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Patrick McMahon named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Alaska High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Patrick McMahon named 2020-21 MaxPreps Alaska 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.

Patrick McMahon of Colony (Palmer) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Alaska High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6 senior guard helped the Knights go 13-2 en route to the Class 4A state semifinals.

McMahon averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc.

Named Class 4A Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, McMahon finished his career with over 1,700 points.

McMahon will join a strong Montana State recruiting class that includes MaxPreps Wyoming Player of the Year Sam Lecholat, MaxPreps Montana Player of the Year Alex Germer, 7-3 center Jasper Reinalda and international prospect Great Osobor.

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.
MLB Draft: Top 5 high school middle infield prospects - OFFICIAL
MLB Draft: Top 5 high school middle infield prospects
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While high school outfielders will be the most coveted preps in next week's Major League Baseball Draft, the same can not be said for middle infielders.

High school shortstops have often been the prize at the top of the MLB draft with seven prep shortstops going No. 1 overall since Chipper Jones was the top pick in 1990. Only 14 preps have gone No. 1 overall since 1990, meaning half of them were shortstops.

This year, however, very few shortstops make the cut with one likely to be chosen in the first round. Additionally, some of the top prospects have given strong commitments to college, meaning they will likely be bypassed in a draft that is only five rounds long in favor of a player who is ready to sign and play.

Since there will be far fewer draft selections this year, MaxPreps is providing a truncated look at the top high school selections for the MLB Draft, scheduled for June 10-11. Instead of the usual Top 10, MaxPreps looks at the Top 5 players at six different positions. We've previously presented corner infielders and outfielders.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Ed Howard, Chicago Mt. Carmel (Chicago)
Easily the top high school shortstop prospect, Howard likely will stick at the position due to his strong and fluid fielding skills. Howard has also sported a solid bat after batting over .400 in one of the toughest leagues in the nation with 29 RBI and three home runs. Look for Howard to go somewhere in the middle of the first round. Projection: Top 15 pick.

Yohandy Morales, Braddock (Miami)
At 6-foot-4, Morales shows a lot of potential to be the type of big shortstop in the mold of an Alex Rodriguez or a Cal Ripkin Jr. His hitting skills have vastly improved, batting .321 with two home runs as a junior, but had boosted his totals to batting .500 with four home runs in nine games as a senior. Projection: Second round.

Drew Bowser, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
Bowser showed his power this spring when he hit grand slams in back-to-back games. Scouts project Bowser to be a power-hitting infielder in the major leagues, which could mean a move to third base at some point. Bowser has committed to Stanford and reportedly will play in college. With a five-round draft, teams may not waste a pick on a player committed to play in college. Nevertheless, Bowser is at least a second-round talent. Projection: Second or third round.

Cade Horton, Norman (Okla.)
Horton likely will have a decision if he gets drafted. He's already committed to play both football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma, but selection in the MLB draft could be a game-changer. Horton threw for 3,084 yards and ran for 1,149 for Norman. In baseball, he was the Gatorade State Player of the Year with a career .420 batting average. Like Bowser, Horton likely won't be drafted if he is serious about playing football in college. Projection: Third round.

Milan Tolentino, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
The son of Jose Tolentino, a former MLB player and current MLB broadcaster, Milan Tolentino has been one of the top shortstops in Southern California for the past several years. He led his team to a Southern Section championship as a junior when he batted .391 and was named Southern Section Division 2 Player of the Year. He has signed to play at UCLA. Projection: Fourth round.
USC-bound quarterback Jake Garcia leaves California, transfers to Georgia power Valdosta - OFFICIAL
USC-bound quarterback Jake Garcia leaves California, transfers to Georgia power Valdosta
When the California Interscholastic Federation announced its plan to switch its 2020 football season to 2021 last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the state's top senior recruits planned to sit out. That won't be the case for four-star quarterback Jake Garcia, who will transfer from La Habra (Calif.) to Valdosta (Ga.)

As first reported by 247Sports' Greg Biggins, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior instead will go from one of the top teams in Southern California to the nation's winningest program in Georgia — a distance of 2,300 from his home town. 

Garcia made the move because he wants to play his senior season — he needs the reps he said — and still enroll into college early. He plans to graduate from high school in December.

