Oden leads Lawrence North to No. 1 in final rankings
Posted: Monday March 27, 2006 3:28PM; Updated: Friday June 30, 2006 1:35PM
Boys' High School Basketball Power Rankings
Lawrence North (Indianapolis) (29-0)
The Wildcats knocked out Muncie Central early and cruised to an 80-56 victory before a capacity crowd of 18,345 to earn the top spot in our final rankings. They tied state records by winning their 45th consecutive game and third consecutive Class 4A championship. Seven-foot senior Greg Oden, winner of the Naismith Trophy and the Trester Award for mental attitude, had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Senior point guard Mike Conley scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half to give North a commanding 50-24 lead. It was the fourth championship for coach Jack Keefer, who is two shy of Bill Green's state record.
Artesia (Lakewood, Calif.) (33-1)
The Pioneers won their final 21 games following a 59-58 loss to Cincinnati Hughes, and their fourth Division III state title. They set a school record with an average margin of victory of 29.8 points. Big-time prospect James Harden, a 6-foot-5 junior, averaged 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists and shot 59 percent from the field. Six-foot-five sophomore Malik Story averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Senior point guard Derek Glasser averaged 12.7 points and 6.5 assists.
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (40-1)
The Warriors set a school record with 40 victories. They defeated No. 5 North College Hill, No. 6 Canton McKinley and No. 13 Los Angeles Fairfax. They averaged 99.3 points a game and 64.1 on defense while shooting .577 from the field. North Carolina recruit Tywon Lawson averaged 23.8 points, 9.0 assists and 5.0 steals. Six-foot-ten junior Michael Beasley, who is committed to Charlotte, averaged 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. Junior guard Nolan Smith, who has committed to Duke, averaged 16.3 points and 5.6 assists. Virginia Tech recruit Jeff Allen (6-7) averaged 13.3 points and 9.6 rebounds.
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (20-2)
The Mustangs snapped No. 3 Oak Hill's 56-game winning streak with a victory in the final game of the season for both teams. Six-foot-ten Kevin Durant, who has signed with Texas, averaged 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting .548 from the field. Adrian Bowie, a 6-3 junior, averaged 14.6 points and 3.7 assists and hit the winning shot to beat Oak Hill. Six-foot-five senior Greivis Vasquez, a Maryland recruit, averaged 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
North College Hill (Cincinnati) (26-1)
The Trojans routed Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joseph 90-73 before a crowd of 16,024 to win their second consecutive Division III state title. Junior guard O.J. Mayo -- who was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball for the second year -- set the pace with 34 points (he now has 2,033 in his career), eight rebounds and seven assists. Six-foot-five senior Andre Evans came off the bench to score 24 points, shooting 9 for 9 from the field and 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Bill Walker, a 6-6 junior, added 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
McKinley (Canton, Ohio) (25-2)
The Bulldogs stifled Trotwood-Madison 63-33 before a crowd of 15,531 to win their 17th straight game and second consecutive Division I state title. Michigan State signee Raymar Morgan (6-foot-8) was dominant with 25 points and 11 rebounds. In the semifinals, Morgan scored 22 points and 6-5 senior Ricky Jackson added 18 as the Bulldogs ousted Toledo St. John's 69-51 before a crowd of 17,497.
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) (34-1)
The Stags, whose only loss was a three-point defeat to Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.), won a record 19th Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament title and a record 18th Washington, D.C., title. They also won the prestigious Beach Ball Classic. Six-foot-five junior Austin Freeman averaged 17.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting .560 from the field. Virginia Tech recruit Nigel Munson averaged 16.1 points and 7.6 assists. Six-foot-nine junior Jerai Grant, son of former NBA player Harvey Grant, and 6-8 sophomore Chris Braswell each averaged 7.5 rebounds and combined to average eight blocks a game.
Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.) (34-2)
The Eagles won their last 15 games and a record fourth consecutive Division II state title. Brandan Wright, a 6-foot-10 North Carolina recruit, averaged 22.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 3.0 assists while shooting .630 from the field. He was named Tennessee's Mr. Basketball for a record third consecutive year. Senior guard Joshua Bone, a Southern Illinois recruit, averaged 15.8 points and 4.5 rebounds.
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (32-1)
The Spartans won their second Division I state title and their final 27 games following a 58-56 loss to Seattle Franklin. They set a school record by allowing 35.9 points per game. Six-foot-four Lincoln Gunn, a Princeton recruit, averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Senior guard Justin Joyner (UC Santa Barbara) and 6-6 senior Ethan Niedermeyer averaged 10.4 and 10.2 points, respectively.
Hamilton (Memphis) (39-0)
The Wildcats won the Class AAA state title and were the first Memphis team in 31 years to go undefeated. Colorado recruit Jeremy Williams (6-foot-7) averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds, while 6-8 San Francisco recruit Jay Watkins averaged 18.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. Juniors Deveyon Hunter (6-4) and Broderick Gilchrest (6-0) averaged 15.1 and 14.5 points, respectively. Gilchrest also averaged 6.3 assists and 4.2 steals. Junior guard Myron Strong averaged 9.2 assists and 4.3 steals.