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2020-21 HIGHSCORE Junior All-America Team: Jalen Duren headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2022 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Junior All-America Team: Jalen Duren headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2022
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Junior All-America Team, highlighted by National Junior of the Year Jalen Duren of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.).

Duren, a 6-foot-10 post regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports, averaged 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game for the MaxPreps National Champions. The Eagles are 49-1 in his two seasons with the program.

The Pennsylvania native joins a list of past winners that includes 2021 NBA All-Stars Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and Zion Williamson. See the full list of past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently-completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
First Team

6-foot-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Top-ranked prospect averaged 25.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a shortened 10-game season for first-year program.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL JUNIOR OF THE YEAR
6-10 | Center | Uncommitted
Helped Montverde capture fifth national title since 2013, becoming second player from the program to earn MaxPreps JOY honors after Ben Simmons in 2014.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A Player of the Year averaged 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists to guide the Longhorns to the state title game.

6-6 | Wing | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Ohio Player of the Year averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 71 percent from the field to guide the Griffins to the state quarterfinals.

6-2 | Guard | Ohio State
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 7A Player of the Year averaged 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds per contest to guide the Eagles to their first state title since 2012 and the program's first ever GEICO Nationals appearance.

Second Team

6-10 | Forward | Uncommitted
Quickly-developing international prospect averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game in his first season in the United States.
Catalyst for IMG tallied 10.1 points, 6.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from beyond the arc.

7-1 | Center | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Connecticut Player of the Year averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists per contest to help the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 7-6A Co-MVP averaged 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game to guide Richardson to the Class 6A state semifinals.

6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Breakout year for the No. 4-ranked Stags, averaging 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.

Third Team

Eric Dailey, IMG Academy
6-7 | Forward | Uncommitted
Versatile forward prospect was IMG's second-leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Scoring guard averaged 23.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per contest to guide the Cougars to a 17-11 record against a challenging national schedule.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Dallas Morning News Player of the Year averaged 23.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.2 blocks per outing to lead the Knights to the Class 5A state title game.

6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Led Oak Hill Academy in scoring at 19.6 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds.

Dariq Whitehead, Montverde Academy
6-5 | Guard/Wing | Uncommitted
Key contributor on back-to-back national championship teams, averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest.

Honorable Mention

6-7 | Wing | Kansas
Produced 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for GEICO Nationals finalists.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Tennessee Player of the Year averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest while becoming the first Knoxville Catholic player to be named Mr. Basketball in Division II-AA.

Corey Floyd Jr., Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)
6-4 | Guard | Connecticut
NJ.com All-State first team selection averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists to help the Lions finish 12-3.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 24-5A MVP averaged 22.6 points, 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds to help the Hurricanes finish 17-3.

Jett Howard, IMG Academy
6-6 | Guard | Uncommitted
Son of Juwan Howard helped IMG reach GEICO Nationals semifinals, averaging 10.5 points and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.

6-10 | Center | Colorado
MaxPreps North Dakota Player of the Year averaged 22.6 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field. Hurlburt has piled up 1,609 points and 1,134 rebounds in 97 career games.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped the Tigers finish No. 12 in final MaxPreps Top 25, averaging 14.1 points and 2.4 assists per contest while shooting 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

6-4 | Guard | Purdue
Younger brother of Michigan State guard Foster Loyer averaged 24.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the field, 45 percent from the 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division II first team selection averaged 28.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest.

6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Main Street Preps All-Midstate Player of the Year averaged 23.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.6 blocks per game to guide the Ravens to the Division I Class AAA state title game.

6-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect averaged 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest to lead the Stags to a state title.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
NJ.com All-State first team selection averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game to guide the Crusaders to a 7-2 record.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps New York Player of the Year averaged 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per contest while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field overall.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Arkansas Player of the Year averaged 25 points, five rebounds and three assists per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. The talented combo guard pumped in a season-high 44 points in an 82-72 victory over Jacksonville on Feb. 2

Jarace Walker, IMG Academy
6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect battled injuries most of the season but still managed to produce averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest while shooting 56 percent from the field.

