Roselle Catholic re-enters the rankings this week after beginning the season at No. 1. The other new entry is No. 24 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.)
, which cracks the MaxPreps Top 25 for the first time this winter but is no stranger to the national rankings over the years under head coach Doug Mitchell.
As the regular season nears its end, the national rankings have appeared to stabilize a bit in recent weeks after an unpredictable first half of the season that saw many unexpected results shake up the national landscape.
MaxPreps Top 25 basketball rankings
Record: 18-1 | Last week: 1
Notched blowout wins over Bishop Ireton (Alexandria, Va.) 94-45, Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) 90-33 and Bishop Walsh (Cumberland, Md.) 79-42 prior to a big week of conference games. The Panthers host No. 15 St. John's tonight before traveling to No. 10 Gonzaga on Friday.
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 2
Defeated J.R. Tucker (Henrico) 80-32 behind a balanced effort that saw five players score double figures led by North Carolina State signee Dennis Parker Jr.
, who scored 15 points before taking down Godwin (Richmond) 93-61. The Justices host Glen Allen tonight on senior night.
Record: 21-1 | Last week: 3
MaxPreps National Player of the Year contender Ron Holland
surpassed 1,500 career points after contributing a game-high 25 points in an 83-63 victory over DeSoto. Sophomore Kayden Edwards
knocked down nine triples for a career-high 33 points in a 92-74 win over Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield).
Record: 12-2 | Last week: 4
After suffering a pair of setbacks early in the season, the Crusaders have reeled off 11 straight victories including blowout wins over Portledge (Locust Valley, N.Y.) 99-41 led by 26 points from junior V.J. Edgecombe
and Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) 96-34 last week guided by 19 points from senior Jayden Reid
Record: 19-1 | Last week: 5
Escaped with a 67-66 victory over Moline at When Sides Collide Shootout, led by 16 points from senior Jalen Griffith
. The Wolverines have a tough week ahead as they travel to Curie (Chicago) on Thursday and face Central (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) on Saturday.
Record: 15-2 | Last week: 6
Continued to dominate Philadelphia Public League play with wins over Abraham Lincoln (Philadelphia) 90-36 and Audenried (Philadelphia) 62-32. The Panthers have a highly anticipated matchup against No. 11 Camden on Saturday in a showdown of five-star Kentucky signees as Justin Edwards
takes on D.J. Wagner
and Aaron Bradshaw
Record: 17-3 | Last week: 7
Top-ranked sophomore Cameron Boozer
finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and six blocks in an 86-36 victory over Braddock (Miami) to bring his season averages to 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals through 20 games.
Record: 20-3 | Last week: 9
Five-star Duke signee Jared McCain
led the way with 25 points, 10 rebounds, six rebounds and three steals in a 64-52 victory over Salesian (Richmond) at Crush in the Valley. The Huskies have three games on the slate this week culminating with a showdown against Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) on Saturday at the Nike Extravaganza.
Record: 23-1 | Last week: 10
Picked up a pair of quality victories over Mission League opponents last week, defeating Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 85-78 in double-overtime prior to blowing by short-handed previous No. 24 Sierra Canyon 72-52. Notre Dame signee Brady Dunlap
scored a team-high 20 points in each win.
Record: 18-1 | Last week: 11
Rebounded from their first loss of the season with a pair of blowout wins over The Heights (Potomac, Md.) 104-48 and Saint John Paul the Great (Dumfries, Va.) 91-60. A big week awaits the Eagles as they face Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) on Wednesday before a much-anticipated showdown with top-ranked Paul VI on Friday.
Record: 14-2 | Last week: 12
Five-star Kentucky signee D.J. Wagner
led the way with a team-high 26 points to secure a quality victory over previous No. 20 Kenwood (Chicago) 68-54. The Panthers have an opportunity to bolster their national resume this week with a highly-anticipated showdown against No. 6 Imhotep Charter on Saturday.
20-0 | Last week:
After blowout victories over Decatur Central (Indianapolis) 82-44 and Gary West Side (Gary) 74-37, the Giants are six games away from finishing the regular season unbeaten.
Record: 16-1 | Last week: 13
Following wins over St. Augustine Prep (Richland) 55-48 and Hudson Catholic (Jersey City) 73-48, the Ironmen look to improve their national standing with a big-time matchup against No. 25 Roselle Catholic on Wednesday. Five-star junior Dylan Harper
is authoring a dominant campaign, averaging 26.5 points per game.
Record: 14-1 | Last week: 15
Rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 68-49 victory over Mountainside (Beaverton, Ore.) paced by 18 points from Michigan State football signee Sam Leavitt
and 17 points apiece from Oregon signee Jackson Shelstad
and senior Adrian Mosley
Record: 17-1 | Last week: 16
Bounced back from their first setback of the season last week with a 72-62 victory over DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.).
Record: 23-1 | Last week: 17
The Wildcats have outscored their opponents by 18.7 points per contest this season. They face Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) at the Nike Extravaganza on Saturday.
Record: 21-3 | Last week: 18
Escaped with an 80-76 double-overtime victory over Highland Park (Dallas) early last week guided by 30 points from top-ranked junior Tre Johnson
. The Wildcats have four games remaining before the start of postseason action.
Record: 23-1 | Last week: 19
Back-to-back Class 5A state champions are riding a 22-game winning streak following a loss to Washington (Houston) in their second game of the season. The Timberwolves are a strong contender to take home the Class 6A state championship after moving up to the state's highest classification prior to the season.
Record: 15-1 | Last week: 21
St. Joseph's signee Xzayvier Brown
led the way with a game-high 24 points in their 60-55 win over West Catholic (Philadelphia) as the Cahillites remain the lone unbeaten team in the Philadelphia Catholic League.
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 22
Narrowly defeated Martin County (Stuart) 53-52 last week to remain unscathed led by 15 points and five rebounds from senior Mason Brown
and 13 points and five rebounds from senior Blake Wilson
. The Panthers have five games remaining in regular season play.
13-2 | Last week:
See a steep fall after suffering their first setback of the season in Philadelphia Catholic League play last week, falling to Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 90-79 despite Baylor pledge Robert Wright III
having a strong game with 30 points, six rebounds and four steals.
23-3 | Last week:
Notched a quality victory over Jackson-Reed (Washington, D.C.) 64-50 at the R1A Classic led by 22 points and seven assists from UMBC commit Ace Valentine
and 17 points, 11 rebounds from Illinois signee Amani Hansberry
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 23
Defeated Gretna 58-47 behind 18 points from junior Eldon Turner
and 15 points from Creighton signee Josiah Dotzler
. The Thunderbirds have nine games remaining in the regular season.
23-1 | Last week:
Enter the national rankings for the first time this season after picking up wins over St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 67-59 and Serra (Gardena) 80-50. The lone loss came against No. 9 Harvard-Westlake in triple-overtime.
Record: 8-4 | Last week: NR
The Lions take on No. 13 Don Bosco Prep on Wednesday, Bergen Catholic (Oradell) on Friday and No. 4 Long Island Lutheran on Sunday.