ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Final

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After games of April 6

For the second straight year, Montverde Academy (Fla.) was involved in an epic National High School Invitational title game that featured a double-digit lead and crazy late-game heroics. The Eagles were on the losing end in 2012. But Kasey Hill made sure they wouldn't walk away empty-handed this time around.

Hill spurred a furious late-game comeback, culminating with a drive-and-kick dish to Jalyn Patterson for the game-winning shot with less than a second to play.

Montverde, which was ranked No. 2 in our preseason poll, never dipped below its initial ranking and held the top spot for five weeks before being upset at the buzzer in consecutive games in mid-January.

St. Benedict's, the NHSI runner-up, takes over No. 2 in the poll thanks in large part to the play of Syracuse-bound PG Tyler Ennis and a win over then No. 1 Findlay Prep. Findlay put its perfect season on the line at NHSI, but came up short in the semifinals. The Pilots' overall body of work was impressive, though, and they were one of two teams to beat Montverde, earning them the third spot. Lone Peak was in the mix for the top overall spot but winds up at No. 4 -- tops among public school squads.

Four-time Illinois state champ Simeon rounds out the top five, while fellow Chicago club Whitney Young went 8-3 against ranked teams to grab a top-10 spot despite not winning a state title. Back in the final poll after an extended hiatus is four-time Nebraska champ Omaha Central.

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ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Final
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Montverde Academy (24-2)
Montverde, FL
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NHSI champs went 9-2 against ranked opponents and captured the City of Palms crown in December. The team's two losses each came at the buzzer against Findlay Prep and Paul VI.
2St. Benedict's Prep (30-2)
Newark, NJ
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Tyler Ennis came up just short of delivering an NHSI title, but the Gray Bees (4-1 in top-25 matchups) still had a tremendous season that included ending two of the nation's longest streaks in St. Anthony (83 games) and Findlay Prep (54).
3Findlay Prep (35-1)
Henderson, NV
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The Pilots could've backed out of the NHSI and easily walked away with No. 1 ranking, but give coach Todd Simon and his team credit for taking on the challenge. Unfortunately, they had to drop in the poll despite an impressive overall season (6-1 against ranked foes).
4Lone Peak (26-1)
Highland, UT
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The Knights (3-1 against ranked teams) were by far the top public school squad and captured the program's third consecutive Class 5A crown this winter. If not for a City of Palms loss to Montverde, LP could've topped our poll.
5Neal F. Simeon (30-3)
Chicago, IL
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The Jabari Parker-led Wolverines had a rough start but quickly rounded into form to complete a four-peat at state. Simeon went 5-3 against ranked teams, highlighted by a pair of wins over Whitney Young.
6Prime Prep (37-2)
Dallas, TX
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How about this for a first-year program: Prime recorded wins over top-10 squads Blanche Ely and Huntington Prep as well as then-No. 24 Yates.
7Mater Dei (34-2)
Santa Ana, CA
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The Monarchs knocked off top-25 squads Long Beach Poly, Etiwanda, St. John Bosco, Bishop Gorman and Archbishop Mitty en route to the California Open Division crown.
8Huntington Prep (30-3)
Huntington, WV
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No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins was phenomenal in keeping Prep in the top 10 all year, ranking as high as No. 3 and no lower than 10th. The team's three losses all came against ranked squads.
9Whitney Young (27-4)
Chicago, IL
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Young couldn't solve its Simeon woes but managed an impressive 8-1 mark against other ranked opponents. With top-ranked junior Jahlil Okafor returning, WY has a strong case to begin at No. 1 next year.
10Ely (27-1)
Pompano Beach, FL
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Ely proved it could compete with the nation's best, coming up shy of an upset of Prime Prep at the NHSI. The Tigers repeated as Class 7A champs this winter.
11Etiwanda (28-3)
Etiwanda, CA
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Consecutive wins over then-top-15 teams Long Beach Poly and Mater Dei catapulted Etiwanda into the national spotlight.
12Germantown (28-0)
Germantown, WI
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This Luke Fisher-led squad earned its final ranking on the strength of an extended win streak (56 games) and championship hardware (second D-I title) despite a weak schedule.
13West (26-0)
Iowa City, IA
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While the Trojans didn't face any other ranked teams, their run of 52 consecutive wins and back-to-back Class 4A crowns was too much to overlook.
14Miller Grove (30-3)
Lithonia, GA
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Head coach Sharman White has guided the Wolverines to an unprecedented five straight Georgia state titles. Grove also picked up wins against Peach State champ Norcross and previously ranked Rainier Beach.
15Bishop Gorman (29-3)
Las Vegas, NV
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Despite losing No. 2 recruit Shabazz Muhammad, Gorman repeated as state champs and claimed a huge victory over Morgan Park.
16Fort Bend Travis (33-5)
Richmond, TX
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Injuries knocked Travis out of its preseason top-10 status but the squad rebounded to establish itself as the team to beat in the loaded Lone Star State.
17Long Beach Polytechnic (28-4)
Long Beach, CA
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Cali hoops was strong all winter, with Poly among the top three squads for most of the year. Poly went 5-4 against ESPN 25 opponents.
18Carmel (24-2)
Carmel, IN
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Carmel was the final Indiana team to be ranked but wound up as the state's best. The Greyhounds took down former ranked teams Pike and Indy Cathedral on their way to the Class 4A title.
19Omaha Central (28-4)
Omaha, NE
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The Eagles' two losses at City of Palms came by a combined six points to ranked teams. They rebounded to beat Oak Hill Academy en route to a four-peat in Class A hoops.
20La Lumiere (26-6)
La Porte, IN
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The Lakers were ranked in the top 15 for most of the winter, but a late-season collapse dropped them to the back end of the poll.
21Morgan Park (33-3)
Chicago, IL
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Morgan Park gives Chicago three ranked teams and posted a big win over Simeon before grabbing the Class 3A crown.
22Oak Hill Academy (33-6)
Mouth of Wilson, VA
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This wasn't a typical season for coach Steve Smith's crew, due in large part to an injury to starting PG Nate Britt Jr. The team was 21-2 with Britt in the lineup, 12-4 without him.
23Olympic (30-0)
Charlotte, NC
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Chew on this: Olympic lost UCLA recruit Allerik Freeman to Findlay Prep and still steamrolled the competition in Class 4A this winter.
24Romulus (27-1)
Romulus, MI
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The Eagles knocked off previously undefeated Pershing in the state quarterfinals, and grabbed the Class A state crown in a 61-49 rout of Detroit Southeastern.
25Roselle Catholic (25-5)
Union County, NJ
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Led by Syracuse-bound PF Tyler Roberson and ESPN 25 guard Malachi Richardson, the Non-Public B state champs supplanted St. Anthony as the top public school in the Garden State. RC just edged Penn champ Lower Merion for the final spot.