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The 2001-2002 high school basketball season is over, and Chris Bosh's Lincoln (Texas) squad finishes as the top team in the final SchoolSports National Basketball Top 25. Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and Vashon (Mo.) follow Lincoln in the rankings.



Final 2001-2002 Rankings

1. Lincoln High (Dallas, Texas) – (40-0) *1
Recent Results: Beat then-No. 9 Ozen High, 71-51, in the Class 4A state title game.
Notes: Lincoln capped an incredible undefeated season by easily beating then-nationally ranked Ozen in the state championship game. In a battle of talented big men, Lincoln's Chris Bosh (tournament MVP) tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks, while Ozen's Kendrick Perkins had 20 points, 14 boards and five swats. But Bosh won where it counted -- on the scoreboard. SMU-bound guard Bryan Hopkins was also a key contributor to Lincoln's national title run.
Preseason Ranking: No. 22

2. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – (32-1) *2
Recent Results: Beat Our Savior New American (N.Y.), 78-59; beat Notre Dame Academy (Va.), 85-71.
Notes: Oak Hill finished its season with 32 wins, but it's that loss to Mater Dei High (Calif.) that the Warriors will remember. That setback prevented Oak Hill from winning its second straight national title. The Warriors end the season right where they started -- at No. 2.
Preseason Ranking: No. 2

3. Vashon High (St. Louis, Mo.) – (29-1) *3
Recent Results: Beat Jefferson City High, 64-39, in the Class 4A state semifinals; beat DeSmet Jesuit High, 82-27, in the Class 4A state title game.
Notes: Vashon wasn't even tested in winning its third consecutive state championship, as the Wolverines won their final two games by an average margin of 40 points. The 55-point victory over DeSmet in the finals set a state record for margin of victory in a title game. In the championship contest, Missouri-bound guard Jimmy McKinney scored 26 points and St. Louis-bound big man Nicholas Kern added 23 points and five boards. Vashon's only loss came to then-nationally ranked St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio). Otherwise, the Wolverines might be sitting at No. 1.
Preseason Ranking: No. 6

4. St. Anthony High (Jersey City, N.J.) – (29-1) *4
Recent Results: Beat Neptune High, 69-49, in the Tournament of Champions finals.
Notes: St. Anthony avenged its only loss of the season as St. John's-bound point guard Elijah Ingram led the Friars to a win over Neptune in the TOC finals. Ingram earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 18 points in the championship game. The Friars could have finished No. 1 if not for that loss to Neptune.
Preseason Ranking: No. 4

5. Rainier Beach High (Seattle, Wash.) – (28-1) *5
Recent Results: Beat Mercer Island High, 67-51, in the Class 3A state title game.
Notes: Rainier Beach completed a run of four wins in four days by beating Mercer Island in the state finals. In the championship game, Nate Robinson and Rodrick Stewart each scored 19 points and Lodrick Stewart added 15 for the Vikings, who lost in last year's state finals. Rainier Beach's only loss this season was to nationally ranked Cedar Hill High (Texas).
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

6. Westchester High (Los Angeles, Calif.) – (32-2) *6
Recent Results: Beat then-No. 21 Oakland Tech, 80-75, in the Division I state title game.
Notes: Hassan Adams scored 24 points, Brandon Heath added 20 and Westchester hit all four of its free throws in the final 10 seconds as the Comets won the state championship. Westchester, which began the season in the No. 1 spot, completed a brutal postseason run by beating three nationally ranked teams -- Fairfax High, Long Beach Poly and Oakland Tech -- in its final three games. Westchester's only losses this season were to No. 2 Oak Hill and former nationally ranked Fairfax.
Preseason Ranking: No. 1

7. Rice High (New York, N.Y.) – (29-2) *7
Recent Results: Beat Lincoln High, 50-48, in the Class A State Federation Tournament semifinals; beat Henninger High, 61-53, in the Class A state title game.
Notes: Junior center Shagari Alleyne was out of the lineup for the final two games, but senior guard Keydren Clark picked up the slack by scoring 16 points in the championship win over Henninger. Steve Burtt Jr. added 15 points and seven boards. After playing a brutal schedule against some of NYC's finest teams, Rice is well deserving of its final ranking.
Preseason Ranking: No. 12

8. DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) – (32-3) *10
Recent Results: Beat St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.), 41-36, in the semifinals of the Alhambra Tournament; beat Bishop O'Connell High, 68-63, in the Alhambra Tournament championship game.
Notes: DeMatha concluded a stellar season by winning its 18th Alhambra Tournament title, beating a tough O'Connell squad for the third time in four games this season. Maryland-bound forward Travis Garrison recorded 24 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in the finals after scoring a season-high 30 in the low-scoring semifinal win over St. Joseph's Prep. The Stags' 32 wins this season rank as the third most in school history.
Preseason Ranking: No. 17

