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April 2, 2008
Final Rivals.com FAB 50 Boys Rankings
FAB 50 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
Compiled by Doug Huff & Mark Tennis of Student Sports
Contributing: Ronnie Flores, Brad Eye and members of the
Student Sports/Rivals.com National High School Network.
(Listed with final won-loss record and preseason rank in parentheses; After games of Sunday, March 30)
Led by No. 1 and No. 2 St. Anthony of Jersey City and St. Benedict's of Newark, this year's final Rivals.com FAB 50 boys basketball national rankings are certainly good for New Jersey, but they also turned out to be good for California as no less than 10 teams from the Golden State ended up among the elite.
The final California team that had to go into the rankings was Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, which benefited from what happened in the Minnesota Class 4A state playoffs. First, previous FAB 50-ranked Hopkins of Minnetonka was knocked out by cross-town rival Minnetonka and then last weekend Minnetonka (28-3) ended up winning the state title with a 68-59 victory over Sibley of Mendota Heights. Earlier in the season, Minnetonka took on Campbell Hall and its UCLA-bound California Mr. Basketball standout, Jrue Holiday, and lost by a 90-61 score at the Target Center.
Campbell Hall's victory over Minnetonka was one of many by California teams against top-level out-of-state opponents, including Fairfax of Los Angeles topping St. Patrick's of New Jersey and Archbishop Mitty of San Jose beating New York Federation state finalist Holy Cross of Flushing.
Speaking of Holy Cross, Sunday's title game of the New York Federation Class AA state tournament saw the Knights fall to Lincoln of Brooklyn, 86-67. It was the second straight state title for the New York Public School Athletic League champs, who displayed too much depth for Holy Cross.
Lance Stephenson, ranked as one of the nation's top juniors, led the Railsplitters with 16 points and 14 rebounds. He didn't play for the entire second period after receiving a technical foul for dunking the ball after a timeout had been called. Teammate Justin Greene, also named to the all-tourney squad, helped Lincoln build its lead even with Stephenson on the bench.
Sylvan Landesberg, who played in the McDonald's All-American Game in Milwaukee earlier in the week, had 31 points and 11 rebounds in his final game for Holy Cross.
In addition to Campbell Hall and Minnetonka (now at No. 50), other teams that went into the final FAB 50 rankings that were previously unranked include Kentucky Sweet 16 champ Mason County; Davis of Kaysville, Utah; Brownsburg, the Indiana largest class state champ; Jamesville-Dewitt of New York; and Newark of Ohio.
Read on for this year's final Rivals.com FAB 50 national boys basketball ratings:
1. St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 32-0 (6)
The Friars capped an unbeaten season with their 10th state Tournament of Champions title. It was the fifth unbeaten season, and third national crown, for 36-year coach Bob Hurley, who guided No. 1 teams in 1989 and 1996. Hurley has a 933-101 career record with 22 of the school's 25 North Jersey Non-Public B crowns. The Friars defeated Science Park, 69-36, in the TOC final after routing Immaculata, 76-41, in the semifinals. During the season, the Friars defeated two Top 25 teams in Utah champion Lone Peak and state rival St. Patrick. The team was led by 6-foot-3 senior guard Mike Rosario, an EA SPORTS All-American candidate and Rutgers recruit.
2. St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) 24-1 (11)
The Gray Bees defeated three Top 20 teams en route to an unbeaten season vs. high school teams. St. Benedict's, coached by Dan Hurley and the son of St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley, handed No. 4 Chester, Pa., is lone loss and also bested Rice (N.Y.) and state rival St. Patrick. The lone loss was to Academy of the New Church (Pa.), which is ineligible for high school rankings because it accepts fifth-year seniors. The Gray Bees were led by 6-foot-9 Louisville recruit, Samardo Samuels, who averaged 24.2 points and 10.7 rebounds a game.
