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2020-21 MaxPreps All-America Team: Raven Johnson headlines high school girls basketball's best and most talented players
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the top high school girls basketball players in America. Past honorees include Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, Nneka Ogwumike, Breanna Stewart and A'ja Wilson, who all went on to win the WNBA's Most Valuable Player award.

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 and non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.

It should be noted that are a handful of previous All-America selections not included this year — Azzi Fudd of St. John's (Washington, D.C.), Caroline Ducharme of Noble & Greenough (Dedham, Mass.), Brooke Demetre of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and JuJu Watkins of Windward (Los Angeles) — due to their seasons being shortened, delayed or canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlighted by MaxPreps Girls National Player of the Year selection Raven Johnson of Westlake, we present the 2020-21 MaxPreps All-America Team.
First Team

Lauren Betts, Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
6-7 | Junior (2022) | Post | Stanford

Focal point of 17-1 team, scoring 17.1 points a game and adding 11.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. At 6-7, she was automatic close to the basket, hitting 80 percent of her field goal attempts.

K.K. Bransford, Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
5-10 | Junior (2022) | Forward | Uncommitted

Ohio Ms. Basketball led the Cougars to an unbeaten season, a state title and the No. 3 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25, averaging 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Raven Johnson, Westlake (Atlanta)
5-8 | Senior (2021) | Guard | South Carolina

Key to Westlake's No.1 ranking, tallying 15.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game to go along with a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Saniya Rivers, Ashley (Wilmington, N.C.)
6-0 | Senior (2021) | Guard | South Carolina

Her statistics speak volumes: 36.8 points per game — more than a point a minute — to go along with 11.5 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 5.1 assists for a team that advanced to the 4A semifinals.

Payton Verhulst, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
6-1 | Senior (2021) | Wing | Louisville

McDonald's All-American averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.8 steals and 3.5 blocks per game for state champions.

Second Team


Kamorea Arnold, Germantown (Wis.)
5-9 | Sophomore (2023) | Guard | Uncommitted

Averaged 22.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals a game for state champion Warhawks, who finished 29-1.

Sonia Citron, Ursuline (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
6-1 | Senior (2021) | Wing | Notre Dame

McDonald's All-American averaged 26.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game for the unbeaten Koalas, who rode their win streak to 38.

Milaysia Fulwiley, Keenan (Columbia, S.C.)
5-6 | Sophomore (2023) | Guard | Uncommitted

Averaged 25.9 points, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game for the Raiders, who won the 3A state championship. She also shot 42 percent from beyond the arc.

Rori Harmon, Cypress Creek (Houston)
5-6 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Texas

McDonald's All-American averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game. Cypress Creek finished with a 32-1 record and No. 16 in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

Reigan Richardson, Cannon (Concord, N.C.)
5-10 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Georgia

Produced 27.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.2 steals per game for 20-5 Cougars.

Third Team


Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy (Detroit)
5-7 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Michigan State

Her 9.9 assists a game is the most impressive stat, but the rest of Hagemann's numbers are pretty good as well: 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game.

Bree Hall, Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio)
5-11 | Senior (2021) | Guard | South Carolina

Led Warriors to an 18-4 record, averaging 25.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.5 blocks a game.

Mallory Heyer, Chaska (Minn.)
6-1 | Junior (2022) | Forward | Minnesota

In leading Chaska to an unbeaten season, 4A state title and No. 6 final national ranking, averaged 21.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Aaliyah Moore, Moore (Okla.)
6-1 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Texas

Piled up 25.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

Maya Nnaji, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
6-4 | Junior (2022) | Post | Uncommitted

Averaged 18.8 points and 7.6 rebounds for the No. 9 Royals while hitting on 80.4 percent of her free throws.

Honorable Mention

Destiny Adams, Manchester Township (Lakehurst, N.J.)
6-3 | Senior (2021) | Forward | North Carolina

The McDonald's All-American averaged 30.1 points and 18.7 rebounds a game for the 10-5 Hawks.

Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point (Ind.)
5-8 | Junior (2022) | Guard | Uncommitted

Scored 23.3 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds for the 25-1 Bulldogs, who finished No. 23 in the nation.

Maryam Dauda, Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.)
6-4 | Senior (2021) | Post | Baylor

McDonald's All-American averaged 17.0 points and 8.1 rebounds a game while shooting 61.5 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point distance.

Marisa Davis, Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.)
6-1 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Washington

Scored 17.9 points a game and added 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals for the Monsoons, who finished 17-1 and won the 6A championship.

