Peak Skills Academy – East Berlin, New Jersey was the center of the ultra-competitive world of big-time high school/prep basketball yesterday afternoon. The occasion was the first of four featured triple-headers this season by the Great Atlantic Conference (GAC). The event stockpiles the talent of the league members, Mt. Zion Academy (MD), Olympus Academy (NJ), Patrick School (NJ), Perkiomen School (PA) Scotland Campus (PA), and West Nottingham Academy (MD) under one roof for college basketball coaches to evaluate in hopes of finding their next all conference player. Unlike your typical high school setting, there is a focus and business-like atmosphere that comes with big-time prep basketball… and the Great Atlantic Conference maximized this focus and has shown it is all business when it comes to securing exposure for their student-athletes. If you could not make it to Jersey yesterday, we have a breakdown of the action for you. However, lock these dates and locations in your calendar for the next three GAC triple-headers: December 11 @Mt. Zion, January 15 @Scotland Campus, January 25 @Perkiomen School
In the opener, The Patrick School (NJ) defeated Mt. Zion Academy (MD) 64-62. This was the closest game of the day and very evenly matched. The size of Mt. Zion was not enough to edge out the strong guard play of The Patrick school in the closing minutes. Mt. Zion was led by 6-8 Syracuse -bound Woody Newton with 13 points and the sensational night on the glass by unsigned 2020 David N’Guessen, who had a double-double pulling down 15 boards. Other players to watch were 6-10 Center Jo Smith and an explosive wing in Otis Frazier. For the victors, wings Terrence Jones (6-3), scored in side out and Matteo Strikker (6-5, 2021) with the long ball, combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds. While Bendji Pierre (2020) and Babacar Diallo (2021) battled inside all night scoring in double figures. Pierre was a work-horse inside using his width to gain position and keep the rebounding margin respectable.
Scotland put on a dominant performance from start to finish in game two. If anyone wanted to argue, they are the best team in the State of Pennsylvania people would have to listen… and listen hard. They have put together a nice early season resume. West Nottingham led by Sophomore Yan Ferell’s 20 point effort is their latest victim. Scotland just had too many weapons for a West Nottingham group looking to restore the program to their early 2000’s heyday. Scotland’s ability to create turnovers and nail the long ball were the difference in this one early. Jayson Woodrich (12 points) knocked down his first 3 triples to push the lead out to 27-9 minutes in. Norance “Trese” Berry got the job done on the defensive end, leading the team with 3 steals and 6 of his 11 points in the lopsided 55-32 first half. Scotland had a very balanced scoring attack and played 15+ players in the 102-65 victory. 6-10 Obou Ousmane tossed in 6 of his 13 points and 6 rebounds in the first half for the Knights. He also demonstrated a real soft touch on his mid-range shot 15 feet and in, in the early stages of the game. Scotland was led in scoring by 6-3 Dee Marriweather who knocked down 4 threes in the second half. Other players to note for West Nottingham were 6-4 Caudy Desmornes 10 points (high academic kid, 1300+ SAT). He also had 18 the week before when I seen them verse Covenant Prep. 2021 Glen Osemeha shot the ball well from deep again, efficient and 6-6 Tomiwa Sulaiman competed on the glass just short of a double-double.
The host of the event, Olympus Prep trailed by seven points at halftime and eventually lost 70-59 to the SUPER 25’s#11 ranked, Perkiomen School. York, PA’s Clovis Gallon, Jr. was one of three Olympus players in double figures. He knocked down 2 three’s on his way to 11 points.
6-4 Tyree Barbara-Bey was instrumental in keeping his team withing striking distance. The former NJ Panther (1st SCENE) Barbara-Bey did a little of everything out there, ending with 16 points and teammate Jahmir Tyrell closed out with his own 15, many of them at the rim.
In true winners fashion and without a shadow of a doubt, Perkiomen’s 2021 Honor Huff continues to impress this season. The former Allentown Dieruff standout has been lights out each time we have seen him. The little guard came up big again yesterday with 5 triples, 4 in the first half on over .500 percent shooting from deep and 3 steals on his way to a 23 point outing. Teammate 6-6 Josh Odunowo added a double-double. Other Perk players to note include Steve Payne. The 6-1 guard does multiple things well to help his team win, adding 8 rebounds and several assists to his 13 point effort… and last but not least 6-4 Gil Otto scored his 13 from all three levels and continues to clamp down at the defensive end.
