High-SchoolOhio: Basketball Weekly Rankings

A Division II team began the season ranked No. 1 in Ohio, and the same holds true in our final top 10 of the winter. Dunbar defeated preseason No. 1 Taft in the quarterfinals en route to an undefeated campaign and the D-II crown. The Wolverines' title run was rewarded with the top spot in our final rankings and No. 26 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Deontae Hawkins tossed in 14 points to lead a balanced attack as Dunbar dropped Elida in a thrilling championship contest. In Division I action, Pickerington Central held off Toledo Whitmer, 45-40, for the title. It was the first title for the second-ranked Tigers and the best-ever finish for Whitmer. Division III champ Summit Country Day checks in at No. 10 and Northland, which was No. 1 for much of the winter, sneaks back in at No. 9 despite an early playoff upset.

Here's a look at the final top three:
1. Dunbar (28-0) — last week No. 1
2. Pickerington Central (26-2) — last week No. 4
3. Taft (21-5) — last week No. 2

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The state finals get underway this weekend and we will finally crown the state's four champions. Dunbar advanced to the state final four and retains it's spot atop the rankings, ending Taft's season in the process. New to the mix are state semifinalists St. Edward, Lake Catholic, Fairfield, St. Clairsville and D-III favorite Summit Country Day.

Here's a look at the top three:
1. Dunbar (26-0) — last week No. 1
2. Taft (20-5) — last week No. 2
3. Toledo Whitmer (23-2) — last week No. 4
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Northland's run at the top is over. The Vikings tumble from the rankings after falling to Reynoldsburg on a last-second layup in the district finals. Dunbar, which checks in at No. 31 in the POWERADE FAB 50, supplants Northland at the top. The Wolverines clipped Aiken by seven to win the district crown. New to the rankings are familiar faces Shaker Heights, Elida, Olentangy Liberty and St. Vincent-St. Mary. All four squads were ranked at some point this winter.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Dunbar (24-0) — last week No. 1
2. Taft (20-4) — last week No. 3
3. Mentor (22-2) — last week No. 6

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La Salle's run at back-to-back titles came to a screeching halt, as Fairfield's defense limited the squad to 30 points in the sectional finals. The loss snapped the team's 13-game win streak and sent the talented squad home packing. The loss was the lone blemish to our top 10 squads. Taft moves back in the top three, joining POWERADE FAB 50 squads Northland and Dunbar.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (21-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (24-0) — last week No. 2
3. Taft (18-4) — last week No. 3
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Looks like Walnut Ridge impressed our regional voters enough to land in this week's top 10. In fact, the team's 19-1 start was so impressive the Scots moved to No. 20 in the region and No. 4 in the state. The rest of the rankings remain pretty much the same, other than Cleveland Heights dropping out after a pair of losses. Northland, Dunbar and La Salle seem firmly entrenched in the top three spots, while rising teams this week include Shaker Heights (wins over St. Edward and Shaw) and Garfield Heights, which has been unstoppable the last two weeks.

Here's a look at the top three teams:

1. Northland (20-1) — last week No. 1

2. Dunbar (21-0) — last week No. 2

3. La Salle (20-1) — last week No. 3

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The biggest game of the past week pit ranked squads La Salle and Moeller in a battle for Cincy supremacy. Behind 19 points from Connor Speed, La Salle was able to hold on for a 42-34 win. The victory keeps La Salle at No. 3, while Moeller drops down a spot to No. 7. New to the list is Alliance, one of four remaining unbeaten squads in Division II. The Aviators beat Canton South by 26 to get to 20 wins. Top-ranked Northland clinched its sixth consecutive City title this past week and moved up to No. 28 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (19-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (20-0) — last week No. 2
3. La Salle (20-1) — last week No. 3
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Tyree Gaiter and Najeeb Johnson each topped the 20-point mark as Cleveland Heights routed Shaker in the battle of the Heights last week. With the win, Cleveland bounces its rivals from the top 10 and takes over the No. 9 spot in this week's rankings. Things remained the same at the top, aside from Mentor and Moeller swapping spots. Northland (No. 30) and Dunbar (42) each moved up in the POWERADE FAB 50, while La Salle continues to rise in the Midwest Region. Pickerington North dropped a few spots and Whitmer moved up to No. 7 after a strong win.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (18-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (19-0) — last week No. 2
3. La Salle (19-1) — last week No. 3

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Dunbar's current undefeated run has been rewarded with the No. 48 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50. The squad is also the favorite to capture the Division II crown in march, as no team has had an answer for the Wolverines dynamic offense. Northland outlasted a talented and well-coached St. Edward team to maintain its position in the FAB 50. La Salle and Shaker Heights will be tested over the next few days, so we could have some movement in next week's rankings. Stay tuned.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (16-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (16-0) — last week No. 2
3. La Salle (16-1) — last week No. 3

