SchoolSports Hoop Top 25

In this week's National Top 25, new No. 16 Simeon (Ill.) stunned then-No. 9 and defending state champion Glenbrook North (Ill.) in the state quarterfinals. Simeon went on to win the state championship, while Glenbrook North dropped to No. 23 in the rankings.

Rankings as of March 20, 2006

1. Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) – (28-0) *1
Senior point guard Mike Conley scored a game-high 18 points and junior Damian Windham chipped in with 16 points as Lawrence North extended its winning streak to 44 games with a 54-36 victory over Bloomington South in the Class 4A semistate. Senior center Greg Oden was held to a season-low eight points. The Wildcats will go for their third straight state title when they play Muncie Central on March 25. Lawrence North, which defeated Muncie Central in last year's state final, will also be looking to match the state record for consecutive wins.

2. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – (40-1) *2
Montrose Christian junior forward Adrian Bowie hit the game-winning shot as time expired to lift the then-No 14 Mustangs to a 74-72 over Oak Hill, ending the Warriors' bid at an undefeated season. Senior point guard and North Carolina recruit Tywon Lawson starred for Oak Hill in the loss by finishing with 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Despite the loss, Oak Hill doesn't drop in the rankings because it took a last-second shot from one of the nation's top teams to hand the Warriors their only loss of the season while playing an incredibly tough schedule.

3. North College Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (24-1) *3
Junior forward Bill Walker scored a game-high 26 points and added six steals and three assists, while junior guard O.J. Mayo poured in 25 points as NCH upended Versailles, 97-52, in the Division III Dayton Regional final. The Trojans will play Archbold in the state semifinals on March 23.

4. McKinley (Canton, Ohio) – (23-2) *4
Senior forward Raymar Morgan was 11-of-12 from the field en route to 29 points in McKinley's 68-38 victory over Solon in the Division I Akron Regional final. Morgan, a Michigan State recruit, added 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals for the Bulldogs, who will play Toledo St. John's in the state semifinals on March 24.

5. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) – (34-1) *5
The Stags defeated No. 10 Mount St. Joseph (Md.), 70-55, in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament final in Frostburg, Md. Senior guard Nigel Munson, a Virginia Tech recruit, was named tournament MVP after posting 19 points and six assists in the final. Sophomore center Chris Braswell chipped in with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. DeMatha also beat Cardozo (D.C.), 87-57, for its second consecutive City Title and 18th overall. Junior guard Austin Freeman, who has committed to Georgetown, scored 28 points in the win.

6. Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) – (20-2) *6
Montrose defeated No. 2 Oak Hill Academy, 74-72, on a last-second shot from junior forward Adrian Bowie. Senior forward Kevin Durant led the Mustangs with a game-high 31 points. Montrose was the only team to beat Oak Hill this season.

7. Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.) – (39-0) *7
Hamilton defeated Shelbyville, 76-75, in two overtimes in the Class AAA state championship to finish the season undefeated. Senior forward Jay Watkins, who signed with San Francisco, was named tournament MVP after recording 29 points and 14 rebounds in the final.

8. Artesia (Lakewood, Calif.) – (33-1) *8
The Pioneers defeated St. Mary's (Stockton), 60-41, in the Division III state championship. Artesia won its last 15 games by double digits. In the state championship, the Pioneers used a total team effort to earn the win. Junior forward James Harden led the way with 21 points, while sophomore guard Malik Story had 12 points and senior point guard Derek Glasser added 11 points and six assists.

9. Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.) – (34-2) *11
The Eagles defeated Evangelical Christian School, 68-44, for their fourth consecutive Division II state title. Brentwood is the first state school that accomplished that feat. Brentwood senior forward and North Carolina recruit Brandan Wright was named tournament MVP after posting a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks in the final. Wright was selected as Division II Mr. Basketball for the third straight year.

10. Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) – (38-1) *10
The Gaels lost to No. 5 DeMatha (Md.), 70-55, in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament final in Frostburg, Md. Senior forward Louis Birdsong, who's a George Mason recruit, had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for Mount St. Joseph. The Gaels finish the year in the Top 10 because their only loss of the season was to one of the nation's top teams.

11. St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) – (30-2) – *12
St. Benedict's beat Blair, 74-59, in the Prep A Division state championship. Junior guard Corey Stokes led St. Benedict's with 19 points. It was St. Benedict's head coach Dan Hurley's fourth state title in five years as head coach. The Gray Bees capped the season with a 101-72 win over Lakewood Prep for their school-record 30th win. The game, which benefited the J.R. Smith Foundation, featured the hot perimeter shooting of senior guard David Cubillan, who hit seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 23 points.

12. Newton North (Newton, Mass.) – (27-0) *14
The Tigers won their second consecutive Division 1 state championship by defeating Holy Name, 67-58. Senior guard and Wake Forest recruit Anthony Gurley scored a game-high 27 points. He's rated the nation's No. 60 senior recruit by Senior center Darius Abramson added 21 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard and Providence recruit Corey Lowe helped out with eight rebounds and seven assists.

13. Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.) – (27-2) *15
Vashon captured its 11th state title by edging Kickapoo, 58-55, in the Class 5 final. Senior point guard James Washington scored 17 points to lead the Wolverines, while senior wing Bobby Hill added 14 points. It was Vashon's 10th state title under head coach Floyd Irons.

14. Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio) – (24-2) *16
The Wolverines cruised past New Albany, 77-54, in the Division II Dayton Regional final. Senior guard Daequan Cook scored 21 points and junior center Aaron Pogue added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Dunbar will play St. Vincent-St. Mary in the state semifinals on March 24.

15. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) – (32-1) *21
The Spartans squeaked past No. 21 Clovis West, 43-40, in the Division I state championship. Senior forward Lincoln Gunn scored a team-high 16 points and senior point guard Justin Joyner hit two big free throws with 7.7 seconds remaining. Senior guard Paul Roemer chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. The Spartans closed out the year with 27 straight wins.

16. Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) – (33-4) *NR
The Wolverines stunned then-No. 9 and defending state champion Glenbrook North, 61-44, in the Class AA state quarterfinals, but weren't done there. After defeating Marshall, 69-56, in the state semifinals, Simeon went on to capture their first state title since 1984 with a 31-29 overtime victory over Peoria Richwoods. The point total set the record for the lowest scoring Class AA championship game in state tournament history. Peoria Richwoods had the ball with 11 seconds left and the score tied at 29, but Simeon junior point guard Derrick Rose stole the ball, drove the length of the court and hit the game-winner with one second remaining. Rose finished with nine points, four rebounds and two assists. Senior Josh Davis led the Wolverines with 11 points, while junior Tim Flowers added nine points and nine rebounds. Rose and Flowers were named to the all-tournament first team.

17. Episcopal Academy (Merion, Pa.) – (27-4) *20
The Churchmen defeated Germantown Academy, 82-56, in the Inter-AC Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament championship to finish the season tied for the school record for single-season wins with 27. Senior Wayne Ellington scored 21 points to complete his career with 2,211 points, while senior Gerald Henderson scored 25 points to finish with 2,059 for his career. Ellington, who signed with North Carolina, is rated the nation's No. 3 senior recruit by, while Henderson, who inked with Duke, is rated the nation's No. 19 senior.

18. Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) – (27-3) *22
The Apaches captured their second straight Class 2A state championship with a 73-37 win over Benjamin. Junior forward A.J. Stewart was named tournament MVP after posting 15 points and 11 rebounds in the final. Junior Devon Lamb scored 15 points and junior R.J. Wright chipped in with 14 points.

19. Rice (New York, N.Y.) – (25-4) *NR
Senior point guard Edgar Sosa scored a team-high 14 points and senior forward Curtis Kelly added 13 points to lead Rice to a 64-58 win over Christ the King in the CHSAA Class AA state championship. The Raiders had edged Christ the King, 62-60, in the CHSAA Class AA city championship on March 12. The Louisville-bound Sosa is rated the nation's No. 44 senior recruit by, while Kelly, who's headed to UConn, is rated as the nation's No. 38 recruit.

20. St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) – (28-4) *NR
St. Patrick defeated Haddonfield Memorial, 76-61, in the Tournament of Champions semifinals. Junior point guard Corey Fisher led the way with 23 points. He's rated the nation's No. 24 junior recruit by St. Patrick will take on Linden, which defeated then-No. 18 Bloomfield Tech, in the championship on March 22.

21. Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) – (30-3) *17
The Golden Eagles were edged by No. 15 De La Salle, 43-40, in the Division I state final. Senior guard De'Jon Jackson had a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds and junior forward Tim Shelton added 15 points and eight rebounds.

22. Westfield (Spring, Texas) – (36-1) *23
Westfield had its season ended in a 76-67 loss to Kingwood in the Region III-5A championship game. Westfield remains in the Top 25 and ahead of Kingwood because it had beaten Kingwood three times previously this season and only had one loss on the year against solid competition.

23. Glenbrook North (Northbrook, Ill.) – (29-3) *9
The Spartans had their bid for a second consecutive state title ended in a 61-44 loss to No. 16 Simeon in the Class AA state quarterfinals. Senior guard Jon Scheyer, who signed with Duke, scored 18 points in his final game. He's rated the nation's No. 27 senior recruit by Despite the loss, Glenbrook North finishes the season in the Top 25 because it picked up 29 wins against a tough schedule and had only two losses to in-state opponents, one being in the state tournament.

24. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) – (29-4) *24
The Blue Devils captured their first state title after defeating Beach, 66-49, in the Class AAAAA state championship. Senior guard and Kentucky recruit Jodie Meeks scored a game-high 32 points and added six rebounds to lead Norcross. Junior power forward Gani Lawal had 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and senior guard and Fordham recruit Brenton Butler recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

25. Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.) – (29-3) *25
Mountain View won its second consecutive state title and fifth overall by cruising past Corona del Sol, 80-50, in the Class 5A Division I state championship. Senior forward Stephen Rodgers led the Toros with 26 points, while junior point guard Kendall Wallace scored 22 points and junior center Harper Kamp added 10 points.

Dropped Out:

No. 13 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) – (33-3)

No. 18 Bloomfield Tech (Bloomfield, N.J.) – (29-2)

No. 19 Raleigh-Egypt (Memphis, Tenn.) – (35-2)

* previous ranking

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