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Way Too Early 2022-2023 Top-25

By Samad Hines, 04/14/22, 4:15PM EDT

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The 2021-2022 high school season has officially come to an end after last week's State Champions Invitational and the GEICO Nationals the week before. 

Montverde Academy (FL) was crowned nationals champions once again while Calvary Christian (FL) took home the first ever SCI title. 

The way-too-early top-25 national rankings for the 2022-2023 high school season are finally out and we take a quick preview on what next season could potential look like heading into next fall, winter. 

These rankings are clearly just based off what teams are expected to return to their roster, assuming no transfers, and what they look like on paper. These rankings will for sure be changing over the next few months until the August update. 

1. Montverde Academy (FL)
2021-2022 Record: 25-4

Head Coach Kevin Boyle just secured his sixth GEICO Nationals championship this past weekend and Montverde Academy was yet again crowned national champions to end the 2021-2022 high school season. The Eagles finished with a 25-4 overall record and finished on top of the national rankings. As usual, Kevin Boyle and staff will have to reload their roster again to defend that national championship. Key guys like 2023 F Kwame Evans2023 PG Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (Purdue)2024 F Derik Queen, and 2024 F Amier Ali should be back on campus for next season. The Eagles already have two new additions coming into the 2022-2023 high school season. 2025 F Cooper Flagg, one of the top prospects in his class, and his twin brother, Ace Flagg, have already enrolled and will be apart of the roster next season. The Eagles sit at No.1 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 

2. Duncanville (TX)
2021-2022 Record: 35-1

Duncanville has been a dominate powerhouse in the state of Texas and now showing they are a consistent national threat. The Panthers captured their fourth straight UIL class 6A state championship this past season and ending on a 20-game winning streak. Head coach David Peavy and his staff sit at No. 2 in our way-too-early national top-25 rankings to begin the 2022-2023 high school season. They will lose some key seniors from this past season's state championship team but will return almost half of the guys, which includes 2023 F Ron Holland Jr. Other key returnees include 2023 F Cameron Barnes, 2023 F Ashton Hardaway, 2023 G Aric Demmings, 2023 PG Evan Phelps, 2025 G Kayden Edwards, and a few more. The Panthers should come into next season as the No. 1 team in the state of Texas and most likely the No. 1 public school in the country as of today.

3. Roselle Catholic (NJ)
2021-2022 Record: 29-2

Roselle Catholic is coming off one of their better season's under Dave Boff as the head coach after finishing 29-2 and securing the last NJSIAA TOC title. The Lions had an incredible run during the 2021-2022 high school season and start at No. 3 overall in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 2023 PG Simeon Wilcher (North Carolina) should headline the roster once again for the 2022-2023 high school season. 2023 F Akil Watson, 2023 G Chris Pierre-Louis, 2024 F Tarik Watson, 2024 F Rich Brisco, and 2024 SG Jaidon Glover are other major guys who are expected to return to the roster. Roselle Catholic will obviously come into the season next year as the No. 1 team in the Garden State, especially as long as Simeon Wilcher is running the show. 

4. Corona Centennial (CA)
2021-2022 Record: 33-1

Corona Centennial had an amazing 2021-2022 high school season under head coach Josh Giles and his staff. The Huskies were not only one of the best public schools in the country once again, but one of the top teams nationally. They finished 33-1 on the season, secured the CIF Open Division State title, and currently on a 30-game winning streak. They should return three of their five starters from their state championship roster, which includes 2023 PG Jared McCain (Duke). Their front court with 2023 F Devin Williams and 2023 F Aaron McBride are also expected to return to campus. The Huskies are already set to appear in some of the nations top tier events like the Hoophall West, City of Palms Classic, and Spalding Hoophall Classic during the 2022-2023 high school season. 

