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Natalie Potts named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Natalie Potts named 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls 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.

Natalie Potts of Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 sophomore post led the Red Knights to a 29-0 record, the state Class 6 championship and the No. 6 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Potts averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game while shooting 59 percent from the field. She had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 58-37 win over Webster Groves that earned Incarnate Word the state title.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks OFFICIAL Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title
A weird season may soon get weirder.

Just as some teams are celebrating their state titles and planning postseason banquets, California's 1,300 high schools may finally be ready to start playing.

Lawsuits across the state had been filed, urging the California Interscholastic Federation and state officials to allow basketball to be played despite county health department objections. The suits were based on the fact that football has been permitted – the first games will be Friday – so basketball should proceed as well.

According to one lawyer who filed a suit, state officials have agreed to allow basketball to move forward, though nothing has been signed yet. But even if the state doesn't agree, a court decision set for Friday could open the doors to gyms regardless.

Though this move might not mean every school in California will start playing but expect the top teams and bigger schools to be back in action sooner rather than later. There will be no state championships or major tournaments.

Practice could conceivably begin March 15 with the first games in early April and the schedule running through June – though all of that could easily change. Still, California coaches and players, who a few weeks ago had pretty much resigned themselves to a lost season, may be back on the court, as opposed to back in court, in a couple weeks.

And who knows? Maybe back in the national rankings before all is said and done.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
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Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
As befits the No. 1 team in the country, Lake Highland Prep rolled to a Class 4A state championship, winning the title game 84-30 with a running clock in the second half. GEICO Nationals may be next for Prep.

2. Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 2
The next game in the AAAAAA state tournament will likely be against 26-0 Buford, which obviously will come into the game confident and ready to prove itself against the No. 2 team in the country.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 3
In early January, Centerville came to Mount Notre Dame and lost by nine. Wednesday, the two teams meet again in a regional semifinal on a neutral court. Since then, Centerville avenged its only other loss with a 22-point win, so this will be far from a walkover for the No. 3 team in the country.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 4
More than a few quality teams have circled the Hopkins game on their calendars with hopes to break the Minnetonka team's stranglehold on the state. The next to try will be No. 20 Chaska on Thursday – but note that the last 74 teams that have played Hopkins have lost.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit, Mich.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 5
Faces another challenge when once-beaten Arbor Prep comes to Detroit on March 11. Until then, though, it should be smooth sailing.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 6
Heavy favorite to win the District 5 and Class 6 championships. The biggest challenge should come from Kickapoo, which lost to IWA by five back in December.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston, Texas)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have pasted their first four playoff opponents by an average margin of 42.5 points. But the state 6A semifinals, which start this weekend, will not be so easy.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 8
Tulsa Union, which has lost just once, looks to be the biggest barrier on the way to a 6A title.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 9
A 62-55 win over a talented Trenton Catholic Academy team marks St. John-Vianney as the best in the Northeast. The season will conclude with a league tournament this weekend, but barring disaster, SJV has passed its biggest test.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 11
DeSoto will have a chance to justify this ranking, despite those two losses, should it find its way to a 6A playoff game against unbeaten No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 12
Set to play 21-1 Dublin Coffman or 18-3 Reynoldsburg on Friday with the winner advancing to the Division I final four. But Reynoldsburg has lost to Newark twice already this season and coaches will tell you beating a good team three times in a row is no easy task.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
Two relatively easy regular season games remain before the 5A playoffs begin.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 15
A state title run along with a spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 will likely have to go through once-beaten Herriman.

16. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 17
The Green Wave are two wins away from capturing the Class 5A state title.

17. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 12-3 | Last week: 22
An unforgiving schedule continues with unbeaten Westtown on the road Friday. A win there might just earn New Hope a trip to GEICO Nationals.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 18
Barring an unexpected GEICO Nationals invitation, the season is most likely complete.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 19
Big test ahead Saturday against Saddle River Day.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
Maybe Chaska was looking ahead a little – the final score against Wayzata was just 61-59, but a win's a win. And the win sets up Thursday's home game against No. 4 Hopkins as one of the best in the country.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 35-1 | Last week: 21
Meets Carver Montgomery on Wednesday for the Class 6A title in a rematch of a game Hazel Green won by nine points earlier this season.

22. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 24
Became the sixth team in Florida history to win four state titles in a row, and the 5A title didn't come easily. Palm Bay, like American Heritage, has plenty of Division I talent, and the 41-36 win was a battle from tip to horn.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 27-1 | Last week: 23
In the strange world of Tennessee's postseason, Bearden and Maryville will play for the AAA Region 2 District 4 title Wednesday – but both the winner and loser will still move on.

24. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 25
After disposing of Millard North on Tuesday, Pius X moves to the Class A semifinals. Look for Fremont and Millard South to be the toughest outs.

25. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: NR
Jumps into the rankings thanks to winning the Indiana Class 4A title. The only loss of the season came at the hands of Silver Creek (Sellersburg), which just won the 3A championship.

Dropped out: No. 16 Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17 - OFFICIAL
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17
Aaron Wilson of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) has passed away at the age of 17, according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. Rasheda Mayse, the mother of the promising defensive end prospect started a GoFundMe page in March when it was announced he had developed a high grade midline glioma. He underwent brain surgery to remove some of the mass and was undergoing radiation therapy on his spine.

Wilson had a bright future in football and was regarded as great leader and teammate with a positive attitude.

A testament to his talent on the field, Wilson had 18 offers that included the likes of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas, according to 247Sports.

During his sophomore season he had 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing at Ocoee (Fla.). He transferred to the Baltimore power in the spring of 2020 and was selected to the MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-America team before Maryland announced the fall season would be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.
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Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.

High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) extended its league win streak to 58 games Tuesday night, defeating Windward (Los Angeles) 70-54 in a battle of short-handed California powers. Multiple scratches put a damper on the anticipated conference battle as Chance Westry and Shy Odom joined an injured Bronny James on the bench while Windward was without star duo Dylan Andrews and Kijani Wright.

UCLA commit Amari Bailey made up for the missing pieces in a big way, finishing with a game-high 35 in the lopsided victory that saw eight player suit up for Sierra Canyon (6-0).

The five-star junior helped the Trailblazers overcome a slow start, scoring the first 14 points of the contest for Sierra Canyon, including all nine first-quarter points for his side.
Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
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Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
After trailing by one heading to the second quarter, Sierra Canyon methodically stretched out its advantage with a 17-4 second quarter and 24-15 third quarter to lead 50-29 heading into the final frame.

Sierra Canyon returns to action on Friday night as they travel to Crossroads (Santa Monica).

Windward (7-3), which was paced by a team-high 21 points from Brandon Richard, faces Brentwood School (Los Angeles) on Friday.
Brandon Richard, Windward
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Brandon Richard, Windward
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.
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Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.

High school football: Over 50 FBS-bound players fill Mater Dei, St. John Bosco rosters - OFFICIAL
High school football: Over 50 FBS-bound players fill Mater Dei, St. John Bosco rosters
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) are two of the premier programs in high school football and have produced a boatload talent, especially as of late. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Bru McCoy, Bryce Young, Elias Ricks, JT Daniels and Mase Funa are some notable Monarchs while the Braves have had the likes of Chris Steele, DJ Uiagalelei, Jaiden Woodbey, Josh Rosen, Kourt Williams, Trent McDuffie and Wyatt Davis.

In 2019, Uiagalelei and Young shared the MaxPreps' National Player of the Year award while McCoy won it the year before and Daniels in 2017.

St. John Bosco has finished ranked in the Top 10 five consecutive years and was the 2019 MaxPreps National Champions while Mater Dei has finished ranked in the Top 10 four straight years and have finished either Nos. 1 or 2 in three consecutive seasons (2017, 2018, 2019).

With California moving football to the spring, the two powers weren't included in the MaxPreps Top 25, but there are still plenty of implications when the Braves and Monarchs meet on April 17. There's a good chance the winner will head into next season ranked No. 1.

