1. Orangeville Prep (Orangeville, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: Ranking Change: None League Record: 8-1 Overall Record: 15-3 Week 5 Wins: FHC (102-76) Week 5 Losses: None

Orangeville holds the number one spot for the 5th week and has Canada Topflight on their tail. Orangeville is still considered in many people’s eyes as the team to beat in Canada, and that can still be true, especially after they managed to beat another top ten program this past week by 26.

2. CanadaTopflight Academy (Ottawa, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 4 Ranking Change: Up 3 League Record: 4-0 Overall Record: 9-2 Week 5 Wins: LBA (91-59), Crestwood (99-91), TBA (84-80), Beast (87-30) Week 5 Losses: None

A dominant performance at the NPA Central Session lands CTA at #2. Enoch Kalambay and Tesloch Luk had dominating performances all through the battle in the capital. Next will be the Vaughan Classic for Ottawa.

3. RISE Prep (Brantford, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 2 Ranking Change: None League Record: 8-3 Overall Record: 20-6 Week 5 Wins: Capital Harbour Prep (CN) (82-57), St. Mark’s School (83-41), Hoosac School (68-44), Central Tech (99-77) Week 5 Losses: None

You can only beat who your matched up against in the prep circuit, and RISE crushed all who went up against them at the Zero Gravity Showcase in Rhode Island. A number of Canadian programs attended this event over the weekend, but none were as dominant as the third ranked team in the country according to our power rankings for Week 5. Thomas Chilton recorded a couple more double doubles to his resume, while Rahmir Moore felt right at home back in the northeast US as he torched opposing guards everywhere he went.

4. Ridley College (St. Catherines, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 5 Ranking Change: Up 1 League Record: 6-2 Overall Record: 14-6 Week 5 Wins: Springfiled Commonwealth (74-67), Fort Erie (51-41), Dexter (56-49), A.I. Black (106-70) Week 5 Losses: Northfield Mount Vernon (MA) (72-57)

Ridley College had another impressive showing outside of Canada this past weekend at the Zero Gravity Showcase out in Rhode Island. A 2-1 record plus another league win has them creeping closer back to the top 3 status they had once held on to earlier in the year. Noah Wharton couldn’t of came back at a better time, as he managed to turn a number of college scouts’ heads while watching him over the weekend. With the Tigers back at full strength, they look as dangerous as ever heading into the month of December.

5. Thornlea (Thornhill, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 3 Ranking Change: Down 2 League Record: 7-4 Overall Record: 11-5 Week 5 Wins: A.I. Red (71-65) Week 5 Losses: None

Thornlea handled business against a team new to the Canadian prep circuit, and have continued to keep pace with the top teams in the country after an impressive showing in Week 4. They move down two spots after a big weekend from RISE, CTA, and Ridley College. Not much more to add to this one other than we just can’t wait to see them in their next big showcase in the US now that they’re back to full strength.

6. Crestwood Prep (Toronto, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 7 Ranking Change: Up 1 League Record: 7-2 Overall Record: 14-4 Week 5 Wins: St. Laurent (108-42), Northstar (106-51), Edge (92-66) Week 5 Losses: Canada Topflight (99-91)

Crestwood had high expectations coming into the Central Session this past weekend, and for the most part they lived up to the hype. Jahcobi Neath was the best point guard in the entire session, while Trevon Thomas went for a league record 51 points, including 10 threes in a win over Northstar Prep. A tough loss to Canada Topflight that came down to the final possessions left a very bitter taste in their mouths, but they rebounded emphatically in the following games, leaving no doubt as to who will be the top contender to keep CTA from a three peat this season.

7. TRC Academy (Brantford, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking:12 Ranking Change: Up 5 League Record: 6-0 Overall Record: 10-4 Week 5 Wins: Knox School (72-66), Capital Harbour Prep (68-43), Putnam Science Academy (Varsity) (77-61) Week 5 Losses: None

TRC Academy just doesn’t like losing. The only remaining undefeated prep team in league play had another perfect weekend, this time at the Zero Gravity showcase in Rhode Island. Most notable was their double digit win over Putnam Science Academy’s Varsity squad. Granted this is basically the b-team of Putnam, but it is still a roster loaded with a ton more talent  and college prospects than most of the other teams any Canadian program will be facing this season. TRC handled business plain and simple, and Sabry Philips and the rest of the defending OSBA champions deserve some respect on their name.

