PREP SCENE’s weekly rankings include the entire state of Pennsylvania: 5th year prep schools and high schools, regardless of governing body affiliations.
Dec. 18th – Dec. 24th, 2017
1. Scotland Campus Sports
With 7-foot-1, 240-pound Bradley-commit Ari Boya, 6-foot-11 UNLV-commit Louis Bangai, and a versatile 6-foot-9 high-major prospect Karim Coulibaly (2019), head coach Chris Chaney has utilized the blend of size, athleticism, and skills to place Scotland Campus Sports in the National conversation, the prep school upper echelon. SCS has leaned heavily on their front-court to remain unbeaten playing older, stronger opponents than your traditional PIAA foes. The backcourt is manned by a slew of college prospects in 6-foot-1 point guard Justice Kendall (2018) and wings Sam Chaput, Tyrone Nesby (Reading High), and Chris Whitaker (Harrisburg High) among others. Scotland holds steady for the third week at number 1, defeating Harcum Junior Colleges’ JV, Olympus Academy and Rocktop Academy Games: Scotland semester has ended and kids return home for the holidays, their next game is 1/11, @Silver Oak Academy (MD).
2. Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)
Kennedy Catholic has been on a terror since play began, opening up the season in mid-season form. KC has been taking down formidable opponents in convincing fashion. Once again receiving a share of first place votes in week 4, but not enough to dethrone SCS. Coach Mancino’s team can score it from all five positions. 2019 Maceo Austin is the engine, his 29 point, 7 rebound, 5 assist performance in an 87-60 win over PREP SCENE HM Sewickley Academy in front of Kentucky skipper John Calipari was impressive. Not to mention teammate Oscar Tshiebwe (2019) provided 29 and 16 himself with 3 blocked shots. Upcoming Games: 12/20 @West Middlesex, 12/22 @Woodrow Wilson (WV).
3. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)
Imhotep Charter applies relentless full court pressure on opponents. The pressure starts and ends on the ball with 6-0 Bernard Lightsey (2018) and 5-9 Fatayn Wesley. Tep has the length and defensive fortitude to impose its will on opponents and turn defense into offense. Coach Noble has a host of players up in passing lanes and rigorously contesting every shot-attempt including 6-4 Dahmir Bishop (2019) , 6-6 Jamil Riggins (2019) and 6-6 Chereef Knox (2019) and 6-8 Elijah Taylor (2020). Great teams can beat you in a variety of ways, Tep is no exception. The offense is guided by (2019) 6-7 Point-forward Donta Scott. This week provided wins over Frankford 65-28, PREP SCENE HM Martin Luther King 57-40, and USA TODAY EAST #9 Roselle Catholic (NJ) 56-53. Upcoming Games: 12/19 Audenried, 12/20 PREP SCENE #13 Roman Catholic, 12/22 Gill St. Bernard (NJ).
4. Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
Coach Mosco’s crew had their Friday night game with PREP SCENE HM Overbrook cancelled due to snow on Friday. When they finally took the floor this weekend in the nightcap of the 1st Diane Mosco Foundation Shootout, they did not disappoint with a 57-56 win over PREP SCENE #24 Shipley. 2018 Seth Pinkney brought house down with his lead taking 4th dunk late in the fourth quarter. He also lead with 10 rebounds and 4 block shots. Wood’s balanced attack was lead by 2018 Andrew Funk’s 13 points and 2018 Karrington Wallace’s 12. Upcoming Games: 12/23 PREP SCENE #7 Plymouth-Whitemarsh
5. Westtown (West Chester)
Westtown is a much different team when both Duke and Indiana bound Cameron Reddish & Jake Forrester are on the floor. Seth Berger does not have the bench to sustain the loss of either over the course of a national schedule. Reddish is the do it all 6-9 point guard that single-handedly dominates any game on the schedule. Forrester dominates out in transition, filling lanes on the break, slashing and contests shot after shot on the defensive end. This week included bookend wins over George 63-44 PREP SCENE 2020 Noah Collier had 13 points and 4 rebounds and a 3rd place win over host Bullis (MD), Reddish tossed in 33. The lone loss of the week came at the hands of Episcopal (VA) at Bullis Tourney, 82-62 – Indiana commit Jake Forrester was inactive, out with a sprained ankle but has since returned. Games: 12/21 Prolific Prep in South Carolina.
