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2022-2023 Preseason National Rankings

By Samad Hines, 11/01/22, 11:30AM EDT


November is here and the 2022-2023 high school season will officially begin this month. 

The wait is finally over for basketball season to get in full swing and here we take a look at the official national top-25 rankings to begin this season. 

There has been a bunch of movement with teams and players since the early look at the rankings back in late August.  

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

After winning the GEICO Top Flight Invite at the Las Vegas Border League last month, the Eagles look like they could be on their way to another national championship at the end of this season. Montverde Academy will officially start as the No. 1 ranked team this season and are headlined with multiple highly rated prospects like 2023 Chris Johnson (Kansas), 2025 Cooper Flagg, 2023 K.J. Evans (Oregon), 2024 Derik Queen, 2024 Liam McNeeley, and much more. 

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

AZ Compass Prep will make their debut in the loaded NIBC this upcoming season and will look to win their first GEICO Nationals championship by the end of the year. 2023 Mookie Cook (Oregon) returns as the only returnee from last season. 2024 V.J. Miller, 2023 Jordan Ross (St. Mary's), 2023 Zayden High (North Carolina), 2023 Rayvon Griffith (Cincinnati), 2024 Marcus Allen, 2024 Pharaoh Compton, 2023 Tru Washington, 2023 Vincent Delano (Portland), 2023 Trent Pierce (Missouri), and 2024 Terrence Hill Jr. headline the new faces on this AZ Compass Prep roster. 

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

New head coach, Bill Armstrong, will look to continue the success for the Lions as they come in ranked No. 3 in the country this season. Link Academy might have loss a few key pieces from last season but have gained a boat load of new highly rated prospects. 2023 Ja'Kobe Walter (Baylor), 2024 Elliot Cadeau, 2023 Cade Phillips (Tennessee), 2024 Tyler McKinley, 2025 B.J. Davis, 2025 Aaron Rowe, 2023 Corey Chest Jr. (LSU), 2024 R'Chaun King, 2023 Ryan Forrest (Memphis), 2023 Jacolb Cole (Oklahoma), and a couple others headline the newcomers for Link Academy this season. 

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

Sunrise Christian will be one of the better nationally ranked programs once again for this upcoming 2022-2023 high school season. After being ranked at No. 1 for majority of last season, the Buffaloes will look to capture a GEICO Nationals title by the end of the season. 2023 Layden Blocker (Arkansas) and 2023 Scotty Middleton (Ohio State) will be the key returnees from last season. Prospects like 2023 Miro Little (Baylor), 2023 Matas Buzelis (G-League Ignite), 2024 John Bol, 2025 Mikel Brown Jr., and 2024 T.J. Williams headline the new faces on the campus of Sunrise Christian for this season. 

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

Roselle Catholic won the last NJSIAA TOC last season, which could be the last ever after the NJSIAA decided to end the TOC after last season. The Lions come in ranked in the top-5 nationally with the return of four of their five starters from a season ago. Roselle Catholic has added key pieces like 2023 Mackenzie Mgbako (Duke) and 2023 Sebastian Robinson to their roster this season. 2023 Simeon Wilcher (North Carolina), 2023 Akil Watson, 2024 Tarik Watson, 2023 Chris Pierre-Louis, and 2024 Rich Brisco are the key returnees for head coach Dave Boff and staff. 

6. IMG Academy (FL)
2021-2022 Record: 23-5

IMG Academy had one of their better seasons during 2021-2022 in their debut in the loaded NIBC going 23-5 overall. The Ascenders will rebuild their whole roster coming into 2022-2023 with 2023 Jacoi Hutchinson (George Washington) as the only key returnee. They come in ranked at No. 6 to begin their season and have added elite prospects like 2024 Bryson Tucker, 2023 Jamie Kaiser Jr. (Maryland), 2023 Blue Cain (Georgia Tech), 2023 Jayden Hastings (Boston College), 2025 Jamier Jones, 2024 Khani Rooths, and 2025 Amari Allen to their roster for this season. 

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

Paul VI might be the most "slept on" top-10 ranked team coming into 2022-2023. The Panthers will be the best team in the DMV to start the season and will look to be crowned as WCAC and VISAA state champions once again. 2023 DeShawn Harris-Smith (Maryland) and 2024 Darren Harris (Duke). Paul VI will be deep and will return just about everyone from the year prior which also includes 2023 Ben Hammond, 2025 Christian Gurdak, 2024 Garrett Sundra, 2025 Jaquan Womack, and more. The Panthers have also added 2024 Isaiah Abraham and 2024 Patrick Ngongba to the roster 

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

The No. 1 team in the state of Texas and the No. 1 public school in the country to begin the season, Duncanville High School, will come in as the No. 8 best team in the country in 2022-2023. The Panthers have their eyes set on a fifth straight UIL 6A state championship by the end of the season. 2023 Ron Holland Jr. headlines Duncanville's roster with other key returners like 2023 Cameron Barnes2023 Aric Demmings2023 Evan Phelps2023 Rasaun Collier, and 2025 Kayden Edwards.  2023 K.J. Lewis (Arizona) is the new face with the Panthers this season. 

