ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 10


After games of Jan. 27

After Chicago Simeon fell to DeSoto on ESPN earlier this year, the skeptics took to Twitter to question whether the preseason No. 1 team was still an elite squad. Forget the fact that No. 2 prospect Jabari Parker was making an unexpectedly quick return after an injury, two double-digit losses were enough for some to count the Wolverines up and crown Whitney Young as the best in the Chi.

The Wolverines put an end to that talk (for now) by beating then No. 4 Whitney Young Saturday night on ESPN behind the play of Illinois recruits Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn and key buckets by Parker during a pivotal late-game stretch.

The two teams may very well meet again later this year, but for now, Simeon keeps the King of Chicago title and jumps back into the top 10.

Our top three remains intact but Prime Prep swaps spots with Whitney Young in the top 5. St. Anthony and St. Benedict Prep will battle Feb. 1 for the title of best squad in New Jersey with the loser likely to fall out of the top 10. DeSoto, which had its 20-game streak snapped, falls to No. 12, while Arlington Country Day and Miller Grove, teams with a combined mark of 40-5, make their ESPN 25 debuts.

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Note: This poll is compiled weekly by the RecruitingNation staff. Every high school team is eligible to be ranked as long as its roster does not include any fifth-year seniors.

ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 10
1Findlay Prep (24-0)
Henderson, NV

Last Week: 1
The Pilots' lone contest after Hoophall was postponed. The team gets back to action later this week at the Las Vegas National HoopFest.
2Montverde Academy (21-2)
Montverde, FL

Last Week: 2
UK-bound Dakari Johnson (15 points) led three players in double figures as the Eagles defeated No. 10 La Lumiere to capture the MAIT title in front of Shaquille O'Neal on Saturday night.
3Lone Peak (17-1)
Highland, UT

Last Week: 3
After putting on a show in front of a national audience at Hoophall last Monday, Lone Peak topped local squads Bingham and Lehi to complete another undefeated week.
4Prime Prep (22-0)
Dallas, TX

Last Week: 5
Prep continues to roll its foes, winning by an average of 30.6 points last week to eclipse the 20-win plateau.
5Whitney Young (18-2)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 4
The Dolphins came up short down the stretch against Simeon and fell for the first time since the City of Palms in late December.
6St. Anthony (16-0)
Jersey City, NJ

Last Week: 6
Led by Oregon State recruit and tourney MVP Hallice Cooke (22 points, 6-for-10 from deep), the Friars won the SNY Invitational and extended the nation's best win streak to 81 games.
7St. Benedict's Prep (18-0)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 9
How the Gray Bees perform at the Newark National Invitational will tell us a lot about just how good this team is. They trounced Germantown Academy by almost 30 last week.
8Huntington Prep (23-2)
Huntington, WV

Last Week: 10
The Express went 3-0 in Ohio last week with Andrew Wiggins leading the way. He averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds a contest, and Moses Kingsley put up 11, 9 and 6 blocks.
9Neal F. Simeon (18-2)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 11
Jabari Parker's struggles against Whitney Young aside, Simeon is finally looking like the team several media outlets declared the nation's top team coming into the season.
10La Lumiere (23-2)
La Porte, IN

Last Week: 8
La Lumiere lost for the first time since Dec. 22, but there's nothing for the Lakers to hang their heads over as their two losses have come to the No. 1 and 2 teams in the nation.
11Long Beach Polytechnic (19-2)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 12
The Jackrabbits have a pair of tough games this week with Compton (15-7) and St. John Bosco (17-4) sandwiched around a home contest with Lakewood.
12DeSoto (25-2)
DeSoto, TX

Last Week: 7
Takedrick Brown missed a 3-pointer as time expired, and South Grand Prairie halted DeSoto's 20-game win streak.
13Oak Hill Academy (21-3)
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Last Week: 14
The Warriors bounced back from last Monday's loss to Simeon by posting consecutive blowout wins.
14Mater Dei (21-1)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 13
The Monarchs will face St. John Bosco on Wednesday and then host the Nike Extravaganza over the weekend.
15West (15-0)
Iowa City, IA

Last Week: 15
West posted blowout wins over Kennedy and Prairie to extend its unbeaten streak to 41 contests.
16Bishop Montgomery (23-0)
Torrance, CA

Last Week: 16
The Knights led San Diego Lincoln 28-2 after the first quarter en route to a 79-34 victory that kept their undefeated season intact.
17Lake Oswego (18-0)
Lake Oswego, OR

Last Week: 17
No Calvin Hermanson (ankle injury), no problem as the Lakers ran their undefeated mark to 18 games with a 34-point rout over Oregon City.
18Gonzaga College (16-3)
Washington, DC

Last Week: 20
The Eagles racked up wins against Bishop Ireton and McNamara going into their matchup with defending WCAC champ Paul VI tonight.
19Ely (17-1)
Pompano Beach, FL

Last Week: 19
The Tigers, which haven't lost since dropping a contest to St. John Bosco on Dec. 22, are racking up wins with ease heading into postseason play.
20Germantown (16-0)
Germantown, WI

Last Week: 21
Indiana-bound PF Luke Fischer and the Warhawks ran through Dominican 88-53 to collect the squad's 44th consecutive victory.
21Pershing (14-0)
Detroit, MI

Last Week: 23
The favorites for the Class A state crown held off upset-minded East English Village by three to remain unbeaten.
22Midwest City (17-0)
Midwest City, OK

Last Week: 24
The Bombers topped rival Jenks by 10 to bring home the Jenks/Union Invitational title. Kesean Brown led the way with 22 points.
23Carmel (13-1)
Carmel, IN

Last Week: 25
That's nine in a row for Carmel after routing Ben Davis on Saturday night. The Greyhounds battle 14-3 Lawrence North later this week.
24Arlington Country Day School (21-2)
Jacksonville, FL

Last Week: --
If not for a pair of December losses to Huntington Prep, the Apaches would have made their debut much earlier this season.
25Miller Grove (19-3)
Lithonia, GA

Last Week: --
Senior Kyre' Hamer has picked up the scoring slack following UCLA freshman Tony Parker's graduation, pouring in better than 20 points a contest in each of the team's last 12 games.
Dropped out: No. 18 Omaha Central, No. 22 Columbia