The agile and strong-armed quarterback is currently committed to the University of Southern California and is the No. 4 pro-style signal-caller in the Class of 2021, according to 247Sports composite.

"I'm really excited about the decision," Garcia told Biggins. "For me, it was big to play as a senior. I need those game reps and this is going to be a big for me mentally as well in terms of preparing for college."

His new team made headlines back in April when they hired Rush Propst as head coach.

The former reality TV star on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" was previously at Hoover (Ala.) and Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) and won a combined seven state championships. He has gone 313-93 during his 30-year career as head coach.

Valdosta began the season ranked in the MaxPreps preseason Top 100 at No. 94. Expect them to make a significant jump after adding Garcia under center. Another factor in moving up the team rankings is that several top squads have moved to the spring season. 

The Wildcats went 10-3 last season and will be in contention to win their first state title since 2016 with the talent they have heading into the fall. They've won a nation's best 928 games since their 1913 inception, claimed 24 state and six mythical national crowns.

They have one of the toughest in-state schedules and open with last year's 5A runner-ups, Warner Robins on Sep. 5. Valdosta also has games scheduled against two more preseason Top 100 teams: Colquitt County and Lowndes (Valdosta).

Expect MaxPreps' first rankings for the fall season to come out after the Florida High School Athletic Association announces its plans are for football on Aug. 14.

Georgia announced on July 20 its plan to start the season two weeks late on Sept. 4 due to the virus. It currently plans to play a 10-game regular season with full playoffs.

Garcia began his prep career at Long Beach Poly (Calif.) then played two seasons at Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.). He transferred in January to La Habra, where he planned to finish things out, but the change in seasons altered that path.

"With not just California football shut down but the entire West Coast pretty much — Arizona, Nevada, Washington — I knew I had to leave the region," Garcia told Biggins. "Like I said, I think senior year is really important time to learn and get better. This will be big for my development and I felt this was the best move for me to make long term."
Jake Garcia while starring at Narbonne.
File photo by Steven Silva
Jake Garcia while starring at Narbonne.

Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school - OFFICIAL
Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school
With Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season set for Thursday, it's always fun to look back at where all of the starting pitchers went to high school. California has bragging rights this season as seven of the 30 projected starters finished their high school career playing in the Golden State.

In fact, three came from the same school, which is more than any state outside of California.

Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito and Max Fried all graduated from Harvard-Westlake. Giolito and Fried were both first-round selections in the 2012 MLB Draft while Flaherty was selected in the first round two years later.

Gerrit Cole, Kyle Hendricks, Shane Bieber and Tyler Glasnow are the other four Opening Day starters from California.

Colorado, Florida and Texas were the only other states with at least two pitchers featured.

In total, 15 states are represented along with the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and Venezuela.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
American League East

Baltimore Orioles — John Means, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.) | Class of 2011
Didn't have any Division 1 offers coming out of high school but was selected in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Means elected to go to Fort Scott Community College before transferring to West Virginia a year later. He played his junior and senior year of high school with the Kansas City Royals' Bubba Starling, who was selected fifth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Boston Red Sox — Nathan Eovaldi, Alvin (Texas) | Class of 2008
After missing his junior season because of Tommy John surgery, he came back his senior year and went 12-1 with a 1.66 ERA. He added three saves and posted 72 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. Eovaldi was selected in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2018.

New York Yankees — Gerrit Cole, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) | Class of 2008
Went 8-2 during his senior year posting a 0.47 ERA to go with 121 strikeouts in 75 innings. The Yankees selected Cole with the 28th overall pick in 2008 but he elected to go to UCLA and after a three-year career with the Bruins he was taken first overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tampa Bay Rays — Tyler Glasnow, Hart (Newhall, Calif.) | Class of 2011
He became the seventh player to graduate from Hart that has played in the World Series joining Bob Walk, Kevin Millar, James Shields, Mike Montgomery, Todd Zeile and Trevor Bauer. He only had one offer coming out of high school and was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Toronto Blue Jays — Hyun-jin Ryu, South Korea
A year before signing with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2006 he played for his high school team in the Blue Dragon Open National Championship and did not allow a run throwing 22 consecutive scoreless innings and batted .389. After a seven-year career in the KBO, he has posted a 2.95 ERA in the Majors during his first eight seasons.

