2022 SG Keyonte George of iSchool Lewisville (TX) photo by Phenom Hoops
The COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 made life very different over the last few months and it certainly had toll on the high school hoops world. The 2020-2021 high school has ended for most states around the country and a couple other states are currently playing their basketball season as we speak due to the delay.
We hope things can get back in full swing for the 2021-2022 high school season with national events coming back after a few being cancelled this past season. Here we take a look at a VERY VERY early preview of what could be the possible top-25 to begin next season.
We are only in the month of May, so a lot can change from now until the beginning of the 2021-2022 high school season. These rankings here are based off current rosters and what programs could be bringing back for next season.
1. Montverde Academy (FL)
Last Season Record: 24-1
Montverde Academy won their 5th GEICO Nationals title just a month ago in Fort Myers, Florida and will be looking to capture their 6th overall GEICO Nationals championship next season. The Eagles have only lost one game over the last two seasons and have just been dominating teams. They currently hold the number one spot in our "way too early top-25" based on what they will bring back from their 24-1 overall squad. 2022 F Jalen Duren will headline their roster alongside 2022 G Dariq Whitehead. Other prospects like 2022 PG Jalen Hood-Schifino, 2022 SG Justice Williams, 2022 F Malik Renaeu, and 2023 F Sam Walters are also expected to make their way back to campus next fall. Eagles have also recently added highly rated Kentucky commit 2022 PG Skyy Clark, who averaged 26.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 3.5 APG last season in 11 games with Ensworth (TN). Montverde Academy has began and ended the season ranked in the top-5 nationally for the last few years and that should be the same case coming into the 2021-2022 high school season.
2. IMG Academy (FL)
Last Season Record: 22-3
The Ascenders had another great season under head coach Sean McAloon and staff, finishing the 2020-2021 high school season with a 22-3 overall record and making their way to the GEICO Nationals semifinal's where they lost to Sunrise Christian (KS). IMG played another tough national schedule last season even with COVID-19 messing up half of their plans. They will begin the 2021-2022 high school season at least ranked in the top-5 once again and are currently number two in our "way too early top-25" rankings. IMG will be returning a nice core from this past season's 22-3 overall squad. 2022 PG Jaden Bradley, 2022 SG Eric Daily Jr., 2022 F Jarace Walker, 2022 SG Jett Howard, 2023 F Gus Yalden, and other key prospects are expected to make their way back on campus for IMG Academy next season. IMG next shy's away from recruiting and capturing top prospects from around the nation and should be expected to add to their core for next season. We can expect another GEICO Nationals appearance from this group again next March.
3. La Lumiere (IN)
Last Season Record: 12-10
La Lumiere had themselves a somewhat down season and did not really play many games due to the COVID-19 outbreak and events being cancelled at the time. Despite the somewhat "down year" for La Lu, the Lakers still managed to make their way into the GEICO Nationals field and took a very close lost in the first round to Prolific Prep (CA). La Lumiere should be back as one of the best high school basketball programs for the 2021-2022 high school season with all they are expected to return. Their main core of 2022 C Vincent Iwuchukwu, 2022 G J.J. Starling, and 2022 F Chiosm Okpara are expected to make their way back to the national powerhouse next season. Other key prospects like 2023 PG Jeremy Fears Jr. and 2022 F Keba Nije are also going to be back on the roster for the Lakers. La Lumiere currently sits right at number three in our "way too early" national top-25 rankings. They are expected to play another competitive national schedule for the 2021-2022 high school season.
4. DeMatha Catholic (MD)
Last Season Record: 11-0
Head coach Mike Jones and staff have kept DeMatha a relevant name nationally and a DMV powerhouse over the last few years. Last season was a bit rough as COVID-19 impacted their schedule and games. The Stags were only able to play eleven total games and no WCAC tournament after capturing the title during the 2019-2020 high school season. They did finish with an undefeated record at 11-0 and should begin the 2021-2022 high school ranked in the top-25 somewhere. They currently sit at number four in our "way too early" top-25 national rankings. DeMatha will be bringing back a major loaded roster although they are losing a few key guys from their previous squad. Prospects like 2022 SG Tyrell Ward and 2022 G Rodney Rice will headline the Stags roster as of now. Key prospects like 2023 F Jason Moore, 2023 Jacoi Hutchinson, 2022 F Jerrell Roberson, and 2022 G Aaron Roberson are also expected to return to next season's roster. DeMatha is expected to play another national schedule for the 2021-2022 high school season like always and will come in once again as the favorites to capture the WCAC title, one of the toughest high school conferences in the nation.
