INTRODUCING THE SCOREBOOK LIVE FEATURED40

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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.

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Oak Hill Warriors

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.

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DeMatha Stags

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.

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LaLumiere Lakers

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.

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Sierra Canyon Trailblazers

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.

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Wasatch Academy Tigers

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.

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Greensboro Day Bengals

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.

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Atascocita Eagles

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.

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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.

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Oldsmar Christian Eagles

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.

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Chino Hills Huskies

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.

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Rainier Beach Vikings

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.

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Fairfax Lions

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.

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Garfield Bulldogs

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.

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Maranatha Minutemen

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.

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Whitney Young Dolphins

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.

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Foothills Christian Knights

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.

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Centennial Huskies

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

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Durango Trailblazers

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.

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Crespi Celts

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.

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Gonzaga Eagles

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.

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Lake Oswego Lakers

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.

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Norcross Blue Devils

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.

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Mountain Brook Spartans

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.

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Sheldon Huskies

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.

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Bishop Alemany Warriors

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.

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Gonzaga Prep Bullpups

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.

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Windward Wildcats

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.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders

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.

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St. Augustine Saints

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.

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Nathan Hale Raiders

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.

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Taft Toreadors

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.

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Westchester Comets

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.

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De La Salle Islanders

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.

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Santa Margarita Eagles

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.

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West Seattle Wildcats

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.

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Heritage Christian Warriors

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.

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Torrey Pines Falcons

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.

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Jefferson Democrats

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.

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Redondo Union Sea Hawks

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.

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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.

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