University moves into No. 2 spot, Olympus leads four new teams in Super 25 boys basketball rankings

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University moves into No. 2 spot, Olympus leads four new teams in Super 25 boys basketball rankings

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University moves into No. 2 spot, Olympus leads four new teams in Super 25 boys basketball rankings

Four teams won state titles last week to receive a bump in the the Super 25 boys basketball rankings and there were four new teams, including two state champions.

The biggest shake-up, however, is that University (Fort Lauderdale) moved up a spot to No. 2 with the previous No. 2 team, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) dropping out because of a fifth-year player, who was a reserve for the Warriors. It is the second consecutive week that the No. 2 team dropped from the rankings for having a fifth-year player, as the same fate befell Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Air, Kan.) last week.

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In a statement, Oak Hill president Michael D. Groves said that the student and his representatives willfully misrepresented the number of years the student attended high school.

VIDEO: Oak Hill dominates rim in another win

Garfield (Seattle) rose four spots to No. 10 as it went 3-0 last week: Ed Turner and Pierre Crockrell Jr. each had 19 points in a 72-63 defeat of Rainier Beach (Seattle) in the 3A state championship; Crockrell had 17 points in a 56-48 defeat of Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) in a 3A semifinal; and P.J. Fuller had 19 points in a 73-53 defeat of O’Dea (Seattle) in a 3A quarterfinal.

Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.) rose five spots to No. 12 as the Eagles (25-5) won their fourth consecutive state title. Darius Garland had 35 points in a 50-44 defeat of Baylor School (Chattanooga) in the Div. II-AA state championship and  Cameron Johnson had 20 points in a 48-27 defeat of Memphis University (Memphis) in a Div. II-AA semifinal.

Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) improved to 31-3 and moved up seven spots to No. 16 as the Panthers won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association state title, going 3-0 in the tournament. Anthony Harris had 14 points in a 58-40 defeat of Bishop O’Connell (Arlington) in the VISAA Div. I championship. Jeremy Roach had 23 points in a 69-49 defeat of St. Stephens-St. Agnes (Alexandria) in a VISAA Div. I semifinal. Harris had 23 points in a 65-62 defeat of Potomac School (McLean) in a VISAA Div. I quarterfinal.

Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.) finished its state playoffs 27-0 to climb eight spots to No. 17. Anton Watson had 22 points in a 54-52 defeat of Federal Way in the 4A state championship. Watson had 21 points, including a game-winning three-pointer, in a 53-50 overtime defeat of Richland in a 4A semifinal. Watson had 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-52 defeat of Skyview (Vancouver) in a 4A quarterfinal.

No. 18 Olympus (Holladay, Utah) is the highest ranked new team. The Titans finished their season 27-0 as Rylan Jones had 24 points in a 76-49 defeat of Corner Canyon (Draper) in the 5A state championship. It was the Titans’ second state title in the past three seasons. Jeremy Dowdell had 26 points in a 79-43 defeat of Bountiful in a 5A semifinal.

The other new teams are: No. 19 Mountain Brook, Ala., which won its state 7A title for the second consecutive year; No. 23 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), the Nevada 4A champion and No. 24 Norcross, Ga., which knocked off previous No. 5 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) in a AAAAAAA quarterfinal.

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