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High school baseball rankings: Buford takes over No. 1 spot in MaxPreps Top 25
For the third straight week, there's a different team atop the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings. This time, undefeated Buford (Ga.) replaces Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), which lost to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) over the weekend.

Buford continues to get strong pitching as it jumps to a 14-0 start. Along with Dylan Lesko's 12 strikeouts against Lanier, Buford also got a no-hitter from Connor Sampers against Habersham Central.

Calvary Christian Academy, which sat at No. 1 spot for one week after preseason No. 1 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) had lost two weeks ago, was only able to get one hit off of IMG Academy's Jackson Ferris, who also struck out 10. IMG Academy handed All-America candidate Andrew Painter his first loss of the season.

Only two new teams entered the rankings this week. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), with only a loss to Stoneman Douglas marring its record, joined the rankings at No. 15, while Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.) joins at No. 22.

Dropped out: Spruce Creek (Fla.), Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas).

Game of the Week: IMG Academy 2, Calvary Christian Academy 0. The Ascenders knocked off the No. 1 team in the country with a one-hitter by Jackson Ferris. Drake Varnado and Tommy White also hit home runs in the win. Andrew Painter of Calvary Christian Academy suffered his first loss of the season.

Player of the Week: Brady House, Winder-Barrow. The All-America candidate had three doubles and two home runs in leading the Bulldogs to four wins last week.

Recruit Watch: Vito Valincius, Baylor. The first baseman got his season off to a good start with two home runs in Baylor's season-opening win over Gordon Lee.

Game to Watch:IMG Academy vs. Calvary Christian Academy. The Eagles get a rematch with the Ascenders on Friday. This time IMG Academy is No. 3 and Calvary Christian Academy is No. 5 in the country.
Dylan Lesko, Buford
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Dylan Lesko, Buford
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
14-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Lanier 8-0, 8-1, def. Habersham Central, 15-0.
Stats: Jax Brockett struck out 10 in the 8-0 win and Stan Zagrodnik added a double and a triple. Dylan Lesko struck out 12 in six innings for the 8-1 win. He also had a triple while Ayden Digiacomo had a home run. Connor Sampers threw a 4-inning no-hitter with 5 strikeouts against Habersham Central.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Habersham Central.

2. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
14-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. St. Louis Catholic, 2-1; Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge), 9-1, 5-3, 1-0.
Stats: Jack Walker struck out 11 in a 9-1 win over Catholic. Adam Guth struck out eight in a 5-3 win while Landon Victorian struck out 8 in the 1-0 win.
Next: Tue. vs. St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles), Thur. vs. Zachary.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
11-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Montverde Academy, 16-0; def. Calvary Christian Academy, 2-0.
Stats: Drake Varnado had two home runs and Elijah Green and Tommy White had one each against Montverde. Varnado and White each hit home runs against Calvary Christian Academy as well. Jackson Ferris threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Next: Fri. vs. Calvary Christian Academy

4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
0-0 | Last week: 4
Next: Tue. vs. Chaparral

5. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
7-1 | Last week: 1
Results: Lost to IMG Academy, 2-0
Stats: Andrew Painter took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits with four strikeouts.
Next: Tues. vs. North Broward Prep; Fri. vs. IMG Academy.

6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
10-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Jefferson 3-0, 7-2, def. Sarasota, 3-0, def. Sickles, 14-4; def. Wharton, 6-5.
Stats: Wes Mendes (6) and Kris Sosnowski (7) combined for 13 strikeouts in the 3-0 win over Jefferson. Mendes also had a double and a grand slam in the 7-2 win over Jefferson with Jake Kulikowski adding a home run. Dominic Castellano threw a 7-inning no-hitter with 8 strikeouts against Sarasota. 
Next: Wed. at Saladino Tournament.

7. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
10-0 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Parkview, 9-2
Stats: DeYon Cannon was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Parkview

8. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
16-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Rosepine, 3-2; def. Ouachita, 11-7; def. Alexandria, 10-7; def. Tioga, 4-2; def. Jena, 11-0, def. Pineville, 3-2.
Stats: Dylan Thompson had a double and home run against Alexandria. Dallas Rhodes had two doubles against Ouachita.
Next: Thur. vs. Airline.

9. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
10-0 | Last week: 16
Results: def. Northwest Rankin, 20-2; def. Germantown, 16-0; def. Neshoba Central, 6-0; def. Ridgeland, 8-1.
Stats: Hunter Hines had a home run against Northwest Rankin. Braden Montgomery threw three, no-hit innings with eight strikeouts against Germantown. Beau Bryans and Brendon Minor combined for a no-hitter against Neshoba Central.
Next: Wed. vs. New Hope, Thur. vs. North Pike.

10. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
11-1 | Last week: 10
Results: def. Dunedin, 8-2; def. Clearwater Central Catholic, 6-0; def. Berkeley Prep, 10-0, def. Seminole, 3-2.
Stats: Tyler Dietz struck out 10 against Central Catholic and Jack Cebert threw a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Berkeley Prep.
Next: Thur. vs. Clearwater Central Catholic.

11. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
10-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Hialeah, 5-4; def. Boca Raton, 2-0, def. Cardinal Gibbons, 11-10.
Stats: Rolando Lujo had a home run against Hialeah. Chris Arroyo struck out 6 against Boca Raton.
Next: Thur. vs. Monsignor Pace.

12. Carrollton (Ga.)
14-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Bremen, 6-5. def. South Paulding, 11-5.
Stats: Colton Cosper went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Bremen. Cosper also struck out 10 against South Paulding.
Next: Wed. vs. South Paulding; Thur. vs. Douglas County.

13. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
14-2-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Cedar Park, 11-0; def. Vista Ridge, 4-1; Harker Heights, 10-0; tied College Station, 7-7; def. Reagan, 5-4; lost to Cedar Park, 3-1.
Next: Tue. vs. San Marcos.

14. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
9-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Santaluces, 12-0; def. Martin County, 2-0; def. Spanish River, 12-2, def. Boca Raton, 8-0; lost to Saint John Paul II, 4-1.
Stats: Tobin Moran threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts against Santaluces. Dom Stagliano threw a seven-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Martin County.
Next: March 22 vs. Cardinal Newman.

15. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
10-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Northeast, 16-1; def. McArthur, 7-1; def. Cypress Bay, 4-1.
Next: Wed. vs. Pembroke Pines Charter.

16. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
17-0-1 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Veterans Memorial, 8-2; def. Floresville, 8-2; def. John Paul II, 7-2; def. Ingleside, 13-2; def. Bishop, 10-0; def. Robstown, 8-5.
Next: Tue. vs. Flour Bluff; Fri. vs. Victoria West.

17. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
0-0 | Last week: 9
Next: March 27 vs. Catholic Central.

18. Reagan (San Antonio)
17-2 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Madison, 10-3; def. Clark, 3-0; lost to Lake Travis, 5-4; def. McNeil, 6-1; def. Vandegrift, 13-0; def. Vista Ridge, 7-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Brandeis; Fri. Johnson.

19. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
15-1-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Katy Taylor, 4-3; lost to George Ranch, 3-0; def. Magnolia, 18-5; def. Tomball, 7-0; def. Cypress Ridge, 10-0; def. Tomball Memorial, 4-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Morton Ranch; Thur. vs. Seven Lakes.

20. Auburn (Ala.)
13-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Tuscaloosa County, 4-3; def. Baker, 9-4; def. Sparkman, 5-3; def. Gulf Shores, 2-0.
Stats: Jack Tullier struck out eight against Gulf Shores. Ryan Austin had a home run against Baker.
Next: Tue. vs. Benjamin Russell. Fri. vs. Harris County.

21. Owasso (Okla.)
8-0 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Sapulpa, 10-0; def. Oktaha, 7-1; def. Enid, 4-3; def. Choctaw, 2-1.
Stats: Braden Blundell had a double and a home run against Sapulpa. Brennan Phillips struck out 16 against Choctaw.
Next: at Catoosa/Verdigris tournament.

22. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
1-0 | Last week: NR
Results: .Def. Gordon Lee, 6-2.
Stats: Vito Valincius had two home runs and three RBI in Baylor's opener while Henry Godbout had a solo shot.
Next: Wed. vs. Bradley Central; Thur. vs. Soddy Daisy.

23. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
11-1 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Dacula, 7-2, 7-4; def, Central Gwinnett, 13-0 and 21-0.
Stats: Brady House had a double and a home run in the 7-2 win. He also had a double in the 7-4 win. Andrew Lewis struck out 11 in a 5-inning no-hitter against Central Gwinnett. House had a double and a home run in the 13-0 win. Andreaus Lewis had a home run in the 21-0 win.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Central Gwinnett.

24. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
0-0 | Last week: 22
Results: Did not play
Next: Tue. vs. Franklin

25. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament
Top high school baseball player from all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Top high school baseball player from all 50 states
After highlighting the best team in every state earlier this week, we shift to identifying the top high school baseball player in each state for 2021. Among the diamond stars are college signees, potential Major League Baseball draft picks as well as multi-sport athletes.

Many of these players missed their entire high school season in 2020. They are very familiar names with college and professional scouts, who have been watching them play all summer and fall during elite showcases and tournaments.

Read on to find out who earned the nod in your state.
Brock Selvidge, Hamilton
File photo by Darin Sicurello
Brock Selvidge, Hamilton
Top baseball player in all 50 states

Maddux Bruns | UMS-Wright Prep (Mobile)
Got his junior season off to a strong start in 2020 as he struck out 15 in a win over defending 2019 state champion McGill-Toolen.

Clayton Boyett | Wasilla
Pitched Warriors to a state championship in 2019 and is headed to play at the University of Oregon.

Brock Selvidge | Hamilton (Chandler)
One of the nation's top two-way players, Selvidge was 4-2 on the mound as a sophomore and batted .311 with four home runs.

Braylon Bishop | Arkansas (Texarkana)
One of the state's top all-around athletes, Bishop batted .431 with 13 RBI as a sophomore.

Marcelo Mayer | Eastlake (Chula Vista)
In 2019, the Titans had a first-round draft pick in Keoni Cavaco and they could have another one in Mayer, one of the nation's top shortstops. He was batting .294 with three home runs last spring in seven games.

Cale Lansville | ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch)
Struck out 47 batters in 34 innings and batted .386 as a sophomore. He earned second team Class 5A all-state honors.

Gavin Greger | Bristol Central (Bristol)
Only a junior, the University of Connecticut commit had 46 strikeouts as a freshman on the varsity in 2019.

Lorenzo Carrier | Appoquinimink (West Middletown)
Gatorade selected Carrier the state Player of the Year in 2020. As a sophomore, he led the team to a 22-0 record and a state championship. He batted .423 with 22 RBI.

District of Columbia
David Jefferson | St. John's
The Notre Dame commit is ranked as one of the top players in the Virginia/District of Columbia area by Prep Baseball Report.

Andrew Painter | Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale)
He was 2-1 in three appearances last year with 27 strikeouts in just 12 innings pitched. He is ranked by Perfect Game as one of the nation's top pitching prospects.

Brady House | Winder-Barrow (Winder)
At one time, he was considered the top prospect in the Class of 2021 by Perfect Game. He's still considered a potential high draft pick after hitting .653 with four home runs and 20 RBI last spring.

The catcher earned all-state honors as a sophomore and he has committed to play at the University of California-Berkeley.

Chase Hilde | Eagle
As a sophomore, Hilde earned all-conference honors after batting .417. A two-sport standout, he was also a starting linebacker.

Ben Hess | Charleston
The Indiana-bound Hess has grown into the No. 1 pitching prospect in Illinois. At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Hess has his fastball up to 95 mph.

Colson Montgomery | Southridge (Huntingburg)
One of the top basketball players in Southern Indiana, Montgomery has also developed into the top baseball prospect in the state. Committed to Indiana, the shortstop could be selected in the first two days of the MLB Draft this summer.

