NPH Top 25 National High School Rankings – Week 17
*** All scores, team records, and rankings are up to date as of March 12th, at 9:00am***
1. TRC Academy (Brantford, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 8 Ranking Change: Up 7 League Record: 14-5 Overall Record: 23-9 Week 17 Wins: RISE Prep (104-97), Ridley College (65-60), Thornlea (103-87) Week 17 Losses: None
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CONGRATULATIONS #TRCMBB #backtoback @ontariosba CHAMPIONS! #WOLFPACKPRIDE #CHAMPS 1 Darius DeAveiro 2 Khalid Taffe-Long 3 Liam Craven 4 Sabry Philip 7 Paris Shand 8 Viktor Nausedas 12 Max Arnot 13 Lorenzo Downey 14 Avan Nava 15 Marko Milivojevic 16 Tyriek Clarke 20 Daniel Clarke 22 Ethan Mancini 23 Adam Francolini 35 Quincy Bowen HC Tyrell Vernon AC Mario Celebre “It feels like yesterday when 15 boys walked into TRC. Some of you walked in for the first time, others returning and living up to the task of “Defending Champs”. Many of you were uncertain of what to expect, many of you were back for the hunger and taste you devoured a year ago. Your commitment: to be better today than you were yesterday, to sacrifice to be great, to live your dreams, to commit to self development, not self destruction. Together you have travelled the higher road. Not as individuals but as a brotherhood, “The Pack” Everyone of you is meant to be on this journey. Everyone of you have taken the responsibility. You have taken action and now it’s time to lock in and fulfill your destiny. Find a way. No one can beat you, because you don’t give up. You are relentless. It’s time to RISE. Rise up to your potential. Rise up past your limitations. Set the standard. Lead the way. Be strong enough to stand alone. Be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes. You are wolves, you are the pack. You are no longer boys, you are warriors. Believe in one another. “WolfPack Pride”. Stand together, remove all obstacles. Fight, add value, be rewarded. Today you are not just average, you are great. Find a way to win. “Win together, win for each other” Jim Wilson-CEO The RISE Centre | | RISE-Realize Individual Success Everyday #TRCWBB #TRCMBB #RPMBB #TRChockey | 411 Elgin St. Brantford, Ontario, Canada, N3S-7P5 http://www.theRISEcentre.com @theRISEcentre | TRC IG: @TRCacademy | TRC Twitter: @TRCwolfpack | Thank You Sponsors: @aerialpromotions @snpolytechnic @ansperformance #LancaContracting @cowaninsurancegroup @jumpman23 @nikebasketball @playtruehockey @college_source @sjceagles #WolfpackPride
Despite losing one of their top starters Sabry Philip in the first game of the OSBA playoffs against rival Rise Prep, TRC Academy would not be denied. All the injury really did to TRC in the big picture was put their depth on full display throughout the rest of the playoffs. With Adam Francolini showing off an impressive quick trigger from deep, Avan Nava running the show from the point while picking up finals MVP against Thornlea, and Lorenzo Downey doing a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor, this team rounded into form at just the right time.
2. Canada Topflight Academy (Ottawa, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 1 Ranking Change: Down 1 League Record: 11-0 Overall Record: 25-3 Week 17 Wins: Week 17 Losses: None
A week without action sees CTA drop to number two in the rankings. With a first round bye and the #1 overall seed for the NPA Nationals, CTA will look to regain the number 1 overall spot in the national rankings with their 3rd straight NPA title.
3. Thornlea (Thornhill, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 5 Ranking Change: Up 2 League Record: 13-6 Overall Record: 22-11 Week 17 Wins: FHC (89-76), Orangeville Prep (82-71) Week 17 Losses: TRC Academy (102-87)
Thornlea is the only HS program in Canada to have beaten Orangeville Prep this season, they have now done it twice. The Thunder unfortunately were not able to convert that into an OSBA championship. Regardless, it is still the best finish for the prep program in its young history, and something to build on going into the summer and next season.
4. Orangeville Prep (Orangeville, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 2 Ranking Change: Down 2 League Record: 18-1 Overall Record: 31-7 Week 17 Wins: Central Tech (110-84) Week 17 Losses: Thornlea (82-71)
Despite a convincing win over Central Tech in the first round, a loss in the semis to Thornlea brings Orangeville Prep out of the top 3 for the first time all year. Orangeville has still plenty to hang their hat on, with 3 players on their way to the Biosteel All-Canadian, and every one of their seniors graduating with a full scholarship offer.
5. Ridley College (St. Catherines, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 3 Ranking Change: Down 2 League Record: 14-5 Overall Record: 26-11 Week 17 Wins: Vaughan (80-65) Week 17 Losses: TRC Academy (65-60)
Last year’s OSBA finalists suffered a semi finals exit this time around, resulting in a drop in the rankings. Despite a disappointing early exit, the Tigers have managed to gain a ton of notoriety throughout the North American circuit with some big time appearances against world class talent, while managing to give a number of their seniors full rides to both NCAA and U-Sports programs.