9. Brookhaven High (Columbus, Ohio) – (27-1) *11
Recent Results: Beat Winton Woods High, 66-49, in the Division I state title game.
Notes: Brookhaven won its first state title by routing a very tough Winton Woods squad in the championship game. Raheem Moss led the Bearcats with 15 points and Denzel Lyles chipped in with 13 points. Brookhaven was overshadowed in Ohio for most of the season by LeBron James and St. Vincent-St. Mary, but the Bearcats finish as the state's top team.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

10. Miami Christian High (Miami, Fla.) – (38-2) *12
Recent Results: Beat Bronson High, 79-49, in the Class 1A state title game.
Notes: Tournament MVP Carlos Rivera scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and point guard Jose Juan Barea added 17 points and six assists as Miami Christian won the state title with an easy win over Bronson. With 38 victories this year, Miami Christian broke the state record for most wins in a season, which was previously 37. The Victors finished the season on a 29-game winning streak.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

11. Sunnyslope High (Phoenix, Ariz.) – (29-1) *13
Recent Results: Beat Page High, 61-55, in the Class 4A state title game.
Notes: Sunnyslope won the state championship back on Feb. 21. It was the school's first boys' basketball state title. Although Sunnyslope didn't even enter the Top 25 until after its season ended, it finishes at No. 11 thanks to losses by a host of ranked teams.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

12. West Rowan High (Mt. Ulla, N.C.) – (30-0) *14
Recent Results: Beat Parkland High, 80-68, in the Class 3-A state title game.
Notes: The Falcons capped their first undefeated season in school history by holding off Parkland in the state championship game. Donte Minter earned game MVP honors after scoring 29 points, while Phillip Williams added 22 points to be named Most Outstanding Player for West Rowan. Junior Hairston grabbed 14 rebounds for the Falcons.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

13. Charlestown High (Charlestown, Mass.) – (26-0) *16
Recent Results: Beat Groton-Dunstable High, 88-68, in the Division 2 state title game.
Notes: The Townies won their third straight state championship with a 20-point rout of Groton-Dunstable in the finals. Alray Taylor scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Florida-bound Rashid Al-Kaleem had 20 points and 10 boards, and Tony Chatman added 11 points and 10 assists for Charlestown. The Townies, who are 79-1 over the past three seasons, may go down as one of the top teams in state history.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

14. Putnam City High (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – (27-1) *17
Recent Results: Beat Broken Arrow High, 68-66, in OT in the Class 6A state semifinals; beat Tulsa Union High, 55-53, in the Class 6A state title game.
Notes: Putnam City recorded a pair of two-point victories in the state semifinals and finals to win its first state title in three decades. In the championship, Keith Smith scored 18 points and pulled down 13 boards in a game in which Putnam City didn't lead until the final minute. The Pirates' only loss this season came to No. 3 Vashon High (Mo.).
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

15. Booker T. Washington High (Tulsa, Okla.) – (27-0) *18
Recent Results: Beat Ardmore High, 81-78, in the Class 5A state title game.
Notes: Washington won its 39th consecutive game, finished the season undefeated and earned its 13th state title by holding off Ardmore in the championship game. Guard Levi Harris scored nine of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter against Ardmore, while Quentin Chaney added 16 points and 14 boards for the Hornets.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

16. White Station High (Memphis, Tenn.) – (36-2) *20
Recent Results: Beat Science Hill, 59-45, in the Class AAA state title game.
Notes: The same balanced scoring attack that led the way all season for White Station was in full force in the state finals. Melvin Wilkes scored 12 points, while Dane Bradshaw, Fred Harris and Leon Pattman scored 11 apiece. White Station had an interesting season in the Top 25. The team began the season unranked, moved into the Top 25 early on, fell out of the rankings in February after a loss and finishes the season at No. 16.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

17. St. Mary's High (Manhasset, N.Y.) – (25-2) *NR
Recent Results: Beat then-No. 8 Amityville High, 65-61, in OT in the Class B State Federation Tournament finals.
Notes: Mamadou Diakhate scored 17 points and earned tournament MVP honors as St. Mary's shocked Amityville and Jason Fraser in the Class B state title game. Diakhate scored the game-tying basket at the end of regulation, then hit a clinching basket late in overtime to lead St. Mary's to the upset.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

18. Douglass High (Baltimore, Md.) – (28-0) *19
Recent Results: Beat Gwynn Park High, 76-72, in the Class 3A state title game.
Notes: Douglass capped an unbeaten season by winning the state championship. Tyler Smith led Douglass with 25 points, while Richard Dorsey added 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

19. Lakewood High (St. Petersburg, Fla.) – (34-2) *NR
Recent Results: Beat Glades Central High, 59-52, in the Class 4A state title game.
Notes: Kevin Dorsey scored 23 points to lead Lakewood past Glades Central in the state championship game. Lakewood's only losses this season were to a very good Lakeland Kathleen High team and No. 6 Westchester.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

20. Lexington Catholic High (Lexington, Ky.) – (33-2) *NR
Recent Results: Beat Tilghman High, 83-53, in the Sweet 16 State Tournament title game.
Notes: Demetrius Green earned tournament MVP honors with 24 points and 11 boards in the state championship win over Tilghman. One of Lexington Catholic's two losses this year was to No. 8 DeMatha. The other was a one-point setback against West Jessamine High.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

