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2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected
Coming off a 2020 national championship crowned by MaxPreps, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) added another impressive feat once the 2021 NFL Draft concluded in Cleveland. They had seven players selected breaking the record for most picks by a high school in a single draft. 

The selection of tight end Tre' McKitty by the Los Angeles Chargers late the third round gave IMG Academy its fifth former player, breaking the previous mark of four.

The Ascenders had two more players selected during the final day of the draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Joshua Kaindoh with the last pick of the fourth round at No. 144. Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round with the 222nd pick.

The previous record was four set by the same Ascenders (in 2020) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2014.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II started IMG's run on Thursday with his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (26th pick overall). The rest of the Ascenders went in the third round on Friday. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive back Andre Cisco with the first pick at No. 65 and Minnesota promptly went after quarterback Kellen Mond at No. 66. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay chose offensive guard Robert Hainsey at No. 95 and McKitty finished things off Friday for the Ascenders at No. 97.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
File photo by Louis Lopez
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Cisco, Fletcher, Hainsey, Kaindoh, McKitty and Mond all played on IMG Academy's 2016 team that went 11-0 and finished No. 3 in the MaxPreps national Top 25. The Ascenders had notable wins that season against Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.), but their biggest victory came in California, 50-49, against Centennial (Corona) in one of the best high school football games over the last decade.

Cisco and Newsome were part of the 2017 IMG team that went 9-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Over the last three drafts, 13 former Ascenders have had their names called at the draft, including Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler, K.J. Osborne and Cesar Ruiz, all in 2020, after Hjalte Froholdt and Isaac Nauta were picked in 2019.

American Heritage (Plantation) finished the draft with the second most selections of all-time with six.

Patrick Surtain II was the first player selected from Florida at No. 9 overall by the Denver Broncos. Tyson Campbell went to Jacksonville at No. 33 and Cleveland selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91. Marco Wilson became the third defensive back from the Patriots selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 136. Tedarrell Slaton was selected in the fifth round and Khalil Herbert went in round six.

National power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the only other school with at least three players selected. Elijah Moore and Asante Samuel Jr. were both taken in the second round while Josh Palmer went in round three. The Raiders entered the 2020 season with most high school alums on NFL rosters with 11. 

2020-21 HIGHSCORE Sophomore All-America Team: D.J. Wagner headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2023 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team: D.J. Wagner headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2023
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team, highlighted by National Sophomore of the Year D.J. Wagner of Camden (N.J.).

Wagner, a 6-foot-3 guard regarded as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports, averaged 22.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season for Camden, which finished No. 9 in the MaxPreps Top 25. The Panthers have amassed a record of 42-1 in his two years with the program.

The son and grandson of former NBA players, Wagner joins a list of past winners that includes R.J. Barrett, Jayson Tatum and Andrew Wiggins. See the full list of past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
First Team

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
First team SIAA selection averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per contest to help the Flame to the Grind Session quarterfinals.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Scored 32 points in the Phenom Hoops Hoopstate championship game victory over Liberty Heights.

6-11 | Center | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Colorado Player of the Year averaged 22.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game while shooting better than 65 percent from the field to help the Lions win their fourth state championship.

6-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection averaged 28.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals per outing to lead Broncos to 12-2 record.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
A MaxPreps Freshman All-American a year ago, Garden State star scored 20 points or more points in 11 of 13 games in abbreviated season and is already closing in on 1,000 career points.

Second Team

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A honorable mention selection averaged 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals per contest to help lead the Wildcats to their second consecutive state title.

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Tallied 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Eagles won their first state title since 2012 and earned first GEICO Nationals berth.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Division III Southwest District Player of the Year averaged 23.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
A key cog in the sixth-ranked Panthers' second straight state championship run, averaged 13.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
TABC All-Region selection and District 5-6A MVP averaged 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists to help the Lions to a 25-3 finish.

Third Team

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 1-5A Player of the Year averaged 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.0 assists as the Huskies reached the regional semifinals.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
Class 2A first team selection averaged 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game, guiding the Greenies to their first state title game appearance since 1993.

6-6 | Guard | Uncommitted
Sent the Scorpions to the Class 1A state semifinals, averaging 20.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Elite post presence averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line.

Mikey Williams, Lake Norman Christian (Davidson, N.C.)
6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
California native had a strong first season in the Tar Heel State, averaging around 20 points, four rebounds and three assists per contest.

Honorable Mention

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Four-star guard sparked the Eagles' Class 3A championship run, averaging 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

7-0 | Center | Uncommitted
Rapidly-developing South Sudan native averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in his second year of organized basketball.

Ryan Bewley, West Oaks Academy
6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect and twin brother of first teamer Matt Bewley regularly produced double-doubles against a challenging national schedule.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks while shooting 64.3 percent from the field to help the Warriors go 16-2 en route to the program's first state championship.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped the Rams reach the 7A state quarterfinals, averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per contest while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect averaged 12.6 points per contest, helping the Eagles advance to the section 4-AAA title game.

Julius Clark, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Versatile wing prospect was a key cog in the Spartans' Class 6A championship run, producing 14 points and 8 rebounds in the title game.

Jeremy Fears Jr. , La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)
6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 25 prospect averaged 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest while handling primary ball-handling duties for the Lakers.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.

6-6 | Wing | Uncommitted
Sidelined for nearly a month midway through the season due to COVID-19 protocols, but still averaged 20.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game for the 8-3 Bulldogs.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Holloway was a bright spot for the 8-11 Lions, averaging 21.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals.

6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Four-star prospect averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest to help Attucks go 18-7.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 20 prospect averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest to earn All-United Division first team honors.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Led the Cougars to their first state championship, averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.4 assists per outing while shooting 55.9 percent from the field.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect took a significant step in his second year with the Lions, averaging 12.4 points, six assists and four rebounds per contest.