Coach Grasty troops defeated PREP SCENE #18 Bethlehem Catholic 63-53 Saturday. Eric Dixon controlled the paint and Lucas Monroe was sensational. Dixon led all scorers with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Monroe demonstrated a killer instinct and superb athleticm will collecting 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Robbie Heath was also a steady contributor throughout the night, making plays at both ends of the floor Games: 12/19 Council Rock South, 12/21 @Pennsbury, 12/23 PREP SCENE #15 Neumann-Goretti
7. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting)
7-1 Naheem Mcloud (2019) continues to anchor the colonials at both ends of the floor. Defensively, he allows them to apply significant pressure on the ball and allows them to push up even further in the passing lanes without the fear of giving up easy baskets his mere presence alters everything. Much of the impact he has on a game doesn’t show up in the box score. Although he manages to fill that up as well. In wins over Bishop Shanahan 68-51, he had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks followed with a 14 point 17 rebound 4 block night in a 66-53 win over PREP SCENE HM Archbishop Carroll. Danny Cooper had 16 points, Ahmin Williams (2018) with 10 points and Ish Horn also with 10. Rounding out the scoring in the Shanahan game was Ahmin Williams -17 points and Alan Glover – 16 points and 10 rebounds. Games: 12/19 Upper Moreland, 12/22 @Wissahickon, 12/23 @PREP SCENE #4 Archbishop Wood
8. Hill School (Pottstown)
The Hill School the Mercer Tourney this week going 3-0. The oppened by defeating former PREP SCENE HM Kiski Prep 71-50. In the Semi’s Canturbury (CT) fell 80-73 in a hard fought battle. Seth Maxwell’s 23 point effort propelled Hill to a 60-55 victory in the championship game. Teammate Nick Alikakos tossed in 17 points as well. Upcoming Games: Hill School will resume play after the holidays on 1/6 @ Hun School.
9. St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia)
The Hawks had a busy week going 4-0. The first win came at the hands of PREP SCENE HM Malvern Prep 76-67. Germantown Academy was the next victim falling 55-47 at Philadelphia University before a 3+ hour bus ride in the snow 55 miles to Reading. There Berks Catholic fell 48-25 in the Hoop Group Reading Tip-Off at Albright College and the week finished with a 88-46 pounding of St Ignatias (Australia). Upcoming Games: 12/20 Haverford
10. First Love Christian Academy (Washington)
First Love Christian Academy takes on Findlay Prep (NV) Friday 12/22 in the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, West Virginia. 6-4 Aneury Parra (2018) continues to play at a high level. First Love will need solid contributions from Riny Lual, Shamar Givance, Julian McGee, Jamier Fletcher, Steven Rawhire, and Egon Ruhek to take down the nationally ranked Pilots.
11. Mt. Lebanon
The Blue Devils behind Caden Hinckley’s 23 points and Hayden Mitchell’s 17 points too down PREP SCENE HM Pine-Richland 77-55. Mt. Lebanon completely dominated the game after a 26-12 second quarter, doing on to sink 23 of their 24 free-throw attempts. Upcoming Games: 12/19 Canon-McMillan, 12/22 Bethel Park.
12. State College
Drew Friberg dropped 47 on Harrisburg High in a barn-burner, for the 89-83 victory to close out the week 2-0. Earlier in the week the Little Lions defeated Central Dauphin East in Mid Penn Commonwealth league play 66-60. Upcoming Games: 12/18 @Mifflin County, 12/20 PREP SCENE HM Chambersburg.
13. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia)
Roman Catholic was inactive after snow cancelled the ALL-CITY Tip-Off game vs PREP SCENE HM Cheltenham Upcoming Games: vs PREP SCENE #3 Imhotep in Philadelphia Catholic League play.
14. Penn Hills
Penn Hills improves to 5-0 behind a balanced attack. Victories this week included a pounding of Propel 71-49. Daivon Stephens led the way with 17, followed by Cam Wiley & Cory Fulton’s 13 a piece. Burrell provided little resistance as Penn Hills won 73-59, again Daivon Stephens 18 led all scoring with Cam Wiley 15, Dorian Boyce 12 pacing the Indians. The final game of the week saw Penn Hills hit triple digits, that’s right 100-61 over Plum Cam Wiley led all scorers with 27, Keyshawn Adams had 21, Cory Fulton 19, Daivon Stephens 13. Upcoming Games: 12/19 Norwin 12/20 PREP SCENE HM Allderdice, 12/22 @Fox Chapel, 12/23 McKeesport.
15. Neuman-Goretti (Philadelphia)
The Saints defeated PREP SCENE HM Cheltenham 61-51, in the Diane Mosco Foundation Shootoout @Archbishop Wood behind 6-9 Marcus Littles (2019) 16 points 13 rebounds, 6-3 Dymir Montague (2018) 15points and 6-0 Chris Ings (2019) 11points Then on Sunday defeated Our Savior (NY) @South Philly HS in ALL CITY Classic 58-56 Monteque & Ings both came up big at both ends of the floor down the stretch for the win. Upcoming Games: 12/23 PREP SCENE #6 Abington.
16. Bonner Prendergast (Drexel Hill)
Bonner-Prendergast went 2-1 on the week with wins over Math Civis & Science 90-57 and Westminster Academy (FL) 58-53 in the Kreul Classic in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Isaiah Wong scored a game high 27 on MCS while teammates Tyriq Ingraham and Donovan Rodriquez each reached double figures. Wong led the Friars in their only loss of the season with 20 points vs USA TODAY EAST #3 The Patrick School (NJ) Upcoming Games: 12/18 Miami Christian, @ the Kreul Classic in Fort Lauderdale, FL 12/21 PREP SCENE HM Penn Charter, 12/23 Pope John XXIII @Drexel University.
