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October 13, 2005Note: We hope you enjoy this free feature on our site. Compiled by Hall of Fame journalist Doug Huff and aided by Student Sports executive editor and CalHiSports.com editor Mark Tennis, our preseason FAB rankings are the most up-to-date rankings you'll find anywhere. Most preseason rankings found on newsstands are compiled over the summer, including the ones our own Huff compiles for Street & Smith's, and those rankings do not reflect recent transfers and happenings in the world of prep basketball.
Make sure to check StudentSportsBasketball.com over the weekend for the extensive write-ups on all fifty teams. Those extensive rankings will be for premium subscribers of that site, so if you haven't already, now will be a great time to join our team. It's only a few dollars more each month on top of your CalHiSports.com subscription.
Note: If you've been primarily a basketball subscriber to our site, be aware that our own preseason boys and girls state rankings will be out within the next few weeks. It's about that time to rejoin the CalHiSports.com subscription list.
Torrance, CA -- With basketball coming into full swing this weekend, Student Sports is proud to announce the release of its 2005-2006 Preseason FAB 50 National High School Boys Basketball Rankings.
Headlining the preseason FAB 50 is a school in basketball-crazed Indiana that will be led this fall by the nation's top-ranked player, seven-foot center Greg Oden. Lawrence North is the two-time defending 4A state champion that finished No. 5 in the final 2005 FAB 50 rankings and will be looking for even bigger honors this season. Lawrence North would be considered one of the state's top teams ever if it could win its third straight title and with an undefeated record the 2006 Wildcats would have to be considered one of the Hoosier State's all-time great teams as well.
The nation's No. 2 ranked player, Kevin Durant, also makes an impact as far as national rankings go and if Lawrence North were to falter, No. 2 Montrose Christian of Rockville, Maryland, will be one of the teams shooting for top honors. Veteran coach Stu Vetter has 12 of 14 players returning, but it's Durant's arrival from perennial FAB 50 contender Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia that has Mustang fans thinking national title.
Speaking of Oak Hill, coach Steve Smith and the Warriors will be quite strong this season even without the services of the 6-foot-9 Durant. Insiders are pegging this Oak Hill squad as one of the deepest teams since Smith took over as head coach 20 years ago. Veteran point guard Tywon Lawson and newcomer Michael Beasley, one of the nation's top juniors, are the headliners, but Smith will have eight or nine players he can turn to for quality minutes.
No. 4 St. Patrick of Elizabeth, New Jersey, just suffered a huge loss when 6-9, 270-pound center Derrick Caracter recently departed for Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts. Notre Dame will be the third school in four years for Caracter, who briefly left St. Patrick's for Scotch Plains High School during his sophomore year. Despite his departure, St. Pat's is still loaded and some East Coast basketball aficionados feel the team may be better defensively and quicker without the Louisville commit.
Caracter will join wing Paul Harris at Notre Dame, a school that is not eligible for the FAB 50 as it is a school with fifth-year prep players. Harris was the top player for defending FAB 50 national champion Niagara Falls, New York, a team not ranked in the preseason this time around.
Read on for the rest of the nation's top 50 teams as ranked by Student Sports and be sure to visit StudentSportsBasketball.com all season long for the most comprehensive prep basketball rankings anywhere!