3. North Crowley (Fort Worth, Texas) 38-1 (NR)
The Panthers simply dominated Lone Star State foes after losing to Hightower of Sugar Land, 56-50, in their fourth game of the season. The year culminated with 35 consecutive wins and a Class 5A state title courtesy of a seven-point win over No. 26 Dulles. Willie Warren, the Dallas Morning News Player of the Year, led the charge all season long and he came through in the clutch, scoring 15 fourth-quarter points and finishing with a game-high 27 in the state title game. The big win along the way was the 61-57 regional semifinal victory over No. 10 Duncanville, as Warren paced the victors with 17 points. The McDonald's All-American and EA SPORTS National Player of the Year candidate ended his season averaging 24.7 points per game.
4. Chester (Chester, Pa.) 33-1 (17)
Retiring coach Fred Pickett was presented with his third state Class 4A title, and the school's seventh, with an 81-77 finals victory over Norristown, a team which lost its only two games to Chester. The Clippers, who have appeared in a state record 15 title games and were runnerup in 2007, lost their only game to FAB 50 No. 2 St. Benedict's (N.J.). Chester was led by 6-foot-5 Pittsburgh recruit Nasir Robinson and point guard Karon Burton.
5. Saginaw (Saginaw, Mich.) 27-1 (14)
The Trojans repeated as state Class A champion by routing Pershing of Detroit, 90-71, in the finals. Saginaw avenged its only season loss to city rival Arthur Hill with two wins by 82-54 and 81-66. The Trojans were led by 6-foot-7 Michigan State recruit, and state Mr. Basketball, Draymond Green and point guard Daniel West.
6. Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 34-4 (2)
Led by record-setting guard Brandon Jennings, the Warriors won two of three games vs. FAB 50 Top 10 teams and were 2-3 vs. Top 25 opponents. Oak Hill defeated No. 7 Norcross (Ga.) and No. 10 Duncanville (Texas) while bowing to No. 2 St. Benedict's. Jennings set school records by averaging 35.5 points and scoring 63 points in a game which included 13 three-pointers. A top contender for EA SPORTS National Player of the Year honors, is an Arizona recruit. Coach Steve Smith now has a 718-44 record in 23 seasons with six national No. 1 finishes.
7. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 29-2 (7)
The Blue Devils became the first state largest class team to capture three straight titles since 1938-40 by winning the Class AAAAA title with a 57-54 finals' victory over FAB 50 No. 16 Wheeler. Norcross was unbeaten vs. in-state foes and lost only to FAB 50 No. 5 Oak Hill (Va.) and Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen. The Blue Devils were led by 6-foot-9 Wake Forest recruit Al-Farouq Aminu, who averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds a game.
8. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 34-1 (NR)
Ranked No. 1 in the highly-competitive Washington D.C. metro area, the Purple Eagles capped their season with a title in the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational at Frostburg, Md. Gonzaga avenged its only loss to DeMatha (Md.) with a 61-44 decision. Gonzaga won the city title with a 78-44 rout of Roosevelt. The balanced Eagles were led by junior Ian Hummer, along with Cameron Johnson and Tyler Thornton.
9. McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.) 32-0 (NR)
California hasn't had an unbeaten Division I state champion since 1985, so the Warriors certainly belong in the top 10, especially after they beat FAB 50-ranked Dominguez, 73-54, in the title game. Junior guard Will Cherry and junior forward Damon Powell will be back, but four-year starter Frank Otis and retiring head coach Dwight Nathaniel will not.
10. Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) 36-2 (1)
The preseason No. 1 team in the Rivals.com FAB 50, the Panthers' two losses were by a combined five points so even though they didn't repeat as Class 5A state champions, coach Phil McNeely's team has nothing to hang its head about. Duncanville rebounded from its one-point loss (78-77) to No. 6 Oak Hill Academy to win the prestigious Beach Ball Classic with a 69-57 title game win over No. 16 Wheeler. The Panthers' only other loss came against eventual Class 5A state champs North Crowley in the Region I semifinals. Leading scorer Shawn Williams (17 ppg, 9.5 rpg) returns next season as does unsung hero Roger Franklin (the Beach Ball Classic MVP) so expect a high preseason rating once again for McNeely's program.