21. Martin Luther King High (Riverside, Calif.) – (31-4) *NR
Recent Results: Beat Mountain View High, 53-52, in the Division II state title game.
Notes: Marvin Lea, who finished with 23 points in the championship game, scored the winning basket with 28 seconds left to give MLK its first state crown. The Wolves turned some heads by beating then-nationally ranked Mater Dei High in the SoCal finals the week before. Four losses is a bit much, but that win over Mater Dei combined with a state title in California is enough to convince us that this is one of the best teams in the nation.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

22. Vincent High (Milwaukee, Wis.) – (23-1) *22
Recent Results: Lost to Wauwatosa East High, 43-41, in the Division I state quarterfinals.
Notes: Tough break for Vincent, which just a few weeks earlier was in the national championship mix. The Vikings saw their 45-game winning streak come to an end against Tosa East, which was the last team to beat Vincent back in December 2000. Although Vincent's postseason came to a halt sooner than expected, one loss for a team that spent most of the season in the Top 10 doesn't knock the Vikings from the rankings.
Preseason Ranking: No. 23

23. Amityville High (Amityville, N.Y.) – (24-3) *8
Recent Results: Lost to No. 17 St. Mary's High, 65-61, in OT in the Class B State Federation Tournament finals.
Notes: Villanova-bound center Jason Fraser finished with just eight points and fouled out as Amityville was upset in overtime by St. Mary's in the state title game. Fraser did grab 20 rebounds and block nine shots, but it wasn't enough for the Warriors. However, because Amityville's only other two losses were to No. 4 St. Anthony and No. 8 DeMatha, the Warriors finish in the Top 25.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

24. Marietta High (Marietta, Ga.) – (30-1) *23
Recent Results: Lost to Lakeside High, 78-64, in the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals.
Notes: Marietta was stunned by Lakeside in the state quarterfinals. Wake Forest-bound power forward Chris Ellis led Marietta with 14 points and guard Jazz Ross scored 13, but the Blue Devils couldn't overcome 18 turnovers and a near-perfect performance from Lakeside. Although Marietta's season didn't end with a state title, a 30-1 record keeps the Blue Devils in the Top 25.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

25. Cedar Hill High (Cedar Hill, Texas) – (32-3) *24
Recent Results: Lost to Midland Lee High, 67-62, in the Class 5A regional semifinals.
Notes: Cedar Hill's march toward the Class 5A state title ended with an upset loss to Midland Lee in the regional semifinals. Michigan-bound guard Daniel Horton scored 19 points but made just 7-of-25 field goals. It was a stunning turn of events for a team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation at one point. Although Cedar Hill has three losses on its record, wins over No. 5 Rainier Beach and former nationally ranked The Colony High and a one-point loss to No. 1 Lincoln prove this team is still one of the nation's best.
Preseason Ranking: No. 15


Dropped Out:

No. 9 St. Vincent-St. Mary High (Akron, Ohio) – (23-4)
Recent Results: Lost to Roger Bacon High, 71-63, in the Division II state title game.
Notes: The Irish lost their first in-state game in three seasons in the state finals despite 32 points and six assists from junior LeBron James. Four losses -- including two against unranked opponents -- spelled doom in the end for SVSM, which was ranked all season until the final Top 25. The Irish also lost to No. 2 Oak Hill and Amityville, which fell to No. 23 this week.
Preseason Ranking: No. 3

No. 15 Centennial High (Compton, Calif.) – (31-2)
Recent Results: Lost to Archbishop Riordan High, 47-43, in the Division III state title game.
Notes: Centennial led 43-39 with three minutes to play, but the Apaches were outscored 8-0 by Riordan over the final minutes in the state championship game. It's tough to drop Centennial out of the Top 25, but two losses against unranked teams and no wins over Top 25 squads does the trick.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

No. 21 Oakland Tech (Oakland, Calif.) – (28-4)
Recent Results: Lost to No. 6 Westchester High, 80-75, in the Division I state title game.
Notes: Tech's stay in the Top 25 lasted just one week, courtesy a loss to Westchester in the championship game. A five-point loss to the No. 6 team in the country proves this team can play with anyone, but four losses without winning a state title won't get you in the Top 25. The good news is that superstar forward Leon Powe is just a junior and will be back next year.
Preseason Ranking: Not ranked

No. 25 Ozen High (Beaumont, Texas) – (32-3)
Recent Results: Lost to No. 1 Lincoln High, 71-51, in the Class 4A state title game.
Notes: Ozen's season has been over for a few weeks, but the Panthers fall from the final rankings to make room for several schools that won state titles. It came down to Ozen and Cedar Hill for the final spot in the rankings, and while Ozen lost to No. 1 Lincoln by 20, Cedar Hill lost by only one.
Preseason Ranking: No. 19


*: last week's ranking


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