2022-23 Alabama High School Boys Basketball Rankings: Classes 1A-3A

Updated 11/21/22

With the 2022-23 season having begun for almost all teams in Alabama high school boys basketball, our Classes 1A-3A rankings receives its first update of the year. Perhaps the most notable result of the week was Class 3A’s Southside-Selma dropping five spots, with numerous teams rising a spot as a result. A few teams are off to strong starts, including AISA 1A’s Heritage Christian (4-0), which rises a spot to No. 8.

  1. Plainview (3A)
  2. Cottage Hill Christian (3A)
  3. Highland Home (2A)
  4. Piedmont (3A)
  5. Pike Liberal Arts (2A)
  6. Section (2A)
  7. Winfield (3A)
  8. Heritage Christian (AISA 1A) +1
  9. Covenant Christian (1A) -1
  10. Lanett (2A)
  11. Lauderdale County (3A)
  12. Decatur Heritage (2A) +1
  13. Houston Academy (3A) +1
  14. Mars Hill Bible (2A) +1
  15. Autaugaville (1A) +1
  16. Midfield (3A) +1
  17. Southside-Selma (3A) -5
  18. Brantley (1A)
  19. Dadeville (3A) +1
  20. Geneva County (2A) -1
  21. Autauga (AISA 2A)
  22. Childersburg (3A)
  23. Tuscaloosa Academy (2A)
  24. Loachapoka (1A)
  25. Keith (1A)

Class 3A’s Plainview Opens at No. 1

Last week we presented our 2022-23 Alabama high school boys basketball preseason power rankings for Classes 4A-7A. Now we do the same for Classes 1A-3A, including teams from both the AHSAA and AISA.

1. Plainview (3A)

We begin this list of 2022-23 Alabama high school basketball rankings with Plainview at the No. 1 ranking, as the Bears are coming off a 31-6 season in which they won the Class 3A state championship. They did not lose a game to a team in Class 3A, and they enter the 2022-23 season as a strong state title favorite led by returning forward Luke Smith.

2. Cottage Hill Christian (3A)

Holding the No. 2 spot is Cottage Hill Christian. The Warriors are coming off a 27-6 season that ended with a loss in the regional final. They’re expected to be one of the top teams in Class 3A again, thanks in part to a roster that returns the frontcourt duo of Trent Thomas and Tyler Thomas.

3. Highland Home (2A)

Coming off a Class 2A state semifinal appearance a year ago, when they fell just short of a trip to the state title game, Highland Home begins the 2022-23 season at No. 3. The Flying Squadron (27-6 last season) return one of their top players from that team in forward Keldric Faulk.

4. Piedmont (3A)

Despite a regional semifinal playoff exit a year ago at the hands of top-ranked Plainview, Piedmont begins the 2022-23 season at No. 4. The Bulldogs are coming off a 19-6 season and return a key player in senior guard Alex Odam, who should be one of the top scorers in Class 3A.

5. Pike Liberal Arts (2A)

The defending AISA 3A state champions, Pike Liberal Arts makes the move to the AHSAA this season. The Patriots are the second team from Class 2A to begin the year in our top 5. They lost only once to an in-state team a year ago on their way to a 26-2 record, and they return some key names, headlined by guard Austin Cross.

6. Section (2A)

7. Winfield (3A)

8. Covenant Christian (1A)

9. Heritage Christian (AISA 1A)

10. Lanett (2A)

The first team outside the top 5 here is defending Class 2A state champion Section. The Lions will have to replace a number of key players from a team that went 28-9 a year ago. The same can be said for 2021-22 Class 3A runner-up Winfield at No. 7. Defending Class 1A state champion Covenant Christian begins the year at No. 8 after a 29-6 season.

To round out the Top 10, defending AISA 1A state champ Heritage Christian comes in at No. 9, with the Eagles returning two key names in Tobias Stoutermire and Greyson Sanford. Lanett claims the No. 10 spot after a 19-4 season in which they reached the Class 2A state semifinals.

11. Lauderdale County (3A)

12. Southside-Selma (3A)

13. Decatur Heritage (1A)

14. Houston Academy (3A)

15. Mars Hill Bible (2A)

The first team outside the Top 10 in this list of 2022-23 Alabama high school basketball rankings is Class 3A’s Lauderdale County. The Tigers are coming off a 27-5 season and a regional finals appearance. Class 3A’s Southside-Selma and Houston Academy also enter the year ranked after state semifinal appearances last season.

Decatur Heritage and Mars Hill Bible begin the season at No. 13 and No. 15, respectively, with both coming off state championship game appearances a year ago.

16. Autaugaville (1A)

17. Midfield (2A)

18. Brantley (1A)

19. Geneva County (2A)

20. Dadeville (3A)

Headlining the No. 16-20 grouping are two Class 1A state semifinalists, Autaugaville and Brantley, both winners of 20+ games last season. Class 2A’s Midfield begins the season at No. 17 after a 27-8 season in which the Patriots fell to eventual state champion Section by three points in a regional final.

Geneva County also begins the season ranked in Class 2A, as does Dadeville in 3A, with the Tigers coming off a regional final appearance a year ago.

21. Autauga (AISA 2A)

22. Childersburg (3A)

23. Tuscaloosa Academy (2A)

24. Loachapoka (1A)

25. Keith (1A)

The final five teams in our 2022-23 Alabama high school basketball rankings for Classes 1A-3A include defending AISA 2A state champion Autauga, which begins the season ranked in the No. 21 spot. Another former AISA team, Tuscaloosa Academy, which reclassified to the AHSAA, begins its time in 2A ranked No. 23. Class 3A’s Childersburg begins the season ranked at No. 22, while a pair of 1A teams, Loachapoka and Keith, come in at Nos. 24-25 after regional finals appearances in 2022.

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