Category: Super 25 boys basketball rankings

South Central (NC) is making noise on the national scene with homegrown talent

WINTERVILLE, N.C. – Every time, without fail, Day’Ron Sharpe walks into the Zaxby’s just off of South Memorial Drive in Winterville, North Carolina, the front desk employees blurt out “Kickin’ Chicken meal” before he can even get a chance to decide on whether he’s going to be a creature of habit.
“They already know,” Sharpe said. “That’s how it is here; it’s a small town and everyone knows everyone, mostly.”
Winterville sits roughly seven miles from the vivacious college town that is Greenville, North Carolina, home of the East Carolina Pirates, but it might as well be clear across the country.
“There’s not a whole lot to do, but it’s home,” Shykeim Phillips said. “It’s quiet here.”
The irony is that Sharpe, Phillips and the rest of Winterville’s high school basketball team – the South Central Falcons – are making a deafening noise on the national scene this season.
Day’Ron Sharpe has been dominant all season. (Photo: John Wall Holiday Invitational)
“We’re putting on for the town and we’re all homegrown so there’s more pride with us,” said Sharpe, a junior forward. “It feels great to be getting all of this attention nationally. Everyone around the city is supporting us and encouraging us. It’s a big thing around here.”
The Falcons debuted in the USA Today Super 25 at No. 23 on Dec. 31 after taking then No. 4 Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.) down to the wire in the prestigious John Wall Holiday Invitational title game.
“That still bothers me that we didn’t win that one,” said Sharpe, a North Carolina commit who is averaging 16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks a game. “We were up the whole game and fell at the end. That one hurt.”
It’s a familiar emotion for Sharpe and the Falcons the last two years, after putting together dominant regular seasons and falling on their way to the coveted state title.
Still, Phillips said that the he and his teammates don’t worry about history repeating itself for a third-straight season, despite the similarities.
“It’s something that motivates us,” said Phillips, a senior point guard who is averaging 17 points, 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals a game. “We’re not thinking that just because this season is going the way the last two seasons went that it will end like that. Honestly, this season isn’t like those seasons at all. We’re nationally ranked now, and we’ve never been ranked before.”
The Falcons check in at No. 6 overall in the latest Super 25 poll.
That status has added significant attention for the Falcons, especially on social media.
Phillips said he’s added 3,000 followers since the Falcons debuted in the Super 25, Sharpe has added 1,500.
South Central has also seen a 20 percent spike in ticket sales for home games this season.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” Phillips said. “I’m just trying to enjoy this time because I know it only comes around once, but the biggest thing is to keep working hard; that’s what got us here.”
That and locking up defensively.

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In 2019, the Falcons’ average margin of victory is 38.4 points per game.
This season they’re only allowing opponents 41 points per game, they’re managing 5.5 blocks per game and swiping 12 steals per game.
“Defense is our foundation, there’s no doubt about it,” South Central coach Chris Cherry said. “We keep things basic in our defensive preparation, but we execute everything to perfection or we keep doing it until we do. There’s more praise for defense and everyone’s buying in. The guys are just a lot more mature this year.”
Sharpe added that another difference between this season and the last two is the urgency he feels with eight seniors on the roster. The Falcons have just two regular season games left before starting the playoffs. Their average margin of victory this season over their final two opponents is 27.5 points per game.
“We have to get it done this year,” Sharpe said. “We’ll have a chance next year, but this is the year we’ve got the best chance.”
If the Falcons were to go on and win the state title, they would have a chance at an even bigger prize –
The GEICO Nationals title, but the North Carolina High School Athletic Association does not allow its schools to participate in GEICO Nationals, which runs from April 4-6 in New York. The Falcons would have been a lock to earn a berth.
“That’s crazy,” Phillips said. “We’ve got to do something about that. Our confidence is really high this year and we know that we can play with any team in the country. Hopefully, we can make it happen, but before we can think about that we have to focus on winning states. We don’t want all of this to be for nothing. We want this to be the year it all comes together.”
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Super 25 Regional Boys Basketball Rankings: Week 10

USA TODAY High School Sports will make Super 25 Regional Rankings for boys basketball this season as selected by the USA TODAY High School Sports staff with weekly rankings in five regions — Northeast, Midwest, South, Frontier and Pacific.
RELATED: Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings
Results are through Feb. 10
NORTHEAST
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.

