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January 23, 2008

Updated Rivals.com FAB 50 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 won-loss record and previous rank in parentheses; After games of Monday, Jan. 21)

The tradition-rich boys basketball power states of New Jersey and New York claim five of the top nine spots in the Rivals.com FAB 50 national rankings after the Martin Luther King weekend games.

The biggest jump was made by Christ The King of Middle Village, N.Y., which vaulted from No. 22 to No. 9 in the rankings after outlasting previous ranked No. 9 LeFlore of Mobile, Ala., by 73-71 in overtime to win the Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Mo. It was the fifth Tournament of Champions title for the Royals.

LeFlore bounced back Monday to defeat city rival Blount by 62-48 in a Martin Luther King showcase event. Blount was ranked No. 2 behind defending state champion LeFlore in the state Class 6A rankings.

Two Top 10 ranked teams collided last weekend with Rice of New York City besting St. Patrick's of Elizabeth, N.J., by 60-57 in the finals of the McDonald's Classic in Erie, Pa. The win pushed Rice from No. 10 to No. 7 in the FAB 50. St. Patrick's dropped from No. 4 to No. 8.

Top-ranked St. Anthony of Jersey City, N.J., remained unbeaten with a win over defending Kentucky champion Scott County of Georgetown, Ky., 95-52 in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

In the same HoopHall Classic, No. 4 ranked St. Benedict's of Newark, N.J., overpowered DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md., by 75-41.

If St. Anthony falters, two Texas powers are waiting in the wings at No. 2, defending state Class 5A champion Duncanville, and No. 3 ranked Yates of Houston.

Five-time national poll champion Oak Hill of Mouth of Wilson, Va., is No. 5 and Chester, Pa., one spot behind the Warriors in this week's Rivals.com, which includes all results from around the nation on Monday's holiday.

Here are this week's Rivals.com FAB 50 national rankings:

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 13-0 (1)
The top-ranked Friars remained unbeaten with two easy wins last week. They defeated Monmouth Academy, 87-56, in the Dan Finn Classic as four players scored in double figures. Junior Dominic Cheek led the way with 18 points. In the weekend HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass., the Friars routed defending Kentucky champion Scott County by 95-52.

2. Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) 26-1 (2)
The Panthers have now won 53 consecutive games against Lone Star State foes and 65 of their last 66 games. Last week, Texas' reigning Class 5A state champs downed Arlington Bowie, 90-61, after opening up a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Junior Roger Franklin continues to play well, scoring 22 points in the win while fellow junior Shawn Williams and senior Brian Talley both finished with 19 points. In a closer contest against Cedar Hill, Talley led this team club with 28 points. Kevin Butler, the MVP of last year's state tournament, added 16 points while Williams and Franklin both chipped in 11.

3. Yates (Houston, Texas) 19-2 (3)
The Lions only have losses to regionally-ranked Cypress Springs and Houston Madison, but those are offset by big wins over No. 5 Oak Hill and No. 8 St. Patrick's. Last week E.J. Kirby led the way with a combined 36 points in wins over Davis (89-61) and Sharpstown (100-47). He netted 16 points in the win over Davis and Brandon Peters chipped in 14. In the win over Sharpstown, Kirby netted 20 points to lead five double-digit scorers for Yates. Peters finished with 17 and Baylor-bound Anthony Jones had 13 for the No. 1 ranked Class 4A team in the state.

4. St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) 16-1 (5)
The Grey Bees added two wins last week including a 75-41 romp of DeMatha in the HoopHall Classic at Springfield, Mass. Samardo Samuels, a University of Louisville recruit and serious EA SPORTS All-American candidate, scored 22 points and junior Tamir Jackson contributed 20. Earlier, the Grey Bees downed Paterson Catholic by 57-52. Samuels had 24 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.

5. Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 19-3 (7)
Left-handed guard Brandon Jennings, a University of Arizona recruit, scored 32 points including a steal-and-layin with 2.4 seconds left to give the Warriors a 73-70 win over Mt. St. Joseph of Baltimore in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Jennings also scored 25 points and was charted with 12 assists and six steals in a 90-63 rout of Hickory.

