Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (No. 1 last week) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 14-0
After a dominant run through the Orange Holiday Classic, the Monarchs open what should be a highly competitive year in the Trinity League on Wednesday against JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano). Including state and sectional competition, Mater Dei went 23-0 in bracket play during the 2012 calendar year. 2. (2) Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), 10-1
The Knights are in the midst of an extended break that runs until Jan. 9, when they host Riverton.3. (3) Long Beach Poly (Calif.), 12-1
A week after a grueling run at the City of Palms Classic, the Jackrabbits hit the road again and won the Whataburger Tournament in Texas. Senior USC signee Roschon Prince
went for 21 points against Plano East in the final as Poly knocked off its fourth Lone Star State opponent in three days4. (4) Whitney Young (Chicago), 10-1
Junior Paul White
continued a breakout season with 14 points and seven boards in the final of the Beach Ball Classic on Monday night, helping the Dolphins beat Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.), 58-37. Whitney Young has been better than advertised this season.5. (6) St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), 6-0
Once again, Bob Hurley's squad is suffocating teams on defense by allowing just 34.6 points per game. St. Anthony did get a good push at the Shooting Touch Shootout in Boston after Christmas, escaping with a 54-50 win over Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.).