By Fivestar Basketball
April 02, 2012

The season is over, and after much deliberation, the No. 1 team remains the same: Oak Hill, after finishing 44-0, tops Five-Star's year-end Power Rankings. The Warriors can't be penalized for missing the ESPN National High School Invitational on the heels of a trip to China, and their success handling a daunting schedule (one that included La Lumiere, Miller Grove and Prestonwood Christian) remains unparalleled. Congratulations are in order for Jordan Adams, Tyler Lewis, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Co.

After winning the ESPN National High School Invitational, Findlay Prep jumps to No. 2, followed by Brewster, St. Anthony and Hargrave Military Academy. At the end of another memorable high school season, here's how things stack up.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1 Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 1
Players and coaches can debate it all that they'd like. But it would've been markedly easier to settle the No. 1 debate had the Warriors participated in the ESPN NHSI instead of traveling to China. Still, Findlay Prep's sole loss came to La Lumiere, a team that Oak Hill knocked off on Dec. 3. That, coupled with an undefeated record and average margin of victory of greater than 30 points, gives coach Steve Smith's team the nod in the season's ultimate Power Rankings.
Last week: None
2 Findlay Prep
Last Week: 3
The Pilots were on the ropes, trailing by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, but still managed to emerge victorious in their ESPN NHSI title matchup with Montverde. Brandon Ashley scored 31 points to cap a furious Findlay Prep rally, and Nigel Williams-Goss drained a floater with less than 20 seconds remaining. The Pilots finish at No. 2, with just one minor blemish: a 67-66 loss to La Lumiere on Dec. 29.
Last week: Beat Coolidge, 79-44; Beat St. Benedict's Prep, 68-55; Beat Montverde Academy, 86-83
3 Brewster Academy
Last Week: 2
Hovering at No. 1 seemingly all season long, the Bobcats appeared destined to justify their lofty preseason billing. That's before they slipped in the NEPSAC Finals against unranked Northfield Mount Hermon, a team they already disposed of earlier in the year. Still, Brewster has much to be proud of: Six seniors (Mitch McGary, T.J. Warren, Aaron Thomas, Semaj Christon, Jakarr Sampson and Jalen Reynolds) will all play at the Division-I level.
Last week: None
4 St. Anthony
Last Week: 4
Is there anything left for Kyle Anderson to accomplish? The UCLA-bound 6-foot-9 guard helped lead the Friars to 65 consecutive victories and repeat New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles. His play, as well as that of 6-foot-4 forward Jerome Frink, will be sorely missed as legendary coach Bob Hurley looks to continue the program's historic success.
Last week: None
5 Hargrave Military Academy
Last Week: 5
Hargrave finishes the year at No. 5 after its solid showing at the New England Prep Championships. The Tigers high-scoring attack won't soon be forgotten -- especially around the ACC. Montrezl Harrell will head to Virginia Tech, Codi Miller-McIntyre and Andre Washington will head to Wake Forest and Corey Heyward will head to Georgia Tech.
Last week: None
6 Huntington Prep
Last Week: 6
Despite failing to notch a signature victory, Huntington Prep closes the year at No. 6. Its two battles with St. Anthony and Tilton (before Wayne Selden's injury), a pair of losses by a combined six points, showcased just how talented this team truly was. Five-star small forward Andrew Wiggins should have the Express right back in the thick of the title hunt next season.
Last week: None
7 Simeon
Last Week: 7
Simeon lost only once this year, falling to Findlay Prep on Jan. 16, but managed just one victory over a ranked team, its two-point triumph over Proviso East to end the season. But the future is bright: Jabari Parker, Rivals' No. 2 recruit in the junior class, gives the Wolverines to the talent to challenge for their fourth consecutive Illinois state title in 2012-13.
Last week: None
8 Notre Dame Prep
Last Week: 8
After fighting to keep its head above water early in the year, the Crusaders thrived following the addition of New Zealand product and Pittsburgh commit Steven Adams. With Xavier-bound Myles Davis and Maryland-bound Sam Cassell Jr. also on the roster, Notre Dame Prep emerged as a late-season force to be reckoned with.
Last week: None
9 Paul VI
Last Week: 9
Paul VI finishes in the Top 10, thanks largely to beating DeMatha in three out of their four meetings. Although Patrick Holloway and Coleman Johnson depart from a team that went 18-0 in conference play, 6-foot-3 guard Stanford Robinson returns. Robinson averaged a team-high 13.5 points and will serve as the driving force in the Panthers' 2012-13 attack.
Last week: None
10 Grace Prep
Last Week: 14
Grace Prep didn't play this week, but move up a few spots thanks to a boost in strength of schedule. The Lions beat Montverde on Dec. 20, and Montverde dominated Findlay Prep for the majority of their ESPN NHSI game. Grace Prep's win over Mater Dei also solidifies their Top 10 standing -- a fitting sendoff for Baylor-bound big man Isaiah Austin.
Last week: None
11 Mater Dei
Last Week: 11
The Monarchs captured their second straight CIF Division I state title behind the leadership of Colorado-bound forward Xavier Johnson and UNLV-bound shooting guard Katin Reinhardt. Stanley Johnson, who averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds, will be the centerpiece moving forward as Mater Dei looks to three-peat in 2012-13.
Last week: Beat Sheldon, 66-48
12 Montverde Academy
Last Week: 18