5. Camden (NJ)
2021-2022 Record: 31-3

Camden High School had one of their best seasons this past year since 2000, making it all the way to the last and final NJSIAA TOC title game. The Panthers finished their eye-opening season at 31-3 overall before losing in overtime to North Jersey rival Roselle Catholic. So what is next for Camden? What could be next for 2023 G D.J. Wagner or even 2023 C Aaron Bradshaw? DaJuan Wagner Jr. has already surpassed 1,400 points in a Camden uniform and if he returns, the Panthers will for sure be a threat in the Garden State and on the national stage once again. Other key components like 2023 PG Cian Medley, 2023 F Desear Haskins and 2023 F Cornelius Robinson could be back on the roster for Camden High School. There has been a few rumors surrounding one of the top public schools in the country already early in the offseason.

6. Sunrise Christian (KS)
2021-2022 Record: 25-2

Sunrise Christian was ranked as the No. 1 team in the country for most of the 2021-2022 high school season and entered the 2022 GEICO Nationals as the number one seed and also secured the NIBC title. The Buffaloes took an early exit this past season in the first round of the GEICO Nationals to Prolific Prep (CA). They will for sure have to rebuild their roster coming into the 2022-2023 high school season and are sitting at No. 6 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 2023 PG Layden Blocker and 2023 F Scotty Middleton are two key pieces that should return for head coach Luke Barnwell and staff along with a couple others. Sunrise Christian will for sure land some more highly rated guys to round out their roster next season.

7. Paul VI (VA)
2021-2022 Record: 31-5

Head Coach Glenn Farello and his staff had a very impressive and eye-opening 2021-2022 high school season. After losing a couple key pieces from last year's team, the Panthers went on to capture the WCAC and VISAA title. Paul VI has always been one of the nation's most consistent basketball programs out of the DMV. With the team they have returning next season, they should be ranked somewhere in the top-25 national preseason rankings. They currently sit at No. 7 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings as of today. 2023 SG DeShawn Harris2024 SG Darren Harris2023 PG Ben Hammond2025 C Christian Gurdak, and a few other components are expected to return to campus. Paul VI already have plans set to hit a few of the top tier events once again next year and are coming in as the favorites to defend that WCAC title, one of the toughest high school basketball conferences.

8. AZ Compass Prep (AZ)
2021-2022 Record: 25-5

AZ Compass Prep, right outside of Phoenix, has become one of the premiere West Coast programs. The Dragons appeared in their second straight GEICO Nationals before taking a first round exit losing to Montverde Academy (FL) this past season. They finished 25-5 on the season and will be looking to make three straight GEICO Nationals appearances in 2022-2023. AZ Compass Prep just became the newest member of the loaded NIBC which will also begin next season. They will most definitely lose a boat load of their roster but return key prospects like 2023 PG Kylan Boswell, 2023 F Mookie Cook (Oregon), and 2024 F Chris Riddle. Head Coach Ed Gipson and staff already know they will have to reload their roster to compete on the national stage and NIBC. They currently sit in the top-10 at No. 8 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings.

9. Bishop Gorman (NV)
2021-2022 Record: 30-1

Bishop Gorman should be back as one of the top national programs in the country once again coming into the 2022-2023 high school season. The Gaels took a heart breaking lost in last season's state championship game losing by one to Liberty (NV) in overtime. Head coach Grant Rice and his staff will look to seek that state championship next season. They currently rank in the top-10 in our way-too-early top-25 rankings. The Gaels are expected to return most of the roster from the 2021-2022 high school season. 2024 PG Jase Richardson2024 G John Mobley Jr.2023 G Keenan Bay, and 2025 C Chris Nwuil are just a few names that should be back on campus in Las Vegas. Bishop Gorman already have plans set to appear in a few top tier tournaments or events during the 2022-2023 high school season.

10. Link Academy (MO)
2021-2022 Record: 34-2

Link Academy put the nation on notice in their first year as a high school program and reaching the GEICO Nationals title game in their first appearance. Head coach Rodney Perry led the Lions to an overall record of 34-2 during the 2021-2022 high school season. Are they the new upcoming powerhouse prep school? The Lions will for sure have to reload for the 2022-2023 high school season after losing three starters and a few other key seniors. 2023 PG Trey Green2023 F Omaha Biliew2023 PG Jordan Ross, and 2023 F Cameron Carr should be returning to Branson, Missouri and are the key guys from the 2021-2022 team. Link Academy rounds out our top-10 currently on paper and are at No. 10 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings.

