By Fivestar Basketball
January 18, 2012

With a bevy of national contenders in action, the Hoop Hall Classic certainly proved to be telling. Brewster, Oak Hill and Findlay continued to separate from the pack -- thumping Tilton, Prestonwood Christian and Simeon, respectively -- while teams like Gonzaga and Mater Dei also showed their worth. The latter's Katin Reinhardt was especially impressive: He made nine three-pointers in a single game against Christ the King.

The biggest surprise may have come from Bishop Gorman, however, who reentered the national picture after upending DeMatha. Shabazz Muhammad and Co. could make a resurgent run at the top, starting with an upcoming showdown with the Pilots. And don't look now, but St. Anthony could be making another push at perfection. Midway through January, here's how things stand.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1 Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
The Bobcats cemented their hold on the No. 1 spot by beating Nerlens Noel and Tilton 57-53 at the Hoop Hall Classic. Aaron Thomas continues to produce under the radar. He led all scorers with 23 points.
Last week: Beat Maine Central Institute, 89-56; Beat Tilton School, 57-53
Next game: Jan. 18 vs. Proctor Academy
2 Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 2
Add Prestonwood Christian Academy to the list of ever-growing victims that the Warriors have defeated. Oak Hill's resounding 85-55 rout -- a game in which it shot 13-of-25 from three -- only furthers the notion: It's a shame that Jordan Adams and Co. don't have Brewster on their schedule.
Last week: Beat Christian Faith Center, 87-57; Beat Prestonwood Christian, 85-55; Beat Dudley, 84-58
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Memphis Melrose
3 Findlay Prep
Last Week: 5
The Pilots didn't exactly avenge their lone loss to La Lumiere, but downing Simeon behind 24 points and 12 rebounds from Brandon Ashley certainly gives the team momentum. Dominic Artis was even more impressive. He earned game MVP honors by racking up 21 points, eight assists and seven boards.
Last week: Beat Simeon, 75-50; Beat Thurgood Marshall, 55-39
Next game: Jan. 21 vs. Bishop Gorman
4 Tilton School
Last Week: 4
The Rams always seem to find a way to win -- that is, unless Brewster is their opponent. Nerlens Noel's 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks wasn't enough, as Tilton dropped to the Bobcats for the second time this season. Perhaps the third time's a charm. The Rams get their third crack at top-ranked Brewster on Feb. 20.
Last week: Beat Winchendon, 85-67; Beat Notre Dame Prep, 90-86; Lost to Brewster, 57-53
Next game: Jan. 21 vs. Arlington Country Day
5 St. Anthony
Last Week: 6
Is it time to start talking about another unbeaten season at St. Anthony? The Friars notched their biggest win to date, topping Miller Grove 60-48. The team's second-half zone defense -- and 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists from UCLA-bound Kyle Anderson -- proved to be the difference.
Last week: Beat St. Peter's Prep, 61-21; Beat Miller Grove, 60-48
Next game: Jan. 22 vs. Long Branch
6 Huntington Prep
Last Week: 7
Sophomore phenom Andrew Wiggins and Co. possess as much talent as anyone in the country, but an early loss to Tilton put their title dreams on hold. It's not showing any lingering effects. The Express have won every contest since and will have an opportunity to reassert their dominance: They play St. Anthony on Feb. 11.
Last week: Beat Trotwood-Madison, 97-38; Beat Middletown, 84-30; Beat Evelyn Mack Academy 93-43
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Bishop Kearney
7 Grace Prep
Last Week: 8
The Lions won the Flyin' To The Hoop tournament in Ohio, and subsequently slide up a spot to No. 7. But with easy competition on the horizon -- Faith Christian (4-13) and Pantego Christian (9-11) are next -- they'll need to continue their winning ways to maintain their Top 10 standing.
Last week: Beat Trinity Christian, 68-55; Beat Thurgood Marshall, 60-42
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Faith Christian
8 Simeon
Last Week: 3
Simeon's first loss wasn't just bad, it was awful. Jabari Parker took far too long to go into attack mode, and Kendrick Nunn scored a mere three points. The result -- a striking 25-point loss to Findlay -- drops the Wolverines out of the top five.
Last week: Beat Morgan Park, 57-44; Lost to Findlay Prep, 75-50
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Chicago Vocational
9 Montrose Christian
Last Week: 10
Despite a slow week, the Mustangs move up one spot to No. 9. Given DeMatha's blowout loss to Bishop Gorman, Montrose becomes the de facto top dog in the greater D.C. area.
Last week: Beat Annandale, 77-24
Next game: Jan. 18 vs. Freedom-Woodbridge
10 Marcus
Last Week: 11
The Marauders haven't lost since the What-a-Burger tournament, continuing their winning ways against Hebron and Plano East. With a light schedule for the remainder of the season, the Oklahoma State-bound duo of Marcus Smart and Phil Forte should thrive.
Last week: Beat Hebron, 49-35, Beat Plano East, 67-44
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Flower Mound
11 DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: 9
As a defender, Syracuse commit Jerami Grant went one-for-two over the weekend. He dazzled in locking up Northwest Catholic's Kuran Iverson in a 78-57 victory, but struggled in allowing Shabazz Muhammad to pour in 37 points in their first loss to Bishop Gorman. Jairus Lyles scored 17 points in defeat.
Last week: Beat Bishop O'Connell, 62-53; Beat Northwest Catholic, 78-57; Lost to Bishop Gorman, 73-65
Next game: Jan. 18 vs. Bishop McNamara
12 Montverde Academy
Last Week: 12