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

Corona Centennial will be a team that is coming in on a 30-game winning streak to begin their 2022-2023 high school season. The Huskies are the defending CIF Open Division state champions and are the favorites right now to repeat as champions. 2023 Jared McCain (Duke) will headline their roster once again this season with other key returnees like 2023 Devin Williams (UCLA), 2023 Aaron McBride (LMU), and 2024 Eric Freeney along side. 2023 Mike Price is the main newcomer that will be apart of the success this season for Corona Centennial as they look to capture another CIP Open Division state championship. 

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

Imhotep Charter will be back as one of the nations top basketball programs representing the city of Philadelphia this upcoming high school season. The Panthers will be looking to repeat as PIAA class 5A state champions by the end of the season and I certainly do not see why they wouldn't. 2023 Justin Edwards (Kentucky) will once again headline their 2022-2023 roster. Other key returnees like 2024 G Ahmad Nowell2023 PG Rahmir Barno (Florida Gulf Coast)2023 SG Isaiah Kennedy2023 SG Malcolm Muhammad2023 Yahmir Satterfield, and a few others.

11. Wheeler (GA)
2021-2022 Record: 25-5

Wheeler High School will begin the 2022-2023 high school season as the No. 1 team in the state of Georgia. The Wildcats have shifted back up to the 7A class this season and will look to capture another state championship, which will be their third in the last four years. 2023 Isaiah Collier headlines their roster once again this season and will have other key prospects like 2023 Arrinten Page (USC) and 2023 Cameron Brown return to the line up as well. Wheeler has also added prospects like 2023 Josh Hill2024 Rickey McKenzie, and 2023 Jelani Hamilton (Iowa State) to the roster.

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

Long Island Lutheran will once again be one of the best programs in the country this season representing the state of New York. The Crusaders come in ranked No. 12 in the country for the 2022-2023 season and will debut in the loaded NIBC. 2023 Jayden Reid and 2023 Amdy Ndiaye are the key returnees from last season and 2023 Jayden Ross (UConn)2025 Jacob Ross, 2024 Godswill Erheriene, 2024 Ben Michaels2024 V.J.Edgecombe, and 2023 Keenan Emmanuel headline the newcomers for this year's Long Island Lutheran squad.  

13. Prolific Prep (CA)
2021-2022 Record: 26-7

Prolific Prep captured the Super 16 title back in Las Vegas at the Border League just a few weeks ago, which jumped them up a few spots since the updated national top-25 rankings in August. The Crew will officially begin ranked No. 13 in the country to begin the 2022-2023 season. 2024 Zion Sensley and 2023 N'Famara Dabo​ are key returnees for Prolific. 2023 Aden Holloway (Auburn), 2023 Trey Green (Xavier), 2023 Gabe Sisk, 2024 Paul McNeil Jr., 2023 Mike Nwoko (Miami), and 2024 Yves Missi are the new additions.

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

Oak Hill Academy has a new head man in charge after the departure of legendary head coach Steve Smith. New head coach Yerrick Stoneman has his new squad coming in as the No. 14 best team in the country entering the 2022-2023 high school season. The Warriors have a whole new squad with newcomers like 2024 Micah Robinson2024 A.J. Swinton2024 Zion Pipkin2023 Joshua Holloway2023 Drayton Jones2024 Jamie Vinson IV, and others apart of the roster this season. 

15. SoCal Academy (CA)
2021-2022 Record: 24-4

Southern California Academy finished in the top-10 nationally last season and will be beginning the 2022-2023 high school season ranked at No. 15 coming in. The Rams have rebuilt their entire roster for this upcoming season with 2023 Drew Fielder (Providence) the key returnee from last season. SoCal Academy has added prospects like 2024 Jahseem Felton2023 Garwey Dual (Providence)2023 Devin Curtis2023 Braelon Green (Arizona State), and 2023 AJ Economou to their roster this season. 

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

Camden High School is on their last national run after this 2022-2023 high school season. The Panthers will come in ranked in the top-25 nationally at No. 16. They will be one of the best public schools in the country once again as well with 2023 D.J. Wagner, 2023 Aaron Bradshaw (Kentucky), 2023 Cian Medley (St. Louis), 2023 Cornelius Robinson (Albany), and 2023 Desear Haskins all returning to the starting lineup this season. 

