FAB 50: Final Rankings for 2019-20?

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation and causing change in our daily lives, four states were able to conclude their state championships last week which causes movement and brings two newcomers to this week’s FAB 50. Is this the final rankings of the season or will a few selected states be able to complete their season in early April?

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How Coronavirus Affects High School Basketball

Many states were unable to finish their state championship events and there will likely be no post-season or national All-Star events because of Coronavirus (COVID-19), which rapidly went from a public health crisis to a pandemic last week. What does this mean for high school basketball, the upcoming travel ball season and the FAB 50?

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NEW FAB 50: Upsets & Coronavirus Dominate Headlines!

State champs in Georgia and Washington are crowned with more state tournaments wrapping up this week. For some, the tourneys can’t end quick enough because of fears school districts may have to close down as a precaution to Coronavirus (COVID-19), as was the case for No. 34 Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.) over the weekend. Will the Huskies close out their season on the court?

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NEW FAB 50: Playoffs Cause Change!

The playoffs are tipping off all over the country and some early post-season results cause big change in the latest FAB 50 rankings!. The change doesn’t necessarily mean teams drop out, or can’t recover and move back in after a loss that didn’t end their season. One team jumps in all the way to No. 23!

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UPDATED FAB 50 Rankings: Competition Leads To Interest!

It’s another week of upsets and big results, particularly Baltimore clubs St. Frances Academy and Poly pulling off big wins at the East Coast Bump, that change the pecking order of the latest FAB 50. Top ranked clubs beating up on each other makes compiling the FAB 50 more difficult, but also creates excitement and interest as teams position for a possible slot at GEICO Nationals in April!

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“In The Paint” Podcast: Salute To Morgan Wootten!

In Episode No. 55 of our “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev, along with three special guests, celebrate the life of Morgan Wootten, arguably the most well-known and respected high school coach ever. Wootten’s influence still resonates today and ties into Episode 54, as elite high school players form a bond through national events such as the ones Kobe Bryant played in back in 1996.

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Updated FAB 50 Rankings: Top Teams Mourn Iconic Coach, Player

It’s a somber week in basketball, as the nation’s top teams in the FAB 50 mourn the loss of iconic high school coach Morgan Wootten and global icon Kobe Bryant, the latter whom passed in a shocking aviation accident over the weekend. There are four newcomers in this week’s rankings.

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FAB 50 Breakdown: Past, Present, Future

MLK weekend is a huge barometer for the top teams in the country, so we dig a bit deeper on what might transpire as team prepare for a post-season run. We also take a quick look at the rankings over the years and what could potentially happen to the longest-running weekly national rankings in the future.

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UPDATED FAB 50 Rankings: Gearing Up For MLK Weekend!

This is the time of the year that we reward teams in the FAB 50 for remaining unbeaten and playing tough schedules. Although there isn’t an abundance of new ranked teams, MLK Weekend, particularly the Spaulding Hoophall Classic, should bring plenty of movement to next week’s special FAB 50 MLK edition! 

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN on NEW FAB 50 w/Coaches!

In Episode 51 of our “In The Paint” Show, Ron and Dev go hard on the latest FAB 50 rankings with Centennial (Corona, Calif.) coach Josh Giles and Oak Hill Academy (Va.) coach Steve Smith. The coaches talk exceeding preseason expectations and the keys to team success so far. Smith also breaks down the early days of national rankings and his program’s breakthrough in 1987.

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History of HS Rankings: The FAB 50 Story

Newspaper distribution and the Internet created greater interest in national rankings, but in actuality, United States high school basketball rankings began in 1959. Multiple national polls have been compiled for decades including the FAB 50, which is now the longest running weekly national rankings in the country.

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NEW FAB 50 Rankings: MAJOR Shakeup For 2020!

It’s pretty obvious who the nation’s No. 1 team is, but the latest edition of the FAB 50 National Team Rankings was still the toughest set of results to compile, and make sense of, in many years. When the dust settled, we came up with a pecking order we’re comfortable with, including 11 newcomers!

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Holiday Tournaments: 3 Things We Learned!

We attended three post-Christmas tournaments around Southern California and followed the other major ones across the country and came away with three major take aways. Is FAB 50 No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) unbeatable? Is Rancho Christian (Calif.) the team to beat for the CIF Open Division title?

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Giant-Killer Corona Centennial Takes Tarkanian!

Centennial (Corona, Calif.) uses it four-guard attack to capture the Tarkanian Classic Platinum Division title with a convincing victory over FAB 50 No. 5 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). The Huskies defeated two other FAB 50 ranked teams en route to the title behind MOP Paris Dawson.

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NEW FAB 50 Rankings: NEW No. 1 & 11 Newcomers!

There’s a new No. 1 in the latest FAB 50 National Team Rankings, as Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) takes over the top spot after IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) falls to Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.). Knocking off the No. 1 team was not even the most incredible performance by the Panthers recently, as they needed SEVEN overtimes to remain unbeaten heading into the holiday tournament season!

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Cleaning Out The FAB 50 Notebook

Preseason No. 1 IMG Academy went down at the National High School Hoops Festival in Hyattsville, Md. No. 10 Sunrise Christian Academy records big wins at the event. In other big news, there was a 50-game winning streak snapped, a big coaching change in the academy school ranks and some big off-the-court news.

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN with FAB 50 Coaches!

In episode No. 45 of our  “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev go hard on the recently-released 2019-20 preseason FAB 50 rankings with special guest coaches Sean McAloon (of No. 1 IMG Academy of Florida) and Carl Arrigale (of No. 16 Neumann-Goretti of Pennsylvania).

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Preseason 2019-20 Top 20 Regional Rankings!

As a follow up to the preseason FAB 50, we go 20 teams deep from five separate regions of the nation. Preseason No. 1 ranked teams by region are DeMatha Catholic (East), IMG Academy (Southeast), La Lumiere (Midwest), Sunrise Christian Academy (Southwest) and Sierra Canyon (West).

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2019 Fab 50 Preseason Rankings No 31-50

Preseason 2019-20 FAB 50: Teams No. 31-50!

Today Ballislife.com tips off its 2019-20 high school basketball coverage with our first installment of the preseason 2019-20 FAB 50 National Team Rankings. We begin with teams No. 31-50, the squads looking to move into the Top 25 that can’t afford to get off to a slow start to the season. 

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“In The Paint” Podcast on Ron Massey, Ball Family!

In episode No. 39 of our “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev go hard on the recent Ron Massey Fall Hoops Classic, which was captured by perennial FAB 50 title contender Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.). The fellas also go in on the Ball family drama. Was Lavar out of line using his “Damaged Goods” example? What should Zo do next?

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Section 7 a SUCCESS for Gorman, College Coaches

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Windward (Los Angeles) captured championships in two of the top divisions of the Section 7 Team Camp held during the first of two weekends of the June scholastic live period. We break down some of the event’s top individual performers and examine how and why Section 7 benefitted players and college coaches.

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