6. Chester (Chester, Pa.) 16-1 (8)
Karon Burton scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Clippers defeated FAB 50 ranked Montverde (Fla.) Academy by 63-61 in the HoopHall Classic at Springfield, Mass. Nasir Robinson, a Pittsburgh recruit, contributed 13 points for the Clippers, who have lost only to FAB 50 No. 4 St. Benedict's. Earlier in the week, Chester defeated Glen Mills, 92-49.

7. Rice (New York, N.Y.) 12-2 (10)
The Raiders won the McDonald's Classic in Erie, Pa., with a finals' win over FAB 50 ranked St. Patrick's (N.J.) by 60-57. Dorvell Carter and EA SPORTS All-American candidate Kemba Walker led the way with 15 and 14 points, respectively. In the semifinals, Chris Fouch converted eight three-point goals in an 87-63 win over Erie Cathedral Prep.

8. St. Patrick's (Elizabeth, N.J.) 13-2 (4)
The Celtics were runners-up to FAB 50 ranked Rice (N.Y.) in the McDonald's Classic in Erie, Pa., 60-57. Quintrell Thomas, a University of Kansas recruit, led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds. In the semifinals, the Irish defeated St. Edward of Lakewood, Ohio, by 69-61. Junior Dexter Strickland led four players in double figures with 18 points. Freshman Michael Gilchrist had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

9. Christ The King (Middle Village, N.Y.) 12-2 (22)
The Royals won their fifth Tournament of Champions title at Springfield, Mo., with a 73-71 overtime win over FAB 50 No. 10 LeFlore in the finals. Ryan Pearson, a 6-foot-5 southpaw, led the Royals with 34 points and 15 rebounds including a steal and the eventual winning free throws. In the semifinals, tourney MVP Erving Walker, a 5-8 point guard and University of Florida recruit, scored 28 points in a 63-59 win over Kickapoo of Springfield. Walker earlier scored 33 vs. McCluer North (Mo.).

10. LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) 24-2 (9)
The Rattlers lost their second overtime game of the season in a 73-71 nod to FAB 50 No. 9 Christ The King (N.Y.) in the finals of the Tournament of Champions at Springfield, Mo. DeMarcus Cousins, a 6-foot-10 junior, had 38 points and 12 rebounds. On Monday night, the Rattlers beat state No. 2 ranked Blount by 62-48 as Nick Williams scored 23 points and collected 12 rebounds.

11. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 21-0 (17)
With recent losses by No. 19 Mitty and No. 21 Taft, the Monarchs are now California's top-ranked team after winning two Trinity League games last week plus a 93-65 win over White Rock of British Columbia, Canada. Coach Gary McKnight has a young club that didn't play a national schedule, but plays in a tough league and playoff division. Hot-shooting sophomore point guard Gary Franklin shined last week with a combined 41 points in wins over St. John Bosco (77-61) and Orange Lutheran (65-49).

12. St. Raymond's (Bronx, N.Y.) 13-2 (11)
The New York power defeated FAB 50 ranked Taft (Calif.) by 84-69 as Kevin Parrom scored 27 points and collected 16 rebounds. St. Raymond's will compete next weekend in the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Hoops Classic.

13. Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 14-1 (12)
The No. 1 ranked state Division 1 team, and defending champion, won two games last week to remain unbeaten vs. in-state teams. The Crusaders defeated Dayton Carroll by 55-35 and Franklin Fenwick by 69-22. Daniel Wulker combined for 26 points in the two routs.

14. Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) 17-0 (15)
Sophomore standout C. J. Leslie scored a game-high 26 points as North Carolina's top-ranked team defeated city rival Ravenscroft, 65-62. The next test could be a weekend matchup against FAB 50 ranked Wheeler of Marietta, Ga.

15. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 15-1 (25)
The two-time defending state Class AAAAA champion won two games last week against Collins Hill, 65-54 and Forsyth Central, 89-46. Zach Lamb and Denzall Jones divided 32 points vs. Forsyth Central.

16. Saginaw (Saginaw, Mich.) 12-1 (18)
The defending state champion Trojans won two games over the weekend. They defeated Midland Dow by 68-33 and captured a Monday night Martin Luther King game against Detroit Community. The Trojans have a chance to avenge their only season loss on Thursday when they take on city rival, and FAB 50 ranked, Arthur Hill.

17. Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 15-2 (19)
The two-time defending state champion Wolverines won three games last week including a 57-41 Martin Luther King Dream Classic game over Webster Groves (Mo.). Kenyon Smith and Pierre Sneed each scored 12. Earlier, Illinois recruit Stanley Simpson scored 19 points in a 80-34 rout of Carver and 18 in a 55-28 romp of Morgan Park.

18. Ferris (Spokane, Wash.) 14-0 (23)
Last week Ferris picked up a pair of Greater Spokane League wins in dominating fashion over Lewis & Clark and North Central. During the annual Rubber Chicken spirit game against Lewis & Clark, the Saxons rolled 80-38 behind a 21-point performance by DeAngelo Casto. Eleven different players scored in the 77-49 win over North Central as Jared Karstetter paced the victors with scored 21 points.

19. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 16-1 (6)
It was definitely an up and down week for the Monarchs as they lost their first game on Friday in overtime to West Catholic Athletic League foe Riordan of San Francisco, 46-45. They not only lost the game, but EA SPORTS All-American candidate Drew Gordon was reportedly lost for the season with a broken foot. It was feared St. Mary's bound Colin Chiverton would also be lost for a indefinite amount of time with a twisted knee, but he was able to play Monday's Hoophall Classic as Mitty downed No. 20 Holy Cross, 62-61, behind Enoch Andoh's 21 points, including the game-winner on a slam with 21 seconds left. Chiverton added 19 points as Mitty fans were relieved he was able to suit up.

20. Holy Cross (Flushing, N..) 14-3 (13)
The Knights bowed to FAB 50 No. 19 Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) by 62-61 but won two in-state games last week over Bishop Loughlin, 73-70 in overtime and 55-53 over Archbishop Molloy. EA SPORTS All-American candidate Sylven Landesberg, a University of Virginia recruit, scored 36, 26 and 19 points in the three games.

21. Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 14-3 (16)
The Toreadors were all set to take over as the top-ranked team in California until a 84-69 loss to No. 12 St. Raymond's at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Previous state No. 1 Mitty lost a league game on Friday night, but bounced back to defeat No. 20 Holy Cross in Springfield. Mitty is therefore still able to be ranked ahead of Taft because of that team's 66-59 loss to the Flushing, New York program at the City of Palms tournament. Last week, coach Derrick Taylor's club beat Cleveland of Reseda, 66-53, as EA SPORTS All-American candidate Larry Drew scored 21 points and dished off eight assists, and also downed Birmingham, 82-50, as junior Justin Hawkins netted 20 points.

22. Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) 16-2 (24)
The Dons had a big week with three quality wins, including a 68-60 win over state-ranked King of Riverside at Saturday's Pangos Dream Classic at UCLA. Junior Jordan Hamilton, an EA SPORTS All-American candidate, pumped in 35 points and 14 rebounds to lead a Dominguez club that got off to a slow start. In San Gabriel Valley League wins over Paramount (82-42) and Lynwood (79-68), Hamilton scored a combined 60 points as No. 21 Taft remains the only club to have defeated the Dons so far this season.

23. South Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.) 18-1 (38)
The Hornets returned from California with a 78-77 double overtime victory over then FAB 50 ranked Campbell Hall of North Hollywood. Derrick Favors, a 6-foot-9 junior and serious EA SPORTS All-American candidate, had 32 points and 29 rebounds in the Pangos Dream Classic event at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The Hornets' lone loss was to FAB 50 No. 4 St. Benedict's (N.J.) before the team rebounded with a win over FAB 50 No. 24 Lincoln (N.Y.).

24. Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 10-2 (20)
The Railsplitters romped to a 89-56 win over Milwaukee Pius XI in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Junior Lance Stephenson, the EA SPORTS National Sophomore of the Year last season, led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Lincoln will take on FAB 50 No. 20 Holy Cross this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa.

25. Benedictine (Richmond, Va.) 18-3 (27)
The Cadets prevailed in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass., with a 69-49 victory over St. George (Tenn.). Ed Davis, a University of North Carolina recruit, scored 21 points in the victory.

26. Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 11-2 (28)
Montrose Christian won two games last week including a 52-19 romp over Melbourne as junior Isaiah Armwood had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Montrose also bested Jerico by 47-44 as junior Terrell Vinson had a game -high 16 points and 15 rebounds.

