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The 2003-2004 high school hoops season ends the way it began — with mighty <b>Oak Hill Academy (Va.)</b> atop the SchoolSports.com National Boys' Basketball Top 25. Find out where undefeated power <b>Renaissance (Mich.)</b> finished and which teams filled out all the other spots in this year's final boys' hoop rankings.



Final 2003-2004 Rankings

1. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – (38-0) *1
Another season, another national title for Oak Hill. We said all season long that this year's Oak Hill team might be one of the best prep teams ever, and the Warriors didn't disappoint by finishing their season a perfect 38-0. Oak Hill had wins over seven teams that were nationally ranked at some point this season, leaving no doubt about who the nation's No. 1 team should be.
Preseason Ranking: No. 1

2. Renaissance (Detroit, Mich.) – (27-0) *2
Renaissance completed a perfect season by winning the Class B state title with a 61-42 victory over DeWitt in the state finals. The Phoenix were led all season long by McDonald's All-Americans Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston, arguably the nation's top duo.
Preseason Ranking: No. 3

3. St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) – (30-0) *3
The Friars captured their ninth Tournament of Champions title and wrapped up an undefeated season by beating Bloomfield Tech, 67-55, in the TOC finals. St. Anthony got it done this season with a balanced lineup, and the Friars were the only team in the top five not to have a McDonald's All-American on their roster.
Preseason Ranking: No. 5

4. Milby (Houston, Texas) – (39-0) *4
Milby completed an unbeaten dream season by defeating then-No. 6 Cedar Hill, 72-67, in the Class 5A state title game. Arizona-bound swingman Jawann McClellan scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half to help the Buffaloes erase a seven-point halftime deficit. Milby became just the 11th team to record a perfect season in Texas' largest classification.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

5. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) – (30-2) *5
After losing in the state finals last year, Edgewater finished this season with a 72-51 victory over South Miami in the Class 6A state title game. Memphis-bound guard Darius Washington led Edgewater to the state championship with 29 points in the finals.
Preseason Ranking: No. 10

6. Peabody (Alexandria, La.) – (41-0) *6
Peabody concluded a perfect season by beating Washington-Marian, 55-42, in the Class 4A state championship game. John Ford was named state tourney MVP after scoring a game-high 16 points in the state finals.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

7. Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) – (23-2) *7
Two-time defending state champ Westchester was ruled ineligible for postseason play due to recruiting allegations involving former Verbum Dei forward Amir Johnson. Despite the controversy, Westchester finishes at No. 7 thanks to a dominant regular season that included wins over several nationally ranked teams.
Preseason Ranking: No. 4

8. Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) – (27-3) *8
Mount Vernon closed the season on fire, beating previously ranked St. Raymond's, 72-66, in the Class AA Federation state semifinals and then defeating then-No. 24 Lincoln, 66-52, in the finals to win the Class AA Federation state title. Mount Vernon's only losses this season came to No. 1 Oak Hill (Va.), No. 5 Edgewater (Fla.) and to St. Raymond's earlier this season.
Preseason Ranking: No. 18

9. Peoria Central (Peoria, Ill.) – (31-2) *9
Peoria Central became the first team to win back-to-back Class AA state titles in Illinois since 1997 by beating Homewood-Flossmoor, 53-47, in the state finals. Superstar point guard Shaun Livingston scored 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit four clutch free throws down the stretch to ice the championship win.
Preseason Ranking: No. 25

10. Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.) – (31-0) *10
St. Louis-bound senior point guard Dwayne Polk scored 38 points to lead Vashon to the Class 4 state title with a 68-55 victory over Kearney in the finals. The win completed an undefeated season for Vashon.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

11. Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas) – (35-2) *11
Cedar Hill fell just short of a state title, losing 72-67 to No. 4 Milby in the Class 5A state championship game. Missouri-bound point guard Jason Horton scored 31 points in the loss. Despite not winning a state title, Cedar Hill remains in the Top 25 after a brilliant season in which the team's only two losses came to No. 4 Milby and No. 5 Edgewater (Fla.).
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

12. Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) – (29-2) *12
Lawrence North absolutely dominated Columbia City in the Class 4A state title game, taking home the championship with a 50-29 victory in the finals. The Wildcats should be back among the nation's elite again next seasons thanks to the sophomore duo of center Greg Oden and guard Mike Conley.
Preseason Ranking: No. 32

