November 1, 2023


Study Abroad 101

Top U.S. High School Basketball Programs

Basketball is one of the most popular sports for high school students in the U.S. Here are some of the top U.S. high school basketball programs that international students can participate in while studying abroad.

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At most American high schools, the school basketball team plays a central role in student life. Students with a passion for playing have the opportunity to try out for the team, while other students at the school have fun attending games, where they dress up in school colors and cheer on their school.  

At Amerigo's top ranking high schools, incredible basketball programs are available for international students to participate in, with a record of winning championships and even sending their top players to university teams and the NBA.  

Bishop Montgomery High School

Bishop Montgomery High School has one of the top basketball programs in the entire state of California, with a highly-selective basketball team that has won more than 40 championships over the past 50 years.  

Doug Mitchell, the Boys Basketball Coach, has been teaching at BMHS for 31 years, and is regarded as one of the top high school basketball coaches in the state of California, with over 700 career wins!  

top u.s. high school basketball programs

​Basketball fans at BMHS also love attending games of Southern California’s two very strong professional NBA teams – the Clippers and the Lakers. The Lakers, led by LeBron James, won the 2020 NBA Championship. And the school even has a relationship with the NBA – in January of 2020, NBA MVP winner Kevin Durant attended a BMHS basketball game.

Cretin-Derham Hall High School

Cretin-Derham Hall offers Boys Basketball at four levels – Varsity, Junior Varsity, B-Squad and two ninth Grade teams. This offers students a wide chance of opportunities to get involved with the team, whether they’ve been playing basketball for years or are just getting started. Most notably, alumni Daniel O’turu participated in the 2020 NBA draft. He led the team to win a state champ.

ESPN, one of the most authoritarian sports media, puts out a list of the top 100 high school basketball players every year. In this year's edition (2022), Tre Holloman, a senior at Cretin-Derham Hall, is ranked no. 82. Tre Holloman led the school varsity team to win 2nd place in the state final exam in 2021 when he was a junior.

top u.s. high school basketball programs

There are tryouts for all levels of basketballs: the Varsity, Junior Varsity, B Squad and Ninth Grade levels. There are two ninth grade teams divided by talent. Watch their state championship game in 2018 below!


Justin-Siena offers students both a Boys Basketball Team and a Girls Basketball Team, both of which are played during the winter season. Both the Girls and Boys team won the recent VVAL Championships!

The Justin-Siena Girls Basketball Team won the 2024 VVAL Championship.

The Justin-Siena Boys Basketball team especially has won many championships, most recently including:

  • CIF NorCal State Champions 2022
  • League Champions 2023
  • NCS Scholastic Champions 2018, 2023 
The Justin-Siena Boys Basketball Team. Photo by Diano Pachote '14

The Boys Basketball Team is coached by Coach George Nessman, who has been the Athletic Director at Justin-Siena for 10 years and the Head Basketball Coach for 3 years.

Coach Nessman has his B.A. Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California-Berkeley, his M.A. degree in Education from San Francisco State University and another M.A. in PE, Health and Recreation from St. Mary’s College.

The Girls Basketball Team is coached by Coach Andrew Bettencourt, a 2002 graduate of Justin-Siena. Coach Bettencourt has been the Girls Basketball Head Coach for 10 years, and has been in the coaching program for 19 years. In 2015, he was named the Napa County Coach of the Year. Coach Bettencourt has a B.A. degree in History from Sonoma State University.

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