27. Oregon City (Oregon City, Ore.) 14-1 (29)
Brad Tinsley twice led Oregon City to road wins last week, one over West Linn and the other over North Salem. Tinsley netted 23 points and dished off seven assists in the 72-51 victory over West Linn. They lad that game 31-13 at halftime and had no problem against North Salem, either, as they cruised to a 76-39 win with Tinsley again leading the way with 22 points and 10 assists. Head coach Mark Doherty also got a solid performance from Sammy Schafer in the win over North Salem, as he scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked six shots. This week Oregon City will try to snap the 40-game league winning steak of Lake Oswego, which had the state's all-time leading scorer (UCLA freshman Kevin Love) in its lineup last season.

28. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 19-2 (30)
The Eagles won two Trinity League games as they try and keep pace with first place and No. 11 Mater Dei. Washington State bound Klay Thompson went for 26 points in an easy 56-33 win over Orange Lutheran and the team also played well against highly-regarded JSerra of San Juan Capistrano, winning 57-51. Santa Margarita owns a win over No. 29 Fairfax with its only losses coming against regionally-ranked Campbell Hall and Mater Dei. The rematch is set for January 30.

29. Fairfax (Los Angeles, Calif.) 15-3 (31)
The Lions played in front of packed houses twice within the past five days, coming up with one key victory and one heart-breaking loss. The win came at home on Friday, as L.A. Hoop fans lined up hours before the start of the Fairfax-Westchester Western tilt that is one of the country's best rivalry games. The Lions picked up their fifth straight win over their Western League rivals, 68-63, as junior EA SPORTS All-American candidate Renardo Sidney went wild with a career-high 36 points and 19 rebounds in his first game against Westchester. ON Monday at the King Holiday Hoopfest in Washington, Sidney went for 24 points and 22 rebounds against Franklin of Seattle, but a last second put back gave the home club a 56-55 win. Sidney also went for a combined 48 points in league wins over Hamilton (62-30) and L.A.C.E.S. (90-57).

30. Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) 18-3 (26)
Oscar Bellfield scored 21 points and super sophomore Dwayne Polee matched Renardo Sidney dunk-for-dunk, but it wasn't enough as No. 29 Fairfax handed the Comets their fifth straight loss in the storied rivalry. Earlier in the week, Westchester tuned up for the showdown with wins over University (81-46) and Venice (102-73) as Bellfield drained five three-pointers and netted 20 points against Uni and following it up with a 16-point performance against the Gondos.

31. Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 16-2 (32)
The Wildcats defeated Miller Grove of Lithonia, 82-77 on Monday night in a Martin Luther King Classic at Centennial High School. Earlier, Wheeler defeated Sprayberry, 85-79 as Richard Howell scored 26 points.

32. North Crowley (Fort Worth, Texas) 25-1 (33)
The Panthers clawed two Region I District 4-5A opponents last week and have not lost since a 56-50 setback to Hightower of Sugar Land on November 16. The first victim was Mansfield Legacy, as EA SPORTS All-American candidate Willie Warren led the way with 29 points in the 64-53 victory. In a 65-41 mauling of Granbury, Lamar Brown led three double-digit scorers with 13 points.

33. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 12-2 (34)
In a match up between two of the state's top-ranked teams, the Knights looked unbeatable at times in a 83-74 win over Pleasant Grove. Super junior Taylor Haws rattled in 29 points and was perfect on his first six shots of the game. Bracken Funk and Josh Sharp each added 21 points while point guard Kimball Payne handed out 10 assists in a sold out gym where hundreds were turned away or forced to watch on a projection screen in another gym. Before defeating Pleasant Grove, Lone Peak downed Spanish Fork, 75-55.

34. McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.) 20-0 (35)
Despite leading for nearly the entire game, Mack was forced to watch a last second three-point shot just miss off the back rim in the final seconds of a 44-42 win over regionally ranked De La Salle of Concord on Monday night. SMU bound Frank Otis led the way for the Warriors with 13 points. Last week coach Dwight Nathaniel's club also recorded a 64-33 victory at Oakland Tech.

35. Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor, Ill.) 14-1 (36)
The Vikings were impressive last week in a 71-54 triumph over Thornton. Supo Sanni scored 26 points and Kevin Dillard netted 18 of his 22 points in a torrid fourth quarter showing.