13. South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) – (31-2) *13
Led by Georgia-bound junior guards Louis Williams and Mike Mercer, South Gwinnett ripped through the postseason and won the Class AAAAA state title with a 75-49 victory over Tift County in the finals. Williams averaged 27 points, six rebounds and five assists per game this season, while Mercer averaged 18 points, eight assists and six boards. And the good news is that both will be back next season.
Preseason Ranking: No. 48

14. White Station (Memphis, Tenn.) – (39-2) *14
White Station won its third straight Class AAA state title by defeating Jackson North Side, 82-71, in the state finals. Tourney MVP Reiley Ervin scored 26 points in the victory. The Spartans have now won four state titles in the past five years and are 176-12 during that span.
Preseason Ranking: No. 46

15. Southwest Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, Ga.) – (31-2) *15
Senior center Dwight Howard finished his marvelous prep career by tallying 26 points, 23 rebounds and 11 blocks in SACA's 63-45 win over Whitefield Academy in the Class A state title game. Howard is expected to enter this year's NBA Draft and be the No. 1 or No. 2 pick. While the Warriors will lose Howard, sophomore guard Javaris Crittenton will return next year to help SACA defend its state title.
Preseason Ranking: No. 26

16. Denver East (Denver, Colo.) – (24-0) *16
Denver East capped an unbeaten season by knocking off two-time defending state champ ThunderRidge, 64-56, in the Class 5A state title game. Senior guard Sean Ogirri led the way all season for the Angels and scored a game-high 32 points in the state finals.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

17. Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, Pa.) – (25-3) *17
Gratz won the Public League title with a 71-53 victory over Frankford in the finals. Senior forward Mark Tyndale finished with 27 points in the championship game win, which gave Gratz its ninth Public League title.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

18. Fairfax (Los Angeles, Calif.) – (27-5) *18
Fairfax took advantage of No. 7 Westchester's ineligibility for postseason play to finally win the Division I state title, beating a terrific De La Salle team, 51-35, in the state finals. UCLA-bound senior guard Josh Shipp scored a game-high 22 points for Fairfax, which played one of the nation's toughest schedules this season and is rewarded with a Top 25 ranking.
Preseason Ranking: No. 31

19. Gaffney (Gaffney, S.C.) – (26-2) *19
Gaffney defended its Class AAAA state title with a 64-60 win over Lower Richland in the state championship game. AZ Reid scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds for Gaffney in the win.
Preseason Ranking: No. 49

20. John Carroll Catholic (Birmingham, Ala.) – (31-3) *20
John Carroll Catholic defended its state title by beating Parker, 75-73, in the Class 6A state finals. Alabama-bound senior guard Ronald Steele dropped 30 points in the state title game victory.
Preseason Ranking: No. 12

21. Centennial (Compton, Calif.) – (32-3) *21
UCLA-bound guard Arron Afflalo scored 24 points as Centennial crushed Bishop O'Dowd, 60-36, in the Division III state championship game. Centennial had lost in the Southern Section title game five seasons in a row but came away with the state title this year.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

22. Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) – (30-5) *22
Led by coach Russell Otis, Dominguez won the Division II state title with a 67-46 win over Hayward in the state finals behind 18 points from LaMar Roberson. Dominguez has now won six state titles in the past nine years.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

23. Friendly (Fort Washington, Md.) – (25-2) *23
Friendly won its second straight state title by beating Lansdowne, 84-58, in the Maryland 2A championship game. Senior Sam Young scored 20 points in the state title game. Friendly went 50-3 over the past two seasons.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

24. University Lab (Baton Rogue, La.) – (35-2) *NR
University won its second Class 2A state title in the past three seasons with an 85-52 victory over Jeanerette in the state finals. LSU-bound senior center Glen Davis averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds per game this season for University.
Preseason Ranking: No. 9

25. West Aurora (Aurora, Ill.) – (32-2) *25
West Aurora's run to the state title was stopped in the Class AA state semifinals with a 58-46 loss to Homewood-Flossmoor. West Aurora did beat Carbondale, 68-50, in the third-place game, but that provided little consolation for a team that had serious state title hopes. West Aurora does, however, hang onto a spot in the Top 25 after a fantastic season that included a win over No. 9 Peoria Central.
Preseason Ranking: No. 28


Dropped Out:

No. 24 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – (26-6)


* previous ranking


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