Oak Hill continues to cruise
Editor's note: The ESPN RISE top 50 boys' basketball rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor, Ronnie Flores, Ryan Canner-O'Mealy and Jon Mahoney. They will be released each Tuesday throughout the season. For the regional rankings, click here.
The early season story is the stellar play of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.). Oak Hill, No. 4 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' basketball rankings, has opened with eight consecutive victories.
The Warriors have won a tournament title and beaten two nationally-ranked teams in November. This week coach Steve Smith's team plays twice before a long break over the Thanksgiving weekend and resuming action on Dec. 5.
Top-ranked Duncanville (Texas) opens its season Tuesday against Lewisville but then plays up to five games in the McDonald's Texas Invitational in Pasadena, Texas. The tournament features several regional and nationally ranked teams from Texas -- a true test for the Panthers.
No one dropped out of the rankings.
Player of the week: Power forward Keith "Tiny" Gallon turned in an MVP-performance last weekend as No. 4 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) won the Spartan Tip-Off Tournament in Gastonia, N.C. The 6-foot-9 Gallon totaled 42 points in two contests, including 28 (along with 18 rebounds) against Gaston Day School in the semifinals. Earlier in the week, Gallon posted 17 points (on 8 of 11 shooting), nine rebounds and five assists in a lopsided win over then-No. 33 Mountain State Academy (Beckley, W.Va.)
Game of the week: Tuesday, White Station (Memphis) visits Briarcrest Christian (Memphis), 8:30 p.m. ET. The city of Memphis is the place to be as ranked teams from the Southeast Region, No. 10 White Station and No. 17 Briarcrest Christian, tip off their seasons. North Carolina-bound Leslie McDonald, No. 25 in the ESPNU 100 player rankings, leads Briarcrest Christian.
Free throws: DeMarcus Cousins, a 6-10 power forward who sat out the opening game with an unspecified injury for No. 11 LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) against B.C. Rain (Mobile) on Nov. 4, totaled 31 points in a pair of victories over Vigor (Prichard) and Baker. Junior Pe'Shon Howard sank two free throws with 9.8 seconds left rallying No. 4 Oak Hill Academy over Life Center (Burlington, N.J.), 75-74, in the finals of the Spartan Tip-Off Tournament. OHA's Howard and Bryon Allen were named all-tournament. Texas-bound guard Avery Bradley of No. 6 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) scored a game-high 32 points -- on 13 of 17 shooting -- in a 113-78 win over New Creations Christian (Richmond, Ind.). Bradley is No. 15 in the ESPNU 100. Sasha Borovnjak, a 6-9, 230-pound senior, recorded a double-double, 31 points and 18 boards, to annex MVP honors against host Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (Ga.) in the final of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Tip-Off Classic.
Records through Nov. 16.
|ESPN RISE FAB 50 BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS: WEEK 2|
|2.||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)||0-0||2|
|3.||St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)||0-0||3|
|4.||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||8-0||5|
|5.||St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)||0-0||4|
|6.||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||2-0||6|
|7.||Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)||0-0||7|
|8.||Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.)||0-0||8|
|9.||Fairfax (Los Angeles)||0-0||9|
|10.||Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.)||0-0||10|
|11.||De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)||0-0||11|
|12.||LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.)||3-0||12|
|13.||DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)||0-0||13|
|14.||Dominguez (Compton, Calif.)||0-0||14|
|15.||Rice (Manhattan, N.Y.)||0-0||15|
|16.||South Atlanta (Atlanta)||0-0||16|
|17.||Christ School (Arden, N.C.)||1-0||17|
|18.||Rainier Beach (Seattle)||0-0||18|
|19.||Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)||0-0||19|
|20.||St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)||0-0||20|
|21.||Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)||0-0||21|
|22.||Whitney Young (Chicago)||0-0||22|
|23.||Lawrence North (Indianapolis)||0-0||23|
|24.||Putnam City (Oklahoma City)||0-0||24|
|25.||Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)||0-0||25|
|26.||Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.)||0-0||26|
|27.||Westchester (Los Angeles)||0-0||27|
|28.||Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.)||0-0||28|
|30.||Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)||0-0||30|
|32.||Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)||0-0||32|
|33.||Northland (Columbus, Ohio)||0-0||34|
|34.||Hightower (Missouri City, Texas)||0-0||36|
|35.||North Crowley (Fort Worth, Texas)||2-1||37|
|36.||Mountain State Academy (Beckley, W.Va.)||2-1||33|
|37.||Bethel (Hampton, Va.)||0-0||37|
|38.||St. Mary's (Phoenix)||0-0||38|
|40.||McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)||0-0||40|
|41.||Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.)||0-0||41|
|42.||Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.)||0-0||42|
|43.||San Diego High (San Diego, Calif.)||0-0||43|
|45.||Veritas Christian (Fletcher, N.C.)||2-1||45|
|46.||Boys and Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.)||0-0||46|
|47.||Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.)||0-0||47|
|48.||Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)||0-0||48|
|49.||Zion-Benton (Zion, Ill.)||0-0||49|
|50.||Academy of New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.)||0-0||50|
BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS
|Rank||School (City, State)||Rec|
|1||Oak Hill Academy|
Mouth of Wilson, VA
Jersey City, NJ
Flower Mound, TX
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