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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
8TH GRADE (’25) NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS
|RANK||LOGO||TEAM||STATE||WHY THEY'RE RANKED|
|1||Nightrydas Elite||Florida||Cruised to noteworthy MLK and Presidents' Day weekend championships.|
|2||Team Griffin||Oklahoma||Dominant in-region but excited to see them tested on the road in the future.|
|3||New York Lightning||New York||Small sample size but the roster and results to date are very promising.|
|4||Bates Fundamentals||Michigan||Began their year with several statement victories and a championship.|
|5||Team Takeover||Maryland||Perennial power has reloaded and always maximize their talent and effort.|
|6||U-PLAY Zone6||Arizona||Solid showings in-region with talent that will soon earn more respect nationally.|
|7||Rose City Rebels||Oregon||Deserve the right to be called on the top teams on the West Coast this season.|
|8||Drive Nation (O'Neal)||Texas||Solidifying their roster and bounced back with an impressive recent showing.|
|9||Vegas Elite (Blue)||Nevada||Several noteworthy wins have them in the mix among the West Coast's top tier.|
|10||F.C.A.A. Elite||Pennsylvania||This group has a special feel when representing their hometown organization.|
|11||New York Gauchos||New York||The most well-traveled team on this list is beginning to find roster consistency.|
|12||A.E.B.C.||Arizona||Starting to build their chemistry as a club and have the potential to rise up the list.|
|13||E1T1 (Rebels)||Florida||Yet to showcase their full roster but the pieces are there to make a major run.|
|14||Oakland Soldiers||California||They can leap teams should their record hold as their strength of schedule improves.|
|15||Houston Hoops Blue Chips||Texas||Gifted roster but must regain their health and focus to return to their dominant ways.|
|16||West Coast Select||Nevada||Play well together as a collective group and fresh off a championship appearance.|
|17||Expressions Elite||Massachusetts||Capable unit is trending in the right direction and clearly have more to prove.|
|18||Team All Or Nothing||California||Traveled the West Coast extensively and always show up ready to compete.|
|19||Boo Williams (Dreamchasers)||Virginia||Two impressive titles to start the season paired with a few recent close losses.|
|20||Utah Drive||Utah||Logged considerable mileage and are steadily improving as a collective group.|
|21||Southern Assault||Texas||Recently achieved the title run that had eluded them but in need of more consistency.|
|22||San Diego Soldiers||California||Statement showings to begin the year but will need to build upon early successes.|
|23||Pro Skills||Texas||Immense individual talent but still in need of a statement achievement as a team.|
|24||A.E.T. Elite||Oklahoma||Displayed vast potential but lack of consistent court time factors into the equation.|
|25||JL3 Elite||Texas||Love their chemistry as a club and they appear poised for a breakout moment soon.|
8TH GRADE (’25) NATIONAL WATCHLIST
|WL||1 Time Legends||Texas|
|WL||Arizona Select (Future)||Arizona|
|WL||B. Maze Elite||Tennessee|
|WL||CP3 Basketball Academy||North Carolina|
|WL||D. Rice Elite||Michigan|
|WL||GRIND Academy||North Carolina|
|WL||Mac Irvin Fire||Illinois|
|WL||New Heights NYC||New York|
|WL||New World Basketball||Maryland|
|WL||North Coast Blue Chips||Pennsylvania|
|WL||P.S.A. Cardinals||New York|
|WL||Team Charlotte UAA||North Carolina|
|WL||Team New England||Massachusetts|
|WL||Team Thril UAA||Maryland|
|WL||Team United||North Carolina|
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