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Aminu Mohammed named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Aminu Mohammed named 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Aminu Mohammed of Greenwood (Springfield) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior helped the Blue Jays go 20-6 en route to the state quarterfinals.

Mohammed averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest while shooting 52 percent from the field.

After transferring from Washington, D.C., Mohammed spent his final three seasons at Greenwood, setting the all-time Springfield area record with 2,709 career points. He finished No. 13 on the all-time scoring list in state history.

Committed to Georgetown, Mohammed is regarded as the No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. The five-star guard also received offers from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland and Oklahoma State among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Aminu Mohammed in action at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions during his junior season.
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Aminu Mohammed in action at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions during his junior season.

2018 HIGHSCORE High School Freshman All-American Football Team - HIGHSCORE
2018 MaxPreps High School Freshman All-American Football Team
Georgia has been home to some of the most accomplished ninth-grade signal callers in recent years. From DeShaun Watson to Jake Fromm and Trevor Lawrence, the Peach State has led the way with quarterbacks making an instant impact as freshmen.

In 2018, Gunner Stockton showed that he was next in line.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback emerged at Rabun County (Tiger, Ga.) in a major way this year.

Stockton, a top-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2022 according to scouting service Recruiting Brain, showed that, for as much promise his future holds, he was ready to make an instant impact. He completed 190-of-291 passes for 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns.

His touchdown total (34) eclipsed the ninth grade production of Watson (17), Lawrence (26) and Fromm (8).

"He is a very special/rare player," said Rabun County quarterbacks coach Jaybo Shaw. There are not many Gunner Stockton's walking around."

Stockton highlights a talented and geographically diverse group of freshmen All-Americans that features players from all pockets of the country as well as a selection from American Somoa.

MaxPreps 2018 Freshmen All-American Team

First Team Offense

The Peach State's next great signal caller, Stockton threw for 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also rushed for 709 yards and 17 more scores.

Threw for 1,937 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing 60 times for 312 yards and six scores, drawing comparisons to a young Cam Newton.

A physical specimen at 6-1, 185, Gibbs topped the 1,500-yard mark and scored 22 touchdowns.

One of the more exciting players in the Stockton-Modesto area, Brown reeled off 1,688 yards and scored 28 times. He added 31 catches for 741 yards.

"Bam Bam" battered opposing defenses, en route to district Newcomer of the Year honors.

With 48 catches for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns, Burden is the definition of a home-run threat. With the gridiron season finished, Burden heads to the hardwood, where he might be even more talented.

Notched 77 catches for 854 yard and six scores for Alemany. According 247Sports, he already has an offer from Oregon.

For one of Massachusetts' top programs, Zamor emerged as one of the top young talents in New England, lining up at numerous positions and earning a Michigan offer in the process.

Also an impressive basketball and baseball player, Oatis saw varsity action in the trenches as an eighth-grader, a testament to his incredible physical prowess. He has already landed offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

The ballyhooed middle-school phenom shed 80 pounds heading into ninth grade, making him a factor immediately on the Holy Cross varsity line.

Iuli was an absolute monster for state semifinalists Puyallup. Washington has produced numerous blue-chip lineman through the years, and Iuli has the chance to be every bit as good as any of them.

An all-district selection, Meadows helped Graham capture a Class 2 state title, the program's first since 1995.

Though his future is likely on the defensive side of the ball, Miles, who already holds offers from Michigan and North Carolina, was a key figure on the St. Peter's Prep offensive line.

Nickel was a key contributor to state champion Milton, where he also lined up at fullback.

For the storied Ohio program, Harrison stepped into the starting quarterback role and tossed for 1,649 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Defense

At 6-3, 305 pounds, Neal is a mountain of a young man, and will be drawing double teams for years to come.

Accounted for 76 tackles and 15 sacks for a 14-1 Northeastern team.

Thomas knifed his way through opposing offensive lines to the tune of 13 sacks.

