ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 1

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After games of Nov. 25

On the heels of a third straight state crown and boasting a roster chock-full of elite prospects, Simeon (Chicago) might have seemed like a slam dunk to top the initial ESPN 25 Power Rankings. But an offseason injury to star Jabari Parker and the emergence of squads such as Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) and Huntington Prep (Huntington, W. Va.) gave our voters pause.

Ultimately, the Wolverines' recent run of success was too incredible to look past, so Simeon grabs pole position to open the season. Parker might miss a few games early, but coach Robert Smith can rely on Illinois signees Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn to get buckets in the interim. Depth isn't much of an issue, either, as Simeon features six two-star or better seniors who have been instrumental in the squad's 87-12 mark during its title reign.

Coming in second is NHSI runner-up Montverde. Kevin Boyle's lineup features several ESPN 100 recruits, led by Kasey Hill (No. 9) and Dakari Johnson (12). Third-ranked Huntington Prep can match anyone talentwise, with coach Rob Fulford able to trot out No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins and three other top-100 standouts.

Rounding out the top five are last year's NHSI champ Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) at No. 4 and two-time defending state champ Chester (Pa.) at No. 5.

Prestonwood (Plano, Texas) was slated for a top-10 ranking before losing Mickey Mitchell and No. 4 senior Julius Randle to long-term injuries.

Note: This poll is compiled weekly by the RecruitingNation staff. All high school teams are eligible to be ranked as long as their roster does not include any fifth-year seniors.

ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week: 1
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Neal F. Simeon (0-0)
Chicago, IL
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The Wolverines hope Jabari Parker's foot injury doesn't linger this season as Simeon is in pursuit of a four-peat in Illinois.
2Montverde Academy (1-0)
Montverde, FL
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Dakari Johnson was a beast in the team's opener, tallying 23 points in a win over Lake Wales.
3Huntington Prep (5-0)
Huntington, WV
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Prep is loaded at nearly every spot on the floor, making underrated floor general and Tennessee commit Travon Landry the team's X factor.
4Findlay Prep (7-0)
Henderson, NV
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Washington commit and ESPN 100 PG Nigel Williams-Goss is off to a fast start for the undefeated Pilots.
5Chester (0-0)
Chester, PA
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Led by Arizona commit Rondae Jefferson, the state's most-decorated squad is seeking its third straight Class AAAA crown.
6Oak Hill Academy (7-0)
Mouth of Wilson, VA
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The Warriors haven't missed a beat with transfers Nate Britt, Sindarius Thornwell and Troy Williams leading the charge.
7Fort Bend Travis (3-0)
Richmond, TX
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The Kentucky-bound backcourt of Andrew and Aaron Harrison has the Tigers off to an expected hot start.
8Long Beach Polytechnic (0-0)
Long Beach, CA
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Kameron Chatman, a 6-6 junior transfer waiting to be declared eligible, could be the missing piece Roschon Prince and Jordan Bell need to capture a title.
9St. Anthony (0-0)
Jersey City, NJ
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Bob Hurley bid farewell to UCLA guard Kyle Anderson but returns Oregon State commit Hallice Cooke to a squad riding a 65-game win streak.
10Southwind (4-0)
Memphis, TN
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ESPN 100 studs Johnathan Williams III and JaJuan Johnson have the Jags looking to move up after four straight wins.
11Lone Peak (0-0)
Highland, UT
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Two-time defending 5A champs are one of the nation's most entertaining teams and feature BYU signee and 3-point sniper Nick Emery.
12Archbishop Mitty (0-0)
San Jose, CA
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This Aaron Gordon-led squad has claimed back-to-back Division II crowns.
13St. Benedict's Prep (0-0)
Newark, NJ
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Isaiah Briscoe and Syracuse-bound PG Tyler Ennis form one of the nation's most dangerous backcourt tandems.
14Whitney Young (0-0)
Chicago, IL
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The Dolphins look to ride junior center Jahlil Okafor to a state crown after limping to an injury-filled 16-9 campaign last winter.
15DeMatha Catholic (0-0)
Hyattsville, MD
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The Stags open the season with a tough road tilt against No. 14 Whitney Young (Dec. 1).
16Montrose Christian (0-0)
Rockville, MD
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Baylor-bound SF Ishmail Wainright leads a slightly-under-the-radar Montrose squad.
17Duncanville (6-0)
Duncanville, TX
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Victories over Prestonwood Christian and DeSoto have the Panthers sitting atop the competition in the Lone Star State.
18Paul VI (0-0)
Fairfax, VA
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Last year's WCAC champs begin their title defense against perennial power Gonzaga on Dec. 3.
19Neumann-Goretti (0-0)
Philadelphia, PA
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In March, the Saints extended their Class AAA title reign to three years, buoyed by the play of point guard Ja'Quan Newton.
20DeSoto (5-1)
DeSoto, TX
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A loss to No. 17 Duncanville last week is the lone blemish for the Eagles thus far.
21Gill-St. Bernard (0-0)
Gladstone, NJ
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Jaren Sina (Northwestern) and Austin Colbert (Illinois) are intent on making a return trip to the state finals this March.
22Cathedral (0-0)
Indianapolis, IN
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The Fighting Irish open their title defense with consecutive road games against Warren Central and Indianapolis Broad Ripple.
23Sheldon (1-0)
Sacramento, CA
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Dakari Allen netted 23 points and Ryan Manning added 21 to pace the Huskies to a 77-72 season-opening OT win over San Leandro.
24Lake Highland Prep (0-0)
Orlando, FL
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Joel Berry, a 23-point scorer last season and the target of several major D-I programs, is the catalyst for the Class 4A runner-up.
25Rainier Beach (0-0)
Seattle, WA
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The addition of ESPN 60 SF Shaqquan Aaron and return of Marquis Davis could springboard the Vikes to a top-15 ranking by season's end.