There have been some major changes since the preseason POWERADE state rankings were released, including a new team atop the Indiana board. North Central opened at No. 1, but a loss to Carmel dropped the Panthers to No. 2. That gave Hamilton SE a chance to move up, and the Royals claimed the No. 1 spot by going 4-0 through the early part of the season. The stay at the top could be short-lived, however, as Hamilton SE and North Central are scheduled to meet on Dec. 17.
Carmel, the team that beat North Central on Dec. 9, jumps from being unranked to No. 3. The Greyhounds have a legitimate claim to the No. 2 spot, having beat North Central head-to-head, but Carmel also has a loss to Noblesville on its resume.
POWERADE Basketball State Rankings
After games ending 12/13
Hamilton SE (4-0) — Last week: No. 2
North Central (4-1) — Last week: No. 1
Carmel (4-1) — Last week: NR