Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
fell short of building on its record four GEICO Nationals titles last season, finishing 22-3 and losing to eventual champion IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
in the semifinals.
Since capturing its first GEICO Nationals crown at the end of the 2012-13 season, Montverde has dominated high school basketball, compiling a remarkable 194-13 record over that span.
This year, the Eagles have reloaded with a deep and talented rotation led by four 5-star prospects in the starting lineup.
Not too far behind are IMG Academy and two-time defending California state champions Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
. Along with Montverde, this trio appears to be in a class of their own at the top of our 2019-20 preseason rankings.
Hundreds of teams were considered and will have a chance to play their way in over the course of the season (look for our expanded Top 100 next week). Read on for a look at top teams, players and storylines on the hardwood this winter. Click on team names below for in-depth previews.
1. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)Head Coach:
22-3, No. 3 in final Top 100, GEICO Nationals semifinalist2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)Head Coach:
29-1, No. 1 in final Top 100, GEICO Nationals champions3. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)Head Coach:
32-3, No. 6 in final Top 100, CIF Open Division state champions4. Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.)Head Coach:
29-7, No. 65 in final Top 1005. Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.)Head Coach:
21-4, No. 42 in final Top 1006. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)Head Coach:
33-5, No. 10 in final Top 100, WCAC regular season, Maryland Private school, Alhambra Catholic Invitational champions7. Patrick School (Hillside, N.J.)Head Coach:
17-10, NJSIAA Non-Public B North quarterfinalist8. Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)Head Coach:
27-9, No. 52 in final Top 100, WCAC regular season co-champions9. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)Head Coach:
31-5, No. 12 in Top 100, GEICO Nationals semifinalist10. La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)Head Coach:
30-1, No. 3 in final Top 100, GEICO Nationals finalist11. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)Head Coach:
28-5, No. 21 in final Top 100, NIAA 4A state champions, GEICO Nationals participant12. McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)Head Coach:
32-0, No. 2 in final Top 100, GHSA Class AAAAAAA state champions13. Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)Head Coach:
28-4, No. 43 in final Top 100, NJSIAA Non-Public finalist14. Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.)Head Coach:
25-2, No. 17 in final Top 100, New York federation Class AA tournament of champions winner15. Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.)Head Coach:
29-2, No. 85 in final Top 100, MSHSL Class AA state champions16. Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah)Head Coach:
26-4, No. 14 in final Top 100, GEICO Nationals participant17. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)Head Coach:
28-9, No. 60 in final Top 100, WCAC tournament champions18. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)Head Coach:
29-5, No. 37 in final Top 100, CIF Open Division state semifinalist19. Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)Head Coach:
26-6, No. 39 in final Top 100, CIF Open Division first round20. Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.)Head Coach:
34-4, No. 25 in final Top 10021. Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.)Head Coach:
22-6, No. 15 in final Top 10022. O'Dea (Seattle)Head Coach:
19-8, WIAA Class 3A state champions23. Morgan Park (Chicago)Head Coach:
29-5, No. 92 in final Top 100, IHSA Class 3A sectional finalist24. Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix)Head Coach:
35-6, No. 61 in final Top 10025. Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.)Head Coach:
30-5, No. 81 in final Top 100NEXT 526. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)Head Coach:
37-7, No. 54 in final Top 100, Baltimore Catholic League tournament and regular season champions27. Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)Head Coach:
35-2, No. 29 in final Top 100, LHSAA Division I state champions28. Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)Head Coach:
21-8, PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinalist29. Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.)Head Coach:
14-16, CHSAA Intersectionals finalist30. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)Head Coach:
: 25-4, GHSAA Class AAAAAAA second round