PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE RANKINGS

January 19, 2020 

PREP SCENE weekly rankings include the entire state of Pennsylvania: 5th year prep schools and high schools, regardless of governing body affiliations.

1.    Scotland Campus

( Previously 1)

The Skinny: Since it’s inception Scotland Campus has staked its position at the top of our polls. Sheer dominance, excellent coaching and players for days is a pretty good formula.

Top Performers: 6’3 Norance Berry, 6’5 Darlinstone Dubar, 6’7 Jayson Woodrich, 6’9 Mohammed Wague, 6’3 Jaeden Zachary, 6’6 Louis Bleechmore, 6’9 Abou Ousmane and plenty more.

2.   Neumann-Goretti  (Philadelphia)

(Previously 2)

The Skinny: Coach Arrigale possesses the weapons and championship pedigree to beat anyone in the state, including 5th year prep schools in a one and done situation. Very hard call to not have a co-number 1 in 2020.

Top Performers: 6’1 Hysier Miller, 6’7 Chaz Evans, 5’10 Hakim Byrd, 6’2 Chris Evans, 6’7 Blaise Vespe, 6’6 Cameron Young, 6’8 Jordan Hall

4.   Archbishop Wood (Warminster)

(Previously 3)

The Skinny: Mosco had all the pieces in place to hoist the golden ball in ChocolateTown USA again in 2020. Possibly the only way to stop Diggins and company in the 5A bracket was a PIAA shutdown.

Top Performers: 6’4 Marcus Randolph, 6’3 Rahsool Diggins, 5’11 Jalen Stinson, 6’4 M. Newton, 6’5 Daeshon Shepherd, 6’5 R. Jackson.

3.  First Love Christian Academy (Washington)

(Previously 4)

The Skinny: First Love played a national prep schedule, arguably the toughest in the entire state. This group was talented and hard to beat when at full strength.

Top Performers: 5’11 Isaiah Wilson, 6’6 DJ Gordon 6’2 Mason Manning, 6’7 Jahijah Grant, 6’2 Olsen Nicholson, 6’10 Madior Seye, 6’4 Jett Roesing, Kymahni Bent.

5.   Westtown (West Chester)

(Previously 6)

The Skinny: One through five, show me more talent. The Pennsylvania Independent School State Champions were a force in 2020. On any given night.

Top Performers: 7’0 Derrick Lively II, 6’11 Franck Kepnang, 6’8 Noah Collier, 6’5 Jalen Warley, 6’4 Wade Chiddick, 6’4 Tyler Berger.

6. Roman Catholic  (Philadelphia)

(Previously 7)

The Skinny: Roman showed their might and determination making it to the PCL finals before falling to NG. Coach Griffin’s squad had a date I’m Hershey, PA in mid March.

Top Performers: 6’1 Lynn Greer III, 5’10 Xavier Brown, 7’0 Jalen Duren, 6’5 Justice Williams, Quadir Brown.

7.  Perkiomen School (Pennsburg)

(Previously 14)

The Skinny: Perk has the firepower and defensive fortitude to play with anyone in the state. Strong showing in the GAC has them near the top.

Top Performers: 6’2 Steve Payne, 5’9 Honor Huff, 6’8 Andrew Patnode, 6’5 Gilbert Otoo, 6’7 Cameron Brown, 6’10 Philip Byriel

8. McDowell (Erie)

(LAST WEEK 9)

The Skinny: Hot winter nights on the lake were provided by this bunch. Star power and grit make it easy to imagine their GPS set for Hershey, PA.

Top Performers: 6’7 Will Jeffries, 6-6 Jaedan Jefferson, 6’2 Max Paris

9. Methacton (Eagleville),

(Previously 9)

The Skinny: The sleeper in the wide open 6A field has the poise and style to punish opponents. Offensive weapons all over the floor make them a tough out!

Top Performers: 6’9 Jeff Woodward, 6’4 Erik Timko, Owen Kropp, Brett Eberly, Brett Byrne, Ryan Baldwin.

10. Cheltenham

(Previously 10)

The Skinny: Cheltenham has continued to rise to the occasion all season long, and the post season is no different. Tough out 4sure.

