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High school girls basketball rankings: Florida's Lake Highland Prep tops Preseason OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
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.
Nolan Hickman named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Utah High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Nolan Hickman named 2020-21 MaxPreps Utah 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.

Nolan Hickman of Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant) is the 2020-21 Utah High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior helped the Tigers go 18-6 against a rugged national schedule. Wasatch Academy – ranked No. 12 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 – is expected to earn an invitation to GEICO Nationals thanks in part to his contributions.

After spending his first three years of high school at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), Hickman averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game during his lone season at Wasatch Academy.

Signed with Kentucky, Hickman is regarded as the No. 31 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He was announced as a McDonald's All-American last month and also entertained offers from Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington.

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.
Nolan Hickman in action during a February game against Oak Hill Academy.
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Nolan Hickman in action during a February game against Oak Hill Academy.

High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa thrilled Major League Baseball fans in 1998 with their race to break Roger Maris's home run record. High school baseball has its own version of the McGwire-Sosa battle when Jeff Clement of Marshalltown (Iowa) and James Peterson of Winterset (Iowa) competed in 2002 to become the nation's all-time home run leader.

Clement entered his senior season with 59 career home runs, including 21 in both his freshman and sophomore season. Peterson, meanwhile, started his junior season 12 home runs behind Clement, but closed the gap to one, 59-58, after out homering Clement 28-17 during their junior seasons.

That set up a 2002 season in which Clement and Peterson both tried to slug their way to the national record of 70 career home runs, set by Drew Henson of Brighton (Mich.) from 1995-98. Clement jumped out to a fast start and tied Henson with No. 70 on July 1 (Iowa plays a summer baseball season). He moved past Henson six at-bats later on July 3. Peterson, meanwhile, had fallen off the pace and was at 68 career homers, including one on the same day that Clement broke the record.

However, while Clement hit just one more home run over the next 13 days while Peterson went on a tear, homering four times. He tied Clement at 72 on July 16. Clement regained the lead with his 73rd home run on July 18 and Peterson tied him again with his 73rd on July 19. The duo entered the state tournament on July 25 tied at 73. Clement played in the 4A tournament and Peterson competed in the 3A tournament.

That's where Peterson's good fortune ended and Clement's began. Clement hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the first game of the tournament for No. 74 and 75 while Peterson went homerless in Winterset's first-round loss. Marshalltown went on to win the 4A championship.

Clement remains the all-time high school home run king of the spring season, but the record has received some challengers over the past decade, including Taylor Hawkins of Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.) in 2012 with 72 career home runs and Christian Stewart of Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), who ended his career in 2012 with 69.

Another player who came close is Brendan McCurry of Roff (Okla.), who ended his spring career with 72. However, if spring and fall seasons are counted together, McCurry has an astounding 130 career home runs. Other spring-fall players with triple digit home run totals include Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) with 106 and Kyle Wingfield of Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.) with 100.

MaxPreps has compiled a list of players with 50 or more career spring home runs. All but one player on the list reached the milestone prior to 2014. Slade Wilks of Columbia Academy (Miss.) reached 50 last year before COVID ended his season.

Butch Harris of Broken Bow (Okla.) reached 50 home runs first, finishing with 51 in 1986. Dan Ruff of Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio) took the national lead with 53 in 1987 and Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) moved to the top in 1989 with 62. Paul Morse of Danville (Ky.) took over first place with 65 home runs in 1992 and Henson claimed the all-time lead in 1998 with 70, setting up the race to the top between Clement and Peterson.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association record book, MaxPreps leaderboards and newspapers accessed via newspapers.com.

Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
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Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
High school baseball all-time career home run leaders