A massive presence up front for one of New Jersey's top teams, Booker had three tackles in Bergen Catholic's early season upset over Grayson (Loganville, Ga.).

For state champ Crusaders, Misa tallied 39 tackles and added a blocked punt.

The son of former NFL player (and current Kansas City Chiefs assistant) Deland McCullough, Dasan already towers over his dad and could be an FBS recruit at multiple positions.

The Black Knights have produced some blue-chip recruits and Smith, a 6-3, 221-pound specimen, seems to fit the mold.

In Alabama's ultra-competitive Class 7A, Alexander earned All-State honors, finishing with 74 tackles.

After leading the team in tackles as an eighth-grader, Martin delivered once more as a freshman.

A playmaker for Palmetto, he made big plays on both defense and special teams.

A breakthrough player in the secondary for the CIF Open Division state champs Mater Dei, he recorded two interceptions and three pass breakups.

A starter for one of the state's top programs, he also saw action at wide receiver and has now transitioned to the hardwood.

An all-region pick, he was responsible for 26 tackles, five interceptions and 12 pass breakups.

He's drawn comparisons to Chiefs' defensive tackle, and fellow "757" native Derrick Nnadi. The 6-4 300 pounder made 71 tackles and earned Second Team All-State.

Second Team Offense

It was a dominant season for the coach's son who carved up opposing defenses to the tune of 2,984 yards and 40 touchdowns.

The 6-5 gunslinger threw for 2,438 yards and 29 touchdowns against four interceptions, helping the Titans to a 9-3 finish.

Topped the 1,000-yard mark for the 9-3 Cougars, while adding six catches for 74 yards and another score.

Made a name for himself with 329 yards and four touchdowns against state power Lake Taylor (Norfolk). On the season, he accumulated 1,421 yards and 16 scores.

Coach's son found the end zone 22 times on 1,280 yards, while adding a pick-six on defense.

Taylor, simply put, is one of the fastest players in America. As Washington continues to become a recruiting hotspot, Taylor will carry the torch.

Turner-Gooden showed glimpses all over the field, lining up at wide receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner.

The sky is the limit for the 6-3 Groves, who caught eight touchdowns and also spent time at running back.

After missing most of the season with a broken foot, Johnson, whose father Brad played quarterback and won a Super Bowl in the NFL, closed the season by catching a touchdown pass from brother Max, an LSU commit.

A starter out of the gate, Harris showed the promise that led to an early offer from Alabama.

Not only started for mighty Centennial, a high school power, he played the key position of left tackle for one of the country's best programs.

Worked his weigh into the starting lineup and more than held his own for Broward County power St. Thomas Aquinas.

Taylor was tasked with protecting the quarterback's blindside, using his 6-5 frame to line up at left tackle.

For Class 6A Atascocita, which finished 11-2, Dewberry saw significant time at tackle. He'll be one of the biggest recruits in the Lone Star State in coming years.

The 6-2 WR/FS saw action on special teams. As a receiver, he caught 10 touchdowns.

Second Team Defense

Record 19 tackles and swatted down three passes. He projects to be one of the more coveted recruits from the Hoosier State.

While he saw regular work at defensive end and played special teams, the best is yet to come for Finkley, who's already 6-2, 225.

A gifted edge-rushed and totaled six sacks and five tackles for loss.

In the season opener, Perry immediately established his presence, recording six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

It's rare for any freshmen to contribute for Texas Class 6A powers like Coppell, especially at physically demanding positions like linebacker. Polk thrived, with a team high 116 tackles.

The team's leading tackler this fall, Murphy will be a sought-after recruit before his time is up.

Playing in the nation's premier league, Te'o more than held his own. He was responsible for 66 tackles and four quarterback hurries.

The 6-2, 210 pounder looks like a linebacker at the next level, but also saw action behind center for Simmons.

The rangy Barham took advantage of a growth spurt entering high school and saw varsity action for national power DeMatha.

