Video: Top 5 basketball teams for 2020
See the front-runners heading into next basketball season.
With the class of 2020 widely regarded as one of the deepest and most talented classes in recent memory, the 2019-20 season of high school hoops should be a highly competitive with plenty of fireworks along the way.
Last year, we pegged 16 of the final top 25 of 2018-19 in our Way-Too-Early rankings back in May, providing strong insight to the coming year of high school hoops.
Way-Too-Early Top 25 high school basketball rankings for 2019-20
See video above for Top 5 teams.
5. Prolific Prep (Napa, CA): Prolific Prep adds the #1 Player in the 2020 Class, Jalen Green. Alongside is top 25 Nimari Burnett, and Coleman Hawkins.
2018-19 Resume: (29-5) No. 37 in final Top 100, CIF Open Division state semifinalist.
2018-19 Resume: (21-4) No. 42 in final Top 100.
2018-19 Resume: (30-1) No. 3 in final Top 100, GEICO Nationals finalist.
2018-19 Resume: (31-5) No. 12 in final Top 100, GEICO Nationals semifinalist.
Known for reloading in the offseason, the Warriors could return Cam Thomas, Evan Johnson, Darrick Jones Jr.and Dylan Cardwell providing a strong returning core to build on. Oak Hill Academy's legendary head coach Steve Smith sits atop high school basketball with the most wins of any active coaches.
2018-19 Resume: (26-6) No. 39 in final Top 100, CIF Open Division first round.
While the Eagles lose McDonald's All-American Isaiah Mobley to graduation, they will return the bulk of their production from last season led by the top-ranked Class of 2020 prospect Evan Mobley, Gonzaga pledge Dominick Harris, Jaden Byers, Jordan Montgomery, Bryson Stephens and Luke Turner.Graphic by Ryan Escobar
2018-19 Resume: (35-2) No. 29 in final Top 100, LHSAA Division I state champions.
The Hornets captured their third straight state title in their 10th consecutive state championship game appearance in 2018-19. A full roster is expected back led by second team Junior MaxPreps All-American Reece Beekman, Tai'reon Joseph, Carvell Teasett, Jonathan Horton and Morantz James.
2018-19 Resume: (26-4) No. 14 in final Top 100, GEICO Nationals participant.
Wasatch Academy has become one of the top independent programs in high school hoops, qualify for GEICO Nationals in three of the past four seasons. Expect the Tigers to roll out another strong lineup next season as Mady Sissoko, Caleb Lohner, Mike Saunders and Richie Saunders should be back.
2018-19 Resume: (33-5) No. 10 in final Top 100, WCAC regular season co-champions.
The Stags have finished in the Top 10 in back-to-back seasons as the WCAC powerhouse continues to produce elite talent from the DMV area. Next season should be no different with the core of Hunter Dickinson, Earl Timberlake Jr. and Paul Smith returning.
2018-19 Resume: (32-7) No. 24 in final Top 100, UIL Class 6A state champions.
Although Duncanville loses its top scorer, the defending state champions have four of the top five scorers next season as Micah Peavy, Ja’Bryant Hill, Derek Luna and Damon Nicholas Jr. are expected to lead the way. The Panthers should have a strong chance to repeat after finishing 2018-19 on a 25-game winning streak.
2018-19 Resume: (25-2) No. 17 in final Top 100, New York Federation Class AA TOC winner.
Long Island Lutheran distanced itself from the rest of the state in 2018-19, capturing its eighth New York Federation state championship — two more than any other school. The Crusaders have an excellent opportunity to repeat with a strong returning core of Andre Curbelo, Jalen Celestine, Zed Key, Paul Jordan and Drissa Traore.
2018-19 Resume: (19-6) No. 93 in final Top 100.
Perennial power Findlay Prep missed GEICO Nationals this season for the first time in program history, lacking the quality wins necessary for an invitation. Next year look for the Pilots to recover strong and pick up a few pieces to go along with a strong core of Keon Edwards, Dior Johnson, Blaise Beauchamp, Zachary Clemenceand Taryn Todd.
18. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
2018-19 Resume: (28-9) No. 60 in final Top 100, WCAC tournament champions.
The Eagles are always contenders in the fiercely competitive WCAC, producing a wealth of division I talent from the DMV area. A strong core will return as Terrance Williams, Myles Stute, Malcolm Dread, Carlos Hubb and Chuck Harris are expected to be key contributors next season.
2018-19 Resume: (30-5) No. 81 in final Top 100, NCISAA Class 4A state champions.
After wrapping up the program's third consecutive state championship — and 11th overall — the Bengals are expected to return the majority of their production from their championship team. The prestigious Tar Heel State program returns Virginia commit Carson McCorkle, along with Cam Hayes, Josh Taylor and Cason Pierceamong others.
20. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia)
2018-19 Resume: (26-5) No. 50 in final Top 100, PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinalist.
The Cahillites season ended in disappointment with their quest for back-to-back state titles falling short in the state quarterfinals. Although the Catholic League powerhouse loses their leading scorer, a strong core of Lynn Greer, Jalen Duren and Justice Williams are expected to return.
After a 3-3 start, the Mustangs hit their stride going 25-2 the remainder of the season. Morgan Park returns Adam Miller, Marcus Watson Jr. and Isaiah Burrell to guide a talented group in search of its third state title in the last four seasons.
2018-19 Resume: (27-5) No. 13 in final Top 100, FHSA Class 5A state champions.
Coming off the most successful two-year stretch in school history, the back-to-back state champions look to qualify for their third consecutive GEICO Nationals behind a strong potential returning core of Scottie Barnes, Jace Howard, Jett Howard and Roger McFarlane.