11. Imhotep Charter (PA)
2021-2022 Record: 28-4

Imhotep Charter is going to be back as one of the top teams in the country once again next season and head coach Andre Noble knows it. The Panthers finished off their 2021-2022 high school season at 28-4 overall, capturing the PIAA class 5A state championship, and as one of the best public schools in the country. Imhotep Charter has always been one of the top programs out of Philadelphia and the Northeast region. They will return most of their guys from this year's state championship team. 2023 F Justin Edwards2024 G Ahmad Nowell, 2023 PG Rahmir Barno, 2023 SG Isaiah Kennedy2023 SG Malcolm Muhammad2024 F Makye Taylor, and others should be back on the roster for the 2022-2023 high school season. The Panthers currently sit at No. 11 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings.

12. La Lumiere (IN)
2021-2022 Record: 20-5

La Lumiere finished their 2021-2022 high school season with a 20-5 overall record while making yet another GEICO National appearance. The Lakers took an early exit in the first round to IMG Academy (FL). Head coach Pat Holmes is one of the best X's and O's coach in the high school game and right now sits at No. 12 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. They will for sure lose three starters but will be expected to return their star backcourt in 2023 PG Jeremy Fears Jr. (Michigan State) and 2023 PG Aden Holloway. Fears Jr. and Holloway helped lead La Lumiere in some big games this past season and the 2022-2023 roster is for sure going to be circled around them. The Lakers will be back as apart of the NIBC next season, as expected, and should begin ranked somewhere in the preseason top-25 national rankings coming in.

13. Sierra Canyon (CA)
2021-2022 Record: 26-5

The Amari Bailey era has come to an end after this past season and a new era will begin in 2022-2023. Sierra Canyon had high hopes last season and were for sure expected to reach the CIF Open Division State title game before getting eliminated by Corona Centennial (CA). The Trailblazers have stamped their name as one of the top programs in the country and in the West Coast. They will be bringing back some key guys from this past season's roster and that includes 2023 SG Bronny James Jr. coming back for his senior year. 2023 G Mike Price, 2024 SG Isaiah Elohim, 2023 PG Dylan Metoyer, 2023 F Josiah Phillips, 2023 F Tim Rudovskiy, and a couple others should return to campus as well. The Trailblazers are right at No. 13 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings heading into the 2022-2023 high school season.

14. Donda Academy (CA)
2021-2022 Record: 23-9

Famous rapper artist Kanye West launched a newly made basketball program right before the start of the 2021-2022 high school season. He named it Donda Academy, after his Mother and which sits in Simi Valley, California. The Doves bought in a few of the nation's highly rated prospects and finished their first season around 23-9 overall according to Head Coach Frank Robinson. Robinson also tells me they are expected to be back for the 2022-2023 high school season and key guys like 2023 PG Robert Dillingham, 2023 F J.J. Taylor, and 2024 F Jahki Howard are just a few that will be returning to the West Coast. They should begin the 2022-2023 season somewhere ranked in the top-25 with the talent and schedule upon them. As of today, Donda Academy currently sits at No. 14 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings.

15. Hillcrest Prep (AZ)
2021-2022 Record: 31-3

Hillcrest Prep's national team finished with a 31-3 overall record in the 2021-2022 high school season. The Bruins have the talent returning for next season and could reload their roster over the next few months. As of today, they sit at No. 16 in the way-too-early top-25 national rankings. They should be returning a few key guys from their 31-3 overall team. 2024 F Jason Asemota, 2023 F Shawn Simmons, 2024 PG Malachi Palmer, 2024 PG Adam Nijie, and 2023 F Dennis Rocha could round out the 2022-2023 roster for Hillcrest Prep. The Bruins are already set to play in a couple major events on the national stage for next season.