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Either we're getting pretty good at this rankings thing or the state's top teams have really separated themselves from the pack. Whatever the case may be, the top five teams remained intact and there was minimal movement in the bottom five. The biggest mover was Mentor, which boasts a 13-1 mark buoyed by a relentless offensive attack that produces 92 points a contest. The Cards moved up three notches to No. 6. Whitmer vacated that spot and tumbled four spots after falling to St. John's (Toledo). Northland continues to hold down the top spot but Dunbar and La Salle are hot on the Vikings' trail. Also look out for bubble teams St. Ignatius, which defeated previously unbeaten Pickerington Central, and undefeated Walnut Ridge.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (13-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (15-0) — last week No. 2
3. La Salle (16-1) — last week No. 3

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La Salle held off Moeller by two points in a marquee matchup of GCL powers earlier this week. The win helped the squad grab the No. 16 spot in the Midwest Region Rankings and vault to No. 3 in the state rankings. The top two squads remain the same, with Northland and Dunbar holding down the top two spots, while Taft rides its seven-game streak to No. 4 and Moeller drops to No. 5. New to the mix is undefeated Olentangy Liberty, a squad holding foes to less than 50 points a contest.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (11-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (12-0) — last week No. 2
3. La Salle (12-1) — last week No. 4

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With the holiday tourneys over, the state's top squads turned their attention back to Ohio competitors. Several teams made a statement by taking down in-state contenders. No. 1 Northland remained atop the rankings after dropping then-No. 8 Garfield Heights, while Taft dropped defending Division II champ SVSM. This week offers another intriguing matchup with La Salle taking on Moeller in GCL action. New to the top 10 is Pickerington Central, an undefeated squad that has an average win margin of 13 points.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (9-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (11-0) — last week No. 2
3. Moeller (11-1) — last week No. 3
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While the top four remained intact, Toledo Whitmer crashed the top five party in this week's basketball rankings. The Panthers are undefeated at 10-0 after clipping Lima Senior and Michigan Bedford last weekend. They are sure to be a dangerous team as the season progresses. Northland bounced back from its first loss to capture a pair of wins and remain in first. Dunbar and La Salle are the only other unbeaten teams in the rankings, while Westerville North might be a candidate to make the top 10 after upsetting then-No. 6 Whitmer.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (6-1) — Last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (10-0) — Last week No. 2
3. Moeller (9-1) — Last week No. 3

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La Salle lost several pieces from last year's championship team, but the squad is off to a fast start and again has the look of a title-contending squad. The Lancers are getting after it on the defensive end, limiting foes to less than 40 points a contest. Their hot start lands the team in the top 5 of this week's rankings. Northland remains at No. 1, while Dunbar leaps two teams to take the No. 2 slot. Mentor makes its debut at No. 10 after starting off the season on a tear, dropping Saint Vincent-St. Mary out of the rankings. We think you're going to hear more from the Irish who have started slow the last few seasons before making a late charge.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (4-1) — Last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (8-0) — Last Week No. 4
3. Moeller (7-1) — Last Week No. 3

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For the first time this winter, Taft doesn't occupy the No. 1 spot in the weekly hoop rankings. Four consecutive losses to teams outside the Buckeye State dropped Taft to No. 3 and left the top two spots available for Northland and Moeller. Northland appears to have its championship swagger back, beating each of its first four opponents by double figures. Moeller beat a solid Middletown team to move up to No. 2 and take over as the top team from Cincy. Shaker Heights is 6-0 and takes top billing in Cleveland, while Garfield Heights and SVSM also had strong weeks. Middletown's loss left the door open for undefeated Whitmer, which checks in at No. 10.

Here's a look at how the Top 3 teams fared last week:

1. Northland -- lost to Huntington Prep, W. Va., 71-62 (last week No. 2)

2. Moeller -- defeated Middletown 55-38 (last week No. 3)

3. Taft -- lost to Huntington Prep, W. Va., 72-53 (last week No. 1)

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Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Ohio.

Terry Rozier, Tony Farmer and Kenny Kaminski are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Ohio has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the Buckeye State to play in the NBA.
5. Michael Redd
Credentials: Redd was one of the league’s most dangerous shooters in his prime. The Columbus West grad and former 2000 first-round pick has battled myriad injuries in recent years but can still get it done when healthy. The Bucks guard was selected to the 2004 All-Star game.

4. Nate Thurmond
Credentials: The Akron Central Hower grad was the third overall pick in 1963 by Golden State and went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA. He scored more than 14,437 career points and averaged 15 rebounds a game during his Hall of Fame career.

3. Jerry Lucas
Credentials: The Middletown grad won a national title at OSU before earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1963-64. He won gold with the '64 U.S. Olympic team and an NBA crown in 1973. Lucas made seven All-Star teams and played for Cincinnati, San Francisco and New York during his Hall of Fame career. He was named one of the NBA's Top 50 Players.

2. John Havlicek
Credentials: A former prep star at Bridgeport, Havlicek went on to win a national title at OSU with Lucas before becoming the seventh overall pick in the 1962 draft. The 13-time All-Star was part of eight championship teams with the Celtics and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He scored more than 26,000 career points and was named one of the NBA's Top 50 Players in 1997.

1. LeBron James
Credentials: The Saint Vincent-St. Mary grad could go down as the greatest prep player ever. James went straight from SVSM to the top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and he is regarded as the best player in the league today. The former Rookie of the Year with Cleveland is a two-time league MVP and a seven-time All-Star.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

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