The first game between The Perkiomen School (Pennsburg) and Mercersburg Academy featured a boatload of prospective student-athletes. Perk lead from start to finish in this one, eventually pulling away for the 64-47 victory. Steve Payne (3-6 FG 1-4 3PT 8-9 FT) and Gil Otto (6-8 FG 1-5 3PT 2-2 FT) combined for 34 of the teams 64. Otto poured in 13 of his 17 in the first half, starting the game demonstrating his explosive offensive arsenal. He is lightning quick off of his feet and an absolute monster attacking the rim. Mercersburg Academy trailed at the half 36-27. K Owen scored 8 of his 16 in the first stanza. In the defeat, Quinton Metcalf (15 pts) and AJ Green (8 pts) showcased elite level athleticism, a propensity to defend and a desire to attack. Both demonstrated “WOW” moments with big-time moves from the wing into the lane on the attack. However, this was not enough as Payne’s 8-9 free-throw performance would not allow Mercersburg to claw back into the game in the second half. For the Perk School, Honor Huff was 3-6 from deep for 9 points and William Johnson finished with 7 connecting on 1-4 from downtown. The glue guy was Andrew Patnode (6 pts). Patnodes contribution to the team went well beyond scoring. This kid is a stud, he rebounds it, makes all the hustle plays and defends with a passion. Mercersburg also had solid production from sophomore Chris Watson. Watson did a good job of handling the ball and knocked down the open shot, finishing the game 2-4 from three point territory. Junior Jake Ahlgren scored 9 of his 11 in the 4th period.
West Nottingham defeats Covenant College Prep in Overtime
West Nottingham after being locked at 57’s with Covenant College Prep pulled out the victory 67-64 behind the stellar play of Yan Farell. Farell tossed in 22, non bigger than a late three ball in overtime.
No pollsters needed, Westtown is PA’s Finest this weekend
Kiski Prep (Saltsburg), coming off of an impressive victory over fellow Western PA foe First Love Christian Academy (Washington) the night before, knew they faced a juggernaut in the Westtown (West Chester). The Westtown Moose showed the energy and desire to put this one away early too, after an anti-climatic 10 point victory over RockTop Academy (Philadelphia) the night before. Westtown imposed their will at both ends of the floor. Especially the defensive end! The Moose allowed Kiski only 3 field goal attempts in the paint in the entire first half. The sheer length and athleticism on the defensive end tied Kiski in knots. Kiski Prep’s bright spot was 2020 Noreon Williams (Syracuse, NY), who put on a shooting display, going 6-8 shooting from deep in the first half alone. The rest of the team was 1-8 up to that point and contributed only 5 points collectively. Williams finished with 9 triples and 29 points for the game. Westtown’s imposing 1-2-2 defense rendered it nearly impossible to reverse the ball, penetrate/pass into the lane or garner an open look. The top of the zone featured 6-8 Pitt commit Noah Collier, making reversing the ball and shifting the defense obsolete. The wings 6-5 Jalen Warley (13 pts), 6-4 TJ Berger (19 pts) & 6-4 Wade Chiddick covered and contested everything in sight. But that back line…. WOW, that back line of the defense is where any and all mistakes are erased in a hurry!!! 6-11 Franck Kepnang and 7-0 Dereck Lively II cover the corners, the wings and get back to protect the rim as quick as most kids slide for side to side in the lane!!! Its just different… We recommend you get out and see different while you can. Here is a link to Westtown’s schedule (Click Here)
The Scotland Campus – Olympus Prep National teams will not square off until early December at the Great Atlantic Conference Tournament, in West Berlin, NJ. However, Monday nights tussle between an injury depleted Scotland group and Olympus Prep’s Red team would have you believe it will be a dog fight. Can’t wait!
