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SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25: GEICO Nationals have arrived, headlined by No. 1 Sunrise Christian Academy

Nearly two months after the conclusion of the powerhouse-filled NIBC's first full season, the country's top boys basketball programs are gearing up for one last weekend.

The final stretch is here. 

Nearly two months after the conclusion of the powerhouse-filled National Interscholastic Basketball Conference's first full season, the country's top boys basketball programs are gearing up for one last weekend.

GEICO Nationals, long regarded as the top national culminating tournament, will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. Six of the teams in the field are in the top seven of the SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25, headlined by No. 1 Sunrise Christian Academy. The remaining two teams — Prolific Prep and AZ Compass Prep — are not Power 25 eligible (see the criteria below).


No. 20 Imhotep Charter (Pa.) was the only Power 25-ranked team to play last week. The Philadelphia power confirmed their ranking by winning the PIAA Class 5A state championship on Friday, beating New Castle (Pa.) (27-3) 54-39, behind a game-high 20 points from 6-foot-7 junior forward Justin Edwards, a consensus five-star prospect.

Chesterton (Ind.), who entered the Indiana Class 4A state title game 29-0, had a chance to move into the Power 25, but Cathedral (Ind.) won convincingly, 65-31.

Find the complete breakdown of the SBLive/SI Power 25 below:

The Power 25, sponsored by Discount Tire, is a collaboration between SBLive and Sports Illustrated. Power 25 rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Andy Buhler and SI Director of Basketball Recruiting Jason Jordan based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaching and media sources across the country. Reach Andy on Twitter @AndyBuhler or email him at

Watch their weekly Power 25 breakdowns on Instagram @SBLiveSports and @SIAllAmerican.



March 28, 2022

1. Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Air, Kan.) (25-1)

Last ranking: No. 1

Season status: Ends with GEICO Nationals

Won the NIBC in its first full season as a league to secure the top overall seed in GEICO Nationals with Duke-bound Mark Mitchell and Kansas pledge and Gatorade National Player of the Year Gradey Dick leading the way.

2. Duncanville (Duncanville, Tex.) (35-1)

Last ranking: No. 2

Season status: Finished

Three-peated as UIL (Texas) 6A state champions by beating McKinney 69-49 in the title game on March 12. Five-star and SI99 guard Anthony Black, who makes his long-awaited college announcement Monday, had 17 point.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (21-4)

Last ranking: No. 3

Season status: Ends with GEICO Nationals

Named the No. 2 seed in the GEICO Nationals field and will face No. 7 La Lumiere in the opening round.

4. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (19-4)

Last ranking: No. 4

Season status: Ends with GEICO Nationals

Defending GEICO Nationals champ secured the No. 3 seed in this year's field, will face AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) in the opening round.

Last ranking: No. 5

Season status: Ends with GEICO Nationals

Earned the No. 4 seed in the GEICO Nationals in its first year competing as a national high school program. Plays Oak Hill Academy in the first round.

6. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (24-2)

Last ranking: No. 6

Season status: Ends with the State Champions Invitational

Named the top overall seed in the inaugural State Champions Invitational after repeating as 4A FHSAA state champions. Will face D.C. area champ Sidwell Friends, the No. 4 seed, on April 7.

7. La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) (21-4)

Last ranking: No. 7

Season status: GEICO Nationals

Named the No. 7 seed in the GEICO Nationals field. Will face No. 2 IMG Academy on March 31.

8. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (33-1)

Last ranking: No. 8

Season status: Finished

New Mexico-bound senior guard Donovan Dent led the Huskies in a win over Modesto Christian to win its first CIF State Open Division title on March 12, completing a dominant postseason run. Lone loss to No. 2 Duncanville.

9. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (32-7)

Last ranking: 9

Season status: GEICO Nationals

Secured the No. 5 seed in GEICO Nationals. Will play No. 4 Link Academy in the opening round on March 31.

10. Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) (28-2)

Last ranking: 10

Exacted revenge on Camden in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title game, 61-58 — a win sealed by senior guard Braxton Jones' go-ahead jump shot with 29 seconds left in overtime.

11. Camden (Camden, N.J.) (31-3)

Last ranking: No. 11

Season status: Finished

Beat Elizabeth (N.J.) in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinals before losing in the finals to UNC-bound Simeon Wilcher and Roselle Catholic, 61-58, on Sunday.

12. North Little Rock (Little Rock, Ark.) (27-3)

Last ranking: No. 12

Season status: Finished

The Charging Wildcats pulled away and beat Bentonville convincingly — 65-47 — to win the AAA 6A state title on March 10. Oregon-bound Kel'el Ware had eight points, 11 boards and seven blocks and Arkansas pledge and McDonald's All-American Nick Smith Jr. was named tournament MVP.

13. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.) (23-4)

Last ranking: No. 13

Season status: Finished

Patrick Wessler and Jayden Epps combined for 49 points to lead the Goats past Moravian Prep 84-70 for its second straight Phenom Hoop State Championship.

14. St. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) (31-5)

Last ranking: No. 14

Season status: Finished

After winning its first WCAC title since 2014 on Jaquan Womack's buzzer beater, then taking home the VISAA Division I state title, the Panthers finished Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament runners-up to WCAC foe DeMatha, losing 67-59 on March 12.

15. Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) (37-1)

Last ranking: No. 15

Season status: Finished

Dominance confirmed: The. Hilltoppers gave a final show of its dominance over the state of Illinois on March 12, beating Whitney Young 56-34 in the IHSA Class 4A title behind Paxton Warden's 21 points and Gonzaga-bound Braden Huff's 19 points and five assists. Lone loss to Sierra Canyon (Calif.)

16. Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.) (29-1)

Last ranking: No. 16

Season status: Ends with State Champions Invitational

Secured the No. 4 seed in the inaugural State Champions Invitational after knocking off Wilson to win the DCSAA Class AA championship on Mar. 6, 46-45, thanks to a buzzer-beater from sophomore Caleb Williams. Notched wins over members of the vaunted WCAC, including one over previously ranked Bishop McNamara on Feb. 5.

17. Beaumont United (Beaumont, Tex.) (36-3)

Last ranking: No. 17

Season status: Finished

Houston-bound Terrance Arceneaux earned Class 5A UIL state title MVP honors for the second straight year after leading it to a 62-57 win over Mansfield Timberview on March 12. He had 14 points, 10 boards and three assists to bring Beaumont United off the Power 25 bubble.

18. Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah) (14-10)

Last ranking: No. 18

Season status: Finished

Led by Ohio State signee Roddy Gayle Jr. and imposing 6-8 four-star big Keba Keita, the Utah power finished sixth in NIBC play — the toughest conference slate in the country — notched notable wins over Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) and Patrick School (N.J.), and took No. 9 Oak Hill to OT played top-ranked Sunrise Christian to a one-point loss.

19. Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.) (26-3)

Last ranking: No. 20

Season status: Finished

Two weeks after losing to Archbishop Stepinac in the New York Archdiocesan title, the Cardinals snapped its 14-game winning streak in the CHSAA city championship on March 11, 79-59, in the teams' fourth matchup of the season.

20. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) (29-4)

Last ranking: No. 20

Season status: Finshed

Scored the game's first 14 points, a lead that grew to 18 in the third quarter, and pulled away from New Castle (27-3) in the PIAA Class 5A state championship. Junior Justin Edwards, a consensus five-star prospect, posted a game-high 20 points.

21. Columbus (Miami, Fla.) (29-2)

Last ranking: No. 22

Season status: Finished

Its emphatic end-of-season stamp could mark the start of a special multi-year run. Led by standout twin freshmen Cayden and Cameron Boozer — sons of former NBA standout Carlos Boozer — the Explorers finished an FHSAA 7A state title run with a win over defending champ over previously Power 25-ranked Dr. Phillips, 45-44 on Mar. 5.

22. Jonesboro (Jonesboro, Ark.) (28-3)

Last ranking: No. 23

Season status: Finished

Defeated Marion by 27 to win the AAA 5A state title on March 10. Losses to Link Academy (by 31) and previous Power 25 team Dr. Phillips (by 11) in December is offset by a 14-point win over North Little Rock (Ark.) on Dec. 4.

23. Carmel Christian (Matthews, N.C.) (26-3)

Last ranking: No. 24

Season status: Finished

Beat previously ranked Greensboro Day 71-66 for its third N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 4A state title in five years on Feb. 26 behind Belmont-bound senior Cade Tyson's 31 points.

24. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) (25-2)

Last ranking: 24

Season status: Finished

Devin Royal, a 6-6 junior forward, had 16 of his game-high 20 points after halftime and the Tigers did two things: ended defending OHSA Division I champ Centerville's 45-game win streak in the state finals Sunday, 55-48, and held off a second half run by containing the Elks' formidable trio of junior guard Gabe Cupps (Indiana commit), Tom House (Florida State) and Rich Rolf.

25. Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) (22-4)

Last ranking: No. 25

Season status: Finished

After three previous losses, the Patriots upended Nevada power and previous Power 25 mainstay Bishop Gorman 63-62 in overtime to win the NIAA Class 5A state championship, ending the Gaels' near-historic run of nine in a row. Consensus four-star point guard Dedan Thomas' had 20 points.

Who qualifies for the Power 25?

 In order to qualify, programs must be either affiliated with the state high school athletic association in the state it resides in or recognized by the association and allowed to play member high schools in its home state.

— Andy Buhler, SBLive – @AndyBuhler

— Jason Jordan, SI – @JasonJordanSI