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High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams prepping for GEICO Nationals - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams prepping for GEICO Nationals
GEICO Nationals gets underway in Fort Myers, Fla., next week with what may be the most significant field in the 12-year history of the event. All four teams headed to the Sunshine State are ranked in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, including No. 1 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) and No. 2 Westlake (Atlanta).

ESPNU will air both semifinal contests Friday, beginning with Lake Highland Prep meeting No. 9 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) at 10:30 a.m. EST and followed by Westlake (who earned the top seed) taking on unbeaten Utah state champion No. 11 Fremont (Plain City) at 12:30 p.m. EST.

The combined record of the four teams in the field is 75-0 and it's likely winner take all in terms of the final No. 1 ranking and national championship.

Saturday's championship game is slated for 10 a.m. EST on ESPN2.

No. 4 Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), No. 5 Edison Academy (Detroit) and No. 20 Chaska (Minn.) are the only other ranked teams with seasons still in progress.

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Valor Christian moves into the MaxPreps Top 25 after winning the Colorado 5A title.
Photo by Steve Abeyta
Valor Christian moves into the MaxPreps Top 25 after winning the Colorado 5A title.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
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
Season complete.

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
Season complete.

8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Season complete.

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
Season complete.

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
Season complete.

13. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Record:
17-0 | Last week: NR
Colorado's Class 5A champion beat Regis Jesuit by 25 in the title game. The Eagles won all five state tournament games by 20 points or more.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
Season complete.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 13-3
| Last week: 16
Season complete.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 17
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Season complete.

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
Season complete.

22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 23
Season complete.

23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 24
Season complete.

24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: NR
Season complete.

Dropped out: No. 11 Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Rahsool Diggins named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Rahsool Diggins named 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

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.

Diggins averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per contest, becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process with over 1,400 points. He capped his career with a game-high 26 points in a heartbreaking state championship game loss to Reading.

Regarded as the No. 46 prospect in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports, Diggins committed to Connecticut over offers from Florida, Kansas, Miami, Seton Hall, Villanova and Virginia Tech among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Rahsool Diggins will play for head coach Dan Hurley at Connecticut next season.
Photo by Robert Barnes
Rahsool Diggins will play for head coach Dan Hurley at Connecticut next season.
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

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.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

MLB Draft: Top 5 high school outfield prospects - HIGHSCORE
MLB Draft: Top 5 high school outfield prospects
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The coronavirus cut short the 2020 high school baseball season and it's also going to cut short this year's Major League Baseball Draft. But there's no question outfield is the deepest position among prep baseball players in 2020.

Of the top six high school players listed on the mock draft by Mike Axisa of CBS Sports, four were outfielders, including the top three players. Don't be surprised if a high school outfielder is the first prep player chosen, the only question is which prep outfielder will it be?

Scheduled for June 10-11, the usual 40-round selection process will last just five rounds this year, according to Major League Baseball. The first round will be held on June 10 with the final four rounds on June 11.

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.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Zac Veen, Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Veen had moved up to the No. 1 prospect in the country by Perfect Game by the time the season ended in March. He was batting .452 with three home runs and had led Spruce Creek to a 9-0 record. He has a strong enough arm to stick in right field. Veen could be the top high school player chosen. Projection: Top five pick.

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.
Pierre Brooks named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Pierre Brooks named 2020-21 MaxPreps Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Pierre Brooks II of Douglass (Detroit) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6, 218-pound senior helped the Hurricanes go 17-5 en route to the program's first state title.

Brooks averaged 33.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per outing as a senior, finishing his prep career with 1,973 points.

The Mr. Basketball finalist tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in the Hurricanes' 47-41 state title game victory over Tri-Unity Christian (Wyoming).

Signed with Michigan State, Brooks is regarded as the No. 66 prospect in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports. He held additional college offers from Arizona State, Butler, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Northwestern and Xavier.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.