Power 10: What are the best men’s basketball teams in the state in 2022?

the AL.com Power 10 ranks the best men’s basketball teams in the state, regardless of classification.

Here’s a look at the first Power 10 for 2022.

The survey will be updated weekly.

Tyler Thomas of Cottage Hill with the jump shot during the Gulf Coast Holiday Classic, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Mobile, Ala. (Scott Donaldson | al.com)Scott Donaldson/al.com

10. Cottage Hill (20-4)

The lean: The Warriors continued to roll last week, drilling rival Chickasaw 97-57 and beating Mobile Christian 83-64. Class 3A Cottage Hill fired all five starters from last year’s final four team, including 6-6 twins Tyler and Trent Thomas. Adam Thomas’ team has lost just two games in the state this year, both against higher ranked teams – Baker (69-64) and Hazel Green (47-42).

High School Basketball - Oxford to Oak Mountain

Oak Mountain’s Matthew Heiberger works the ball downfield during the Oxford High School Basketball game at Oak Mountain on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo by Vasha Hunt)hunt vasha

9. Oak Mountain (17-3)

The lean: The defending 7A champions are having another strong year. Oak Mountain beat Oxford 47-42 and Tuscaloosa County 54-52 last week. Wilder Evers had 19 points and 9 rebounds against Oxford. Matthew Heiberger had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists against Tuscaloosa County. The Eagles have lost one game since November – a 50-48 defeat at Ramsay on December 22.

High School Basketball - Spain Park in McAdory

Zach Gray of Spain Park goes loose for a basket during the Spain Park High School basketball game at McAdory on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 in Bessemer, Ala. (Photo by Vasha Hunt)hunt vasha

8. Spain Park (18-4)

The lean: Colin Turner led the Jaguars last week to wins over McAdory, Pelham and Gadsden City. He scored at least 10 points and had at least 8 rebounds in every game. Spain Park’s losses in the state came to Grissom, Hoover and Hazel Green.

AHSAA Basketball Championship

Lee-Huntsville coach Greg Brown leads his team against Ramsay during the AHSAA Class 5A Championship game at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Dennis Victory | preps@al.com )

7. Lee-Huntsville (14-6)

The lean: The defending 5A champions lost a few out-of-state games over the weekend at the national Sugar Bowl tournament in New Orleans. Lee defeated Lord Beaconsfield Landry-Oliver Perry Walker High (63-42) before losing to Beaumont ISD Early College (48-47) and Florida State University School (76-54).

Hoover at Vestavia Boys Basketball

Vestavia Hill’s Win Miller heads to the basket against Hoover’s Taquaris Richardson at Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia, Alabama on Thursday, Dec. 09, 2021. (Marvin Gentry | preps@al.com)

6. Hills of Vestavia (17-2)

The lean: Win Miller had 19 points and 5 assists in a win over Oxford last week and 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over Hewitt-Trussville. Vestavia’s only losses came against Oak Mountain (53-50 on December 10) and Wenonah (65-60) on December 22. The Rebels have victories over Hoover and Ramsay.

AHSAA Basketball Semi-Final

Mountain Brook’s Rayven Turner reaches into the back of Eufaula’s Caleb Paige for the ball during the AHSAA semi-final match at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala., on Marchch Monday. 1, 2021. (Marchvin Gentry | preps@al.com)

5. Eufaule (17-2)

The lean: The Tigers lost only their second game of the season to Opelika 67-66 on Friday. Their only other loss came to defending champion 6A Mountain Brook (80-65) on Nov. 24. Big wins include Oak Mountain (57-48), Spanish Fort (90-76) and Enterprise (47-45). Seniors Caleb Paige (18.3 ppg) and Joshua Paige (15.3) are leading the way.

Sparkman vs. Grissom Basketball

Sparkman’s Terrance Caselberry looks for an opening against Grissom as Coach James Coggins looks on during the Huntsville City Classic championship at Huntsville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. (Kevin Farrell | preps.al.com)

4. Sparkman (18-4)

The lean: The Senators participated in the Huntsville City Classic over the holidays, winning the championship by defeating Grissom 62-53. Last week, Sparkman knocked out Hazel Green 53-45. Calen Lightford is averaging 16 points per game to lead the team.

Pelham to Mountain Brook HSBK

Mountain Brook’s Ty Davis controls the ball from Pelham’s Michael Jones during a men’s basketball game at Mountain Brook High School in Mountain Brook, Alabama on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | preps@al.com)

3. Mountain Stream (18-2)

The lean: The defending 6A champions recorded a pair of impressive wins last week, beating eighth-placed 7A Hoover 67-60 and 6A-class Pelham 72-63. Ty Davis had 13 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds in the win over the Bucs. The Spartans’ only losses came at Northridge (61-52, Dec. 7) and Hoover (72-66) on Dec. 29.

Basketball Jackson and McGill-Toolen

McGill-Toolen forward Barry Dunning dunks against Jackson in the first half of a game during the William Mitchell Memorial Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at UMS-Wright in Mobile Ala. (Mike Kittrell | preps@al.com)

2. McGill-Toolen (19-3)

The lean: The Yellow Jackets are the No. 1 team in Class 6A. They are led by reigning Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year and the team of Barry Dunning Jr. Arkansas signing Phillip Murphy also has an extensive roster. McGill won three games over the weekend in the Sugar Bowl Prep Classic. They shared a pair of games with Class 7A No. 1 Baker and also had victories over Hoover (62-58) and Williamson (70-53).

McGill-Toolen and Baker Basketball

Guard Baker Labaron Philon shoots a free throw against McGill-Toolen in the Remax of Orange Beach and White Sands Tip-Off Classic on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell | preps@al.com)

1. Baker (20-3)

The lean: The No. 1 Class 7A team won their 11th straight game over the weekend, beating Davidson 68-53. Sophomore Labaron Philon continues to be one of the best players in the state in all rankings. The Hornets shared a pair of games with Class 6A No. 1 McGill-Toolen. They also have an 81-67 pre-Christmas win over Sparkman on their resume.

Teams to watch (alphabetical): Autaugaville, Cullman, Grissom, Hoover, Huffman, Huntsville, Jeff Davis, Middle, Plainview, Spanish Fort, Williamson.


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