1.   75 — Jeff Clement, Marshalltown (Iowa), 1999-2002
2.   73 — James Peterson, Winterset (Iowa), 1999-2002
3.   72 — Brendan McCurry, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
3.   72 — Taylor Hawkins, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2009-12
5.   70 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1995-98
6.   69 — Micah Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 1999-2002
6.   69 — Christian Stewart, Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), 2009-12
8.   67 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2009-12
9.   66 — Nick Masonia, Brooks (Killen, Ala.), 2007-11
9.   66 — Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (Okla.), 2011-14
11.  65 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1988-92
11.  65 — Kevin Bookout, Stroud (Okla.), 1999-2002
13.  63 — Mike Wilson, Central (Marlow, Okla.), 1993-96
13.  63 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1996-99
13.  63 — Rich Witten, Danville (Ky.), 2003-07
13.  63 — Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.), 2010-13
17.  62 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1986-89
17.  62 — Matt Robbins, Calhoun (Ga.), 1999-2002
19.  60 — Heath Graham, Stringer (Miss.), 1989-93
19.  60 — Steven Lerud, Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2000-03
19.  60 — Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), 2008-11
22.  58 — Jeremy Reed, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1995-98
22.  58 — Matt Ames, Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.), 1996-99
22.  58 — Brian Barnett, McQueen (Reno, Nev.), 2005-07
22.  58 — Blake Logan, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
26.  57 — Jake Fields, Jefferson (Ga.), 2007-10
27.  55 — Jeff Francouer, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 1999-2002
27.  55 — David Thompson, Westminster Christian (Miami, Fla.), 2009-12
29.  54 — Tyler Williams, Davenport North (Davenport, Iowa), 1986-89
29.  54 — Rod Walker, Morristown-Hamblen West (Morristown, Tenn.), 1986-89
29.  54 — Wade Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1997-00
29.  54 — Jon Mark Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 2001-04
33.  53 — Dan Ruff, Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio), 1984-87
33.  53 — John Sanders, Tishomingo County (Iuka, Miss.), 1986-89
33.  53 — Dayne Parker, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
33.  53 — Tim Barry, Oak Forest (Ill.), 2008-11
33.  53 — Jose Trevino, John Paul II (Corpus Christi, Texas), 2008-11
38.  52 — Shon Walker, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1989-92
38.  52 — Matt Daeges, Harlan (Iowa), 1996-2000
38.  52 — Taylor Harbin, Travelers Rest (S.C.), 1999-2004
38.  52 — Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth (Calif.), 2004-07
38.  52 — Jordan Adams, Newman Catholic (Mason City, Iowa), 2005-09
43.  51 — Butch Harris, Broken Bow (Okla.), 1983-86
43.  51 — Jared Martin, Riverton Parke (Montezuma, Ind.), 1998-01
43.  51 — Jake Goodwin, Parkers Chapel (El Dorado, Ark.), 1999-02
43.  51 — Justin Pickett, White House (Tenn.), 2001-04
43.  51 — Shane Dougherty, Rockwood (Tenn.), 2005-08
43.  51 — Justin O'Connor, Cowan (Muncie, Ind.), 2007-10
49.  50 — Brad Wilson, Towns County (Hiawassee, Ga.), 1986-89
49.  50 — Joe Little, Butner (Cromwell, Okla.), 1995-97
49.  50 — Jonathan Johnson, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1996-98
49.  50 — Drew Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Tommy Pearce, Marion (Ind.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Josh Gray, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1998-2000
49.  50 — Mike Breyman, Seneca East (Attica, Ohio), 1997-2000
49.  50 — Tyler Howe, Goose Lake (Iowa), 2000-04
49.  50 — Russ Henderson, Lexington (Tenn.), 2008-11
49.  50 — Slade Wilks, Columbia Academy (Columbia, Miss.), 2015-20
OFFICIAL High School Basketball Player of the Year from each state - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps High School Basketball Player of the Year from each state
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school athletics. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 basketball 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.

Forty-five states have completed their 2020-21 high school basketball seasons and MaxPreps has honored those athletes over the past four weeks. Now, we've gathered them together in one place. Links to each player's story are included after their bio and list of accomplishments.

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.
Colorado Player of the Year Baye Fall of Lutheran (Parker).
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Colorado Player of the Year Baye Fall of Lutheran (Parker).
MaxPreps Player of the Year in each state

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Alabama
Regarded as the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 32.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.6 steals to lead the Tigers to the Class 2A state semifinals. Davison opened his senior campaign with a career-high 57 points. Read More: Alabama Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
Two-time Class 4A Player of the Year averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 57 percent from the field to help Colony advance to the state semifinals. McMahon finished his career with over 1,700 points. Read More: Alaska Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Quickly rising Class of 2021 prospect averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Dragons to the No. 2 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 and the program's first GEICO Nationals invitation. Read More: Arizona Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 30 Class of 2022 prospect averaged 25 points, five rebounds and three assists while shooting 60 percent from the field. The talented combo guard pumped in a season-high 44 points in an 82-72 victory Feb. 2 over Jacksonville and earned all-state honors for the third consecutive season. Read More: Arkansas Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 50 Class of 2020 prospect helped the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003. Clingan averaged 36 points and 26.3 rebounds in three CCC tournament games and averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists on the season. Read More: Connecticut Player of the Year

