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Friday, December 9, 2011
Lake Highland Prep jumps to No. 3 in state hoop rankings

By Lucas O'Neill

In our preseason poll, we had Lake Highland Prep listed as a bubble team. Our bad. The Highlanders look terrific so far, with wins over Orlando Christian Prep and West Orange. Sophomore sensation Joel Berry is averaging 30 points per game, while classmate Jay Henderson is adding nearly 20 per contest. As a result, LHP jumps all the way to No. 3 in our state rankings.

Undefeated Montverde Academy and Arlington Country Day remain 1-2 in the poll, and both are ranked among the nation's top 16 teams in the POWERADE FAB 50. Here's how the state's top 5 shapes out (records through Dec. 7):

1. Montverde Academy, 4-0
2. Arlington Country Day, 5-0
3. Lake Highland Prep, 7-0
4. Orlando Christian Prep, 3-2
5. Blanche Ely, 4-0


To see the full Florida Weekly Rankings, including capsules on the state's top 25 teams, click here.