Past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year
2020 — Paolo Banchero, O'Dea (Seattle)
2019 — Sharife Cooper, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 — Vernon Carey Jr., University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2017 — Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day (Spartanburg, S.C.)
2016 — Kevin Knox, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.)
2015 — Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis)
2014 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2013 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2012 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2011 — Tony Parker, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
2010 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
How Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco became high school football's hottest rivalry - HIGHSCORE
How Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco became high school football's hottest rivalry
Since 2014, there's been no better high school football rivalry than St. John Bosco (Bellflower) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana.). Not in the region. Not in California. And perhaps, not in the country.

The two national powers have met 10 times in that span and it's been either to decide a Trinity League, Southern Section or Southern California regional title.

The game also carries national ranking implications. They have each won national crowns — Mater Dei in 2017 and St. John Bosco in 2019. Each are regulars among top five teams in the country. 

But coaches Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei) and Jason Negro (St. John Bosco) will tell you that their teams could be playing for an In-N-Out burger or a Chick-fil-A strip and they would engage in an intense battle to the finish.

In their last 10 contests, each has won five times. The cumulative score in those games: St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.

Heading into Saturday's 7 p.m. game at Santa Ana Stadium, here are capsule looks at their 10 meetings, with photos from our network of photographers and links to our overall coverage.

Oct. 10, 2014 at St. John Bosco | Final score: St. John Bosco 28, Mater Dei 25
Though future NFL quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 201 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and top running back Sean McGrew added 119 yards rushing and another score, it was a 69-yard fumble return by Traveon Beck that proved decisive for the Braves. The Monarchs, who lost three fumbles and missed a 22-yard field goal, got big chunk plays from QB Jack Lowary (21-of-30, 343 yards) but no passes went for touchdowns. Mater Dei mustered only 36 rushing yards on 24 attempts. From there, Bosco (12-2) lost in the section's Pac-5 Division finals to Centennial (Corona), 48-41. Mater Dei (9-3) was eliminated one week earlier by the Huskies.
Matthew Katnik (55), St. John Bosco
File photo by Nicholas Koza
Matthew Katnik (55), St. John Bosco

