By Fivestar Basketball
January 25, 2012

There wasn't much movement at the top this week, as each of the Power Rankings' top eight emerged unscathed. But a new national contender has burst onto the scene: Gonzaga College High. The Eagles collected three victories -- including a statement win over rival DeMatha -- without UNC-bound point guard Nate Britt.

With losses to Tilton and Quality Education, Arlington Country Day slips out of the Top 25 for the first time all season. This also didn't help: Torian Graham, the Apaches' four-star shooting guard, has transferred.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1 Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
Brewster wasn't challenged this week -- winning three games by a combined 142 points -- but it could have its hands full over the weekend. The Bobcats top-ranked tandem of Mitch McGary and T.J. Warren will need to outplay five-star shooting guard Ricardo Ledo and South Kent to stay undefeated.
Last week: Beat Proctor Academy, 88-44; Beat Winchendon School, 98-57; Beat Maine Central Institute, 125-68
Next game: Jan. 25 vs. Bridgton Academy
2 Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 2
The Warriors had a couple of challenges at the Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest, but, as in their first 28 games, emerged with two victories. With 14 more games on the docket, it begs the question: Can Oak Hill go 44-0? It'd be quite a feat -- and an almost indisputable case as the country's No. 1 team.
Last week: Beat Craigmont, 69-66; Beat Melrose, 76-71
Next game: Jan. 27 vs. Blue Ridge
3 Findlay Prep
Last Week: 3
Four-star small forward Winston Shepard deserves some praise. A week after containing junior wunderkind Jabari Parker, he forced Shabazz Muhammad into a poor shooting night in their rivalry showdown with Bishop Gorman. The swingman is one of the top uncommitted players in the class of 2012, and a key reason the Pilots continue to maintain a spot in the nation's utmost tier.
Last week: Beat Bishop Gorman, 73-61
Next game: Jan. 25 vs. Impact
4 Tilton School
Last Week: 4
The Rams' ballyhooed matchup with Arlington Country Day lost some buzz after Torian Graham transferred from the Apaches. Still, a 15-point beatdown -- a game in which Georges Niang netted his 2,000th career point -- is impressive nonetheless. Tilton likely poses the biggest threat to Brewster's perfect season when the two square off for the third time on Feb. 20.
Last week: Beat Vermont Academy, 73-63; Beat Villa Angea-St. Joseph, 67-50; Beat Arlington Country Day, 68-53
Next game: Jan. 25 vs. Lawrence Academy
5 St. Anthony
Last Week: 5
After a week off, the Friars will face some stiff competition at the upcoming SNY Invitational. Kyle Anderson and Co. are expected to leave as victors, but it won't be easy. A trio of New York programs (Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson, Queens' Benjamin Cardozo and the Bronx's St. Raymond) will look to ruin St. Anthony's spotless record.
Last week: None
Next game: Jan. 27 vs. Thomas Jefferson
6 Huntington Prep
Last Week: 6
Coming off a pair of convincing wins, the Express prepare for a daunting, and potentially season-defining, three-game gauntlet: Elijah Macon and friends take on St. Edward on Jan. 29, N.C. State-bound Rodney Purvis and Upper Room Christian on Feb. 4 and Kyle Anderson and St. Anthony on Feb. 11.
Last week: Beat Bishop Kearney, 60-41; Beat Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 71-41
Next game: Jan. 29 at St. Edward
7 Grace Prep
Last Week: 7
Isaiah Austin and the Lions keep rolling on the court, dusting Faith Christian by a whopping 93-26. Austin's bigger challenge? Convincing Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian's five-star forward, to join him at Baylor.
Last week: Beat Faith Christian, 93-26
Next game: Jan. 27 at Pantego Christian
8 Simeon
Last Week: 8
Jabari Parker might not be flashy, but he's unquestionably effective. He also has a proven sidekick in Marquette-bound forward Steve Taylor. Taylor scored a game-high 19 points, and the Wolverines erased memories of a loss to Findlay with a resounding 73-54 victory on the road at Southwind.
Last week: Beat CVCA, 53-42; Beat Southwind, 73-54; Beat Urban Prep, 83-49
Next game: Jan. 25 vs. Bogan
9 Gonzaga
Last Week: 15
What's more telling? That Gonzaga took down powerhouse DeMatha, 76-74, or that the Eagles did so without UNC-bound point guard Nate Britt? Junior Kris Jenkins scored 27 points to seal the win -- and propel the program into the Power Rankings Top 10.
Last week: Beat Our Lady of Good Counsel, 75-60; Beat DeMatha, 76-74; Beat Bishop Ireton, 80-59
Next game: Jan. 27 at Bishop McNamara
10 Montrose Christian
Last Week: 9
The Mustangs keep racking up the victories, and Michael Carrera continues to make a name for himself. Often overshadowed by Justin Anderson, the 6-foot-6, 180-pounder has been a scoring machine, and poured in 18 and 17 points, respectively, in back-to-back wins this week. Montrose could be tested, however, when it plays one of the best shot-blockers in the nation in Christopher Opekpa and Our Savior New American in early February.
Last week: Beat Freedom, 91-58; Beat T.C. Williams, 72-49
Next game: Jan. 26 vs. Coolidge
11 Marcus
Last Week: 10
The Marauders remain in solid position to rise in the rankings with only two losses and a favorable schedule on the horizon. It bears repeating: Given the duo's play this season, Oklahoma State fans have plenty to be excited about in Marcus Smart and Phil Forte.
Last week: Beat Flower Mound, 76-56; Beat Plano West, 63-42
Next game: Jan. 27 vs. Plano
12 Mater Dei
Last Week: 13