8. Father Henry Carr (Rexdale, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 8 Ranking Change: Down 2 League Record:7-2 Overall Record: 13-4 Week 5 Wins: Lake Forest Academy (80-66), Kiski Prep (80-43), King’s Christian (101-85) Week 5 Losses: Orangeville Prep (102-76), Boys Latin School (67-60)

Two tough losses and some top performances above them have FHC falling two spots this week. Despite a successful trip to the States with some frustrating results, this squad still has plenty to be excited about before 2018 is finished. With one of the more loaded schedules for any prep program in Canada, and just coming off of another league win over a top 25 program, FHC is still in the hunt to be in the top 5 before the year is out.

9. Southwest Academy (London, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: Ranking Change: Down 1 League Record: 5-2 Overall Record: 11-6 Week 5 Wins: Hoosac (84-39) Week 5 Losses: Rocky Hill (57-56), Our Savior Lutheran (76-59)

Southwest was also at the Zero Gravity Showcase and had a slightly less successful run. Regardless, it still wasn’t enough to keep them out of the top ten after a close loss to Rocky Hill and a thorough beat down of Hoosac. They have a league matchup later today against a scrappy Lincoln Prep squad that could also have a major affect on whether they’re in the top ten next week. For now, they can take solace in the fact that Kobe Elvis is becoming one of the best point guards playing in Canada at this moment.

10. Rothesay Netherwood (Rothesay, New Brunswick)

Last Week Ranking: 15 Ranking Change: Up 5 League Record: 6-3 Overall Record: 12-5 Week 5 Wins: LBA (88-56), Beast (95-71), Edge (95-85), Oakville (96-74) Week 5 Losses: None

New Brunswick, for the first time ever, welcome to the top 10 in Canada for basketball. Anyone who thinks Rothesay doesn’t deserve this spot needs to go check out the live streams of this past weekend at the Central Sessions in Ottawa. If you still don’t think they deserve a spot, you need to get your eyes checked. This team has size, composure, trust in their coaching staff, and just enough athleticism and shooting to run with anyone in the country. Shyheim Malcolm had multiple offers from prep programs across the GTA to play at home, and he chose to leave it all for Rothesay Netherwood School. That move has turned out to be arguably one of the most beneficial transfers for both player and program from recent memory here in Canada. There may be a day we will be looking back on that decision and mark it as a starting point for some very important progression in that part of the country for the sport. For now, Rothesay is repping the Maritimes proudly, and they deserve full credit for the most surprising performance of any team in Week 5.

11. Halifax Prep (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Last Week Ranking: 10 Ranking Change: Down 1 League Record: 7-2 Overall Record: 9-3 Week 5 Wins: Oakville Prep (100-94), St. Laurant (87-72), GTA Prep (91-74) Week 5 Losses: Edge (79-62)

Literally right behind Rothesay in the power rankings this week is the other elite Maritime prep program in Halifax Prep. Halifax had a great showing in the Central session going 3-1, but that one loss just so happened to be against the same team that Rothesay knocked off to go 4-0. As a result, Halifax will have to be content with the 11 spot for at least one week.

12. Toronto Basketball Academy (Toronto, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 16 Ranking Change: Up 4 League Record: 4-3 Overall Record: 5-4 Week 5 Wins: Northstar (94-47) Week 5 Losses: Top Flight (84-80), SBA (64-63)

Despite going 1-2 in Ottawa over the weekend, TBA did more than enough to show they deserve a bump in the rankings. Losing both of their games by a total of 5 points, one of which is to the hottest team in the country right now, while putting on a dominant performance in their win.

