“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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FINAL 2018-19 Top 20 Regional Rankings!

We go 20 deep in five separate regions in our final Top 20 Regional Rankings. We rank 100 teams and nobody ranks as many teams as Ballislife.com. Final No. 1 teams are Ranney School (East), IMG Academy (Southeast), La Lumiere (Midwest), Sunrise Christian Academy (Southwest) and Sierra Canyon (West).

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IMG Academy Wins First-Ever GEICO Nationals Crown!

FAB 50 No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) put pressure on top-ranked La Lumiere to play from behind and never let its foot off the gas, winning 66-55 to hand the Lakers their first loss of the season. With the win, IMG Academy captured its first GEICO Nationals championship. Will IMG finish No. 1 in the FAB 50?

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NEW FAB 50: GEICO Nationals Closes Race!

Only eight teams are still playing and all will be in New York City for GEICO Nationals, April 4-6 on the ESPN family of networks. Top seeded and FAB 50 No. 1 La Lumiere (Ind.) has a tough first game and there is no easy matchup for the higher seeds. We take a look at the keys to victory in each game and some likely scenarios.

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Cole Anthony, Isaiah Stewart 1-2 In POY Race!

Cole Anthony of Oak Hill Academy (Va.) is the top vote-getter in the latest Mr. Basketball USA Tracker. Anthony heads to GEICO Nationals this week, as does Isaiah Stewart of FAB 50 No. 1 la Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), who comes in a close second behind Anthony. How will GEICO Nationals affect this year’s close national POY race?

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March is MADNESS! Podcast Goes In On Craziness!

In episode No. 17 of our In The Paint Show, we break down the MADNESS that happened off the court, as teams advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Big Dance. Ron and Dev go in on the Big Baller Brand breakup and the explosive Twitter allegations made against Nike by Michael Avanetti after he was arrested on extortion charges.

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NEW FAB 50: Big GEICO Shakeup!

More state champions crowned over the weekend and there are still seven FAB 50 ranked teams looking to capture state tiles this week! No. 2 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) will no longer play at GEICO Nationals and has been replaced by No. 25 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.). We’ll break it down this week!

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NEW FAB 50: GIECO Nationals Field ANNOUNCED!

No. 2 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) secured its invite to GEICO Nationals in New York by winning the GHSA Class AAAAAAA title. The GEICO Nationals field has been announced and the event has its best overall field in its 11-year history, but will the Indians be at full strength?

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