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Isaac McKneely named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE West Virginia High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Isaac McKneely named 2020-21 MaxPreps West Virginia 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.

Isaac McKneely of Poca is the 2020-21 MaxPreps West Virginia High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 junior guard helped the Dots go 13-5 en route to the Class AA state championship game.

McKneely averaged 22.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line in 15 regular season games.

McKneely was selected as the Gazette-Mail All-Kanawha Valley co-Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Committed to Virginia, McKneely is regarded as the No. 49 prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports. He holds additional college offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Purdue, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Xavier.
California high school football: HIGHSCORE Top 25 Southern Section preseason rankings - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: MaxPreps Top 25 Southern Section preseason rankings
It's undeniable. Everyone around California knows the big dog on the farm is the Southern Section, especially when it comes to high school football.

With 581 schools, the Southern Section is more than three times the size of the next largest of the 10 sections, the Sac-Joaquin Section with 174. Only eight states boast more schools.

But well beyond numbers, the Southern Section demonstrates yearly its quality in athletics, including football. Especially at the top. St. John Bosco is the defending MaxPreps National Champion with Mater Dei ranking No. 2 in 2019.

Those two programs have hovered around the nation's top for the past half-decade and have separated from the talent-rich Southern California pack. The two schools seem to produce approximately 10 FBS prospects per class.

Lately, it's been a case of which school is No. 3 in the section. For more than a decade, public school power Centennial (Corona) has battled for one of the top three spots, however in an abbreviated 2021, a new team has emerged as the No. 3 contender.

With so many athletes opting out of the two-month, five-to-six game season, picking a Top 25 is clearly unclear. No playoffs in section, regionals or state will be played. But here's our best shot.
DJ Harvey, Sierra Canyon
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DJ Harvey, Sierra Canyon
MaxPreps Top 25 Southern Section football rankings

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 12-1 (2019 record)
Ranked No. 1 or 2 nationally the last three seasons, these Monarchs would have very likely made it season No. 4. And with all the highly ranked sophomore and juniors, 2021 and 2022 look more than promising as well. Ten Monarchs made Zack Poff's preseason All-State squad, including the top-rated running back, junior Raleek Brown, and linebacker, Raesjon Davis.

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 13-1
There's no more DJ Uiagalelei, but his 6-5, 263-pound sophomore brother Matayo Uiagalelei is even bigger and plays tight end. The defending national champs and Mater Dei could be 1A and 1B every season it seems. Preposterous collection of FBS talent, including the state's top-ranked offensive (Earnest Greene) and defensive (Nathan Burrell) linemen.

3. Servite (Anaheim), 7-4

When you have the top ranked quarterback (Noah Fifita), wide receiver (Tetairoa McMillan) and tight end (Keyan Burnett) in the state, chances are you'll have a strong squad.

It's difficult for public schools to keep up with the privates, especially during a pandemic, but Centennial has with big rosters and one of the best coaches in the state, Matt Logan. They'll be without the nation's No. 1 recruit Korey Foreman, who opted out, but the Huskies should continue their 55-game win streak in league.

The Trailblazers have loads of talent, led by Virginia Tech-bound DJ Harvey, a superior all-around athlete, and four-star safety Kamari Ramsey.

The Diablos will be without Peter Costelli under center after he opted out of the spring season, but they return a lot of talent led by California-bound receiver Mavin Anderson and Oregon State-bound linebacker Easton Mascarenas.

Texas-bound quarterback Maalik Murphy takes over as the full time starter for Serra and the five-star recruit checks in as the fourth-rated pro style quarterback in the Class of 2022.

Defense is the strong point of these Warriors, with linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka, cornerback Ephesians Prysock and safety RJ Jones, all 4-star recruits.

USC-bound cornerback Ceyair Wright is one of the top at his position in the country. The Cubs have much more than Wright.

Back-to-back seasons of 9-2 and coach Steve Hagerty definitely feels like team is moving in the right direction.