13. Edge School (Calgary, Alberta)

Last Week Ranking: 9 Ranking Change: Down 4 League Record: 5-3 Overall Record: 5-3 Week 5 Wins: Halifax Prep (79-62) Week 5 Losses: Rothesay (95-85), GTA Prep (99-76), Crestwood (92-66)

To be blunt, Edge School just didn’t look like they were ready to face some of the top competition in Canada in Ottawa. Maybe it was overconfidence, or lack of games leading up to the session, but other than Adefolourin Adetogen, this team struggled to get anything going offensively outside of their battle with Halifax Prep. We have no doubt they have the talent to bounce back by the next session, but Edge will have their work cut out for them to climb back into the top 10 of the power rankings.

14. GTA Prep (Brampton, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 23 Ranking Change: Up 9 League Record: 5-5 Overall Record: 5-10 Week 5 Wins: SBA (83-66), Northstar (85-63), Edge (99-76) Week 5 Losses: Halifax Prep (91-74)

The biggest jump of the week goes to GTA Prep after an impressive 3-1 showing over the week. handling business against an upstart SBA team while knocking off a top ten program like Edge did wonders for their confidence heading into the rest of December. Guard Daren Clarke had an impressive showing while class of 2022 forward Andrew Robinson took some steps towards his progression.

15.King’s Christian (Oakville, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 11 Ranking Change: Down 4 League Record: 5-4 Overall Record: 6-4 Week 5 Wins: None Week 5 Losses: FHC (101-85)

A loss for King’s Christian has them dropping a few spots after some big weeks for teams below them. They have a chance to make some noise on the December 12th however when they take on 4th ranked Thornlea in their next league game.

16. Saskatoon Basketball Academy (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Last Week Ranking:21 Ranking Change: Up 5 League Record: 4-4 Overall Record: 4-4 Week 5 Wins:BEAST (78-61), TBA (64-63) Week 5 Losses: Oakville Prep (99-82), GTA Prep (83-66) 

Saskatoon had their size and athleticism on full display at the Central Session this past week. Their most impressive victory came against TBA, edging them out in a one point game. Cole Newkirk and Aliou Sesay led the charge offensively for SBA throughout their four games in Ottawa. After a respectable 2-2 session, SBA has in fact set themselves up nicely to challenge for top spot in their conference in league play, something few were expecting at the beginning of the year.

17. Vaughan (Vaughan, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 13 Ranking Change: Down 4 League Record: 3-5 Overall Record: 6-12 Week 5 Wins: None Week 5 Losses: Bridgeton Academy (70-68), LBA

A tough road trip to the US has Vaughan slipping a few spots this week. They will look to get back in form with a league game against Southwest Academy on December 11th.

18. Lincoln Prep (Hamilton, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 14 Ranking Change: Down 4 League Record: 4-4 Overall Record: 4-11 Week 5 Wins: N/A Week 5 Losses: N/A

Another team with a tough road trip to the US has Lincoln slipping a few spots, they will get plenty of chances to stay within the top 20 this week however as they will be back in the US for another prep showcase this weekend.

19. Pine Ridge (Pickering, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 17 Ranking Change: Down 2 League Record: 0-0 Overall Record: 12-3 Week 5 Wins: Bishop Ryan (65-37), Kennedy (65-53) Week 5 Losses: St. Benedict (63-56)

A surprising loss to St. Benedict of Cambridge has Pine Ridge slipping a few spots in Week 5 of the power rankings. It was the first time this season that Pine Ridge did not claim gold at a public HS tournament. They will look to round back into form this week before the Christmas break.

20. London Basketball Academy (London, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking:18 Ranking Change: Down 2 League Record: 2-2 Overall Record: 7-6 Week 5 Wins: Saint Laurant (89-60), Vaughan Week 5 Losses: Rothesay (88-56), Top Flight (91-59), IMG Academy (59-44), Lee Acadmey (MA)

LBA did have some solid wins this week, but not enough to keep them at pace within the top 15. A number of blowout losses leaves them sitting at 20 for this week in the power rankings. They will have plenty of time and games remaining however to work their way back to a top 10 spot as some scouts and coaches predicted earlier this season.