Top Performers: 6’4 Jaelen McGlone, 6’4 Sean Emfinger, 6’1 J. Moore

11. Butler

(LAST WEEK 18)

The Skinny: Gatorade player of the year and favorite for the PREP SCENE POY has shown his ability to put the Tornado’s on his back when it counts. Bracket’s are made for stars and their is non bigger in any classification.

Top Performers: 6’6 Ethan Morton 6’2 Mattrix Clement

12. Wilson (West Lawn)

(Previously 15)

The Skinny: Guards win at any level, and you will have to look far and wide to find a better one in the state of PA. Mitchell leads a disciplined offense that looks to bring Berks County Gold!

Top Performers: 6’2 Stevie Mitchell, 6’4 Evan Timochenko

22. Milton Hershey

(Previously 16)

The Skinny: Forthcoming…

Top Performers: 6’6 Joshua Parra, 6’7 Ahvon Cross, 6’0 Ka’ron George, Nate Boyd

14. Fox Chapel (Pittsburgh)

(Previously 21)

Top Performers: 6’1 Eli Yofan ’22, 6’3 Arnold Vento, 6’1 Sam Brown, JP Dockey, 6’0 Lorenzo Jenkins, 5’10 Shane Susnak, 6’3 Will Livingston, 6’0 Kent Baldauf.

Upcoming Games: 1/24 W 70-46 Hempfield

15. Lincoln Park (Midland)

(Previously 17)

Top Performers: 6’4 Andre Wilder, 6’0 Isaiah Smith, 6’0 Johnnie Bryant, 6’5 Montae Reddix, 6’5 Daquan Bradford

Upcoming Games: 1/24 7:00 PM @ New Brighton, 1/26 4:30 PM Kennedy Catholic

13. West Chester East,

(Previously 20)

The Skinny: This Carr is running on all cylinders. Just like the kids say, “All gas, no brakes.”

Top Performers: 6’9 Andrew Carr

17. Archbishop Carroll (Radnor)

(Previously 22)

Top Performers: Dayon Polk, Dean Coleman-Newsome, Anquan Hill, John Camden, Amari Stewart

Upcoming Games: 1/24 W 76-70 @ #6 Roman Catholic, 1/26 2:30 PM @ LaSalle

24.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)

(Previously 19)

Top Performers: 6’6 Ike Herster,

Upcoming Games: 1/24 L 65-53 @ #8 McDowell
(Previously 8)

Top Performers: 6’0 Robert Smith, 5’11 Ahmir Harris, 6’9 Alassane Amadou ’22 6’7 Terrell Pitts

Upcoming Games: 1/22 TBD @ St. Joe’s Prep, 1/24 TBD @ Lansdale Catholic

18.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)

(Previously 20)

Top Performers: 6’8 Elijah Taylor, Sam Wylie,

Previously Ranked-

Freedom (Bethlehem)
Friends Central (Wynnewood)
Upper St. Clair
West Catholic
West Catholic (Philadelphia)
Coatesville
Math Civics Science (Philadelphia)
Reading
Penn Hills (Pittsburgh)
Mt. Lebanon

Honorable Mention:

Allderdice (Pittsburg)

Allentown Central Catholic

Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia)

Bensalem

Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona)

Brentwood (Pittsburgh)

Cedar Crest (Lebanon)

Central Dauphin (Harrisburg)

Central York

Chester

Crestwood (Mountain Top)

Cumberland Valley (Mechanicburg)

Executive Charter (Allentown)

George School (Newtown)

Gettysburg

Highlands (Natrona Heights)

Johnstown

Kiski Prep (Saltsburg)

Malvern Prep

Martin Luther King (Philadelphia)

Mercersburg Academy

New Castle

Parkland (Allentown)

Penncrest (Media)

Phelps (Malvern)

Pine-Richland (Gibsonia)

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia)

Trinity (Harrisburg)

Vincentian (Pittsburgh)

______________

______________

Previous HM: Chambersburg, Constitution, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg), New Oxford, Aliquippa, St. Joe’s Prep,

Share this:

PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE RANKINGS

December 9, 2019 

PREP SCENE weekly rankings include the entire state of Pennsylvania: 5th year prep schools and high schools, regardless of governing body affiliations.