Monday night, Olympus played the first half as if they had brought their National team into South Central Pennsylvania. The intensity and desire of Olympus had the score deadlocked at 20-20 after Scotland jumped out to a 10-3 early lead. 6’3 Jahmir Tyrell (Patterson, NJ) and 6’0 Armanni Brinson (Clifton, NJ) combined for 14 of Olympus’ 30 first half points. Scotland took a 10 point lead into the intermission behind a 17-25 FT line performance and the sharp shooting of 6’6 Jayson Woodrich (Cleveland, OH). The second half was all Scotland. Sheer dominance over the first 12 minutes of the half, allowed for plenty of rest for this long and athletic group, Coach Chaney’s group popped four players in double figures, 16, (12 in 2nd half) Louis Beechmore (Sydney, Australia), 13 Abu Osmane (Brooklyn, NY) and 12 each for Nornance Berry (Cleveland, TN) and Woodrich.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Abu was most impressive around the rim, as a traditional big. Demonstrated an evolving array of post moves. righty hook looked to be the go-to tonight. His 6’9 251 pound frame had no equal on the floor. speaking of on the floor, the big fella’ not only had 15+ boards, he recovered several loose balls as the first player to the floor. Possessing a 6’11 wingspan, soft hands and a high motor, Abu is a prospect to watch for on Saturdays. Not yet a MAN among boys, but he does play physical in the post, seals and boxes out on every possession, working from the floor up with solid footwork. His arms were always up above his head, ready to offensive rebound on the release. Fundamentally astute.
Norlance Berry – Teams swiss army knife, kid can do a little bit of everything. He was always around the ball. quick feet, stays on the attack and forcing tempo at both ends of the court. Applies pressure. 8-10 from the FT line
Louis Beechmore – Came alive in the second half. The teams margin of victory was directly related to his play in the first 12 minutes of the second half. He was electric, scoring the ball form all three levels and getting it done in the passing lanes and on the boards at the defensive end.
Jayson Woodrich – Stretches the defense and creates driving lanes for teammates even when the ball was not kicked his way, Shot maker, that demonstrated an ability to get into lane and finish or dish. Solid defensively, took good angles to compensate against quicker guards.
Noble Crawford – 6-5 Wing, impacted the game at the defensive end of the floor. 2 of his points, came on the highlight dunk of the game. Athleticism and bust alone definitely worthy of tracking his progression further.
Jahmir Tyrell – Kept Olympus in the game early with timely buckets and key assists. He finished with 13 points, 7 in the first half. He was explosive with the ball, able to get into the lane with little resistance.
Armanni Brinson – Attacked the rim fearlessly. Applied solid ball pressure.
Josh Combs – 6’5 (Pasaic, NJ) Battled on the glass, got out in transition, were he was at his best. His defense was the teams best offense. Demonstrated flashes of being one of the best athletes on the floor at times.
HIGH SCHOOL GAME NOTES (1st Quarter ONLY)
2020 – Anthony Thomas – 6’7 (Washington, DC)
Olympus Prep Academy HS, clearly the best player on the floor, without an equal. Great elevation and form on jumpshot. Scored it in quarter one efficiently. Ability to make mundane basketball skills exciting with precision and ease.
2021- Johannes Kirspuu 6’0 (Estonia)
Played at an extremely high level for Scotland. He can dribble pass and shoot the ball effortlessly. Demonstrated and ability to get anywhere he desired on the floor and passed the ball exceptionally well. Demonstrated the desire to win the 50/50 balls.
2021 Jordan Longino burst onto the SCENE at the UAA this spring, he is amoungst the naton’s leaders in ppg, averaging just under 14 points. He (21) and Allen Powell (15) have combined for 36 triples. Philly Pride is on a 6 game win streak, and the workhorse performances of David Robinson (6.3), Kamrohn Roundtree (5.5), Dahmire Fowlkess (5.0), & James Jones (5.0) on the glass has a lot to do with it.