5. Combine Academy (NC)
Last Season Record: 28-3
Head coach Jeff McInnis and staff have had Combine Academy as one of the best programs in North Carolina over the last two seasons. Combine Academy, still a very new program, has a combined 54-10 overall record over the last two years while playing some of the best programs across the country. Next season should not be any different and the Goats could potentially begin the 2021-2022 high school season ranked in the top-5. They currently sit at number five in our "way too early national top-25 rankings". Combine Academy had an amazing eye opening type season last year finishing with a 28-3 overall record and capturing the HoopState Championship. They will return most of their roster from that same squad. A roster headlined by highly rated 2023 PG Robert Dillingham. Other key prospects like 2022 G A.J. Smith, 2023 F Mehki Grant, 2022 C Patrick Wessler, and more are expected to return for next season. The Goats have also recently added 2024 C Maya Bote to their 2021-2022 high school season roster, giving them more depth in the front court.
6. The Patrick School (NJ)
Last Season Record: 13-1
The Patrick School, formally known as St. Patrick's, had a very shortened 2020-2021 high school season due to the NJSIAA rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Celtics finished their season with a 13-1 overall record and came out with a few high quality wins in their state. Next year, hoping things go back to normal in New Jersey, the Patrick School should be one of the nation's top programs coming into the 2021-2022 high school season. Samson Johnson (UConn) is off to college but the Celtics will still have a few key prospects returning on their roster for next season. 2022 G Zion Cruz will headline their roster once again but other important prospects like 2022 PG Dionte Johnson and 2023 F Scotty Middleton will help carry the load for The Patrick School next season. They will be coming in once again as one of the top primary programs in the state of New Jersey and could see themselves playing a national schedule once again for the 2021-2022 high school season.
7. Milton (GA)
Last Season Record: 28-3
Milton High School will once again be one of the top public schools coming into the 2021-2022 high school season next year and what an amazing season they had last year. The Eagles came into last season as the number one team in Georgia and that trend should continue coming into next season. They finished with a 28-3 overall record while playing a national schedule, capturing the GHSA class 7A state title, and making a GEICO Nationals appearance. Their tremendous backcourt of Ohio State commit 2022 PG Bruce Thornton and 2023 G Kanaan Carlyle are expected to return to the starting lineup. 2022 F Kendall Campbell and 2023 F L.T. Overton are two key guys that are also expected to return to the Milton roster next season. Head coach Allen Whitehart has already confirmed that they will be competing in top national events like the City of Palms Classic, Bass Pro TOC, Hoophall Classic, Beach Ball Classic, and more for the 2021-2022 high school season. The Eagles will for sure be the favorites coming in to defend their class 7A state championship and could make their way back to the same game next March.
8. AZ Compass Prep (AZ)
Last Season record: 31-2
What an incredible season AZ Compass Prep had during the 2020-2021 year. The Dragons gained much respect nationally and should be a program to keep an eye on over the next few seasons. They finished the 2020-2021 high school season with a 31-2 overall record, winning the Grind Session World Championships, and making their first appearance in the GEICO Nationals field. The Dragons will lose one of the nation's top breakout prospects from the 2020-2021 season, TyTy Washington, but will return just a few major prospects from their 31-2 team. Prospects like 2022 F Sadraque Nganga, 2022 SG A.J. Storr, 2022 PG Nate Pickens, 2022 C Adrame Diongue, and 2022 G Mehki Mason are currently all expected to return to AZ Compass next season. They have also recently added two big time prospects in 2022 G Lamar Washington, who ran with USBA (OR) last season, and highly rated 2023 SG Mookie Cook, who also ran with USBA (OR) last season in the Grind Session. The newly West Coast threat sits at number seven as of now in our "way too early" top-25 national rankings.
