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High School Baseball: Wild week ahead in Florida could provide major shakeup for MaxPreps Top 25
The MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings could drastically different next week thanks to a number of big games pitting some of the top teams in the nation, all of them from Florida.

No. 2 Jesuit (Tampa) has a tough slate as it takes on Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.) and No. 6 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). The Ascenders, meanwhile, take on small-school powerhouse Canterbury prior to the Jesuit matchup. No. 4 Stoneman Douglas, meanwhile, tangles with No. 12 Calvary Christian Academy in one week.

Those matchups will have heavy influence on the rankings in the coming week, as will the final two matchups between No. 1 Buford (Ga.) and No. 25 Winder-Barrow. Although the Bulldogs lost the first game to the top-ranked Wolves, they will likely throw All-American Brady House in one of the final two games of the three-game series providing Buford's toughest test so far this season.

Dropped out: Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.), Pioneer (Mission, Texas), Braddock (Miami, Fla.).

Game of the Week: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 6, Pinnacle, 5. The Huskies rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the top of the seventh and then scored the winning run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly.

Player of the Week: Jay Dill, Baylor. Dill homered four times in five wins for Baylor and drove in 12 runs.

Recruit Watch: Braden Montgomery, Madison Central. The All-America candidate had a double, triple and home run in one game last week and also picked up a pitching win.

Game to Watch: Buford vs. Winder-Barrow. Although Buford defeated Winder-Barrow in their first matchup on Monday, the Bulldogs got to Wolves' starter Dylan Lesko for four runs on five hits. Winder-Barrow is likely to give No. 1 Buford its toughest test for the remainder of the regular season.
Eli Runyan, Carrollton
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Eli Runyan, Carrollton
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Brookwood, 8-1; def. Winder-Barrow, 8-4.
Stats: Dylan Lesko had three hits and Riley Stanford had a home run against Brookwood. Lesko also struck out seven to get the win over Winder-Barrow.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Winder-Barrow

2. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Tampa Catholic, 6-1; def. Lakeland, 8-0; def. Jefferson, 8-2.
Stats: Dominic Castellano struck out nine against Tampa Catholic. Jake Kulikowski and Bradke Lohry each homered against Jefferson.
Next: Fri. vs. Calvary Christian

3. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Warren Central, 16-3, 13-2. def. Clinton, 11-3.
Stats: Braden Montgomery had a double, triple and home run and Hunter Hines added a home run in the first game. Montgomery also had a triple in the second game. Montgomery had three hits and got the win against Clinton.
Next: Fri./Sat. vs. Clinton

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
20-1 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Westminster Academy, 9-1, def. American Heritage, 11-1.
Stats: Roman Anthony had two home runs against Westminster and one against American Heritage.
Next: April 21 vs. Calvary Christian Academy.

5. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Brophy College Prep, 14-7; def. Pinnacle, 6-5.
Stats: Roch Cholowsky and Gavin Turley each hit a double and a home run against Brophy College Prep. Josh Tiedemann had two doubles against Pinnacle and Brock Selvidge struck out 12.
Next: Wed. vs. Liberty (Peoria); Fri. vs. Desert Ridge (Mesa).

6. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Central Pointe Christian Academy, 7-0; def. Inspiration Academy, 7-3.
Stats: Stone Russell hit a home run against Central Pointe. Jackson Ferris struck out seven in the win. Mason Albright struck out 12 against Inspiration.
Next: April 19 vs. Canterbury; April 20 vs. Jesuit.

7. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Acadiana, 10-3; def. Comeaux, 6-0; def. Anacoco, 1-0; def. Comeaux, 6-0.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out eight against Acadiana.
Next: Thur./Sat. vs. Lafayette.

8. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
24-2-2 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Del Valle, 4-0, 10-3; def. Bowie, 7-3.
Stats: Ethan Calder struck out 13 in the first game and he had a double in the second game. He also got the win with eight strikeouts against Bowie.
Next: Fri. vs. Bowie.

9. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Brother Rice, 15-1; def. University Liggett, 12-6
Stats: Ciaran Caughey had 10 strikeouts and Ike Irish hit a home run against Brother Rice. Irish also hit a home run against University and Nolan Schubart had a double and a home run.
Next: Wed. vs. Divine Child (DH).

10. Friendswood (Friendswood, Texas)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Lee (Baytown), 12-0.
Next: Fri. vs. Manvel.

11. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. West, 7-0, 7-1; def. Knoxville Catholic, 8-6. def. Lenoir City, 3-2.
Stats: Hudson Seiglar homered and Parker Evans had two doubles in the first game and Bryce Burkey went 3-for-4 with a double in the second game against West.
Next: Wed. vs. Heritage.

12. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
16-3-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Tied Trinity Christian Academy, 4-4; lost to Doral Academy, 5-4; def. Braddock, 6-0.
Stats: Rene Lastres and Alex Ulloa each hit a home run in the 10-inning tie against Trinity Christian.
Next: Fri. vs. Bolles; Sat. vs. St.Johns Country Day.

13. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Record:
24-3 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. MacArthur 11-0 and Madison, 11-1; def. Clark, 8-0.
Stats: Stayton Ankrom had a grand slam against Madison and Hogan Heller also homered. Jacob Burcham had a double and a home run against Clark.
Next: Fri. vs. Brandeis.

14. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 17
Results: Did not play
Next: Thur. vs. Newbury Park.

15. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Gadsden City, 5-1. def. Vestavia Hills, 9-1.
Next: Thur. vs. Vestavia Hills

16. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Carrollton, 11-1.
Stats: Ryan Austin and Riley Austin each hit a home run and Will Turner had two doubles against Carrollton.
Next: Wed./Thur. vs. Smiths Station.

17. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 9
Results: lost to Auburn, 11-1; def. Alexander, 12-1; def. Norcross, 10-3. def. Alexander, 8-3; def. East Paulding, 8-1.
Stats: Eli Runyan hit a home run against got the win against Alexander. He added a double and triple against Norcross. Colton Cosper and Samuel Simpson each hit home runs against Alexander.
Next: Fri. vs. East Paulding.

18. Bryant (Ark.)
Record:
16-1 | Last week: 21
Results: def. Conway, 6-4.
Stats: Ryan Riggs had a home run and three RBI in the win.
Next: Fri. vs. Northside.

19. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
12-2 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. McMinn County, 9-0; def. Christian Academy of Knoxville, 3-0; def. Silverdale Academy, 8-2; def Chattanooga Christian, 13-0, 17-1.
Stats: Henry Godbout hit two home runs and Jay Dill had one against McMinn County. Daniel Corona had two doubles against CAK. Corona, Dill and Hunter Herndon all hit one out against Silverdale. Corona and Dill both hit a home run against Chattanooga Christian in the first game and Dill, Godbout and Carson Yates each hit one out in the second game.
Next: Thur. vs. Chattanooga Christian.

20. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. LaJolla, 3-0; def. Torrey Pines, 12-0.
Stats: Trent Abel had three hits and a home run against Torrey Pines.
Next: Wed. vs. Carlsbad; Fri. vs. Sage Creek.

21. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Birmingham, 6-2; def. Damien, 10-1; def. Harvard-Westlake, 9-5.
Stats: Casey Borba had two doubles against Harvard-Westlake. 
Next: Wed. vs. Redondo Union

22. Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Record:
16-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Fort Zumwalt South, 10-3; def. Vianney, 6-5; def. Troy Buchanan, 8-1.
Next: Wed. vs. Troy Buchanan.

23. Seymour (Tenn.)
Record:
22-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. William Blount, 9-4; lost to Maryville, 7-3; def. Heritage, 5-3; def. Roane County, 16-2; def. Tennessee, 4-3.
Stats: Adam Quincy went 3-for-4 with a double against William Blount. AJ Berry had two doubles against Roane County.
Next: Sat. at Grace Christian Academy

24. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
23-2-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Moody, 4-2; lost to Carroll, 10-0. lost to Veterans Memorial, 2-0.
Stats: Malachi Lott had a double and got the pitching win against Moody.
Next: Fri. vs. Flour Bluff; Sat. vs. Victoria West.

25. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
19-2 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Mountain View, 8-3; lost to Buford, 8-4.
Stats: Brady House had a home run against Mountain View and two doubles against Buford.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Buford.
High school girls basketball rankings: Florida's Lake Highland Prep tops Preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Florida's Lake Highland Prep tops Preseason MaxPreps Top 25
The 2019-2020 high school girls basketball season fizzled into the history books in many states. Playoffs never got off the ground or finished due to the coronavirus pandemic — and 2020-21 is planned but its fate might be questionable as well.

No one really knows how the basketball season will shake out in the high school setting. Many club teams managed to get in 40 or more games during the summer without an apparent negative impact. Still, schools will approach safety and virus control much differently than summer tournament operators, so the fact that club teams played bunches of games may not mean the same for high school teams.