21. Central Tech (Toronto, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 20 Ranking Change: Down 1 League Record: 3-8 Overall Record: 10-12 Week 5 Wins: None Week 5 Losses: RISE (99-77)

A single loss this week to number 2 ranked RISE has Central Tech slipping again. The road back to the top 15 won’t get any easier unfortunately, as they will be matched up with powerhouse Orangeville Prep in their next league game on December 20th.

22. Oakville Prep (Oakville, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: 22 Ranking Change:None League Record: 1-4 Overall Record: 2-6 Week 5 Wins:SBA (99-82) Week 5 Losses: Halifax Prep (100-94), Rothesay (96-74), Saint Laurant (65-57)

Jordan Persad might be one of the top 5 point guards in the NPA. After the Central Session in Ottawa, Oakville has more questions than answers. When they are healthy, they have the length and IQ to compete with anyone, but they will need to start learning how to close out games to crack the top 20.

23. Saint Laurent (Montreal, Quebec)

Last Week Ranking: None Ranking Change: Up 2 League Record: 1-3 Overall Record: 1-3 Week 5 Wins: Oakville Prep (65-57) Week 5 Losses: LBA (89-60), Halifax Prep (87-72), Crestwood (108-42)

Coaches and scouts across the board agreed that Saint Laurent was one of the most well organized, hard working, and best coached teams at the Central Session this past week. Junior Mercy has come on the scene as a legit floor general for the Express. That said, this is still a very young team that struggled from the field, and it showed in some ugly losses. Regardless, this will be a team of the future should they manage to keep their vital parts intact the next couple of seasons.

24. St. Francis Xavier (Mississauga, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking:19 Ranking Change: Down 5 League Record: 1-0 Overall Record: 9-2 Week 5 Wins: None Week 5 Losses: None

No games this past week for Xavier means a drop in the rankings. They are back in action this week in their ROPSSAA schedule, while prepping for their home tournament next week The Rimrocker.

25. Cathedral HS (Hamilton, Ontario)

Last Week Ranking: Ranking Change: Down 5 League Record: 1-0 Overall Record: 14-3 Week 5 Wins: Notre Dame (Welland) (77-53), Kennedy (66-54), St. Thomas More (59-54) Week 5 Losses: Holy Trinity (50-47)

Cathedral wasn’t able to bring home gold in their home tournament this past weekend, but their overall record has spoken for itself. They have a full schedule this week which means Nathan Bilamu and company will be looking to not only stay in the top 25, but move up as well.

Have Your Say…Who Should be in the Top 25?

On the bubble:

  • Northstar Prep (Winnipeg, MB)
  • St. Benedict (Cambridge, ON)
  • Holy Trinity (Oakville, ON)
  • Brebeuf (Hamilton, ON)
  • St. Patrick’s (Ottawa, ON) 
  • St. Marcellinus (Mississauga, ON) 
  • Luthor Lions (Regina, Saskatchewan)
  • B.C. Christian (Port Coquitlam)
  • Saint-Laurent (Saint-Laurent, QC)
  • Jeanne Mance (Montreal, QC)
  • Henri-Bourassa (Montreal, QC)
  • Middlefield Collegiate (Markham, Ontario)
  • Burnaby South Rebels (Burnaby, British Columbia)
  • Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey, British Columbia)
  • Kennedy HS (Windsor, ON)
  • St. Marguerite d’Youville (Brampton, ON)
  • St. John Paul II (Scarborough, ON)
  • Oakwood CI (Toronto, ON)
  • Holy Trinity (Oakville, ON)
  • St. Martin’s S.S. (Mississauga)
  • St. Edmund Campion (Brampton, ON)
  • Eastwood (Waterloo, ON)


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Ryan Greco

Written by Ryan Greco

Ryan Greco is a broadcast commentator, radio personality, and writer based in Mississauga. He provides game recaps, player profiles, and interviews pertaining to all levels of basketball across Canada for NPH. He is also a broadcast commentator for FIBA.

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