The Scorebook Live Featured40 identifies 40 of the nation’s top programs. Teams are chosen by a panel of coaches and analysts based on several factors: 2016-17 potential, strength of schedule, and historical success in the program. Featured teams will be presented front and center on scorebooklive.com, and you can follow all of their games live under the Featured tab on the Scorebook Live scoreboard. Here’s a sneak peak at this season’s boy’s basketball Featured40.
NOTE: Teams are arranged in no particular order. The Scorebook Live Featured40 is not a ranking.
Notable Alumni: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Rajon Rondo (Chicago Bulls)
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Players to Watch: Devontae Schuler, Billy Preston, TyShon Alexander
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 4 vs. Chino Hills
Frank Burlison Says: With the group of guards on hand – Steve Smith believes Matt Coleman, Ty-Shon Alexander, Lindell Wigginton and Devonte Shuler make up the best backcourt foursome he’s coached – and the size and skill of Billy Preston, the Warriors are solid choices to go unbeaten.
Notable Alumni: Adrian Dantley (fmr. NBA), Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic), Markelle Fultz (Washington)
Head Coach: Mike Jones
Players to Watch: DJ Harvey
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 16 vs. Gonzaga
Frank Burlison Says: D.J. Harvey appears destined to become the Stags’ next McDonald’s All-American.
Notable Alumni: Brandon Cyrus (DePaul)
Head Coach: Shane Heirman
Players to Watch: Brian Bowen, Jordan Poole
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 4 vs. Marquette Catholic
Frank Burlison Says: There’s a nifty combination of size, skill and depth, with Brian “Tugs” Bowen as versatile a player at his size (6-8) as there is in the national senior class.
Notable Alumni: Devearl Ramsay (Nevada)
Head Coach: Ty Nichols
Players to Watch: Marvin Bagley III, Cody Riley, Adam Seiko
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 4 vs. Bishop Gorman
Frank Burlison Says: Without Marvin Bagley III, the TrailBlazers would still have a lineup with three NCAA Division I signees. With him they may be good enough to go unbeaten and be declared the mythical “national champions.
Notable Alumni: Trevin Dorius (Utah State)
Head Coach: Curtis Conde
Players to Watch: Josip Vrankic, Emmanuel Akot, Damion Squire
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 28 vs. Chino Hills
Frank Burlison Says: Curtis Condie is constructing a regional and national prep school power as Wasatch continues to attract quality players from across the western hemisphere.
Notable Alumni: Jalen Ross (Hartford)
Head Coach: Fred Johnson
Players to Watch: J.P. Moorman, John Newman
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 7 vs. High Point Christian
Frank Burlison Says: Fred Johnson deserves any and all regional and national accolades as he rapidly closes in on 1,000 victories over his stellar five-decade career.
Notable Alumni: Carsen Edwards (Purdue)
Head Coach: David Martinez
Players to Watch: Fabian White, Kobe Wilson
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 10 vs. Kingwood
Frank Burlison Says: Texas continues to be underrated, nationally, in terms of the quality of its programs and players. And this is one of the many examples of the former.
White Station Spartans
Notable Alumni: Leron Black (Illinois)
Head Coach: Jesus Patino
Players to Watch:
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 7 vs. Memphis East
Frank Burlison Says: The barbeque and blues turned out in Memphis are regional and national treasures. So is its tradition of quality high school basketball.
Notable Alumni: Troy Baxter (UNLV), Eric Hester (Florida)
Head Coach: John Bianchi
Players to Watch: Elijah Weaver, Michael Durr, DJ Mitchell
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 31 vs. Downey Christian
Frank Burlison Says: Oldmar is among the many programs that continue to demonstrate why Florida isn’t only about producing quality football programs and players, with 12 players currently playing at the D1 level.
Notable Alumni: Lonzo Ball (UCLA)
Head Coach: Stephan Gilling
Players to Watch: LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball, Elizjah Scott, Onyeka Okongwu
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 28 vs. Wasatch Academy
Frank Burlison Says: Lonzo Ball is now UCLA’s point guard and Steve Baik is now coaching at L.A. Fairfax. But new coach Stephan Gilling’s Huskies have plenty of gifted players on hand, including Lonzo’s brothers, Gelo and Melo.
Notable Alumni: Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers), Nate Robinson (fmr. NBA), Doug Christie (fmr. NBA)
Head Coach: Mike Bethea
Players to Watch: N’Keil Nelson, Kahlil Shabazz
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 26-28 at Montverde Academy Invitational
Frank Burlison Says: Few programs – nationally or regionally – have attracted the kind of attention this one has over the past couple of decades because of its NBA-playing alumni.