11. San Clemente, 0-12
The Tritons went 10-2 on the field and reached the Division 2 semifinals, but had to forfeit all 10 wins for using an ineligible player. Leading rusher James Bohls (6-3, 210) and tackler Cole Batson (6-4, 190) return from last season.

12. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley), 12-2
Mikey Zele (1,998 yards passing, 18 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 531 yards rushing) is back at quarterback but will be without top rusher Julien Stokes (1,365 yards, 18 touchdowns) who opted out of the spring season and recently committed to Penn.
 

Semaj Freeman and Derek Boyd  combined to runs for almost 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns and should be workhorses in 2021. Leading receiver Kaylin Moore (35 catches, 408 yards) also is back. The state's top-rated punter Brenden Segovia was selected to the 2021 All-American Bowl.

Junior quarterback Shea Kuykendall appears ready to take over the reigns. A pair of talented receivers in Keyonta Lanier and Kyren Racheal should be at the other end of those passes.

15. Los Alamitos, 4-7
With the state's third rated quarterback, sophomore Malachi Nelson, running the show, the program is in good shape. Another sophomore, Makai Lemon, is ranked the eighth-best sophomore in the state overall after hauling in 800 yards of passes and adding four interceptions as a freshman.

Former Narbonne (Harbor City) head coach Manuel Douglas starts first season and with Arizona State-bound Larry Turner-Gooden as a centerpiece, he's in good shape. Defensive lineman and UNLV signeee Nick Dimitris (6-4, 245) also transferred in.

A very young and promising squad brings back junior quarterback Logan Gonzalez. Another junior Malik Blackmon was the team's top receiver. Senior Ashton Logan is one of the best punters in the nation. He has scholarship to Colorado. 

California-bound defensive end Derek Wilkins will lead the way for a very talented defense.

One of the nation's top offensive lineman Mason Murphy (USC signee) anchors the team and sophomore quarterback Jaxon Potter is a name to keep tabs on from the Class of 2023.

With home grown kids, CDM brings in a new crop of kids who largely backed up a stellar senior group. Some of the key returners, however, are running back Jason Vicencio and top defenders Michael Wein and Kevin Ledezma.

21. Oxnard, 10-2
Quarterback Jaden Jones builds off a tremendous junior season when he threw for almost 2,000 yards, 22 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns.  The team's two two tacklers Anthony Lopez (110) and Tytus Hutchison (91) also return.

Coach Dean Herrington hopes to get back to 2016 and 2017 when the Spirits won a combined 25 games and won a state crown in 2016.

Quarterback Brandon Rose completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 3,087 yards and 30 touchdowns and just four interceptions last season as a sophomore. DJ Watts had 656 yards rushing and seven scores last year as well and Kaden Damico led the team in tackles with 102. Sophomore wide receiver Tiger Bachmeier has already landed offers from Arizona State, Boise State and Pittsburgh.

Hudson Jones had a monster junior season with 207 completions in 291 attempts for 2,599 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Few other skill players return but receiver Cole Monach showed lots of promise in 2019. Billy Hester (84) is the most active returning tackler.

Starting quarterback Zachary Siskowic transferred to Crespi, but back is leading receiver Mason Cotton.

MaxPreps national football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Brandon Rose, Murrieta Valley
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Brandon Rose, Murrieta Valley
 
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year, joining a list of recent winners that includes R.J. Barrett (2018), Cade Cunningham (2020) and Ben Simmons (2015). The top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2021 left no doubt over the weekend after leading his team to the Class AAA state championship in Minnesota.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field. The versatile 7-footer finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots while helping Minnehaha Academy compile a 128-15 record with four state titles during his time with the program.

Last season, Holmgren helped guide the Redhawks to their first MaxPreps Top 25 finish in program history. He was named a first team MaxPreps All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.4 assists per contest.

A dominant shot blocker and exceptional ballhandler for his size, Holmgren put it all on display as a senior — particularly in Minnehaha Academy's state championship run.
Chet Holmgren is the first from Minnesota to be named MaxPreps National Player of the Year.
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Chet Holmgren is the first from Minnesota to be named MaxPreps National Player of the Year.
In a 73-60 Section 4-AAA championship game victory over Totino-Grace, Holmgren finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots.

