By Fivestar Basketball
January 11, 2012

As the season wears on, the 2011-12 high school basketball picture slowly becomes clearer. Brewster, Oak Hill and Simeon have emerged in a class of their own -- a trio of unbeaten prep powers -- while Tilton, Findlay and St. Anthony remain close behind. DeMatha captured its 13th consecutive victory after routing Bishop Ireton, while Loyola fell from the national scene after back-to-back losses to Crespi (Calif.) and Alemany (Calif.).

This week, Arlington Country Day was upset by Faith Baptist Christian and Memphis' Southwind entered the Top 25 for the first time. To see where everyone else landed, check out the rankings below.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1 Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
As mid-January rolls around, the question needs to be asked: Can anyone beat Brewster? The Bobcats justified their top billing with a 16-point victory over New Hampton, opening league play in typically dominant fashion. Future Florida State guard Aaron Thomas led the way with a game-high 26 points.
Last week: Beat New Hampton, 70-54
Next game: Jan. 11 vs. Redemption Christian
2 Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 2
Oak Hill was finally off this week, enjoying a well-deserved rest after 25 straight wins. Their lineup, from top to bottom, is stacked: Six seniors are committed to Division-I programs, including N.C. State-bound Tyler Lewis, UCLA-bound Jordan Adams and Georgetown-bound D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.
Last week: None
Next game: Jan. 12 vs. Christian Faith Center
3 Simeon
Last Week: 3
Simeon passed its biggest test of the season, escaping with a three-point victory over Miller Grove at the Cancer Research Classic. Jabari Parker stuffed the stat-sheet (20 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks), but the road doesn't get any easier for the Wolverines. Simeon hosts Findlay Prep on Jan. 16.
Last week: Beat Miller Grove, 59-56
Next game: Jan. 11 vs. Brooks
4 Tilton School
Last Week: 4
Tilton crushed its competition this week, winning two games by an average of 32.5 points. Tougher challenges lie ahead: Matchups with Vermont Academy, Arlington Country Day, Brewster and New Hampton loom by late February.
Last week: Beat Proctor Academy, 76-32; Beat Cushing Academy, 66-45
Next game: Jan. 16 vs. Winchendon Academy
5 Findlay Prep
Last Week: 5
After dropping its first game to La Lumiere last week, Findlay Prep recovered in resounding fashion. The Pilots pounded Stoneridge, with Arizona commit Brandon Ashley and Oregon commit Dominic Artis doing it all: The former collected 17 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, and the latter chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Last week: Beat Stoneridge, 93-45
Next game: Jan. 13 vs. Thurgood Marshall
6 St. Anthony
Last Week: 6
St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley had little to worry about this week, as his unbeaten Friars breezed to three blowout wins. The last one was a two-pronged effort: UCLA commit Kyle Anderson and junior Josh Brown went for 21 and 13 points, respectively. After a few days off, a Miller Grove team desperate for a 'W' awaits.
Last week: Beat Mainland, 69-26; Beat Roselle Catholic, 77-28; Beat East Brunswick, 62-32
Next game: Jan. 16 vs. Miller Grove
7 Huntington Prep
Last Week: 7
Huntington dealt with another mild disappointment this week, as their highly anticipated bout with Whitney Young was cancelled. Though it would've served as a chance for Express to up their national stock, a greater opportunity looms: Andrew Wiggins and Co. play St. Anthony on Feb. 11 -- potentially with a shot at derailing its perfect season.
Last week: None
Next game: Jan. 14 vs. Trotwood Madison
8 Grace Prep
Last Week: 8
The Lions have notched a number of impressive victories, including triumphs over Montverde and Mater Dei. With both teams falling in the Power Rankings, however, they'll need to continue their winning ways to maintain a Top 10 national standing.
