By Fivestar Basketball
November 23, 2011

A week of light schedules kept the Power Rankings steady, but there was at least one major mover. La Lumiere jumped five spots to No. 20, topping Vermont Academy 102-93. Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) also notched a pair of quality wins, beating Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) and Bridgton Academy (Maine). The Tigers could enter the national picture with another solid week of play.

Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the high school season. Expect things to get interesting very quickly.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1 Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) (5-0)
Another week, another display of dominance for Brewster. The Bobcats topped Fishburne Military Academy and Massanutten Military Academy, 91-75 and 95-65, respectively, serving as one of the most impressive teams at the New England Prep Showcase. It's early, but Mitch McGary, T.J. Warren and Co. are starting to live up to their lofty preseason hype.
Last week: Beat Fishburne Military Academy, 91-75; Beat Massanutten Military Academy, 95-65
Next game: Nov. 30 vs. Holderness School
2 Findlay Prep
Last Week: 2
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) (4-0)
The Pilots continue to soar past the competition, averaging 103.5 points in their first four games. Though Brandon Ashley is the headliner, keep an eye on senior guard Amedeo Della Valle. He dropped 29 points against ABCD Academy -- including four three-pointers.
Last week: Beat ABCD Academy, 113-60
Next game: Nov. 25 vs. Blue Ridge
3 Tilton School
Last Week: 3
Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) (1-0)
How's this for a season-opener? Tilton not only knocked off Kiski School 79-40, but led 51-19 at halftime. Scouts in attendance raved about the performance of frontcourt phenoms Nerlens Noel (6-10, 200) and Goodluck Okonoboh (6-7, 210).
Last week: Beat Kiski School, 79-40
Next game: Nov. 24 vs. Tren International School
4 Huntington Prep
Last Week: 4
Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) (3-0)
Following a week off, the Express face a tough test in Sunrise Christian Academy. Coach Rob Fulford's group will be favored, but not by much. Buddy Hield, an Oklahoma-bound guard, could pose problems on the defensive end.
Last week: None
Next game: Nov. 23 vs. Sunrise Christian Academy
5 Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 5
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (9-0)
It looks like Oak Hill will have some extra time to work off the turkey fat. Following a torrid start to the season, the Warriors don't suit up until Dec. 2 against Hales Franciscan (Ill.). To date, the team has done nothing but impress. R.J. "Microwave" Curington scored 30 points -- and converted seven threes -- in a recent win over Harrison County.
Last week: Beat Harrison County, 102-69
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Hales Franciscan
6 Simeon
Last Week: 6
Simeon (Chicago) (0-0)
The Wolverines have yet to start their season, continuing to prepare while most of the country has tipped off. That doesn't mean they haven't been busy. Marquette commit Steve Taylor and junior Jabari Parker should be ready to lead come Dec. 3.
First game: Dec. 3 vs. Hillcrest
7 Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 7
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) (0-0)
It's no secret: Shabazz Muhammad is the nation's top recruit. At 6-6 and 215 pounds, he can do it all, from knocking down mid-range jumpers to posting up in the low block. His team, Bishop Gorman, looks to earn the same reputation. As Thanksgiving passes, the Gaels anxiously await their season-opener -- and the first chance to state their case as the nation's best.
First game: Dec. 9 vs. Durango
8 New Hampton
Last Week: 8
New Hampton (New Hampton, N.H.) (2-0)
Power forward Noah Vonleh dazzled at this weekend's New England Prep Showcase, grabbing 33 rebounds in victories over Kiski School and Blair Academy. But he wasn't the only one who impressed scouts. Sophomore Jared Terrell -- a 6-3, 185-pound shooting guard -- also turned heads, and could soon add to the offers he currently holds from Boston College, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech.
Last week: Beat Kiski School, 86-73; Beat Blair Academy, 90-63
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Hales Franciscan
9 St. Anthony
Last Week: 9
St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) (0-0)
Anticipation builds for St. Anthony's debut, as it doesn't take the floor until Dec. 16. But Friar alumni are filling up the stat sheet. Villanova's Dominic Cheek is averaging 22 points through three games, and Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor is averaging 15.7 through four. Could UCLA-bound Kyle Anderson be next?