Holmgren followed with 21 points, nine rebounds and five swatted shots in the quarterfinals against Byron and 25 points and 16 rebounds in a 79-58 semifinal win over DeLaSalle.

In the final game of his high school career, this year's pick for MaxPreps National Player of the Year produced 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as the Redhawks crushed Alexandria 80-29.

Minnehaha Academy finished the season 20-1 and was ranked No. 8 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.

Gonzaga is considered the leader to land Holmgren, though Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State remain in the mix.

Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — Cade Cunningham, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2019 — Sharife Cooper, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2017 — Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale (Seattle)
2016 — Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2014 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2012 — Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2011 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
2010 — Harrison Barnes, Ames (Iowa)
2009 — Derrick Favors, South Atlanta (Atlanta)
2008 — Brandon Jennings, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2007 — Kevin Love, Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
2006 — Greg Oden, Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
High school football: Over 50 FBS-bound players fill Mater Dei, St. John Bosco rosters - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Over 50 FBS-bound players fill Mater Dei, St. John Bosco rosters
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) are two of the premier programs in high school football and have produced a boatload talent, especially as of late. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Bru McCoy, Bryce Young, Elias Ricks, JT Daniels and Mase Funa are some notable Monarchs while the Braves have had the likes of Chris Steele, DJ Uiagalelei, Jaiden Woodbey, Josh Rosen, Kourt Williams, Trent McDuffie and Wyatt Davis.

In 2019, Uiagalelei and Young shared the MaxPreps' National Player of the Year award while McCoy won it the year before and Daniels in 2017.

St. John Bosco has finished ranked in the Top 10 five consecutive years and was the 2019 MaxPreps National Champions while Mater Dei has finished ranked in the Top 10 four straight years and have finished either Nos. 1 or 2 in three consecutive seasons (2017, 2018, 2019).

With California moving football to the spring, the two powers weren't included in the MaxPreps Top 25, but there are still plenty of implications when the Braves and Monarchs meet on April 17. There's a good chance the winner will head into next season ranked No. 1.

These are the top two teams in the California Top 25 rankings and the last time they squared off Uiagalelei led the Braves to a wild 39-34 win in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship. The five-star quarterback threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

Beaux Collins, Cristian Dixon and Jaylin Davies are notable players who opted out of the spring season so they could enroll early in college, but these two programs still boast a ton of talent. There will be 61 players on the field that are either rated as a three-star recruit or higher on 247Sports composite rankings or have at least one FBS offer. 

NOTE: Rankings are based off 247Sports composite list
Raesjon Davis, Mater Dei
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Raesjon Davis, Mater Dei
Mater Dei (30)

Class of 2021 (9)

Four stars (2)

OLB — Raesjon Davis | 6-1 | 215 | USC
No. 48 overall | No. 4 outside linebacker | No. 3 in California

WR — Kyron Ware-Hudson | 6-1 | 200 | USC
No. 126 overall | No. 22 wide receiver | No. 11 in California

Three stars (7)

RB — Marceese Yetts | 5-8 | 165 | Air Force
No. 1,007 overall | No. 10 all-purpose back | No. 83 in California

OG — Ross Maseuli | 6-2 | 350 | San Diego State
No. 1,019 overall | No. 52 offensive guard | No. 84 in California

C — George Miki-Han | 5-11 | 300 | Colorado State
No. 1,584 overall | No. 20 center | No. 135 in California

DE — Tyler Narayan | 6-1 | 255 | Navy
No. 1,933 overall | No. 111 strong-side defensive end | No. 158 in California

ATH — Champion Johnson | 6-2 | 220 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Oregon and San Diego State

ATH — Shoes Brinkley | 5-9 | 185 | Uncommitted
Has 22 FBS offers led by Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Hawaii and Nevada.

OG — Terrance Caldwell | 6-2 | 290 | Cornell
Has 11 FBS offers, committed to Cornell on Dec. 8.

