Jr., 2022 G Ryan Mabrey, 2021 F Owen Kmety, and 2023 SG Jamaal Phatty, and 2023 PG Hunter Duncan to the roster. 2021 C Rocco Muratori and 2022 PG Darion Smith also return from last season's roster. The Lakers are expected to play another tough national schedule and will be appearing in national events like the Flyin to the Hoop, Spalding Hoophall Classic, Metro Classic, and more.

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14. Oak Hill Academy Warriors (VA) 

Oak Hill Academy will begin the season ranked fourteenth in our preseason top-25 rankings coming into the 2020-2021 high school season. The Warriors finished their 2019-2020 high school season with a 37-3 overall record and appearing in another GEICO Nationals field. They have lost a bunch of their core from last season's team but have regained some heavy hitters and key roll players for this season. Big time prospects like 2022 SG M.J. Rice and 2022 F Jalen Reed are a couple key additions that headline this year's roster for head coach Steve Smith. A few other prospects like 2021 G Cam Carter2023 PG Caleb Foster2023 F Justin McBride, 2022 G Xavier Brown, 2022 F Judah Egbo, and a few other incoming freshmen will play key roles for the Warriors this season. 2021 F Jalen Ricks is the lone returner from last season's squad and should be the vocal leader on this season's team. Oak Hill Academy will be playing on the national stage once again throughout the 2020-2021 high school season and are expected to make stops at the Spalding Hoophall Classic, Hoophall West, Heartland Classic, and others over the next few months. 

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15. Westtown School Moose (PA) 

The Moose come into the 2020-2021 high school season ranked fifteenth in our preseason top-25 national rankings. With the lost of forward Frank Kepnang, who committed to Oregon and is now in Eugene, the Moose have moved down a few spots since August but have remain a national threat for this upcoming high school season. They still return key guys like Florida State commit 2021 PG Jalen Warley2022 C Dereck Lively II, and 2021 G Nymir Little from last season’s 24-7 overall squad. The Moose also have added key contributors 2021 F Alpha Bangura Jr. and 2023 SG Matt Mayock to their roster as well, which adds much needed depth. Westtown School will be looking to capture their fourth PAISAA title in the last six years this upcoming season and will be playing a competitive national schedule. Nothing nationally has been confirmed just yet for the Moose, but they are planning to play a competitive schedule once again this season. 

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16. Compass Prep Dragons (AZ) 

Compass Prep, out of Chandler, Arizona, has already began their 2020-2021 high school season with two wins already in the books. The Dragons have themselves a very deep and talented roster this season headlined by 2021 G TyTy Washington and 2022 F Sadraque Nganga. Compass Prep will begin the 2020-2021 high school season ranked at number sixteen, two spots up from our updated rankings in August. They have added a few newcomers for this season that include 2021 F Alden Applewhite, 2021 PG Javon Small, 2022 G Nate Pickens, 2021 F Isaiah Brody, 2022 C Adrame Diongue, and more. The Dragons recently won the West Coast Division bracket back in Phoenix at the Border League where they defeated in state top tier programs Hillcrest Prep (AZ) and Dream City Christian (AZ). Compass Prep will be playing a big time national schedule this season and will have a chance to climb in the top-25. They are expected to appear in the Bojangles Bash, KD MLK Classic, Hoophall West, and more.

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17. Dream City Christian Eagles (AZ) 

Dream City Christian will begin the season ranked at number seventeen in our preseason top-25 national rankings. The Eagles finished their 2019-2020 high school season with a 27-13 overall record and will look to improve during the 2020-2021 high school season. They return their star prospect and highly rated 2021 F Arthur Kaluma and 2021 C Marko Milivojevic also to their roster. Big time additions like 2022 SG Shaedon Sharpe, Arizona State commit 2021 G Demari Williams, Harvard commit 2021 SG Tyler Simon, 2021 PG Jayden Nunn, and 2022 PG Jayden Clayton will have key roles in the rotation this season. The Eagles will have a chance to climb up the top-25 national rankings throughout the season with their tough national schedule. Beside the Grind Session bubbles, they are expected to appear in the Lighthouse Classic, Flyin to the Hoop, and other national events. 