9. Camden (NJ)
Last Season Record: 13-0
Camden High School, one of the nation's top tier public programs, are a combined 42-1 over the last two high school seasons and are currently on a 38-game winning streak dating back to December 2019. The Panthers come in once again as the number one team in the state of New Jersey next season. Highly rated 2023 PG D.J. Wagner is expected to return for his junior season and will once again headline their roster. Camden will lose a couple key guys from their 13-0 team but will return some major contributors for next season. Prospects like 2023 C Aaron Bradshaw, who transferred from Roselle Catholic (NJ) last season, 2023 G Cornellius Robinson, 2022 F Rasheer Fleming, 2023 G Desear Haskins, 2023 PG Cian Medley, and others are expected to return for Camden next season. The Panthers are expected to play a national schedule for next season and will make stops at events like the Spalding Hoophall Classic but have yet to confirm any other possible destinations. A for sure favorite right now to capture a NJISAA state championship in their respective class.
10. Sierra Canyon (CA)
Last Season Record: N/A
The COVID-19 pandemic literally ruined Sierra Canyon's chances of capturing another state championship during the 2019-2020 high school season. The state of California delayed the start to their 2020-2021 high school basketball season and is currently playing as we speak. The Trailblazers will still be one of the top premier programs in the country for the 2021-2022 high school season with all they are expected to return. One of the countries top prospects, UCLA commit 2022 G Amari Bailey, will be coming into his senior season as a Trailblazer. They are also expected to return major pieces like 2023 G Bronny James Jr., 2022 F Shy Odom, 2022 F Evan Manijikian, 2022 G Ramel Lloyd, 2023 G Josiah Phillips, and others for the 2021-2022 high school season. Sierra Canyon had a chance to play as club team, California Basketball Club, a few times earlier in the year and played against other so called club teams. The Trailblazers could begin the season as a top-5 national program and they are already scheduled to play in a couple national events during the 2021-2022 high school season.
11. Prolific Prep (CA)
Last Season Record: 31-5
Prolific Prep has become a powerhouse program out West and have finished in the top-10 nationally for two straight seasons. The Crew have a combined 62-8 overall record over the last two seasons playing a national schedule. They finished their 2020-2021 high school season with a 31-5 record and appearing in their second straight GEICO Nationals tournament. They defeated La Lumiere (IN) in their first ever game in GEICO this past season and took a tough close lost to Sunrise Christian (KS) in the quarterfinal round. Despite that, Prolific Prep should be one of the best teams once again for the 2021-2022 high school season. They will certainly be losing most of their key guys from this past season but will also be returning some effective prospects and more. 2022 PG Milos Uzan, 2022 PG Jordan Pope, Syracuse commit 2022 SG Kamari Lands, 2022 F Yohan Traore, and 2022 F Adem Bona are the main contributors that should be making their return to Prolific Prep next season and should hold down the scoring load. The Crew currently sit at number eleven in our "way too early" top-25 national rankings.
12. Real Salt Lake Academy (UT)
Last Season Record: 30-3
Real Salt Lake Academy, out of Herriman, Utah, was recently mentioned in our high school programs on the rise for the 2021-2022 high school article last month. The Griffins had themselves a quiet season during the 2020-2021 high school season, finishing 30-3 overall and playing somewhat a national schedule. They should begin the 2021-2022 high school season ranked somewhere in the top-25 nationally as they are expected to return almost all of their roster from just a year ago. 2022 C Adam Stewart and 2023 PG Dravyn Lawhorn will headline their roster next season but this team will have many important contributors on the roster. Head coach David Evans, who recently coached Wasatch Academy (UT), has already put his squad in a few key national events next season. Holiday Hoopsgiving, Myrtle Beach Classic, and the KD Hoopfest Seattle are just a few events they are expected to appear in during the 2021-2022 high school season.
