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Jordan Hawkins named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Maryland High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Jordan Hawkins named 2020-21 MaxPreps Maryland 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.

Jordan Hawkins of DeMatha (Hyattsville) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Maryland High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound senior helped the Stags go 9-0 in an abbreviated campaign.

Hawkins averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocked shots per contest to lead DeMatha to the No. 5 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25.

In the final game of his high school career, Hawkins produced a team-high 29 points as the Stags outlasted rival Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) 109-107 in overtime.

Committed to Connecticut, Hawkins is regarded as the No. 49 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He received offers from Clemson, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Xavier 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 softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's OFFICIAL Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title
Barbe (Lake Charles) finished the season with eight straight wins, including a 3-1 Louisiana Class 5A state title over Airline on Saturday. A two-run home run by Madison Chretien and strong pitching by Halie Pappion propelled the tournament third seed to its first state title since 1997. Barbe enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings at No. 19.

Top-ranked Leander (Texas) opened postseason play by scoring 34 runs over two games while Lauren Tetreault and SJ Geurin each pitched complete-game shutouts. The Lions are back in action on Saturday against Southwest in Area play.

Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) won the District 12 Championship in Florida beating 12th-ranked Newsome (Lithia) 2-0 on Thursday. The Mustangs host Steinbrenner on Thursday in 7A Regional Quarterfinal play. Newsome is not out. If the Wolves win Thursday, they could face Lakewood Ranch once again on May 11.
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
File photo by Mark Jones
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 1
Marley Neises drove in seven runs and belted a grand slam during the Lions first two playoff wins.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
33-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles play 23-5 Angleton (Texas) in area play on Saturday.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 3
Sophomore Olivia Laney threw a complete game in 2-0 win over Newsome.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 4
The 7A state state title might be one of the toughest brackets in all of the country to win. The Cobras play Jupiter on Thursday.

5. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 5
The Redhawks have held 13 of their first 16 opponents scoreless.

6. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have won 11 straight after a three-game sweep of Santiago.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
40-2-1 | Last week: 7
The Huskies open 7A postseason play on Wednesday against Vestavia Hills.

8. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 8
After two playoff shutout wins, the Warriors play Los Fresnos starting Friday.

9. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
34-0 | Last week: 10
Emiley Kennedy struck out 12 in a playoff win over Magnolia. The senior has now struck out 168 batters in 84 innings.

10. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 11
The Titans are another powerhouse team in Florida's 7A bracket.

11. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 13
The Rockets play Friday for a chance to berth in the Mississippi 5A state championship.

12. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
24-1 | Last week: 9
The Wolves host a 21-6 Palm Harbor University (Palm Harbor) squad Thursday in 7A playoff action.

13. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
The Rams early season dominance continues, outscoring opponents 87-6.

14. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 16
The Firebirds scored 15 runs in three innings to open Florida 6A postseason play.

15. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 17
Grace Renschen has a five-game hit streak going and is one of five players to  hit three or more home runs for the Indians.

16. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 18
The Rockets carry a 23-game win streak heading deep into 6A Texas state playoffs.

17. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 19
Giselle Garcia struck out 15 and allowed two hits in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

18. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 21
The Wildcats have allowed seven runs in 15 games.

19. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
31-2 | Last week: NR
Arkansas commit Nyjah Fontenot hit 11 home runs and batted .530 on the season.

20. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
18-0 | Last week: NR
Senior Alyssa Aguilar struck out 11 Friday as the Lancers beat Sabino 10-0.

21. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
29-3 | Last week: 12
The Patriots open 7A postseason play Tuesday.

22. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: NR
Jessica Oakland has nine home runs and is batting .620 to start the season.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 15
The Spartans fell for the first time, losing 8-1 to a Los Alamitos playing really good ball.

24. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 24
Senior Brooke Puckett has at least two or more hits in 12 games this season.

25. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 22
Kylie Chung hit a home run and struck out 11 batters Monday as the Warriors knocked off Agoura.

On the bubble: Rocklin (Calif.); Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Crown Point (Ind.); Mahopac (N.Y.); Benson (Ariz.)
California high school football: Behind freshman quarterback Elijah Brown, Mater Dei blows out JSerra Catholic 52-3 in season opener - OFFICIAL
California high school football: Behind freshman quarterback Elijah Brown, Mater Dei blows out JSerra Catholic 52-3 in season opener
Southern California high school football power Mater Dei (Santa Ana) hadn't taken the field in 475 days prior to Friday night's game against JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano). The Monarchs showed no rust, building a 38-0 halftime lead and winning their season opener 52-3.

The Mater Dei defense only allowed two first downs during the first 24 minutes and forced three turnovers. Senior USC signee Raesjon Davis turned one of those into a pick-six from 18 yards out. 

The Monarchs improved to 41-3 since the start of the 2017 season and notched their fifth consecutive win over JSerra Catholic.