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18. Combine Academy Goats (NC) 

One of the deepest team out of the entire top-25 this season will be Combine Academy, out of Lincolnton, North Carolina. The Goats earned their national recoginiton after going 26-7 overall just last season under first year head coach Jeff Mcinnis. Combine Academy will be and should be a problem nationally this upcoming season and they are extremely loaded from top to bottom as they begin the 2020-2021 high school ranked eighteenth in our preseason top-25. 2023 Robert Dillingham and 2023 F Mehki Grant will headline their overall roster and should be the leaders of this mostly new squad this season. Key returners like 2021 G Kris Robinson2021 F Jacori Owens, and 2021 Ja’Mylan Blakeney will play much bigger roles for Mcinnis and his staff. Combine Academy has added a few key additions like 2023 PG Jaylen CurryCollege of Charleston commit 2021 SG Mike Dudley2022 C Patrick Wessler2022 G A.J. Smith, and others to the roster for this upcoming season. The Goats are playing another national schedule and will appear in events like the Battle at the Rock, Beach Ball Classic, and others. 

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19. Legacy Early College Lions (SC)

Legacy Early College will begin this season ranked in our top-25 and will be ranked at number nineteen coming in and certified as the number one team in the state of South Carolina as of now. The Lions will have one of the best trio’s nationally during the 2020-2021 high school season with South Carolina commit 2021 PG Jacobi WrightMaryland commit 2021 F Ike Cornish, and 2021 SG Bryce McGowens. DePaul commit 2021 F Keon Edwards Jr., who was originally supposed to enroll at Legacy, will not be attending the Greenville powerhouse this season. The Lions will still have a high standard during this season and should be one of the better teams in the country. Prospects like 2022 F Perry Smith Jr., 2021 F Jason Baker, and 2021 SG Kameron Little will play major key roles for this year’s squad. The Lions are scheduled to make appearances at the Battle at the Rock, Spalding Hoophall Classic, and other major events this season. 

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20. The Patrick School Celtics (NJ) 

The Patrick School, out of Hillside, New Jersey, is one of the state of New Jersey’s most consistent basketball programs and has had talent come out of their program for years. The Celtics finished their 2019-2020 season with a 21-7 overall record. They return key prospect UConn commit 2021 F Samson Johnson, who should be the leader of this year’s squad, and have added highly ranked 2022 G Zion Cruz, who is transferring back to his home state from Oak Hill Academy (VA). The Patrick School is currently ranked at twenty to begin the 2020-2021 season in our national top-25 preseason rankings and could possibly move up in the rankings throughout the season. The State of New Jersey has been very strict with top teams traveling this season due to COVID-19 and it is a possibility that the Celtics will not be able to leave the state for games, showcases, events, or tournaments. Their 2020-2021 schedule has yet to be confirmed but it should be another competitive and tough one. 

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21. Coronado Cougars (NV) 

The Cougars of Coronado have established themselves as the best public school in America after their impressive showing at the Border League in Phoenix, Arizona last weekend where they took Prolific Prep (CA) and IMG Academy (FL) down to the wire. The Cougars come into the 2020-2021 high school season ranked at twenty-one in our preseason top-25. Highly rated 2021 SG Jaden Hardy, the nation's top scorer, will headline their roster once again this season. They do bring in Michigan commit 2021 PG Frankie Collins, who averaged 13.9 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.5 RPG, and 2.4 SPG last season for Compass Prep (AZ). Other key guys like 2023 F Osiris Grady and 2021 G Chris Page will play major roles for this seasons Coronado squad as well. The Cougars have yet to confirm their schedule for this winter as the club team name "Air Nado", but they are expected to compete in the Tarkanian Classic in December. 

