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Hoopniks Terrific 30, presented by Krossover (2012 Pre-Season Rankings)

Basketballs are bouncing, or will be shortly, at high schools across the country in the coming days and weeks. With that in mind, the fourth season of a weekly national high school boys basketball poll is here at, and for the second season it is sponsored by Krossover, a game film breakdown service we highly recommend all high school basketball teams look at to advance their programs.

As a reminder, the Hoopniks Terrific 30, presented by Krossover, is updated every Monday during the season.

Jabari Parker – Simeon (Photo credit: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball)

The 2012-2013 rankings narrative looks to be centered around a fabulous group of four teams at the head of the pack, with two “basketball programs” that are associated with other actual schools in Huntington Prep (WV) and Findlay Prep (NV) competing with the nation’s long-time elite high school squad Oak Hill Academy (VA), and a top notch public school in Simeon (IL).

Of that quartet, the first three schools mentioned reload the majority of their roster every season with transfers from across the country. That could mean those teams are susceptible to chemistry or team play issues that can be a chink in their armor. Still, it’s hard to bet against such overwhelming talent.

The hope for traditionalists are the Windy City-based Simeon squad of the traditionally loaded Chicago Public League, with All-American forward Jabari Parker and a talented cast of Division-1 bound talents. They seem to have the depth and track record to be the top public school team in the country.

It’s not by much, but Huntington Prep starts out in pole position. After all, when in doubt, go with the team that boasts the best player, which is recently reclassified forward Andrew Wiggins, who like many players on the Express is a native of Canada. Wiggins is the best high school basketball player in the nation this year, but a talented supporting cast that could feature double-digit future D-1 players makes the upstart program our pick for pre-season No. 1.

Past Terrific 30 National Champions include:

  • 2011 – 2012: Oak Hill Academy (VA) 44-0
  • 2010 – 2011: St. Anthony (NJ) 33-0
  • 2009 – 2010: Yates (TX) 34-0
RankSchool (State)Key Players2012 Record2012 Rank
1Huntington Prep (WV)Andrew Wiggins (6-7, Sr., F), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6-4, Sr., G), Dominic Woodson (6-9, Sr., C)24-24
2Findlay Prep (NV)Nigel Williams-Goss (6-3, Sr., G), Chris Wood (6-9, Sr., F), Allerik Freeman (6-3, Sr., G)32-12
3Simeon (IL)Jabari Parker (6-8, Sr., F), Kendrick Nunn (6-2, Sr., G), Kendall Pollard (6-5, Sr., F)33-16
4Oak Hill Academy (VA)Nate Britt (6-1, Sr., G), Sindarius Thornwell (6-5, Sr., G), Troy Williams (6-6, Sr., F)44-01
5Chester (PA)Rondae Jefferson (6-7, Sr., F), Richard Granberry (6-5, Sr., F), Conrad Chambers (6-0, Jr., G)32-05
6Montverde Academy (FL)Kasey Hill (6-1, Sr., G), Dakari Johnson (6-11, Jr., C), D'Angelo Russell (6-4, Jr., G)23-412
7St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)Tyler Ennis (6-2, Sr., G), Isaiah Briscoe (6-3, So., G), Michael Young (6-8, Sr., F)34-318
8Montrose Christian (MD)Ishmail Wainwright (6-5, Sr., F), Therence Mayimba (6-5, Jr., F) , Charles Tucker (5-11, Sr., G)21-319
9Southwind (TN)Johnathan Williams (6-8, Sr., F), JaJuan Johnson (6-5, Sr., G), Payton Hulsey (6-4, Sr., G)28-5NR
10St. Anthony (NJ)Hallice Cook (6-2, Sr., G), Josh Brown (6-1, Sr., G), Kentrall Brooks (6-8, Sr., F)32-02
11Lone Peak (UT)TJ Haws (6-3, Jr., G), Nick Emery (6-1, Sr., G), Eric Mika (6-8, Sr., C)22-3NR
12Fort Bend Travis (TX)Andrew Harrison (6-5, Sr., G), Aaron Harrison (6-5, Sr., G), John Burnett (5-10, Sr., G)36-4NR
13Long Beach Poly (CA)Roschon Prince (6-6, Sr., F), Jordan Bell (6-6, Sr., F), Kameron Chatman (6-6, Jr., G)29-3NR
14La Lumiere School (IN)Torren Jones (6-8, Sr., F), Detrick Mostella (6-3, Sr., G), Jalen James (6-2, Sr., G)23-320
15DeMatha Catholic (MD)Beejay Anya (6-9, Sr., C), Jairus Lyles (6-1, Sr., G), Kelvin Howard (6-5, Sr., F)30-514
16Gill St. Bernard (NJ)Jaren Sina (6-1, Sr., G), Austin Colbert (6-9, Sr., F), Tyus Battle (6-5, Fr., G)27-4NR
17Callaway (MS)Malik Newman (6-4, So., G), Treshawn Bolden (6-7, Sr., F), Dontelius Ross (5-10, Jr., G)24-6NR
18Prestonwood Christian (TX)Julius Randle (6-8, Sr., F), Mickey Mitchell (6-7, So., F), Marquan Botley (5-9, Sr., G)27-415
19Omaha Central (NE)Akoy Agau (6-8, Sr., C), Nick Billingsley (6-5, Sr., F), TraDeon Hollins (6-1, Sr., G)30-023
20Arlington Country Day (FL)Aquille Carr (5-7, Sr., G), Che Bob (6-4, Jr., G), Damontrae Jefferson (5-8, Jr., G)22-6NR
21Paul VI (VA)Tim Higgins (6-10, Sr., C), Jamall Robinson (6-4, Sr., F), Marcus Derrickson (6-6, So., F)35-39
22Cathedral (IN)Collin Hartman (6-6, Sr., F), Jalen Coleman (6-2, So., G), Mo Evans (6-0, Sr., G)20-4NR
23Neumann-Goretti (PA)Ja' Quan Newton (6-1, Jr., G), John Davis (6-4, Sr., F), Hanif Sutton (5-10, Sr., G)28-327
24Dominican (WI)Diamond Stone (6-9, So., C), Duane Wilson (6-3, Sr., G), Jack Jelacic (6-6, Jr., F)27-1NR
25Hudson Catholic (NJ)Reggie Cameron (6-7, Sr., F), Kavon Stewart (5-10, Sr., G), Rakwan Kelly (6-4, Sr., F)25-3NR
26Romulus (MI)Wesley Clark (6-0, Sr., G), E.C. Matthews (6-4, Sr., G), Leo Edwards (6-8., Sr., F)22-3NR
27Wesleyan Christian (NC)Theo Pinson (6-5, Jr., G), JaQuel Richmond (6-1, Jr., G), Harry Giles (6-8, Fr., F)22-9NR
28St. John Bosco (CA)Daniel Hamilton (6-7, Jr., G), Isaac Hamilton (6-4, Sr., G), Tyler Dorsey (6-4, So., G)25-8NR
29Whitney Young (IL)Jahlil Okafor (6-9, Jr., C), Paul White (6-8, Jr., F), LJ Peak (6-5, Jr., G)16-10NR
30Rainier Beach (WA)Shaqquan Aaron (6-7, Jr., G), Will Dorsey (5-8, Sr., G), Djuan Piper (6-5, Sr., F)27-6NR
Next Five: Christ the King (NY), Tift County (GA), Gonzaga (DC), Archbishop Mitty (CA), and DeSoto (TX).

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About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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