Last week: Beat Southwest Christian, 80-26
Next game: Jan. 20 vs. Trinity Christian
9 DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: 9
The Stags continue to roll into January, earning a signature victory over Neumann Goretti behind 17 points from BeeJay Anya and Jairus Lyles. Staying unbeaten won't be easy. DeMatha meets top recruit Shabazz Muhammad and Bishop Gorman at the upcoming Hoop Hall Classic.
Last week: Beat Bishop Ireton, 70-53; Beat Neumann Goretti, 62-47; Beat Our Lady of Good Counsel 87-51
Next game: Jan. 12 vs. Bishop O'Connell
10 Montrose Christian
Last Week: 12
The Mustangs emerged from their two-week hiatus with a double-digit victory at the Seven Cities Roundball Classic. It was more of the same: Michael Carrera and Kevin Larsen combined 35 points and 31 boards, and Virginia-bound forward Justin Anderson added 18. Annadale is next.
Last week: Postponed vs. Don Bosco Cristo Rey; Beat Kecoughtan, 77-64
Next game: Jan. 11 vs. Annandale
11 Marcus
Last Week: 15
The Marauders have defeated four straight opponents since their surprising loss to Richland, and the remainder of the schedule appears relatively easy. Expect Marcus Smart and Co. to cruise until the Conference 5A playoffs.
Last week: Beat Lewisville, 41-35, Beat Allen, 62-42
Next game: Jan. 13 vs. Hebron
12 Montverde Academy
Last Week: 10
Montverde was the most surprising upset victim of the week, falling to a balanced Hagerty squad that saw five players score in double-figures. It's a setback, but Kasey Hill and Co. can right the ship against Hialeah Gardens in the Wally Keller Classic on Saturday.
Last week: Beat Forest Lake, 65-40; Lost to Hagerty, 60-52
Next game: Jan. 14 vs. Hialeah Gardens
13 Mater Dei
Last Week: 11
A week after climbing the ranks, Mater Dei dropped a 76-73 overtime thriller to Gill St. Bernard's. Xavier Johnson, Stanley Johnson and Katin Reinhardt combined for 67 points, but it wasn't enough. Dominic Hoffman paced the opposing Knights with 24.
Note: Mater Dei (Chula Vista, Calif.), not Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), lost to Rancho Bernardo on Dec. 27
Last week: Beat Santa Margarita, 75-51; Lost to Gill St. Bernard's, 76-73
Next game: Jan. 11 vs. Orange Lutheran
14 St. Thomas More
Last Week: 16
It's been a quiet stretch for the boys from Oakdale, as they've been inactive since their Dec. 21 victory over NIA Prep. They'll have an opportunity to bounce back in style -- and continue their climb up the national ranks -- during a Jan. 11 clash with New Hampton.
Last week: Last week: None
Next game: Jan. 11 vs. New Hampton
15 Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 17
Julius Randle and friends resumed their winning ways this week, knocking off four foes by a combined 63 points -- the last of which Randle scored 50. Seemingly out of the national spotlight, the Lions will have an opportunity to reenter the Top 10 discussion in a showdown with Oak Hill at the Hoop Hall Classic.
Last week: Beat Nolan Catholic, 94-63; Beat Westbury Christian, 62-60; Beat Liberty Christian, 60-50; Beat Trinity Christian, 67-47
Next game: Jan. 13 vs. Bishop Lynch
16 Arlington Country Day
Last Week: 14
Despite six players, including N.C. State commit Torian Graham, averaging at least 10 points per game, the Apaches fell to Faith Baptist Christian in their first loss of the season. It leaves a blemish on an otherwise spotless campaign, but doesn't eliminate Arlington from Top 10 contention. They play Tilton in a matchup of prep powers on Jan. 21.
Last week: Beat Phoebus, 89-68; Lost to Faith Baptist Christian, 76-74
Next game: Jan. 13 at the Alaska Airlines Showcase
17 New Hampton
Last Week: 13
In its first game last week, New Hampton routed Vanier Prep, with Noah Vonleh netting 18 points and the Huskies shooting 15-of-26 from distance. Against the top-ranked team in the country, however, New Hampton was no match. It hung around for most of the contest before fading by 16 points.
