The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced six finalists for the 2012 Naismith High School Boys Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
The list includes coaches for the No. 1 teams in both MaxPreps.com's Xcellent 25 and Academy Top 10.
Bob Hurley has his St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
program riding a 53-game win streak and sitting atop the Xcellent 25. The Friars are the defending national champions and 20-0 this winter.
Steve Smith is on the verge of his fourth 40-win season since 2005-06 at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
. Smith's Warriors (39-0) are ranked No. 1 in the Academy Top 10 and recently announced plans for a March tour of China.
Here's a glance at the other Naismith COY candidates;
Joe Auer, Heights (Wichita, Kan.)
Auer's Falcons have won 60 games in a row and are bidding for their fourth-straight state championship.
Danny Henderson, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
: The Marauders are 108-6 over the past three seasons under Henderson and 32-2 in 2011-12. Marcus – No. 2 in the Xcellent 25 – begins defense of its 2011 Class 5A state championship next week.
Robert Smith, Simeon (Chicago)
: The Wolverines have won four state titles in just eight seasons under Smith and are favored to add a fifth. Simeon is ranked No. 4 in the Xcellent 25.
Steve Turner, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
: The Eagles won their first 19 games of the season and were ranked No. 2 nationally before losing junior point guard Nate Britt to injury.