11. Ferris (Spokane, Wash.) 29-0 (NR)
If there's a team in the West outside California that deserves to be ranked high nationally this year, it's this one as Ferris became the first Class 4A team in Washington history to go undefeated in back-to-back seasons. The Saxons won all but five of their games by double figures which was capped off by a dominating 68-44 win over Federal Way in the state championship game. All five starters were seniors, led by 6-8 DeAngelo Casto and 6-2 Sean Stockton.
12. Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 30-4 (10)
The Railsplitters repeated as state Federation Class AA champion by winning their fourth overall crown with an 86-67 finals' romp, and season repeat win, over Holy Cross of Flushing. Junior Lance Stephenson, a 6-foot-5 All-American guard who was named EA SPORTS National Sophomore and Freshman of the Year the previous two seasons, led Lincoln all season and had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the final despite sitting out nine minutes following a technical foul. Lincoln also defeated FAB 50 No. 20 Rice during the regular season.
13. Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) 31-3 (18)
A 63-60 head-to-head win over Mater Dei in the CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA championship was the key for the Dons to stay high in the final rankings. They also won the CIF Division I Southern California title. The team's top player, 6-7 junior Jordan Hamilton, may not be eligible next season and if that happens he could be playing at a prep school back East.
14. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 35-1 (23)
Head coach Gary McKnight only needs three more wins to reach 800 for his career and he'll get it quickly next season as this year's team, which won the CIF Division II state title for a second straight year and lost its only game to Dominguez, was loaded with underclass stars such as 6-10 junior twin towers David and Travis Wear, 6-7 junior Andy Brown and 6-2 sophomore Gary Franklin.
15. Marshall (Chicago, Ill.) 32-4 (29)
The Commandos captured their third state title, and first since 1960, by avenging a regular season loss and halting two-time titlist and nationally-ranked Simeon, 69-61, in the Class 3A finals. Marshall had lost to Simeon in the semifinals each of the last two years. The city Public League champs won 21 of their last 22 games and were led by 6-foot-5 Ryan Hare, an Oregon State recruit, and 6-2 junior guad Darius Smith.
16. Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 30-3 (37)
The Wildcats finished as state Class AAAAA runnerup by bowing to FAB 50 No. 7, and two-time defending champion, Norcross by 57-54 in the finals. The only other losses were to No. 10 Duncanville (Texas) and to a Nevada prep school, Findlay Prep. Wheeler was led by 6-foot-6 DeQuan Jones, a University of Miami recruit and state Class AAAAA Player of the Year, and 6-8 junior Richard Howell.
17. St. Patrick's (Elizabeth, N.J.) 25-5 (5)
The Celtics played one of the nation's most challenging schedules and went 1-5 against FAB 50 teams with the win over No. 6 Oak Hill (Va.). The losses were to in-state rivals No. 1 St. Anthony and No. 2 St. Benedict's plus No. 20 Rice (N.Y.), No.33 Fairfax (Calif.) and No. 36 Yates (Texas). The Celtics routed state Tournament of Champion runnerup Science Park, 54-32 in December. Junior star Dexter Strickland (6-3) is a North Carolina recruit.
18. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 31-2 (15)
The Monarchs made it to the CIF Division II state final for the second straight year and for the second time lost to Mater Dei. The only other loss was to a Riordan of San Francisco team that Mitty later beat twice. Key wins included those against Holy Cross of New York and against Oregon City of Oregon in the title game of the Les Schwab tournament.
19. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 22-2 (20)
Led by junior standout guard Tyler Haws, the Knights captured the 5A Region 4 league title with a perfect 10-0 record and then won their second straight 5A state championship. The only loss to a team from Utah came in the opening game of the season to Provo by two points, but after that they won 23 of their last 24, with the lone loss to national No. 1 St. Anthony of New Jersey. Lone Peak also picked up a big two-point win in the state semifinals in double-overtime at previously undefeated Davis, which had a 22-0 record entering the contest as Haws hit the game-winner with two seconds to play. The Knights then defeated Bingham for the second time this season in the state finals by a 67-53 score as Haws scored 22 points and senior Justin Hamilton scored 10 points and had a school-record 10 blocks. Haws and his 23 ppg will be back next year, but most of the rest of the team's key players are graduating.