16. Kenwood Academy (IL)
2021-2022 Record: 26-7

Head Coach Mike Irvin has made Kenwood Academy an elite basketball program out of the state of Illinois. The Broncos finished the 2021-2022 high school season with a 26-7 overall record, reaching the IHSA class 4A super sectionals, and even after losing J.J. Taylor to Donda Academy right before the season. Kenwood Academy will be bringing back most of their roster from last season's squad. 2023 PG Dai Dai Ames, 2023 F Davious Loury, 2025 SG Bryce Heard, 2024 C Jaden Smith, and a few others are expected to return to the roster for the 2022-2023 season. The Broncos are without question going to be tough once again and currently sit at No. 16 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 

17. Oak Hill Academy (VA)
2021-2022 Record: 33-8

The Steve Smith era at powerhouse Oak Hill Academy has sadly came to an end after this past season where he spent over 30 years as head coach and making Oak Hill Academy one of the all-time winningest programs in high school sports. Yerrick Stoneman, who will become Oak Hill's new head coach beginning next season, spent time at Oak Hill under Steve Smith as an assistant a few years back. The Warriors should be one of the nation's top programs still and are expected to reel in some talent. 2023 PG Caleb Foster (Duke) and 2023 F Ronald Jessamy will be the only key returnees from last season's team who made it to the GEICO Nationals. Stoneman will bring in a few other pieces as well to begin his tenure as the head coach now at Oak Hill Academy. The Warriors are at No. 17 in our way-too-early top-25 rankings. 

18. Neumann-Goretti (PA)
2021-2022 Record: 23-4

Neumann-Goretti was recently listed on our "2022-2023 Watch List" that was posted a few weeks back. The Saints are set to be back as one of the best teams in the country coming into the 2022-2023 high school season. They finished the 2021-2022 season with a 23-4 overall record and securing the PIAA 4A state championship. The Saints also captured the Philadelphia Catholic League title and District 12 title during their state championship run. 2024 PG Khaafiq Meyers2024 PG Robert Wright III2024 C Luke Bevilacqua2023 F Sultan Adewale2024 SG Amir Williams, and a few others should be back on the roster. The Philadelphia powerhouse should begin next season somewhere ranked in the national top-25. They currently sit at No. 18 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 

19. Mount St. Joseph (MD) 
2021-2022 Record: 30-7

Mount St. Joseph is kind of a sleeper program on the national level and certainly deserves much more attention. Head coach Pat Clatcey runs one of the most elite basketball programs out of the DMV area. The Gaels finished the 2021-2022 high school season with a 30-7 while securing the Baltimore Catholic League and MIAA title. They will bring back a solid core to their roster coming into next season which will be headlined by 2024 F Bryson Tucker. The Gaels will also return 2023 F Amani Hansberry, 2023 PG Ace Valentine, 2023 PG Sean Clark, 2023 SG Austin Abrams, and others. Mount St. Joseph will for sure be the favorites as of today to reclaim the Baltimore Catholic Title and MIAA state championship. They currently sit at No. 19 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 

20. Long Island Lutheran (NY)
2021-2022 Record: 19-8

Long Island Lutheran will officially be apart of the loaded NIBC beginning in the 2022-2023 high school season. Head coach John Buck has made Long Island Lutheran one of the premiere programs to come out of the Northeast and the state of New York as a whole. The Crusaders should be back as one of the toughest teams in the state and will be battle tested throughout the year playing in the NIBC. 2023 PG Jayden Reid and 2023 SG James Johns Jr. should headline the roster coming in. 2023 G Noah Toussaint, 2023 F Amdy Ndiaye, and 2025 G Kayden Mingo should also return to campus next season for the Crusaders. It will certainly be interesting to see how Long Island Lutheran will compete in the NIBC next season. 

