SBLive / Sports Illustrated Power 25: IMG Academy defeats Montverde in NIBC tipoff to move to No.1 in National Men’s Basketball Rankings – High School Sports News, Scores, Videos, Rankings
The busiest week of the young high school basketball season 2021-22 also brought movement to the SBLive / Sports Illustrated Power 25.
The NIBC season announcement produced three days of top-level showdowns last week, with more states starting their seasons.
IMG Academy beat Montverde and jumped to first place, but lost to Sunrise Christian, who jumped to No.3. La LumiÃ¨re, who rose to No.6 and looked like a top NIBC team after wins convincing on Bishop Walsh, Wasatch Academy and Legacy.
St. Frances of Baltimore made their first big splash, dropping seven spots to No.15 after beating No.8 DeMatha in the final DC Nike Hoopfest game on Sunday. Link Academy (Branson, Missouri) entered Power 25 at No.16, continuing their scorching 11-0 start by beating Dream City Christian (Ariz.) And Denver Prep Academy (Colo.).
Find the full breakdown of the latest Power 25 men’s basketball national rankings below.
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The Power 25 is a collaboration between SBLive and Illustrated sports. Power 25 rankings are compiled by Andy Buhler, SBLive reporter and IS Director of Basketball Recruitment Jason Jordan based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaches and media sources across the country. You can reach Andy on Twitter @AndyBuhler or email him at [email protected].
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December 6, 2021
1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (3-1)
Following: December 7 vs. Tampa Catholic (Florida)
Latest ranking: No. 2
Baylor-linked guard Keyonte George made a layup in the dying seconds to knock down Montverde, 65-64, then beat Oak Hill (87-75) after losing to Sunrise Christian (68-62) in a streak of much- expected three days of peak showdown of the NIBC season.
2. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Florida) (4-1)
Following: December 9 against Duncanville (Tex.)
Latest ranking: No. 1
Dropped a point of bitterness at IMG Academy despite a 31-point effort from Dariq Whitehead. Also beat Oak Hill Academy 86-51 and beat Sunrise Christian 53-44 in the NIBC season tipoff.
3. Christian sunrise (Bel Aire, Kan.) (7-1)
Following: December 11 against The Light
Latest ranking: Number 4
Defeated IMG Academy 68-62 and Oak Hill 64-61 before losing to Montverde by nine points in his third NIBC game in three days. Big weekend for five-star forward Mark Mitchell, who had 22 and 19 points in his first two games.
4. Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) (8-0)
Following: December 9 against Montverde (Florida)
Latest ranking: n Â° 5
Beat Rock Hill (Tex.) On the road, then run away from Zachary (La.) Behind 20 points and nine boards from junior forward Ron Holland and beat Carver Collegiate Academy (La.) Behind Anthony’s 31 points. Black (95-52) at Red River Hoopfest in Texarkana.
5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (7-1)
Following: December 7 vs. Viewpoint (California)
Latest ranking: Number 6
UCLA engagement Amari Bailey made her debut, coming back from injury to fuel a 100-72 win over West Ranch, a 93-64 win over Beverly Hills and Bronny James took center stage at Staples Center Saturday, leading the Trailblazers passed the alma mater of his father LeBron James – Saint-Vincent-St. Mary of Akron, Ohio – with 19 points on 7 of 11 shots. Watch out for December 27, when Heritage Christian (CA) Isaiah Elohim’s five-star transfer becomes eligible.
6. School of Light (La Porte, Indiana) (8-0)
Following: December 11 against Sunrise Christian (Kan.)
Latest ranking: No. 12
Swept the first weekend of NIBC play with convincing wins over Bishop Walsh (57-36), Wasatch Academy (86-57) and Legacy Early (78-46). Notre Dame-linked guard JJ Starling stood out with 20 points and nine rebounds against Legacy Early.
7. Camden (Camden, New Jersey) (0-0)
Following: December 17 against Roselle Catholic (ESPN Tip Off)
Latest ranking: No. 7
Has not started his season.
8. Richardson (Richardson, Texas) (9-0)
Following: December 7 against Coppell (Tex.)
Latest ranking: No. 13
Defeat Memorial of Frisco (78-59) and Southlake Carroll (73-46) convincingly before a clash with Texas Class 6A Coppell.
9. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Maryland) (2-1)
Following: December 8 vs. Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.)
Latest ranking: No. 8
Opened the season by defeating DC Division AA Coolidge in his first game behind Virginia Tech signatory Rodney Rice’s 30, defeated Westtown (Pa.) And the five-star center bound for Duke Dereck Lively II with an outstanding game of Xavier committing Tyrell Ward (23 points, seven plates) and AJ Swinton (20 points, six boards, two interceptions) then lost to number 22 St. Frances (Md.) Late Sunday despite a double-double from Rodney Rice.
ten. Milton (Milton, Georgia) (1-1)
Following: December 7 against Etowah (Ga.)
Latest ranking: n Â° 3
Lost his first game in weeks to strong Georgia 7A opponent Pebblebrook, 64-47, in a game where his scorers couldn’t find a feed. Junior Seth Fitzgerald’s 15 points lead the way. It was the Eagles’ first game since two players were arrested for murder.
11. Greensboro Day (Greensboro, NC) (11-0)
Following: Dec 10 vs Ravenscroft (NC)
Latest ranking: No. 14
A string of resounding victories against Caldwell Academy (73-27), Cannon School (53-46) and Charlotte Country Day School (62-33) the same week, senior striker Vernon Collins Jr. announced his commitment to Princeton.
12. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) (4-4)
Following: December 7 against Providence Academy (Tenn.)
Latest ranking: No. 9
The Warriors have shown flashes, but are still looking to find a rhythm after losing three games in three days to Top 5 opponents NIBC Montverde (86-51), Sunrise Christian (64-61) and IMG Academy (87-75 ).
13. North Little Rock (Petit Rocher, Arche.) (6-1)
Following: December 11 against Richardson (Tex.)
Latest ranking: No. 10
Arkansas’ top preseason team took its first hit. Defeating Beebe (Ark.) And Bartlett (Tenn.) Hands down, but Arkansas commits Nick Smith’s 23 points weren’t enough to beat defending champion Arkansas 5A Jonesboro in Barry’s final. Pruitt Hurricane Classic.
14. Academy link (Branson, Missouri) (11-0)
Following: December 9 against Jonesboro (Ark.)
Latest ranking: NR
Defeat Dream City Christian 81-64 on Friday. Beat Denver Prep Academy by 27 Saturday. Highly anticipated clash with Joneboro, Arkansas 5A power, in the Ozark Mountain Shootout on Thursday. Tarris Reed Jr. and Jordan Walsh led the way as Link moved up to 11-0.
15. Saint Francoise (Baltimore, Maryland) (5-0)
Following: December 8 against Goretti (Md.)
Latest ranking: No. 22
Defeated Calvert Hall (Md.) Friday, 68-50, then knocked down No.8 DeMatha in his own gym, 59-55, behind a 16-point, 20-board double-double from junior forward Cortez Johnson in the Nike DC Hoop Party.
16. Combine the Academy (Lincolnton, North Carolina) (7-1)
Following: December 9 vs Unknown
Latest ranking: No. 15
Suffered his first loss of the season to Moravian Prep (NC) behind 15 points from AJ Smith and rebounded with a resounding victory over Hamilton Height Christian Academy at Tyler Lewis Hoopfest in Lewisville, NC
17. Catholic Roselle (Roselle, New Jersey) (0-0)
Latest ranking: No. 17
Has not started his season. The NJSIAA regular season begins December 15th.
18. Dr Phillips (Orlando, Florida) (2-1)
Following: December 8 against Wekiva (Florida)
Latest ranking: No. 17
Defeated Riviera Prep (Miami) 72-67 on Friday behind 21 points, seven assists and five boards over senior point guard Denzel Aberdeen.
19. Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) (5-0)
Following: December 5 against Glenbrook South (Illinois)
Latest ranking: No. 18
The Hilltoppers’ hot start continued with two home wins – a 73-36 victory over DeKalb (Ill.) And a 71-34 victory over Lyons Township, Ill. On Friday night, in which Caden Pierce, senior to Princeton, had a team-high 23 points.
20. Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) (4-2)
Following: December 7 vs. Centennial (NÃ©v.)
Latest ranking: No. 11
Defeated Legacy Early College (62-60) and Bishop Walsh (78-68), but lost to La LumiÃ¨re by 29 points in the start of the NIBC season. The road doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers, who face the mighty Nevada Centennial (with former point guard Ricky “Pop Pop” Isaacs), powerhouse AZ Compass Prep and Montverde this week. And head coach Paul Peterson loaded the schedule for a reason.
21. Western School (Bellefonte, Pennsylvania) (4-1)
Following: December 8 against William Penn Charter (Pennsylvania)
Latest ranking: No. 19
He beat La Academia (Pa.) 74-25, then suffered his first loss of the season to Power 25-ranked DeMatha by 15 points at the DC National Hoopfest on Saturday, 77-62. School Patrick chose not to play at Westtown on Sunday “it has come to our attention that a member of the opposition has presented a health and safety dilemma”, the team wrote on Twitter.
22. Christian Academy of Calvary (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) (3-0)
Following: December 11 vs. Gulliver Prep (Florida)
Latest ranking: No. 21
Continued to ride in his second week, beating American Heritage (Florida) 86-43 then Gulliver Prep (Florida), 68-29.
23. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) (3-0)
Following: December 8 vs. Mojave (NÃ©v.)
Latest ranking: No. 25
Impressive start to the season for the young Gaels, who had not played an official match since the 2019-20 season. They made their way to a tournament championship in the WildWest Shootout at Reno’s Bishop Manogue, defeating Folsom (Calif. 56-50, Manogue 78-41 and Jesuit of Carmichael, Calif. 78-30. Senior guard Ryan Abelman was named MVP of the tournament, second-year combo guard Jase Richardson had 26 against Manogue and John Paul Mobley scored five 3s in the first half to score 26 points against Jesuit..
24. Long Island Lutheran (New York) (2-0)
Following: December 9 against Half Hollow Hills East (NY)
Latest ranking: No. 23
Noted two wins in Week 1 of the Crusaders season, beating St. Mary’s (NY) (78-46) and Luther (70-40).
25. Centenary of the crown (Corona, Calif.) (5-1)
Following: December 2 against Oak Hills (California)
Latest ranking: No. 24
Played once this week, beating Oak Hills (Calif.) 80-34.
Who qualifies for the Power 25?
To be eligible, programs must either be affiliated with the high school athletic association in the state in which he resides or recognized by the association and licensed to play in member high schools in his home state.
– Andy Buhler, SBLive – @AndyBuhler
– Jason Jordan, SI – @JasonJordanSI