20. Rice (New York, N.Y.) 22-4 (13)
The Raiders were halted in the state Catholic Class AA semifinals by Holy Cross, a team they defeated in regular season, but were impressive against a challenging schedule. Rice defeated FAB 50 No. 17 St. Patrick and No. 24 Mason County, the Kentucky champion, while bowing to No. 2 St. Benedict and No. 12 Lincoln. Senior All-America guard Kemba Walker, a Connecticut recruit, led the way.
21. Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 29-2 (NR)
The Panthers captured their fifth state title with a 61-55 win over St. Petersburg Lakewood in the Class 5A finals. Leading the way was Bo Reliford, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward and tournament MVP. Dillard's only two losses were to FAB 50 ranked teams -- Class 6A champion Norland and a split with rival Boyd Anderson.
22. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 30-5 (NR)
Klay Thompson's 37-point explosion in the CIF Division III state final will be hard to forget by Eagles' fans for a long time. Thompson led Santa Margarita to a win in that game while another key victory came against Fairfax of Los Angeles. Four of the losses were (two each) to higher-ranked Mater Dei and Dominguez.
23. Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.) 34-3 (NR)
The Roadrunners won their fourth state title by beating city rival White Station for the fourth time in a 68-56 Class AAA finals' matchup. The balanced Roadrunners were led by tourney MVP Sampson Carter and Jason Jones. Two of the losses were to Kirby, which is a team the Roadrunners beat to win the Class AAA District 15 crown. Jones led the team averaging nearly 20 points a game while Carter added 16 points a game on the year.
24. Mason County (Maysville, Ky.) 34-4 (NR)
The Royals captured their second state title with a 57-48 finals victory over Covington Holmes. Tourney MVP Darius Miller, a 6-foot-7 Kentucky recruit, led the way with 19 of his 24 points in the second half plus eight rebounds. The Royals bowed to FAB 50 No. 20 Rice (N.Y.) and avenged their other three losses. The other state title came in 2003 with current U. of Tennessee star Chris Lofton as the anchor.
25. Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 29-4 (19)
The two-time defending state champion Wolverines finished as Class 3A runnerup, 69-61 to FAB 50 No. 15 Marshall. Simeon defeated Marshall in regular season. The Wolverines were led by 6-foot-9 Stanley Simpson, a University of Illinois recruit.
26. Dulles (Sugar Land, Texas) 34-5 (NR)
The Vikings enjoyed a successful season that saw them advance all the way to the Class 5A state final before falling to No. 3 North Crowley, 73-67, after leading in the first half. Dulles advanced to the title game after defeating No. 28 Klein Forest, 70-66, in the state semifinals. Led in the scoring department by 6-foot-1 junior Dre Harrison (16.2 ppg), Dulles also beat No. 43 Elkins twice in three games, including a 62-56 playoff win, and split with Sugar Land Hightower, the only team to beat North Crowley this season.
27. M.L. King (Riverside, Calif.) 32-3 (NR)
Led by senior Eric Wise and junior Kahwi Leonard, the Wolves made their mark late in the season by winning the CIF Southern Section Div. I-A title and then beating L.A. City Section champ Taft in the Southern California playoffs. They lost to Dominguez in the final, which was their second close loss to the Dons during the season. King's only other loss was to higher-ranked Mater Dei.
28. Klein Forest (Houston, Texas) 33-4 (NR)
This veteran club led by seniors Toure Murry, Gabe Rogers, Elliott Lloyd and Chris Hines, were trailing No. 26 Dulles 49-30 midway through the third quarter of their Class 5A state semifinal game before making a spirited comeback only to fall short, 71-66. Despite that loss, Klein Forest enjoyed a successful mid-season run that saw them win 21 of 22 games before the loss to Dulles. The only loss loss during that stretch came against district rival Klein Collins, a team they earlier beat.
29. Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 27-4 (16)
North Carolina-bound point guard Larry Drew, named earlier this week by CalHiSports.com as the Division I State Player of the Year, led the Toreadors to the L.A. City Section title with a win over Fairfax in the final. Taft also posted two head-to-head wins during the season over Dominguez, but lost three times in out-of-state games.