Oct. 16, 2015 at Santa Ana Stadium | St. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 21
The three-touchdown margin was misleading as Bosco raced to a 42-0 lead late in the third quarter before freshman quarterback JT Daniels threw three late TD passes to make it reasonable. McGrew, a future Washington Husky, rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns, Cross Poyer added two more rushing scores. From there, Bosco breezed to seven more wins to improve to 13-0 before losing 62-52 to Centennial (Corona) in the Southern Section D1 finals. Mater Dei (10-3) was eliminated one week earlier by Centennial.
Sean McGrew, St. John Bosco
File photo by Glenn Kross
Sean McGrew, St. John Bosco
Oct. 21, 2016 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 26, Bosco 21
Before 9,000 fans, the Monarchs broke a six-game losing streak to Bosco, keyed by a 75-yard punt return for touchdown by Amon-Ra St. Brown, an interception by Jalen Cole and a go-ahead TD run by Shakobe Harper. Mater Dei scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to break the streak. Demetrious Flowers rushed for two TDs and Re-al Mitchell accounted for 250 yards and another score for Bosco. Rollinson said the team's line play on both sides keyed the win.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Mater Dei
File photo by Jeff Brocca
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Mater Dei
Dec. 3, 2016 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 28
More than 13,000 jammed into Cerritos College to watch the Braves get revenge in the Southern Section Division I final. Line play again decided this one, but only this time Bosco's OL paved the way for 405 rushing yards, including 100-yard games from Terrence Beasley (22 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD), Mitchell (20, 131, 2) and Flowers (20, 120, 2). Harper rushed for two more scores and sophomore Daniels threw for 290 yards and two scores, but he also was intercepted by Jaiden Woodbey, Stephan Blaylock and Tyrel Thomas. The Braves went on to beat De La Salle the following week 56-33 for their second state Open bowl title in four years.
Demetrious Flowers, St. John Bosco
File photo by Heston Quan
Demetrious Flowers, St. John Bosco
Oct. 13, 2017 | El Camino College | Mater Dei 31, St. John Bosco 21
It was the Daniels (18-of-24, 326 yards) to St. Brown show as the two connected eight times for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Monarchs never trailed. Daniels, the top-rated junior QB in the country, also showed off his much improved speed, rushing for 97 yards. St. John Bosco introduced 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore DJ Uiagalelei as its first-time starting QB and he didn't disappoint, throwing for 243 yards and two long touchdowns. He was sacked seven times.
JT Daniels, Mater Dei quarterback
File photo by Louis Lopez
JT Daniels, Mater Dei quarterback
Dec. 2, 2017 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 49, St. John Bosco 24
Daniels and the Monarchs were unbeatable on this night and every game throughout their magical season, piling up nearly 500 yards in another wire-to-wire win. Daniels threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns, three to Bru McCoy and Harper continued his big-game prowess with 107 yards rushing and two scores. It offset a 20-of-21 performance by Uiagalelei but Mater Dei was in control from the start and put it away with three TDs in the fourth quarter. They'd go on the next week to beat De La Salle 52-21 for the Open Division title Mater Dei outscored opponents 724-229 on the year and never trail once en route to a MaxPreps National Championship.
Bru McCoy, Mater Dei
File photo by Anthony Guillean
Bru McCoy, Mater Dei
Oct. 13, 2018 at Santa Ana Bowl | St. John Bosco 41, Mater Dei 18
In the eighth-ever meeting between the nation's top two ranked teams, the Braves got a huge game from Uiagalelei, who passed for four of his five touchdowns in the first half and finished with 278 yards passing. With Daniels reclassifying after his junior season and moving on to USC, this was the start of a fantastic QB rivalry between Uiagalelei and Bryce Young, who threw for 311 yards and a couple of scores. But three TD passes to Jake Bailey, plus a 75-yard touchdown run to start the second half from George Holani solidified the Braves' spot at No. 1 in the country.
DJ Uiagalelei (5), St. John Bosco
File photo by Louis Lopez
DJ Uiagalelei (5), St. John Bosco
Nov. 23, 2018 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 17, St. John Bosco 13
After 13 straight wins to start the year, including a decisive win over the Monarchs, St. John Bosco was stunned in the Southern Section Division 1 title game as Mater Dei held the Braves' high octane offense to 202 yards and two touchdowns. The secondary held Uiagalelei to seven completions, 105 yards and intercepted him twice, including one by All-American Elias Ricks. Mater Dei held the ball 31 minutes, 34 seconds to 16:26 for Bosco and got touchdowns by McCoy and Harper to advance to the state Open bowl game, where it defeated De La Salle 35-21.
Every Mater Dei-Bosco games features big hits, but especially so in the second 2018 contest.
File photo by Jeff Brocca
Every Mater Dei-Bosco games features big hits, but especially so in the second 2018 contest.
Oct. 25, 2019 at Panish Family Stadium | Mater Dei 38, St. John Bosco 24
In another meeting of the nation's top two teams, Alabama commit Young stole the show, accounting for 329 yards and five touchdowns leading No. 1 Mater Dei to the wire-to-wire win. Kody Epps was on the receiving end of 11 of Young's passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as the Monarchs held a two TD lead early and never gave it up despite 320 yards passing from Uiagalelei. 
Bryce Young, Mater Dei
File photo by Louis Lopez
Bryce Young, Mater Dei
Nov. 30, 2019 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 39, Mater Dei 34
In a complete reversal of 2018, the Braves turned the tables on the Monarchs, winning one of the most exciting and memorable Southern Section title games in memory. St. John Bosco fought back from a 28-5 deficit, scoring 34 unanswered as Uiagalelei simply wouldn't let his team lose. He threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns, outdueling by a nudge his good friend Young, who threw 405 yards and five TDs. But Young was intercepted three times and Uiagalelei none. The Clemson-bound Uiagalelei completed the 34-point swing with two touchdown passes to Logan Loya (10 catches, 164 yards) to make it 39-28 with 8:52 left. Young responded with a 23-yard TD pass to Kyron Ware-Hudson three minutes later. Eventually, the game came down to a Hail Mary heave by Young from midfield. Eight players had a shot at the pass in the end zone, but Bosco's Kris Hutson came down with the interception to seal it. Two weeks later, Uiagalelei cemented his prep legacy by accounting for 477 yards and five scores in a 49-28 win over De La Salle for Bosco's third state bowl title and first MaxPreps National Championship. The following month, Young and Uiagelelei were selected 2019 national MaxPreps co-Players of the Year.
DJ Uiagelelei accounted for 446 yards and five touchdowns in his Southern Section finale.
File photo by Louis Lopez
DJ Uiagelelei accounted for 446 yards and five touchdowns in his Southern Section finale.
High school basketball: No. 1 girls prospect Azzi Fudd commits to UConn - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: No. 1 girls prospect Azzi Fudd commits to UConn
St. John's (Washington, D.C.) high school basketball star Azzi Fudd, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Hoopgurlz/espnW Top 100, has signed with UConn. The senior guard announced her commitment to the program Wednesday morning – the first day of the national signing period – and the Huskies made it official with a social media post a short while after.

