MaxPreps, an authority on high school hoops has released their selections for the top 25 high school boys teams for 2018-19.
Another list! NBA basketball has begun, but with NCAA and prep hoops still on the way, more preseason predictions keep coming in. Here we are going to review MaxPreps list of the top 25 boys high school teams in the U.S. They note that a full top-100 list is still in the works and will be released soon.
For anyone familiar with high school hoops, the list has many familiar schools. For Southwest Missouri basketball fans, you will find some team names that you will recognize from the annual Tournament of Champions.
The least surprising team on the list is the one in the top spot. Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) won the GEICO Nationals title last season, finishing undefeated on the year. They were led by MaxPreps National Player of the Year, RJ Barrett (now at Duke). MaxPreps notes that they are 172-10 over their last six seasons. They are picked to finish at the top once again.
Last year’s GEICO Nationals runner-up, University (Fort Lauderdale, FL) is picked to finish fourth. Another perennial powerhouse, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) is expected to finish second.
Below is the full top-25 team list from MaxPreps.com
1. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
4. University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
6. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
7. Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.)
8. La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
9. McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
10. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)
11. Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
12. Guyer (Denton, Texas)
13 Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Ariz.)
14. Norcross (Ga.)
15. Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)
16. Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
17. Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
18. Belleville West (Belleville, Ill.)
19. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)
20. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
21. Federal Way (Wash.)
22. South Garland (Garland, Texas)
23. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
24. Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.)
25. Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)
Keep an eye out for MaxPreps full top-100 list to see if there are more familiar schools out there expected to finish big. For more basketball content from prep-to-pro, keep it locked to The Basketball Movement.
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