ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 7


After games of Jan. 6

We know what you're thinking: How can they jump a team from outside the top 25 to No. 4 overall?

Well, let's try to clear things up while also making it clear that this situation isn't likely to come up again anytime soon. Dallas Prime Prep entered the winter with a loaded roster but with a cloud of uncertainty stemming from several of its stars, including No. 4 junior Emmanuel Mudiay, transferring from Grace Prep and into Deion Sanders' charter school.

We originally had Prep slated to be ranked in Week 1, but the team's situation was still in doubt as the season began so we awaited a resolution. Eventually, Prime Prep had its players cleared and the school separated from the UIL, electing to play a national schedule similar to that of Findlay Prep's.

On the court , Prime Prep has left no doubt it is one of the nation's best, its 14-0 record highlighted by last Friday's win over then-No. 3 Huntington Prep. Our staff, along with several top 25 coaches, agreed that Prep was deserving of a top-five ranking. We settled on No. 4.

Huntington dropped to No. 5 and several other top 10 teams moved down a spot to accommodate the addition of Prime Prep. A big riser was La Lumiere, which inches closer to top-10 status each week, while Thurgood Marshall and Lake Oswego make their 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: 7
1Montverde Academy (15-0)
Montverde, FL

Last Week: 1
Dakari Johnson took care of business both on (15 points, 13 rebounds) and off the court (committed to Kentucky) Saturday night live on ESPN2. The Eagles continue to look dominant this winter.
2Findlay Prep (18-0)
Henderson, NV

Last Week: 2
Nigel Williams-Goss led four players in double digits with 18 points and also added six boards and six dimes in the Pilots' 76-51 win over Redemption Christian.
3Lone Peak (10-1)
Highland, UT

Last Week: 4
The Knights get back to work this week and have a tough matchup against Archbishop Mitty coming up later this month.
4Prime Prep (14-0)
Dallas, TX

Last Week: --
Wins over top-25 clubs Yates and Huntington Prep help Prime Prep enter the national title discussion.
5Huntington Prep (15-1)
Huntington, WV

Last Week: 3
Prime Prep ended the Express' bid for an undefeated season Friday night. Prep bounced back the next night with a four-point win over Wesleyan Christian (N.C.).
6Long Beach Polytechnic (12-1)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 5
The Jackrabbits return to action this week riding a five-game win streak.
7Whitney Young (11-1)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 6
Jahlil Okafor is on a tear this season averaging a gaudy 30 points and 10 rebounds a contest. He went for 32 and Paul White added 19 in a 78-49 throttling of Neumann-Goretti at the Cancer Research Classic.
8St. Anthony (8-0)
Jersey City, NJ

Last Week: 7
The Friars' defense limited eight-win Newark East Side to a ridiculous 15 points as St. Anthony extended its streak to 73 games.
9DeSoto (20-1)
DeSoto, TX

Last Week: 8
The Eagles have a chance to avenge their lone loss when they travel to Duncanville on Jan. 11.
10Mater Dei (16-0)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 10
The Monarchs will be tested by Cali's best with St. John Bosco and Orange Lutheran each coming up twice on the schedule.
11St. Benedict's Prep (12-0)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 11
Mike Young led the way with 20 points and 11 boards as the Gray Bees clinched their 12th win of the season over Teaneck, 86-64.
12La Lumiere (16-1)
La Porte, IN

Last Week: 14
The Lakers continued their hot stretch of play by handing Detroit Country Day its first loss of the season last week.
13Oak Hill Academy (17-2)
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Last Week: 9
We're still looking for that statement win out of the Warriors. That may come at Hoophall Classic when they face Simeon.
14Southwind (12-3)
Memphis, TN

Last Week: 13
The Jaguars have topped the 80-point mark in eight contests already this season.
15Neal F. Simeon (9-2)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 12
Jabari Parker had a big first quarter against Montverde Academy but couldn't sustain the effort in the second half as the Wolverines dropped their second contest of the year.
16Chester (7-2)
Chester, PA

Last Week: 17
The Clippers overpowered Reading (Pa.) by 39 despite an off night for Arizona recruit Rondae Jefferson.
17West (8-0)
Iowa City, IA

Last Week: 16
West racked up its 34th consecutive win with a 66-56 defeat of Dubuque Senior.
18Saint John Bosco (10-1)
Bellflower, CA

Last Week: 21
Bosco has its sights set on upsetting No. 10 Mater Dei Wednesday night.
19Omaha Central (11-2)
Omaha, NE

Last Week: 22
Deandre Hollins-Johnson made a pair of free throws to seal a two-point win over Omaha North and clinch the Eagles' sixth straight victory.
20St. Frances Academy (15-1)
Baltimore, MD

Last Week: 18
The Panthers won the battle of Baltimore powers, edging Mount St. Joseph's by a single point last week.
21Pike (9-0)
Indianapolis, IN

Last Week: 24
The Red Devils kicked off the new year with a 23-point win over Meridian.
22Fort Bend Travis (17-3)
Richmond, TX

Last Week: 23
Give the Tigers a lot of credit -- they have stayed afloat despite injuries to No. 3 player Andrew Harrison. They dropped Fort Bend Kempner for the team's fifth win in six games.
23Thurgood Marshall (8-0)
Dayton, OH

Last Week: --
The Cougars throttled defending Division II champ Dayton Dunbar by 19, leading to the squad's top 25 debut. They will get a chance to show they belong with Findlay Prep coming up.
24Lake Oswego (13-0)
Lake Oswego, OR

Last Week: --
Class 6A player of the year Calvin Hermanson has the Lakers off to a fast start and poised to make another run to the state finals.
25West Charlotte (10-1)
Charlotte, NC

Last Week: 25
Playing in front of future coach Roy Williams, 6-foot-9 center Kennedy Meeks tallied a huge double-double with 20 points and 19 boards.
Dropped out: No. 15 Montrose Christian, No. 19 Paul VI, No. 20 Neumann-Goretti