36. Eisenhower (Decatur, Ill.) 17-0 (37)
The Panthers remained unbeaten with a 64-61 win last week over Normal. Jeremy Robinson led the way with a double-double including 12 points and 10 rebounds.

37. Arthur Hill (Saginaw, Mich.) 12-1 (nr)
Arthur Hill tuned up for this week's season rematch with FAB 50 ranked city rival Saginaw, the defending state champion, by defeating Clarkston, 73-66 in a Martin Luther King Classic game in Pontiac. Tyree Wooten scored 19 and Latreze Mushatt 18 in the victory.

38. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 18-1 (14)
The Purple Eagles dropped their first game, 45-42 to D. C. area rival DeMatha. Max Kenyi scored 17 points. Earlier, Gonzaga defeated Good Counsel (Md.) by 55-49.

39. Starkville (Starkville, Miss.) 19-0 (39)
Mississippi's No. 1 ranked team won two games last week over Columbus, 53-40 and Tupelo, 80-62. Rashad Perkins scored 16 and Latavious Williams 12 vs. Columbus. Williams netted 26 and Chris Brand 23 against Tupelo.

40. Peabody (Alexandria, La.) 28-0 (40)
Louisiana's No. 1 ranked team, and only unbeaten squad, remains the cream of the crop and the Warhorses continue to lead the state Class 4A poll.

41. New Albany (New Albany, Ind.) 14-0 (41)
The No. 1 ranked team in Indiana won three road games last week at Scottsburg, Silver Creek and Anderson. The Bulldogs have floored a balanced attack with as many as six double digit scorers in dominating victories.

42. B. T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) 9-0 (42)
Oklahoma's top-ranked club only had one game on its schedule last week, a huge 64-55 win over Tulsa Edison ending that school's 21-game home winning streak. Sophomore Tharone Chilton scored 11 of his 16 points in the final quarter as they outscored Edison in the pivotal period, 23-15. Up next is a match up against McLain, a team that beat Washington twice last season.

43. Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.) 17-1 (46)
Ridgeway dominated rival White Station last week by 81-47 after leading, 42-14 at halftime. Jason Jones scored 20 and Samson Carter 15 in the victory.

44. Bryan Station (Lexington, Ky.) 16-1 (nr)
The hottest team in Kentucky won its 16th straight game with an 85-70 romp of defending state champion Scott County at Georgetown. Shelvin Mack led the Defenders with 31 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and six steals. Mack, a 6-foot-2 guard, is a Butler recruit.

45. Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 16-3 (nr)
The Dolphins remained in contention for a Public League division title with a 55-46 triumph over Lincoln Park. A. J. Rompza led the way with 29 points.

46. Klein Forest (Houston, Texas) 23-2 (47)
The Eagles, the top-ranked Class 5A team by the Houston Chronicle and No. 3 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll, won two Region II District 16-5A games last week to run their winning streak to 11 games. In a 75-64 win over Tomball, Toure Murry and Chris Hines led the way with 17 points apiece. Later in the week the Eagles beat Klein, 88-53, as Murry led five players in double figures with 20 points.

47. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) 13-0 (49)
Minnesota's No. 1 ranked team vaulted to a 28-8 lead en route to a 96-58 romp of Burnsville last week. Junior forward Mike Broghammer led four Royals in double figures with 20 points.

48. Putnam City (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 14-1 (50)
For the second time in four days, the Pirates took on Putnam City North and were once again were victorious as they came away with a 70-53 win. Junior Xavier Henry, an EA SPORTS All-American candidate, scored 11 of his game high 28 points in the first quarter as the Pirates would lead by as many as 27 in the third quarter. Putnam City continues league play this week at home with a game against Edmond North.

49. Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 16-1 (nr)
The Panthers return to the FAB 50 after bouncing back from their first season loss, to Norland, with a 76-46 rout of Davie Nova.

50. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 20-4 (45)
The Eagles were nipped, 63-61 by FAB 50 No. 6 Chester (Pa.) in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Dashan Harris, a Texas A&M recruit, led the team with 18 points.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 21 Farragut (Chicago, Ill.); No. 43 Bellevue West (Bellevue, Neb.); No. 44 Cypress Springs (Cypress, Texas); No. 48 Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.).

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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