In addition to one of the nation's top high school football programs returning to the field, the other big story was Elijah Brown becoming the fourth freshman quarterback to start for Bruce Rollinson at Mater Dei and first since JT Daniels did in 2015.

Matt Barkley and Todd Marinovich were the other two.
Freshman Elijah Brown threw for three touchdowns in his debut at Mater Dei.
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Freshman Elijah Brown threw for three touchdowns in his debut at Mater Dei.
The 6-foot-2, 182-pound signal caller threw for two scores in the first half and looked calm and collected in his Monarch debut. The first was a 17-yard pass to senior Josiah Zamora to take a 7-0 lead. On the following drive he threw a perfect ball to three-star junior Cooper Barkarte for a 35-yard touchdown.

Five-star junior Oklahoma commit Raleek Brown looked explosive in his first game as a Monarch. The former Edison (Stockton) standout racked up over 100 total yards and added a six-yard touchdown to put Mater Dei up 28-0 with 11:18 left in the second quarter.

Freshman running back Ajon Bryant tacked on a five-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 35-0. Chase Meyer connected on a 27-yard field goal with six seconds left in the first half to go up 38-0.

Brown threw his third touchdown of the night on the opening possession of the second half to junior running back Quincy Craig to take a commanding 45-3 lead. That drive would be the last for Mater Dei's starters.

Bryant added his second rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to extend the lead to 52-3.

Three-star junior defensive back Joshua Hunter intercepted a pass in the second half to give the Monarchs defense their fourth turnover of the night.

Up next for Mater Dei is Orange Lutheran (0-1) on March 26. JSerra Catholic will look to bounce back next week against Santa Margarita (1-0).
Oklahoma commit Raleek Brown also made an impressive debut for Mater Dei on Friday night.
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Oklahoma commit Raleek Brown also made an impressive debut for Mater Dei on Friday night.

High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned OFFICIAL National Champion for the fifth time since 2013 - OFFICIAL
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned MaxPreps National Champion for the fifth time since 2013
Despite dominating high school basketball over the past decade, there was still something missing from head coach Kevin Boyle's resume at Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) — back-to-back national titles. Mission accomplished as this year's Eagles compiled a 24-1 record, captured their fifth GEICO Nationals crown and went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Montverde Academy outscored opponents by an average of 25.8 points this season and went 11-1 against MaxPreps Top 25 teams. The lone loss came in overtime to No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), which the Eagles beat in three other meetings.

At GEICO Nationals, Montverde Academy defeated No. 25 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 85-64, No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 51-49 and Sunrise Christian Academy 62-52 in the title game.

Balance was key at GEICO Nationals with five-star Michigan signee Caleb Houstan, No. 2-ranked junior prospect Jalen Duren, five-star junior guard Dariq Whitehead, four-star junior Malik Reneau, Baylor signee Langston Love  and Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard averaging between seven and 14 points per game.

MaxPreps National Champions in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020, Montverde's dominance spans well beyond this season as the program has won 49 of its past 50 games dating back to the start of last season. The Orlando-area power has finished in the top 10 for 10 consecutive years.

Since Boyle's arrival prior to the 2011-12 season, Montverde has a 93.9 win percentage and produced NBA players R.J. Barrett, D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons as well as projected lottery picks Scottie Barnes of Florida State, Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State and Moses Moody of Arkansas.

Due to unique circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 season, teams were required to play at least eight games to be eligible for the final MaxPreps Top 25. See the complete rankings below.
Photo by Pete Wright / Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Past MaxPreps National Champions
2018 — Montverde Academy
2015 — Montverde Academy
2013 — Lone Peak (Highland, Utah); Montverde Academy
2012 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.); Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2011 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)

MaxPreps Top 25 Basketball Rankings

Record: 24-1 | Last week: 1

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 2

Record: 21-4 | Last week: 3

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 4

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6

Record: 29-3 | Last week: 7

Record: 20-1 | Last week: 9

9. Camden (N.J.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8

Record: 31-4 | Last week: 12

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 13

Record: 18-7 | Last week: 10

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 14

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 16

Record: 28-3 | Last week: 17

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 18

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 19

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 23

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 24

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 25

Record: 31-0 | Last week: NR

Record: 20-9 | Last week: NR

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
Isaac McKneely named 2020-21 OFFICIAL West Virginia High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Isaac McKneely named 2020-21 MaxPreps West Virginia 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.

Isaac McKneely of Poca is the 2020-21 MaxPreps West Virginia High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 junior guard helped the Dots go 13-5 en route to the Class AA state championship game.

McKneely 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.

McKneely was selected as the Gazette-Mail All-Kanawha Valley co-Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Committed to Virginia, McKneely is regarded as the No. 49 prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports. He holds additional college offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Purdue, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Xavier.