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Updated Prep Circuit Power 50 Rankings: VOLUME 4 (Jan. 23)

By Prep Circuit Staff, 01/23/19, 6:30PM EST


The dog days of the prep season is officially upon us, the majority of the top of the rankings stayed the same, while the poll sees six new teams enter.

McEachern (GA) holds firm at No. 1 after winning the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, but La Lumiere is right on their heels. Both programs picked up huge wins in the first half of March, and will be looking to gain momentum as they play for a bid to GEICO Nationals. 

Wasatch Academy (21-0) moves into the Top 5 behind an impressive orall resume, while IMG jumps to No. 3 after a number of big wins in January.

Six new teams enter the rankings; No. 33 Westchester (CA), No. 39 Archbishop Moeller (OH), No. 45 Lancaster (TX), No. 48 First Love Christian (PA), No. 49 Benton Harbor (MI) & No. 50 Charlotte Christian (NC)

Dropping out are Gill St. Bernard's (NJ), Rainier Beach (WA), Vashon (MO), Center Hill (MS), Veritas Prep (CA) and Roman Catholic (PA).

Check out the full rankings below:

Rank Team Record Notes
1 McEachern (GA) 20-0 2-0 at Cancer Research Classic. Won Bass Pro Championship & beat No. 9 Rancho Christian at Hoophall. Sharife Cooper MVP of Bass Pro.
2 La Lumiere (IN) 20-0 2-0 at Cancer Research Classic with win over Montverde. Throttled No. 8 DeMatha 73-50 at Hoophall. Wendell Green turning into one of the best floor generals in the 2020 class.
3 IMG Academy (FL) 22-1 10-0 in January Beat Oak Hill, Huntington Prep and Patrick School. Won Prep Hoops Sun Bash.
4 Montverde Academy (FL) 13-2 4-1 in January, lost to No. 2 La Lumiere at CRC. Beat No. 7 Sierra Canyon by 19 at Hoophall.
5 Wasatch Academy (UT) 21-0 Beat Santa Monica at Rolling Hills State Preview and edged out Clark (NV) atthe WCE MLK Classic.
6 Oak Hill Academy (VA) 16-2 Lost to IMG wthout Cole Anthony. Warriors have only played 3 games in January.
7 Sierra Canyon (CA) 21-2 5-1 in January, lost to No. 4 Montverde Academy at Hoophall Classic.
8 DeMatha Catholic (MD) 16-2 Beat Norcross, Gonzaga and St. John's College to start January, slipped against No. 2 La Lu at Hoophall.
9 SPIRE Academy (OH) 19-1 Lost by double-digits to Prolific Prep. 4-1 in January behind LaMelo Ball and Rocket Watts.
10 Sunrise Christian (KS) 14-3 5-1 in January. Beat No. 14 Imhotep, No. 23 Findlay Prep & No. 44 Memphis East. Lost nailbiter to No. 1 McEachern.
11 Ranney School (NJ) 14-1 6-1 in January. Beat No. 16 Federal Way & No. 29 Bergen Catholic. Lost to post-grad MacDuffie School.
12 Federal Way (WA) 18-2 Won 8 of 9 in January, lost to No. 11 Ranney School at Hoophall.
13 Roselle Catholic 15-1 Won 9 of 10 in January, lost to Norcross at Hoophall Classic.
14 Belleville West (IL) 20-1 4-1 in January, beat No. 43 Vashon & No. 38 Rainier Beach. Lost to No. 24 Shadow Mountain at Bass Pro.
15 Rancho Christian (CA) 18-3 4-2 in January, beat Memphis East on the road, lost to Santa Margarita and No. 1 McEachern. Mobley brothers give them a chance to beat anyone in the country.
16 Imhotep Charter (PA) 12-4 Won three straight, los to Sunrise and No. 1 McEarchern by 3.
17 University School (FL) 15-3 5-0 in January. Face big test vs. No. 10 Sunrise at home on ESPN on Jan 25.
18 Scott County (KY) 20-1 7-0 in January. Only loss by 1 point to Westchester.
19 Huntington Prep (WV) 13-3 4-1 in January. Lost to No. 3 IMG Academy and beat No. 17 Bella Vista at Flyin' To The Hoop Jaemyn Brakefield making case for back-to-back WV Gatorade POY awards..
20 Bishop Gorman (NV) 17-3 Won 7 straight after dropping first two games in January. Beat No. 39 Clark.