13. iSchool Lewisville (TX)
Last Season Record: 17-12
iSchool Lewisville has earned their respect nationally over the last couple of years and the 2021-2022 high school season should be one of their best. The Cougars played one of the toughest schedules during the 2020-2021 high school season, playing in multiple cities and national showcase events. They made stops in Memphis, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando last season just to name a few. Next year's squad should make their in the top-25 nationally to begin the season as they sit at number thirteen in our "way too early" top-25 rankings for now. 2022 SG Keyonte George, one of the nation's top scorers, will headline their roster once again. Guys like 2022 G Trae Clayton and 2023 F Matt Beed will also be key pieces returning to the Cougars roster for next season. The Cougars have also recently added 2022 G Arterio Morris, who averaged 23.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 3.3 SPG last season for Kimball (TX). iSchool Lewisville already has plans to play another tough national schedule next season and have already confirmed a few events they will be expected to appear in.
14. Duncanville (TX)
Last Season Record: 29-1
The Duncanville Panthers had themselves one of the best season's in school history in the 2020-2021 high school year last season. The Panthers finished ranked in the top-25 nationally, finished with a 29-1 overall record, and repeating as the UIL class 6A state champions. Head coach David Peavy has built a powerhouse program in the state of Texas and will continue the success over the next few years. Duncanville will be another top-25 team for the 2021-2022 high school season and sit at number fourteen in our "way too early" top-25 national rankings as of right now. The lose key guys like Zhuric Phelps (SMU) and Damon Nicholas Jr. (Sam Houston) but will return major pieces from their state championship squad. Prospects like 2022 PG C.J. Ford, 2023 F Ronald Holland, 2023 F Cameron Barnes, and 2022 SG Davion Sykes are a few key contributors who will be returning on the Duncanville roster. The Panthers are, without question, going to be one of the best teams in the state of Texas and the favorites right now to repeat as UIL class 6A state champions.
15. St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
Last Season Record: 9-0
St. Benedict's Prep, out of Newark, New Jersey, might be the biggest sleeper in the top-25 nationally as of right now. The Graybees have always been one of the most consistent basketball programs in the state of New Jersey every single season. Due to NJSIAA COVID-19 protocols for the 2020-2021 high school season, St. Benedict's was only able to play a few games over the course of a month or so. They finished ranked in the top-25 nationally during the 2019-2020 high school season with a 30-4 overall record. They will return a very solid roster and a bunch of key pieces from their 9-0 season. Key players like 2023 PG TyLaur Johnson, 2022 G Zaire Wells, 2023 SG Aaron Clark, 2023 F Tyler Bey, and 2024 PG Jaiden Glover are expected to return to campus next season along with a few others. The Graybees will be back as one of the top teams in the state of New Jersey next season and will be a problem in the national spotlight as well.
16. Calvary Christian (FL)
Last Season Record: 17-7
Calvary Christian, out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made their way onto the national scene for a bit during the 2020-2021 high school season. Although they had a very short season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Eagles still managed to play a very tough schedule last season. They captured the FHSAA class 3A state title as well during their shortened season and should be back as one of the favorites to win it all once again. The Eagles will be returning most of their roster and scoring from their championship squad and will also be adding a couple key pieces to the roster. Key contributors like 2022 F Gregg Glenn, 2023 PG Marvel Allen, 2023 G Carl Cherenfant, UCF commit 2022 F Taylor Hendricks, and others will be returning for Calvary Christian. The Eagles will be one of the nation's top quality teams and already have made plans to play another tough national schedule for the 2021-2022 high school season.
17. Sunrise Christian (KS)
Last Season Record: 20-4
Luke Barnwell has made Sunrise Christian (KS) a national powerhouse name over the last few years and had one of his best season's last year during the 2020-2021 high school season. The Buffaloes finished with a 20-4 overall record and reaching the 2021 GEICO Nationals championship game where they eventually lost to Montverde Academy (FL). The Kansas powerhouse will be back as a top-25 team to begin the 2021-2022 high school season and will be returning a couple key prospects. They lose major contributors like Kennedy Chandler (Tennessee), Kendall Brown (Baylor), and Zach Clemence (Kansas) just to name a few. 2022 PG Willie Lightfoot, Kansas commit 2022 F Gradey Dick, and 2023 PG Fred Payne are expected to return. The Buffaloes have also recently added 2023 PG Layden Blocker, who is transferring from Little Rock Christian (AR), and 2022 F Bobi Klintman, out of Sweden, to their 2021-2022 high school season roster. Sunrise sits right at number seventeen in our "way too early" top-25 national rankings.