Last week: Beat Vanier Prep, 92-62; Lost to Brewster, 70-54
Next game: Jan. 11 vs. St. Thomas More
18 Wichita Heights
Last Week: 18
Heights' schedule may be laughable, but there's something to be said for the Falcons ability to keep winning. They held off Wichita Northwest behind 20 points from Perry Ellis, and topped Wichita South behind a 22-5 first quarter run. They'll look to ride that momentum against Wichita East (5-1).
Last week: Beat Wichita South, 63-49, Beat Wichita Northwest, 56-52
Next game: Jan. 13 vs. Wichita East
19 Hargrave Military Academy
Last Week: 19
Hargrave remains in the Top 20 after two more wins over lackluster foes, bettering its record to 20-0. Its competition doesn't diminish its statistical feats: Wake Forest commit Codi Miller-McIntyre collected 25 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists against True Academy, and Virginia Tech commit Montrezl Harrell finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks against Rise.
Last week: Beat True Academy, 97-72; Beat Rise Academy 120-56
Next game: Jan. 11 at the Pepsi Fight Against Cancer Challenge
20 Gonzaga
Last Week: 20
Nate Britt may not have had his most impressive week -- he scored a combined 22 points in a three-game span -- but The Eagles soared to a perfect 13-0 mark. He'll need to regain form quickly. Gonzaga travels to Patterson and pint-sized point guard sensation Aquille Carr on Jan. 16.
Last week: Beat St. Mary's Ryken, 78-61; Beat Bishop O?Connell, 50-36; Beat Whitney Young, 54-44
Next game: Jan. 16 vs. Patterson
21 La Lumiere
Last Week: 21
The Lakers avoided the dreaded 'trap game' loss, taking down Farragut Academy a week after stunning Findlay Prep. Hanner Perea scored 17 points in the win, and will look to ride that momentum through the end of January. La Lumiere plays Montrose Christian on Jan. 28.
Last week: Beat Farragut Academy, 65-51
Next game: Jan. 13 vs. Kiski School
22 Chester
Last Week: 23
The Clippers remained unbeaten this week, but just barely. They stormed back from a 50-42 fourth-quarter deficit to upend Landstown in overtime. Erikk Wright (21 points, 10 rebounds), Rondae Jefferson (eight points, 10 rebounds) and Co. will look to stay perfect this Thursday against Interboro.
Last week: Beat Academy Park, 64-42; Beat Landstown, 66-59
Next game: Jan. 12 vs. Interboro
23 St. Benedict's
Last Week: 24
The Gray Bees continue to sting the competition, with Miami-bound Melvin Johnson and four-star point guard Tyler Ennis forming a touted two-headed attack. But don't sleep on two other St. Benedict's standouts. Point guard Tariq Carey and power forward Isaiah Watkins also possess D-I talent.
Last week: Beat Math Civics & Science 101-54; Beat Bergen Catholic, 98-62
Next game: Jan. 11 vs. Upper Room Christian
24 Southwind
Last Week: NR
Welcome to the Power Rankings, Southwind. The Jaguars enter with a record of 17-1 and a blue-chip recruit in shooting guard JaJuan Johnson. And their loss? A 74-71 defeat at the hands of nationally ranked Arlington Country Day. With a manageable in-state schedule ahead, look for the Memphis-area squad to make an upcoming rankings' push.
Last week: Beat Wooddale, 92-64; Beat Overton, 86-47
Next game: Jan. 13 vs. Kirby
25 Neumann-Goretti
Last Week: 25
There's no shame in losing to DeMatha, especially given a 16-point performance from budding point guard JaQuan Newton. But know this: Any additional slip-ups and the Saints likely relegate themselves to status on the outside of the Power Rankings looking in.
Last week: Beat La Salle College, 82-53; Lost to DeMatha 62-47
Next game: Jan. 15 vs. Archbishop Carroll

Dropped out: Loyola (Los Angeles)

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