Sunday, April 14, 2024

NEW FAB 50: EPIC Weekend!

Most of the nation’s energy states concluded their state championships over the weekend, and it precipitated loads of change to the newest version of the FAB 50 Nationwide Staff Rankings powered by There are three newcomers this week, together with state champions from Illinois and Kansas. We break down why on-court outcomes are paramount.

By Ronnie Flores

The weekend of March 8-10 was an epic one for highschool basketball throughout the nation. That is as a result of many energy states conclude their state championship occasions, and it precipitated loads of change to the brand new FAB 50 Nationwide Staff Rankings powered by Let’s run down the important thing outcomes:

* Plano East (Plano, Texas) made historical past by capturing a College Interscholastic League (UIL) state title within the highest classification (Class 6A) by going undefeated. Within the remaining, the Panthers downed then FAB No. 6 Stony Level (Spherical Rock, Texas), 53-41, earlier than 8,812 at The Alamodome in San Antonio. Main the way in which was junior ahead D.J. Corridor with 18 factors in a sport Plano East was answerable for all through. Becoming a member of Corridor on the all-tournament group was Plano East’s Jordan Mizell, a 6-foot-2 senior guard.

With the victory, No. 5 Plano East (40-0) assured itself a high 5 end within the remaining 2023-24 FAB 50, which will probably be printed on April 8. Stony Level, which downed No. 49 Beaumont United (Beaumont, Texas) within the semifinals, 54-46, dropped seven spots this week to No. 13, though its remaining rating is not going to be decided till all the outcomes throughout the nation play out. Stony Level’s solely two losses in 40 video games had been to the Panthers.

* Within the Georgia Excessive College Affiliation (GHSA) Class AAAAAAA title sport, No. 35 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) captured its first-ever state crown with a 51-41 victory over then No. 20. McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.). Junior ahead Jacob Wilkins, already dedicated to Georgia, led the way in which for the Rams with some huge performs down the stretch after McEachern was threatening with one remaining push. Wilkins completed with 14 factors and 12 rebounds, whereas Purdue signee Gicarri Harris, a 6-foot-4 senior, added 9 factors and 5 rebounds for the victorious Rams. Grayson (which beat McEachern twice this season), held Indians star ahead and Mr. Basketball USA candidate Ace Bailey to 4 factors within the second half, as he netted 18 factors on 8-of-20 pictures from the sector.

McEachern got here into the sport ranked greater within the FAB 50 as a result of a few of its earlier nationwide outcomes, together with a victory over new No. 25 North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.) and an time beyond regulation loss to No. 7 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.). Benefitting from Grayson’s title sport victory essentially the most is new No. 23 Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.), which strikes up 11 spots this week as a result of it handed the Rams considered one of its solely two losses with the opposite coming to No. 22 Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.). Perry was capable of avenge two of its in-state losses with the out-of-state losses coming in opposition to Harvard-Westlake (twice) and No. 16 Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.).

“It’s one thing these children will take with them without end,” Grayson coach Geoffrey Pierce instructed “They may without end be know as state champions within the largest classification in Georgia. I can assure there are numerous former gamers and coaches from Grayson which are celebrating with us.”

*On the Golden One Middle in Sacramento, Calif., Harvard-Westlake downed No. 37 Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) within the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Open Division title sport, 50-45, in a hard-fought sport earlier than roughly 5,000 followers. The sport was shut for the ultimate three quarters after the Wolves took a 21-11 lead after one interval. Salesian took its remaining lead (45-44) with 1:31 to go on a lay-up by sophomore Elias Obenyah, however Harvard-Westlake’s McDonalds’ All-American, USC-bound Trent Perry, scored the sport’s remaining six factors and got here up with a steal with slightly below a minute remaining to place his group in place to win its second consecutive CIF open state crown, the third program to do this for the reason that introduction of the open division in 2013. Perry, who completed with 17 factors, hit an elbow soar shot with 26 seconds remaining and two free throws with below 10 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Harvard-bound Robert Hinton scored a team-high 19 factors for Harvard-Westlake, which defeated No. 21 Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) in Tuesday’s SoCal open remaining, 63-59, behind 28 factors from Perry. It was the identical group the Wolverines defeated for the CIF Southern Part open title. Harvard-Westlake not solely beat Roosevelt and Perry twice, it additionally defeated McEachern and No. 36 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), which captured the CIF D1 crown on Friday night time and handed Salesian its solely common season loss in time beyond regulation. The out-of-state loss for Harvard-Westlake got here in a one possession sport to No. 2 Columbus (Miami, Fla.).

* Columbus turned eligible for the Chipotle Excessive College Basketball Nationals (April 4-6) by capturing the Florida Excessive College Athletic Affiliation (FHSAA) Class 7A title, the Explorers’ third consecutive state crown. The Explorers wanted time beyond regulation to show again then No. 31 Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.), 72-67, after giving up a 13-point lead within the third interval. Battle-tested Oak Ridge, which downed No. 46 Winter Haven (Winter Haven, Fla.) within the semifinals, 85-74, used a 13-0 run late within the third quarter to get again within the sport.

Cameron Boozer, final season’s Mr. Basketball USA as a sophomore, got here up with a thunderous slam dunk with 5 seconds remaining to ship the sport into time beyond regulation. Boozer completed with 24 factors, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and three steals within the huge victory. His brother Cayden Boozer added 16 factors, whereas Michigan St.-bound Jase Richardson added 14 factors.

Along with defeating Harvard-Westlake, which strikes up three spots to No. 7 this week, the Explorers personal victories over No. 3 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.), No. 4 Lengthy Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.) and No. 6 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.).