First game: Dec. 16 vs. Emily Fischer Academy
10 Miller Grove
Last Week: 10
Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) (1-0)
Miller Grove should rest while it can. Starting in December, Tony Parker and Co. face a grueling schedule, one that includes Oak Hill Academy (Dec. 15), Simeon (Jan. 7) and St. Anthony (Jan. 16). It's a make or break stretch -- and a chance for the Wolverines to vault to the top of the rankings.
Last week: None
Next game: Nov. 29 vs. Redan
11 Marcus
Last Week: 11
Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) (6-0)
The Marauders won last week's Texas Invitational Tournament, defeating four-star guard Matt Jones and DeSoto. Oklahoma State commits Marcus Smart and Phil Forte continued to shine: Smart scored a game-high 21 points in the final -- 16 coming in the second half -- and Forte netted 20. Both were named to the All-Tournament team.
Last week: Beat San Antonio Madison, 75-48; Beat La Marque, 70-32; Beat Langham Creek, 47-27; Beat San Antonio Warren, 74-65; Beat DeSoto 55-42
Next game: Nov. 25 vs. Houston Yates
12 DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: 12
DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) (0-0)
The Big East's loss is the ACC's gain. At least, that's the case for DeMatha Catholic's senior class. Syracuse commit Jerami Grant (6-8, 200) and Pittsburgh commit James Robinson (6-3, 195) will both feel the repercussions of conference realignment, taking on Duke and UNC instead of UConn and St. John's. For now, however, they?ll focus on a more pressing goal: leading the Stags to their third 30-win season in four years. They tip off Dec. 3 against Glenelg.
First game: Dec. 3 vs. Glenelg Country Day
13 Montrose Christian
Last Week: 13
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (0-0)
Despite averaging more than 75 points per game, the key to Montrose Christian's success last year was its defense. Virginia commit Justin Anderson can cause turnovers in bunches, and Ishmail Wainwright is a premier on-ball defender. Their tenacity should again set the tone once the Mustangs' season begins in a few weeks.
First game: Dec. 2 vs. Hayfield
14 Mater Dei
Last Week: 14
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (0-0)
It's almost here. Mater Dei's season begins on Monday, and the schedule doesn't do it any favors. The Stags play Mission Viejo, Los Alamitos and San Juan Hills -- teams that went a combined 64-26 last season -- in a brutal three-game season-opening stretch. The results should provide an indicator of what to expect from Katin Reinhardt, Xavier Johnson and Co. moving forward.
First game: Nov. 28 vs. Mission Viejo
15 Grace Prep
Last Week: 15
Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) (3-0)
The Lions notched a convincing win against HCYA, holding standouts Danrad Knowles and Justin Jackson in check. It serves as a nice warm-up. Grace Prep plays Fort Bend Travis and the five-star Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, on Nov. 26.
Last week: Beat Lakeview Centennial, 87-56; Beat HCYA, 81-63
Next game: Nov. 26 vs. Fort Bend Travis
16 South Kent
Last Week: 16
South Kent (South Kent, Conn.) (3-0)
South Kent took care of business this week, beating La Jolla and St. John's Military Academy at the National Prep Showcase. Providence commit Ricardo Ledo did his part: After pouring in 37 points against the Vikings, he dropped 15 against the Lancers, teaming with junior guard Chris Thomas (17 points) to overcome a 20-point halftime deficit. The road doesn?t get any easier: Tilton looms on Dec. 4.
Last week: Beat La Jolla, 94-74; Beat St. John's Military Academy, 84-76
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Worcester Academy
17 Montverde Academy
Last Week: 17
Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (1-0)
Montverde tipped off the season with a 53-point drubbing of Forest Lake Academy, kicking off Kevin Boyle's tenure with a bang. Florida signee Michael Frazier was terrific, tallying 21 points in eight minutes, while Clemson commit Landry Nnoko added 14.