18. Wasatch Academy (UT)
Last Season Record: 18-7
Wasatch Academy currently sits at number eighteen in our "way too early" national top-25 rankings for the 2021-2022 high school season. The Tigers new head coach, Paul Peterson, finished with an 18-7 overall record in his first season as head coach of Wasatch last season with a GEICO Nationals appearance. The Tigers took a lost in the quarterfinals round to AZ Compass Prep (AZ). Wasatch Academy should begin the 2021-2022 high school season somewhere ranked in the top-25 nationally. They do lose key contributors from their squad last season but will bring back on what should be one of the best backcourts in the country next season. 2022 PG Richard Issacs Jr will not return for his senior season as the Utah powerhouse but the Tigers are expected to return Ohio State commit 2022 SG Roddy Gayle Jr., 2022 C Keba Kieta, 2022 F Matush Hronsky, and others for next year. The Tigers will be playing another national schedule next season and are expected to add to their roster for next year as well during the offseason.
19. Orlando Christian Prep (FL)
Last Season Record: 27-0
The Orlando Christian Prep Warriors will be coming into the 2021-2022 high school season on a 47-game winning streak dating back to their 2019-2020 high school season. The Warriors went undefeated this past season going 27-0 and capturing the FHSAA class 2A state title for the second consecutive season. They did receive somewhat national recognition last season but for sure will be one of the top programs in the state of Florida and in the entire country. Orlando Christian Prep is expected to return a few key pieces from this past season and could add more fuel to the fire during the offseason. 2022 SG A.J. Brown, 2022 F Ven Allen Lubin, and 2023 F Jayden Hastings will be headlining their 2021-2022 roster and will be the key scorers for next season. OCP had some consideration to appear in the 2021 GEICO Nationals but did not make the final cut. Next season, they are expected to play a national schedule and have already confirmed to debut in a few big time events. The annual famous City of Palms Classic tournament will be one of them.
20. Whitney Young (IL)
Last Season Record: 15-1
Whitney Young has been one of the nation's most consistent basketball programs for years and will have one of the best teams in the country coming into the 2021-2022 high school season. The Dolphins 2020-2021 high school season was delayed due to the impact of COVID-19. They finish the shortened season with a 15-1 overall record and will be bringing back most of their roster from that same squad. 2022 F A.J. Casey will headline their 2021-2022 roster for now. Other key guys like 2022 F Xavier Amos, 2023 PG Dalen Davis, 2022 SG Daniel Johnson, and 2022 G Marcus Pigram will be returning next season for Whitney Young. The Dolphins are already confirmed to be playing in some of the top premiere national events during the season next year. Next year's group will once again be one of the top teams in the state of Illinois next season and expected to make a deep state championship run.
21. Greensboro Day (NC)
Last Season Record: 24-6
Greensboro Day has always been one of the most consistent basketball programs in the state of North Carolina and in the entire country. The Bengals finished their 2020-2021 high school season with a 24-6 overall record and reaching the NCISAA class 4A semifinals round. Legendary head coach Freddy Johnson and staff will have one of the best teams returning in the state of North Carolina and in the country. They will return four out of their five starters from last season's team. 2022 SG Michael Zanoni, 2023 G Jaydon Young, 2022 PG Nik Graves, and 2022 F C.J. Collins are expected to return to the starting lineup next season. Other key guys like 2023 G Julius Reese Jr., 2022 F Jackson Noble, and 2023 PG Jordan Moody will be returning. The Bengals are expected to play a national schedule next season and already are set to play against a couple key top-25 programs during the 2021-2022 high school season. They rank at number twenty-one in our "way too early" top-25 national rankings as of today.
