2015-16 Top 25

Chino Hills remains at the top spot in the ranking as the Ball brothers continue to dominate on offense and swarm on defense. -Photo by David Butler of USA Today

Chino Hills remains at the top spot in the ranking as the Ball brothers continue to dominate on offense and swarm on defense.
(Photo by David Butler of USA Today)

1) Chino Hills (CA) 35-0

Chino Hills dominated their competition this year and tied the California state record by scoring 100 or more points in a game 18 times this season. They proved themselves by taking home the City of Palms Classic, Maxpreps Holiday Classic, and California state title. Lonzo Ball finished his senior campaign averaging a triple-double with 25 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 4 steals. This team was special and may be the best team high school basketball has seen in a long time.

2) Oak Hill Academy (VA) 45-1

Oak Hill Academy took home their first ever Dick’s Nationals title behind good team basketball. Oak Hill Academy (VA) had a number of quality wins on the season and ended the year with wins over top 25 opponents Wasatch Academy (UT), Miller Grove (GA), and La Lumiere (IN). The Warriors finally get over the hump and captured their first Dick’s Nationals title in their fifth championship appearance.

3) St. Anthony (NJ) 32-0

St Anthony captured their 13th TOC championship and 28th state title under Bob Hurley this season. The Legend has amassed a 1,162-119 record at St. Anthony (NJ) and is nearing the end of his career, but that didn’t stop him from leading his team to a perfect record and completely dominating their competition.

4) La Lumiere (IN) 29-4

La Lumiere finished their season with a strong run and knocked off the three time defending Dick’s Nationals champions Montverde Academy (FL) in the semifinals after avenging an early season loss to St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ). La Lumiere showed grit and heart against Oak Hill Academy (VA) in the title game, forcing overtime despite being down upwards of 18 points without their star junior big man, Jeremiah Tilmon.

5) Montverde Academy (FL) 26-2

Montverde Academy had a strong season but it ended in defeat as they fell at the hands of a tough La Lumiere (IN) at the Dick’s Nationals tournament shooting an abysmal 18-70 from the field and 8-26 from the free throw line. Despite their rough finish, this youthful group is very talented and if they stay together, they will be very difficult to beat in the upcoming years.

6) University of Detroit Jesuit (MI) 28-0

University of Detroit Jesuit won their first ever Michigan state title behind the strong play of senior standout Cassius Winston. The Michigan State commit carried his team throughout their postseason run and had a number of triple-doubles in his senior campaign. The Cubs used stingy defense to capture their first state title, holding their opponents to just under 45 points per contest.

7) Desoto (TX) 36-2

Desoto captured the Texas 6A state title in convincing fashion when they took down previously unbeaten Atascocita (TX) 73-54. Marques Bolden and Desoto were dominant all year and capped off their stellar season with another state title.

8) Stevens Point (WI) 28-0

Stevens Point has dominated every game this season, with their closest game being a 9 point win over Sauk Prairie (WI). They won 26 of their 28 games by 20+ points and had just one single digit win on the season. Despite dominating the competition, Stevens Point played a weak national schedule and ran through the Wisconsin state playoffs with ease.

9) Miller Grove (GA) 31-3

Miller Grove proved their national legitimacy when they competed with the nations best at Dick’s Nationals. Coach Sharman White did a masterful job with his team as they took down Findlay Prep (NV) and then were narrowly edged by Oak Hill Academy (VA) 47-46 in the semifinals of the event. Miller Grove is a scrappy bunch who has won 7 of the last 8 Georgia state titles and now have a Dick’s Nationals win under their belt.

10) Hopkins (MN) 31-1

Hopkins had a very strong season, finishing with only one loss and capturing the Minnesota state title. They took down Minnesota power Apple Valley (MN) twice on the year, handing them their only two losses on the season. Hopkins star wing Amir Coffey will head off to Minnesota next year where he will look to help turn the struggling program around.

11) Greenforest Christian (GA) 30-2

Greenforest Christian had a very strong season, taking home the Georgia A Private title with a win over Kobi Simmons and St. Francis (GA). Greenforest Christian wasn’t invited to the Dick’s Nationals tournament but will certainly be a strong contender next year with most of their core returning barring transfers.

12) Dematha Catholic (MD) 32-5

Dematha Catholic took home the Alahambra Catholic Invitational title, Maryland Private School state title, and were co-champions of the WCAC regular season. Dematha Catholic played one of the toughest national schedules out of any high school team and suffered losses to Montverde Academy (FL), Oak Hill Academy, and three conference losses.

13) Atascocita (TX) 38-1

Atasocita finished off the regular season unbeaten and ran through the Texas state playoffs before they face off against a very talented Desoto (TX) squad in the championship matchup. Although Atascocita has only three losses over the past two years they let the Texas state title evade them each year.

