ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 8


After games of Jan. 13

Finally, we can look forward to some movement at the top of the rankings. Aside from the City of Palms Classic, the Spalding Hoophall Classic is the other major annual event that significantly impacts the national rankings.

That is certain to be the case this weekend as 11 ranked teams will be in attendance, headlined by a matchup of the nation's top two teams with No. 2 Findlay Prep taking on top-ranked Montverde Academy. The two squads met last March with Findlay mounting an epic comeback to claim its second straight NHSI crown.

Other marquee matchups include No. 7 Whitney Young against No. 6 Long Beach Poly and No. 13 Oak Hill Academy taking on No. 14 Simeon and ESPN's networks will carry six of the contests (click here for the TV schedule).

Several teams suffered losses near the bottom of the rankings leading to the addition of six new teams. Bishop Montgomery, Germantown and Bothell make it on the strength of their undefeated records, while WCAC powers Gonzaga and Bishop O'Connell have each made their case with wins over top 25 competition.

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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: 8
1Montverde Academy (18-0)
Montverde, FL

Last Week: 1
Florida recruit Kasey Hill sat out as the team topped Orlando Boone to remain undefeated. They'll need him back at full strength for this weekend's tilt with No. 2 Findlay Prep.
2Findlay Prep (21-0)
Henderson, NV

Last Week: 2
If the Pilots get by a pair of ranked teams in No. 22 Thurgood Marshall and No. 1 Montverde over the next week, they will sit at No. 1 come next Tuesday.
3Lone Peak (12-1)
Highland, UT

Last Week: 3
The Knights weren't at their best but held on to clinch a 63-59 win over a loaded Wesleyan Christian Academy team. Nick Emery, T.J. Haws and Eric Mika tallied 18 points each.
4Prime Prep (15-0)
Dallas, TX

Last Week: 4
Prep defeated HCYA 76-62 to continue its trend of posting double-digit wins during its inaugural season. Prep plays Wayne at the Flyin' to the Hoop on Monday night.
5Huntington Prep (17-1)
Huntington, WV

Last Week: 5
Andrew Wiggins showed a national audience why he's the No. 1 player, pouring in 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Prep has a tough test on the horizon in No. 12 La Lumiere at the Flyin' to the Hoop tourney.
6Long Beach Polytechnic (15-1)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 6
It's going to be hard for Long Beach Poly to hold onto this spot with a red-hot Whitney Young team on the docket Saturday.
7Whitney Young (13-1)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 7
The Dolphins dropped White Station by 21 at the Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest in Tennessee. L.J. Peak notched 17 points and eight rebounds in the contest.
8St. Anthony (9-0)
Jersey City, NJ

Last Week: 8
The undefeated Friars used a 28-4 run in the first half to put away Christian Brothers 54-25. The team's streak now stands at 75 games and counting.
9DeSoto (22-1)
DeSoto, TX

Last Week: 9
DeSoto sank nine free throws in the second overtime of its 62-58 win over Duncanville, avenging its only loss of the season.
10Mater Dei (18-0)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 10
Mater Dei flexed its muscles in wins against local powers Orange Lutheran and St. John Bosco.
11St. Benedict's Prep (14-0)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 11
The Gray Bees have a pair of tough outings coming up with Upper Room Christian and previously ranked Montrose Christian in the next seven days.
12La Lumiere (16-1)
La Porte, IN

Last Week: 12
The recently crowned Midwest Prep Champs have the look of a top-10 squad. They can further their case by beating Huntington Prep later this week.
13Oak Hill Academy (19-2)
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Last Week: 13
Oak Hill Academy grabbed a pair of wins over the weekend by a combined score of 175-113.
14Neal F. Simeon (11-2)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 15
Jabari Parker notched 21 points and six boards to end Simeon's struggles against ranked teams, beating Memphis Southwind 55-53.
15West (11-0)
Iowa City, IA

Last Week: 17
Wyatt Lohaus' jumper with 3.2 seconds to play clinched a 59-55 win over Sun Prairie of Wisconsin and kept Iowa City unbeaten on the season.
16Bishop Montgomery (19-0)
Torrance, CA

Last Week: --
Buoyed by the play of Senior Ognjen Milijkovic (23 points) and Lamond Murray Jr. (18 points, 10 rebounds), the Knights knocked St. John Bosco from the rankings and kept pace with Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly in Cali hoops.
17Lake Oswego (13-0)
Lake Oswego, OR

Last Week: 24
A pair of wins over last year's state champ Jesuit proves the senior-laden Lakers are the favorites for this year's Class 6A crown.
18Omaha Central (13-2)
Omaha, NE

Last Week: 19
The Eagles punched their eighth consecutive victory with a 71-53 home rout of Lincoln on Saturday.
19Southwind (13-4)
Memphis, TN

Last Week: 14
Four losses against ranked teams drops Southwind out of the top 15 for the first time this season, but this squad has the talent of a top-20 club for sure.
20Gonzaga College (12-2)
Washington, DC

Last Week: --
Don't look now but the Purple Eagles own a 3-0 record against top 25 competition as they enter the heart of WCAC play.
21Bishop Denis J. O'Connell (15-1)
Arlington, VA

Last Week: --
Melo Trimble, Junior Etou and the Knights get to prove they belong when they take on fringe top 25 club Lower Merion (Pa.) at this weekend's Burger King Classic.
22Thurgood Marshall (9-0)
Dayton, OH

Last Week: 23
Marshall moves up a spot after extending its unbeaten streak to nine games. Friday's game against Findlay Prep looms as the season's biggest game.
23Germantown (13-0)
Germantown, WI

Last Week: --
Germantown has jumped on opponents early, outscoring its foes 258-128 in the first quarter of games. Indiana-bound center Luke Fischer should keep the Warhawks in the top 25 discussion for weeks to come.
24Ely (15-1)
Pompano Beach, FL

Last Week: --
Ely has reeled off five straight since falling to St. John's Bosco.
25Bothell (13-0)
Bothell, WA

Last Week: --
The three-headed attack of Zach LaVine (UCLA), Perrion Callandret and Josh Martin has helped the Cougars emerge as one of the West Coast's top squads.
Dropped out: No. 16 Chester, No. 18 St. John Bosco, No. 20 St. Frances Academy, No. 21 Pike, No. 22 Fort Bend Travis