Past MaxPreps Sophomores of the Year
2020 — Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
2019 — Jonathan Kuminga, Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.)
2018 — Jalen Green, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
2017 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2016 — Romeo Langford, New Albany (Ind.)
2015 — M.J. Walker, Jonesboro (Ga.)
2014 — Joshua Jackson, Consortium College Prep (Detroit); Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis)
2013 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2012 — Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.)
2011 — Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)
2010 — DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Mar. 1-7

Nevada
Sophomore
6 Sets Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2.33
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/Game: 2.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

New Mexico
5'8" | Sophomore | MB/MH/OH
13 Sets Played
Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 2.77
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 0.69
Receptions: 6
Rcpt/Game: 0.46
Aces: 3
Blocks: 13

Oregon
6'1" | Freshman | MB/OH
16 Sets Played

Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 3.69
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 2.69
Receptions: 67
Rcpt/Game: 4.19
Aces: 13

Virginia
6'1 | Junior | S
5 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 7.4
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 3.6
Receptions: 3
Rcpt/Game: 0.6
Aces: 1
Blocks: 1

Washington
5'9" | Junior | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 70
Assists/Game: 11.67
Team Hitting%: 0.323
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Aces: 2

Wisconsin
6'0" | Senior | S/OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 52
Rcpt/Game: 6.5
Aces: 8

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:

The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
Marisa Davis named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Arizona High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Marisa Davis named 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Girls 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.

Marisa Davis of Valley Vista (Surprise) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Monsoon to a 17-1 record and the Class 6A state championship.

Davis averaged 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Valley Vista's 49-41 win over Hamilton in the title game.

Headed to Seattle to play for the Washington Huskies next season, Davis is regarded as the No. 76 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Marisa Davis (11) with teammates prior to the Class 6A state championship game.
Photo by Mark Jones
Marisa Davis (11) with teammates prior to the Class 6A state championship game.
High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams competing for title at GEICO Nationals - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams competing for title at GEICO Nationals
The goal of every major tournament is to get as many top teams together as possible. And with the GEICO High School Nationals there's even more pressure on to get the best on the same court.

This year, GEICO has achieved that goal. The GEICO Nationals not only has the top two teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, its also features No. 9 and No. 11 — and none have lost a game. Simply put, the winner of the Saturday title game will assuredly be crowned the best team in the nation.

In most years, it doesn't play out that way. California teams (to mention just one state) have never participated in the GEICO, and even though Mount Notre Dame is unbeaten and No. 3, it won't affect the final rankings. After all, strength of schedule is one of the most important factors, and in a year when intersectional play was almost non-existent, the GEICO's ability to match teams from Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Utah is unique.

The first semifinal is 10:30 a.m. Friday (Eastern) and pits No. 1 Lake Highland Prep vs. No. 9 Paul VI. No. 2 Westlake takes on No. 11 Fremont at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be shown on ESPNU. The championship game is slated to tip-off at 10 a.m. (Eastern) Saturday.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
Photo by Jeff Robertson
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
Lake Highland Prep may not have the depth of its first-round opponent at the GEICO Nationals, but Kayla Blackshear (a senior signed with Alabama), Nyla Harris (a junior committed to Louisville, Stefanie Ingram (junior, Central Florida) will be tough for No. 10 Paul VI to contain. If Ingram can get the ball to Harris and Blackshear in the paint, the Highlanders have a good chance to get to the Saturday's title game.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 2
Guard play is always important, but even more so at the high school level — which means Westlake and its guard tandem of Raven Johnson (senior, McDonald's All-American, committed to South Carolina) and highly-rated junior Taniya Latson are in good position to win the GEICO High School Nationals. And too much focus on the guards will free up 6-2 senior Snoop Turnage (Virginia Tech) to do damage inside.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 3
Season complete.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 4
The first meeting with No. 20 Chaska was canceled due to COVID, but hopefully the AAAA semifinal matchup set for April 7 will happen. And getting past Chaska doesn't mean the job is done — unbeaten Farmington is the likely opponent in the finals.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers' season came to an abrupt end as one of its players tested positive for COVID, and the team had to withdraw from the Michigan postseason. Edison was the odds-on favorite to win the Class 2 title and continue its 34-game winning streak, so its ranking is unaffected by a situation out of its control.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 6
Season complete.

7. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
Season complete.

8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Season complete.

9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 9
The Panthers may have played 10 games, but those contests included enough quality competition to get PVI into the GEICO Nationals and a shot at No. 1 Lake Highlands Prep on Friday. The Paul VI system — with its presses and traps — not only features seniors Bella Perkins and Duke-bound Lee Volker but plenty of depth that can wear down even the toughest opposition.

10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 11
Season complete.

11. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 11
Unlike the other three teams at the GEICO Nationals, Fremont relies on size. The inside play of 6-4 senior Emma Calvert (signed with BYU) and 6-5 sophomore Maggie Mendelson will create big problems for the other, smaller teams. But the key will be whether Fremont's guards can get the ball to Calvert and Mendelson to utilize their height and skill.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 12
Season complete.

13. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Record:
17-0 | Last week: 13
Season complete.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
Season complete.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 13-3
| Last week: 16
Season complete.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 17
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Season complete.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record 15-0 | Last week: 20
In a state loaded with talent, Chaska and No. 4 Hopkins appear to be the cream of the crop — but "appear" is the operative word. The two are expected to meet April 7 at the Target Center in the AAAA semifinals, and the winner will be favored to win it all, but there are too many outstanding players and quality teams in Minnesota to set anything in stone.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
Season complete.

22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 23
Season complete.

23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 24
Season complete.

24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: NR
Season complete.

Dropped out: None.