By Fivestar Basketball
February 08, 2012

With the season winding to a close, most of the top teams continue to take care of business. The top 18 remained the same (though Grace Prep dropped a few spots), and six teams look to put the finishing touches on perfect seasons. St. Anthony might face the toughest test: The Friars play No. 6 Huntington Prep over the weekend.

Meanwhile, at the top of the rankings, Brewster and Oak Hill have cemented their status as the country's two best teams. Can anyone upset them? Time is running out.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1 Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
Ho-hum. The Bobcats remained unblemished again, thumping St. John's Northwest Military Academy behind 22 points from JaKarr Sampson. All eyes are looking forward to their ballyhooed rematch with Tilton on Feb. 20.
Last week: Beat St. John's Northwest Military Academy, 82-67
Next game: Feb. 8 vs. Lee Academy
2 Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 2
The Warriors' perfect season was threatened during an overtime bout with Christ School, but they managed to escape thanks to 37 points from Georgetown commit D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. However improbable, Oak Hill has a legitimate chance to finish 45-0.
Last week: Beat West Oak Academy, 93-73; Beat Christ School, 71-63
Next game: Feb. 8 vs. Westwind Prep
3 Findlay Prep
Last Week: 3
Six players scored in double-figures to spark Findlay's rout of Foothill, with UNLV-bound Chris Wood leading the way with 22 points. The Pilots next, and possibly last, challenge comes on Feb. 10 against Trinity Christian, a team fresh off an upset of Grace Prep.
Last week: Beat Foothill, 89-52
Next game: Feb. 10 vs. Trinity Christian
4 Tilton School
Last Week: 4
Prized center Nerlens Noel went for 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in a recent win over Phillips Academy. He made even bigger headlines off the court, reclassifying to become one of the highest-ranked prospects in the class of 2012.
Last week: Beat Christian Faith Academy, 66-48
Next game: Feb. 8 vs. Kimball Union Academy
5 St. Anthony
Last Week: 5
Despite shooting just 29 percent from the field (15-of-51), St. Anthony managed to stifle Plainfield in order to remain unbeaten. But the Friars need to improve. This Saturday's showdown with Huntington Prep at the PrimeTime Shootout has major rankings' implications.
Last week: Beat Plainfield, 43-31
Next game: Feb. 9 vs. Columbia
6 Huntington Prep
Last Week: 6
Andrew Wiggins lived up to his precocious billing against Upper Room Christian, finishing up 26 points and 10 rebounds. Now comes the real test. The Express have a shot at derailing St. Anthony's second consecutive perfect season on Feb. 11.
Last week: Beat Christian Faith; Beat Upper Room Christian, 78-67; Beat American Basketball Institute
Next game: Feb. 11 vs. St. Anthony
7 Simeon
Last Week: 8
The best players thrive when the most is at stake. Jabari Parker, Rivals' No. 2 recruit in the class of 2013, will have a chance to start to earn that reputation during a Chicago Public League playoff game against Douglass tonight.
Last week: None
Next game: Feb. 8 vs. Douglass
8 Marcus
Last Week: 9
Marcus still hasn't lost since late December, rolling Lewisville 57-28. Five-star Marcus Smart continues to impress: He paced the Marauders with 15 points.
Last week: Beat Lewisville, 57-28
Next game: Feb. 7 vs. Hebron
9 Grace Prep
Last Week: 7
The Lions winning streak came to an end this week, as Grace Prep dropped a 57-56 heartbreaker to Trinity Christian. Coach Ray Forsett and Co. should now root for Trinity, as a victory in its weekend matchup with Findlay could provide some validation.
Last week: Lost to Trinity Christian, 57-56
Next game: Feb. 10 vs. Faith Christian
10 Mater Dei
Last Week: 10
After dominating at the Nike Extravaganza, Mater Dei shows no signs of slowing down. Neither do top recruits Katin Reinhardt (UNLV) and Xavier Johnson (Colorado). They're averaging 20 and 17.6 points per game, respectively.
Last week: Beat St. John Bosco, 83-62; Beat Lutheran, 71-66; Beat Servite, 74-45
Next game: Feb. 9 vs. JSerra Catholic
11 La Lumiere
Last Week: 11
The Lakers continued their winning streak against Detroit Country Day, with Indiana commit Hanner Perea collecting 12 points and five rebounds. They narrowly edged Consortium College Prep three days later.
Last week: Beat Detroit Country Day, 61-45; Beat Consortium College Prep, 61-59
Next game: Feb. 9 vs. Mishawaka Christian
12 St. Benedict's
Last Week: 12
The Gray Bees continue to stomp the competition, winning three games by an average of 38.7 points. But the road gets tougher. Tyler Ennis and friends face St. Patrick in the PrimeTime Shootout.
Last week: Beat Satellite Academy, 88-71; Beat Redemption Christian Academy, 86-37; Beat Solebury, 95-45
Next game: Feb. 11 vs. Lakewood
13 Notre Dame Prep
Last Week: 13
Has Xavier found another steal in Myles Davis? If the National Prep Invitational was any indication, the answer is a resounding yes. Davis earned Most Outstanding Player honors, and scored 24 points in Notre Dame Prep's beatdown of La Jolla Prep.