Long Island Lutheran, Glen Head, N.Y. (19-2)
DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (23-3)
Ranney, Tinton Falls, N.J. (20-3)
Roselle Catholic, Roselle, N.J. (21-3)
Abington, Pa. (23-1)
Imhotep Charter, Philadelphia (17-5)
St. Frances Academy, Baltimore (29-4)
Kennedy Catholic, Hermitage, Pa. (17-3)
Cardinal Hayes, Bronx, N.Y. (16-2)
Gill St. Bernard’s, Gladstone, N.J. (18-4)

SOUTH
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Louisiana.

McEachern High School, Powder Springs, Ga., (27-0)
Montverde Academy, Fla. (21-2)
IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. (26-1)
Mountain Brook High School, Ala. (27-3)
South Central High School, Winterville, N.C. (21-1)
Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va. (26-3)
Cox Mill High School, Concord, N.C. (21-1)
Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte, N.C. (27-1)
Millbrook High School, Raleigh, N.C. (23-0)
University School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (20-4)

MIDWEST
Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

La Lumiere, La Porte, Ind. (26-0)
Nicolet, Milwaukee, Wisc. (17-1)
Curie, Chicago, Ill. (27-1)
Scott County, Georgetown, Ky. (27-1)
Warren Central, Indianapolis, Ind. (20-1)
Huntington Prep, W. Va. (18-3)
Pickerington Central, Ohio (20-1)
Carmel, Ind. (17-1)
Coffman, Ohio (19-0)
Morgan Park, Chicago Ill. (23-3)

FRONTIER
Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah (24-3)
Sunrise Christian Academy, Bel Aire, Kan. (17-5)
Denton Guyer, Texas (32-4)
Mansfield Timberview, Texas (30-2)
Westlake, Austin, Texas (30-3)
Baptist Prep, West Little Rock, Ark. (24-3)
Pleasant Grove, Utah (18-2)
Edmond Memorial, Okla. (20-1)
Blue Valley Northwest, Kansas (19-3)
Chaparral, Parker, Colo. (18-3)

PACIFIC
California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Alaska.

Federal Way, Wash. (20-2)
Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth, Calif. (25-3)
Rancho Christian, Temecula, Calif. (24-5)
Shadow Mountain, Phoenix (22-3)
Rainier Beach, Seattle (16-4)
Bella Vista Prep, Cave Creek, Ariz. (22-5)
Pinnacle, Phoenix (23-3)
  Centennial, Corona, Calif. (26-3)
Salesian College Prep, Richmond, Calif. (27-0)
Fairfax, Los Angeles (25-1)

Mountain Brook (Ala.) in top five, Abington (Pa.) makes its debut in new Super 25

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The top two teams held their spots with convincing wins, Montverde (Fla.) Academy jumped to No. 3 after destroying two Super 25 teams this past weekend, first a 65-41 win over then No. 19 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic School and then an 89-51 win over then No. 11 Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.).
FULL RANKINGS: Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings
DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) dropped out of the top 10 after a 65-58 loss to Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.).
That opened the door for Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School to make its debut in the top five.
Long Island Lutheran High School (Brookville, N.Y.) continued its impressive run with three strong wins last week, including a dramatic buzzer beater to sink Gill St. Bernard’s High School (Gladstone, N.J.).
As a result, the Crusaders jumped from No. 15 to No. 10 this week.
Abington (Penn.) High School made its debut in the Super 25 this week, checking in at No. 24.

Super 25 Regional Boys Basketball Rankings: Week 9

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USA TODAY High School Sports will make Super 25 Regional Rankings for boys basketball this season as selected by the USA TODAY High School Sports staff with weekly rankings in five regions — Northeast, Midwest, South, Frontier and Pacific.
RELATED: Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings | Top Star
Results are through Feb. 3
NORTHEAST
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.

DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (20-2)
Ranney, Tinton Falls, N.J. (18-2)
Long Island Lutheran, Glen Head, N.Y. (16-2)
Roselle Catholic, Roselle, N.J. (19-2)
Imhotep Charter, Philadelphia (15-5)
Abington, Pa. (21-1)
St. Frances Academy, Baltimore (23-4)
Kennedy Catholic, Hermitage, Pa. (15-3)
Gill St. Bernard’s, Gladstone, N.J. (17-3)
Cardinal Hayes, Bronx, N.Y. (15-2)

SOUTH
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Louisiana.

McEachern, Powder Springs, Ga., (25-0)
IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. (26-1)
Montverde Academy, Fla. (18-2)
Mountain Brook, Ala. (25-3)
South Central, Winterville, N.C. (19-1)
Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va. (25-3)
Cox Mill, Concord, N.C. (19-1)
Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte, N.C. (24-1)
Hamilton Heights, Chattanooga, Tenn. (26-3)
Carmel Christian, Matthews, N.C. (28-2)

MIDWEST
Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

La Lumiere, La Porte, Ind. (25-0)
Nicolet, Milwaukee, Wisc. (15-1)
Curie, Chicago, Ill. (25-1)
Belleville West, Belleville, Ill. (22-1)
Warren Central, Indianapolis, Ind. (17-1)
Scott County, Georgetown, Ky. (25-1)
Huntington Prep, W. Va. (18-3)
Pickerington Central (Ohio) (17-1)
Hopkins Minnetonka, Minn. (17-2)
Carmel, Ind. (15-1)

FRONTIER
Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

 Sunrise Christian Academy, Bel Aire, Kan. (17-4)
Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah (23-3)
Denton Guyer, Texas (29-4)
Mansfield Timberview, Texas (28-2)
Westlake, Austin, Texas (28-3)
Blue Valley Northwest, Kansas (17-1)
Baptist Prep, West Little Rock, Ark. (22-3)
Pleasant Grove, Utah (17-2)
Edmond Memorial, Okla. (18-1)
Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (18-1)

PACIFIC
California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Alaska.

Federal Way, Wash. (19-2)
Rancho Christian, Temecula, Calif. (24-4)
Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth, Calif. (24-3)
Shadow Mountain, Phoenix (21-3)
Rainier Beach, Seattle (16-4)
Bella Vista Prep, Cave Creek, Ariz. (22-4)
Pinnacle, Phoenix (22-3)
Salesian College Prep, Richmond, Calif. (26-0)
Fairfax, Los Angeles (24-1)
Centennial, Corona, Calif. (25-3)

La Lumiere (Ind.), McEachern (Ga.) are top two in new Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings

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Before the season began, La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart II told USA TODAY Sports that he felt the Lakers were the No. 1 team in the country, but, instead of debating it, he wanted to prove it.
Mission accomplished.
FULL RANKINGS: Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings
Stewart and the Lakers earned their way to the top spot this week, knocking off then No. 1 Montverde (Fla.) Academy 58-51 in the semifinals of the Iolani Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) then Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) 72-58 to claim that tournament title.
Stewart, who is ranked No. 4 overall in USA TODAY Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, pumped in 24 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in the championship game and was named MVP of the event.
Top five teams, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) all lost in the City of Palms Classic last week, making way for the Lakers to be on top.

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McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Ga.) ran the gauntlet at the City of Palms Classic and proved to be the best team there. That catapulted the Indians from No. 10 to No. 2.
Imhotep Charter School (Philadelphia) fell to the Indians in the City of Palms Classic title game, but not before knocking off two top five teams; that moved Imhotep up nine spots from No. 20 to No. 11.
Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) knocked off then No. 24 Greensboro (N.C.) Day School at the Crown Town Classic and took over that spot in this week’s rankings and Curie High School (Chicago) used it’s fast 10-0 start to break in at No. 25.