Class of 2022 (12)

Five stars (1)

CB — Domani Jackson | 6-1 | 185 | USC
No. 3 overall | No. 1 cornerback | No. 1 in California

Four stars (3)

RB — Raleek Brown | 5-8 | 185 | Oklahoma
No. 47 overall | No. 3 running back | No. 2 in California

WR — C.J. Williams | 6-2 | 195 | Uncommitted
No. 71 overall | No. 9 wide receiver | No. 7 in California

OLB — David Bailey | 6-3 | 220 | Uncommitted
No. 82 overall | No. 6 outside linebacker | No. 9 in California

Three stars (8)

ATH — Cooper Barkarte | 6-1 | 180 | Uncommitted
No. 407 overall | No. 38 athlete | No. 29 in California

OLB — Eoghan Kerry | 6-3 | 225 | Uncommitted
No. 640 overall | No. 42 outside linebacker | No. 47 in California

RB — Quincy Craig | 5-9 | 175 | Uncommitted
No. 753 overall | No. 58 running back | No. 52 in California

CB — Josh Hunter | 5-9 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 910 overall | No. 88 cornerback | No. 65 in California

CB — Cameron Sidney | 5-10 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 925 overall | No. 92 cornerback | No. 66 in California

ILB — Malaki Te'o | 6-1 | 225 | Uncommitted
No. 929 overall | No. 32 inside linebacker | No. 70 in California

ATH — Tanner Salisbury | 6-1 | 200 | Uncommitted
Has 11 FBS offers led by Colorado, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State.

DT — Sione Moa
No. 89 defensive tackle | No. 131 in California

Class of 2023 (2)

Four stars (1)

ILB — Leviticus Su'a | 6-1 | 210 | Uncommitted
No. 90 overall | No. 3 inside linebacker | No. 7 in California

Three stars (1)

OG — BJ Tolo | 6-1 | 290 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Colorado State, Kansas and Oregon.

Class of 2024 (7)

DL — Aydin Breland | 6-5 | 315 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon and USC.

QB — Elijah Brown | 6-2 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Pittsburgh.

DB — Zabien Brown | 6-1 | 165 | Uncommitted 
Has six FBS offers led by Michigan, Penn State and USC.

OL — DeAndre Carter | 6-6 | 345 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from USC.

OLB — Ramere Davis | 6-1 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has six FBS offers led by Florida State, Michigan and Oregon.

WR — Jack Ressler | 5-10 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii and Pittsburgh.

DL — Kaho Tuihalamaka | 6-5 | 360 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and Oklahoma State.
Maximus Gibbs, St. John Bosco
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Maximus Gibbs, St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco (31)

Class of 2021 (5)

Three stars (5)

OG — Maximus Gibbs | 6-6 | 385 | USC
No. 905 overall | No. 46 offensive guard | No. 73 in California

OLB — Andrew Simpson | 6-1 | 220 | Kansas
No. 1,144 overall | No. 72 outside linebacker | No. 92 in California

WR — Jode McDuffie | 5-10 | 170 | Sacramento State
No. 1,188 overall | No. 172 wide receiver | No. 96 in California

DE — Ieremia Moore | 6-3 | 265 | California
No. 1,220 overall | No. 79 strong-side defensive end | No. 98 in California

OG — Edward Riley | 5-11 | 265 | Uncommitted
No. 117 offensive guard | No. 238 in California

Class of 2022 (14)

Four stars (4)

OG — Earnest Greene | 6-4 | 330 | Uncommitted
No. 59 overall | No. 2 offensive guard | No. 3 in California

RB — Rayshon Luke | 5-8 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 184 overall | No. 1 all-purpose back | No. 12 in California

DE — Nathan Burrell | 6-2 | 250 | Uncommitted
No. 332 overall | No. 20 weak-side defensive end | No. 23 in California

S — Sione Hala | 6-2 | 190 | Uncommitted
No. 333 overall | No. 20 safety | No. 24 in California

Three stars (10)

