Centennial, Jamesville-Dewitt among
Week 11's movers
Editor's note: The ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' basketball rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor, Ronnie Flores, Ryan Canner-O'Mealy and Doug Huff. They will be released each Tuesday throughout the season.
It was a pivotal weekend of the ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' basketball rankings. The Martin Luther King Weekend produced several interesting results.
Games played Monday will be applied to the rankings which will appear on Jan. 27.
No. 23 Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) and No. 30 Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.) made significant movement in the rankings. Centennial, which lost its opener to South Atlanta (Atlanta), has an impressive résumé heading into the second half of the schedule. Jamesville-Dewitt, led by Syracuse-bound bound Brandon Triche, might be New York State's top team after knocking off Lincoln (Brooklyn).
No. 14 Westchester (Los Angeles) recorded a key victory over its rivals, No. 19 Fairfax (Los Angeles). The two could meet up to three more times this season.
No. 31 North Central (Indianapolis) won the Marion County Tournament for the first time since 1997and its eighth overall. The Panthers defeated Warren Central (Indianapolis), 75-65 in the finals and Lawrence North (Indianapolis), 74-67, in the semifinals. North Central bested host Southport, 80-70 in the tournament opener. In the final, Terone Johnson scored 23 points and Damon Ellison added 15.
Three-point playGame Ball: Derrick Favors of South Atlanta played admirably in defeat with three key performances, he earned player of the week honors. Personally it was a big week for the 6-foot-9 Favors, the No. 2 player in the ESPNU 100 ranking, as he chose hometown Georgia Tech to continue his career in the fall. On the court, South Atlanta dropped a pair of national games to No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and No. 7 LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.). In the three games, he averaged 30.7 points, 16 rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots.
Favors faced two of the nation's top big men and fared well. Against LeFlore's DeMarcus Cousins, he produced 36 points and 14 rebounds. Favors had a 25-point, 17-rebound effort against Oklahoma-bound Keith "Tiny" Gallon of OHA.
Game of the week: No. 44 Butler (Huntsville, Ala.) will have its hands full Friday with a cross-town trip to Johnson. Louisville-bound Josh Langford, a 6-6 junior, is the No. 18-rated small forward in his class leads Johnson, which defeated Butler, 74-72, last month in the finals of the Huntsville Times Tournament. Butler, Alabama's defending Class 5A state champions, sits atop the Area 16 standings with two weeks left in the regular season.
The Rock: New Jersey state pride will be on the line Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center (a.k.a. The Rock) in Newark as the best in-state teams take on national teams from the ESPNU RISE rankings. The Newark National Invitation features six games (one girls' game), tipping at 12:30 p.m. ET with St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) and Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.). Other boys' games are No. 34 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)-Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey), 2:30 p.m.; No. 26 St. Anthony (Jersey City)-Whitney Young (Chicago), 5 p.m.; No. 3 St. Benedict's (Newark)-No. 47 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 6:30 p.m.; and Union-No. 7 LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.), 8 p.m.
Records are through Jan. 18.
|ESPN RISE FAB 50 BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS: WEEK 11|
|1||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)||17-0||1||The Monarchs rolled through two more Trinity League foes -- JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), the defending CIF Division III state champion. Center Travis Wear led four players in double figures with 23 points in the 82-33 victory over JSerra. Junior point guard Gary Franklin added 17 points and five assists. Junior Tyler Lamb scored 18 points in the 90-51 over Santa Margarita.|
|2||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||21-0||2||After nearly four weeks, the Warriors recorded a pair of victories with 6-foot-9 Tiny Gallon scoring a pair of double-doubles. In an 87-53 win over Veritas Christian (Fletcher, N.C.), Gallon went for 12 points and 10 boards while Doron Lamb and Bryon Allen each struck for 15 points. Gallon had 22 points (making six 3-pointers) and 13 rebounds in a 63-58 win over No. 36 South Atlanta (Atlanta) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.|
|3||St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)||16-0||3||St. Benedict's stopped Linden, 53-40, at the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City, N.J. Tristan Thompson tallied a game-high 20 points. Also beat Curtis (Staten Island, N.Y.), 80-45, and Philadelphia MCS Charter, 120-47. Sophomore guard Myck Kabongo, who last week verballed to Texas, tossed in a career-high 25 points against MCS Charter. The Gray Bees played No. 35 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) at the Hoophall Classic on Monday.|