0 | Hassan Perkins |5’11| Sanford School
2 | Allen Powell |6’1 | LaSalle College
4 | Tyreese Watson |6’2 | Bonner Prendergast
10| James Jones |6’6 | Roxborough
11| Jordan Longino |6’4 | Germantown Academy ’21
12| Zachary Anderson |6’1 | Germantown Academy
13| Kamrohn Roundtree |6’5| Acadeemy Park
15| David Robinson |6’6 | North Penn
23| Nick Filchner |6’5| Allentown Central Catholic
32| Dahmir Fowlkess |6’5 | Bartram ’21
2. ITPS – Gauntlet Gold
Led by the double figure scoring of David Early, Donovan Johnson, Isaiah Warfield, & Ike Herster the Wildcats have posted a respectable record in their first season of Gauntlet Gold play. At 4-4, with wins over Team Rose 65-41, Iowa Barnstormers 73-58, Pump N Run 58-39, & YGC36 63-60 this team takes a lot of energy and excitement into May & June.
10| Chris Peccon | G | 6-0
23| David Early | G | 6-4
5 | Donovan Johnson | G | 6-6
3 | Ike Herster | F | 6-5
0 | Isaiah Smith | G | 6-1
6 | Isaiah Warfield | G | 6-4
20| Jonathan Crise | F | 6-7
11| Louis Bleechmore | F | 6-6
2 | Obinna Anochili | F | 6-9
3. Team Final – EYBL
Put the names in a hat, and draw 2-4, you could make an arguement for any of them for the #2 spot. Team Final 16’s finds its way into the top 3 because of the front court play of Noah Collier, Elijah Taylor, & Nnanna Njoku-even tho they have not found much success in the EYBL in the spring. Our assumption is April Showers will bring May flowers for this group. TF’s only win is over winless Team Melo 73-68, while losing to two of the nations best 16U teams in Team Takeover & Bradley Beal Elite along with losses to Albany City Rocks, Expressions Elite & NY Lightning.
3 | Niels Lane | The Hun School
5 | Duece Turner | Malvern Prep
10| Jyare Davis | Sanford
14| Zaiair Jenkins | Mt. Pleasant
15| Jaylen Stinson | Haveford ’21
21| Noah Collier | Westtown
22| Elijah Taylor | Imhotep Charter
24| Nnanna Njoku| Sanford ’21
4. K-Low Elite – Gauntlet Gold
K-Low Elite went 2-2 in Atlanta after going winless in DC during session I. Although the wins have been hard to come by, this group is as solid as they come. 3 of the 4 games in DC were all one possession ball games when the buzzer sounded. 6 of their 8 games overall have been 2 possession or less games, including a game with nationally ranked Garner Road & Atlanta Celtics. Wins: OSAG 75-35, Basketball University 70-58. Losses: Team Wall 60-62, Team Knight 50-53, Garner Road 51-56, DC Thunder 68-70, Texas Pro 49-52, Atlanta Celtics 63-69. We expect a big May & June from the likes of Zahree Harrison, Andrew King, Keshaun Hammonds and company.
33| Andrew King | 6-6
10| Cameron Young | 6-5
1 | Derrius Ward | 6-4
3 | DJ Woodbury | 6-3
2 | Keshaun Hammonds| 6-2
21| Naadhir Wood | 6-6
11| Sami Wylie | 5-10
0 | Zahree Harrison | 5-10
5. Central PA Elite
The only Pennsylvania 16U team to make it to the Sweet 16 at both the Hoop Groups Pitt Jam Fest and Spring Jam Fest. Losing in Championship bracket play to Boo Williams handedly 35-65 and Middlesex Magic Crotty in a tough one 46-52. They will miss the services of sharp shooting Nate Wilson (wrist) for a few weekends but the steady guard play of Jacob Perry, Ethan Shreffler, Ryan Parise & Joey Zvorsky will keep the ship sailing.