American League Central

Chicago White Sox — Lucas Giolito, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
The first of three Harvard-Westlake graduates featured who will be starting on Opening Day. He finished his high school career with a 12-2 record and 1.51 ERA and suffered an elbow injury during his senior year that resulted in Tommy John surgery. He struck out 106 batters in 97.2 innings. Giolito was selected 16th overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Cleveland Indians — Shane Bieber, Laguna Hills (Calif.) | Class of 2013
The reigning American League Cy Young award winner went 8-4 during his senior year posting a 1.40 ERA. After a three-year career at UC Santa Barbara, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by Cleveland.

Detroit Tigers — Matthew Boyd, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) | Class of 2009
Went 7-2 during his senior year striking out 91 batters in 58 innings while posting a 0.84 ERA. The season before he was 7-0 with a 0.71 ERA to go with 58 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

Kansas City Royals — Brad Keller, Flowery Branch (Ga.) | Class of 2013
Entered his senior year of high school with no offers or any interest from the Majors but in a regular season matchup against Clint Frazier and Loganville (Ga.) everything changed. He struck out Frazier during his first two at-bats and the interest picked up after that game from MLB scouts. Keller was selected in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Minnesota Twins — Kenta Maeda, Japan
Maeda was selected by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp's in the 2006 Nippon Professional Baseball league draft out of PL Gakuen Senior High School. He pitched in the NPB from 2008 until 2015 before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has gone 53-36 with a 3.75 ERA during his first five years in the Majors.

American League West

Houston Astros Zack Greinke, Apopka (Fla.) | Class of 2002
Named the 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year after going 9-2 during his senior year, posting a 0.55 earned run average to go with 118 strikeouts in 63 innings. The 2009 American League Cy Young winner finished his high school career with 31 home runs.

Los Angeles Angels Dylan Bundy, Owasso (Okla.) | Class of 2011
The only Opening Day starter to be named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year. He took home the award in 2011 and the only other two baseball players to claim this honor since 2003 are MacKenzie Gore (2017) and Bobby Witt Jr. (2019). During his senior year, he went 11-0 and had a 0.25 ERA to go with 158 strikeouts in 71 innings. Bundy was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year in each of his final three years of high school and was selected fourth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

Oakland Athletics Chris Bassitt, Genoa Area (Genoa, Ohio) | Class of 2007
Bassitt posted a 1.56 ERA during his senior year and struck out 65 batters in 56 innings. He was also a standout basketball player and was named to the all-league team in both sports.

Seattle Mariners Marco Gonzales, Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Gonzales won a state title every year during his high school career. He went 11-0 during his senior season and posted a 2.20 ERA to go with 87 strikeouts in 54 innings. Named the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year that season and also batted .486 to go with seven home runs and 36 RBI. 

Texas Rangers Kyle Gibson, Greenfield-Central (Greenfield, Ind.) | Class of 2006
Went 15-8 during his two years pitching for the Cougars while posting a 1.19 ERA to go with 251 strikeouts. He was selected in the 36th round of the 2006 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies but elected to go to the University of Missouri instead.

National League East

Atlanta Braves Max Fried, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
Only played his senior year at Harvard-Westlake after transferring from Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) after it shut down the baseball program. Fried went 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA to go with 105 strikeouts in 66 innings during his senior season and was selected seventh overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Miami Marlins Sandy Alcantara, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 as an international free agent.

In high school, one of the best pitchers currently in baseball was barely noticed. He attended a school that had roughly 400 students from kindergarten to 12th grade and went undrafted during the 2007 draft. Shortstop was his primary position and he might of been an even better basketball player in high school. Played third base and shortstop during his first two years of college at Stetson University before pitching in 17 games during his junior season. The Mets selected deGrom in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola, Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) | Class of 2011
Finished his high school career 21-2 and had 214 strikeouts in 152 innings. Nola posted a sub-1.85 ERA in each of his final three years and was named the Class 5A State Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association in 2011. He helped lead the Bears to a 5A state title during his junior season.

Washington Nationals Max Scherzer, Parkway Central (Chesterfield, Mo.) | Class of 2003
The three-time Cy Young award winner played baseball and basketball all four years of high school and started at quarterback as a freshman for the football team. During his final game as a high school pitcher he threw a five-inning no-hitter while striking out 13 batters. Scherzer was selected in the 43rd round of the 2003 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals but elected to go to the University of Missouri. After a three-year career with the Tigers, he was selected 11th overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

National League Central

Went 8-2 during his senior year and posted a 0.93 ERA while striking out 65 batters in 75 innings. The Angels selected Hendricks in the 39th round in 2008 but he elected to go Dartmouth and was taken by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round three years later.

Cincinnati Reds — Luis Castillo, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2011 as an international free agent.

Milwaukee Brewers — Brandon Woodruff, Wheeler (Miss.) | Class of 2011
Led the Eagles with a .618 average and three home runs during his senior season and posted a 1.62 ERA en route to being an all-state selection. As a junior, he went 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA while striking out 100 batters in 49.1 innings to go with a .534 average and five home runs. As a sophomore, he had 46 strikeouts in 18 innings and posted a 1.20 ERA to go with a .565 batting average, nine home runs and 31 RBI.

Pittsburgh Pirates — Chad Kuhl, Middletown (Del.) | Class of 2010
He comes from the same high school as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Godwin and was named the state's Player of the Year in 2010 by the Delaware Baseball Coaches Association after going 9-2 while posting a 1.47 ERA. He was also an all-state selection as a first baseman after batting .433 with eight home runs.

St. Louis Cardinals — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2014
The year after Giolito and Fried graduated, Flaherty, then a junior, led the Wolverines to a CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. He pitched a complete-game shutout and drove in the lone run in a 1-0 win against Marina (Huntington Beach) at Dodger Stadium. Flaherty went 23-0 during his final two years of high school and posted a 0.63 ERA to go with 237 strikeouts in 167 innings. He was named the California Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014.

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks — Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.) | Class of 2007
The 2014 World Series MVP went 11-2 during his senior year and had a 1.05 ERA to go with 143 strikeouts in 86 innings. He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI while leading the Spartans to a 4A state championship. Bumgarner was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and was selected 10th overall in 2007 by the San Francisco Giants.

Colorado Rockies — German Marquez, Venezuela
Pitched professionally in Venezuela before signing an international deal with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. 

Los Angeles Dodgers — Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park (Dallas) | Class of 2006
The three-time National League Cy Young award winner went 13-0 and posted a 0.77 ERA during his senior season. He added 139 strikeouts in 64 innings and was selected seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2006.

San Diego Padres — Yu Darvish, Japan
Darvish was 7-3 in his final year for Tohoku High School and despite being heavily scouted, chose to play professionally in Japan for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. After a seven-year career in Japan, he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2012 and has a career 3.47 ERA in nine seasons.

San Francisco Giants — Kevin Gausman, Grandview (Aurora, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Went 5-3 with a 4.41 ERA and had 76 strikeouts in 52.1 innings and batted .371 during his senior season to go with three home runs and 27 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 MLB Draft but elected to go to LSU and was taken fourth overall two years later by the Baltimore Orioles after going 12-2 with a 2.77 ERA during his sophomore season for the Tigers.
Propst Lands in Georgia - OFFICIAL
Propst Lands in Georgia

By Jim Halley, USA TODAY

Special to MaxPreps.com

 

Former Hoover (Ala.) High coach Rush Propst ended a short-lived hiatus from high school football on Wednesday, taking a job as the coach at Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.).

 

The Colquitt Packers were 2-8 last year while playing in one of the top regions in the Southeast. Next season, Georgia's 1-AAAAA will get even tougher. Besides traditional powers Lowndes (Valdosta) and Valdosta, two-time AAAA champion Northside-Warner Robins will join the region.

 

"It's a challenge, but I'm excited, really excited, about being in Georgia and Moultrie," Propst said. "Winning is winning, no matter wherever you are. Each school has a separate identity and you have to figure out what approach to take."

 

Propst won five state titles at Hoover. He became well known after Hoover became the subject of MTV's reality program, "Two-a-Days." After various controversies at the school, including a grade-changing scandal and an ineligible player that led to several forfeits, Propst resigned from Hoover at the end of last October.