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Joe Hurlburt named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE North Dakota High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Joe Hurlburt named 2020-21 MaxPreps North Dakota 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.

Joe Hurlburt of Enderlin is the 2020-21 MaxPreps North Dakota High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound junior helped the Eagles go 18-4 en route to the Region 1 semifinals.

Hurlburt 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.

247Sports has Hurlburt pegged as the No. 70 prospect in the Class of 2022. He has received 11 college offers including Colorado, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon State, Wisconsin 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.
High school baseball: No-hit king Nolan Ryan among pitchers with at least 500 career strikeouts - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: No-hit king Nolan Ryan among pitchers with at least 500 career strikeouts
David Clyde of Westchester (Houston) was a high school legend in the early 1970s and his resume includes a multitude of records in the National Federation of High Schools record book, including the mark for career strikeouts with 842. Except that depending on how you determine career strikeouts, Clyde is not Nos. 1 or 2 or even third or fourth.

In fact Clyde comes in behind Mississippi hurler Ronnie Richardson, a pair of Iowa pitchers in Bill Varner and Mike Boddicker, and Oklahoma leader Mark Turner. They are among the pitchers featured in the MaxPreps list of pitchers with over 500 career strikeouts.

To be fair, Clyde does hold the record for a four-year career, which is what the National Federation of High Schools recognizes. However, if a fifth year is included, Richardson moves into the top spot with 856 strikeouts.

Then, if you include pitchers from the schools in Iowa and Oklahoma that play both a summer and fall season (and in some cases a spring and summer season), then you have to include Varner, Turner and Boddicker.

Under these circumstances, Varner set the national record with 1,042 strikeouts in his four years at Decorah, graduating in 1970. He played three spring seasons to go with four summer seasons. Turner had 917 strikeouts in three fall and four spring seasons for Vanoss in Oklahoma from 1989-92.

Boddicker topped Varner for the all-time lead in Iowa, and the nation, with 1,122 strikeouts from 1972-75 while at Norway. Boddicker played three fall seasons to go with four spring seasons. The MLB All-Star also holds the record for most all-time wins with 79 (with all seasons considered). Boddicker went on to earn American League Conference Series MVP honors in 1983 en route to helping the Baltimore Orioles win the World Series.

Clyde also played professionally after being selected by the Texas Rangers with the first overall pick in 1973. Twenty days after pitching his final high school game, Clyde started for the Rangers and won his first MLB outing. Injuries marred his career, however, and he finished with 18 wins and 33 losses.

The first player to record 500 career strikeouts during a spring-only career is believed to be Francis Vidrine, who had exactly 500 while at Seligman (Ariz.) from 1955 to 1958. None other than MLB all-time strikeout leader Nolan Ryan of Alvin (Texas) became the all-time leader in 1965 with 510 strikeouts. Future California Angels teammate Lloyd Allen of Selma (Calif.) topped Ryan with 588 strikeouts upon graduation in 1968. Gene Carfrey of Westfall (Williamsport, Ohio) raised the record to 649 strikeouts in 1969 and then Clyde raised it to 842 in 1973. Richardson has held the spring record ever since 1987.

Another Mississippi pitcher, Randolph Salters of Mooreville, might have broken Clyde's records in the mid-1980s, but his career numbers are unavailable. According to former coach Rex Berryman, in an e-mail to MaxPreps, all of his records and scorebooks were inadvertently destroyed by contractors when Mooreville moved from the old gym to the new gym in 1988.

Salters holds the national record for single season strikeouts, although that total is up for dispute. Three different stories by the Clarion Ledger list Salters with 344 strikeouts, 366 strikeouts and 381 strikeouts during a 25-4 season. The 381 total is the most likely total since the Clarion Ledger ran a story about Salters on May 23, 1985, listing him with 366 and he then pitched in the championship game on May 25, striking out 15.

Salters struck out somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 batters as a junior, but exact totals are unavailable. His sophomore and freshman season are also unknown and he finished his career with a record of 53-9.

With new rules restricting the amount of batters a pitcher can face in a week (Salters once pitched 27 innings in four days in the state tournament), it's unlikely anyone will top the totals amassed by Clyde, Richardson, Varner, Turner and Boddicker. The most recent addition to the list is Bubba Gomez of Fremont Christian (Fremont, Calif.), who had 569 strikeouts between 2016 and 2019. That's still nearly 300 strikeouts away from the spring record.

Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books, coaches association record books, Iwasatthegame.com, Mississippi Baseball Record Book by John Smillie, and the Cal-Hi Sports Record by Mark and Nelson Tennis.
Bubba Gomez, Fremont Christian
File photo by Jim Malone
Bubba Gomez, Fremont Christian
Pitchers with 500 or more career strikeouts (spring only)

1.   856 — Ronnie Richardson, Lee (Columbus, Miss.), now Columbus (Miss.), 1983-87
2.   842 — David Clyde, Westchester (Houston), now closed, 1970-73
3.   734 — Jerry Boldt, Woodlawn (Chicago), 1979-83
4.   729 — Allen Rath, Highland (Riverside, Iowa), 1983-86
5.   690 — Brad Howard, Oakdale (Tenn.), 1992-96
6.   680 — Kelly Owens, Junction City (Ark.), 1979-82
7.   662 — Jordan Ray, Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 2005-08
8.   661 — Steve Fink, Kee (Lansing, Iowa), 1970-73
9.   658 — Jaime Sepeda, Sinton (Texas), 1986-89
10. 651 — Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff (Ala.), 2005-08

10. 651 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1988-92
12. 649 — Gene Carfrey, Westfall (Williamsport, Ohio), 1966-69
13. 646 — Craig Van Hulzen, Apple Valley Christian (Apple Valley, Calif.), 1987-90
14. 644 — David Flattery, St. Edmond (Fort Dodge, Iowa), 1974-77
15. 640 — David Mabe, East Surry (Pilot Mountain, N.C.), 1981-84
16. 637 — Pat Underwood, Kokomo (Ind.), 1971-74
17. 626 — Brian DuBois, Reed-Custer (Braidwood, Ill.), 1982-85
18. 623 — Mike Wisniewski, Bangor (Mich.), 1991-94
19. 612 — Tyler Sander, Okoboji (Milford, Iowa), 2000-03
19. 612 — Jon Peters, Brenham (Texas), 1986-89

21. 606 — Todd Neibel, Waltonville (Ill.), 1980-83
21. 606 — Bert Neff, Mooresville (Ind.), 1990-93
23. 598 — Will Inman, Tunstall (Dry Fork, Va.), 2002-05
23. 598 — Manuel Mendez, Washington Union (Fresno, Calif.), 1990-92
25. 597 — Matt Tomso, Mt. Olive (Ill.), 1987-90
26. 593 — Steve DeRoos, Wheeler (Valparaiso, Ind.), 1984-87
27. 590 — Gunner Baker, Carlisle (Price, Texas), 2010-13
28. 589 — Larry Knight, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1978-80
29. 588 — Lloyd Allen, Selma (Calif.), 1965-68
30. 587 — Schuyler Tripp, Davis County (Bloomfield, Iowa), 2002-05

31. 586 — Mike Mercer, Nishna Valley (Hastings, Iowa), 1980-84
32. 585 — Cody Reed, Ardmore (Ala.), 2011-14
33. 583 — Nate Wernette, Morley Stanwood (Morley, Mich.), 2000-03
34. 580 — Brennen Milby, Green County (Greensburg, Ky.), 2008-13
35. 578 — Ron Robinson, Woodlake (Calif.), 1977-80
36. 575 — Ryno Bethel, Willcox (Ariz.), 1998-2001
37. 572 — David Dinsmore, Reese (Mich.), 2000-03
38. 569 — Bubba Gomez, Fremont Christian (Fremont, Calif.), 2016-19
39. 568 — John Tolson, Decatur Central (Indianapolis), 1998-2001
40. 566 — TJ Prunty, St. Paul Academy (Minn.), 1996-2000

40. 566 — Bob Goodyear, Lutheran (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1971-73
42. 564 — Jake Forrester, Umpqua Valley Christian (Roseburg, Ore.), 2011-14
43. 555 — Todd Malone, Casa Roble (Orangevale, Calif.), 1986-88
44. 553 — Tom Underwood, Kokomo (Ind.), 1969-72
44. 553 — Kevin Waldrum, Millsap (Texas), 1996-97
44. 553 — Steve Streater, Sylva-Webster (N.C.), now Smoky Mountain (Sylva, N.C.) 1974-77
47. 552 — Will Jostock, Lapeer West (Lapeer, Mich.), 2001-04
48. 551 — Ben Van Ryn, East Noble (Kendallville, Ind.), 1987-90
49. 550 — RA Dickey, Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), 1990-93
50. 548 — Alec Carney, Webster Christian (Webster, N.Y.), 2002-06

50. 548 — Gregg Johnson, Moorehead (East Monona, Iowa), now West Harrison (Mondamin, Iowa) 1983-85
52. 547 — Richy Harrelson, Iuka (Miss.), now Tishomingo County (Iuka, Miss.), 1988-92
53. 546 �� Josh Collmenter, Homer (Mich.), 2001-04
54. 545 — Nick Stiles, Bath (Mich.), 2009-12
55. 542 — Able D'Loera, Grant (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1998-2001
56. 541 — Del Howell, American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 2002-06
56. 541 — Chris Schoon, Anamosa (Iowa), 1974-77
58. 540 — Jerome Hammontree, Sperry (Okla.), 1987-90
59. 535 — Ryan Keaffaber, Northfield (Wabash, Ind.), 2010-13
59. 535 — Thomas Mitchell, Bladenboro (N.C.), 1997-2000

