NEW FAB 50: Montverde Academy Holds Serve!
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Ronnie has evaluated basketball talent for 20 years and has over 15 years of experience in publishing, editing and managing high school sports websites for companies such as Student Sports, ESPN and Ballislife. Ronnie compiles the FAB 50 National Team Rankings while serving as an account manager and consultant for grassroots event run by Ballislife and other companies, in addition to serving as a color commentator on high school broadcasts.
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The seventh edition of the FAB 50 National Team Rankings powered by Ballislife.com for the 2017-18 season shows two new teams, but we ALMOST had a MAJOR shakeup, as Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) lost to preseason and current No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) at the buzzer. Despite the loss, the Pilots still move up in the rankings after handing previous No. 6 Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Ariz.) its first loss of the season.
By Ronnie Flores
Only two teams this week had losses that knocked them out of the FAB 50 National Team Rankings powered by Ballislife.com. That made room for traditional Minnesota power Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Trinity Episcopal (Richmond, Va.) to move into the FAB 50 and No. 47 and No. 50, respectively. Hopkins has only lost to No. 45 Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) 86-73 in the Royals’ first game of the season. The two teams could meet again in the Class 4A playoffs.
Trinity Episcopal has only lost to top-ranked Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) and to Blue Ridge (St. George, Va.). Coach Richard Hamlin’s club is the last team in after opening at No. 29 in the preseason FAB 50 but going 1-2 in its first three games.
Speaking of Montverde Academy, there was nearly a big shakeup at the top of the rankings, but the Eagles were able to hold on to the top spot and win their own Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament thanks to a dramatic buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Mike Devoe that gave the host school a 69-67 win over previous No. 8 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.). The winning shot was off an inbounds play where Devoe let Spencer Washington fly by him on a defensive rotation to the corner, calmly set his feet and knocked down the game-winning shot as the home crowd stormed the court in a frenzied state.
With the win, the Eagles maintained their preseason No. 1 position and unbeaten mark. Devoe finished the MAIT championship game with 26 points and two steals, while Mr. Basketball USA candidate R.J. Barrett had 22 points and 15 rebounds while averaging 24 ppg in three MAIT games.
Findlay Prep actually moves up in the rankings after the tournament, as it handed previous No. 6 Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Ariz.) its first loss of the season with a 83-74 semifinal win. Texas Tech-bound Kyler Edwards netted 19 points in the Pilots’ big win. Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.) moved up a spot to replace Shadow Mountain at No. 6, as Penny Hardaway’s team owns a win over Findlay Prep. Memphis East has a split with No. 5 Simeon (Chicago, Ill.), lost to No. 4 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) and to No. 3 University School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). The third loss for the Pilots came against No. 42 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) when that club still had Kansas’ Silvio De Souza in its lineup.
Shadow Mountain falls 10 spots right behind No. 15 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.). The Knights defeated Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) in regulation without three starters in its lineup while Shadow Mountain needed overtime to defeat the same club.
Roselle Catholic Up on Ballislife Weekly Showcase
Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) is now 14-3 and up to No. 19 in the FAB 50. Coach Dave Boff’s team has only lost to No. 12 Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.), No. 13 Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) and this past weekend by three points (65-62) to No. 8 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), which lost to Findlay Prep and has a split with Oak Ridge.
Roselle Catholic will look to bounce back from the Paul VI loss with two big games this week you can catch on the Ballislife HS Basketball Weekly Showcase. On January 31, the Lions take on talented and FAB 50 bubble club Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.) at 7:30 pm (ET) in the premier game of the Jersey Shore Challenge at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, NJ). Three nights later on February 3, Roselle Catholic takes on rival Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.) at 5:15 pm (ET) in the showcase game of the Tom Richel Memorial Hoopfest at Roselle.
On January 20, Roselle Catholic defeated Patrick School behind a big performance from McDonald’s All-American Naz Reid after the defending New Jersey TOC champions beat Roselle Catholic four times last season. Make sure to check the Ballislife Show Page to get a reminder link for both games and for other game updates.
