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2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected
During the 2020 NFL Draft, national high school football power IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) became the first prep program since 2014 to have four players selected. The Ascenders could potentially double that in 2021, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.


All but Newsome played together during the 2016 season when the Ascenders went 11-0 and had notable wins over Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.). They finished the year ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Cisco and Newsome were part of IMG's 2017 team that went 9-0 and finished ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
Photo by Mike Janes
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
No less impressive is American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), which has five players going in Wilson's mock draft. The Patriots' potential draft haul is led by Patrick Surtain II, who Wilson predicts will go No. 9 to the Denver Broncos. Joining Surtain are Tyson Campbell, Khalil Herbert, Anthony Schwartz and Marco Wilson.

Campbell, Surtain and Wilson gave the Patriots the best secondary in the country during the 2016 season and led Heritage to a 14-0 record, Class 5A state title and a spot at No. 10 in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

The following season, Campbell, Schwartz and Surtain led American Heritage to its second consecutive 5A state championship and a spot at No. 4 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 after going 14-0.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has had more players selected than any other high school over the last 20 years with 23 taken and Wilson's mock draft predicts there will be four more in the 2021 draft — Trevon Grimes, Elijah Moore, Josh Palmer and Asante Samuel Jr.

All four played together during the 2016 season when Aquinas went 13-2 and finished the year ranked No. 6 after winning the 7A state title.

Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) has three players slated to be taken led by Jaylen Waddle — slotted to go sixth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Walker Little and Marvin Wilson are expected to also hear their names called. Little and Wilson were part of the Class of 2017 while Waddle was a year behind them and they went 9-2 during the 2016 season.

MLB Draft: Top 10 high school pitching prospects - HIGHSCORE
MLB Draft: Top 10 high school pitching prospects
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With only five rounds in the Major League Baseball Draft this year, much fewer high school players are expected to be chosen in the early rounds compared to previous season, especially pitchers.

That being said, more high school pitchers will be chosen in this year's draft than any other position, with the bulk of those players being right-handed pitchers.

With only two days to go before the 2020 MLB Draft, here's a look at our final installment — pitchers. Previously, we've looked at corner infielders, middle infielders, outfielders and catchers.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Nick Bitsko, Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.)
Scouts don't know a whole lot about Bitsko since he reclassified from the Class of 2021 and he didn't take the field during the 2020 spring. Thus he only played two seasons of high school baseball. Nevertheless, scouts don't need to know much when a pitcher is hitting 96 mph on his fastball. Bitsko, at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, also has the size to add more speed. He also has a solid enough curve and change to be considered the top right-handed prep prospect in the draft. Projection: Top 15 picks.

Jared Kelley, Refugio (Texas)
If not for Bitsko, Kelley would be the top prospect. The National Gatorade Player of the Year, Kelley did not allow a hit in three appearances, including a complete-game no-hitter. Kelley's fastball has hit 99 mph this spring and he also has a change that's considered a plus second pitch. Projection: Top 20 picks.

Mick Abel, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
Abel has a 94 mph fastball, but the slider is his premium pitch, which Baseball America ranks as the best in the 2020 draft. The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Oregon had an 18-3 career record with 213 career strikeouts. Projection: End of first round.

Jared Jones, La Mirada (Calif.)
Jones has command of an assortment of pitches and is also a possible everyday player based on his ability on offense. Jones is a possible second-round selection, but his signability is in question, considering he has committed to play at Texas — one of the top baseball programs in the nation. Projection: Second round.

Carson Montgomery, Windermere (Fla.)
Another pitcher who has a mid-90s fastball to go along with a plus change. Montgomery also has a curve in his repertoire making him a solid three-pitch candidate. Projection: Second round.

Justin Lange, Llano (Texas)
Lange is a new name among the top pitching prospects thanks to a spring season in which his fastball hit 99 mph. That type of velocity would normally make Lange a first-round prospect, but with a shortened spring, scouts appear willing to wait until the second round. Projection: Second round.

Nolan McLean, Garner Magnet (Garner, N.C.)
McLean is a two-way prospect after belting nine home runs and batting .373 as a junior to go along with 53 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched. A two-sport athlete, McLean also had 6,809 yards passing as a quarterback. McLean can hit 94 mph on his fastball. Projection: Third round.