61. 531 — Sam Traver, Potterville (Mich.), 2012-15
61. 531 — Bob Rossi, Corning West (N.Y.), 1969-72
63. 528 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1995-98
64. 526 — Jeff Granger, Orangefield (Texas), 1987-90
65. 525 — Mike Taylor, Iowa Falls (Iowa), 1973-76
65. 525 — Logan Ehlers, Nebraska City (Neb.), 2007-10
67. 524 — Guy Finch, Clarksville (Ind.), 1975-78
68. 523 — Keith Creel, Duncanville (Texas), 1974-77
68. 523 — Kirk Benda, Decorah-North Winneshiek (Decorah, Iowa), 1980-81
70. 521 — Aron Cornett, Concord (Ark.), 2002-04

70. 521 — Ty Henderson, Webber (Bluford, Ill.), 2010-13
70. 521 — Steven Rice, Crawfordsville (Ind.), 2007-10
73. 520 — Brian Bohanon, North Shore (Houston), 1984-87
74. 519 — Drew Tanner, Coffee (Douglas, Ga.), 1979-82
74. 519 — Justin Willoughby, Princeton (N.C.), 1993-96
76. 518 — Ryan Ellison, Isabella (Maplesville, Ala.), 2000-04
76. 518 — Lesley Piersall, Hutsonville (Ill.), 1995-98
76. 518 — Tom King, La Porte (Ind.), 1970-72
79. 517 — Tyler Howe, Northeast (Goose Lake, Iowa), 2000-04
80. 515 — Doug Bates, J.J. Kelly (Va.), 1980-83

81. 513 — Tony Watson, Dallas Center-Grimes (Dallas Center, Iowa), 2000-03
82. 512 — Chandler Shepherd, Lawrence County (Louisa, Ky.), 2006-11
82. 512 — Joe Goodman, Gilbert (Iowa), 2008-11
84. 511 — Scott Davidson, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 1986-88
85. 510 — Jim Peterson, Sonora (La Habra, Calif.), 1971-73
85. 510 — Brian Barnes, Roanoke Rapids (N.C.), 1982-85
85. 510 — Kevin Mann, Jackson Center (Ohio), 2003-06
85. 510 — Nolan Ryan, Alvin (Texas), 1963-65
89. 506 — Jon Kirby, Estill County (Irvine, Ky.), 1999-2002
90. 505 — Tim Rogers, Bixby (Okla.), 1975-78

91. 502 — Chad Billingsley, Defiance (Ohio), 2000-03
92. 501 — Chase Reeves, Hamilton (Miss.), 2007-11
93. 500 — Francis Vidrine, Seligman (Ariz.), 1955-58
93. 500 — Harvey Marshall, Floyd County (Floyd, Va.), 1975-79

Top 10 Fall-Spring-Summer combo strikeout leaders
1. 1,122 — Mike Boddicker, Norway (Iowa), 1972-75
2. 1,042 — Bill Varner, Decorah (Iowa), 1967-70
3.    917 — Mark Turner, Vanoss (Ada, Okla.), 1989-92
4.    817 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1986-89
5.    757 — Mario Enriquez, Davidson (Okla.), 1986-89
6.    743 — Cal Eldred, Urbana (Iowa), 1983-86
7.    735 — Brett Case, Preston (Okla.), 2000-03
8.    732 — Larry Frakes, Goldfield (Iowa), 1968-72
9.    723 — Kevin Lomon, Cameron (Okla.), 1987-90
10.  687 — Cale Elam, Oktaha (Okla.), 2006-10
Note: It's possible Boddicker and Varner would qualify for the "spring only" list, but their spring-only totals are unknown.
High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders - HIGHSCORE
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
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
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
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason MaxPreps Top 25
While the 2020 high school volleyball season might look different on a national level, one thing remains: You've got to win the matches in front of you. More than two-thirds of the states are pushing forward with fall sports, though some have a delayed calendar, but the national landscape will nonetheless look different.

California opted for a spring volleyball schedule, while some of the national tournaments were either canceled or rebooted in a different format. Michigan, with several Top 25-worthy teams is still trying to figure out if it's pushing back or moving forward.

Still, there's a ton of individual talent already on the court and equal number of teams capable of putting together state and perhaps national title runs.