Outside of Findlay Prep, there's no better team on the West Coast than Mater Dei. That's thanks, in no small part, to the scoring success of three key players: Katin Reinhardt (19.2 ppg), Xavier Johnson (16.9) and Stanley Johnson (13.8).
Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic, 79-45
Next game: Jan. 25 vs. Santa Margarita
13 La Lumiere
Last Week: 16
Judging by this week's result -- a contest in which Indiana commit Hanner Perea and Purdue pledge Raphael Davis each scored 15 points -- the Lakers should have no problem finishing a home-and-home series with Trader's Point Christian.
Last week: Beat Trader's Point Chrisitian, 70-39
Next game: Jan. 26 vs. Trader's Point Christian
14 St. Benedict's
Last Week: 17
With a lack of any more big-time regular season games on the schedule, the Gray Bees need to continue their dominance to further their national ascent. A blowout of NIA Prep behind 23 points and eight assists from Tyler Ennis is a good start.
Last week: Beat NIA Prep, 89-67; Beat Peddie, 78-33
Next game: Jan. 28 vs. Blair Academy
15 DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: 11
A loss to Gonzaga always hurts, especially considering the rivalry between the two schools. But considering that they lost to the Eagles without UNC-bound Nate Britt, it's even more painful this time around. Hence, the Stags drop in the rankings for the second consecutive week.
Last week: Beat Bishop McNamara, 90-75; Lost to Gonzaga, 76-74; Beat Archbishop Carroll, 79-66
Next game: Jan. 27 at Paul VI
16 Notre Dame Prep
Last Week: 19
With New Zealand sensation Steven Adams in the fold, Notre Dame Prep is a force. But don't sleep on Xavier committed shooting guard Myles Davis. The 6-foot-1 sharpshooter tallied 29 second-half points in the team's most recent win.
Last week: Beat Vermont Academy, 68-66; Beat Putnam Science Academy 96-82
Next game: Jan. 27 at Winchendon
17 Hargrave Military Academy
Last Week: 18
The Chatham, Va., squad just keeps on rolling. Its 68-point triumph over the University of Charleston demonstrated why: Virginia Tech-bound Montrezl Harrell registered 25 points and nine boards, and Wake Forest-bound Andre Washington finished with 13 and nine.
Last week: Beat Massanutten Military Academy, 86-83; Beat Univ. of Charleston, 131-63
Next game: Jan. 27 vs. Body of Christ
18 Montverde Academy
Last Week: 12
The Florida-bound combo of Michael Frazier and Kasey Hill couldn't muster enough production to go unscathed at the Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest, falling to Ridgeway 73-69. It was a tale of two halves. After exploding for 22 points in the first frame, Hill contributed just five in the second in the Eagles' losing effort.
Last week: Lost to Ridgeway, 73-69
Next game: Jan. 26 vs. Florida A&M
19 Milton
Last Week: NR
Three of Milton's four losses came via forfeit. The Eagles boast victories over Bishop Gorman and Lone Peak. Most important: The team features four Division I players in Tevin Glass, Evan Nolte, Shaquille Johnson and Charles Mann. We can make some space for them in the Power Rankings.
Last week: Beat Roswell, 31-28
Next game: Jan. 27 vs. Centennial
20 Wichita Heights
Last Week: 20
Perry Ellis' crew took home the honors at the Dodge City Tournament of Champions, extending their winning streak to 55 games. Ellis was simply dominant in the final: He recorded 31 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 69-52 victory.
Last week: Beat St. James Academy, 60-43; Beat Dodge City, 47-33; Beat East 69-52, Beat Kapaun Mt. Carmel, 55-32
Next game: Jan. 31 vs. Wichita Southeast
21 Chester
Last Week: 21
Chester is on a roll, extending its winning streak to a school record 42 games. Its last win was especially striking. The Clippers defeated Glen Mills without Erikk Wright and Rondae Jefferson in the starting lineup.
Last week: Beat Glen Mills, 56-45
Next game: Jan. 26 vs. Academy Park
22 New Hampton
Last Week: 22
The Huskies recovered from their loss to Notre Dame Prep with two victories, the latter a game that Zach Auguste amassed 16 points and seven rebounds. The road ahead poses challenges, though. Austin Colbert and Holderness loom at the end of the month.
Last week: Beat Maine Central Institute, 71-63; Beat Phillips Exeter Academy, 93-44
Next game: Jan. 25 at Winchendon School
23 Southwind
Last Week: 23
A win over Simeon would have been a major boost, but knocking off a rising Ridgeway team helps stabilize Southwind's spot in the rankings. Shooting guard JaJuan Johnson poured in 19 points in the triumph.
Last week: Lost to Simeon, 73-54; Beat Ridgeway, 74-72
Next game: Jan. 27 vs. Wooddale
24 Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 24
The Lions resumed their winning ways this week, taking down Bishop Dunne and John Paul II in succession. Given a slate of inferior competition on the horizon, Julius Randle and Co. will need to win out to maintain a spot in the Power Rankings.
Last week: Beat Bishop Dunne, 76-59; Beat John Paul II, 54-42
Next game: Jan. 27 vs. Trinity Christian
25 Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 25
Shabazz Muhammad had a heck of a time against his Vegas counterparts in Findlay Prep, amassing a meager 19 points on 9-of-25 shooting. Despite the 73-61 setback, the Gaels should be favored in the remainder of their games -- including a challenge in early February against Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young.
Last week: Beat Bonanza, 88-56; Lost to Findlay Prep, 73-61
Next game: Jan. 25 vs. Desert Oasis

Dropped out: Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville)

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