25| Elijah Eberly | Elizabethtown
35| Zach Oldac | Manheim Township
12| Ryan Parise | Elizabethtown
15| Joshua Parra | Milton Hershey
3 | Jake Perry | Camp Hill
2 | Ethan Shreffler | Chambersburg
10| Conner Trumpy| Camp Hill
11| Nate Wilson | Northeastern
5 | Joey Zvorsky | Cedar Cliff
0 | Avohn Cross | Milton Hershey
6. Jersey Shore Warriors
The Warriors run to the Houp Group Spring Jam Fest Elite 8 before eventually losing to Middlesex Magic Crotty was fueled in part by their stellar play of the PA ensamble of Trevor Wall, Alex Javier, John Friberg, Caelin Peters and Chris Arizin. This is a solid group of PA, Jersey & Delaware kids. Wins over PYO 51-37, Pure Basketball 38-31, & Rising Stars 59-47
2 | Justin Ziers | 5’11| Msgr. Farrell
3 | Alex Javier | 6-0 | Exeter
5 | Caelin Peters | 6-3 | Plymouth-Whitemarsh
10| Trevor Wall | 6-3 | St. Joe’s Prep
15| John Frieberg | 6-3 | State College
22| Charlie Gordinier| 6-6 | Red Bank Catholic
23| Chris Arizin | 6-3 | St. Joe’s Prep
25| Vincent Popejoy |6-5 | Bishop Eustace
34| Gavin Gibson | 6-3 | Cherokee
30| Jackson Piotrowski| 6-5 | Delaware Co. Christian
7. Philly Hurricanes – Gauntlet Silver
The Hurricanes are another group that will welcome May. Tough Gauntlet Silver losses to The Firm, Flint’s Finest, Riverside Hawks and Dream Chasers have them battle tested and poised to move up in the rankings once they regroup. The length of Gomez, Gaffney, & Brools will bother most.
Donovan Rodriguez| 6’2 | G | Bonner
Nasir Gaffney | 6’5 | F | Overbrook
Zahir Rawls | 6’2 | G | West Catholic
Mustapha Abdullah| 5’6 | G | Future
Joel Gomez | 6’7 | G | West Catholic
Shaquil Bender | 6’3 | G | Northeast
Khalil Camara | 6’3 | G | Northeast
Dallas Wilder | 6’1 | G | Archbisop Wood
Glenn Smith | 6’1 | G | Archbishop Ryan
Nymier Brools | 6’7 | F | Simon Gratz
Mahir Sharif | 6’2 | G | Bonner
College Basketball Prospects of America, East Coast Power, L L Running Rebels, PK Flash, York Ballers
Pennsylvania’s Circuit teams look to rebound on day 2 of the NCAA Live Period, after going 1-3 17U on day 1.
ITPS – Playing for OBC Jamier Fletcher (First Love Christian Academy, PA) shot 7-8 scoring 15 points and grabbed 7 boards against his keystone comrades. ITPS lost 67-61. The Wildcats were led by the Kennedy Catholic duo Oscar Tshiebwe’s double double and leading scorer Maceo Austin. Next up D1 Minnesota & EG10. Brightside: 15U did win by 20 over the Iowa Barnstormers.
K-Low Elite – Defeated home court favorite Team BBC in a tightly contested contest in the Nations capital. K-Low Elite will take on Team New England & Team Wall tomorrow in Gauntlet play.
Philly Pride – dropped their opening game of the UAA season to West Coast Elite. WCE was led by Rivals ranked 19th player in the country Josh Green of IMG Academy (FL)
Team Final – Lost to Arkansas’ Woodz Elite 58-54. Seth Lundy (Roman Catholic led TF in scoring with 21 points, AJ Hoggard pulled in 8 rebounds from the guard positions, while 6-6 Guard Lucas Monroe (Abington) had 3 blocks
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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. UpcomingGames: 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. UpcomingGames: 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 UpcomingGames: 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) UpcomingGames: 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,
PREP SCENE will produce weekly rankings for the entire state of Pennsylvania. These rankings will including 5th year prep schools and high schools regardless of governing body affiliations.
Dec. 4th – Dec. 10th, 2017
1. Scotland Campus Sports
Scotland jumps to number 1, they continued their winning ways this week advancing to 7-0 on the season. 2018 PG Koreem Ozier picked up an offer from Grambling State along the way. Scotland has a variety of weapons and is clicking on all cylinders early in the season. Games: 12/6 Easton University JV, 12/7 @Misericardia University JV and ICA Prep (NJ)
2. First Love Christian Academy (Washington)
Khayree Wilson’s outfit beat Tees Valley Christian (TN) and Northeast Prep (OH) this week before losing to national power Capital Christian (MD). The backcourt of Aneury Parra and Shamar Givance have been tough to contain early in the season. Parra tossed in 20 points vs Northeast Prep and Givance had 11 points and 12 assists. Games: 12/7 & 8 Buckeye Showcase vs Athlete Institute & Aspire and 12/9 vs Prep Scene #7 Kennedy Catholic.