Cam Brown, Flower Mound (Texas)
Brown had a very strong summer last year, which pushed him up the ranks of the top pitching prospects in the country. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he has good command of a curve ball and change-up, however he is likely a third- or fourth-round selection. Projection: Third round.

Alex Santos, Mt. St. Michael Academy (Bronx, N.Y.)
Santos hits about 93 mph on his fastball, but scouts project Santos to add speed to the pitch as he adds strength at the next level. He also has a solid change-up and curve and appears to have plenty of potential. Projection: Fourth round.

Dax Fulton, Mustang (Okla.)
The only left-hander on the list, Fulton has a 96 mph fastball and he is one of the few lefties expected to be drafted during the five-round selection process. Fulton is ranked as a first-round prospect by some mock drafts, but he more than likely falls toward the end. Projection: Fifth round.
High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title
A season-defining week of high school basketball awaits as GEICO Nationals takes center stage this week. The 10-team, national field begins Wednesday featuring the top four teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 along with No. 7 Milton, No. 10 Wasatch Academy, No. 12 Prolific Prep, No. 15 Pace Academy and a pair of unranked event mainstays.

Top-ranked Montverde Academy has won an event-best four GEICO Nationals titles and are slight favorites over three teams the Eagles have already knocked off this season — No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), No. 3 Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, Kan.) and No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Sunrise Christian is the only team to hand the Eagles a loss this season, but trails the season series 2-1.

The four-day national championship event culminates April 3 at Suncoast Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Fla. All games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks.

Looking at last week's results, No. 25 Reading (Pa.) stunned previous No. 9 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 58-57 in a gritty 6A state championship game. The Red Knights battled back from an early 13-2 deficit to capture their first state title since 2017.

No. 9 Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) survived a scare over the weekend, erasing a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat Totino-Grace 73-60 in the Class 3A Section 4 title game. The Red Hawks take on Byron in Wednesday's state quarterfinals.
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
Photo by Paul Burdick
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
MaxPreps Top 25 basketball rankings

Record: 21-1 | Last week: 1
Eagles get Pace Academy-Oak Hill Academy winner to start GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-1 | Last week: 2
Dragons face Wasatch Academy without without Top 50 senior DaRon Holmes, ruled ineligible for GEICO.

Record: 19-3 | Last week: 3
Prolific Prep-La Lumiere winner is first-round GEICO opponent.

Record: 20-2 | Last week: 4
Defending GEICO champions meets Milton on Thursday.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5
Regular season complete.

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 7
Eagles draw defending champion IMG Academy in first trip to GEICO Nationals.

Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Regular season complete.

Record: 17-1 | Last week: 10
Top-ranked senior Chet Holmgren went off for 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists to help the Red Hawks advance in postseason play.

Record: 18-6 | Last week: 11
Tigers are looking for breakout at GEICO Nationals behind senior Nolan Hickman.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
The Crusaders knocked off Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains) twice last week, defeating them 47-46 on Tuesday before a 66-39 blowout victory the following night. Scheduling issues have remained an issue all season for the talented group from the Big Apple.

Record: 30-3 | Last week: 13
The Crew draw La Lumiere in a Wednesday play-in game at GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 14
Regular season complete.

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 15
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-1 | Last week: 16
The Georgia AA champs earn first GEICO invite and face perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in play-in game.

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 17
Regular season complete.

17. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.)
Record: 28-3 | Last week: 18
Regular season complete.

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 19
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 20
Regular season complete.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 23
Northwestern pledge Julian Roper pumped in 21 points to help the Eaglets capture the District 6 title over Mott (Waterford) 76-60. The Eaglets advance to Tuesday's Regional semifinals against Clarkston.

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21
Regular season complete.

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 24
Regular season complete.

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 25
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
Senior West Chester pledge Moro Osomanu led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Red Knights' upset victory over previously-ranked Archbishop Wood.
HIGHSCORE Photos of the Month: March - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps Photos of the Month: March
MaxPreps is known for its outstanding freelance professional photographers that cover high school sporting events, and the stellar images they capture are highlighted in the pro galleries.

