Video: Sierra Canyon is loaded
California program hopes to compete for state, national titles in 2019-20.
After a wild offseason, the 2019-20 high school basketball season is a month away from tipping off in some parts of the country.
Our preseason Top 25 will drop Nov. 5 with three teams expected to compete for the top spot – IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) and Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), who all reloaded in a major way in the offseason.
IMG and Montverde could face off up to four times, with the earliest possible meeting in December for a potential City of Palms championship game showdown.
Sierra Canyon will be tested as well this season with a loaded schedule highlighted by games against Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.), Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis), Patrick School (Hillside, N.J), Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.), St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) and Duncanville (Texas).
Read on for a sneak preview at the teams with the best opportunity to make a run at No. 1 during the 2019-20 season.
Last season: No. 4 in final Top 100, 22-3, GEICO Nationals semifinalist
The Eagles appear to have all the talent needed to capture their record fifth GEICO Nationals championship this season behind a strong returning core and elite newcomers. Montverde Academy features impact players Cade Cunningham
, Scottie Barnes
, Day'Ron Sharpe
, Moses Moody
and Langston Love
along with a deep rotation.
Others to Watch
Last season: No. 21 in final Top 100, 28-5, GEICO Nationals participant
The Gaels go for their ninth consecutive state championship this season, with the bigger picture being a return to New York for GEICO Nationals. Bishop Gorman returns four starters as Zaon Collins
, Will McClendon
, Noah Taitz
and Mwani Wilkinson
look to lead the Nevada powerhouse to new heights.
Last season: No. 10 in final Top 100, 33-5, WCAC regular season and Alhambra Catholic Invitational champions
The Stags have been a model of rankings consistency over the past two seasons, finishing in the Top 10 nationally in back-to-back seasons. Look for much of the same this season as DeMatha rallies behind by returning starters Hunter Dickinson
and Earl Timberlake Jr.
with key addition Jordan Hawkins
also playing a crucial role.
Last season: No. 61 in final Top 100, 35-6
Last season: No. 42 in final Top 100, 21-4
Last season: No. 12 in final Top 100, 31-5, GEICO Nationals semifinalist
Last season: Unranked in final Top 100, 17-10, Non-Public North B tournament semifinalist
It appears the Patrick School is back, ready to make an impact on the national hoops scene again this season. The Celtics will likely begin the season in the Top 10 after gaining the services of Jonathan Kuminga
, Noah Farrakhan
, Bretner Mutombo
and Adama Sanogo
, among others.
Last season: No. 52 in final Top 100, 27-9, WCAC regular season co-champions
After losing their top two weapons to injury last season, the Panthers are expected to be full strength to begin 2019-20. With a healthy roster, Paul VI will challenge for their third consecutive WCAC regular season title. Jeremy Roach
, Knasir McDaniel
, Josiah Freeman
, Trevor Keels
and Avery Ford
will play crucial roles to PVI's success this year.
Last season: No. 65 in final Top 100, 29-72019-20 outlook:
Prolific Prep is expected to have its best year in program history with a preseason Top 10 ranking imminent. Impact transfers Jalen Green
and Frank Anselem
join returning starters Nimari Burnett
and Coleman Hawkins
to form an impressive core.
Preseason Basketball Content:
Oct. 29 — Top 10 big men
Oct. 30 — Top 10 wings
Oct. 31 — Top 10 guards
Nov. 5 — Preseason Top 25 rankings
Nov. 13 — Preseason Top 100 rankings
Nov. 19 — Tournaments and events to watch
Nov. 20 — Best team in all 50 states
Nov. 21 — MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List
Nov. 27 — Toughest schedules