3. Westtown (West Chester)
Drops out of the number 1 spot after suffering a 10 point loss to Our Savior Lutheran (NY). However, they remain in the top 3 because the defeat came with 6-9 Cameron Reddish in street clothes. Win’s and Loses matter but are not the tell all. Reddish’s absence is expected to be short lived. Jalen Gaffney (6-0) stepped up from the PG position and was sensational. Games: 12/6 Capital Christian (MD)
4. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)
Imhotep Charter looked impressive in their scrimmage this week, they have another Wednesday vs PREP SCENE #13 Nuemann-Goretti. Donta Scott (6-7, 2019) is a mismatch problem for opponents. But, before Tep officially takes the floor for hoops, their football team will be playing Erie Cathedral Prep in the State Championship @ Hershey for the third year in a row.
5. Hill School (Pottstown)
The Hill School took care of Canada Topflight Academy in convincing fashion. Chase Audige (6-5, 2018) lead the way for Phil Canosa’s unit, shooting the ball extremely well and getting into the lane often. Seth Maxwell (6-11, 2018) provided a formidable post presence. Games: 12/6 Episcopal Academy, 12/9 @New Hampton (NH) and 12/10 Choate Rosemary Hall (CT).
6. Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
Coach Mosco’s Pickron (6-3, 2018) and Funk (6-4 2018), can stretch the floor as well as any backcourt within a days drive. When wood takes the floor this weekend you can expect them to do numbers. Games: 12/9 in Scholastic Play by Play vs Brooklyn NY’s South Shore @ Archbishop Carroll and 12/10 @Dematha HS in the National High School Festival.
7. Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)
Kennedy Catholic opens the season with a December 9th 8:30 PM game with PREP SCENE #2 ranked First Love Christian Academy (Washington, PA). Look for Maceo Austin (6-5), Mattia Acunzo (6-7) and Oscar Tshiebwe (6-8) to play huge for Coach Mancino early and often.
Eric Dixon is a man among boys. His high motor and inside outside game will drive opponent HS coaches, players and fans insane. He is a problem. The backcourt is in solid hands as play begins with Heath, Coppedge and Monroe distributing and scoring when necessary. The Ghosts open up at home in their tip off tournament with Chichester, and Valley Forge Military Academy.
9. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting)
Naheem Mcloud (7-1, 2019) is ready to take the next step toward stardom. His presence in the paint on both sides of the floor should be game changing after a great summer on the AAU circuit. PW also will put a relentless backcourt on the floor in Cooper and the Williams twins. Games: 12/8 Sankofa Freedom.
10. Pine-Richland (Gibsonia)
Phil Jukovic will be under center on Saturday, playing in another football State Championship. The Notre Dame Football recruit wont take long to get his basketball legs back under him… and when he does Pine Richland should be one of the teams standing at the end of the season. Winning is contagious and PR has done a lot of it lately in Football & Basketball.
11. State College
The Little Lions will open up the 2017-2018 season in the always competitive Skip Coleman Tip-Off Tournament this weekend along with trips to Central Dauphin East and a Friday night home game vs previous #22 Harrisburg High. Count on Drew Friberg to spear head a successful start to the season.
Coach Perez’ troops open the season in the York High Tip-Off (York, PA) vs Franklin Learning Center out of Philadlephia, on Saturday they will play either host William Penn (York) or Williamsport.
13. Nueman-Goretti (Philadelphia)
Coach Arrigale group will scrimmage PREP SCENE Top 5 Imhotep Charter on Wednesday before opening the season in the Scholastic Play by Play Showcase on the 9th vs Prep Scene honorable mention Shipley (Bryn Mawr) and Sam Sessoms a Binghamton signee.
14. Bethlehem Catholic
BeCaHi’s production comes in bunches from 6-7 inside out threat Ryan Young. Young is a math-up problem at both ends of the floor. The District 11 powerhouse will also look for heavy productions from a pair of 2019’s in Justin Paz (6-0) and Kyle Young (6-7). Games: 12/9 Martin Luther King @ Archbishop Carroll in the Scholastic Play by Play.
