2015 - 2016 Boys Basketball National Rankings
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Findlay College Prep
The Pilots brought in plenty of talent to surround P.J. Washington, a 6-8 junior power forward who is listed as the No. 15 player in his class. Top newcomers include: point guard Markus Howard, who averaged 32.4 points a game last season at Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.); El Cerrito, Calif. transfer Carlos Johnson (15.9 ppg), a 6-4 junior guard; Waggener (Louisville) transfer Devon Cooper (17.2 ppg), a junior guard; and LSU commit Skylar Mays (9.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg), a 6-3 guard at University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.) last season.
The Eagles have won three consecutive national titles but have to replace American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year Ben Simmons, who is a USA TODAY Preseason College Basketball All-American at LSU. Montverde picked up two talented junior Canadians in 6-1 guard Marcus Carr and 6-9 center Simi Shittu, both of whom played well this summer on the AAU circuit. Returning sophomores E.J. Montgomery, a 6-9 center and 6-7 forward Silvio De Sousa, will be expected to step up. Another key returnee is senior guard Howard Washington (6.6 ppg, 2.7 apg), who has committed to Butler. Mentor, Ohio, transfer Micah Potter, a 6-10 Ohio State commit, may be able to help right away as well.
Oak Hill Academy
Mouth Of Wilson, VA
The Warriors have a new slate from the squad that finished No. 2 in the Super 25 last season. Not to worry, this years squad has 6-8 small forward Mario Kegler (15.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg), a Jackson, Miss., native who played for Arlington County Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) last season. Other key players: junior point guard Devontae Shuler (25.5 ppg), a transfer from Irmo, S.C.; Alabama commit Braxton Key (20.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists), a 6-7 small forward who played for Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville) last season and was a two-time AA Mr. Basketball in Tennessee; senior 6-9 center Khadim Sy (6.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg), a Virginia Tech commit, was a backup with the Warriors last season; and Maury (Virginia Beach) transfer Matt Coleman, a 6-2 guard who averaged 20.3 points and 5.2 assists as a sophomore last season.
Advanced Prep International
The Bulldogs are a new team, but its players are all well known. Start with Alabama commit Terrance Ferguson, an elite senior 6-5 shooting guard and junior elite power forward Billy Preston, who was a standout during summer AAU play. Other key players: junior 6-2 guard Trevon Duval, who averaged 15 points a game at St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark) last season; Cincinnati commit Nysier Brooks, a 6-9 senior center who transferred from Life Center (Burlington, N.J.); and Stevie Jordan, a point guard who averaged 16.8 points a game for Pennsylvania AA state champion Conwell-Egan (Fairless Hills). Ray Forsett, who coached Prime Prep (Dallas) before it closed, is the Bulldogs’ coach.
Huntington-St. Joseph Prep
Miles Bridges (15.7 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.5 apg),, a senior 6-6, forward and a Michigan State commit, is the top returnee for the Fighting Irish. Other key players include: Indiana commit Curtis Jones (15.3 ppg, 3.9 apg), a 6-3 senior guard; 6-8 senior wing Micah Thomas (14 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg), a transfer from Briarcrest (Eads, Tenn.); and senior point guard Xavier Simpson (19.8 ppg), a Michigan commit and transfer from Lima, Ohio.
La Lumiere HS
The Lakers only have one returning starter, senior shooting guard Brandon Cyrus (9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg), but have a group of talented newcomers, including Texas commit James Banks (10.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg), a senior 6-10 center who transferred from Mount Vernon Christian (Stockbridge, Ga.). Other key newcomers include: junior center Jeremiah Tilmon (17.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg), a 6-10 junior center who transferred from East St. Louis, Ill.; Algevon Eichelberger (10.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg), a 6-7 forward and Saginaw, Mich., native who played for Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) last season; and 6-6 junior forward Brian Bowen (15.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, 6.1 rpg), who transferred from Arthur Hill (Saginaw, Mich.). Another player to watch is freshman small forward Tyger Campbell (13.5 ppg, 8.1 apg), who started at point guard as an eighth grader for Christ Presbyterian in Nashville last season.
DeMatha Catholic HS
The Stags have a solid nucleus led by senior guard Markelle Fultz (16.0 ppg), a Washington commit, junior 6-6 forward D.J. Harvey (14.0 ppg) and 6-3 guard Nate Darling (12.0 ppg), an Alabama-Birmingham commit. South Central (Winterville, N.C.) transfer Josh Carlton (9.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg), a 6-9 junior center, will contribute right away. Two freshmen guards, Justin Moore and Marvin Price, also will play sooner rather than later.