6. Crestwood Prep (North York, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 7 Ranking Change: Up 1 League Record: 9-2 Overall Record: 21-6 Week 17 Wins: LBA (101-76) Week 17 Losses: None
A win over LBA in their final NPA game before Nationals gives Crestwood a bump up in the rankings this week. Kobe Antwi finished with 25 points and 5 steals in the win, and with such a deep roster, the #2 seed in the Nationals will be looking to spoil the 3-peat party for CTA.
7. Father Henry Carr (Rexdale, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 4 Ranking Change: Down 3 League Record: 13-6 Overall Record: 21-13 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: Thornlea (89-76)
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A loss in the OSBA quarter finals knocks down FHC a few spots to round out their season. FHC has plenty to build on with a number of returning players next year, and with the deep amount of overall players they have a part of the program overall, look for the Crusaders to remain a talking point in the years to come in the Canadian prep circuit.
8. Vaughan (Vaughan, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 6 Ranking Change: Down 2 League Record: 10-9 Overall Record: 19-21 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: Ridley College (80-65)
Despite one of the toughest schedules, Vaughan will finish their season as a top 10 team in Canada. A number of high profile wins over higher ranked programs gave them the boost they needed to remain in the conversation. A loss to Ridley College in the quarters may have been disappointing, but Ryan Brooks, Wazir Latiff, and the rest of this program have many bright days ahead of them either at this level or the collegiate.
9. RISE Prep (Brantford, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 9 Ranking Change: None League Record: 13-6 Overall Record: 24-13 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: TRC Academy (104-97)
Rise managed to make a game of it against TRC Academy, but two consecutive losses plus an early exit in the OSBA playoffs has them steady at 9. After playing all over North America this season at some of the top showcases on the continent, this is yet another team that still has a number of high value D1 players that will be looking to represent RISE well at the collegiate level next year.
10. Rothesay Netherwood (Rothesay, New Brunswick)
Last Week Ranking: 10 Ranking Change: None League Record: 8-4 Overall Record: 22-6 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
RNS has earned a #3 seed, their highest in program history, and have earned a first round bye at this years NPA Nationals. They will take on the winners of the TBA-Saint Laurent game for a quarter final matchup.
11. King’s Christian (Oakville, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 11 Ranking Change: None League Record: 11-8 Overall Record: 16-12 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: Central Tech
King’s Christian Finishes their year with a 16-12 overall record, while managing to send their top PG Luka Sakota to Harvard in the fall.
12. Edge School (Calgary, Alberta)
Last Week Ranking: 12 Ranking Change: None League Record: 8-4 Overall Record: 8-7 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
Edge school has gained the #4 seed in the NPA Nationals from March 20-23rd and round out the top 4 programs that have earned a first round bye in the nationals. They will take on the winners of Northstar Prep and Halifax Prep in the quarter finals.
13. Toronto Basketball Academy (Toronto, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 13 Ranking Change: None League Record: 8-4 Overall Record: 14-9 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
With the release of the NPA Nationals schedule, TBA will have a scrappy Saint Laurent team to contend with in their first round matchup. Expect Amir Gholizadeh and the rest of TBA to be ready to run the gauntlet.
14. Southwest Academy (London, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 14 Ranking Change: None League Record: 8-11 Overall Record: 14-16 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
— @SWFBasketball (@swfbasketball) March 9, 2019
Despite a tough finish to the year, Southwest has plenty to be proud of, having managed to get as high as #8 in the national rankings, behind the play of OSBA MVP Kobe Elvis. Alec McGregor also managed to win Sportsman of the Year for Southwest to top it off.
15. Pine Ridge (Pickering, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 16 Ranking Change: Up 1 League Record: 10-0 Overall Record: 32-5 Week 17 Wins: Holy Names (67-61), Prince Edward Cl (82-47), Vaughan (Varsity) (91-35), Central Toronto Academy (76-60), LaSalle (51-48) Week 17 Losses: None
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 7, 2019
Not much else can be said about going viral. That’s exactly what Shak Pryce and the rest of Pine Ridge did on their way to repeating as OFSAA champs. It didn’t come easy though, as upstart LaSalle gave everything the Pumas could handle and then some. If it was not for the shot now seen around the world, who knows how overtime would of went in a game where the largest lead was six points. It was all settled in regulation however, and brought a new level of exposure to Canadian HS basketball in the process.
16. London Basketball Academy (London, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 15 Ranking Change: Down 1 League Record: 6-4 Overall Record: 14-10 Week 17 Wins: Oakville Prep (117-99) Week 17 Losses: Crestwood Prep (101-76)
A win against Oakville but a loss to Crestwood keeps LBA steady at the 16 spot heading into the NPA Nationals. They have a rematch against Oakville to kick off their tournament.
17. Central Tech (Toronto, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 17 Ranking Change: None League Record: 6-13 Overall Record: 21-19 Week 17 Wins: King’s Christian Week 17 Losses: Orangeville Prep (110-84)
1st yr in the books in the OSBA. Loved the competition, challenges and success this yr brought us. Looking forward to getting better next season #BluesOn3BrothersOn6 #WeReallyDoThis #WhyNot #WeBelieve #GoBlues pic.twitter.com/GzlBAN0Y63
— Central Tech Blues (@CTS_Blues) March 12, 2019
A playoff berth, a winning overall record, and a top 20 finish in national rankings, not a bad result for a roster that experienced almost a total rollover from last year. The Blues are only going to get better as next season comes around, that is the only guarantee from this year.
18. GTA Prep (Brampton, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 18 Ranking Change: None League Record: 5-8 Overall Record: 7-15 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
GTA Prep celebrated their senior night with a win over GTA Academy. They now turn their attention to the NPA Nationals and a matchup against SBA in the first round.
19. Halifax Prep (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Last Week Ranking: 19 Ranking Change: None League Record: 8-4 Overall Record: 10-4 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
Halifax Prep kick off their NPA Nationals schedule with a matchup against Northstar Prep. Halifax will be a team that has upset potential, but it wont be easy with a bracket that includes 2 time defending champs CTA.
20. LaSalle Secondary (Kingston, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 24 Ranking Change: Up 4 League Record: 9-0 Overall Record: 47-2 Week 17 Wins: Longfield Davidson Heights (67-43), Upper Canada College (66-53), Pickering (70-61), Saltfleet (63-39) Week 17 Losses: Pickering (51-48)
Way to go Black Knights! Thanks to all who came out to support!!! pic.twitter.com/2JIbJnjuAT
— J Sanderson (@jsanderson_LDSB) February 18, 2019
The LaSalle Black Knights may have only won a silver at OFSAA, but they clearly showed just what this team is capable of when fully healthy. The highest winning percentage in Canada, smallest margin of victory at ‘AAA’ OFSAA was 9 points against a well known Pickering program. To top it off, it took a last second shot from one of the best HS players in the country to finally take them down. Cole and Luka Syllas can both look back from this year and know they helped create what could be a new dominant program in Ontario. For head coach Rom Severino, it’s simply next man up come the Fall 2019.
21. Lincoln Prep (Hamilton, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: 20 Ranking Change: Down 1 League Record: 8-11 Overall Record: 8-19 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
Lincoln Prep concludes their season in the top 20 in national rankings, while managing to send a number of their players to promising collegiate prospects.
22. Saskatoon Basketball Academy (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Last Week Ranking: 21 Ranking Change: Down 1 League Record: 5-9 Overall Record: 5-11 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
SBA kicks off their NPA schedule against GTA Prep. Look for this to be the most interesting matchup in the first round of the NPA Nationals, where size meets speed.
23. Saint Laurent (Montreal, Quebec)
Last Week Ranking: 22 Ranking Change:Down 1 League Record: 2-9 Overall Record: 7-12 Week 17 Wins: None Week 17 Losses: None
Saint Laurent remain a riddle going into the NPA Nationals. They have a potential for an upset here or there, but will need to play almost a perfect game to achieve that. Their first test will be against TBA in the first round.
24. Central Toronto Academy (Toronto, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: N/A Ranking Change: N/A League Record: 9-0 Overall Record: 31-5 Week 17 Wins: Upper Canada College (63-41), H.B. Beal (71-66), Eastwood (78-68), Saltfleet (62-50) Week 17 Losses: Pine Ridge (76-60)
The Toronto District champs have been on the bubble throughout the year, but they finally break through at the 24 spot after a bronze medal performance at OFSAA. Led by Ree Compton and Flynn Gilmour, this team has taken on some of the top competition the GTA has had to offer this year and more than held their own.
25. Saltfleet (Stoney Creek, Ontario)
Last Week Ranking: N/A Ranking Change: N/A League Record: N/A Overall Record: N/A Week 17 Wins: Michael Power (70-68), Holy Name (85-58), St. Mary’s (75-47) Week 17 Losses: Central Toronto Academy (60-52), LaSalle (63-39)
‘AAA’ OFSAA host Saltfleet round out this week at the 25 spot after finishing 4th at the provincials. Steven Lagah was an impressive standout all tournament for the Storm, while Thomas Matsell managed to drop 19 points in the bronze medal game. Slatfleet for at least this year, can claim bragging rights finishing the year as the top team in the Hamilton region over rival powerhouse Cathedral.
Have Your Say…Who Should be in the Top 25?
On the bubble:
- Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg, MB)
- Orillia (Orillia, ON)
- Cathedral (Hamilton, ON)
- Pickering (Pickering, ON)
- Oakville Prep (Oakville, ON)
- Terry Fox (Port Coquitlam, BC)
- Northstar Prep (Winnipeg, MB)
- St. Patrick’s (Ottawa, ON)
- Jeanne Mance (Montreal, QC)
- Burnaby South Rebels (Burnaby, British Columbia)
- Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey, British Columbia)
- Lord Tweedsmuir (Surrey, BC)