ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 18


After games of March 24

Two ranked teams took home championship trophies, while two others came up short in their title pursuit as the remaining state champs were crowned across the nation this past weekend.

No. 8 Mater Dei captured the program's 10th title Saturday, beating San Jose Archbishop Mitty 50-45 behind a huge individual game from junior Stanley Johnson. Over in Indiana, Carmel beat Cathedral for the second time this year to grab its second straight Class 4A crown.

Then-No. 17 Pershing wasn't so fortunate in the Michigan playoffs, falling to Romulus and having its perfect season snapped. Romulus took Pershing's place in the rankings after winning the Class A tournament. Chester was upset by Lower Merion but remains in the top 25 based on total body of work.

Now that state champs around the country have been crowned, the last remaining games will come at the National High School Invitational April 4-6. Top-ranked Findlay Prep goes in as the favorites, but the Pilots will be severely tested by a loaded field that includes five top-10 squads.

Our final rankings will be revealed on April 9.

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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: 18
1Findlay Prep (34-0)
Henderson, NV

Last Week: 1
No. 1 seed at NHSI, plays Montrose Christian (April 4, 6 p.m. ET/ESPNU)
2Montverde Academy (21-2)
Montverde, FL

Last Week: 2
No. 2 seed at NHSI, plays Oak Hill Academy (April 4, 4 p.m./ESPNU)
3Lone Peak (26-1)
Highland, UT

Last Week: 3
Season complete: Class 5A champions for third straight year.
4Prime Prep (36-0)
Dallas, TX

Last Week: 4
No. 3 seed at NHSI, plays Blanche Ely (April 4, Noon/ESPNU)
5St. Benedict's Prep (28-1)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 5
No. 4 seed at NHSI, plays La Lumiere (April 4, 2 p.m./ESPNU)
6Huntington Prep (30-3)
Huntington, WV

Last Week: 6
Season complete.
7Neal F. Simeon (30-3)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 7
Season complete: Captured fourth consecutive Class 4A title.
8Mater Dei (34-2)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 8
ESPN 60 forward Stanley Johnson netted 26 points to power Mater Dei to the CIF Open Division title, the program's third straight championship and 10th overall.
9Ely (27-1)
Pompano Beach, FL

Last Week: 9
No. 6 seed at NHSI, plays Prime Prep (April 4, Noon/ESPNU)
10Whitney Young (27-4)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 10
Season complete: Playoff loss to Simeon ended title run.
11La Lumiere (26-5)
La Porte, IN

Last Week: 11
No. 5 seed at NHSI, plays St. Benedict's Prep (April 4, 2 p.m./ESPNU)
12West (26-0)
Iowa City, IA

Last Week: 12
Season complete: Back-to-back state champs.
13Germantown (28-0)
Germantown, WI

Last Week: 13
Season complete: Won back-to-back Division I titles.
14Miller Grove (30-3)
Lithonia, GA

Last Week: 15
Season complete: Won fifth consecutive GHSA crown.
15Etiwanda (28-3)
Etiwanda, CA

Last Week: 16
Season complete: Lost to Mater Dei in CIF Southern California Open Division Finals.
16Long Beach Polytechnic (28-4)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 18
Season complete: Fell to Mater Dei in CIF playoffs.
17Chester (27-3)
Chester, PA

Last Week: 14
Came up short in its three-peat bid as Lower Merion routed the Clippers 63-47.
18Oak Hill Academy (33-5)
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Last Week: 19
No. 7 seed at NHSI, plays Montverde Academy (April 4, ESPNU).
19Bishop Gorman (29-3)
Las Vegas, NV

Last Week: 20
Season complete: Class 4A champs.
20Morgan Park (33-3)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 21
Season complete: Class 3A champs.
21Fort Bend Travis (33-5)
Richmond, TX

Last Week: 22
Season complete: Class 5A champs.
22Carmel (24-2)
Carmel, IN

Last Week: 23
Topped Indy Cathedral to claim its second consecutive Class 4A championship.
23Bishop Denis J. O'Connell (30-7)
Arlington, VA

Last Week: 24
Season complete: WCAC tourney and Alhambra Invitational champs.
24Romulus (27-1)
Romulus, MI

Last Week: --
Defeated then-No. 17 Pershing in the playoffs, then topped Detroit Southeastern in the finals to clinch program's first crown since 1986.
25Montrose Christian (19-4)
Rockville, MD

Last Week: 25
No. 8 seed at NHSI, plays Findlay Prep (April 4, ESPNU)
Dropped out: No. 17 Pershing