These are the top two teams in the California Top 25 rankings and the last time they squared off Uiagalelei led the Braves to a wild 39-34 win in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship. The five-star quarterback threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

Beaux Collins, Cristian Dixon and Jaylin Davies are notable players who opted out of the spring season so they could enroll early in college, but these two programs still boast a ton of talent. There will be 61 players on the field that are either rated as a three-star recruit or higher on 247Sports composite rankings or have at least one FBS offer. 

NOTE: Rankings are based off 247Sports composite list
Raesjon Davis, Mater Dei
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Raesjon Davis, Mater Dei
Mater Dei (30)

Class of 2021 (9)

Four stars (2)

OLB — Raesjon Davis | 6-1 | 215 | USC
No. 48 overall | No. 4 outside linebacker | No. 3 in California

WR — Kyron Ware-Hudson | 6-1 | 200 | USC
No. 126 overall | No. 22 wide receiver | No. 11 in California

Three stars (7)

RB — Marceese Yetts | 5-8 | 165 | Air Force
No. 1,007 overall | No. 10 all-purpose back | No. 83 in California

OG — Ross Maseuli | 6-2 | 350 | San Diego State
No. 1,019 overall | No. 52 offensive guard | No. 84 in California

C — George Miki-Han | 5-11 | 300 | Colorado State
No. 1,584 overall | No. 20 center | No. 135 in California

DE — Tyler Narayan | 6-1 | 255 | Navy
No. 1,933 overall | No. 111 strong-side defensive end | No. 158 in California

ATH — Champion Johnson | 6-2 | 220 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Oregon and San Diego State

ATH — Shoes Brinkley | 5-9 | 185 | Uncommitted
Has 22 FBS offers led by Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Hawaii and Nevada.

OG — Terrance Caldwell | 6-2 | 290 | Cornell
Has 11 FBS offers, committed to Cornell on Dec. 8.

Class of 2022 (12)

Five stars (1)

CB — Domani Jackson | 6-1 | 185 | USC
No. 3 overall | No. 1 cornerback | No. 1 in California

Four stars (3)

RB — Raleek Brown | 5-8 | 185 | Oklahoma
No. 47 overall | No. 3 running back | No. 2 in California

WR — C.J. Williams | 6-2 | 195 | Uncommitted
No. 71 overall | No. 9 wide receiver | No. 7 in California

OLB — David Bailey | 6-3 | 220 | Uncommitted
No. 82 overall | No. 6 outside linebacker | No. 9 in California

Three stars (8)

ATH — Cooper Barkarte | 6-1 | 180 | Uncommitted
No. 407 overall | No. 38 athlete | No. 29 in California

OLB — Eoghan Kerry | 6-3 | 225 | Uncommitted
No. 640 overall | No. 42 outside linebacker | No. 47 in California

RB — Quincy Craig | 5-9 | 175 | Uncommitted
No. 753 overall | No. 58 running back | No. 52 in California

CB — Josh Hunter | 5-9 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 910 overall | No. 88 cornerback | No. 65 in California

CB — Cameron Sidney | 5-10 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 925 overall | No. 92 cornerback | No. 66 in California

ILB — Malaki Te'o | 6-1 | 225 | Uncommitted
No. 929 overall | No. 32 inside linebacker | No. 70 in California

ATH — Tanner Salisbury | 6-1 | 200 | Uncommitted
Has 11 FBS offers led by Colorado, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State.

DT — Sione Moa
No. 89 defensive tackle | No. 131 in California

Class of 2023 (2)

Four stars (1)

ILB — Leviticus Su'a | 6-1 | 210 | Uncommitted
No. 90 overall | No. 3 inside linebacker | No. 7 in California

Three stars (1)

OG — BJ Tolo | 6-1 | 290 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Colorado State, Kansas and Oregon.

Class of 2024 (7)

DL — Aydin Breland | 6-5 | 315 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon and USC.

QB — Elijah Brown | 6-2 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Pittsburgh.

DB — Zabien Brown | 6-1 | 165 | Uncommitted 
Has six FBS offers led by Michigan, Penn State and USC.

OL — DeAndre Carter | 6-6 | 345 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from USC.

