Every year MaxPreps decide its high school boys basketball national champion at the end the season based on the body of work over the course of the year.
Some years, a true champion rises above the rest. Some years, there's no clear No. 1.
It appeared the upcoming GEICO Nationals would determine this year's national championship on the court, top-ranked McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) dropped out after the initial field was released.
While this year it will be more difficult to determine a national champion without the top-ranked Indians, we dreamed up an easier way to determine a national champion.
Inspired by the commencement of the NCAA Tournament, we present our own field of 68.
Putting together a 68-team high school field
• Using the MaxPreps Top 25 and MaxPreps
Computer Rankings, the highest-ranked champion from all 50 states earns
an automatic bid. The District of Columbia State Athletic
also earns an invite, bringing the total to 51 automatic bids.
• Using the aforementioned set of rankings as a guide, 17 additional
teams earn an at-large invite.
• Unlike the NCAA Tournament, participants are clustered geographically and seeded within respective regions. (Hence our South Region features 11 of the top 30 teams in this week's national rankings.)
Alabama: Mountain Brook (Birmingham)North Carolina: South Central (Winterville)
, Class 7A championAlaska: Dimond (Anchorage)
, Projected Class 4A championArizona: Shadow Mountain (Phoenix)
, Class 4A championArkansas: Marion
, Class 6A championCalifornia: Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
, Open Division championColorado: Lewis-Palmer (Monument)
, Class 4A championConnecticut: East Catholic (Manchester)
, Class I championDelaware: Sanford (Hockessin)
, DIAA championDistrict of Columbia: Sidwell Friends
, DCSAA ChampionFlorida: University (Fort Lauderdale)
, Class 5A championGeorgia: McEachern (Powder Springs)
, Class AAAAAAA champion
, Class 4A championNorth Dakota: Thompson
, Class B championOhio: Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
, Projected Division 1 championOklahoma: Washington (Tulsa)
, Class 6A championOregon: Jesuit (Portland)
, Class 6A championPennsylvania: Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)
, Projected Class 4A championRhode Island: North Kingstown
, RIIL championSouth Carolina: Dorman (Roebuck)
, Class 5A championSouth Dakota: Tea
, Class A championTennessee: Bearden (Knoxville)
, Division I AAA championTexas: Duncanville
, Class 6A championUtah: American Fork
, Class 6A championVermont: St. Johnsbury Academy (St. Johnsbury)
, Division 1 championVirginia: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria)
, VISAA Division 1 championWashington: Gonzaga Prep (Spokane)
, Class 4A championWest Virginia: Chapmanville Regional (Chapmanville)
, Class AA championWisconsin: Nicolet (Glendale)
, Division 2 championWyoming: Kelly Walsh (Casper)
, Class 4A champion
At-large bids (listed alphabetically):