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

Bishop Gorman will be one of the better teams in the country once again coming into the 2022-2023 high school season as they will look to capture another NAIA 4A state title. They will be returning just about everyone from last season and have themselves a national schedule to prepare for. 2024 Jase Richardson2024 John Mobley Jr.2023 Keenan Bay2025 Chris Nwuil, 2024 Anthony Nwuli2024 Ryder Elisaldez​​​​​​​, and others will be key returnees for the Gaels.

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

Newton High School will be representing the Peach State as one of the best public school programs in the country. The Rams should have one of their best seasons this year after reaching the GHSA class 7A semifinals in 2022-2023. They return their key backcourt of 2023 Stephon Castle (UConn) and 2023 Jakai Newton (Indiana) to their roster along with a few other key returnees. The Rams will have their eyes set on the GHSA class 7A state championship while playing a national schedule. 

19. Modesto Christian (CA)
2021-2022 Record: 30-6

One of the most "slept on" teams apart of the preseason top-25 is without a doubt Modesto Christian. The Crusaders almost had themselves a CIF Open Division state championship last season and will bring just about everyone back from that same team. 2023 B.J. Davis (San Diego State) and 2024 Jamari Phillips will headline this year's group and should be one of the best backcourts in the nation. Modesto Christian will have themselves a national schedule this season and looking to make another trip to Sacramento in March. 

20. Christ the King (NY)
2021-2022 Record: 15-11

The Royals will be one of the best programs representing the state of New York this upcoming season on the national stage. Chris the King has a very deep roster and one of the favorites to capture their state championship for 2022-2023. Their roster is headlined by 2023 Brandon Williams (UCLA). Christ the King will also have 2023 Brandon Gardner (St. John's)2024 Qing Pang2025 Markell Alston2025 Kiyan Anthony2023 DeCoursey Corley2023 Bryce Merchant, and others.

21. Simeon (IL)
2021-2022 Record: 29-6

Simeon High School will remain as one of the best public schools in the country and one of the nations top teams coming into the 2022-2023 high school season. The Wolverines will come in as the No. 1 team in the state of Illinois and their roster will be headlined by 2023 Wes Rubin (Northern Iowa) and Miles Rubin (Loyola-Chicago)2023 Jalen Griffith2023 Steve Turner2023 Sam Lewis (Toledo), and 2023 Kaiden Space will be apart of this year's roster as well.

22. The Rock School (FL)
2021-2022 Record: 25-8

The Rock School, out of Gainesville, Florida, should burst onto the national scene this season with the roster they have coming into 2022-2023. The Lions are the favorites to capture the SIAA title, which they captured in 2021-2022. Their roster is headlined by 2024 R.J. Jones. Other key returnees like 2024 Kam Wright2024 Sammie Yeanay2023 Josh Hayes, 2023 Dallas Jones, 2023 Moses Horn, 2025 Evan Streck, and 2023 Jacob Streck will also return for the The Rock School with the addition of 2025 Clarence Fondeur-Massamba.

23. Wasatch Academy (UT)
2021-2022 Record: 15-10

Wasatch Academy comes in ranked at No. 23 in the country coming into the 2022-2023 high school season. The Tigers have a whole new roster as they are once again in the loaded NIBC. 2023 R.J. Jones (Kansas State), 2025 Isaiah Harwell, 2023 Osiris Grady, and 2023 Jeremiah Johnson headline the list of newcomers and their roster for this upcoming season. Wasatch Academy will look to get back into the GEICO Nationals at the end of the season. 

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

The Lakers made their way into the preseason top-25 conversation over the last few months and will start the season ranked at No. 24 in the country. La Lumiere will be looking to stay on top in the loaded NIBC and have a whole new roster for 2022-2023. Newcomers like 2023 Kaleb Glenn (Louisville), 2023 Gus Yalden (Wisconsin), 2023 Trenton Walters (Radford), and 2023 Zaide Lowery (Marquette) basically headline the La Lumiere roster for this upcoming season. 

25. Columbus (FL)
2021-2022 Record: 29-2

Christopher Columbus High School has earned the recognition to begin the 2022-2023 high school season ranked in the top-25. The Explorers won last seasons FHSAA class 7A state championship after going 29-2 overall on the season. The Boozer twins, 2025 Cameron and Carlos Boozer, will headline their roster this season. Columbus will be playing a big time national schedule this season as they are expected to appear in a plethora of national showcases and tournaments throughout the 2022-2023 high school season. 

26. Sierra Canyon (CA)
27. Notre Dame (CA)
28. Combine Academy (NC)
29. St. Rita (IL)
30. Gonzaga HS College (DC)


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