Aziaha James, Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
5-11 | Senior (2021) | Guard | North Carolina State

Averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds and had a 3.7 assist-to-turnover ratio for the No. 14 team in the nation.

Greta Kampschroeder, Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.)
6-0 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Oregon State

Produced 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 89.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Ta'Niya Latson, Westlake
5-8 | Junior (2022) | Guard | Uncommitted

Averaged 23.2 points a game for the MaxPreps National Champions while shooting 62 percent from the field.

Alexis Markowski, Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
6-3 | Senior (2021) | Center | Nebraska

Averaged 23.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from field for the Thunderbolts, who won state championship and finished No. 22 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Alanna Micheaux, Wayne Memorial (Wayne, Mich.)
6-2 | Senior (2021) | Post | Minnesota

Piled up 27.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game for the 17-3 Zebras.

Sa'Myah Smith, DeSoto (Texas)
6-2 | Junior (2022) | Forward | Uncommitted

With 16.3 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks a game, Smith was a force inside for the No. 10 team — and she also handed out 3.4 assists.

Madison St. Rose, St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
5-10 | Junior (2022) | Guard | Verbal to Princeton

Averaged 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game for the No. 9 team in the nation.

Jeriah Warren, LaGrange (Lake Charles, La.)
5-11 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Florida

Contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds per game to the state championship team.

Kelbie Washington, Norman (Okla.)
5-7 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Oklahoma

Sparkplug for unbeaten No. 7 Norman with a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio while averaging 13.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game.

Morasha Wiggins, Kalamazoo Central (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
6-0 | Senior (2021) | Wing | North Carolina

Averaged 24.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 blocks a game for the 14-2 Maroon Giants.

Jersey Wolfenbarger, Northside (Fort Smith, Ark.)
6-5 | Senior (2021) | Wing | Arkansas

McDonald's All-American averaged 19.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 blocks a game for the state champion Grizzlies.
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020

MaxPreps/AVCA
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Alabama

Skyler Bumpers


McGill-Toolen High School (Mobile, AL), 6 - 1

6'0 Senior, OH,OPP

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 17 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.77
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2.94
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 3.12
Aces: 8

Georgia
Kate Perryman


North Forsyth High School (Cumming, GA), 13 - 2

6'2 Senior, MB,OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 10
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 5
Blocks: 18

Indiana
Dara Milivojac


Indianapolis Lutheran High School (Indianapolis, IN), 3 - 1

Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 11 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 80
Kills/Game: 7.27
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 3.46
Receptions: 90
Rcpt/Game: 8.18
Blocks: 3

Mississippi
Parker Bracken

Jackson Academy (Jackson, MS), 8 - 1

5'10 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 8 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 33
Digs/Game: 4.13
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 2.63
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Ohio
Paige Fisher


Williamsburg High School (Williamsburg, OH), 1 - 0

5'10 Senior, S,MH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 3 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 8.00
Digs: 2
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 3.00
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Oklahoma
Grace Thompson


Westmoore High School (Oklahoma City, OK), 3 - 3

Senior,

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 13 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 3.15
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.86
Receptions: 34
Rcpt/Game: 2.62
Aces: 4

Tennessee
Shaye Eggleston

Brentwood High School (Brentwood, TN), 2 - 0

6'0 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 5.43
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.29
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Texas
Graycee Mosley

Troy High School (Troy, TX), 5 - 1
5'9 Junior, OH,DS

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 79
Kills/Game: 5.27
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.47
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 2.73
Aces: 14
Blocks: 2

Utah
Halle Hogan


Woods Cross High School (Woods Cross, UT), 6-1

5'8 Senior, S

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 26 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 237
Assists/Game: 9.12
Team Hitting%: 0.220
Digs: 25
Aces: 23
Blocks: 6

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Jabari Smith named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Georgia High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jabari Smith named 2020-21 MaxPreps Georgia 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.

Jabari Smith of Sandy Creek (Tyrone) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Georgia High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound senior helped the Patriots go 28-5 en route to the Class AAA state championship game.

Smith averaged 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest while shooting 56 percent from the field. He finished with over 1,900 career points.

In Sandy Creek's 57-49 state championship loss to Cross Creek, Smith tallied 19 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks.

Signed with Auburn, Smith is regarded as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee were among other college basketball programs to extend offers.

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.
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 set to be released June 23 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason MaxPreps Top 25 set to be released June 23
While adjusted spring seasons due to the pandemic are just wrapping up in some pockets of the country, high school football is expected to return to its normal time slot this fall. Here's to hopes that all the things that make prep football a community event on Friday nights can return along with it – bands, cheerleaders, student sections and of course fans.

Kickoff is 100 days away in many states and we will officially begin counting down to what may be the most highly-anticipated high school football season in history with the release of our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23.

A look at the nation's elite programs will be followed by breakdowns of the top team in every state, biggest games, toughest schedules and top players at every position. Our 2021 preview will conclude in late July with the release of our preseason All-America teams.

Most states have confirmed start dates for the 2021 season. The earliest scheduled thus far is Hawaii on Aug. 6, followed by Alaska and Utah the following week. The season will really pick up steam Aug. 20-21 with more than a dozen states kicking off that weekend.

Last year, Utah kicked off first Aug. 13 and was one of 35 states to complete seasons in the fall. Of those, 31 eventually crowned state champions.
High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
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High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
Previewing the 2021 football season

June 23: Preseason MaxPreps Top 25
June 29: Highlighting the nation's top 100 teams
July 1: Best team in all 50 states
July 5: Top 10 biggest games
July 7: Top 10 toughest schedules
July 9: Top 10 quarterbacks
July 12: Top 10 running backs
July 14: Top 10 wide receivers
July 16: Top 10 defensive linemen
July 19: Top 10 linebackers
July 21: Top 10 defensive backs
July 23: Top 10 players
July 26: Preseason Sophomore All-America Team
July 28: Preseason Junior All-America Team
July 30: Preseason All-America Team
High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title
A season-defining week of high school basketball awaits as GEICO Nationals takes center stage this week. The 10-team, national field begins Wednesday featuring the top four teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 along with No. 7 Milton, No. 10 Wasatch Academy, No. 12 Prolific Prep, No. 15 Pace Academy and a pair of unranked event mainstays.

Top-ranked Montverde Academy has won an event-best four GEICO Nationals titles and are slight favorites over three teams the Eagles have already knocked off this season — No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), No. 3 Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, Kan.) and No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Sunrise Christian is the only team to hand the Eagles a loss this season, but trails the season series 2-1.

The four-day national championship event culminates April 3 at Suncoast Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Fla. All games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks.

Looking at last week's results, No. 25 Reading (Pa.) stunned previous No. 9 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 58-57 in a gritty 6A state championship game. The Red Knights battled back from an early 13-2 deficit to capture their first state title since 2017.

No. 9 Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) survived a scare over the weekend, erasing a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat Totino-Grace 73-60 in the Class 3A Section 4 title game. The Red Hawks take on Byron in Wednesday's state quarterfinals.
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
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The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
MaxPreps Top 25 basketball rankings

Record: 21-1 | Last week: 1
Eagles get Pace Academy-Oak Hill Academy winner to start GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-1 | Last week: 2
Dragons face Wasatch Academy without without Top 50 senior DaRon Holmes, ruled ineligible for GEICO.

Record: 19-3 | Last week: 3
Prolific Prep-La Lumiere winner is first-round GEICO opponent.

Record: 20-2 | Last week: 4
Defending GEICO champions meets Milton on Thursday.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5
Regular season complete.

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 7
Eagles draw defending champion IMG Academy in first trip to GEICO Nationals.

Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Regular season complete.

Record: 17-1 | Last week: 10
Top-ranked senior Chet Holmgren went off for 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists to help the Red Hawks advance in postseason play.

Record: 18-6 | Last week: 11
Tigers are looking for breakout at GEICO Nationals behind senior Nolan Hickman.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
The Crusaders knocked off Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains) twice last week, defeating them 47-46 on Tuesday before a 66-39 blowout victory the following night. Scheduling issues have remained an issue all season for the talented group from the Big Apple.

Record: 30-3 | Last week: 13
The Crew draw La Lumiere in a Wednesday play-in game at GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 14
Regular season complete.

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 15
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-1 | Last week: 16
The Georgia AA champs earn first GEICO invite and face perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in play-in game.

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 17
Regular season complete.

17. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.)
Record: 28-3 | Last week: 18
Regular season complete.

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 19
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 20
Regular season complete.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 23
Northwestern pledge Julian Roper pumped in 21 points to help the Eaglets capture the District 6 title over Mott (Waterford) 76-60. The Eaglets advance to Tuesday's Regional semifinals against Clarkston.

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21
Regular season complete.

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 24
Regular season complete.

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 25
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
Senior West Chester pledge Moro Osomanu led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Red Knights' upset victory over previously-ranked Archbishop Wood.