New West No. 1; changes in the East headline new HSOT boys‘ basketball Top 25

After about two weeks of play, there have been some changes to the HighSchoolOT Top 25 boys basketball polls.

In the West, North Mecklenburg has taken over the No. 1 spot in unanimous fashion. The Vikings started the season No. 2 and have rolled through some quality opponents on their way to a 4-0 start. Greensboro Day, which was the preseason No. 1, dropped to No. 2 after losing to East No. 3 Durham Academy. Cannon School out of Concord, which lost to Greensboro Day by a point, is still No. 3 in the West.

Private schools Weleyan Christian and The Burlington School and public schools Hickory Ridge and Harding University have joined the rankings.

In the East, Farmville Central is still No. 1, but No. 2 Millbrook has taken three first place votes from the Jaguars after blasting off to a 4-0 start in dominant fashion. Farmville Central most recently beat previous No. 3 Greenfield School by a score of 96-83. Greenfield is now No. 6.

Durham Academy, Southern Durham, and Village Christian have made notable jumps up, while Garner, Heritage, and Henderson Collegiate have slipped down.

The Westover Wovlerines, who were not ranked in the preseason, made their debut in the 2019-2020 rankings at No. 16. You can see Westover play in this Saturday‘s HighSchoolOT Millbrook Showcase.

West Boys HSOT Top 25 Poll

1. North Mecklenburg (7) (175) (Preseason: 2)
2. Greensboro Day (168) (Preseason: 1)
3. Cannon (151) (Preseason: 3)
4. Ben L. Smith (150) (Preseason: 6)
5. Northwest Guilford (143) (Preseason: 4)
6. Olympic (142) (Preseason: 5)
7. Concord First Assembly (137) (Preseason: 7)
8. Vance (108) (Preseason: 11)
9. Carmel Christian (105) (Preseason: 13)
10. A.L. Brown (100) (Preseason: 9)
11. R.J. Reynolds (90) (Preseason: 8)
12. Butler (73) (Preseason: 10)
13. High Point Christian (69) (Preseason: 12)
14. Ardrey Kell (66) (Preseason: 16)
15. Winston-Salem Prep (65) (Preseason: 14)
16. Davidson Day (61) (Preseason: 19)
17. Dudley (52) (Preseason: 20)
T18. Myers Park (50) (Preseason: 18)
T18. The Burlington School (50) (Preseason: NR)
20. Wesleyan Christian (44) (Preseason: NR)
T21. West Charlotte (33) (Preseason: 22)
T21. Harding University (33) Preseason: NR)
T23. Independence (29) (Preseason: 15)
T23. Hickory Ridge (29) (Preseason: NR)
25. Bishop McGuinnes (23) (Preseason: 21)

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Others receiving votes (in order): Hough (22), Reidsville (19), Page (18), Charlotte Catholic (16), Covenant Day (14), Parkland (14), Cox Mill (12), Mount Tabor (5), Lake Norman (4), Charlotte Christian (3), Southwest Guilford (2).

East Boys HSOT Top 25 Poll

1. Farmville Central (4) (172) (Preseason: 1)
2. Millbrook (3) (170) (Preseason: 2)
3. Durham Academy (162) (Preseason: 5)
4. Apex Friendship (154) (Preseason: 4)
5. Leesville Road (144) (Preseason: 6)
6. Greenfield (135) (Preseason: 3)
7. Holly Springs (131) (Preseason: 7)
8. Southern Durham (120) (Preseason: 15)
9. Village Christian (111) (Preseason: 14)
10. Kinston (100) (Preseason: 10)
11. Panther Creek (97) (Preseason: 11)
12. Voyager Academy (91) (Preseason: T19)
T13. Garner (72) (Preseason: 9)
T13. Hoggard (72) (Preseason: 16)
15. Wayne Country Day (70) (Preseason: 18)
16. Westover (68) (Preseason: NR)
17. Trinity Christian (52) (Preseason: T19)
18. Henderson Collegiate (49) (Preseason: 8)
19. Heritage (44) (Preseason: 12)
20. Terry Sanford (43) (Preseason: 22)
21. Hillside (36) (Preseason: NR)
22. Pinecrest (32) (Preseason: NR)
23. New Hanover (25) (Preseason: NR)
24. Freedom Christian (24) (Preseason: NR)
25. Pine Forest (22) (Preseason: NR)

Others receiving votes (in order): Middle Creek (12), Rolesville (11), Cary (10), South Granville (10), Clayton (9), Northwood (8), Granville Central (8), Ravenscroft (6), Vance County (3), Northern Nash (1), South Central (1).

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