22. Long Island Lutheran (NY)
Last Season Record: N/A
The COVID-19 pandemic got the best of Long Island Lutheran towards the end of the 2019-2020 high school season. The Crusaders were going to be crowned NYS Federation class 2A champions of that season and unfortunately had to end their incredible season earlier than expected. Long Island Lutheran did not play at all during the 2020-2021 high school season due to COVID-19 as well and would have been easily ranked in the top-25. They should be back for the 2021-2022 high school season and could be ranked somewhere in the top-25 national rankings. They sit at number twenty-two in our "way too early" national top-25 rankings for now. 2023 PG Jayden Reid, who was apart of that incredible 2019-2020 squad, will be returning to Long Island Lutheran next season. 2022 C Jaxon Koroll, 2022 PG Jayden Pierre, and 2022 F Finley Sheridan are also expected to return to the roster for the Crusaders next season. Long Island Lutheran has been one of the best programs out of the state of New York over the last few years and definitely has earned their respect on the national level. They are expected to add pieces for next season and play another tough national schedule.
23. Dream City Christian (AZ)
Last Season Record: 22-7
Dream City Christian will be another top-25 team out of the West Coast and should have themselves a solid looking roster coming into the 2021-2022 high school season. The Eagles finished their 2020-2021 high school season with a 22-7 overall record while reaching the Grind Session Championships semifinals and finishing in the top-25 national rankings. They will lose key guys from last season's roster like Arthur Kaluma (UNLV) and Jayden Nunn (VCU) but will have a couple important pieces returning. 2022 SG Shaedon Sharpe and 2022 PG Jaden Clayton should headline their 2021-2022 high school season roster for now. The Eagles will be once again one of the top teams coming into the Grind Session next season and they do plan on playing another national schedule. Due to COVID-19, Dream City Christian was unable to play most of their national games outside the Grind Session during the 2020-2021 high school season. They currently rank number twenty-three in our "way too early" top-25 national rankings.
24. Oak Hill Academy (VA)
Last Season Record: 21-9
Head coach Steve Smith will be coming into his 37th overall season with the powerhouse Oak Hill Academy program for the 2021-2022 high school season. The Warriors finished the 2020-2021 high school season ranked in the top-25 with a 21-9 overall record and making another GEICO Nationals appearance. They have lost some major key guys from last season's team, including former starters M.J. Rice and Jalen Reed, who both have transferred from the powerhouse program. Right now they sit at number twenty-four in our "way too early top-25" rankings. Warriors will be bringing back most of their roster which will include key returners like 2023 PG Caleb Foster, 2023 F Justin McBride, 2024 G Tybo Bailey, and 2022 G Xavier Brown just to name a few. Oak Hill is also expected to add pieces to next year's roster and have already begun so. 2022 G Judah Mintz, who is transferring from Gonzaga (DC), has already announced he will be attending the powerhouse school next season.
25. Winston-Salem Christian (NC)
Last Season Record: 19-14
Winston-Salem Christian made a slight appearance in our top-25 national rankings for one week during the 2020-2021 high school season before dropping out. The Lions could start out ranked in the national top-25 rankings to begin the 2021-2022 high school season. They have the top-25 caliber talent overall on their roster as of now coming into next season. Winston-Salem Christian will be playing a national schedule once again and will be one of the top programs in the state of North Carolina. They return key guys 2022 G Quante Berry, 2022 C Chris Essandoko, and 2023 F Brandon White to the roster. Other guys like 2024 F Brayden Crump, 2022 PG Amare Haynie, and 2022 G Christian Cornish will be key guys for next season as well for the Lions. Winston-Salem Christian sits at number twenty-five currently in our "way too early" national top-25 rankings. They have already confirmed that they will be playing in multiple national events and tournaments during the 2021-2022 high school season.
26. Dr. Phillips (FL)
27. Roselle Catholic (NJ)
28. Centennial (CA)
29. Beaumont United (TX)
30. Berkmar (GA)
Bergen Catholic (NJ)
St. Frances Academy (MD)
Kenwood Academy (IL)
Ypsi Prep Academy (MI)
Huntington Prep (WV)
Greenhill School (TX)
Southern Cal Academy (CA)
Word of God (NC)
Bishop Miege (KS)