|4||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||19-0||4||The Pilots are soaring after drilling Lake Mead Academy (Henderson, Nev.). Avery Bradley connected on 12-of-13 field goal attempts and senior Victor Rudd added 18 points and six rebounds. Over the weekend, they swept a pair of Ohio opponents at the Flyin' to the Hoop Classic in Kettering, Ohio. Rudd's 17 points and 10 rebounds fueled a 92-21 rout of Bedford (Ohio) and Bradley scored 22 points in a 60-50 victory over Garfield Heights.|
|5||5. St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)||11-2||5||Paris Bennett hit a jumper with 1.3 seconds left rallying the Celtics over Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft), 60-59, in double overtime at the Battle on the Boardwalk in Asbury park, N.J. Sophomore Michael Gilchrist scored 20 points. The Celtics receive a boost later this week when 6-3 junior guard Kyree Irving, an ESPN 60 watch player, makes his debut after sitting out 30 days under state transfer rules.|
|6||Madison (San Antonio)||25-1||6||The Mavericks rolled past San Antonio schools Reagan, 54-48, and Roosevelt, 61-44. Stephen Baird scored 20 against Roosevelt, while Kevin Simmons and Jonathan Landry each scored 12 against pesky Reagan.|
|7||LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.)||19-2||7||The Rattlers stepped into the national spotlight on Jan. 15 when it beat previous-No. 9 South Atlanta (Atlanta), 78-66, on ESPN2. Center DeMarcus Cousins recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five blocks, but Darryl Woods scored a team-high 22, making a trio of 3-pointers. They also beat Faith Academy (Mobile, Ala.), 82-44.|
|8||Christ School (Arden, N.C.)||22-0||8||The Greenies poured it on last week, wiping out two opponents. Scott Hare had a double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds, in a 102-26 win over Shannon Forest Christian (Greenville, S.C.). All 10 players scored in an 88-34 win over Rabun Gap (Ga.)-Nacoochee School. Tony Kimbro netted a game-high 26 points and Duke-bound center Mason Plumlee surpassed 1,000 career points, tallying 10 points. The Greenies played No. 2 Oak Hill Academy Monday in Greensboro, N.C.|
|9||Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 13-1 (10)||13-1||10||The Mustangs won twice at Flyin' to the Hoop in Kettering, Ohio. The Villanova-bound duo of Mouphtaou Yarou (13 points, 15 rebounds) and Isaiah Armwood (16 points, 10 rebounds) teamed for 29 points and 25 rebounds in a 52-49 win over Trotwood-Madison. They also held off Centerville, 63-53.|
|10||DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 14-1 (11)||14-1||11||The Stags registered a pair of wins over nationally-ranked clubs. Tennessee-bound junior Josh Selby clicked for 28 points and junior forward Naji Hibbert dropped in 17 during an 88-71 victory over Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. A balanced scoring attack and tight defense helped defeat league rivals Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.), 68-54.|
|11||Rice (Manhattan, N.Y.)||8-1||12||Durand Scott, a Miami recruit, turned in a solid effort with 26 points and 11 boards as the Raiders stopped Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at the Big Apple Classic in New York.|
|12||Strake Jesuit (Houston)||23-0||13||Joey Brooks, a Notre Dame recruit, continued his scoring touch with 43 points in two victories. The Crusaders rallied to beat Alief Taylor, 76-74, as Brooks (22 points) and Tim Frazier (27) combined for 49 points. Strake trailed 52-44 entering the fourth before pulling it out. Ryan Dunbar and Brooks each netted 21 points in a 50-44 win over Alief Hastings.|
|13||Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)||20-0||14||Defeated No. 27 Winter Park, 66-60, as Cedric Flood pumped in 18 points and Travis Elliott had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Cobras also defeated St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), 65-52, and Douglas (Parkland), 74-56. Martavious Irving averaged 19.5 points in latter two games.|
|14||Westchester (Los Angeles)||17-1||15||The Comets had a busy week, closing a 78-73 victory over Western League rivals Fairfax (Los Angeles). Dominique O'Connor scored 22 points while junior Jordan Mayes chipped in 17. Junior reserve guard Denzel Douglas, a star on last season's undefeated Westchester junior varsity club, contributed 12 points, including a big three-pointer that gave Westchester a 70-62 lead with two minutes left. Westchester also defeated Venice, 75-63, and University (Los Angeles), 69-52.|
|15||Rainier Beach (Seattle)||7-0||16||The Vikings recorded two easy wins before heading into Monday's test against No. 38 Dominguez. D'Vonne Pickett scored 17 points in a 65-30 victory over Nathan Hale (Seattle). The Vikings also stopped Ingraham (Seattle), 88-58.|
