For the first time since early last season, there’s a new No. 1 in the Super 25 boys basketball rankings.
Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.), which is 16-0, rose from No. 4 to No. 1 after a number of higher-ranked teams suffered losses in holiday tournaments. The Pilots have been driven by a backcourt of Allonzo Trier (28.9 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game) and point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. (17.6 ppg, 7.3 apg).
Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, which is is led by Isaiah Briscoe, is 9-0 and climbed from No. 5 to No. 2 after two big in-state wins against St. Anthony (Jersey City) and The Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.).
Previous No. 1 Montverde (Fla.) Academy, which saw its winning streak end at 44 games in the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., with a loss to Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), is No. 4 at 19-1. Wheeler, which suffered its own loss to West Linn, Ore., in the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore., is No. 3 at 15-1.
One team that saw a big rise is No. 7 St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), which was No. 36. The Fighting Irish are 10-0, including a 63-57 defeat of previous-No. 20 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark) in the LeBron James Classic in Akron as Josh Williams had 28 points.
There are seven other new teams: No. 9 Roman Catholic (Philadelphia); No. 10 Callaway (Jackson, Miss.); No. 11 Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland); No. 14 Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.); No. 15 Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.); No. 21 Cardinal Gibbons, Fort Lauderdale; No. 23 East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.).