1.    Scotland Campus

The Knights have scored 100+ twice after a strong showing in The National Prep Showcase, 120, 144 respectively last week against Capital Christian, Bristol Prep (TN). 2020 looks like a two headed race at the top.

W-The Knights play at Mt. Zion (MD) against number #6 and climbing Perkiomen School before hosting Rocktop Academy-TH,

2.  First Love Christian Academy (Washington)

FLCA dropped two close games against elite HS teams at Dematha in the National HS Hoops Festival. 95-87 Rock Creek Christian, 63-60 National Christian (MD). Other’s Wins/Loss columns may look better but with this type of national schedule, First Love could reclaim the top spot on any given week.

Next weekend the Dragons travel to NY for two games and a flight to Nevada for the Tarkanian Classic, Dec 17-19. SAT-in Brooklyn vs Blair Academy (NJ) at the Big North Shootout. Then head to the PSA Cardinal event in the Bronx to take on Putnam Science Academy (CT) on SUN.

3.   Neumann-Goretti  (Philadelphia)

The Philadelphia Catholic League favorite absolutely handled #10. Westtown at the Fred Pickett Classic, leading by and eye opening 20 at one point, in their debut before crushing Lincoln 70-41 in the All City Classic. Did someone say two headed race at the top….hmmmm not so fast say’s South Philly!

The Saints are back in action SAT-at the Diane Mosco Shootout vs. HM Malvern Prep.

4.   Archbishop Wood (Warminster)

Diggins & Stinson combine for 50 in 2019-2020 debut, 71-63 loss to Cornerstone Christian (TX) at the National HS Hoops Festival.

The Philadelphia Catholic League heats up right away TH-as Wood hosts #5. McDevitt before SAT-hosting Virginia Powerhouse Paul VI at their very own The Diane Mosco Shootout.

5. Bishop McDevitt (Wyncote) 

 No longer the new kids on the block, Chavis’ senior laden group opens today against South Philly before SAT-traveling to Warmister for a key PCL match-up with #4. Archbishop Wood.

6.  Perkiomen School (Pennsburg)

The Panthers begin their season 5-0, winning their division at the Westtown/Phelps Tournament going 3-0 with wins over Covenant Prep 70-56, Mercersburg Academy 64-47, West Nottingham Academy 67-56, and then their first Great Atlantic Conference contest 70-59 over host Olympus Prep before taking down Sprinfield Chestnut Hill 68-40.

Perk takes on #1. Scotland Campus W-at Mt. Zion, in the GAC’s Session II of their triple-header series; A game with early, conference title implications.

7. Roman Catholic  (Philadelphia)

The defending Philadelphia Catholic League Champions understands the title usually runs through N’ Broad St. The Cahillites open up the season TH-Lansdale Catholic before participating SAT-in the Diane Mosco Shootout against #9. Methacton.

8.   Westtown (West Chester)

Still, has arguably best starting 5 in the state... but a signature win continues to elude this group after losses to then #1 First Love & #3 Neumann-Goretti. Their are rumblings this group is overvalued still being ranked in the top 10, we are not one of them.

The Moose travel to Peddie on W-and participate in the PSA Cardinal event on S-verse Brewster Academy (NH)

9. Methacton (Eagleville),

The Warriors defeated previously ranked Malvern Prep 69-60 in their opener.

They go on the road for three straight games this week vs. M-Boyertown, F-Spring-Ford, SAT– at Wood vs #7 Roman Catholic in the Diane Mosco Shootout.

10. McDowell (Erie)

The Trojans began the season 1-1, losing to 13x Ohio State Champ Benedictine HS before defeating Cleveland ISA 86-32, in the Marsha Marsh Roundball consolation game.

McDowell is back in action F & SAT, vs Erie High and Bethel Park.

11.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)

The Panthers are Taylor-made to win the Philadelphia Public League again opening the season with a 45 point drubbing of Paul Robeson.

Tep takes the court again next F-in Virginia against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA).

12. Lincoln Park (Midland)

Lincoln Park is 2-0 after the first weekend with wins over Blackhawk 75-53 and Hickory 76-63.

Lincoln Park plays again W-at Riverside before F-taking on The Village Charter (FL) in the Elks Holiday Classic.