30. Chillicothe (Chillicothe, Ohio) 25-2 (NR)
The Cavaliers won their first state title with a 70-69 overtime win over Toledo Libbey in the Division 2 finals. All-State guard Anthony Hitchens (5-9) led the way. Chillicothe also defeated state Division 1 champion Newark, 59-53, during the regular season.
31. Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) 33-3 (NR)
The Patriots captured the state Class 6A title with a 66-55 finals win over Homewood after knocking out defending champion, and FAB 50 No. 32 LeFlore, in the semifinals. Hillcrest, which also avenged a regular season loss to Homewood, was led by tourney MVP Wayne Dedrick.
32. LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) 30-3 (24)
A bid to repeat as state Class 6A titlists by the Rattlers ended in the semifinals with a loss to FAB 50 No. 31 Hillcrest. LeFlore's only two regular season losses were in overtime, on the road, to Christ The King (N.Y.) and Milwaukee (Wis.) Vincent. LeFlore was led by Marquette recruit Nick Williams and touted 6-foot-10 junior DeMarcus Cousins. LeFlore's wins included one over FAB 50 No. 34 Westchester (Calif.).
33. Fairfax (Los Angeles, Calif.) 27-6 (8)
Few will ever forget standout junior Renardo Sidney scoring 32 points to lift the Lions over Westchester in the L.A. City Section semifinals. Fairfax's other big win of the season was against St. Patrick's of New Jersey at the Nike Extravaganza.
34. Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) 28-5 (36)
The Comets were able to get one win against Fairfax in three tries and their loss to M.L. King in the Southern California playoffs was by just two points. Head coach Ed Azzam's team beat White Station of Memphis to win the Roundball Classic and also notched a victory over perennial power Montrose Christian.
35. South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas) 26-8 (22)
The Golden Bears started off the season as the Lone Star State's top-ranked Class 4A team and despite some early on-court struggles and off-court distractions, SOC ended its season where everyone thought they would -- on top again. The Golden Bears also won state titles the previous three seasons, but their 2006 championship had to be forfeited in the middle of this season after the Dallas ISD ruled James Mays' program had used an ineligible player during its run to what would have been its second of four consecutive titles. When it came to winning time, SOC was on its game as it downed Boerne (53-46) in the semifinals and Ft. Worth Southwest (80-77) in the 4A title game. A mainstay on the championships teams, senior center J'Mison Morgan,went for 13 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks in the win over Southwest and finished with averages of 13.5 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game.
36. Yates (Houston, Texas) 26-3 (NR)
This team put itself on the national map with victories over No. 6 Oak Hill Academy (82-80) and No. 17 St. Patrick's (66-60) at the Houston vs. the Nation tournament in December but have to drop somewhat in our final ratings after losing to Wheatley of Houston in a Class 4A regional final game, especially since Wheatley lost in its next game. Although they lost to Madison of Houston in their second game, the Lions served notice they could be a force on the national scene by defeating No. 47 Helen Cox two games later. Led by Baylor recruit Anthony Jones, the Lions only lost to Madison by a point, lost to Wheatley by two points and to Cypress Springs by two points the game before the win over Oak Hill so even though Yates' season ended a little earlier than anticipated it was a team that was just a few plays away from being a legitimate national title contender.
37. Davis (Kaysville, Utah) 22-1 (NR)
Many in Utah had the Darts ahead of Lone Peak all season and for good reason. They were unbeaten at 22-0 heading into their Class 5A state semifinal against Lone Peak, but had things fall apart in the second half against the defending state champions. The Darts led by seven at the break and despite losing leading scorer Jackson Stevenett in the third quarter with an injury they still led by five with under two minutes remaining. They had a potential game-winning shot at the first overtime buzzer rim out and then lost to Lone Peak, 57-55, when its shot with two seconds left in the second overtime went in. After such a strong season and that being the only loss, it was only natural to move up Davis for this year's final national rankings.