Chino Hills, CA
The Huskies were the state Division I runner-up last season and should contend again with UCLA commits Lonzo Ball and his brother LiAngelo Ball. Lonzo, a 6-5 senior point guard, averaged 25 points, 11.2 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocked shots last season while LiAngelo, a junior guard, averaged 20.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. Watch for another Ball, freshman LaMelo Ball, to have an immediate impact. Ayala (Chino Hills) transfer Shane Hopkins, a 6-8 forward, and 6-7 forward Elijah Scott, an Upland transfer, give the team plenty of depth, along with 6-7 senior forward Chazz Smith.
Wayne High School
Huber Heights, OH
The defending state Division I champions return four starters, led by senior 6-5 guard Trey Landers (11 ppg, 7 rpg), a Dayton commit. Other key returnees include: guard Rodrick Caldwell (12 ppg, 6 apg); guard Demond Parker (8 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg); and sophomore 6-5 forward L’Christian Smith (10 ppg, 8 ppg). Stivers (Dayton) transfer Chazz George (15 ppg, rpg), a 6-4 forward, should make a good team even better.
The Tigers were the state runner-ups and bring back elite senior guard Malik Monk (26.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg) along with senior forward Tyler Robinson (11 ppg, 7.0 rpg), junior guard Jordan Hemphill (8.0 ppg) and junior guard Aaron Estrada (3.0 ppg). Asa Hutchinson IV, a 6-6 sophomore forward and grandson of the state’s Governor, could see quality minutes as well.
The Trailblazers won the state Division V title last season and return all the ingredients for success. Begin with senior point guard Devearl Ramsey (13.9 ppg, 4.9 apg), a speedy Nevada commit. Add in two 6-8 elite juniors in Cody Riley (15 ppg, 2.0 bpg) and Ira Lee (who missed last season with injury) and throw in junior combo guard Adam Seiko (9.1, 2.0 apg) and junior point guard Remy Martin (11.4 ppg, 3.2 apg) and there’s plenty of talent to repeat.
High Point Christian Academy
High Point, NC
The Cougars raised their profile with several big-name transfers, led by Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, a 6-9 forward who averaged 32 points and 21 rebounds last season at Northside (Pinetown, N.C.), junior guard Michael Huiett Jr., who averaged 20 points a game last season at Village Christian (Fayetteville) and Montverde (Fla.) Academy transfer Ty Graves, a 6-foot guard who has committed to Boston College. Another newcomer, 6-5 wing Jalen Seegars, averaged 18 points a game at Page (Greensboro). High Point also returns 6-2 guard Reece Bogan, 6-7 forward Amidou Bamba, a Coastal Carolina commit and 6-5 wing Ben Robertson (12 ppg, 6 rpg), a Bucknell commit.
Roman Catholic High School
The defending AAA state champion Cahillites return three Penn State commits in senior guards Tony Carr (10 ppg), and Nazeer Bostick (12 ppg) and 6-7 forward Lamar Stevens, a transfer who averaged 15 points a game last season at Haverford. D’Andre Vilmar, a 6-4 junior guard who played for the junior national team for The Bahamas and Paul Newman (7.0 ppg), a 6-6 senior forward, are also key returnees.
Chaminade College Prep School
Saint Louis, MO
Duke commit Jayson Tatum (26.5 ppg, 11.7 rpg), a two-time state player of the year, leads Chaminade. The 6-9 wing has plenty of support with Iowa commit Tyler Cook (12.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg), a 6-8 senior power forward and 6-1 senior guard Mike Lewis, a Duquesne commit. Look for two sophomores to contribute right away: 6-6 forward Jericole Hellems and 6-5 small forward Karrington Davis.
Atascocita High School
The Eagles retain eight regular players from their state 6A-II runner-up team, led by 5-11 senior point guard Carsen Edwards (23 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg), a Purdue commit, and Florida International commit Greg Shead, a 6-4 senior guard and senior guard Brandon Loville, all of whom will allow the Eagles to retain their small-ball trapping style of defense.
Simeon High School
The Wolverines have plenty of returnees, led by Gonzaga commit Zach Norvell (13 ppg), a 6-4 senior guard, who scored 53 points in a tournament in Las Vegas this summer. Some of the top players back include: 6-7 senior forward Ben Coupet; senior shooting guard Josh Thomas; junior point guard Evan Gilyard and sophomore guard Kezo Brown, who saw significant minutes as a freshman.