With his size (6-1, 195), Clark thrived at safety before moving up to play linebacker. He hails from the same school as former blue-chip defensive back Antwine Perez.

The son of former NFL receiver Donald Driver, Cristian helped Liberty Christian to an 8-5 season and a berth in the state state semifinals.

DB – Oakie Salave'a, Leone (Pago Pago, American Samoa)
Salave'a, whose uncle Joseph spent more than a decade in the NFL as a defensive tackle, has the size (6-3, 180) and pedigree to be a big-time player from American Samoa. He already has an offer from Hawaii.

A member of the Crusaders' impressive young nucleus, Gould made 24 tackles and an interception.

An all-area honorable mention selection, Singletary had seven picks and six pass breakups for Class 7A Lee.

*Stephen Spiewak is national football editor emeritus at MaxPreps and has selected the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team since 2010. Nowadays, he works at Vivid Seats, where he's written about the popularity of football across the United States.
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 12 Paul VI among four newcomers to this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 12 Paul VI among four newcomers to this week's MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
As always, Washington, D.C., is loaded with talent — but the pandemic is keeping a lot of teams away from the court.

Sidwell Friends was ranked in the preseason MaxPreps Top 25 girls high school basketball rankings but will not play this season. Meanwhile St. John's, which was ranked last week, is down a four-game schedule. So neither is in this week's Top 25, because part of being a top team is testing the talent on the roster — and four games (or no games) simply doesn't ask enough of a team and a coach.

Yes, teams are ranked that have yet to play, but their schedules are expected to kick in soon, so unfortunately, Sidwell Friends and St. John's must join teams from California, Oregon and Washington on the rankings sidelines. (Teams from the last three states may actually play more than four games, but won't start — if they do start — until the spring.)

And further complicating the process is the lack of major tournaments and intersectional games, which are the best way to measure teams from different regions. As always, though, we are confident the following 25 teams are very good girls high school basketball teams — but this year, more than any other, there could easily be better teams that are not on the list or on the court.

(NOTE: Please update schedules and results on MaxPreps. If there are issues, please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.)
Jennah Isai, Valley Vista
Photo by Mark Jones
Jennah Isai, Valley Vista
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

1. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 1
District playoffs now begin for the Highlanders, but given the too-many divisions in Florida postseason, don't expect too much competition in the 4A bracket.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 14-0 | Last week: 3
Westlake moves up to No. 2, and after a game Feb. 3, will begin postseason — and there are some pretty good teams standing between Westlake and a AAAAAA title.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 19-0 | Last week: 6
Another team with just one game left before the playoffs begin, the Cougars are now No. 3 thanks to a tougher schedule than the schools ranked lower.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)

Record: 5-0 | Last week: 4
There are about 53,000 people in Minnetonka, but a very surprising number of those people are very talented high school girls' basketball players. Hopkins has a lot of them, of course, but so does crosstown rival, Minnetonka, which lost to the Royals by one last week.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
Eventually, Edison will get to play, or so we're led to believe. Supposedly games can begin in Michigan on Thursday, but as is the case everywhere, you never know.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 8
Incarnate Word's next opponent is 19-3 Whitfield, which lost to IWA by only 14 the first time around — this game, though, is in the friendly confines.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 10
Cypress Creek finishes up the regular season this week, and draws 20-1 Jersey Village on Friday. But that one Jersey Village loss was to Cypress Creek — by 61.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 11
Classen SAS has a win over No. 13 DeSoto and only one loss all year, so the Feb. 11 game matching Norman and Classen SAS could shake up the MaxPreps Top 25.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
St. John-Vianney finally gets under way Feb. 3 — and with the addition of a game against talented Trenton Catholic to the schedule, we'll get to see if SJV is really a Top 10 team.

10. Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 12
It's going to be a challenging weekend for Ensworth. First up, on Friday, is 14-6 Brentwood Academy, which lost to Ensworth by nine earlier this year, followed by 16-1 Bearden on Saturday afternoon.

11. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 19-1 | Last week: 14
Montverde outlasted previously unbeaten Winter Haven 76-66 last week, and since Montverde doesn't participate in the Florida postseason, that could be it for the season.

12. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 7-0 | Last week: NR
The Panthers hammered Elizabeth Seton 71-51, which matters because Seton turned around and beat previous No. 2 Bishop McNamara. And then, more to the point, PVI knocked off previous No. 17 New Hope Academy to earn a spot in the Top 25.

13. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 20-1 | Last week: 15
DeSoto shouldn't have too much trouble in the final two regular season games, but the 6A playoffs that follow will be a much tougher test.

14. North Central (Indianapolis)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 16
North Central is now in the 4A playoffs, but note that Bedford North Lawrence, which beat North Central earlier this season, will be the likely semifinal opponent.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 18
Fremont has one more tough league game left against a solid Syracuse team, but Herriman looks like the biggest threat when the 6A playoffs begin.

16. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 18-1 | Last week: 20
Newark beat its next two opponents by a combined score of 146-29 the first time around, so look for Newark to take another jump next week if teams ranked higher should falter.

17. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Grandview appears in the rankings for the first time, and not coincidentally, Colorado just started playing. Plans call for a 14-game schedule plus postseason so Grandview will have a chance to prove it belongs.

18. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: 22
Neumann-Goretti and Cardinal O'Hara are traditionally two of the strongest teams in Philadelphia, and those two just happen to be Archbishop Wood's next two opponents.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 19
Rutgers Prep continues its abbreviated schedule but what appears to be a lack of quality opponents could be an issue for continued ranking.

20. Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 21
Valley Vista has one more game this week, and one the next. And then plays five games in six days.

21.Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 28-1 | Last week: 23
Hazel Green begins the 6A playoffs, but note that Hoover, considered the next strongest team in the state, will be in 7A. Which means there will be no rematch of the Jan. 23 win that put Hazel Green in the Top 25, and knocked Hoover out.

22. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 24
Bethlehem has only one loss, on the road by one point to unbeaten Boyd County, so Thursday's opponent will be a test for Anderson County.

23. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 22-0 | Last week: 25
In the middle of a four-games-in-seven-day stretch, Ponchatoula must travel to 15-4 Mandeville and host 18-4 Mt. Carmel. So while last week's 31-28 win over Anchorage Christian was a big one, there's still work to do.

24. Johnston (Iowa)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: NR
Johnston jumps to the top of the Iowa list, and into the Top 25, but must deal with more experienced, and very talented, Waukee later this week. And it won't get easier, as there are a lot of strong teams in Iowa this year.

25. Upperman (Baxter, Tenn.)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: NR
Upperman joins the Volunteer State's Ensworth in the Top 25, but the two will not play in postseason. Ensworth is a 3A school and Upperman is 2A.

Dropped out: No. 2 Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.); No. 7 St. John's (Washington D.C.); No. 13 Union (Tulsa, Okla.); No. 17 New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.).
How to watch: Allen Iverson Roundball Classic featuring HIGHSCORE National Players of the Year Chet Holmgren and Raven Johnson - HIGHSCORE
How to watch: Allen Iverson Roundball Classic featuring MaxPreps National Players of the Year Chet Holmgren and Raven Johnson
The Allen Iverson Roundball Classic takes place Saturday in Tennessee as the only true high school basketball postseason showcase on the slate after the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoops Summit were called off due to the pandemic for a second consecutive year.

Among the storylines will be girls basketball MaxPreps National Player of the Year Raven Johnson stepping on the floor to compete with the best boys players in the country. The 5-foot-8 point guard led Westlake (Atlanta) to back-to-back unbeaten state championship seasons.