CB — Tayvion Beasley | 5-10 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 419 overall | No. 39 cornerback | No. 30 in California

OLB — Jalen Woods | 6-0 | 210 | Uncommitted
No. 435 overall | No. 33 outside linebacker | No. 32 in California

QB — Katin Houser | 6-3 | 200 | Boise State
No. 483 overall | No. 21 pro-style quarterback | No. 36 in California

RB — Jabari Bates | 5-8 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 793 overall | No. 59 running back | No. 53 in California

DT — Jairus Satele | 5-11 | 300 | Uncommitted
No. 1,000 overall | No. 69 defensive tackle | No. 74 in California

RB — Michael Hayes | 5-8 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 1,104 overall | No. 82 running back | No. 86 in California

S — Jaxon Harley | 5-9 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 1,137 overall | No. 73 safety | No. 90 in California

WR — Jaceon Doss | 6-0 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Kansas and Pittsburgh.

WR — Logan Booher | 6-2 | 200 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Brown and Kansas.

DT — Malachi Finau | 6-4 | 275 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Kansas.

Class of 2023 (8)

Four stars (3)

ATH — Matayo Uiagalelei | 6-6 | 265 | Uncommitted
No. 15 overall | No. 2 weak-side defensive end | No. 3 in California

QB — Pierce Clarkson | 6-0.5 | 205 | Uncommitted
No. 171 overall | No. 4 dual-threat quarterback | No. 12 in California

ATH — Jahlil McClain | 5-10 | 180 | Uncommitted
No. 238 overall | No. 26 athlete | No. 21 in California

Three stars (5)

WR — Raiden Brown | 5-10 | 150 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Arizona State.

LB — Deven Bryant | 6-1 | 210 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Oregon.

S — Ty Lee | 6-3 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and University of Southern California.

RB — Nygel Osborne | 5-9 | 160 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and Colorado.

OL — Mosiah Talanoa | 6-3 | 350 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Florida Atlantic University.

Class of 2024 (4)

ATH — Jordan Lockhart | 6-3 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Maryland.

ILB — Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa | 6-2 | 205 | Uncommitted
Has seven FBS offers led by Michigan and Oregon.

CB — Marcelles Williams | 5-11 | 170 | Uncommitted
Has 10 FBS offers led by Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon and USC.

S — Peyton Woodyard | 6-1 | 175 | Uncommitted
Has 10 FBS offers led by Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State and USC.
High school basketball: No. 1 girls prospect Azzi Fudd commits to UConn - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: No. 1 girls prospect Azzi Fudd commits to UConn
St. John's (Washington, D.C.) high school basketball star Azzi Fudd, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Hoopgurlz/espnW Top 100, has signed with UConn. The senior guard announced her commitment to the program Wednesday morning – the first day of the national signing period – and the Huskies made it official with a social media post a short while after.

"They make good players great," Fudd said of her college choice. "I realized that to reach my goals and be the player I was trying to be, UConn was the place."
The 5-foot-11 Fudd was the first sophomore to be named the MaxPreps Player of the Year in 2019, averaging 26.3 points per game in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Her junior season wasn't quite the follow-up she was hoping for as she recovered from a torn ACL. Fudd did return to the court, but wasn't fully healthy until late in the year when she once again began to dominate.

Fudd is much more than just a scorer. Her high school coach, Jonathan Scribner, has described her as "a silent assassin. She's not demonstrative – she just methodically destroys you."

He also feels she's an exceptional defense player, but don't think it's a coach overrating his own player – college coaches and rating services have raved about her talent since she was in middle school.

Fudd chose UConn over UCLA in what she described as a back and forth process.

"I do not like to make decisions, so I kind of elongated the process," Fudd said. "Finally I sat down and made a list of pros and cons for UCLA and UConn – and UConn was the winner."

When she arrives in Storrs next fall, she will join a young UConn team (six players are freshmen this season and there are no seniors on the roster), but is still expected to have an immediate impact on one of the best teams in the country.
Azzi Fudd in action against Sidwell Friends last March.
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Azzi Fudd in action against Sidwell Friends last March.