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22. Camden Panthers (NJ)

The Panthers made their names known nationally during the 2019-2020 high school season after playing a tough and competitive national schedule. Camden finished the season last year as New Jersey's number one team after finishing with a 29-1 overall record and capturing the South Jersey Group 2 championship. The COVID-19 outbreak ripped them from a possible state championship last season and this season the Panthers will try and repeat. Highly rated 2023 PG D.J. Wagner will return and will headline Camden's roster this season. Other key prospects like Penn State commit 2021 F Ta'Quan Woodley, 2021 F Jerome Brewer, 2023 PG Sebastian Robinson, and 2023 G Cornellius Robinson are set to return and will play much bigger roles this upcoming season for the Panthers. Camden is expected to play a very tough and competitive schedule once again this season, but their schedule for the 2020-2021 high school season has yet to be confirmed. 

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23. Hamilton Heights Hawks (TN) 

Hamilton Heights had themselves an amazing 2019-2020 high school season finishing with a 27-3 overall record and in the top-10 nationally. Their new head coach, Steve Cook, plans to keep the same energy this season with the Hawks, as they come in ranked twenty-third in our preseason top-25 national rankings. The Hawks will have a brand new starting five coming into the season and will have two key pieces returning from last season’s squad. 2022 F Felix Okpara and 2022 PG Reggie Bass will be the leaders of the team this season for Hamilton Heights. Newcomers like 2022 G Lewis Duarte2021 F Bretner Mutombo2021 C Kristian Kocab, and 2022 F Jaret Velencia will play key roles on this year’s team for the Hawks. Hamilton Heights is expected to play a national schedule this season, making stops at the Lighthouse Classic, Spalding Hoophall Classic, Flyin to the Hoop, and other top tier events.

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24. Paul VI Panthers (VA)

Paul VI, out of Fairfax, Virginia, has always been one of the toughest programs nationally coming out of the gritty WCAC. Last season, the Panthers finished with a 27-8 overall record reaching the WCAC title game while playing one of the toughest schedules in America. They will certainly miss Jeremy Roach (Duke) on the roster, but will return key prospects like highly rated 2021 SG Trevor Keels, who averaged 17.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2.8 APG last season2022 PG Knasir "Dug" McDaniel, Towson commit 2021 F Tyler Coleman, and 2023 SG DeShawn Harris-Smith. The Panthers also return 2021 F Jack Jensen, 2021 F Andrew Gillman, 2021 F Luke Triggs, and 2021 SG Ty Wilson. Paul VI might not be the favorites this season to win the WCAC championship but they will certainly be a threat once again in one of the most competitive high school basketball conferences in the country. Their season will not actually begin until the beginning of January as of now and they are not expected to play as a club team until then. 

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25. Minnehaha Academy Redhawks (MN) 

Minnehaha Academy is arguably the best team in Minnesota at the moment coming into the 2020-2021 high school season and they round out our top-25 preseason national rankings. The Redhawks will certainly miss Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga), but the return highly rated 2021 F Chet Holmgren to their 2020-2021 high school roster. Minnehaha will also play as a club team this winter as "Team Sizzle" and plan on possibly scheduling a few more games before their actual high school season begins. Other prospects like 2022 F Prince Aligbe, 2021 PG Hercy Miller, 2021 SG Isaiah Davis, 2022 F Chase Carter, and 2022 PG Donovan Smith will play major roles for Minnehaha this season. The Redhawks do have one key game scheduled in for this winter as a club team and that will be against top-10 ranked Ypsi Prep Academy (MI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 12th. 

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26. Hillcrest Prep Bruins (AZ) 

Hillcrest Prep, out of Phoenix, Arizona, moves down a few spots from our top-25 to right outside of the top-25 into our "next five" list since the updated rankings released in August. They have already captured their first win of the season a couple days ago, getting them off to a nice start to the season. The Bruins have added a few pieces to their roster since then but their overall roster will be headlined by highly rated 2021 F Mike Foster, who returns from last season's squad. Key additions like Seton Hall commit 2021 SG Brandon Weston, who is transferring from Morgan Park (IL) where he averaged 24.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 3.0 SPG last season, and 2022 PG Trey Pettigrew, who is transferring from Fenwick (IL) where he averaged 19.2 PPG, 5.1 APG, and 3.2 RPG last season, were the additions we mentioned back in August. Since then, prospects like 2022 G Amen Thompson, 2022 G Ausar Thompson, 2021 F Chris Bunch, and others have been added to the 2020-2021 roster. Hillcrest Prep will be playing a national schedule once again this season. The Bruins already have plans to appear in the Battle Basketball Showcase, Big West Shootout, Hoophall West, and other national events for this upcoming season. 

