Video: Preseason Top 25 Basketball Rankings
Breaking down the national contenders heading into the 2018-19 season.
Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) captured its fourth GEICO Nationals title last season, finishing an unblemished 35-0 campaign with the MaxPreps National Player of the Year in R.J. Barrett and our National Coach of the Year in Kevin Boyle.
The Eagles have been the most dominant team in high school basketball over the past six seasons, compiling a remarkable 172-10 record over that span.
This year could be much of the same for the Sunshine State juggernaut. The roster has been replenished with the deepest collection of elite talent high school basketball has seen in quite some time.
Coming in at No. 2 and 3 in the rankings are Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), respectively. Both teams have reloaded in unprecedented fashion and appear to be in a league of their own with the top-ranked Eagles.
With the abundance of high school basketball talent across the country, 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 in early November).
Read on for a look at the complete Preseason Top 25.
Click on team names for in-depth previews
Head coach: Kevin Boyle
2017-18: 35-0, No. 1 national ranking, beat University in GEICO Nationals championship game, 76-58
Head coach: Steve Smith
2017-18: 44-2, No. 3 national ranking, lost to University in GEICO Nationals semifinals, 80-65
Head coach: Sean McAloon
Head coach: Jim Carr
2017-18: 36-2, No. 2 national ranking, lost to Montverde Academy in GEICO Nationals championship, 76-58
Head coach: Andre Chevalier
2017-18: 27-4, No. 18 national ranking, beat Sheldon in CIF Open Division championship game, 75-63
Head coach: Mike Jones
2017-18: 32-5, No. 6 national ranking, beat Rock Creek Christian Academy in Maryland Private School championship, 64-58
Head coach: Luke Barnwell
Head coach: Pat Holmes
2017-18: 23-4, No. 17 national ranking, lost to Findlay Prep in first round of GEICO Nationals, 66-54
Head coach: Mike Thompson
2017-18: 26-3, No. 20 national ranking, lost to Norcross in GHSA Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals, 75-55
Head coach: Andre Noble
2017-18: 31-2, No. 11 national ranking, beat Sharon in PIAA Class AAAA state championship, 71-35
Head coach: Glenn Farello
2017-18: 33-4, No. 12 national ranking, beat Bishop O'Connell in VISAA Division I state championship, 58-40
Head coach: Grant Long
2017-18: 38-2, No. 21 national ranking, lost to Allen in UIL Class 6A state quarterfinals, 40-36
Head coach: Mike Bibby
2017-18: 25-2, No. 9 national ranking, lost to University in GEICO Nationals quarterfinals, 75-63
Head coach: Jesse McMillan
2017-18: 28-4, lost to Meadowcreek in GHSA Class AAAAAAA state championship, 56-43
Head coach: Ray Barefield
2017-18: 29-5, lost to St. John Bosco in CIF Division I state quarterfinals, 71-54
Head coach: Rodney Haddix
2017-18: 32-5, No. 8 national ranking, lost to Montverde Academy in GEICO Nationals semifinals, 71-53.
19. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)
Head coach: Matty McIntyre2017-18:
26-0, No. 15 national ranking, beat Federal Way in WIAA Class 4A state championship, 54-52.
2017-18: 29-4, No. 23 national ranking, beat Bishop Manogue in NIAA Class 4A state championship, 62-41.
Head coach: Jerome Collins
2017-18: 27-2, lost to Gonzaga Prep in WIAA Class 4A state championship, 54-52.
23. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
Head coach: Bucky McMillan2017-18:
32-4, No. 24 national ranking, beat McGill-Toolen in AHSAA Class 7A state championship, 74-48.
Head coach: Mike Bethea
2017-18: 22-7, lost to Garfield in WIAA Class 3A state championship, 72-63.
Head coach: Dave Boff
2017-18: 29-4, No. 25 national ranking, beat Don Bosco Prep in NJSIAA tournament of champions title game, 61-52.