When Leroy Fludd lined up against Christ the King star Omar Calhoun, the Boys & Girls senior had one thing in mind: to prove he was the top player in NYC.
Such a claim can't be settled in just one game, but Fludd certainly gained people's attention by dropping 23 points and leading the Kangaroos to a 64-59 upset of the state's then-top ranked team. Calhoun finished with 18 points.
As a result, the defending PSAL champs are the new No. 1 this week, overtaking idle Mount Vernon and debuting in the POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 24
Jamesville-DeWitt also dropped a few spots after losing its opener to DeMatha (Md.), the nation's No. 10 team. The Red Rams hung tough in the National High School Hoops Fest until Dajuan Coleman was sent to the bench with his third foul, sparking an 18-0 run by DeMatha. Such tough games should pay huge dividends down the line, though.
Lastly, Lincoln looked impressive, going 2-0 without star Isaiah Whitehead, who was out with academic problems and a knee injury. The sophomore is expected to be back for Friday's game against Grady. Likewise, Cardinal Hayes debuts after an undefeated start, backing up the belief by many local coaches that the Cardinals are a team to watch.
Here are this week's state rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 5-0 (5)
The Kangaroos jump into the top spot after upsetting nationally ranked Christ the King behind Leroy Fludd's 23 points.
2. Mount Vernon 0-0 (2)
Isaiah Cousins leads the nation's No. 26 team when the season opens next Monday against Gompers.
3. Christ the King (Middle Village) 1-1 (1)
The Royals drop a couple spots after falling to an emerging Boys a Girls squad, but will look to recover during the holiday tournament season.