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27. Blair Academy Bucs (NJ)

The Buccaneers move down several spots in our preseason top-25 rankings after being placed in the top-10 throughout the spring and summer. Since August, the Bucs have lost 2021 F Akoldah Gak, who decided to take his talents back home to Australia to play professionally. Blair Academy does return their starting backcourt from last season of 2021 PG Jaylen Blakes and 2021 G Kyle Cuffe Jr. They also return key guys like 2021 F Kevin Kittman2021 G Ethan McEachern, and 2023 F Ian Imegwu to their roster. 2022 SG Otega Oweh, who is transferring from Rutgers Prep (NJ), has also been added to their 2020-2021 season roster and should help carry the load scoring wise for head coach Joe Mantegna. Blair Academy captured the Mid-Atlantic Prep League title last season and should be one of the favorites once again this season to do so. The Bucs will be one of the best teams in New Jersey and should be playing a competitive schedule for the 2020-2021 high school season. 

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28. First Love Christian Knights (PA) 

One of the best programs coming out of Pennsylvania this season, First Love Christian, have made our top-30 national rankings and have been placed under our "next five". The Knights were not mentioned at all during the spring and summer ranking releases but have made some adjustments to their roster for this season which gained attention. They have lost key guys like Isaiah Wilson (Richmond) and D.J. Gordon (Penn State) but will return 2022 PG Mason Manning, who receive a plethora of high major offers this offseason. The Knights have added multiple next level prospects to their 2020-2021 season roster with high major guys like 2022 F Fray Nguimbi and 2021 F Mustapha Amzil just to name a couple. 2022 SG D.J. Jackson, out of Canada, has also returned from last season's roster. First Love Christian will have their chance to move up in our top-25 national rankings as they are scheduled to play in national events like the KD MLK Classic, Chet Mason Invitational, Metro Classic, and more. 

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29. Archbishop Wood Vikings (PA) 

Another one of the top basketball programs coming out of the Northeast, Archbishop Wood, should be one of the best teams nationally this season. The Vikings finished their 2019-2020 high school season with a 22-4 overall record as their postseason was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They return their main core of UConn commit 2021 PG Rahsool Diggins, who won the 2019-2020 Philadelphia Catholic League MVP award,  Richmond commit 2021 G Marcus Randolph, James Madison 2021 G Jaylen Stinson, and La Salle 2021 SG Daeshon Shepard to their roster. Archbishop Wood did not appear in our updated rankings release back in August after appearing in our way too early national rankings back in May, but they come in ranked number twenty-nine and appear in our "next five" list. They are expected to play a national schedule once again this season, with a trip to the Myrtle Beach Classic and a matchup with powerhouse DeMatha Catholic (MD) in December. 

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30. St. Mark's Lions (TX) 

St. Mark's, out of Dallas, Texas, comes into our preseason national rankings as arguably the best team in Texas as of now. St. Mark's captured their first SPC Championship since 2007 during the 2019-2020 high school season and finished with a 29-4 overall record. The Lions return their two leading scorers from a season ago with highly rated Stanford commit 2021 SG Harrison Ingram and 2022 F Collin Smith. They are in a close race with Duncanville (TX) as the best team in the state and the two are expected to meet in an early matchup at Duncanville on November 20th. St. Mark's will also be looking to play a tough national schedule which will include the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in their hometown and the Spalding Hoophall Classic, which they are waiting for approval. The Lions have moved down several spots since our early release in May, but will have an opportunity to climb the rankings throughout the season. 

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