13. Cheltenham

Cheltenham leaves out of the opening weekend at 2-0, with wins over Northeast 106-57 and Executive Charter 75-63.

The Panthers are Home both games next week verse W-Penn Wood and F-Upper Moreland.

14. Reading

Champions of the Bearcat Classic defeating Williamsport and Overbrook

The Red Knights take on Lancaster McCaskey on W and will participate F-in the Hoop Group Classic at Albright College verses DC Catholic’s St. John’s College HS.

15. Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh)

Lebo sits at 2-0 defeating Obama 81-46, and Altoona 73-36 to win their own Tip-Off Tourney.

The Blue Devil’s first road test is T-at North Allegheny before returning home F.

16. Friends Central (Wynnewood),

The Phoenix opened their 2019-2020 campaign 3-0 with wins over Pennington School 68-57, Haverford 43-41, Episcopal Academy 54-31.

Friends Central is back in action T-against and Wat Church Farm before playing Math Civics & Sciences S in the Play By PLay Classic.

17. Hill School (Pottstown)

The Blues have 2 losses at Phelps 62-53 and to Olympus Prep (NJ) 66-57. They have defeated Redemption Academy 67-46, Episcopal Academy 79-37, and most recently William Penn Charter 72-63, popping all 5 starters into double figures. The defending PASIAA Champions, Haverford are at the Hill School on W.

18. Butler

Butler won its own Tip-Off Tourney besting Woodland Hills by 40, 73-33, and then Youngstowns Chaney (OH) 88-73 in the final.

The Tornadoes and PREP SCENE’s Pennsylvania Pre-Season Player of the Year remain home at T-against Plum, before TH-traveling to Youngstown to take on Canton McKinley (OH)

19. Milton Hershey

The Spartan’s pummeled Susquehanna Twp. 80-49 in their much anticipated opener.

They return to action T-verse Mid-Penn conference opponent Camp Hill before going a few miles down the road for the “Chocalate-town” rivalry game against Hershey on SAT.

20. Upper St. Clair

USC defeated Seneca Valley 77-52 before claiming their Tip-Off Championship easily beating a solid HM Allderdice team 74-61.

The Panthers host HM Pine-Richland-T, and then go on the road F-at Peters Township.

21. West Catholic

The Burrs defeats Constitution in convincing fashion 77-51, putting together a 54-18 second half.

Next up is another Philly Pub opponent in T– Sankofa

22. Penn Hills

The Indians took down HM Pine-Richland 66-55.

Penn Hills continues play with three games this week M-Perry Traditional Academy, TH-at Fox Chapel, before heading to New Castle S-for “Clash.” against HM Highlands

23. Coatesville

Scrimmages aside, a Brickus-Dupree backcourt will win you a lot of games. The Red Raiders begin the season with a pair of road games TH-at Bishop Shanahan and S-at Bensalem.

24. West Chester East,

The Vikings went into State College and won the Skip Coleman Classic with an overtime victory over North Catholic 76-68 and a 74-60 victory over the host.

East takes the court this week T-verse Bartrum and TH-at Downingtown East

25.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)

After first look, Kennedy Catholic will have a lot of challengers gunning for their throne. Winning should hold true to form as the Golden Eagles win Marcino his 218th game 81-52 over Nicholas (NY) at the Kiski Showcase.

Kennedy travels to Ohio on W-to take on Spire Academy before returning back to PA for the PREP SCENE Games of the Day @ New Castle’s “Clash” verse HM Vencentian Academy.

Honorable Mentions:

Aliquippa, Allderdice, Allentown Central Catholic, Archbishop Carroll (Radnor), Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia), Central York, Chambersburg, Executive Charter (Allentown) Freedom (Bethlehem) Highlands (Natrona Heights), Pennridge (Perkaise), Malvern Prep, Math Civic & Science (Philadelphia), Mercersburg Academy, New Castle, Phelps (Malvern), Pine-Richland (Gibsonia), St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia), Trinity (Camp Hill), Vincentian (Pittsburgh), ______________, ______________.

Share this:

On the SCENE…

The Great Atlantic Conference: Session I

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.

Trese Berry

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.

On the SCENE…

Westtown / Phelps Classic Notes:

Payne and Otto too much for Mercersburg Academy

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)