Southridge of Beaverton, Ore., returning four starters from a 29-0 team, tops the preseason Full Court Press/Scout.com national girls' basketball high school rankings.
This marks the first time
the Skyhawks have ever topped the FCP rankings, and they will have an
opportunity to prove they belong at the Nike Tournament of Champions in
Last year's defending champions, Christ the King of New York, drop to No. 2, and despite severe losses to graduation, they still return Tina Charles, who is ranked as the nation's No. 1 prospect by Scout and FCP, and point guard Loren Dixon.
Tina Charles/Maya Moore
Tina Charles/Maya Moore
Fenwick of Illinois, which
also returns a boatload of talent, is No. 3. Cardinal O'Hara of
"Though there are a lot of very good teams," said Clay Kallam of Full Court Press, who has been compiling these rankings for nine years, "there are no great ones. Any one of the top 10 could wind up claiming the national championship, and it wouldn't really be a big surprise if a team even lower in the preseason rankings finished No. 1."
Shabazz of New Jersey,
Bishop Amat of
Four of the teams ranked
16th through 20th will play in
"It's frightening to think that one of these highly ranked national teams could go 1-3 in Phoenix," Kallam said, "but that's how tough the tournament is."
Arlington Bowie of Texas is
ranked 19th, as the Volunteers and sister Texans DeSoto (22nd) both stay home,
"which makes it hard to determine how good they really are," according to
Kallam. Bishop Gorman of
"These are very good teams, but there's not much to choose between them and the 11 schools on the "Teams to Watch" list," Kallam said. "Every time I go through the rankings, they come out different, but this is the one I finally settled on — and there are most likely some schools I didn't mention that could make a case they belong too. With so many high schools, and so few head-to-head games among elite teams, it's really a lot of educated guesswork."
SCOUT.COM/FULLCOURT PRESS NATIONAL HS TOP 25
2. Christ the King (N.Y.) 32-0
4. Cardinal O'Hara
8. St. Mary's
11. Shabazz (N.J.) 25-5
12. Bishop Amat
14. Collins Hill
15. Riverdale Baptist
16. Bishop McNamara
21. Bishop Gorman
23. North Central (Ind.) 20-7)
Teams to watch (in alphabetical order): Chaminade-Julienne (Ohio) 25-2; Chief Sealth (Wash.) 27-2; Good Counsel (Md.) 28-4; Lewis & Clark (Wash.) 26-3; Long Beach Poly (Calif.) 29-4; Manchester (Conn.) 28-0; Mt. Juliet (Tenn.) 37-1; Narbonne (Calif.) 22-6; Redan (Ga.) 22-9; Notre Dame de Sion (Mo.) 24-3; St. Joseph's (Mo.) 18-8; St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) 22-3, South Mecklenburg (N.C.) 24-5.