Ian Moller | Wahlert (Dubuque)
Considered the best player in Iowa, he doesn't actually play baseball at Wahlert. Because Iowa holds its season in the summer, Moller chooses to attend summer showcases and tournaments. He's expected to be a first-day draft pick.

Ben Kudrna | Blue Valley Southwest (Overland Park)
Kudrna only saw a couple of starts as a sophomore, posting a 1-1 record with 16 strikeouts. He has developed into the state's top pitcher and is ranked as the state's top player by Prep Baseball Report.

Daylen Lile | Trinity (Louisville)
As a sophomore, Lile earned all-state honors by the coaches association after batting .518 with 41 RBI, 17 doubles and three home runs.

Peyton Stovall
| Haughton
A football standout at quarterback, Stovall was on a roll when COVID stopped play in March as he had four home runs in four straight games.

Brady Afthim
| Windham
Afthim has committed to play at the University of Connecticut. The catcher/shortstop was an all-conference pick as a sophomore in 2019.

Peter Heubeck
| Gilman (Baltimore)
Sporting a fastball that hits in the low 90s, Heubeck earned second team All-Metro honors by the Baltimore Sun as a sophomore.

Josh Baez
| Dexter Southfield (Brookline)
Although he didn't play an inning last year, Baez was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2020. He has become one of the top two-way players in the New England complete with long home runs and 90-mph fastballs.

Alex Mooney
| St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake)
The infielder made the state coaches association all-state team as a sophomore after hitting .444 with 15 doubles and seven home runs.

Will Rogers
| Mounds View (Arden Hills)
Rogers has signed to play with Arizona State, but he could go high in the MLB draft. Rogers, a catcher/pitcher, participated in the Perfect Game National Showcase in September.

Braden Montgomery
| Madison Central (Madison)
The Stanford-bound outfielder has developed into one of the top players in the country. He played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Carter Jensen
| Park Hill (Kansas City)
As a sophomore, Jensen batted .405 with 13 RBI and six doubles. Jensen can play multiple positions as he is listed as a catcher, corner infielder and outfielder.

Drew Christo
| Elkhorn
A strong summer has moved Christo to the top of the Nebraska prospect rankings by Perfect Game. He has committed to Nebraska and has developed a 95 mph fastball.

Tommy DiLandri
| Palo Verde (Las Vegas)
He saw the field for only five games last spring for Palo Verde, but he batted .545 with seven runs and a home run. He batted .450 as a freshman at Bishop Gorman before transferring to Palo Verde.

New Hampshire
Ryan Minckler
| Portsmouth
Earned all-state first team honors as a sophomore in 2019 and had a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in his second start of the season.

New Jersey
Chase Petty
| Mainland Regional (Linwood)
He might have the best fastball of any player in the Class of 2021 as he hit 100 mph during a summer Perfect Game showcase in Georgia.

New Mexico
Jacob Kmatz
| Sandia (Albuquerque, N.M.)
One of the top pitchers in the Southwest, Kmatz has consistently hit in the low 90s with his fastball. He's committed to play at Oregon State.

New York
Joe Mack
| Williamsville East (East Amherst)
Considered one of the top catchers in the nation, Mack did not play last year, but earned All-Western New York honors while batting .462 with four home runs as a sophomore.

North Carolina
Kahlil Watson
| Wake Forest
A football and baseball standout, Watson dominated as a sophomore by batting .578 with six home runs and 23 RBI. He ranks as one of the nation's top shortstops.

North Dakota
Alex Urlaub
| Sheyenne (West Fargo)
Earned all-tournament honors as a sophomore in 2019. His return helps make Sheyenne the favorite in North Dakota in 2021.

Gavin Bruni
| Alliance
Bruni has risen to become one of the top two-way players in the state. He went 6-2 as a sophomore with 81 strikeouts and just 17 walks. He also batted .484 with 28 RBI and eight doubles.