After a successful but unremarkable regular season, the Eagles finally earned a pair of signature wins with two impressive performances against La Lumiere and Montrose Christian. They even had a chance to win the ESPN NHSI, but gave up an 18-point fourth-quarter lead in an eventual overtime loss to No. 2 Findlay Prep. With D'Angelo Russell gaining more playing time and center Dakari Johnson stepping into the spotlight next year, expect Montverde to emerge as one of the early preseason favorites.
Last week: Beat La Lumiere, 62-54; Beat Montrose Christian, 60-47; Lost to Findlay Prep, 86-83
13 New Hampton
Last Week: 15
The Huskies finished an impressive campaign at No. 13, validated by two victories against Tilton School and several hard-fought losses to Brewster, Hargrave Military Academy and Notre Dame Prep. Sophomore Noah Vonleh, the early top-ranked recruit in the class of 2014, will be asked to serve as New Hampton's next leading man.
Last week: None
14 Marcus
Last Week: 10
The back-to-back Class 4A champions had another stellar season, evidenced by 21 consecutive wins to close out the year. And though the Marauders' strength of schedule took a hit after Montrose Christian bowed out in the semifinals of the ESPN NHSI, it shouldn't diminish their accomplishments. Marcus Smart and Phil Forte could continue to wreak havoc together next year at Oklahoma State.
Last week: None
15 Chester
Last Week: 17
The Clippers successfully defended their Class 4A state title and their claim as one of the top public high school programs in the nation. Following a rout of Lower Merion in the championship, Chester could be primed to continue its winning ways. Touted 6-foot-7 wing Rondae Jefferson, who collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in the final, will return to try to extend the school's 58-game winning streak.
Last week: Beat Central Dauphin, 67-48, Lower Merion, 59-33
16 Montrose Christian
Last Week: 13
Montrose Christian had a golden opportunity to ascend in the rankings, but lost a close one to Montverde at last weekend's ESPN NHSI. Justin Anderson, a Virginia-signed forward who's one of the best athletes in all of high school basketball, struggled mightily in his final game. He went just 1-of-14 from the floor, and the Mustangs went 0-of-7 from three-point range.
Last week: Beat Blanche Ely, 67-61; Lost to Findlay Prep, 68-55
17 St. Benedict's
Last Week: 16
St. Benedict's was Findlay's second victim en route to their ESPN NHSI crown last weekend. But though they couldn't hang with the No. 2 Pilots -- they trailed 28-17 at half and 51-36 entering the fourth quarter -- the Gray Bees showed promise for the future. Freshman point guard Isaiah Briscoe netted a gritty 17 points in defeat, continuing to up his stock as a promising young recruit.
Last week: Beat Blanche Ely, 67-61; Lost to Findlay Prep, 68-55
18 La Lumiere
Last Week: 12
La Lumiere entered the ESPN NHSI with title aspirations, but quickly saw them disappear in a quarterfinal loss to Montverde. But like many other schools on this list, the Lakers' boast a bevy of college-ready talent: Five seniors, including Indiana-bound forward Hanner Perea, will play Division-I basketball next fall.
Last week: Lost to Montverde, 62-54
19 Tilton School
Last Week: 19
Don't let Tilton's seven losses fool you. Spearhead by star center Nerlens Noel, the Rams were capable of hanging with any team in the nation. To wit: Five of their losses came at the hands of Top 25 opponents, and three came against to No. 3 Brewster.
Last week: None
20 Milton
Last Week: 20
After a roaring finish to the 2011-12 campaign (other than a loss to Tift County, the remainder of Milton's losses were forfeits), the Eagles could experience something of a rebuilding year next season. Three of the team's top players all depart for Division-I schools: Evan Nolte to Virginia, Shaquille Johnson to Auburn and Charles Mann to Georgia.
Last week: None
21 Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 23
Julius Randle and Co. did lose to two unranked foes (Whitney Young and St. Augustine), but their success against top national talent can't be discounted. The Lions trounced Grace Prep, 62-42, and Bishop Gorman, 76-70, to cement their spot in the year-end Power Rankings. Randle and three-star point Guard Marquan Botley are both slated to return for Prestonwood next season.
Last week: None
22 Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 21
They Gaels weren't at full strength for majority of their season, and it showed: Bishop Gorman suffered early-season losses against Prestonwood, Mater Dei and Milton. But Oregon-bound power forward Ben Carter, top recruit Shabazz Muhammad and friends dazzled down the stretch. They cruised to a Nevada Class 4A title, capping another successful season for the Vegas-area powerhouse.
Last week: None
23 DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: 22
No. 9 Paul VI was a thorn in the Stags' side all season, making up three of DeMatha's five total losses. But the Stags ended the season with redemption. They pounded the Panthers, 71-56, in the final of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational. James Robinson (Pittsburgh), Jerami Grant (Syracuse) and Marcellous Bell (Binghamton) are all poised to enter the college hoops ranks.
Last week: None
24 Columbia
Last Week: 24
The Eagles completed another sparkling season in Decatur, Ga., losing just one game to West Charlotte on Dec. 20. Next year could be even better. With more ranked teams on the schedule and junior point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen returning, the Eagles could fly to even loftier heights in 2012-13.
Last week: None
25 Proviso East
Last Week: 25
Led by three-star shooting guard Sterling Brown, Proviso was one of the most consistent teams in the Midwest all season. And its Class 4A championship game effort -- a courageous two-point loss to perennial Illinois juggernaut Simeon -- sets the table for next year. Brown, who scored an eye-popping 25 points in defeat, returns for the Pirates.
Last week: None

Dropped out: None

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