38. Norland (Miami, Fla.) 26-6 (NR)
The Vikings captured the state Class 6A championship with a 59-54 finals' win over FAB 50 No. 41 Boyd Anderson. During the regular season, Norland also defeated state Class 5A champion, and FAB 50 No. 21 Dillard by 66-55. The Vikings were led by Antonio Hester and point guard Amir Celestine.
39. Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.) 31-5 (49)
California Mr. Basketball Jrue Holiday led the Lions to their third CIF Div. IV state title in four years. They had a rather lopsided loss to Westchester, but countered that with a big win over eventual Minnesota champ Minnetonka and also posted a win against Division III state champ Santa Margarita.
40. Brownsburg (Brownsburg, Ind.) 22-5 (NR)
The Bulldogs captured a state Class 4A championship with a 40-39 finals' win over Marion. Julian Mavunga led the Bulldogs with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Brownsburg ended the season on a high. In the semifinals, the Bulldogs handed previous FAB 50 ranked New Albany its only defeat. Earlier, they avenged two regular season losses to Carmel and North Central.
41. Boyd Anderson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 30-2 (NR)
Anchored on offense by Martavious Irving, the Cobras finished as state Class 6A runnerup after bowing to FAB 50 No. 38 Norland, 59-54, in the finals. The Cobras split regular season games against state Class 5A champion and FAB 50 No. 21 Dillard. They also posted a quality out-of-state win vs. Lexington Catholic of Kentucky.
42. Central (Omaha, Neb.) 25-3 (NR)
The Eagles soared to their third straight Class A state championship as they held on to defeat Bellevue East, 59-58, in the title game. Earlier, they had to rally to defeat Bryan, 76-68, in the District A-3 final and then defeated Bellevue West, 80-66, in the state semifinals after splitting a pair of games against them in league play. Coach Eric Behrens' squad won its final 10 games of the season and 16 of the last 17.
43. Elkins (Sugar Land, Texas) 31-4 (NR)
Although their season ended with a loss to No. 26 Dulles in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal game, the Knights deserve a spot in our final FAB 50. Despite that six-point playoff loss, Dulles did record two wins over the eventual state runner-ups during the regular season. Led by Devan White, Jack Hill and Northern California transfer Elston Turner Jr., Elkins also posted a 2-1 record vs. the Hightower team that handed 5A state champ North Crowley its only loss.
44. Hall (Little Rock, Ark.) 29-2 (NR)
For the third time this year, the Warriors defeated Benton to win the Class 6A state championship. Losing their last game before league play got underway, the Warriors didn't lose again. Wins against Mountain Home (43-39) and Parkview of Little Rock (60-54) advanced Hall to the state title game where it capped off a season-finishing 17-game winning-streak. Senior Ray Jones led the team, averaging 13 points per game while juniors A.J. Walton and Marland Smith each averaged double digit scoring as well.
45. Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.) 26-2 (NR)
The Red Rams captured the state and Federation Class A titles by besting Long Island Lutheran, 70-66, in the Federation finals. Junior Brandon Triche led the way with 29 points and was tourney MVP. It was the third Federation crown for the Red Rams. During the regular season, J-D also handed Class AA semifinalist Bishop Maginn of Albany its only loss and avenged one of its two setbacks to Peekskill.
46. Webster Groves (Webster Groves, Mo.) 29-3 (NR)
The Statesmen opened the season with 10 straight wins and finished it with 12 straight wins as they won the Class 6 state championship defeating defending state champion McCluer North, 71-62. The win was a sweet way for the seniors to go out, including Drew Hanlen, who led the team with 19 points in the title win after being part of last year's team that lost by four points to McCluer North in overtime in the state quarterfinals. Both of Webster Groves' losses to teams in Missouri were by a single basket with a loss to Simeon of Chicago sandwiched in between.
47. Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) 36-7 (28)
The Cougars were 27-0 vs. state teams and won their first state Class 4A title with a 75-51 finals' rout of O.P. Walker. Greg Monroe, a 6-foot-10 three-time all-stater and state Mr. Basketball, averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds. The All-America honoree is a Georgetown recruit.
48. Newark (Newark, Ohio) 24-4 (NR)
The Wildcats earned the state Division 1 title with a 65-52 finals' win over Lakewood St. Edward. Greg Avery, a 6-foot-4 senior and all-state selection, anchored the team.
49. Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 21-2 (NR)
The defending state Division 1 champion Crusaders were upended in post-season play by Trotwood-Madison but impressed during the regular season. Moeller defeated FAB 50 No. 12, and New York champion, Lincoln of Brooklyn, and lost its only regular season game to FAB 50 No. 2 St. Benedict's (N.J.). Moeller was led by 6-3 all-state senior Michael Davenport.
50. Minnetonka (Minnetonka, Minn.) 28-3 (NR)
Iowa recruit Anthony Tucker pumped in 27 points as the Skippers won their first state Class 4A title since 1998 with a come-from-behind 68-59 finals' win over Sibley of Mendota Heights. Minnetonka got past previously FAB 50-ranked crosstown rival Hopkins earlier in the playoffs.
THE NATION'S NEXT TOP 50 TEAMS:
51. Memorial (Tulsa, Okla.) 25-5
52. Putnam City (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 25-2
53. Bishop Maginn (Albany, N.Y.) 24-2
54. Holy Cross (Flushing, N.Y.) 22-9
55. Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.) 29-1
56. Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa) 25-1
57. Wauwatosa East (Wauwatosa, Wis.) 26-1
58. Columbia (Decatur, Ga.) 30-3
59. Richards (Oak Lawn, Ill.) 28-4
60. Washington (Washington, Ind.) 23-2
61. Libbey (Toledo, Ohio) 22-3
62. Holmes (Covington, Ky.) 34-3
63. Norristown (Norristown, Pa.) 33-2
64. Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 28-4
65, Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Ky.) 32-4
66. Marion (Marion, Ind.) 24-5
67. Christ The King (Middle Village, N.Y.) 22-6
68. Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) 28-8
69. Benedictine (Richmond, Va.) 28-7
70. Christ (Arden, N.C.) 34-2
71. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 25-5
72. Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) 27-3
73. Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.) 23-5
74. Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 21-4
75. T. C. Williams (Alexandria, Va.) 29-3
76. Kinston (Kinston, N.C.) 28-4
77. Provine (Jackson, Miss.) 30-7
78. Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) 23-4
79. Pershing (Detroit, Mich.) 22-5
80. Butler (Huntsville, Ala.) 28-5
81. McCluer North (Florrissant, Mo.) 25-5
82. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 25-5
83. Reno (Reno, Nev.) 26-6
84. Desert Edge (Goodyear, Ariz.) 28-2
85. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 22-5
86. Etiwanda (Cucamonga, Calif.) 31-3
87. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) 27-2
88. Trinity (Trinity, N.C.) 31-2
89. Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.) 27-4
90. Southwest (Fort Worth, Texas) 32-8
91. Wheatley (Houston, Texas) 28-5
92. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 19-6
93. Grant (Portland, Ore.) 22-6
94. Crosby (Waterbury, Conn.) 24-1
95. Highland Park (Topeka, Kan.) 23-1
96. Palo Duro (Palo Duro, Texas) 30-1
97. Oregon City (Oregon City, Ore.) 27-2
98. Ozen (Beaumont, Texas) 28-3
99. Denver East (Denver, Colo.) 23-5
100. Klein Collins (Spring, Texas) 31-5
Dropped Out: Previous No. 22 Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Ky.); No. 23 Holy Cross (Flushing, N.Y.); No. 27 Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.); No. 28 Bishop Maginn (Albany, N.Y.); No. 29 Marion (Marion, Ind.); No. 47 Memorial (Tulsa, Okla.); No. 50 Putnam City (Oklahoma City, Okla.).
About Doug Huff & Mark Tennis
Huff is one of only three journalists who've been inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. He's known as the founder of the national record book, originated the prestigious Street&Smith's preseason All-American teams and still updates football and boys basketball national records regularly for Student Sports. Huff is beginning his 21st consecutive season of compiling national high school football rankings. No one has done this type of work for more years. Tennis has been executive editor of Student Sports for 13 years and has been compiling California state rankings for 27 years. Huff and Tennis have worked together on the FAB 50 rankings since 1999.
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