Last week: Beat Forest Lake Academy, 80-27
Next game: Nov. 26 vs. Orlando Christian Prep
18 North Central
Last Week: 18
North Central (Indianapolis) (0-0)
Indiana's preseason favorites begin their season tonight, hosting Pike, the alma mater of Kentucky's Marquis Teague. The Panthers could be tested. It's their first game without D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the five-star Georgetown commit who transferred to Oak Hill in May.
First game: Nov. 23 vs. Pike
19 Fort Bend Travis
Last Week: 19
Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas) (3-0)
After brushing off Cypress Spring and La Marque, the Tigers prepare for their first real challenge: No. 15 Grace Prep. Though the Harrison twins should thrive, Fort Bend may have trouble on the interior. Christian Crockett, the team's high-flying power forward, is currently serving a suspension, leaving no one to guard seven-foot Baylor commit Isaiah Austin.
Last week: Beat Cypress Spring, 77-63; Beat La Marque, 76-38
Next game: Nov. 26 vs. Grace Prep
20 La Lumiere School
Last Week: 25
La Lumiere School (LaPorte, Ind.) (4-0)
Talk about making a statement. After entering the rankings behind wins over REDA Prep and IMG Prep, La Lumiere topped Vermont Academy 102-93, with Antonio Drummond and Raphael Davis combining for 54 points. The Lakers could continue their rankings climb -- and potentially make a run at the Top 10 -- with a strong showing against No. 2 Findlay Prep on Friday.
Last week: Beat Lee Academy, 84-57; Beat Vermont Academy, 102-93
Next game: Nov. 25 vs. Findlay Prep
21 Arlington Country Day
Last Week: 21
Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville) (1-0)
Arlington Country Day started its season in style, stomping Potter's House Christian 98-62. It was encouraging on multiple counts. N.C. State commit Torian Graham went off for 27 points, and the Apaches shot over 67 percent as a team. An overmatched Oldsmar Christian squad is next.
Last week: Beat Potter's House Christian, 98-62
Next game: Nov. 26 vs. Oldsmar Christian
22 Christ the King
Last Week: 22
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) (0-0)
Omar Calhoun's role this season is twofold: score, something he's done in prolific fashion over his Christ the King career, and mentor, a skill he may need to develop. If he can help Royals' juniors Isaiah Lewis, Jordan Fuchs and Jon Severe improve, watch out. The New York powerhouse could have a successful -- and extremely high-scoring -- season in store.
First game: Dec. 2 vs. Thomas Jefferson
23 Wichita Heights
Last Week: 23
Wichita Heights (Wichita Heights, Kan.) (0-0)
Wichita Heights has the talent to remain in the Top 25 all season. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the schedule. With the lack of any noteworthy challengers, all-everything forward Perry Ellis and the Falcons could fall off the national radar with an upset.
First game: Dec. 2 vs. Wichita North
24 Columbia
Last Week: 24
Columbia (Decatur, Ga.) (1-0)
A decisive 83-58 win over Southwest DeKalb put Columbia in the discussion as the top team in Georgia. It can move up that list, and add to its early-season resume, by taking out Greater Atlanta Christian, the defending Class 2A champs, on Dec. 4. Look for the Eagles to feed the low block. Chris Horton (6-8, 195) and Jarmal Reid (6-7, 225) are both Division-I commits, and Jhaustin Thomas (6-7, 245) is a physical force in the paint.
Last week: None
Next game: Dec. 4 vs. Greater Atlanta Christian
25 Vermont Academy
Last Week: 20
Vermont Academy (Saxton River, Vt.) (0-1)
Vermont Academy hung 93 points on La Lumiere, showcasing the scoring prowess of Trey Davis, Dominic Woodson and Donelle Unda. It wasn't enough. After allowing 102 points in defeat, the Wildcats need to up their defensive effort to avoid dropping out of the Top 25.
Last week: Lost to La Lumiere, 102-93
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Putnam Science Academy

Dropped out: None

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