Updated FAB 50 National Team Rankings
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(Seventh poll of 2017-18 regular season; Through games played on Sunday, January 28; *Indicates forfeit wins, forfeit losses not included; **Indicates forfeits and defaults not included; ***Indicates foundation games not included)
|No.||Prev.||High School (City)||Record|
|1||1||Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)||28-0|
|2||2||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||33-0|
|3||3||University School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)||22-1|
|4||4||McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)||20-2|
|5||5||Simeon (Chicago, Ill.)||20-3|
|6||7||Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.)||16-3|
|7||8||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||24-3|
|8||9||Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)||20-2|
|9||10||Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)||19-1|
|10||11||DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)||18-3|
|11||12||La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)||15-3|
|12||13||Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)||17-2|
|13||14||Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.)||19-3|
|14||15||Guyer (Denton, Texas)||29-1|
|15||16||Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.)||23-0|
|16||6||Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Ariz.)||17-1|
|17||17||Garfield (Seattle, Wash.)||18-0|
|18||19||Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)||21-5|
|19||20||Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)||14-3|
|20||22||Riley (South Bend, Ind.)||16-0|
|21||23||Long Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.)||15-2|
|22||18||Hudson Catholic (Jersey City, N.J.)||11-4|
|23||24||Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.)||22-0|
|24||21||Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)||25-0***|
|25||25||Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.)||17-3|
|26||26||Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)||17-0|
|27||28||Clarkston (Clarkston, Mich.)||11-1|
|28||29||St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)||25-2|
|29||31||Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.)||17-2|
|30||30||Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)||14-3|
|31||32||Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio)||15-0|
|32||33||Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.)||21-1|
|33||34||Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)||18-4|
|34||35||Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)||22-1|
|35||37||Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.)||15-0|
|36||36||Waxahachie (Waxahachie, Texas)||22-4|
|37||38||John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.)||18-5|
|38||44||Hazel Park (Hazel Park, Mich.)||11-0|
|39||41||Mt. St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.)||19-3|
|40||40||Jefferson (Portland, Ore.)||15-3|
|41||42||Gill St. Bernard’s (Gladstone, N.J.)||12-3|
|42||43||IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)||16-5|
|43||46||Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)||17-0|
|44||45||Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)||18-0|
|45||47||Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)||14-1|
|46||48||Etiwanda (Etiwanda, Fla.)||23-1|
|47||NR||Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)||18-1|
|48||49||Westlake (Austin, Texas)||27-3|
|49||50||New Albany (New Albany, Ind.)||15-1|
|50||NR||Trinity Episcopal (Richmond, Va.)||17-2|
Dropped Out: Previous No. 27 Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), No. 39 Clark (Las Vegas, Nev.).
Bubble Teams: Belleville West (Belleville, Ill.) 18-2; Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 12-1; Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow, Okla.) 16-1; Camel Christian (Matthews, N.C.) 20-3; Canton (Canton, Miss.) 21-2; Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 15-2; Clark (Las Vegas, Nev.) 18-4; Curie (Chicago, Ill.) 19-3; Cypress Falls (Houston, Texas) 24-3; DeKaney (Houston, Texas) 26-3; Federal Way (Federal Way, Wash.) 20-0; Gate City (Gate City, Va.) 16-1; Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) 23-3; Hazelwood Central (Florissant, Mo.) 20-1; Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa) 12-2; Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.) 16-0; Las Cruces (Las Cruces, N.M.) 20-0; Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 16-3; Lincoln (Tacoma, Wash.) 18-0; Loundon Valley (Purcellville, Va.) 16-1; Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 15-6; McPherson (McPherson, Kan.) 13-1; Memorial (Tulsa, Okla.) 16-1; Mills University Studies (Little Rock, Ark.) 17-2; Meridian (Meridian, Miss.) 25-1; Morgan County (Madison, Ga.) 22-1; Mountain Brook (Mountain Brook, Ala.) 25-5; Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) 15-1; Newton (Covington, Ga.) 20-3; Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 19-3; North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.) 19-1; Northwest Classen (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 17-1; Olive Branch (Olive Branch, Miss.) 17-4; Olympus (Salt Lake City, Utah) 17-0; Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.) 16-5; Oshkosh North (Oshkosh, Wis.) 15-1; Pickerington North (Pickerington, Ohio) 14-2; Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.) 15-3; Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.) 14-3; Rayville (Rayville, La.) 25-0***; Richland (Richland, Wash.) 18-0; Rock Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Col.) 17-0; Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) 16-3; Skyline (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 11-0; Solon (Solon, Ohio) 12-0; South Central (Winterville, N.C.) 17-0; South Garland (Garland, Texas) 27-3; Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.) 22-1; Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) 20-2; Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) 18-2; Webster Groves (Webster Groves, Mo.) 11-6; Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) 20-4**.
Note: The FAB 50 powered by Ballislife.com is a continuation of the National Sports News Service ratings that began in 1952. These were the first national high school rankings and the late Art Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They were compiled for many years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 18 years ago.