Last week: Beat Wilbraham & Monson, 85-59; Beat Canarias, 89-70; Beat La Jolla Prep, 67-49
Next game: Feb. 11 vs. Winchendon
14 Gonzaga
Last Week: 14
The Eagles got Nate Britt back from injury and have rolled to three straight wins. And Britt played no small part: He scored 11 points against Bishop Ireton and 17 against Bishop O'Connell, respectively. Gonzaga plays DeMatha on Friday and Paul VI on Sunday. Supremacy in the DMV area is on the line.
Last week: Beat Archbishop Carroll, 69-64; Beat Bishop Ireton, 75-48; Beat Bishop O'Connell, 52-45
Next game: Feb. 10 vs. DeMatha
15 Hargrave Military Academy
Last Week: 15
Hargrave nearly lost its perfect record after skating by Fishburne Military by a mere three points. Credit a Herculean effort from Virginia Tech commit Montrezl Harrell: 51 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks.
Last week: Beat Fishburne Military, 122-119; Beat Queen City Prep, 101-83; Beat Southern Tech, 143-79
Next game: Feb. 7 vs. Guilford College
16 Montrose Christian
Last Week: 16
Despite being outscored 24-13 in the fourth quarter, Montrose Christian thrashed Friendship Collegiate. Justin Anderson (22 points) and Michael Carrera (10 points, 15 rebounds) led the charge for the Mustangs.
Last week: LBeat Friendship Collegiate, 70-52
Next game: Feb. 19 vs. Takoma Academy
17 Montverde Academy
Last Week: 17
Montverde finished its regular season in style, defeating Lake Wales and North Broward Prep with Miguel Cartadema netting 15 points -- including the game-winning three-pointer -- in the former. The Eagles will now wait to see if they've been selected for the National High School Invitational.
Last week: Beat Lake Wales, 59-56; Beat North Broward Prep, 76-62
Next game: TBD
18 Milton
Last Week: 18
Milton continues to cement its spot the high school hierarchy, holding at No. 18 after taking down Alpharetta. The Eagles conclude their regular season against West Forsyth (8-9) on Friday.
Last week: Beat Alpharetta, 73-57
Next game: Feb. 10 vs. Roswell
19 Chester
Last Week: 20
Chester stayed perfect this week, ripping Chichester to claim the Del-Val League boys' basketball title. The Clippers only pitfall is their resume. Their strongest win is a New Year's Day victory over underachieving Christ the King.
Last week: Beat Penn Wood, 80-57; Beat Chichester, 91-53
Next game: Feb. 9 vs. Glen Mills
20 Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 24
After lingering near the bottom of the rankings, Gorman reentered the top 20 after notching three wins punctuated by a 19-point beatdown of Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young. After pouring in 41 points, five-star recruit Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 29.1 points per game.
Last week: Beat Pahrump Valley, 83-41; Beat Whitney Young, 69-50; Beat Sierra Vista, 93-58
Next game: Feb. 8 vs. Clark
21 Wichita Heights
Last Week: 19
Five-star Jayhawks' commit Perry Ellis (32 points, 11 rebounds against Wichita West) leads a Heights team that's clearly the best in Kansas. But do the Falcons have what it takes to finish undefeated? Only six regular season contests remain.
Last week: Beat Wichita West, 78-51
Next game: Feb. 10 vs. Wichita Northwest
22 Southwind
Last Week: 22
Southwind stayed hot, dusting Kirby and Overton in succession. Four-star power forward Johnathan Williams III and Deckie Johnson continued to shine. Williams scored 20 points and Johnson added 16 in the Jaguars' most recent triumph.
Last week: Beat Kirby, 63-45; Beat Overton, 79-42
Next game: Feb. 14 vs. Germantown
23 Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 23
Julius Randle registered one of the best performances of the season against Bishop Lynch this week. He poured in 46 points on 17-of-19 shooting, including a scorching 5-of-6 from three-point range. Any doubt about his status among the nation's elite has been officially erased.
Last week: Beat Nolan Catholic, 72-63; Beat Bishop Lynch; 108-55
Next game: Feb. 14 vs. Bishop Dunne
24 Paul VI
Last Week: 25
Paul VI continued its rapid ascent this week, escaping Bishop O'Connell in overtime before knocking off Carroll. Patrick Holloway (15 points vs. Carroll) and Co. will face a hungry, revenge-minded Gonzaga squad on Sunday.
Last week: Beat Bishop O'Connell, 62-56; Beat Archbishop Carroll, 65-56
Next game: Feb. 10 vs. Our Lady of Good Counsel
25 New Hampton
Last Week: 21
After avenging an early-season loss to Bridgton last week (New Hampton won by 25 points), the Huskies suffered a disappointing loss to Canarias Basketball Academy of Spain. And things don't get any easier ahead. New Hampton plays five-star recruit Mitch McGary and Brewster -- the No. 1 team in the land -- on Feb. 10.
Last week: Beat St. John's Academy, 61-53; Lost to Canarias Basketball Academy, 84-77; Beat Proctor Academy, 60-33
Next game: Feb. 10 vs. Brewster Academy

Dropped out: None

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