21 Bella Vista Prep (AZ) 20-4 Playing solid behind Addison Patterson and Terry Armstrong Jr. Lost to TN Prep and Huntington Prep. Play Prolific Prep at Crush in the Vallley.
22 Prolific Prep (CA) 22-4 4-0 in January, beat No. 5 SPIRE by 25 at Flyin' To The Hoop. Nimari Burnett is playing like a future pro.
23 Guyer (TX) 22-4 Won 7 straight games in January, 5 of them by 20+.
24 Mountain Brook (AL) 22-3 7-0 in January winning by over 20+ points per game behind star senior Trendon Watford.
25 Hamilton Heights Christian (TN) 22-3 6-1 in January, lost to Memphis East in revenge game. Beat Athens, LEC, Superior & CBA by an average of 25 pts. Jordan Rawls terrific running the point.
26 Carmel Christian (NC) 25-2 6-1 in January after losing first game to Bearden (TN). Lost one point game to Independence at MLK Event
27 Salesian (CA) 22-0 8-0 in January with wins over Curie and Callaway.
28 Nicolet (WI) 13-1 5 straight wins to start off 2019, all by double-digits. Jalen Johnson is a walking triple-double.
29 Shadow Mountain (AZ) 18-3 Lost back-to-back games to McEachern & Memphis East at Bass Pro. Beat No. 14 Belleville West and No. 26 Paul VI.
30 Paul VI (VA) 12-4 Won 5 of 6 in January, lost to Shadow Mountain at Hoophall Classic.
31 Hillcrest Prep South (AZ) 18-4 Won 5 straight games in January after dropped two to close out 2018.
32 Gonzaga Prep (WA) 15-2 6-0 in January with five in double-digits. Three regular season contests remain.
33 Westchester (CA) 18-1 5-0 in January by an average of 25+ points per game. Only loss to top ten foe Sierra Canyon.
34 Mater Dei (CA) 22-3 6-2 in January, lost back-to-back games to St. John Bosco and Camarillo.
35 Warren Central (IN) 15-1 7-1 in January, lost to Lawrence Central in second game of back-to-back.
36 Cox Mill (NC) 15-1 5-0 since first loss of season to No. 18 Scott County. Wendell Moore has been on fire, recently becoming Central Cabarrus County's all-time leading scorer.
37 Findlay Prep (NV) 15-5 2-3 in January, losing to McEachern, Sunrise and Bishop Gorman. SOS significantly harder in new year.
38 Memphis East (TN) 14-5 5-2 in the New Year, beat ranked foes Hamilton Heights and Shadow Mountain. James Wiseman putting up ridiculous numbers.
39 Archbishop Moeller (OH) 15-0 5-0 in 2019, proving to be one of the best defensive units in the country.
40 Scotlandville (LA) 22-1 6-1 in January, took first loss in a 3-point defeat to Sophie B Wright. Reece Beekman has been the best player statistically in Louisiana.
41 Concordia Lutheran (TX) 29-1 6-0 in January by an average of 25+ points per game.
42 Long Island Lutheran (NY) 13-1 5-0 in January with wins over South Shore and Holy Spirit Prep.
43 Curie (IL) 22-1 7-1 in January, first loss came to No. 27 Salesian at Mustang Madness. Rolling through local competition.
44 Oak Ridge (FL) 12-4 Lost to Boone in 20-16 snoozer, also lost to Hilliard Bradley at Flyin' To The Hoop.
45 Lancaster (TX) 19-2 6-0 in January behind stellar guard play from Mike Miles and Wade Taylor IV.
46 Clark (NV) 17-2 4-2 in the new year, lost nail-biter to No. 5 Wasatch and dropped Vegas battle vs. Bishop Gorman. Jalen Hill in the hunt for POY in Nevada.
47 Bergen Catholic (NJ) 11-3 Lost three games in January to Ranney School, Don Bosco Prep and Cardinal Hayes.
48 First Love Christian (PA) 15-4 5 straight wins after loss to No. 13 Roselle Catholic. DJ Gordon and Isaiah Wilson have been standouts.
49 Benton Harbor (MI) 14-0 6-0 in January, riding the terrific play of junior swingman Scooby Johnson.
50 Charlotte Christian (NC) 21-1 7-0 in January, six wins coming by double-digits. Blew out Cannon School & Ravenscroft.

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