Video: Preseason Early ContendersFind out who will be in the hunt for high school basketball's national title in 2017-18.
See the video above for our first look at high school basketball's elite for the 2017-18 season.
Familiar foes Memphis East (Tenn.)
and Montverde Academy (Fla.)
— they met three times in a little over three weeks last winter — are garnering the most buzz when it comes to the No. 1 spot.
But if last season taught us anything, expect the unexpected when it comes to the national scene in high school basketball.
The arrival of head coach Brandon Roy and current Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr.
spurred Nathan Hale (Seattle)
to No. 1 status in 2016-17. That came just a year after the program struggled to a 3-18 record.
Independent powerhouse La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
also garnered national championship acclaim under now-DePaul assistant coach Shane Heirman. The Lakers hired current Creighton assistant Alan Huss back in 2010 to take the program national and the rise to the top was a quick one.
Entering our 10th year of recognizing high school boys basketball's premier teams, MaxPreps is returning to an all-comers format in the rankings for 2017-18.Past MaxPreps National Champions
2009 – Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
2010 – Yates (Houston)
2011 – St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2012 – St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2013 – Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
, Montverde Academy (Fla.)
2014 – Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2015 – Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2016 – Chino Hills (Calif.)
2017 – Nathan Hale (Seattle)
, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
** Recognized separate high school and independent national champions.