Cape Henry Collegiate School
Virginia Beach, VA
The Dolphins won the state independent schools title and while they may miss guard Chris Clarke, now at Virginia Tech, they have plenty of talent. Start with senior 6-6 wing Malcolm Weathers and junior 6-4 guard Malik Marrow. Add in two newcomers in Bayside (Virginia Beach) sophomore transfer Dajour Rucker and Walsingham Academy (Williamsburg) transfer Mark Seaman, a 6-4 senior wing.
Wheeler High School
The Wildcats lost American Family Insurance ALL-USA player Jaylen Brown to Cal, but can count on elite junior point guard Darius Perry, senior point guard Makahi Eastmond and shooting guard Cam Jordan and have two solid transfers in 6-9 center Romello White, a Georgia Tech commit who played at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Al-Wajid Aminu, a 6-8 power forward and North Florida commit who transferred from Coral Gables, Fla.
Bishop Gorman High School
Las Vegas, NV
The Gaels lost talented seven-footers Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman to graduation but 6-11 senior center Zach Collins, a Gonzaga commit, played well over the summer and junior wing Charles O’Bannon Jr. (8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg,2.4 apg) made the U16 National Team. Gorman also picked up a solid transfer in former Lone Peak (HIghland, Utah) point guard Christian Popoola Jr. (14 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.0 apg), a 6-3 junior. Keep an eye on sophomore small forward Jamal Bey as well.
Roselle Catholic High School
The Lions lost American Family Insurance ALL-USA guard Isaiah Briscoe to Kentucky but have a chance to win their third Tournament of Champions in four years thanks to three heralded transfers. Junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis, averaged 15 points and 4.5 rebounds a game at St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark) and has plenty of offers. Junior guard Leondre Washington averaged 22.1 points a game last season at Teaneck and 6-8 junior forward Andre Rafus, a highly recruited transfer from St. Frances (Baltimore), averaged 20 points and 6.5 rebounds. Another newcomer is Witkor Sewiol (9.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg), a 6-7 small forward from Kentucky Wesleyan (Owensboro, Ky.). Key returnees for Roselle include: senior guard Matt Bullock (10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg); 6-10 forward Nazreon Reid (4.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg); and wing Louis King.
The Huskies are led by senior guard Jordan Griffin (13.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), a Long Beach State commit and two UCLA commits: Ike Anigbogu (4.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg), a 6-9 senior center; and 6-8 junior power forward Jalen Hill (5.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg), who played for Team USA’s U16 team this past summer. Junior guard Isom Butler, a transfer from Etiwanda, is another key player.
Word of God Christian Academy
The Holy Rams added high-profile Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) transfer Rawle Alkins (20 ppg), a 6-5 senior guard. Two other seniors, Jaylen Fornes, a North Carolina-Wilmington commit and Buffalo commit Jalen Harris, give the team plenty of backcourt depth. Brandon Huffman, a 6-9 senior center and transfer from West Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska), is drawing major offers.
Gonzaga College HS
The Eagles won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference last season and return five players that started at one point or the other. Junior point guard Chris Lykes is a matchup nightmare because of his quickness. Other key returnees include: junior 6-4 forward Eddie Scott; sophomore 6-2 guard Prentiss Hubb; and sophomore 6-4 forward Myles Dread. Navy commit Jack Lawrence, a 6-9 senior, gives the team some size underneath. Devon Flowers, a 6-7 forward who was on the JV team last year, also will be expected to contribute.
Miller Grove High School
For the first time in seven years, the Wolverines ended last season without a state championship. Miller Grove has the talent to be in contention for another title, however, with ultra-quick junior point guard Alterique Gilbert (18.5 ppg, 6.2 apg), a Connecticut commit, and junior forward Raylon Richardson (12.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.4 bpg) being the top returnees. Key newcomers include: Aaron Augustin, a three-year starter at point guard at Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee); Southwest DeKalb (Decatur) transfer Tae Hardy (16.5 ppg, 2.7 spg); and Laney (Augusta) senior transfer Colin Young, a solid three-point shooter. The Wolverines lack frontcourt depth, so 6-6 freshman forward Tworn Seals may have to play right away.
Sacred Heart High School-Waterbury
With Mustapha Heron back, the Hearts have a chance to win a third consecutive Class S state title. Heron, a 6-5 senior wing (24.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.1 apg) is an Auburn commit. Sacred Heart can also count on power forward Ty Flowers, (13.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and senior guard Charles Fisher (10.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg).