espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 5


It was another ho-hum week for the top teams in the espnW 25 Power Rankings, with only a slight shuffle and no new faces in the top 10. Expect some noise next week.

With several clashes between top-25 teams, there's no telling what you'll find when you come back a week from today.

The stars will be out Tuesday night in Georgia when No. 19 Norcross visits No. 10 North Gwinnett. Norcoss is led by Diamond DeShields, the No. 3 prospect in the 2013 class and a North Carolina commit. North Gwinnett is led by Lexie Brown, the No. 15 prospect in the 2013 class and a Maryland commit. The teams have a rematch scheduled for Jan. 23.

On Friday in Tennessee, No. 2 Riverdale visits No. 21 Blackman, which makes its espnW 25 Power Rankings debut this week. Both teams are undefeated.

In the DMV on Friday, No. 4 St. John's has a rematch with No. 22 Good Counsel. St. John's won the first meeting in December, 77-73.

And finally, an interstate matchup between No. 12 Fairmont (Kettering, Ohio) and No. 24 Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) on Saturday at the Classic in the Country could also shake up the rankings.

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 5
1Mater Dei (17-0)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 1
The Monarchs had a good weekend with back-to-back easy wins over Orange Lutheran and Camarillo.
2Riverdale (18-0)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: 2
The Warriors are 3-0 in district and have a huge game this week against undefeated Blackman for top honors in the state of Tennessee.
3Duncanville (28-0)
Duncanville, TX

Last Week: 3
With convincing wins over Mansfield and DeSoto, the question is starting to be if anyone in the Longhorn State can stop this team?
4Saint Johns College (15-0)
Washington, DC

Last Week: 4
Both Archbishop Carroll and Holy Cross gave St. John's scares this week, but the team remained unbeaten and has a huge rematch with Good Counsel this week.
5M. X. Shabazz (11-0)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 7
A big win over then No. 21 Riverdale Baptist backs up that this Shabazz team is for real.
6Saint Marys (15-1)
Phoenix, AZ

Last Week: 5
The Knights improve to 7-0 in league and it doesn't appear that in-state competition will offer much resistance.
7Marion County (18-0)
Lebanon, KY

Last Week: 6
The Knights won the big showdown with DuPont Manual and should have an easier go in two games this week.
8Incarnate Word Academy (13-0)
Saint Louis, MO

Last Week: 8
The Red Knights continue their in-state dominance and continue their perfect season.
9Windward (16-0)
Los Angeles, CA

Last Week: 9
The Wildcats improve to 16-0 but have a big test next week when they host No. 20 Long Beach Poly.
10North Gwinnett (13-0)
Suwanee, GA

Last Week: 10
The Bulldogs pulled away from a very good Alpharetta team and look ahead to Tuesday night's matchup with Norcross.
11Pflugerville (27-0)
Pflugerville, TX

Last Week: 11
Pflugerville ran by Hendrickson and ran its streak to 27-0.
12Fairmont (12-0)
Kettering, OH

Last Week: 12
Fairmont opens up the Classic in the Country against undefeated Regis Jesuit from Colorado on Saturday.
13Paul VI (17-0)
Fairfax, VA

Last Week: 24
After knocking off Good Counsel and St. Mary's Ryken, the Panthers are rolling but have several big games remaining on the schedule.
14Dutch Fork (16-0)
Irmo, SC

Last Week: 13
The Silver Foxes hit the road this week for back-to-back district games.
15Martin Luther King (8-0)
Detroit, MI

Last Week: 15
The Crusdaers held Detroit Central to just five points in the team's eighth win of the season.
16Science Hill (17-2)
Johnson City, TN

Last Week: 16
Science Hill improved to 7-0 in conference.
17New Hope Christian Academy (18-1)
Thomasville, NC

Last Week: 19
With blowout wins over a team from Australia and Carolina Day School, New Hope continues to show it belongs among the nation's best.
18Long Beach Polytechnic (13-2)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 20
The Jackrabbits gave up a combined 24 points in two games last week and improved to 13-2 on the season.
19Norcross (14-2)
Norcross, GA

Last Week: 21
Georgia powerhouses are set to collide Tuesday night when Norcross takes on No. 10 North Gwinnett.
20Saint Marys (14-1)
Stockton, CA

Last Week: 23
Salesian provided a tough matchup with all of its size and athleticism, but the Rams managed a narrow victory.
21Blackman (18-0)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: --
After winning its bracket at the Peach State Basketball Holiday Invitational in December, Blackman continues its unbeaten season. Two games with No. 2 Riverdale lie ahead to test the Blaze's national profile.
22Good Counsel (13-3)
Olney, MD

Last Week: 17
Good Counsel has reached crunch time of its schedule with Holy Cross and St John's up next.
23Life Center Academy (14-0)
Burlington Township, NJ

Last Week: 25
Life Center Academy was taken to the brink by Archbishop Carroll in Philly, but hung on for its 14th win of the season.
24Regis Jesuit (11-0)
Aurora, CO

Last Week: --
Regis Jesuit takes its undefeated record to Ohio for the Classic in the Country.
25Millbrook (13-0)
Raleigh, NC

Last Week: --
The Wildcats have been cruising all season and now stand a perfect 13-0.