Posted On: 02/17/21 8:00 PM

There’s no better time to unveil our initial “Prep Hoops Next National Team Rankings” than the present, with several major holiday tournaments concluded, and a number of exciting events on the calendar ahead that are sure to shake up the current arrangement of clubs.

Trust that you won’t find a more detailed list than the winter edition of our rankings release for the Class of 2025. Not only does this group feature the top 25 teams nationally, but we’ve also included a “watchlist”, which highlights an additional twenty-five 8th grade teams to monitor as the grassroots hoops season gets into full swing.

Before crying foul, there are a couple of things to consider when perusing these lists. The first is eligibility. In order to be considered for this list, teams cannot have more than two (2) players residing in a state different from the respective “home state” of that program.

Additionally, all players on the roster must reside in the “home state” or a bordering state. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, there are several teams that meet these criteria, but have welcomed “guest” players to compete with them intermittently. Those players were omitted when considering the respective teams’ positions on the ranking.

The second matter to consider is that these rankings, like all others, are simply an opinion intended to spark positive dialogue. As we recognize the teams featured on our rankings, we encourage omitted teams not to perceive their absence as a slight.

Our staff makes every effort to be as knowledgeable and accurate as possible, but the fact remains, rankings will change constantly. It’s still extremely early in the year and we are looking forward to catching many more teams in action during the coming months.

We’ll continue to monitor the youth hoops scene with each passing week to prepare for our next scheduled update which will occur at the official start of spring (the week following March 20th, 2021). To nominate your team for future consideration please email info@prephoopsnext.com!

8TH GRADE (’25) NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS

RANKLOGOTEAMSTATEWHY THEY'RE RANKED
1Nightrydas EliteFloridaCruised to noteworthy MLK and Presidents' Day weekend championships.
2Team GriffinOklahomaDominant in-region but excited to see them tested on the road in the future.
3New York LightningNew York
Small sample size but the roster and results to date are very promising.
4Bates FundamentalsMichiganBegan their year with several statement victories and a championship.
5Team Takeover
MarylandPerennial power has reloaded and always maximize their talent and effort.
6U-PLAY Zone6ArizonaSolid showings in-region with talent that will soon earn more respect nationally.
7Rose City RebelsOregonDeserve the right to be called on the top teams on the West Coast this season.
8Drive Nation (O'Neal)TexasSolidifying their roster and bounced back with an impressive recent showing.
9Vegas Elite (Blue)NevadaSeveral noteworthy wins have them in the mix among the West Coast's top tier.
10F.C.A.A. Elite PennsylvaniaThis group has a special feel when representing their hometown organization.
11New York GauchosNew YorkThe most well-traveled team on this list is beginning to find roster consistency.
12A.E.B.C.ArizonaStarting to build their chemistry as a club and have the potential to rise up the list.
13E1T1 (Rebels)FloridaYet to showcase their full roster but the pieces are there to make a major run.
14Oakland SoldiersCaliforniaThey can leap teams should their record hold as their strength of schedule improves.
15Houston Hoops Blue ChipsTexasGifted roster but must regain their health and focus to return to their dominant ways.
16West Coast SelectNevadaPlay well together as a collective group and fresh off a championship appearance.
17Expressions EliteMassachusettsCapable unit is trending in the right direction and clearly have more to prove.
18Team All Or NothingCaliforniaTraveled the West Coast extensively and always show up ready to compete.
19Boo Williams (Dreamchasers)VirginiaTwo impressive titles to start the season paired with a few recent close losses.
20Utah DriveUtahLogged considerable mileage and are steadily improving as a collective group.
21Southern Assault
TexasRecently achieved the title run that had eluded them but in need of more consistency.
22San Diego SoldiersCaliforniaStatement showings to begin the year but will need to build upon early successes.
23Pro SkillsTexasImmense individual talent but still in need of a statement achievement as a team.
24A.E.T. EliteOklahomaDisplayed vast potential but lack of consistent court time factors into the equation.
25JL3 EliteTexasLove their chemistry as a club and they appear poised for a breakout moment soon.

8TH GRADE (’25) NATIONAL WATCHLIST

RANKTEAMSTATE
WL1 Time Legends Texas
WLAim HighGeorgia
WLArizona Select (Future)Arizona
WLB. Maze EliteTennessee
WLCP3 Basketball Academy
North Carolina
WLD. Rice EliteMichigan
WLGRIND AcademyNorth Carolina
WLIowa BarnstormersIowa
WLKingdom HoopsIowa
WLLouisville MagicKentucky
WLMac Irvin FireIllinois
WLMaine UnitedMaine
WLNew Heights NYCNew York
WLNew World BasketballMaryland
WLNorth Coast Blue ChipsPennsylvania
WLP.S.A. CardinalsNew York
WLTeam Charlotte UAANorth Carolina
WLTeam DurantMaryland
WLTeam FinalPennsylvania
WLTeam JackoPennsylvania
WLTeam New EnglandMassachusetts
WLTeam Thril UAA
Maryland
WLTeam UnitedNorth Carolina
WLWisconsin PlaygroundWisconsin
WLWisconsin PremierWisconsin

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