Notable Alumni: Craig Smith (fmr. NBA)
Head Coach: Steve Baik
Players to Watch: Jamal Hartwell, Ethan Anderson
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 28 vs. Bishop Montgomery
Frank Burlison Says: Steve Baik, after so much success at Chino Hills, was entrusted when keeping the Lions at the same level of success – on and off the court – that the program achieved for so long under Harvey Kitani.
Notable Alumni: Brandon Roy (fmr. NBA)
Head Coach: Ed Haskins
Players to Watch: Daejon Davis
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 27 vs. Nathan Hale
Frank Burlison Says: Its most famous basketball alum, Brandon Roy, is now directing one of the state’s best programs (Nathan Hale) in the city where he cut his basketball teeth.
Notable Alumni: Tyler Dorsey (Oregon), Trevor Stanback (Stanford)
Head Coach: Tim Tucker
Players to Watch: Terrance Lang
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 28 vs. Durango
Frank Burlison Says: It’s no surprise that success followed Tim Tucker when he left his alma mater (Pasadena) to a private school across town.
Notable Alumni: Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers), Craig Robinson (fmr. Oregon State Head Coach)
Head Coach: Ty Slaughter
Players to Watch: Lucas Williamson, Javon Freeman
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 25 vs. North Lawndale
Frank Burlison Says: The battles this program has had with Chicago counterpart Simeon have had – and the players each has produced – are legendary.
Notable Alumni: T.J. Leaf (UCLA)
Head Coach: Brad Leaf
Players to Watch: Jaylen Hands, Jaren Nafarrete
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 3 vs. Oak Hill
Frank Burlison Says: The success of T.J. Leaf – in high school and at UCLA – is just one of the examples of why his dad, Brad Leaf, is one of California’s best high school coaches.
Notable Alumni: Arron Afflalo (Sacramento Kings)
Head Coach: Josh Giles
Players to Watch: Jalen Hill
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 4 vs. Los Altos
Frank Burlison Says: Concordia University (Irvine, CA) Hall of Fame member Josh Giles would win pretty much any jump shooting contest with any other high school coach in America
Notable Alumni: Jack Murphy (Northern Arizona Head Coach)
Head Coach: DeShawn Henry
Players to Watch: Demetrius Valdez, Jeremie Portuondo
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 10 vs. Bishop Gorman
Frank Burlison Says: DeShawn Henry has a program – with the young players – that could be challenging Bishop Gorman within the city soon.
Notable Alumni: London Perrantes (Virginia), Paul Mokeski (fmr. NBA)
Head Coach: Russell White
Players to Watch: Devon Rojo, Billy Oxley
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 3 vs. Alemany
Frank Burlison Says: Russell White does an outstanding job of developing guards, including the likes of Virginia senior point guard London Perrantes to USC freshman DeAnthony Melton to current juniors Taj Regans and Brandon Williams.
Notable Alumni: John Thompson III (Georgetown Head Coach), Kris Jenkins (Villanova)
Head Coach: Stephen Turner
Players to Watch: Prentiss Hubb, Chris Lykes
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 16 vs. DeMatha
Frank Burlison Says: Besides guiding some exceptional players and a tremendous program, Steve Turner also happens to be one of the coolest guys I know among high school coaches.
Notable Alumni: Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Salim Stoudamire (fmr. NBA)
Head Coach: Marshall Cho
Players to Watch: J.R. Schilling
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 7 vs. West Linn
Frank Burlison Says: The passage of the years hasn’t dulled the memory of just how good Kevin Love was with this program. He’s the best-ever basketball player produced in Oregon.
Notable Alumni: Jeremy Lamb (Charlotte Hornets), Al-Farouq Aminu (PortlandTrailblazers), Jodie Meeks (Orlando Magic)
Head Coach: Jesse McMillan
Players to Watch: Jordan Goldwire, Rayshaun Hammonds
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 3 vs. Parkview
Frank Burlison Says: This is one of the key programs among the multitudes that has helped make this perhaps the most potent state in the south in terms of the production of quality basketball players.
Notable Alumni: Will Macoy (Auburn)
Head Coach: Bucky McMillan
Players to Watch: Trendon Watford
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 24 Briarwood Christian
Frank Burlison Says: With 6-8 sophomore Trendon Watford around for the next two-plus seasons, a whole lot of high-profile college coaching staffs have this school’s address punched into their Waze application.
Notable Alumni: DeMarcus Nelson (Duke)
Head Coach: Joey Rollings
Players to Watch: Elishja Duplechan
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 28 vs. Orange Lutheran
Frank Burlison Says: December action has offered a compelling suggestion that this program may have this season’s strongest team in Northern California.
Notable Alumni: Marquez Coleman (Nevada)
Head Coach: Tray Meeks
Players to Watch: D.J. McDonald, Brandon Davis
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 3 vs. Crespi
Frank Burlison Says: Tray Meeks has the Warriors on the verge of a third consecutive trip to the CIF Southern Section Open Division Playoffs.
