ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 12


After games of Feb. 10

While many of the perennial hoop powers have found their bearings following the jam-packed holiday tourneys, Oak Hill Academy (24-5) appears to be in the midst of a stunning tailspin. The Warriors, who captured last year's national title after a dominant 44-0 campaign, have already suffered five losses this season with three coming after the new year.

Injuries and bad luck have been factors in Oak Hill's uncharacteristic season, leading to the Warriors' tumble to the bottom half of the ESPN 25 hoop rankings. With about a month left in the season, it will be tough for Steve Smith's troops to find their way back into the top 15.

Gonzaga, another regular hoop heavyweight, has righted the ship following a bumpy start to the season and is among a slew of elite teams playing their best ball heading into the postseason. The Eagles are undefeated in WCAC play -- arguably the nation's toughest conference -- and look to be mirroring league rival Paul VI's 2012 campaign, which culminated in a top-10 final ranking.

New to this week's rankings are undefeated Theodore Roosevelt out of D.C. and Chester, which returns after earning a No. 5 preseason ranking.

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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: 12
1Findlay Prep (27-0)
Henderson, NV

Last Week: 1
Nigel Williams-Goss went off for 41 Wednesday and Christian Wood poured in 28 the next night as the top-ranked Pilots swept a pair from Kingdom Prep (Iowa).
2Montverde Academy (21-2)
Montverde, FL

Last Week: 2
Off until a March 3 tilt against Huntington Prep at the Red State Blue State series in Kentucky.
3Lone Peak (20-1)
Highland, UT

Last Week: 3
We all know the Knights can score with the nation's best, but lately their defense has matched the team's offensive fireworks. LP held American Fork to 8 first-half points in a 75-38 rout last week.
4Prime Prep (23-0)
Dallas, TX

Last Week: 4
Prep hit the gas to throttle Redemption Christian 76-52 last week but faces a tough test Friday in undefeated Sunrise Christian Academy.
5St. Benedict's Prep (23-1)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 5
After snapping St. Anthony's 83-game streak, Benedict's Prep earned blowout wins over Lawrenceville and Cape Henry and held off Pope John XXIII by 15.
6Huntington Prep (25-2)
Huntington, WV

Last Week: 6
The Express earned their 25th win with an easy victory over Marietta College. The team's other game was canceled due to Snowstorm Nemo.
7Neal F. Simeon (22-2)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 7
The Wolverines advanced to the CPL final four, where they will face Morgan Park with a shot at Whitney Young or Orr in the finals on the line.
8Whitney Young (21-3)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 8
The Dolphins are out for revenge in the CPL playoffs, beginning with Orr in the semis and hopefully another shot at Simeon in the finals.
9La Lumiere (25-2)
La Porte, IN

Last Week: 9
Oklahoma State signee Detrick Mostella erupted for 36 points to lead La Lumiere to an 85-65 win over 22 Feet Academy out of Kentucky.
10Long Beach Polytechnic (24-2)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 10
The Jackrabbits have a tough path in the Division 1AA playoffs with Etiwanda, Centennial and Loyola in their bracket. The playoffs begin Friday against Palmdale.
11St. Anthony (21-1)
Jersey City, NJ

Last Week: 11
The Friars began a new win streak in dominant fashion, defeating Ridgewood and Medford Tech by 20-plus each.
12Gonzaga College (22-3)
Washington, DC

Last Week: 14
The Eagles began the week by outlasting Bishop O'Connell to stay atop the WCAC standings, and ended it with a close call against Bishop Ireton. Their move is based on a tougher national schedule than DeSoto and Mater Dei.
13DeSoto (29-2)
DeSoto, TX

Last Week: 12
The top team in Texas also owns the most victories in our rankings after winning four straight over the past 10 days.
14Mater Dei (26-1)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 13
The Monarchs finished unbeaten in Trinity League play after bouncing Servite 47-37 last week. They earned the No. 1 seed in the Southern Section of the Div 1AA bracket.
15Bishop Montgomery (26-0)
Torrance, CA

Last Week: 16
Top-seeded Bishop Montgomery begins playoff basketball Friday against Whittier Christian.
16Lake Oswego (21-0)
Lake Oswego, OR

Last Week: 18
The Lakers have held three of their past four opponents to single-digit first quarters as the team's defense has set the pace of late.
17West (19-0)
Iowa City, IA

Last Week: 17
Jeremy Morgan (17 points) and Wyatt Lohaus (14) powered West to an easy win over Xavier Friday night.
18Ely (22-1)
Pompano Beach, FL

Last Week: 19
The Tigers had three players reach double figures in a 67-42 rout of Northeast.
19Germantown (20-0)
Germantown, WI

Last Week: 20
Germantown didn't need much from Indiana-bound forward Luke Fischer (24 points in two games) as the Warhawks went 2-0 last week winning by an average of 41.5 points.
20Pershing (17-0)
Detroit, MI

Last Week: 21
The Doughboys advanced to the Detroit Public School League tourney semis with a 70-50 win over Detroit Central.
21Midwest City (24-0)
Midwest City, OK

Last Week: 23
Midwest made quick work out of Westmoore, racing to an easy 80-43 victory on Friday.
22Miller Grove (22-3)
Lithonia, GA

Last Week: 25
The Wolverines continue to hold the title of Georgia's top team after reeling off their 11th straight win.
23Oak Hill Academy (24-5)
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Last Week: 15
The Warriors are clinging to their spot in the top 25 following their third loss in 2013, most recently to a tough Omaha Central squad.
24Roosevelt (21-0)
Washington, DC

Last Week: --
The undefeated Roughriders own wins over Montrose Christian and Princeton Day Academy but can validate their top-25 status by beating Baltimore Dunbar later this week.
25Chester (19-3)
Chester, PA

Last Week: --
Chester is beginning to show signs of being an elite team again, clinching impressive wins over Gonzaga and Neumann-Goretti in recent weeks.
Dropped out: No. 22 Carmel, No. 24 Arlington Country Day