15. Haverford School
The Haverford School finished last week with huge margin’s of victory over the Hun School (NJ) by 20+ and by 30+ over Friends Central. Christian Ray, Gavin Burke and Kharon Randloph have led the way early. Games: 12/4 vs Friends Central, 12/7 @Perkiomen, 12/8 Don McBride Classic vs PREP SCENE honorable mention – Academy of New Church and 12/9 @ LaSalle.
16. Martin Luther King (Philadelphia)
Games: 12/9 vs PREP SCENE #14 Bethlehem Catholic @ Archbishop Carroll’s Scholastic Play by Play.
17. St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia)
Games: 12/11 @ PREP SCENE #21 Malvern Prep
Games: 12/8 & 12/9 in the Fairview Tip-Off Tournament
19. Penn Hills
Games: 12/8 Midland Tip-Off Tournament vs Lincoln Park, 12/9 Hickory
Games: 12/9 @ PREP SCENE honorable mention Shipley, 12/10 @ West Chester University vs PREP SCENE honorable mention, Archbiship Carroll.
21. Malvern Prep
Games: 12/6 Phelps, 12/9 @ PREP SCENE honorable mentiion Archbishop Carroll in the Scholastic Play by Play. 12/10 @ West Chester University Showcase vs PREP SCENE honorable mention Bonner-Prendergast.
22. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia)
Games: 12/9 vs Riverside Baptist (MD) @ Gonzaga Classic in DC.
12/9 @Cardinal O’Hara
Games: 12/8 @Avonworth
25. Northeastern (Manchester)
Games: 12/8 & 12/9 Bobcat Tip Off vs Eastern York, Northern York & Delone Catholic
HONORABLE MENTION: Academy of New Church, Alderdice, Allentown Central Catholic, Archbishop Carroll, Berks Catholic, Bonner-Prendergast, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Cheltenham, Chester, Church Farm, Girard College, Kiski Prep, McDowell, Phelps, Overbrook, Sewickley Academy, Shipley, Whitehall, Woodland Hills,
PREP SCENE will produce weekly rankings for the entire state of Pennsylvania. These rankings will including 5th year prep schools and high schools regardless of governing body affiliations.
Nov. 27th – Dec. 3rd, 2017
1. Westtown (West Chester)
Led by 6-9 Duke bound Cameron Reddish, Westtown gets the nod in our initial poll. The do it all point guard has help in the front court in Indiana signee Jake Forester and PREP SCENE 2020 Division 1 prospect Noah Collier.
2. Scotland Campus Sports (Scotland)
Scotland started the season with a program boosting win over IMG Academy in New England at the National Prep Showcase. Several Prep outlets have Scotland and legendary prep coach Chris Chaney in their national top 10.
3. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)
Imhotep Charter led by Andre Noble finished in the 2017 USA Today Top 10. Tep returns super talented 6-7 Donta Scott along with a plethora of Division I talent in PREP SCENE 2020 Elijah Taylor and fellow 6-7 teammates Jamil Riggins, Chereef Knox.
4. First Love Christian Academy (Washington)
Khayree Wilson’s 2018 outfit is filled with talent. In the front court, Sudanesse Riny Lual (6-8) Jamier Fletcher (6-8) and Chris Efretuei (7-0) are a load, toss in PREP SCENE 2020 Luis Risquez (6-10), along with solid guard play in Shamar Givance, Aneury Parra and Julian McGee.
5. Hill School (Pottstown)
Seth Maxwell (7-0, 2018) and Chase Audige (6-5, 2018) lead the way for Phil Canosa’s unit. They also get plenty of production form Daquan Morris (6-0, 2018) Nick Alikakos (6-7, 2018) and PREP SCENE 2020 prospect Caleb Dorsey (6-7).
6. Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
Coach Mosco has a host of division I talent at his disposal. The backcourt will be led by snipers Tyree Pickron (6-3, 2018) and Andrew Funk (6-4 2018). 6-11 Sr. Seth Pinkney will hold down the frontcourt. Look out for two emerging freshman in PREP SCENE 2021 prospects Rahsool Diggins and Dae’shon Shepard.
7. Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)
Kennedy Catholic is loaded with young talent in 2019 Maceo Austin (6-5), Italian wing Mattia Acunzo (6-7) and Congolese big man Oscar Tshiebwe (6-8). The Golden Eagles have many others ready to step in along with PREP SCENE 2020 sniper Ike Herster.
8. Nueman-Goretti (Philadelphia)
Coach Arrigale has a warrior in 6-1, 2019 Chris Ings. There is a reason why the Saints have won 7 or the last 8 AAA State Titles; they reload in a hurry. Not to mention returning starters Marcus Little (6-9, 2018) and Noah Warren (6-0, 2018). Keep an eye on Dymir Montuque and PREP SCENE 2020 guards Hakim Byrd & Ahmad Fair along with 2021 prospect TaQuan Woodley.
9. Abington (Abington)
The Galloping Ghosts return a formidable group led by the versatile 6-8 Eric Dixon. He is a bull in the china closet in the paint with the softest of strokes from deep. In the backcourt, ultra athletic Lucas Monroe and dynamic PG’s Robbie Heath and Maurice Coppedge lead the way.
10. Pine-Richland (Gibsonia)
We admit, Top 10 may be a little lofty for the 28 win, defending WPIAL 6-A Champs who lost plenty. However, “cupboard isnt bare…” Once 1000 point scorer and ND Football QB recruit Phil Jukovic takes off the pads the wins should continue to mount. Coach Ackerman will also lean on Greg Shulkosky (2019), Dan Petcash (2019), Colin Luellen (2019) and Kyle Polce (2020).
11. State College (State College)
The Little Lions are poised for another run through the Mid Penn Conference, District and PIAA State playoff bracket. Coach Walker will lean heavily on Drew Friberg’s 20+ points per night along with his younger brothers Tommy (6-5, 2019) and Johnny (6-2, 2020). Keaton Ellis (6-0, 2019) will direct traffic for Ryan McNulty (6-5, 2019) and Brandon Clark (6-5, 2018).
12. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting)
Coach Donofrio’s senior laden backcourt could be just what the doctor ordered to bypass Abington as District 1 king. Shifty PG Danny Cooper along with absolute killers on the wings in Ahmad and Ahmin Williams will set things for the 7-footer inside. Naheem Mcloud’s (2019) progression is phenomenal, he possesses a great set of hands and gets better each time he takes the floor. Points should be hard to come by vs PW. That pressure & a shot blocker!!
13. Reading (Reading)
Coach Perez marches into the season with a State Championship ring and a host of returners looking to leave their mark on the city. The backcourt has looked solid all offseason in the hands of Xavier Starks (6-2, 2018) and Wesley Butler (6-0, 2019). In the Frontcourt, the Red Knights will rely on the workhorse efforts of Ricky Lopez (6-5) Juan Matos and Kahari Whitfield as part of their 8-10 man rotation.
14. Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem)
BeCaHi’s production comes in bunches from 6-7 inside out threat Ryan Young. Young is a math-up problem at both ends of the floor. The District 11 powerhouse will also look for heavy productions from a pair of 2019’s in Justin Paz (6-0) and Kyle Young (6-7).
15. Martin Luther King (Philadelphia)
The emergence of big man Will McNair (6-9, 2018) into an imposing force has Coach Colson right back knocking on the Philly Pub Championship door. Floor General, point guard extraordinaire Denelle Holly (6-2, 2018) will set the table for a host of athletes in Isaiah Anderson (6-5, 2018), Jerry Andrews (6-5, 2018) and keep an eye on PREP SCENE 2021 prospect Hysier Miller (6-0).
16. Erie (Erie)
17. St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia)
18. Penn Hills (Penn Hills)
19. Coatesville (Coatesville)
20. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia)
21. Emmaus (Emmaus)
22. Harrisburg (Harrisburg)
23. Mars (Mars)
24. Haverford School (Haverford)
25. Northeastern (Manchester)
HONORABLE MENTION: Academy of New Church, Alderdice, Allentown Central Catholic, Archbishop Carroll, Berks Catholic, Bonner-Prendergast, Chambersburg, Cheltenham, Chester, Church Farm, Girard College, Kiski Prep, McDowell, Phelps, Overbrook, Sewickley Academy, Shipley, Whitehall, Woodland Hills,