Here are nine of the best photos published in galleries during the month of March from our network of photographers across the nation.
Texline (Texas) head coach Coby Beckner celebrates on the court with his players (background) after winning the  UIL Class 1A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Photo by Tommy Hays
Texline (Texas) head coach Coby Beckner celebrates on the court with his players (background) after winning the UIL Class 1A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Walden Grove (Ariz.) goalkeeper Ethan Itule makes a diving save en route to a 3-0 victory over Prescott in an AIA 4A state semifinal game.
Photo by Chris Stanley
Walden Grove (Ariz.) goalkeeper Ethan Itule makes a diving save en route to a 3-0 victory over Prescott in an AIA 4A state semifinal game.
A female diver soars above the pool during the CHSAA 3A State Diving Championships in Colorado.
Photo by Brent Murphy
A female diver soars above the pool during the CHSAA 3A State Diving Championships in Colorado.
Curtis (Wash.) receiver Issac Emanuel (top) goes over the shoulder of Puyallup defensive back Jaden Kolowitz trying to make the reception.
Photo by Vince MIller
Curtis (Wash.) receiver Issac Emanuel (top) goes over the shoulder of Puyallup defensive back Jaden Kolowitz trying to make the reception.
A Dana Hills (Calif.) goalie eyes an incoming shot during a game against host Aliso Niguel.
Photo by Ming Chung Lin
A Dana Hills (Calif.) goalie eyes an incoming shot during a game against host Aliso Niguel.
Lee's Summit's (Mo.) Alex Benassi splits two Liberty defenders for a layup during a MSHSAA state quarterfinal game.
Photo by David Smith
Lee's Summit's (Mo.) Alex Benassi splits two Liberty defenders for a layup during a MSHSAA state quarterfinal game.
A Glendora (Calif.) defender covers the face of a St. Lucy's player looking to pass the ball.
Photo by Donn Parris
A Glendora (Calif.) defender covers the face of a St. Lucy's player looking to pass the ball.
Two Northwest Christian (Ariz.) players battle a Parker player (middle) for a header.
Photo by Mark Jones
Two Northwest Christian (Ariz.) players battle a Parker player (middle) for a header.
Canyon (Texas) players celebrate wildly as the final seconds countdown in their victory over Hardin-Jefferson in the UIL Class 4A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Canyon (Texas) players celebrate wildly as the final seconds countdown in their victory over Hardin-Jefferson in the UIL Class 4A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned HIGHSCORE National Champion for the fifth time since 2013 - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned MaxPreps National Champion for the fifth time since 2013
Despite dominating high school basketball over the past decade, there was still something missing from head coach Kevin Boyle's resume at Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) — back-to-back national titles. Mission accomplished as this year's Eagles compiled a 24-1 record, captured their fifth GEICO Nationals crown and went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Montverde Academy outscored opponents by an average of 25.8 points this season and went 11-1 against MaxPreps Top 25 teams. The lone loss came in overtime to No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), which the Eagles beat in three other meetings.

At GEICO Nationals, Montverde Academy defeated No. 25 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 85-64, No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 51-49 and Sunrise Christian Academy 62-52 in the title game.

Balance was key at GEICO Nationals with five-star Michigan signee Caleb Houstan, No. 2-ranked junior prospect Jalen Duren, five-star junior guard Dariq Whitehead, four-star junior Malik Reneau, Baylor signee Langston Love  and Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard averaging between seven and 14 points per game.

MaxPreps National Champions in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020, Montverde's dominance spans well beyond this season as the program has won 49 of its past 50 games dating back to the start of last season. The Orlando-area power has finished in the top 10 for 10 consecutive years.

Since Boyle's arrival prior to the 2011-12 season, Montverde has a 93.9 win percentage and produced NBA players R.J. Barrett, D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons as well as projected lottery picks Scottie Barnes of Florida State, Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State and Moses Moody of Arkansas.

Due to unique circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 season, teams were required to play at least eight games to be eligible for the final MaxPreps Top 25. See the complete rankings below.
Photo by Pete Wright / Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Past MaxPreps National Champions
2018 — Montverde Academy
2015 — Montverde Academy
2013 — Lone Peak (Highland, Utah); Montverde Academy
2012 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.); Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2011 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)

MaxPreps Top 25 Basketball Rankings

Record: 24-1 | Last week: 1

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 2

Record: 21-4 | Last week: 3

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 4

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6

Record: 29-3 | Last week: 7

Record: 20-1 | Last week: 9

9. Camden (N.J.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8

Record: 31-4 | Last week: 12

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 13

Record: 18-7 | Last week: 10

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 14

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 16

Record: 28-3 | Last week: 17

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 18

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 19

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 23

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 24

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 25

Record: 31-0 | Last week: NR

Record: 20-9 | Last week: NR

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR