No. 14 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) is the top new team in the Super 25 boys basketball rankings. Brandon Slater led the Panthers (4-0) to two impressive wins at the National High School Hoops Festival in Hyattsville, Md. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 90-52 defeat of John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.) and 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-56 defeat of Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.).
DeMatha (Hyattsville) is 3-0 and moved up a spot to No. 11 as D.J. Harvey had 25 points in a 66-58 win Saturday vs. then-No. 15 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) at the National High School Hoops Festival at DeMatha. Harvey, a Notre Dame signee, was playing with Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey in the crowd.
“He always plays well when Coach Brey is here,” DeMatha coach Mike Jones said. “I should just get a cardboard cutout of coach and put it up.”
“I just took what was there,” Harvey said. “I didn’t force anything. I got my teammates involved and they made the right plays. We have played together for a long time and the chemistry is there.”
The next highest newcomer is No. 16 Shadow Mountain (Phoenix) and No. 21 George Washington (Denver, Colo.). George Washington improved to 5-0 as Jervay Green had 18 points in a 66-53 defeat of Overland (Aurora).
The other new teams: No. 23 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.); No. 24 Klein Forest (Houston); and No. 25 Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio).
Of the teams already in the rankings, Chino Hills, Calif., jumped three spots to No. 6. The Huskies (6-0) were led by LiAngelo Ball, who had 30 points in an 84-70 defeat of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) for the Huskies’ 41st consecutive win.
Six teams dropped out with losses to teams that were not ranked: No. 8 Westtown School, West Chester, Pa.; No. 13 New Albany, Ind.; No. 14 Vashon, St. Louis; No. 15 Wheeler, Marietta, Ga.; No. 19 Wagner, San Antonio; and No. 21 Heritage Christian, Northridge, Calif.