Games: Notre Dame recruit Robby Carmody averages 42 points for the week and keeps the “Fighting Planets” undefeated. With two road victories against McKeesport 72-66 (Carmody 44), and @Knock 79-52 (Carmody 40) Mars is playing out of the world. Upcoming Games: 12/18 Armstrong 12/20-23 @City of Palms, Fort Myers Florida vs Corbin (KY),
18. Bethlehem Catholic
Bethlehem Catholic lost a tough game toPREP SCENE #6 Abington at the Diane Mosco Foundation Shootout. Justin Paz (2019) led all with 17, Ryan Young (2018) had 13 & 10. Those two along with DeAndre Gardner continue to lead the team at both ends of the floor. Gardner had 6 3’s in their win over Parkland 74-54 for a game high 18, Paz & Young chipped in 14 apiece. Upcoming Games: 12/29 @Liberty, 12/22 Easton.
19. Northeastern (Manchester)
The reigning York/Adams Division I, league tournament and District 3 5-A champs continue their winning ways to remain unbeaten with wins over Red Lion 56-42 and York Suburban 69-49. The 12/15 game with Dallastown was rescheduled. Upcoming Games: 12/19 Central York, 12/20 @Dallastown, 12/22 South Western.
Behind the spectacular play of PREP SCENE 2020 Ethan Mortan, Butler is 5-0 after the 78-66 win over North Hills in section 1 play. Morton tallied a game high 35. Upcoming Games:12/19 @Shaler, 12/22 PREP SCENE HM Pine Richland.
21. Allentown Central Catholic
The Vikings sit at 5-0 after defeating East Pennsboro 71-56, Whitehall 55-39, and Liberty 51-36 this week. Leading the charge has been 2018’s Jay Vaughan and teammate Dat Lambert. Upcoming Games: 12/20 Northampton, 12/23 PREP SCENE HM, Emmaus
Coach Michael’s group is clicking on all 6 cylinders to start the regular season. With wins over Scranton Prep (59-50) and Parkland (70-46) at the Lehigh Valley Jamboree this week, the Scarlet & White crack the SUPER 25 for the first time. Da’mir Faison has scored 19 & 13 in the two games. Inside/Outside threat 6-8 Josh Samac (2018) also delivered a 25 point, 12 rebound, 7 block performance in the shellacking of Parkland. 6-5 Jeff Planutis (2018) is also a player to note moving forward. Upcoming Games: 12/20 Whitehall
23. La Salle (Wyndmoor)
Convincing wins this week over Philadelphia Public League power Constitution 68-50 and a 68-45 pounding over defending 6-A State Champs and PREP SCENE HM Reading, in Reading, PA solidify a SUPER25 spot for the Explorers. Leading the way for Coach Dempsey unselfish and balanced club are 6-6 Konrad Kiska (2019), 6-8 Zach Crisler (2018), Sean Simon and Allen Powell. Upcoming Games: 12/19 @Malvern Prep, 12/23 Central
24. Shipley (Bryn Mawr)
How do you drop two games in a week and stay in the SUPER25? The Gators may have played the toughest schedule up to this point of anyone. Quality wins over PREP SCENE HM Academy New Church 65-50, and #15 Neumann-Goretti are a start. The loses are both in highly contested games. The 69-64 overtime lose to HM Penn Charter and heartbreaker to #5 @Archbishop Wood in an emotionally charged gymnasium for the 1st ever Diane Mosco Foundation Challenge are a building block for Coach D’Ambrosio. Upcoming Games: Possibly 12/20 PREP SCENE HM Archbishop Carroll in ALL-CITY CLASSIC (Make-up-weather, will keep this updated as information becomes available.)
25. Abington Heights (Clarks Summit)
It would not take long for Abington Heights to surface in the SUPER25, they have only made 11 straight PIAA state tournament appearances. Coach Bianchi’s group is lead by two all staters’ in Jackson Danzing and George Tinsley, along with Trey Koehler. The Comets strung together a trio of 15+ point wins to start the season and looked impressive: Holy Cross 72-32, Wyoming Valley 77-55 & Williamsport 71-55 before dropping a close one to Downingtown East in the Steel-Valley Challenge. Upcoming Games: 12/19 Holy Redeemer, 12/20 Dunmore, 12/22 @Riverside
HONORABLE MENTION: Academy of New Church, Allderdice, Archbishop Carroll, Berks Catholic, Chambersburg, Cheltenham, Chester, Church Farm, Constitution, Emmaus, Erie, Harrisburg, Lincoln Park, Lower Merion, Malvern Prep, Martin Luther King, McDowell, Overbrook, Penn Charter, Perkiomen, Phelps, Pine-Richland, Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy, Whitehall, Woodland Hills,