|16||Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)||10-0||18||The Yellowjackets made a rare out-of-state trip to Ohio last week and returned with two victories including a 72-67 win over previously-unbeaten Canton GlenOak. Guard Ray McCallum led the way with 25 points including 13 in the fourth quarter. Fellow guard Bennie Fowler, a Michigan State football recruit, added 13 points and five steals. DCD also defeated Poland Seminary, 82-53.|
|17||Northland (Columbus, Ohio)||9-0||20||The Vikings hiked their regular season win streak to 54 games with two wins last week including a 56-39 romp of San Diego (Calif.) High at the Flyin' to the Hoop in Kettering, Ohio. Junior Jared Sullinger, a 6-9 Ohio State recruit, scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and collected nine rebounds.|
|18||McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)||17-0||24||Mack's winning streak is 49 games following wins over Oakland High, 51-36, and Oakland Tech, 74-40. Senior guard Will Cherry totaled 33 points in two games, but contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists against Oakland.|
|19||Fairfax (Los Angeles)||12-3||17||Renardo Sidney Jr. had a big week, but the Lions split their two games. Sidney had 39 points and 10 boards in a 92-37 win over LACES (Los Angeles). Sidney contributed 34 points and nine rebounds but it wasn't enough in a 78-73 loss to No. 14 Westchester (Los Angeles).|
|20||Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)||14-2||25||The Royals won three times, capped by a 53-46 victory over St. Dominic (Oyster Bay). Maurice Barrow had 15 points and 12 rebounds. They won three times in CHSAA AA play, beating Archbishop Molloy (Briarwood), 79-61; All Hallows (Bronx), 71-33; and Holy Cross (Flushing), 68-61. The Royals are off to Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn) Friday for a key Brooklyn-Queens Diocesan game.|
|21||Olympia (Orlando)||14-3||21||Lost to Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), 80-77, in finals of Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Mo. Sherwood Brown tallied 18 points in defeat. Defeated McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 79-64, in semifinals and Ozark (Mo.), 87-58, in first round. Dexter Fields and Martell Buie were named all-tournament.|
|22||Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)||11-0||23||The Royals added one win last week, an 89-44 blowout of Richfield. Hopkins takes on rivals, Patrick Henry (Minneapolis), Tuesday before facing Vincent (Milwaukee) in the East Metro Showcase.|
|23||Centennial (Roswell, Ga.)||14-1||NR||The Knight stretched the win streak to 14 games, defeating Whitefield Academy (Mableton), 58-46. They also defeated Walton (Marietta), 91-90, and Pope (Marietta), 82-60. The Knights sit atop the Region 6B-AAAAA table.|
|24||De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)||13-1||28||The Spartans ran their record to 13-1 with a 45-22 win over Amador Valley (Pleasanton). Senior guard Jordan Estrada scored nine points and John McArthur added seven points with 12 rebounds. Their suffocating trademark defense allows 32.9 points per game. Wednesday's league showdown with undefeated and regionally-ranked Monte Vista is for first place.|
|25||Bloomington South (Bloomington, Ill.)||11-0||30||The Panthers, Indiana's top-ranked Class 4A team, pocketed two easy victories beating Columbus East, 78-41, and Edgewood (Ellettsville), 77-62.|
|ESPN RISE FAB 50 BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS: WEEK 11|
|26||St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)||11-2||22|
|27||Winter Park (Fla.)||13-4||27|
|28||Rock Bridge (Columbia, Mo.)||15-0||49|
|29||Bethel (Hampton, Va.)||13-1||34|
|30||Jamesville-Dewitt (Dewitt, N.Y.)||14-0||46|
|31||North Central (Indianapolis)||14-0||NR|
|35||Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)||11-5||31|
|36||South Atlanta (Atlanta)||14-3||9|
|37||Plano West (Plano, Texas)||20-2||33|
|38||Dominguez (Compton, Calif.)||13-4||37|
|39||Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.)||13-1||40|
|40||Lawrence North (Indianapolis)||12-2||19|
|41||Mountain State Academy (Beckley, W.Va.)||11-3||41|
|43||Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)||15-2||NR|
|44||Butler (Huntsville, Ala.)||23-2||43|
|45||Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)||16-1||44|
|47||Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.)||10-5||36|
|48||Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.)||16-5||47|
|49||Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando, Fla.)||17-0||NR|
|50||Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)||13-2||48|
Dropped out: No. 26 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.); No. 35 Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.); No. 39 North Lawndale (Chicago); and No. 50 Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.).
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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