The game will also feature the boys MaxPreps National Player of the Year in Chet Holmgren, who just led Minnehaha Academy to a fourth consecutive state championship in Minnesota and will play at Gonzaga next season.

How to watch

Date: Saturday, May 8 | Time: 6 p.m. local time
Location: Bartlett High School (Bartlett, Tenn.)
Live stream: SUVtv

Holmgren will be matched up against top-ranked senior forward Paolo Banchero, who missed his senior season of high school and instead competed for club team BFL Prep. A strong performance for Banchero head-to-head against Holmgren could leave the door open for the Duke bound forward to supplant the 7-foot center for top spot in the Class of 2021.

Other players to watch include MaxPreps All-Americans Kendall Brown, Kennedy Chandler, Matthew Cleveland, Daimion Collins, Jerddarian Davison, Nolan Hickman, Hunter Sallis, Terquavion Smith and TyTy Washington.

Complete rosters are included below. For more information and tickets, visit IversonClassic.com.

Team Loyalty
Paolo Banchero, F, O'Dea (Seattle, Wash.) – Duke
Matthew Cleveland, F, Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) – Florida State
Jerddarian Davison, G, Calhoun (Letohatchee, Ala.) – Alabama
A.J. Griffin, F, Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) – Duke
Tyrese Hunter, G, St. Catherine's (Racine, Wis.) – Iowa State
Raven Johnson, G, Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) – South Carolina
Johnathan Lawson, F, Houston (Germantown, Tenn.) – Oregon
Bryce McGowens, G, Legacy Early College (Greenville, S.C.) – Nebraska
Hunter Sallis, G, Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) – Gonzaga
Terquavion Smith, G, Farmville Central (Farmville, N.C.) – North Carolina State
TyTy Washington, G, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) – Undecided
Peyton Watson, F, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – UCLA
Benny WilIiams, F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) – Syracuse

Team Honor
Jaden Akins, G, Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) – Michigan State
Trey Alexander, G, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Auburn
Kendall Brown, F, Sunrise Christian Academy – Baylor
Ahamed Bynum, G, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) – DePaul
Kennedy Chandler, G, Sunrise Christian Academy – Tennessee
Daimion Collins, F, Atlanta (Texas) – Kentucky
Michael Foster Jr., F, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Undecided
Nolan Hickman, G, Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) – Kentucky
Chet Holmgren, C, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.) – Gonzaga
Jordan Longino, G/F, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) – Villanova
Joshua Minott, F, Saint Andrew's (Boca Raton, Fla.) – Memphis
Kowacie Reeves Jr., G, Westside (Macon, Ga.) – Florida
Daeshun Ruffin, G, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippi
Raven Johnson will take the floor for the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic on Saturday.
Photo by Pete Wright
Raven Johnson will take the floor for the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic on Saturday.
Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad - HIGHSCORE
Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad
We've seen a lot of unusual high school sports stories pop up due to the ongoing pandemic. But we haven't seen anything quite like what happened Thursday in Florida, where the junior varsity team at Steinbrenner (Lutz) was forced to replace the varsity in the Class 7A District 13 championship game Thursday – and won.

Sarah Hollenbeck of WFTS Tampa Bay reports that Steinbrenner's varsity team was placed in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. The Warriors had the option to forfeit or call up the junior varsity squad en masse to face Palm Harbor University.

Steinbrenner (16-7) elected to give it a go with the JV. The Warriors lost the first set 20-25, rallied to win the second 25-22 then fell again in the third 23-25. With its backs against the wall, the Tampa-area school prevailed 25-22 and 15-13 in the final two sets. Here's the dramatic final sequence:
Thanks to the efforts of the late replacements, Steinbrenner enters the Class 7A state tournament as the top seed from District 13 and is scheduled to face Sickles (Tampa) next Friday. According to Hollenbeck, the varsity team is expected to be available for that contest.

Palm Harbor University also advances and will meet Plant on Wednesday. There is an outside shot the two teams could meet again in the regional semifinals.