"They make good players great," Fudd said of her college choice. "I realized that to reach my goals and be the player I was trying to be, UConn was the place."
The 5-foot-11 Fudd was the first sophomore to be named the MaxPreps Player of the Year in 2019, averaging 26.3 points per game in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Her junior season wasn't quite the follow-up she was hoping for as she recovered from a torn ACL. Fudd did return to the court, but wasn't fully healthy until late in the year when she once again began to dominate.

Fudd is much more than just a scorer. Her high school coach, Jonathan Scribner, has described her as "a silent assassin. She's not demonstrative – she just methodically destroys you."

He also feels she's an exceptional defense player, but don't think it's a coach overrating his own player – college coaches and rating services have raved about her talent since she was in middle school.

Fudd chose UConn over UCLA in what she described as a back and forth process.

"I do not like to make decisions, so I kind of elongated the process," Fudd said. "Finally I sat down and made a list of pros and cons for UCLA and UConn – and UConn was the winner."

When she arrives in Storrs next fall, she will join a young UConn team (six players are freshmen this season and there are no seniors on the roster), but is still expected to have an immediate impact on one of the best teams in the country.
Azzi Fudd in action against Sidwell Friends last March.
Photo by Phil Peters
Azzi Fudd in action against Sidwell Friends last March.
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
California high school football: All but two of 58 counties now meet threshold to begin sports - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: All but two of 58 counties now meet threshold to begin sports
And then there were just two.

As of March 9, Inyo and Merced counties are the only two in California not yet eligible to play outdoor athletics due to excessive COVID-19 numbers.

On Feb. 19, the state set the weekly threshold at 14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for counties to be eligible to compete in "high-risk" outdoor youth sports, including football, even if that county is in the red or purple tier.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made that announcement that day for new guidelines. Low risk sports such as cross country, golf and tennis have been in action since early February. Less than half of the counties met that threshold then, but now 56 of the 58 counties do.

Two counties moved below the threshold this week, Stanislaus went from 15.7 to 13.6 and King's improved from 16.0 last week to 11.9 this week.

Some of the largest counties that just two weeks ago were hovering above the threshold are now considerably below, including Los Angeles (5.2), Orange (6.0) and San Diego (8.8). Only 10 that currently meet the 14.0 threshold are above 10.0. San Francisco (2.8) leads all large metropolitan California cities.

Of the 56 to qualify, 25 counties now meet the 7.0 and below threshold in order to avoid required COVID-19 testing.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Once a county reaches the 14.0 threshold it is eligible throughout the rest of the school year, even if those numbers jump back up above 14, according to the new guidelines.

Football seasons begin Friday throughout the state, though most squads will begin the week of March 19-20.

Counties that reached the threshold: Alpine 0.0, Sierra 0.0, Mariposa 0.8, Plumas 0.8, San Francisco 2.8, San Mateo 3.0, Lassen 3.8, Mendocino 3.9, Yolo 4.0, Marin 4.2, Santa Clara 4.2, Trinity 4.3, Calvares 4.8, Alameda 4.8, Los Angeles 5.2, Santa Cruz 5.3, Colusa 5.7, San Luis Obispo 5.7, Shasta 5.9, Orange 6.0, Humboldt 6.4, Napa 6.4, San Bernardino 6.7, Solano 6.7, Imperial 6.8, San Benito 6.9, El Dorado 7.1, Mono 7.2, Monterey 7.2, Butte 7.3, Placer 7.7, Tehama 7.8, Contra Costa 7.9, Tuolumne 7.9, Sonoma 8.2, Yuba 8.5, San Diego 8.8, Riverside 8.3, Modoc 9.0, Lake 9.2, Siskiyou 9.4, Sacramento 9.5, Tulare 9.5, Santa Barbara 9.7, Sutter 9.9, Nevada 10.1, Amador 10.4, Glenn 11.2, San Joaquin 11.2, Madera 11.4, Kern 11.8, Del Norte 11.9, King's 11.9, Fresno 12.6, Stanislaus 13.6.

Counties above the mark: Merced 14.8, Inyo 29.4.