2017-18 MAXPREPS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
For the third time since 2013, Montverde Academy is home to high school basketball's national champions.
The Eagles finished 35-0 led by R.J. Barrett
, who led the way averaging 28.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. The Duke commit was surrounded by a bevy of high-major talents with Gonzaga pledge Filip Petrusev
, Florida commit Andrew Nembhard
, Georgia Tech signee Mike Devoe
, and 2019 five-star prospect Balsa Koprivica
forming an impressive supporting cast.
The perennial powerhouse notched its fourth GEICO Nationals championship in the last six seasons, defeating Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
and University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
last week in New York City.
Barrett and company won 16 games against teams among the top 175 in the MaxPreps Computer Rankings, including signature victories over DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
, Simeon (Chicago)
, Roselle Catholic (N.J.)
, University and Findlay Prep (twice).
The Eagles dominance was evident throughout the season, beating teams by an average of nearly 30 points and averaging just under 82 points per game. Most impressively, the elite program knocked off University 76-58 behind a monster 25-point, 15-rebound performance from Barrett.
Kevin Boyle's squad has gone a combined 177-8 over the past six seasons with national Top 10 finishes in each.
Past MaxPreps National Champions
2017 — Nathan Hale (Seattle, Wash.)
2016 — Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2014 — Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 — Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2012 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2011 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2010 — Yates (Houston)
2009 — Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)* Recognized separate high school and independent national champions
MaxPreps High School Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (Last Week 1) Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), 35-0
GEICO Nationals champions2. (3) University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 36-2
FHSS Class 5A state champions, GEICO Nationals finalist3. (2) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 44-2
GEICO Nationals semifinialist.4. (5) Memphis East (Tenn.), 31-3
TSSAA Class AAA state champions5. (7) Clarkston (Mich.), 27-1
MHSAA Class A state champions6. (8) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 32-5
Maryland Private School, WCAC tournament, Alhambra Catholic Invitational champions7. (10) Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.), 31-0
GHSA Class AAAA state champions8. (6) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 32-5
GEICO Nationals semifinalist9. (4) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), 25-2
AIA Class 4A state champions. GEICO Nationals participant10. (11) St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 28-211. (13) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 31-2
PIAA Class AAAA state champions12. (14) Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), 33-4
WCAC regular season, VISAA Division 1 champions13. (15) Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.), 30-4
FHSAA Class 9A state champions14. (16) Warren Central (Indianapolis), 32-0
IHSAA Class 4A state champions15. (17) Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.), 26-0
WIAA Class 4A state champions16. (18) Belleville West (Ill.), 32-2
IHSA Class 4A state champions.17. (9) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 23-4
GEICO Nationals participant18. (19) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 27-4
CIF Open Division state champions19. (12) Garfield (Seattle), 28-2
WIAA Class 3A state champions, GEICO Nationals participant20. (20) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 26-3
GHSA Class AAAAAAA quarterfinalist21. (21) Guyer (Denton, Texas), 38-2
UIL Class 6A state quarterfinalist22. (22) Simeon (Chicago), 29-4
IHSA Class 4A state quarterfinalist23. (23) Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 29-4
NIAA Class 4A state champions24. (24) Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 32-4
AHSAA Class 7A state champions25. (25) Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.), 29-4
NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winnerJordan Divens has covered high school basketball and compiled national rankings at HSHoopsElite.com since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @HSHoopsElite.