After a stunning loss to Hagerty, Kevin Boyle's group washed the bad taste from their mouths with a 39-point beatdown of North Broward Prep. Michael Frazier led the way with 24 points, and Kasey Hill and Chris Davenport each added 12.
Last week: Beat North Broward Prep, 90-51
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Ridgeway
13 Mater Dei
Last Week: 13
Few performances all season will be as impressive as UNLV-bound Katin Reinhardt's against Christ the King. He dropped 35 points, including nine three-pointers, in an 88-50 blowout.
Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 65-51; Beat Servite, 80-32; Beat Christ the King, 88-50
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. JSerra Catholic
14 Arlington Country Day
Last Week: 16
The Apaches got back on track this week with a dominating win over Potter's House Christian. But the road doesn't get easier. Arlington plays back-to-back games against Tilton and St. Benedict's on Jan. 21 and 22.
Last week: Beat Potter's House Christian, 93-53
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Withrow
15 Gonzaga
Last Week: 20
They didn't play any nationally ranked foes, but two victories against Aquille Carr's Patterson and Ricardo Gather's Riverside Academy earn the Eagles a jump in the Power Rankings. Kris Jenkins, averaging 20.1 points per game, will need to continue producing against DeMatha this weekend.
Last week: Beat Riverside, 77-65; Beat Patterson, 75-73
Next game: Jan. 18 vs. Our Lady of Good Counsel
16 La Lumiere
Last Week: 21
The Lakers took home the title at the Midwest Prep Championship, ousting Kiski School 64-39. They'll have a chance to make a Top 10 statement later this month against Montrose Christian.
Last week: Beat Western Reserve, 72-25; Beat Lake Forest Academy, 67-28; Beat Kiski School, 64-39
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Trader's Point Christian Academy
17 St. Benedict's
Last Week: 23
As far as losses go, St. Benedict's one-point defeat to St. Anthony may be the most encouraging of any all season. The Gray Bees pounded Upper Room Christian, Patterson and Trenton and will have a chance to further their rising reputation on Jan. 22 versus Arlington Country Day.
Last week: Beat Upper Room Christian, 114-44; Beat Patterson, 89-63; Beat Trenton, 91-56
Next game: Jan. 19 vs. NIA Prep
18 Hargrave Military Academy
Last Week: 19
It's becoming more and more apparent: Wake Forest picked up a sleeper in Codi Miller-McIntyre. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder collected 29 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in Hargrave's only game this week.
Last week: Beat Believe Prep, 111-88
Next game: Jan. 21 vs. Massanutten Military Academy
19 Notre Dame Prep
Last Week: NR
Steven Adams -- a five-star, New Zealand native power forward -- is making an instant impact for Notre Dame Prep. Since arriving in Fitchburg, Mass., he led the Crusaders to a win over New Hampton and amassed 18 points and 10 rebounds in an upset of St. Thomas More. After a tumultuous start, Notre Dame Prep looks primed for a late national charge.
Last week: Beat New Hampton, 55-49; Lost to Tilton, 90-86; Beat St. Thomas More, 79-72
Next game: Jan. 22 vs. Vermont Academy
20 Wichita Heights
Last Week: 18
Heights notched another 'W' this week, beating Wichita East behind 29 points from Perry Ellis. But given the team's cupcake-laden schedule, contenders are starting to leapfrog the Falcons. They'll need to be more dominant to climb up the ranks.
Last week: Beat Wichita East, 70-60
Next game: Jan. 19 at Tournament of Champions
21 Chester
Last Week: 22
Sure, Chester's wins didn't come against top-flight competition, as the Clippers beat mostly mediocre opponents this week. No matter what the circumstances, though, four victories in six days is impressive. Rondae Jefferson and Co. take on Chichester next.
Last week: Beat Interboro, 63-32; Beat Aquinas Institute, 46-43; Beat Central Tech, 66-40; Beat Penn Wood, 69-43
Next game: Jan. 19 vs. Chichester
22 New Hampton
Last Week: 17
Revenge is sweet. The Huskies avenged an early loss to St. Thomas More, knocking off the Chancellors behind 21 points from Noah Vonleh. New Hampton couldn't beat Notre Dame Prep, however, a loss that isn't as bad given the recent addition of standout big man Steven Adams.
Last week: Beat St. Thomas More, 75-63; Lost to Notre Dame Prep, 55-49
Next game: Jan. 18 vs. Maine Central Institute
23 Southwind
Last Week: 24
Led by 6-foot-8 junior Jonathan Williams III, the Jaguars keep on winning. Southwind will take its talents to the Penny Hardaway Classic this weekend, a chance to continue its steady rankings' climb.
Last week: Beat Kirby, 83-56; Beat Germantown, 92-69
Next game: Jan. 20 at the Penny Hardaway Classic
24 Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 15
Losing to Oak Hill Academy is understandable. Being demolished by 30 points is not. Victories over Grace Prep and Bishop Gorman keep Prestonwood in the Top 25, but not by much. Julius Randle and the Lions have been nothing but a disappointment since their City of Palms title.
Last week: Beat Nolan Catholic, 94-63; Beat Bishop Lynch, 77-44; Lost to Oak Hill Academy, 85-55
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Bishop Dunne
25 Bishop Gorman
Last Week: NR
They're back. The Gaels reenter the Power Rankings following a convincing win against DeMatha. Top recruit Shabazz Muhammad put on a show: He scored 37 points on 12-of-14 shooting in the 73-65 triumph.
Last week: Beat Sierra Vista, 75-47; Beat Clark, 80-68; Beat DeMatha, 73-65
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Bonanza

Dropped out: St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.), Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)

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