Anticipate the FAB 50’s No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 groups to affix top-ranked Montverde Academy at Chipotle Excessive College Basketball Nationals. The eight-team area for the occasion is anticipated to be introduced this week and all its video games will probably be broadcast reside on ESPN platforms.

There will probably be extra motion within the coming weeks based mostly on the ends in the states the place the playoffs are nonetheless going reminiscent of Indiana and Pennsylvania, plus Chipotle Nationals. For lots of the nation’s finest groups, nevertheless, this previous weekend was huge and capturing state titles on-the-court is one thing that may by no means be taken away, no matter their remaining place within the FAB 50.

We’ll give our tackle the large off-court happenings in New Jersey later this week.

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Up to date FAB 50 Nationwide Staff Rankings
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(twelfth ballot of 2023-24 common season; By means of video games performed on Sunday, March 10; *Signifies forfeit wins, forfeit losses not included; **Signifies forfeits and defaults not included; ***Signifies season full.)

No. Prev. Excessive College (Metropolis) Report
1 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 29-0
2 2 Columbus (Miami, Fla.) 27–4
3 3 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) 33-2
4 4 Lengthy Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.) 21-4
5 5 Plano East (Plano, Texas) 40-0***
6 8 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) 31-5
7 10 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 33-3***
8 9 Hyperlink Academy (Branson, Mo.) 22-6
9 11 Central Cabarrus (Harmony, N.C.) 31-0
10 14 Wisconsin Lutheran (Milwaukee, Wis.) 28-0
11 12 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 27-5
12 15 Fishers (Fishers, Ind.) 26-1
13 6 Stony Level (Spherical Rock, Texas) 38-2***
14 13 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 17-8
15 17 St. Rose (Belmar, N.J.) 29-2***
16 18 Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) 25-4
17 19 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 29-3***
18 21 Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 25-2
19 22 St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) 24-1
20 23 Mix Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.) 21-2
21 24 Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) 31-4***
22 25 Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.) 27-2***
23 34 Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.) 24-6***
24 35 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) 30-2***
25 41 North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.) 28-3
26 20 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 26-6***
27 7 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 27-4***
28 27 John Marshall (Richmond, Va.) 25-3***
29 26 Bullis (Potomac, Md.) 27-3***
30 28 Sidwell Buddies (Washington, D.C.) 27-4***
31 29 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 28-6***
32 30 Nice Crossing (Georgetown, Ky.) 33-1
33 31 Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) 27-4***
34 32 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) 23-5
35 33 Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) 27-7
36 36 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 28-7***
37 37 Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) 31-2***
38 39 Bartlett (Bartlett, Tenn.) 31-4
39 39 Patrick College (Elizabeth, N.J.) 28-4
40 40 Camden (Camden, N.J.) 30-2***
41 44 Kell (Marietta, Ga.) 28-3***
42 48 Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.) 26-1
43 50 Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 25-1
44 43 Millennium (Goodyear, Ariz.) 25-5***
45 NR Homewood Flossmor (Flossmor, Ailing.) 33-4***
46 46 Winter Haven (Winter Haven, Fla.) 27-2***
47 47 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 29-6***
48 NR Reidsville (Reidsville, N.C.) 27-0
49 49 Beaumont United (Beaumont, Texas) 34-4***
50 NR Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 25-0***

Dropped Out: Earlier No. 16 De Pere (De Pere, Wis.), No. 42 Curie (Chicago, Ailing.), No. 45 Cordova (Cordova, Tenn.).

Bubble Groups: Arrowhead (Heartland, Wis.) 26-2; Bay Shore (Bay Shore, N.Y.) 23-0; Bellevue West (Bellevue, Neb.) 27-1***; Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 24-5***; Brennan (San Antonio, Texas) 31-5***; Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) 28-3***; Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 23-2; Curie (Chicago, Ailing.) 31-3***; Dale (Dale, Okla.) 30-2***; De Paul Prep (Chicago, Ailing.) 35-2***; De Pere (De Pere, Wis.) 26-2***; East Lansing (East Lansing, Mich.) 24-2; Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 24-4***; Fort Bend Clements (Sugar Land, Texas) 32-1***; Garfield Heights (Garfield Heights, Ohio) 24-1; Hickory (Hickory, N.C.) 31-0; Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 30-3***; Imhotep Constitution (Philadelphia, Pa.) 25-3; Jackson-Reed (Washington, D.C.) 33-3; Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 25-1***; Kokomo (Kokomo, Ind.) 25-4***; Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) 25-3; Lehi (Lehi, Utah) 24-4***; Lexington (Lexington, S.C.) 28-2***; Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Ky.) 32-2; Liberty Magnet (Baton Rouge, La.) 33-4***; Lincoln Park (Midland, Pa.) 23-3; Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 23-3***; Mt. St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) 36-5***; Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) 23-3; Newport (Newport, Ky.) 31-3; Noblesville (Noblesville, Ind.) 22-3***; Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 25-0***; Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) 31-4***; Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 21-6; Pewaukee (Pewaukee, Wis.) 24-4; Raymond (Raymond, Miss.) 31-4***; Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas) 35-4**; Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) 26-4***; St. Anne’s-Bellfield (Charlottesville, Va.) 26-4***; St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 22-3; St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey Metropolis, N.J.) 26-3***; Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa) 21-5***; Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.) 24-6; Volcano Vista (Albuquerque, N.M.) 27-1; Wasatch Academy (Mt. Nice, Utah) 15-7; Westfield (Westfield, Ind.) 19-3***; Woodside (Newport Information, Va.) 27-1***.

Observe: The FAB 50 powered by is a continuation of the Nationwide Sports activities Information Service scores that started in 1952. These had been the primary nationwide highschool rankings and the late Artwork Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They had been compiled for a few years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 24 years in the past.

Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of He could be reached at [email protected]. Do not forget to comply with him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

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