Class: Sophomore (2023) | Status: Uncommitted
Regarded as the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2023, the 6-11 center averaged 22.1 rebounds, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots to lead the Lion to the program's fourth state title. Read More: Colorado Player of the Year

Delaware — Nnanna Njoku, Sanford (Hockessin)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Villanova
The 6-9 center averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 71 percent from the field this season. The top 100 prospect tallied 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while connecting on 8-of-9 attempts from the field and 8-of-10 free throws in Sanford's state title game victory. Read More: Delaware Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, Duren averaged 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest while shooting an efficient 63 percent from the field. The 6-10 post helped the top-ranked Eagles to a 21-1 record. Read More: Florida Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Auburn
Regarded as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2021, the 6-10 forward averaged 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting 56 percent from the field to help the Patriots to the Class AAA state title game. Smith tallied over 1,900 career points. Read More: Georgia Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The 6-10 center helped the Warriors go 20-1 en route to the program's first state title in 29 years. Rowbury led the highest scoring offense in Class 5A in points (17.0), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (60.4). Read More: Idaho Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Top 30 senior prospect averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds and was named Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He helped the Friars go 13-3 overall and 11-1 in Chicago Catholic League play. Read More: Illinois Player of the Year
Illinois Player of the Year Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park)
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Illinois Player of the Year Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park)
Indiana — Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (Fort Wayne)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Purdue
The 6-10 forward averaged 21.5 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 blocks per contest to guide the Braves to their second consecutive state title. Furst finished his four-year run as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,087 career points. Read More: Indiana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Drake
Averaged 18.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.9 steals while shooting 53 percent from the field to lead Waukee to the program's first championship. DeVries is regarded as a top 100 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read More: Iowa Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Tennessee
In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, the five-star guard averaged 14.8 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals while shooting 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 94 percent from the free throw line. Read More: Kansas Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Northern Kentucky
Named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown. Read More: Kentucky Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Santa Clara
The under-the-radar guard averaged 33 points, five rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range to guide the Tigers to their second consecutive state crown. Read More: Louisiana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Attending Kimball Union Academy (Prep School)
The 6-1 guard averaged 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals per contest to help the Black Bears go 15-0 en route to the Class A/B championship game of the central Maine tournament. Read More: Maine Player of the Year

Massachusetts —  Ademide Badmus, Lynn English (Lynn)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Over the course of his four year career, the 6-7 forward amassed 1,000 points to go along with 984 rebounds. Badmus averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game this season. Read More: Massachusetts Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Connecticut
Top 50 Class of 2021 prospect averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocked shots to lead the Stags to the No. 5 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25. Read More: Maryland Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Michigan State
Top 75 prospect 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 and leading the Hurricanes to their first state title. Read More: Michigan Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
MaxPreps National Player of the Year averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field to guide the Redhawks to their fourth consecutive state championship. Read More: Minnesota Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Mississippi
The 5-9 guard averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest to lead the Chargers to the state quarterfinals. Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest. Read More: Mississippi Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Georgetown
The five-star guard averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field. Mohammed spent his final three seasons at Greenwood, setting the all-time Springfield area record with 2,709 career points. Read More: Missouri Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
The 6-7 guard averaged 24.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, helping the Spartans to the state semifinals. Germer eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in an 88-62 victory over Big Sky (Missoula), finishing a special night with 51 points and breaking the Class AA record with 13 3-pointers. Read More: Montana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The under-the-radar prospect averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. Thomas helped guide the Mustangs go 27-2 en route to the program's first state championship. Read More: Nebraska Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Scored 1,056 points in his career and was named the state's Mr. Basketball by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization. He put up a season-high 33 in a January game against Oyster River. Read More: New Hampshire Player of the Year

New Jersey — D.J. Wagner, Camden
Class: Sophomore (2023) | Status: Uncommitted
Top ranked Class of 2023 prospect averaged 22.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored 20 or more points in 11 of 13 games and was the catalyst for the No. 8 ranked team in this week's MaxPreps Top 25. Read More: New Jersey Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Averaged 27.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line, helping the Bulldawgs reach the Class 5A state title game. Read More: New Mexico Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Three-star prospect 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. The 6-3 guard helped the Falcons go 21-11 en route to the Grind Session tournament quarterfinals. Read More: New York Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with North Carolina State
Top 100 senior prospect averaged nearly 30 points per game this season, including a career-high 50 against Trinity Academy in early February. Farmville Central went 76-2 during his final three seasons with three consecutive state titles. Read More: North Carolina Player of the Year