We've included teams that have started playing or will start in September. Coaches can play their part in formulating accurate rankings by updating schedules and scores via MaxPreps.
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
File photo by Julie Holt
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 7-0
Notes: Won the Bellevue West Invite without dropping a set. Lindsay Krause has 84 kills in 15 sets, while Allie Gray has 188 assists.

2. Flower Mound (Texas), Opens Sept. 15
Notes: Finished 41-4 last season and return three All-Americans in Kaylee Cox, Angelique Cyr and Caroline Dykes.

3. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: Defending 5A champions posted a 2019 mark of 48-5. All-Americans Averi Carlson and Cecily Bramschreiber look to repeat.

4. Hoover (Ala.), 14-1
Notes: Following a season-opening five-set loss to McGill-Toolen, the Bucs have reeled off 14 straight including a revenge win over the Yellowjackets and a three-set tourney win over Tennessee's Brentwood.

5. Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: Kentucky runners-up open the season against 2019 champion Assumption in a battle of the titans.

6. Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: See No. 5 Mercy.

7. Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Sept. 2
Notes: Tigers open 2020 against Fort Dodge after 38-5 runner-up season in 2019. All-American Hayden Kubik leads Valley.

8. Brentwood (Tenn.), 9-1
Notes: The Bruins started 9-0 before the loss to Hoover. All-American Shaye Eggleston has 150 kills to start the year.

9. New Castle ( Ind.), 1-0
Notes: The Trojans opened with a sweep of Center Grove as Mabrey Shaffmaster (21) and Laila Smith (16) combined for 37 kills.

10. Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 2-0
Notes: The Raiders opened with sweeps of North Cobb and Marietta.

11. Guyer (Denton, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: The Wildcats went 35-9 before losing to 6A champion Byron Nelson in the state semis.

12. Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), Sept. 18
Notes: The Lions were 29-3 last season in winning the FHSAA 6A title and return assist leader Alexa Washington after dishing up 957 in 2019.

13. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 6-1
Notes: Sophomore Stella Adeyemi (46 kills) and freshman Lauren Medeck (39 kills) had helped the Titans to the 6-1 mark. Lone loss was to Skutt.

14. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 7-0
Notes: The Royals have been paced by Delaney Garner's 83 kills and while freshman Lauren Harden has added 74. Junior Emily Weber has 129 assists.

15. McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.), 12-2
Notes: Senior Skyler Bumpers has 180 kills thus far as Yellowjackets' losses are to Hoover and Brentwood.

Notes: Ella Broadhead has 110 kills with senior Emily Buhl adding 87 as the Admirals' lone losses are to upper division opponents Hoover and McGill-Toolen.

17. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1-0
Notes: All-American Bergen Reilly opened her sophomore campaign with 16 kills in the sweep over Roosevelt.

18. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 9
Notes: The Rebels open the quest for their fourth straight DII title along with senior Gatorade winner Cicily Hidalgo.

19. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 2-0
Notes: Junior Carly Hendrickson posted 25 kills in three sets as the Cougars earned two sweeps to start the year.

20. Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Notes: Mikiah Perdue, Sophie Bufogle and Savanna LaBiche all have more than 50 kills as the Trojans took the Broken Arrow Invitational.

21. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), Sept. 2
Notes: The Saints open with St. James.

22. Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 4-0
Notes: Zykia Jones has 45 kills as the Saints have jumped to a 4-0 start without dropping a set.

23. Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-1
Notes: Pioneers' lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

24. McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), 7-0
Notes: Senior Ngozi Iloh has 85 kills and junior Alexa Markley added 77 kills as the Chiefs have dropped only two sets. Senior Claire Lewis has 172 assists.

25. Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 4-0

Notes: Senior Brooke Cirigliano leads the Bruins with 49 kills as Maria Futey has added 40. Amanda Leigh dished up 123 assists as Padua has swept all four matches.

The Next 25

26. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-2
27. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 7-1
28. Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 7-0
29. Klein (Texas), Sept. 11
30. Southside (Fort Smith, Ark.), 2-1
31. Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), Sept. 10
32. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 17
33. Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.), Sept. 3
34. Willard (Mo.), 6-0
35. Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 3-0
36. Plano West (Plano, Texas), Sept. 18
37. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3-0
38. Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Sept. 15
39. Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0
40. Norman North (Norman, Okla.), 4-1
41. Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Sept. 15
42. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), Sept. 14
43. St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Mo.), Sept. 3
44. Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.), Sept. 15
45. Prosper (Texas), Sept. 11
46. St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Sept. 8
47. St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 8-0
48. Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 1-1
49. Reagan (San Antonio), Sept. 4
50. Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.), Sept. 18
HIGHSCORE High School Basketball Player of the Year from each state - HIGHSCORE
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