OLB — Ramere Davis | 6-1 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has six FBS offers led by Florida State, Michigan and Oregon.

WR — Jack Ressler | 5-10 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii and Pittsburgh.

DL — Kaho Tuihalamaka | 6-5 | 360 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and Oklahoma State.
Maximus Gibbs, St. John Bosco
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Maximus Gibbs, St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco (31)

Class of 2021 (5)

Three stars (5)

OG — Maximus Gibbs | 6-6 | 385 | USC
No. 905 overall | No. 46 offensive guard | No. 73 in California

OLB — Andrew Simpson | 6-1 | 220 | Kansas
No. 1,144 overall | No. 72 outside linebacker | No. 92 in California

WR — Jode McDuffie | 5-10 | 170 | Sacramento State
No. 1,188 overall | No. 172 wide receiver | No. 96 in California

DE — Ieremia Moore | 6-3 | 265 | California
No. 1,220 overall | No. 79 strong-side defensive end | No. 98 in California

OG — Edward Riley | 5-11 | 265 | Uncommitted
No. 117 offensive guard | No. 238 in California

Class of 2022 (14)

Four stars (4)

OG — Earnest Greene | 6-4 | 330 | Uncommitted
No. 59 overall | No. 2 offensive guard | No. 3 in California

RB — Rayshon Luke | 5-8 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 184 overall | No. 1 all-purpose back | No. 12 in California

DE — Nathan Burrell | 6-2 | 250 | Uncommitted
No. 332 overall | No. 20 weak-side defensive end | No. 23 in California

S — Sione Hala | 6-2 | 190 | Uncommitted
No. 333 overall | No. 20 safety | No. 24 in California

Three stars (10)

CB — Tayvion Beasley | 5-10 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 419 overall | No. 39 cornerback | No. 30 in California

OLB — Jalen Woods | 6-0 | 210 | Uncommitted
No. 435 overall | No. 33 outside linebacker | No. 32 in California

QB — Katin Houser | 6-3 | 200 | Boise State
No. 483 overall | No. 21 pro-style quarterback | No. 36 in California

RB — Jabari Bates | 5-8 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 793 overall | No. 59 running back | No. 53 in California

DT — Jairus Satele | 5-11 | 300 | Uncommitted
No. 1,000 overall | No. 69 defensive tackle | No. 74 in California

RB — Michael Hayes | 5-8 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 1,104 overall | No. 82 running back | No. 86 in California

S — Jaxon Harley | 5-9 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 1,137 overall | No. 73 safety | No. 90 in California

WR — Jaceon Doss | 6-0 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Kansas and Pittsburgh.

WR — Logan Booher | 6-2 | 200 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Brown and Kansas.

DT — Malachi Finau | 6-4 | 275 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Kansas.

Class of 2023 (8)

Four stars (3)

ATH — Matayo Uiagalelei | 6-6 | 265 | Uncommitted
No. 15 overall | No. 2 weak-side defensive end | No. 3 in California

QB — Pierce Clarkson | 6-0.5 | 205 | Uncommitted
No. 171 overall | No. 4 dual-threat quarterback | No. 12 in California

ATH — Jahlil McClain | 5-10 | 180 | Uncommitted
No. 238 overall | No. 26 athlete | No. 21 in California

Three stars (5)

WR — Raiden Brown | 5-10 | 150 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Arizona State.

LB — Deven Bryant | 6-1 | 210 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Oregon.

S — Ty Lee | 6-3 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and University of Southern California.

RB — Nygel Osborne | 5-9 | 160 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and Colorado.

OL — Mosiah Talanoa | 6-3 | 350 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Florida Atlantic University.

Class of 2024 (4)

ATH — Jordan Lockhart | 6-3 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Maryland.

ILB — Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa | 6-2 | 205 | Uncommitted
Has seven FBS offers led by Michigan and Oregon.

CB — Marcelles Williams | 5-11 | 170 | Uncommitted
Has 10 FBS offers led by Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon and USC.

S — Peyton Woodyard | 6-1 | 175 | Uncommitted
Has 10 FBS offers led by Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State and USC.