Notable Alumni: John Stockton (fmr. NBA)
Head Coach: Matty McIntire
Players to Watch: Devin Culp, Anton Watson
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 24 vs. Central Valley
Frank Burlison Says: A 13-1 start with six sophomores on the roster means success isn’t likely going to be leaving this program anytime soon.
Notable Alumni: Darius Morris (Brooklyn Nets)
Head Coach: Colin Pfaff
Players to Watch: Jules Bernard
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 7 vs. Crossroads
Frank Burlison Says: This program is headed for tremendous success – on and off the court – under former University of Portland assistant Colin Pfaff.
Notable Alumni: Delonte West (fmr. NBA)
Head Coach: Brendan O’Connell
Players to Watch: Naji Marshall
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 9 vs. Suitland
Frank Burlison Says: In Naji Marshall, the Raiders have one of the best forwards in the East.
Notable Alumni: Trey Kell (San Diego State)
Head Coach: Mike Haupt
Players to Watch: Taeshon Cherry
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 16 vs. Cathedral Catholic
Frank Burlison Says: Coach Mike Haupt has a strong freshman class – of which is 6-5 son, Luke, is a member.
Head Coach: Brandon Roy
Players to Watch: Michael Porter, Jr., Jontay Porter, PJ Fuller
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 27 vs. Garfield
Frank Burlison Says: The addition of the Porter Brothers and former UW and NBA guard Brandon Roy is why Nathan Hale is now fielding a city, regional and national powerhouse.
Notable Alumni: Jordan Farmar (Sacramento Kings), Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)
Head Coach: Derrick Taylor
Players to Watch:
Can’t Miss Game: Jan. 28 vs. Foothills Christian
Frank Burlison Says: Derrick Taylor is in his second stint as the head coach of a program that will no doubt remain one of Southern California’s best as long as that “second stint” is on-going.
Notable Alumni: Trevor Ariza (Houston Rockets), Amir Johnson (Boston Celtics)
Head Coach: Ed Azzam
Players to Watch:
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 10 vs. Fairfax
Frank Burlison Says: The Comets have been an L.A. City – and state – power for the better part of five decades under Ed Azzam.
Notable Alumni: Reid Travis (Stanford)
Head Coach: Dave Thorson
Players to Watch: Goanar Mar
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 21 vs. Brooklyn Center
Frank Burlison Says: There isn’t a high school basketball coach in the Midwest who is more respected by his peers than is Dave Thorson.
Notable Alumni: Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Head Coach: Jeff Reinert
Players to Watch: Kaden Rasheed, Adrease Jackson
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 7 vs. Mater Dei
Frank Burlison Says: Sure, Klay Thompson is the program’s most famous hoops alum (his number was recently retired by the school). But Carson Palmer – a quarterback of note at USC and in the NFL – was part of a Southern Section basketball championship with the Eagles under former coach Jerry DeBusk.
Head Coach: Keffrey Fazio
Players to Watch: Nate Pryor
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 3 vs. Chief Sealth
Frank Burlison Says: Garfield, Rainier Beach and Seattle Prep have garnered most of the west coast and national attention when it comes to Seattle hoops. But the product West Seattle puts on the floor is pretty darn impressive, as well.
Head Coach: Paul Tait
Players to Watch: Juhwan Harris-Dyson
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 7 vs. Maranatha
Frank Burlison Says: Juhwan Harris-Dyson (who signed with UC Berkeley in November) isn’t going to be the last of the NCAA Division I players this program produces.
Notable Alumni: Scott Pollard (fmr. NBA), Chris Dudley (fmr. NBA), Joe Rahon (Saint Mary’s)
Head Coach: John Olive
Players to Watch: Jake Gilliam
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 16 vs. La Costa Canyon
Frank Burlison Says: John Olive’s “East Coast” – and “college” – roots have helped him turn Torrey Pines into a top-notch basketball program.
Notable Alumni: Terrance Ross (Toronto Raptors), Terrance Jones (New Orleans Pelicans)
Head Coach: Nate Neuschwander
Players to Watch:
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 10 vs. Roosevelt
Frank Burlison Says: The Democrats have a roster impressive enough to win a couple of Oregon championships.
Head Coach: Victor Martin
Notable Alumni: Dijon Thompson (fmr. NBA)
Players to Watch: Ryse Williams
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 9 vs. Mira Costa
Frank Burlison Says: Vic Martin helped Reggie Morris build one Southern California’s elite programs and has taken over with Morris now on Loyola Marymount staff.
Oak Park Eagles
Head Coach: Aaron Shaw
Players to Watch: Riley Battin
Can’t Miss Game: Feb. 9 vs. Simi Valley
Frank Burlison Says: Aaron Shaw has a strong team now but watch this special group of underclassmen really take off in 2017-18.