14) Findlay Prep (NV) 28-2

Findlay Prep slipped up in the first round of the Dick’s Nationals tournament to Miller Grove (GA). They finish off their season with just two losses, however a weak national schedules sees them in the middle of the top 25 instead of in the top 10 as they are accustomed to.

15) St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) 35-2

St. Benedict’s Prep were taken down by La Lumiere (IN) in the first round of the Dick’s Nationals tournament. Even though they finished off the season in heartbreak, they had a very successful season and surprised a lot of people along the way. Their blowout loss to Findlay Prep (NV) hurt them in the final records despite playing a tougher national schedule than the Pilots.

16) Chaminade Prep (MO) 27-5

Jayson Tatum captured his first Missouri state title with Chaminade Prep, carrying his team on his back with a number of 40 point games along the way. Chaminade Prep challenged themselves nationally this season and suffered five losses to tough national competitors. Tatum and company had a terrific season and took down Kickapoo in the title game in convincing fashion.

17) H.D. Woodson (DC) 33-0

H. D. Woodson ensured their undefeated season when they turned down an invitation to the Dick’s Nationals tournament. They captured the DCIAA and DCSAA championships, taking down quality competition in the process. They dropped in the final rankings because of ducking their invitation to Dick’s Nationals and failing to schedule a tough national schedule.

18) Providence Day (NC) 30-4

Providence Day suffered their fourth loss of the season in Dick’s Nationals when they were taken down by Montverde Academy (FL). Providence Day certainly established themselves in the national ranks with an invitation to Dick’s Nationals. They took home the North Carolina state championship this year and the future is bright if super-sophomore Devon Dotson stays on board for his junior and senior seasons.

19) Wasatch Academy 29-4

Wasatch Academy used solid team play to remain close to Oak Hill Academy (VA) in their first round Dick’s Nationals match-up. Wasatch Academy was the first Utah school invited to the event and although they didn’t win they set a precedent for their program for years to come. Wasatch Academy played a tough national schedule and hang their hat on a quality win over La Lumiere (IN) earlier in the year.

20) Hamilton Heights Christian (TN) 27-3

Hamilton Heights Christian missed out on Dick’s Nationals despite a great season. Their season comes to an end, but with two of their three losses coming against #2 Oak Hill Academy (VA) they have had a very successful season against quality competition.

21) Roman Catholic (PA) 28-4

Roman Catholic captured their second consecutive state title after finishing the season very strong behind their trio committed to Penn State (Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens, Nazeer Bostick). They took down Taylor Allerdice (PA) 73-62 in a stellar team performance in the AAAA state championship.

22) St. John’s (DC) 28-5

St. John’s has hit a snag late in the year after losing in their state playoffs and the Alahambra Invitational. They have remained in the top 25 because of capturing both the regular season and postseason WCAC tournament titles.

23) Althoff Christian (IL) 32-2

Althoff Christian caps off a great season with a 62-37 win over Lincoln Way-East (IL) in the Illinois Class 3A title game. They finished the season very strong after a tough loss to Chaminade Prep (MO) in early January. With only two losses on the season, Althoff Christian established themselves as one of the nations best.

24) Westerville South (OH) 26-4

Westerville South captured the OHSAA Division 1 title, taking down previously unbeaten Lima Senior (OH) 57-55. They were faced with a stiff early season challenge at the City of Palms Classic, where they suffered two of their four losses, however they recovered nicely and captured one of the toughest state titles in the nation.

25) Sierra Canyon (CA) 26-5

Sierra Canyon ended their season after two straight losses to Chino Hills (CA) and Cathedral Catholic (CA). They remained in the top 25 because of their strength of schedule on the year. Sierra Canyon has very strong wins over La Lumiere (IN), Bishop Montgomery (CA), Redondo Union (CA), and Lone Peak (UT). Three of Sierra Canyon’s five losses have come to the top three teams in the country currently. (Chino Hills, Oak Hill Academy, Montverde Academy)

Honorable Mention: Federal Way (WA), Memphis East (TN), Lancaster (TX), Neumann Goretti (PA)Advanced Prep International (TX)

4 Responses to 2015-16 Top 25

  1. Mr. Friar says:

    St. Anthony’s information is wrong. Hurley has won 27 state championships and the team has added 6’9″ Savior Akuwovo 2018 pf and 6’7″ Samson George 2017 sf to an already stacked team.


  2. derrick Thompson says:

    You left 6 ‘7 forward Algevon Eichelberger off of the La Lumiere roster. Key transfer from Prolific Prep that will help them win games


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  4. Ryan Smith says:

    Ranking should be separated into two groups, actual high schools, and basketball factories, aka prep schools. Ranking them together is ridiculous. If you are not eligible for your own state’s high school tournament, you should not be eligible to be ranked.


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