Jackson Jobe
| Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Seen as a five-tool player who can throw 96 mph off the mound, he's also regarded as a prospect at shortstop. After his performance at the Perfect Game All-American Classic, Jobe will likely be drafted as a pitcher.

Cameron Clayton
| Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)
The Pacers could be the top team in Oregon this year and Clayton is a big reason. The shortstop ranks as one of the top middle infielders in the nation and is a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Ben Montgomery
| Red Land (Lewisberry)
He didn't play last year, but he has consistently ranked among the Top 10 players heading into the 2021 MLB draft. He's regarded as the top overall outfielder in the nation by Perfect Game.

Rhode Island
Ben Brutti
| South Kingstown (Wakefield)
Brutti is ranked as one of the top prospects in New England in the Class of 2022 and the No. 6 overall prospect in the Class according to Prep Baseball Report.

South Carolina
Will Taylor
| Dutch Fork (Irmo)
A Clemson football prospect at quarterback, Taylor also ranks as the top baseball prospect in the state. The MaxPreps South Carolina Football Player of the Year is expected to play both sports at Clemson.

South Dakota
Chase Mason
| Harrisburg
Mason was expected to be one of the top baseball players in the state and a possible MLB draft pick this summer, however he suffered an ACL injury playing football in September.

Chase Burns
| Beech (Hendersonville)
Originally from Station Camp, Burns transferred to Beech last summer. He sported a 0.52 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched to rank among the top pitchers in the state in 2019.

Jordan Lawler
| Dallas Jesuit
Lawler has taken over as the top prospect in the Class of 2021 and is a potential Top 10 draft pick. As a sophomore, he batted .385 with 25 RBI and four home runs.

Cam Day
| Layton
As a sophomore, he posted a 1.97 ERA with 60 strikeouts in just 49.2 innings. He finished his sophomore season with back-to-back 10 strikeout efforts against Northridge.

Owen Ellington
| U-32 (Montpelier)
Named the state player of the year as a sophomore, Ellington struck out 66 batters and had a 0.47 ERA while also batting .457. He has committed to play at UConn.

Elijah Lambros
| Fredericksburg Christian
A multi-sport athlete, Lambros has been tabbed by Prep Baseball Report as the top baseball player in Virginia. He played at Stafford as a sophomore and batted .427 with 18 RBI while leading the team to a state championship.

Malakhi Knight
| Marysville Getchell (Marysville)
A two-sport star, Knight excelled on the hardcourt for the Chargers while also emerging as the state's top baseball prospect as an outfielder in the Class of 2021.

West Virginia
Grant Hussey
| Parkersburg South (Parkersburg)
The first baseman has committed to West Virginia. He batted .385 as a freshman and earned honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore.

Noah Miller
| Ozaukee (Fredonia)
Already signed by Alabama, Miller is tabbed as the top player in the state by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report. As a sophomore, he batted .500 with nine doubles and three home runs.
Preseason OFFICIAL Top 25 high school basketball rankings: Players to watch, storylines for No. 20 Sierra Canyon - OFFICIAL
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings: Players to watch, storylines for No. 20 Sierra Canyon
With California expecting to begin its high school basketball season March 12, most states will be wrapping it up by the time No. 20 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) tips off. And while that might present scheduling difficulties, the spotlight will only shine brighter on a program with plenty of national appeal and starpower.

The Trailblazers field a deep and talented roster led by top 50 prospects Amari Bailey, Bronny James and transfer Chance Westry. Much of the Sierra Canyon hype focuses on the son of four-time NBA champion LeBron James and how Bronny's game develops entering his sophomore season.

Other key members of the Trailblazers rotation include 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu and scrappy forward Shy Odom along with incoming transfers Max Allen and Ryan Grande.

Sierra Canyon was ranked No. 15 and favored to win its third straight CIF Open Division crown at the close of the 2019-20 season. The 30-4 Trailblazers had advanced to the state title game before COVID-19 ended the season.
Guard Bronny James
File photo by Catalina Fragoso
Guard Bronny James
Players to watch

Height: 6-8 | Class: Junior (2022)
National rank: 213 | Status: Uncommitted

Height: 6-4 | Class: Junior (2022)
National rank: 3 | Status: Uncommitted

Height: 6-1 | Class: Senior (2021)
National rank: NR | Status: Uncommitted

Height: 6-2 | Class: Sophomore (2023)
National rank: 30 | Status: Uncommitted

Height: 6-6 | Class: Junior (2022)
National rank: 192 | Status: Uncommitted

Height: 6-4 | Class: Junior (2022)
National rank: 27 | Status: Uncommitted

Height: 7-3 | Class: Senior (2021)
National rank: 181 | Status: Uncommitted
Guard Amari Bailey
File photo by David Steutel
Guard Amari Bailey

Jalen Duren named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Jalen Duren named 2020-21 MaxPreps Florida 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.

Jalen Duren of Montverde Academy (Montverde) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior post helped the Eagles finish the regular season with a 20-1 record and the No. 1 national ranking in this week's MaxPreps Top 25.

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.

A Philadelphia native, Duren transferred from Roman Catholic prior to the 2019-2020 season. He was named first team MaxPreps Sophomore All-American last season.

Duren is regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022 overall according to 247Sports. Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, UCLA and Villanova are among the college basketball powers that have extended offers.

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.
Jalen Duren throws down a dunk against Sunrise Christian Academy.
Photo by Annette Wilkerson
Jalen Duren throws down a dunk against Sunrise Christian Academy.
MaxMadness: Our field of 68 for a high school basketball version of the NCAA Tournament - OFFICIAL
MaxMadness: Our field of 68 for a high school basketball version of the NCAA Tournament
The buzz preceding the 2021 NCAA college basketball tournament is palpable — especially after last year's March Madness was canceled due to COVID-19.

As most of America fills their bracket in anticipation of March Madness, MaxPreps jumps into the waters with our own version. MaxMadness is a 68-team tournament of the best high school basketball teams in the country this season looking for their "One Shining Moment."

Unlike the NCAA, no automatic bids were given for MaxMadness as every team had to earn their spot in the field based on overall body of work. States like California and Washington haven't played due to the pandemic, meaning teams like Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) and O'Dea (Seattle) aren't featured in the field.

Much like the NCAA tournament selection process, MaxMadness bracketology is weighted heavily on team's overall record, strength of schedule, quality of roster composition and postseason results if applicable. Seeding follows MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.

Check out our complete 68-team MaxMadness field below and make sure you tune into CBS for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
1. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 21-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 1

Record: 28-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 7

Record: 1-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 12

Record: 20-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 15

Record: 27-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 17

Record: 18-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 23

Record: 27-5 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 27

Record: 10-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 31

Record: 4-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 34

Record: 21-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 36

Record: 25-6 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 42

Record: 22-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 44

Record: 16-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 50

Record: 24-5 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 24-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 27-6 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 13-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 20-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 4

Record: 9-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 5

Record: 17-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 9

Record: 28-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 16

Record: 29-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 18

Record: 7-4 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 24

Record: 27-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 28

Record: 0-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 14-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 37

Record: 22-4 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 39

Record: 20-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 47

Record: 15-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 46

Record: 25-4 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 48

Record: 25-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 25-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 15-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 17-7 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
1. Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.)
Record: 19-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 3

Record: 13-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 8

Record: 14-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 10

Record: 27-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 14

Record: 30-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 19

Record: 10-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 21

Record: 24-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 25

Record: 23-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 29

Record: 15-8 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 30

Record: 24-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 33

Record: 27-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 35

Record: 14-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 38

Record: 25-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 40

Record: 7-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 14-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 7-9 | MaxPreps Top 50: NR

Record: 14-7 | MaxPreps Top 50:
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
1. AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record: 27-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 2

Record: 29-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 6

Record: 18-6 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 11

Record: 30-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 13

Record: 25-3 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 20

Record: 26-2 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 22

Record: 31-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 26

Record: 19-0 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 32

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Record: 21-1 | MaxPreps Top 50: No. 49

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Record: 17-2 MaxPreps Top 50: NR