Hoopers are ready for their moment in the spotlight.
As temperatures drop and football playoffs wrap up across the country, the 2022-23 high school basketball season is now starting to take focus. While November marked the official start to the season in many states, December is when things truly ramp up.
With a bevy of national showcases featuring top teams and prospects set to be played in the coming weeks, fans will have the opportunity to catch some of the most-anticipated matchups of the regular season. And with these elite events comes several contests between teams in the SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25 national rankings — and consequently, some movement in the national rankings.
From Hoophall West in Scottsdale, Arizona; Holiday Hoopfest in Salt Lake City, Utah; to Battle in the Peach in Marietta, Georgia, here are some of the games that stand to leave the biggest mark on next week's Power 25 rankings.
Just last week, Wasatch handed Compass its first loss of the season at the Air Capital Hoopfest in Kansas, and the two will square off again this week at Hoophall West in Arizona. For Compass, it’s a chance to avenge its only loss and cement its No. 1 ranking. For Wasatch, it’s an opportunity to earn another win over the No. 1 team in the country and continue its rise in the Power 25.
Montverde enters the week on a three-game win streak after coming up short to AZ Compass Prep in a battle between the top two teams in the country. The Eagles looked much better last week, and they’ll look to keep momentum on their side at the Bob Kirk Invitational in Cumberland, Maryland. If they take care of business in NIBC games against Bishop Walsh and Oak Hill, they could be in line for a return to the No. 1 ranking. Oak Hill, currently on the bubble, will look to play spoiler and earn a Power 25 berth.
Duncanville has the chance to pick up its third win over a top 25 team in this marquee matchup at Holiday Hoopfest (Utah). Ron Holland and company notched wins against No. 9 Corona Centennial and No. 22 Columbus the week of Thanksgiving, and now they’ll go up against a Notre Dame squad featuring Dusty Stromer (Gonzaga), Caleb Foster (Duke), and Mercy Miller (Houston). With another Power 25 win under their belt, the Panthers would be in discussion for the top spot in the rankings.
Bishop Gorman will lace up against a top 25 team for the first time this season when it meets up with Corona Centennial at Hoophall West in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Gaels opened their 2022 campaign with double-digit victories against Bishop O’Dowd (California) and Bonanza (Nevada). Centennial has wins over California powers San Ysidro and Modesto Christian, but a win over Bishop Gorman would be its best of the young season.
Besides being a Power 25 matchup, this headliner at the Battle in the Peach (Georgia) features Isaiah Collier, the nation’s top-ranked senior, and Cameron Boozer, the top-ranked sophomore in the country. The recent USC signee Isaiah Collier plays alongside USC-bound center Arrinten Page and Iowa State pledge Jelani Hamilton. Boozer, the son of former NBA star Carlos Boozer, is joined by his twin brother Cayden, who is a highly-touted prospect in his own right.
Perry hasn’t missed a beat as it enters its third and most difficult week of the season. The Pumas, who are led by Colorado signee Cody Williams and five-stare sophomore Koa Peat, will be competing in Hoophall West, and they’re slated to take on a couple of high-powered teams. First is Cardinal Hayes (New York) and Ian Jackson, the No. 2 junior in the country, and then they’ll see a San Ysidro squad boasting five-star guard Mikey Williams and four-star wing JJ Taylor, who are both Memphis signees.
One of the newest Power 25 teams, Kenwood will travel to the Atlanta area for the Battle in the Peach, where they’ll face off with Lovett. The guard play in this game should be fun to watch, as Kenwood is led by Kansas State signee Dai Dai Ames at point guard, while Lovett’s point guard is Michigan commit Christian Anderson. Both are high-level scorers who are magicians with the ball. A win for Kenwood would solidify the Broncos' status as a top 25 team in the country.
Coronado Cougars (Henderson, Nev.)(2-0) vs. Simeon (Chicago, Ill.)(4-0)
The winner here could be looking at a debut in the Power 25 next week. Coronado is led by UCLA signee Sebastian Mack, one of the top shooting guards in the country. The Cougars defeated Modesto Christian (California), which was ranked No. 25 at the time, in its season opener Nov. 25. Their opponent Simeon is a deep, experienced group that recently knocked St. Rita (Illinois) out of the Power 25 with a 27-point victory over the Mustangs.