North Dakota — Joe Hurlburt, Enderlin
Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 100 junior prospect averaged 22.6 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field. Playing alongside brother Gus on the varsity team since seventh grade, Hurlburt has amassed 1,609 points and 1,134 rebounds in 97 career games. Read More: North Dakota Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
The No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2022, Livingston 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 Buchtel to the program's second district championship in the past three seasons. Read More: Ohio Player of the Year

Oklahoma — Bijan Cortes, Kingfisher
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Oklahoma
Scored 23 of his team's points in a 48-40 win over Heritage Hall in the state championship game. Cortes poured in 13 in the second half after Kingfisher fell behind by eight points in the third quarter en route to its 20th straight win. The Yellowjackets went 107-4 during his time with the program. Read More: Oklahoma Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Connecticut
Top 50 prospect 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. Diggins helped the Vikings go 19-1 en route to the Class 6A state title game. Read More: Pennsylvania Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Recorded a double-double in every game during his two years at Pilgrim, averaging 20.4 points, 17.4 rebounds and five blocked shots per outing this season en route to the state semifinals. He surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in the final game of the season. Read More: Rhode Island Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Nebraska
The five-star guard averaged 21.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest this season and was the leading scorer at the St. James NIBC Invitational, posting 20.9 points per contest in seven appearances at the loaded event. McGowens finished his four-year high school career with more than 2,300 points. Read More: South Carolina Player of the Year

South Dakota — Matthew Mors, Yankton
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Wisconsin
Three-star forward averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists per contest while leading Yankton to its first 20-win season since 1975-76. Playing on the varsity team since seventh grade, Mors finished third on the state's all-time scoring list with over 2,700 career points. Read More: South Dakota Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
The 6-foot-3 guard helped the Fighting Irish go 21-4 with a state semifinals appearance. He averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest and was the first Knoxville Catholic player to be named TSSAA Mr. Basketball in Division II-AA. Read More: Tennessee Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Regarded as the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2021, the 6-9 forward averaged 35.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 6.2 blocks per game to help the Rabbits go 19-5. Read More: Texas Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
After spending his first three years of high school at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), Hickman averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game during his lone season at Wasatch Academy. He helped No. 11 ranked Wasatch Academy finish the regular season 18-6 en route to a bid to GEICO Nationals. Read More: Utah Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The 5-10 guard averaged 30.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest to help the Green Knights go 10-0 en route to their second straight Division 1 state title. Ndayishimiye is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Mr. Basketball in the Green Mountain State. Read More: Vermont Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
In a shortened season, Keels averaged 28.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.8 steals per contest while recording six triple-doubles. He finished his prep career with 1,803 points. Read More: Virginia Player of the Year

West Virginia — Isaac McKneely, Poca
Back-to-back Gazette-Mail All-Kanawha Valley co-Player of the Year averaged 22.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line in 15 regular season games. Read More: West Virginia Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Iowa State
Top 50 senior prospect led the team in scoring and assists averaging 18.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game on the season for the Division 3 state champions. Hunter was a four-year starter for St. Catherine's, compiling 1,589 points while leading the program to a record of 91-12. Read More: Wisconsin Player of the Year

Wyoming — Sam Lecholat, Sheridan
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
The 6-6 wing averaged 17.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 52 percent from the field to guide the Broncs to the Class 4A state semifinals. Read More: Wyoming Player of the Year
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns - OFFICIAL
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns
Sam Huard made up for lost time in a hurry. The five-star Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wash.) senior quarterback threw for 495 yards and seven touchdowns in last week's 49-14 season-opening win over Tahoma.

According to the Tacoma Tribune, the University of Washington signee threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone before the Lancers pumped the brakes. Huard is 805 yards shy of breaking the state career passing record of 13,044 set by Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Like most of the West Coast, Kennedy Catholic has been paused from football since the fall of 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lancers resumed play with a bang as a double pass found its way back to Huard on the game's first play on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander fired a 46-yard pass to Reed Shumpert, who four plays later caught a TD pass. Huard finished with 26 completions in 35 attempts.

He's thrown for 12,240 career yards and 139 touchdowns. The Lancers travel Friday to Decatur (Federal Way).

“I just wanted to take a moment and see all my teammates and my coaches and just be out here together,” Huard told the newspaper after Friday's games. “Just being able to play with these guys, it means the world to me. ... That’s the only thing that matters to me at the end of the day is just being out here playing the game that I love with my teammates.”

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player overall nationally in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports composite, and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect. His father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic
File photo by Glen Moffit
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic