SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25: Duncanville (Texas) keeps climbing in national high school boys basketball rankings

Aric Demings’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Montverde Academy on Thursday was the latest shockwave Texas high school boys basketball power Duncanville has sent far and wide, coast to coast.

The Panthers (11-0) now hold wins over two top five teams — Sierra Canyon and Montverde. For that, they’ve moved up to the No. 2 team in the country in the latest SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25 national boys basketball rankings.

Wasatch Academy (Utah) and Milton (Ga.), both preseason top 15 teams, dropped out of the rankings after suffering double-digit losses. Gonzaga College (D.C.) and Newton (Ga.) make their Power 25 debuts after undefeated starts.

The National Interscholastic Basketball Conference has added several compelling Power 25 matchups at a time of year with ample showcases, prestigious tournaments and interstate showdowns. That’s true again this week as teams flock to Florida for the City of Palms Classic.

Find the complete breakdown of the latest Power 25 national boys basketball rankings below.

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The Power 25 is a collaboration between SBLive and Sports Illustrated. Power 25 rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Andy Buhler and SI Director of Basketball Recruiting Jason Jordan based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaching and media sources across the country. You can reach Andy on Twitter @AndyBuhler or email him at andy@scorebooklive.com.

SBLIVE/SI POWER 25 NATIONAL BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

Dec. 13, 2021

1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (6-1)

Up next: Dec. 18 vs. Ballard (Ky.)

Last ranking: No. 1

Picked up comfortable home wins over Tampa Catholic, Bishop Walsh and Westminster Academy ahead of the City of Palms Classic.

2. Duncanville (Duncanville, Tex.) (11-0) 

Up next: Dec. 21 vs. DeSoto (Tex.)

Last ranking: No. 4

This big highlight was junior guard Aric Deming’s 23 points and buzzer-beating 3 that minted a 67-66 upset over Montverde on Thursday. Then, the Panthers beat Utah power American Fork behind Anthony Black’s 20 points. So far, the Texas power holds wins over Corona Centennial, Sierra Canyon and Montverde — all Power 25-ranked — in its first 11 games. 

3. Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, Kan.) (9-1)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. Kenwood (Ill.)

Last ranking: No. 3

Dealt La Lumiere, the last remaining undefeated NIBC team, its first loss of the season, 60-45, behind Kansas-bound Gradey Dick’s 18 points, as well as 17 points and seven boards from power forward Mark Mitchell, who committed to Duke last week.

4. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (7-2)

Up next: Dec. 18 vs. Berkmar (Ga.)

Last ranking: No. 2

Dropped a stunning 67-66 loss to No. 4 Duncanville at the buzzer in a game where the Eagles were led by Duke-bound Dariq Whitehead’s 24 points, but were kept off balance by intense defensive pressure. Responded with a 65-49 win over Ohio State-bound Roddy Gayle and Wasatch Academy in NIBC play on Friday. 

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (9-1) 

Up next: Dec. 18 vs. Punahou (Hawaii)

Last ranking: No. 5

UCLA-bound Amari Bailey — the No. 2 ranked player in the newly released SI99 — is being held out to heal a nagging foot injury that kept him out to start the season, so the Trailblazers found production elsewhere. They cruised to a win over Viewpoint then beat Arizona 6A Perry 65-62 behind Ramel Lloyd’s 17 points. 

6. La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) (8-1)

Up next: Dec. 18 vs. St. Francis (Ill.)

Last ranking: No. 6

After sweeping its first NIBC weekend, the Lakers took their first loss of the year to Gradey Dick, Mark Mitchell and Sunrise Christian, 60-45, in Wichita, Kan.

7. Camden (Camden, N.J.) (0-0)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. No. 15 Roselle Catholic (ESPN High School Showcase)

Last ranking: No. 7 

Opens the season Friday with a highly-anticipated matchup between a fellow New Jersey prep powerhouse: No. 15 Roselle Catholic.

8. Link Academy (Branson, Mo.) (12-0)

Up next: Dec. 15 vs. Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.)

Last ranking: 14

The Lions continue to roll, beating Arkansas’ Jonesboro — who beat North Little Rock last week — by 31 points and grinded out a win over prep power Southern California Academy, 65-52. The road doesn’t get easier for the Missouri school. It heads to Las  Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic this week, then Oregon for the Les Schwab Invitational after Christmas. 

9. Richardson (Richardson, Tex.) (11-1)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. Highland Park (Tex.)

Last ranking: No. 8

Beat Texas 6A Coppell 56-52 at home, Kenwood (Ill.) on the road 65-59 then took its first loss of the season to Nick Smith Jr.-led Arkansas power North Little Rock by 14 points in the Battle of the Bluff. 

10. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) (5-1) 

Up next: Dec. 15 vs. St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.)

Last ranking: No. 9

Beat Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) 77-59, then collected two wins at Nike Hoophall West in Phoenix, escaping quadruple overtime to beat St. Edward (Ohio) behind Tyrell Ward’s 34 points and eight rebounds and handling Pace Academy (Ga.), 73-57.

11. Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) (13-0)

Up next: Dec.17 vs. Calvary Christian (Fla.)

Last ranking: No. 11

Picked up comfortable wins over in-state opponents Ravenscroft and North Raleigh Christian Academy, with its biggest test of the early season ahead: the City of Palms Classic

12. North Little Rock (Little Rock, Ark.) (6-1)

Up next: Dec. 18 vs. No. 16 Dr. Phillips (Fla.)

Last ranking: No. 13

The Charging Wildcats won a convincing showdown with Texas power Richardson, 82-68, behind Arkansas pledge Nick Smith Jr.’s 31 points, for its best win of the season to date. 

13. St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) (11-1) 

Up next: Dec. 23 vs. Mount St. Joseph (Md.)

Last ranking: No. 15

Beat Coolidge (D.C.) and Archbishop Wood (Pa.) then dropped a 59-56 nail-biter to Gonzaga College in the Gonzaga D.C. Classic title game Sunday evening.

14. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.) (9-1)

Up next: Dec. 19 vs. Crestwood Prep (Canada)

Last ranking: No. 16

Beat two well-regarded prep schools SoCal Academy and Hillcrest Prep back-to-back in the Battle in the Bluff. Illinois signee Jayden Epps had 29 points and Virginia Tech-bound 7-0 center Patrick Wessler had 23 points and 11 boards in the 79-69 win over Hillcrest Prep.

15. Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) (0-0)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. No. 7 Camden (N.J.) (ESPN High School Showcase)

Last ranking: No. 17

The NJSIAA regular season starts this week and Roselle Catholic opens with appointment viewing, taking on fellow New Jersey power Camden, No. 7 in the Power 25.

16. Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) (4-1)

Up next: Dec. 18 vs. No. 11 North Little Rock (Ark.)

Last ranking: No. 18

Collected blowout wins over Wekiva (Fla.) and Windermere Prep (Fla.) ahead of its toughest test yet: City of Palms Classic, which it opens facing North Little Rock. 

17. Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) (9-0)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. York (Ill.)

Last ranking: No. 19

Beat St. Charles East (Ill.) by 25 in a home nonconference matchup before beating Yorkville Christia 93-68 and escaping the Mt. Carmel-Team Rose Classic Shootout with a 51-48 win over Hillcrest (Ill.), its toughest test of the young season.

18. Westtown School (Bellefonte, Penn.) (6-1) 

Up next: Dec. 18 vs. International Sports Academy (Ohio)

Last ranking: No. 21

After a mid-week game against Penn Charter (Pa.) was canceled, Westtown beat Olympus Prep Academy (N.J.). Guard Quin Berger scored 21 points and Duke-bound center Dereck Lively Jr., the No. 1 ranked player in Sports Illustrated’s newly released SI99, added 14 points, 10 boards and four blocks.

19. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (6-5)

Up next: Dec. 7 vs. Providence Academy (Tenn.)

Last ranking: No. 12

Head coach Steve Smith’s group was dealt its second blowout loss of the season — 78-55 — to Arizona power AZ Compass Prep after two lopsided early week winns over Providence Academy and Legacy Early. 

20. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (4-0)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. Greensboro Day (N.C.)

Last ranking: No. 22 

Beat Mater Lakes Academy, 77-57, for its final tune-up ahead of the City of Palms Classic. 

21. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) (6-0)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. Evangel Christian (Ky.)

Last ranking: No. 23

Defeated Mojave (Nev.),  Millennium (Ariz.) and St. Mary’s (Ariz.) by an average of 36 points per contest at Hoophall West in Phoenix. Sophomore guard Jase Richardson and senior wing Darrion Williams stood out.

22. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (6-1)

Up next: Dec. 17 vs. Totino-Grace (Minn.)

Last ranking: No. 25

Beat Arizona 6A power Sunnyslope 64-31 at Hoophall West on Saturday behind Jared McCain’s 19 points and a double-double from junior forward Devin Williams. The CIF powerhouse has rolled every team it has faced, outside of its five-point loss to Duncanville.

23. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) (4-0)

Up next: Dec. 15 vs. Chaminade (N.Y.)

Last ranking: No. 24

Picked up two more lopsided wins over in-state opponents Half Hollow Hills east (78-54) and Iona Prep (71-31). 

24. Gonzaga College (Washington D.C.) (5-0) 

Up next: Dec. 26 vs. Lake Oswego (Ore.)

Last ranking: NR

What a start for the Eagles and coach Steve Turner, who picked up his 400th career win over the weekend. They Defended their home court as the Gonzaga D.C. Classic host team, beating St. John’s Catholic Prep (90-46), Charlotte Christian (63-57) and outlasted Power 25-ranked St. Frances Academy 59-56 in the tournament finals Sunday night.

25. Newton (Covington, Ga.) (9-0)

Up next: Dec. 21 vs. Sparkman (Al.)

Last ranking: NR

The Rams have played like the top team in Georgia to start the season, winning eight of its first nine games by double digits, most recently sweeping its way through the Newton Legends Classic.

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— Andy Buhler, SBLive – @AndyBuhler

— Jason Jordan, SI – @JasonJordanSI

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