From left to right, Devearl Ramsey of Sierra Canyon, Terrence Phillips of Oak Hill Academy, Jalen Coleman of La Lumiere, Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy and Allonzo Trier of Findlay Prep hope to put their teams in the thick of the national championship conversation in 2014-15.
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The top three teams in the MaxPreps Preseason Xcellent 25 National High School Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard have all won national championships since 2009.Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
, Montverde Academy (Fla.)
and Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
are in dynasty mode and looking to continue their dominance of the high school basketball landscape.
But capable challengers have emerged. Upstart programs at La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
, Huntington St. Joseph Prep (Huntington, W.Va.)
and Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
are loaded and would love to legitimize their status as national powers by owning the No. 1 spot in April.
And don't forget about the dark horses. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
has an unmatched trio of big men that could prove difficult to handle. Plano West (Texas)
is healthy and has all the weapons it hoped to have a year ago when eligibility issues forced a key contributor to the sideline.
Continue reading to find out how we see the race for high school basketball's mythical national title shaping up heading into the 2014-15 season.Past MaxPreps National Champions
2014 – Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 – X25: Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
, Academy: Montverde Academy (Fla.)
2012 – X25: St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
, Academy: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2011 – St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2010 – Yates (Houston)
2009 – Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Click through to begin sizing up this year's contenders with in-depth previews for all the nation's elite in our MaxPreps Preseason Xcellent 25 National High School Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.