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The Highlanders' last game was Feb. 27 and the last game closer than 10 points was Dec. 22, 2020, so getting ready for the opening game at GEICO Nationals isn't going to be an easy task.
2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 20-0 | Last week: 2
A planned game against No. 1 Lake Highland Prep would have been one of the highlights of the year — but it was canceled for COVID reasons. There is a chance that game will finally be played, but only if Westlake beats Fremont and Lake Highland Prep beats Paul VI at GEICO Nationals.
3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 28-0 | Last week: 3
4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 4
Off since March 12, the Royals jump into the Section 6 title game Thursday against Wayzata. Hopkins has beaten Wayzata by 50 and 27 in the previous two meetings.
5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers move to the finals of the Division 2 District 59 playoffs later this week, most likely against twice-beaten Detroit University Prep. Then it's on to the regionals with the state finals scheduled for April 9.
6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 29-0 | Last week: 6
Beat Staley 77-40 in the Class 6 semifinals and Webster Groves 58-37 in the final. That's the 11th state championship for IWA and the 10th for coach Dan Rolfes. Almost everyone's back next year.
7. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 19-0 | Last week: 8
8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 14-0 | Last week: 9
9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
The Panther players, coaches and fans thought the season was over after a 68-66 rivalry win over St. John's on Feb. 9 — but GEICO Nationals stepped in, and PVI got a reprieve.
10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 28-2 | Last week: 11
11. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 26-0 | Last week: 15
In 2018, an unheralded team from out west arrived at GEICO Nationals and was expected to be cannon fodder for the eastern powerhouses in attendance. Instead, Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.) stunned its higher-ranked opponents, beat vaunted Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the title game, and finished No. 1 in the nation. Fremont is hoping that same script plays out in 2021.
12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 28-2 | Last week: 12
13. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: NR
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 14
15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 32-1 | Last week: 7
16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 13-3 | Last week: 16
17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 17
18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 18
19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 19
20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 14-0 | Last week: 20
The Hawks draw Minnetonka in the AAAA Section 2 finals Thursday. The first meeting between the two went to overtime before Chaska pulled it out, so don't expect the usual early-round blowout by the nationally-ranked team. In fact, if Chaska is at all looking ahead to a shot at No. 4 Hopkins, an upset is not only possible, but likely.
21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 36-1 | Last week: 21
22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record: 25-0 | Last week: 23
23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 24
24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 25
25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: NR
Dropped out: No. 11 Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Rahsool Diggins of Archbishop Wood (Warminster) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 senior guard helped the Vikings go 19-1 en route to the Class 6A state title game.
Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls
basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.
The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.
Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.
According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a
total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools,
and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the
country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.
Since there will be far fewer draft selections this year, MaxPreps is providing a truncated look at the top high school selections for the MLB Draft. Instead of the usual Top 10, MaxPreps looks at the Top 5 players at six different positions, continuing with outfielders after starting with corner infielders on Monday.
Robert Hassell, Independence (Thompson's Station, Tenn.)
If Veen isn't the top prep outfielder chosen, then Hassell likely will be. He can hit for power and average. As a junior, Hassell batted .423 with 14 home runs and was named Gatorade State Player of the Year. Scouts see Hassell as a possible center fielder at the next level. Projection: Top 15 pick.
Austin Hendrick, West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.)
Hendrick is seen as having plenty of potential to hit for power and for average. He's done well in those departments during travel baseball, however he hit .327 with two home runs last year. He did not get the chance to take the field this spring. Some scouts have Hendrick listed as the top outfield prospect in the Class of 2020. Others see him going near the middle or end of the first round. Projection: End of first round.
Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
At one time, Crow-Armstrong was ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2020 by Perfect Game. He's still ranked among the top players in the class and he's still seen as a potential first-round selection. Scouts see Crow-Armstrong as a potential five-tool player. He hit .395 as a junior with three home runs and he is seen as a strong defensive center fielder. Projection: Late first round, early second round.
Dylan Crews, Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Although Crews hasn't shown much power in high school competition, he is seen as a disciplined hitter who can spray the ball to all fields. He batted .389 as a junior and was also strong defensively. Will likely play right field at the next level. Projection: early second round.