21. Newton (GA)
2021-2022 Record: 26-6

Newton High School will most likely come into the state of Georgia ranked as the No. 1 team. The Rams had an outbreak type season during the 2021-2022 year, finishing the season with a 26-6 overall record while reaching the GHSA class 7A semifinals. 2023 G Stephon Castle (UConn)2023 G Jakai Newton (Indiana)2023 Marquavious Brown (Georgia), and 2023 G Marcus Whitlock are expected to return for Newton coming into next season. The Rams have state championship aspirations this upcoming season, especially after getting upset in the semifinals this past season to Norcross High School. Georgia's 7A classification is one of the toughest in the country year end and year out and Newton will be playing in more national showcase events as well. They currently sit at No. 21 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 

22. Vashon (MO)
2021-2022 Record: 28-4

Vashon High School is another public school program that will be represented here in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings for next season. The Wolverines have been one of Missouri's most dominant basketball programs over the last few years under Altonio Irons. The Wolverines finished their 2021-2022 with a 28-4 overall record and securing the MSHSAA class 4A state championship. Vashon brings back their entire roster from this year's state title team and will have big expectations coming into 2022-2023. They are already expected to be competing in multiple top notch events on the national statge and are currently sitting at No. 22 in our way-too-early national top-25 rankings. A chance to win another MSHSAA class 4A state title is definitely in the plans for Vashon.

23. St. Rita (IL)
2021-2022 Record: 23-12

St. Rita had themselves a very impressive 2021-2022 high school season reaching the IHSA class 4A Super Sixteen while finishing with a 23-12 overall record. The Mustangs roster was filled with a bunch of young talented prospects and are expected to return most of that roster coming into the 2022-2023 high school season. St. Rita will have one of the best front courts in the country headlined with 2024 F Morez Johnson (Illinois) and 2024 C James Brown. Their young talented squad will be playing more of a national schedule next season and have already set plans to appear in multiple out of state and in state top elite showcases. 2025 G Melvin Bell, 2023 G Jordan Chandler, 2023 PG Kaiden Space, and a few others should be back on the roster for head coach Roshawn Russell and staff for next year. St. Rita currently sits at No. 23 in our way-too-early top-25 national rankings. 

 

24. St. Frances Academy (MD)
2021-2022 Record: 34-8

St. Frances Academy has always been one of the toughest programs in the nation out of the DMV under head coach Nick Myles. The Panthers finished their 2021-2022 high school season with a 34-8 overall record. St. Frances Academy did not begin the 2021-2022 high school season ranked among the preseason top-25 national rankings but definitely earned themselves a spot after beating in-state rival DeMatha Catholic on their home floor early on. 2023 G Johnathan Lamothe and 2023 SG Carlton Carrington will headline the roster for now for head coach Nick Myles and his staff. Other key guys like 2024 PG Jordan Downs, 2024 G DaQuan Davis, 2023 SG Joede Mebane, 2024 PG Tyler Baldwin, and 2025 PG Tyler Jackson should be back on the team for next season. St. Frances always plays a tough schedule regardless of roster and we should not expect that to change coming into the 2022-2023 high school season.

25. Word of God (NC)
2021-2022 Record: 27-9

Word of God has been in and out of the national rankings over the last few years and have been one of North Carolina's toughest teams. The Rams could begin the 2022-2023 high school season ranked somewhere in the preseason top-25 national rankings. They finished the 2021-2022 high school season with a 27-9 overall record. Head coach Byron Williams should have himself a very tough group for next season headlined by 2023 PG Freddie Dilione. Other key prospects like 2023 F Brandon Gardner, 2023 F Mehki Grant, 2023 SG JaKwon Moore, and 2023 SG Truman Claytor should return to the roster as well for the Rams. Word of God currently rounds out our way-too-early top-25 national rankings sitting at No. 25 coming into the 2022-2023 high school season. 

NEXT FIVE:
26. Columbus (FL) 
27. The Rock (FL)
28. Modesto Christian (CA) 
29. John Paul II (TX) 
30. Dream City Christian (AZ) 

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