And even if games are played, schedules have been disrupted, most notably in California. In that state, practice won't even begin until March, with the season set to end in mid-June. In other states, regular season schedules have been cut back and postseasons shortened or even eliminated entirely.

On top of all that, teams are much less likely to travel this year, which makes it more difficult to evaluate teams from a national perspective. Top 25 teams can be expected to dominate locally, but major intersectional events test them against their peers. That won't happen nearly as much this year, so it's likely there will be more unbeaten teams and fewer ways to determine which ones might stand above the others.

And finally, it all could change in a heartbeat. A vaccine could restore confidence, schedules and travel, or a winter surge could cause cancellations of single games or even full seasons.

Bottom line? The Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 is always an exercise in uncertainty, but that's even more true in 2020-21.

Still, we're confident that the teams listed below are all exceptional, and so of course are more than a few that aren't mentioned — which means that one historical certainty remains: The MaxPreps Top 25 at the end of the year will be a lot different than the one we're publishing now.
If all goes to plan in 2020-21, Stanford signee Brooke Demetre and No. 6 Mater Dei will just be tipping off the season in California as other states are winding down the playoffs.
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If all goes to plan in 2020-21, Stanford signee Brooke Demetre and No. 6 Mater Dei will just be tipping off the season in California as other states are winding down the playoffs.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Head coach: Al Honor | 2019-20: 29-2, No. 16 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: Eight players return from the Florida 4A championship team — including senior Alabama commit Kayla Blackshear and junior Nyla Harris — as the Highlands are taking their chance for national prominence seriously. The Orlando school travels to the United Bank Holiday Invitational (formerly the Crescom Bank Holiday Classic) in South Carolina and She Got Game in Atlanta, giving Lake Highland Prep one of the most challenging schedules in the country. Even amid a pandemic, strength of schedule has to count for something in the MaxPreps Top 25.

2. Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)
Head coach: Frank Oliver Jr. | 2019-20: 27-5, No. 7 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: Despite losing five players off of last year's team, Bishop McNamara has once more reloaded (it seems like the DMV never runs out of talent). And even though the Mustangs may not travel much, the always tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference provides plenty of opportunities to show how good this team really is.

3. Duncanville (Texas)

Head coach: LaJeanna Howard | 2019-20: 40-3, No. 5 in final Top 25
Breakdown: Even the loss of McDonald's All-American Deja Kelly won't slow the Duncanville roll, as plenty of talent returns for the defending 6A champions. That said, though, Texas has more than a few quality teams, and it won't be all that easy for the Pantherettes to hold on to this spot.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Head coach: Tara Starks | 2019-20: 30-0, No. 4 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: Paige Bueckers is now the next big thing at UConn and coach Brian Cosgriff retired, but it will still be a surprise if Hopkins loses a game in Minnesota. Six-foot-four junior Maya Nnaji leads a deep, talented roster that should coast through however many games Hopkins winds up playing.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Head coach: Monique Brown | 2019-20: 23-0, No. 8 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: Michigan State commit Damiya Hagemann tops the list of players with Power 5 potential on the Edison roster, which once again should be way too much for any Michigan team to overcome. And as with many teams this year, there will be no travel, so it will be hard to know how good Edison really is.

6. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Head coach: Kevin Kiernan | 2019-20: 30-3, No. 25 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: As always, Southern California is loaded with quality teams, and if Mater Dei can rise above the pack, No. 6 in the nation makes a lot of sense. But "rising above the pack" is a lot easier said than done. The Monarchs will need a big year from Stanford-bound Brooke Demetre, among others, to retain this ranking.

7. Westlake (Atlanta)

Head coach: Hilda Hankerson | 2019-20: 30-2, No. 14 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: Led by senior South Carolina commit Raven Johnson, Westlake's deep roster has one missing ingredient: size. A single returner is taller than 6-0, but that's the only weakness in an otherwise rock-solid top 10 team.

8. St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
Head coach: Johnathan Scribner | 2019-20: 22-9
Breakdown: Early last season without the injured Azzi Fudd — favored as the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year — the Cadets were a very good team, but not a great one. As Fudd got healthier, St. John's got better and better. Fudd is now 100 percent and primed for as great season. Not coincidentally, so is St. John's.

9. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Head coach: Dan Rolfes | 2019-20: 26-4
Breakdown: The Red Knights' quest for an eighth state title was denied by COVID, but with all but two players returning from a 26-4 team, Rolfes has all the pieces in place for another championship run. Like No. 7 Westlake, Incarnate Wood lacks a dominant post presence, but makes up for it with size up and down the roster.

10. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Head coach: Dawn Karpell | 2019-20: 28-1, No. 19 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: For most schools, being ranked No. 19 in the nation is the culmination of years of program building and, when seniors graduate, is followed by a swift decline. But Karpell and St. John-Vianney see their No. 19 ranking as the beginning of something special. Every player returns, including point guard Madison St. Rose.

11. DeSoto (Texas)

Head coach: Andrea Robinson | 2019-20: 32-3, No. 23 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: While some teams scramble to find a 6-footer to play the post, DeSoto's Robinson has three players 6-4 or taller — and all three juniors are ranked in the Hoopgurlz 2022 Top 60. Size matters but beating Duncanville in postseason matters more, and that's DeSoto's biggest hurdle.

12. Reynoldsburg (Ohio)
Head coach: Jack Purtell | 2019-20: 18-8
Breakdown: How can an eight-loss team start out No. 12 in the nation? When two elite transfers — Louisville-bound Alexia Mobley and Imarianah Russell — bulk up an already solid roster. Ohio, though, has its usual crop of quality teams, so Reynoldsburg is far from a lock to hold on to this slot.

13. Norman (Okla.)
Head coach: Michael Neal | 2019-20: 25-1, No. 24 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: With point guard Kelbie Washington running the show and 6-1 Chantae Embry scoring and rebounding, Norman is looking to do even better than last year — which would take some doing, since Oklahoma's best only lost once.

14. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Head coach: Sam Caldwell | 2019-20: 23-8
Breakdown: Caldwell always attracts talent, and that trend continues in his third year at New Hope. This year's roster is headed by point guard Kennedy Fauntleroy and 6-2 post Maria Gakdeng, but there's plenty of firepower after those two — and thus a ranking in the top 15.

15. Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.)
Head coach: Tamika Dudley | 2019-20: 25-6
Breakdown: A new power is rising in the always-loaded DMV, as junior Kiki Rice, who averaged 26.8 points, 10 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 blocks per game a year ago, is the prime mover behind the Quakers' jump into elite status. Sophomore Jadyn Donovan also averaged a double-double for this young team, so get used to hearing the name.

16. Hoover (Ala.)
Head coach: Krystle Johnson | 2019-20: 32-3
Breakdown: Hoover is traditionally one of the strongest high school sports schools in Alabama and with sophomore Reniya Kelly and junior Aniya Hubbard leading the way, add girls basketball to the list of powerhouse Buccaneers programs. Of course, at 32-3, Hoover wasn't half-bad last year, but expecting more this time around would not be a mistake.

17. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
Head coach: Sue Phillips | 2019-20: 26-3
Breakdown: Clearly the best in Northern California, Mitty rolls out a deep, talented team chock full of Division I players. The best are probably seniors Marley Langi and Hunter Hernandez, but Phillips has multiple options and many ways to win.

18. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Head coach:
Jennifer Alexander | 2019-20: 41-1
Breakdown: Yes, Cypress Creek played 42 games last year and lost just one. On top of that Texas commits Rori Harmon (15.6 points, 5.2 assists per game) and Kyndall Hunter (20.0 points per game) return for their final season, so there's no reason to expect much drop off. In fact, Cougars' fans might wonder why No. 3 Duncanville and No. 11 DeSoto are ranked higher.

19. Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.)
Head coach: Mary Taylor Cowles | 2019-20: 28-0, No. 9 in final MaxPreps Top 25
Breakdown: Ensworth might not be quite as good as last year — but it's hard to top a perfect season and a top 10 national ranking. Still, the Cambridge sisters — freshman Jaloni and junior Kennedy — will keep Ensworth in the national conversation and at the top of the Tennessee list.

20. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Head coach: Mary Klinger | 2019-20: 26-5
Breakdown: As always, New Jersey produces plenty of quality players, and Rutgers Prep has a lot of them. Senior Christina Dalce and freshman Mikayla Blakes are the top two, but they are just the tip of the iceberg on a deep, experienced team that could easily wind up in the top 10 at season's end.

21. Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.)
Head coach: Rachel Matakas | 2019-20: 28-3
Breakdown: With 6-0 wing Jennah Isai distributing and 6-1 power forward Marisa Davis, a Washington commit, taking care of business inside, Valley Vista is the best in Arizona — and primed to make the jump from regional power to national recognition.

22. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
Head coach: Mike McDonald | 2019-20: 21-7
Breakdown: It used to be that Archbishop Wood passed the ball 15 times before taking a mid-range jumper, hoping to win 39-38 — but those days are long gone. Led by Villanova signee Kaitlyn Orihel and 6-0 junior wing Ryanne Allen, Philly's best is looking to score early and often ... and win going away.

23. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Head coach: Special Jennings | 2019-20: 17-6
Breakdown: Usually a 17-6 team that loses six seniors to graduation isn't going to find a home in preseason national rankings, but Montverde has a lot coming back plus several quality out-of-state transfers. Bottom line: No. 1 Lake Highlands Prep isn't the only Sunshine State power.

24. Chiawana (Pasco, Wash.)
Head coach: Mike Brown | 2019-20: 23-5
Breakdown: Led by Oregon State's prize recruit, Talia Von Oelhoffen, Chiawana is out to erase memories of last year's late-season slump and stake a claim as Washington's best — not to mention a home in the MaxPreps Top 25. To do that, Von Oelhoffen will likely have to improve on her 26.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a game, but she's good enough to make that happen.

25. North Central (Indianapolis)
Head coach: DeeAnn Ramey | 2019-20: 17-10
Breakdown: It's an unusual year, which is why a 10-loss team creeps into the preseason rankings, but the word from Indiana is that North Central will be the state's best — and also plans to travel to Ohio to test itself against some top teams across the border. The key performer is Arizona State-bound Meg Newman, who leads a balanced attack.
High school softball: Alabama team wins 46-45 in third-highest scoring game in prep history - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Alabama team wins 46-45 in third-highest scoring game in prep history
Jonathan Whitfield didn't have a single hit, run, stolen base, strike out or catch in the record-setting Alabama high school softball game between Park Crossing (Montgomery) and Lanier (Montgomery) Monday, yet he might have left Lagoon Park the most exhausted.

Whitfield was the game's official scorer.

In the third-highest scoring game in history according to the NFHS record book, Park Landing escaped with a 46-45 in a nearly five-hour 6A AHSAA Area 3 tournament game. The game set state records for runs (91), walks (65) and hit-by-pitches (29). Latoria Cleare set a state mark scoring seven runs even though she didn't record an official at-bat. She walked five times and was hit by three pitches.

Four other players tied the previous state record with six runs, including teammate Janiya Watts and Lanier players Aryn Williams, Jai Mister and Jamil Young.

De’asia Hinds led the way at the plate for the winners with two hits and seven RBI, while Watts and Amanda Wesley each had three hits and five RBI.

Remarkably, Lanier managed just five hits but turned 42 walks into 45 runs. In defeat.

Park Crossing took leads of 11-4 and 18-5 after the first two frames but watched Lanier roar back to take a 22-20 lead in the top of the fourth, then go up 30-22 in the top of the fifth. The Thunderbirds took back the lead at 32-30 after five, Lanier struck for 11 in the sixth to go up 38-32 but Park Crossing added 10 in the bottom half, to go up 42-38.

A seven-run uprising in the top of the seventh gave the Poets a 45-42 lead, but the Thunderbirds ended it with a four-run rally in the bottom half.

As remarkable as the victory was, Park Crossing was just getting started.

It beat Lee 16-15 in the semifinals, then lost 18-2 to Lee to force a deciding game for the 6A Area 03 title. Park Crossing pulled out another thriller, 15-14, on Thursday. 

The national record for runs in a game was established in California during the 2011 season when Cuyama Valley beat Coast Union 48-47.
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi 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.

Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway (Jackson) is the 2020-21 Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior led the Chargers to a 10-1 record and the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Ruffin averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest this season, including a season-high 39 points in Callaway's double-overtime state quarterfinal loss to Lake Cormorant.

Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest.

A Mississippi signee, Ruffin is regarded as the No. 47 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He chose the Rebels over offers from SEC rivals Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State among others. He earned a spot on the McDonald's All American Game roster last month, though the showcase will not be played this year due to the pandemic.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Debreasha Powe named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Mississippi High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Debreasha Powe named 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi High School Girls 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.

Debreasha Powe of Meridian is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot junior was the key player in the Wildcats' 16-4 season, which was capped by reaching the Class 6A final four. With all but one player returning next season, the program will look to take the next step in 2021-22.

Powe averaged 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Though she is a post player, she can also step out and hit 3-pointers.

Not surprisingly, she has already received serious interest at the college level from Mississippi State.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.