Findlay captures NHSI crown, national title
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.
History was made last weekend and the ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' basketball final rankings have a new look at the top. That's because No. 1 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) seized the day winning the inaugural ESPN RISE National High School Invitational in North Bethesda, Md.
Findlay Prep and No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) flip-flopped spots in the rankings on the final weekend of the season.
Kudos to Findlay Prep, the national champions; they earned it.
Tournament organizers and basketball fans were treated to a 1 vs. 2 matchup for the title and the No. 1 spot in the ESPN RISE rankings. The three-day tournament had six ranked teams and two regional ones, playing to packed arenas at Georgetown Prep's Hanley Center. Expect the postseason tournament to return to the same venue next year.
Three-point playGame Ball: Avery Bradley Jr. of No. 1 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) was the Most Valuable Player of the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, earning him ESPN RISE player of the week honors. Bradley scored 20 points and had eight rebounds as Findlay defeated No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 74-66, in the final in North Bethesda, Md. Bradley, a McDonald's All-American guard who's headed to Texas, played lockdown perimeter defense in three victories. OHA Coach Steve Smith says Bradley is the best guard his teams have faced.
In the semifinals, he scored 13 of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter in a lopsided win over Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.); and had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in a first-round win over Mountain State Academy (Beckley, W.Va.).
Game of the week: The inaugural Reebok All-American Game tips at American University's bender Arena in Washington, D.C. on April 17 at 7 p.m. ET. Twenty-two of the nation's top seniors will participate. The Preview Game, which starts at 5:30 p.m. ET, features a contest between Metro D.C. and National teams.
The Team Create roster, coached by Kevin Keatts of Hargrave Military (Chatham, Va.), features: Mfon
Udofia, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.); Maurice Creek, Hargrave Military; Lorenzo Brown, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), Joe Burton, West Valley (Hemet, Calif.); Tim Frazier, Strake Jesuit (Houston); Ari Stewart and Richard Howell, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.); Fred Gulley, Fayetteville (Ark.);Isaiah Philmore, John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.); Terrell Vinson, St. Frances (Baltimore); Isaiah Armwood, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.).
Team Finish, coached by Trevor Brown of National Christian (Fort Washington, Md.), includes: Mike Moser, Grant (Portland, Ore.); Dexter Strickland, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.); Junior Cadougan, Christian Life (Humble, Texas); Naji Hibbert, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.); Andrew Fitzgerald and Thomas Robinson, Brewster Academy (N.H.); Elijah Johnson, Cheyenne (North Las Vegas, Nev.); John Jenkins, Station Camp (Hendersonville, Tenn.); Rodney McGruder, Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.); Dante Taylor, National Christian (Ft. Washington, Md.); Erik Murphy, St. Mark's, (Southborough, Mass.).
Update: Dan Hurley and Stu Vetter were named head coaches for the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic, presented by Foot Locker, at Madison Square Garden in New York, on April 18, (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET). The elite all-star game features the nation's top seniors, including the top-five players in the ESPNU 150 rankings.
Hurley, who guides No. 6 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.), will be assisted on the Black Team by Carl Arrigale of No. 25 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) and Ken Novak of No. 12 Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.).
Vetter, the veteran mentor of No. 8 Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), will be assisted on the White Team by Ed Azzam of No. 4 Westchester (Los Angeles) and Mark Blevins of Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.). Both Hurley and Vetter took their respective schools to the semifinals of the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational last weekend.
Records are through April 5.
|ESPN RISE FAB 50 BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS: FINAL|
|1||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||33-0||2||The Pilots captured the inaugural ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, beating previous No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 74-66. Avery Bradley Jr. (20 points) and junior Cory Joseph (18) combined to score 38 points and both were named to the all-tournament team. They also topped No. 8 Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), 60-43, in the semifinals, and Mountain State Academy (Beckley, W.Va.), 76-55, in the quarterfinals. Season complete.|
|2||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||41-1||1||The Warriors fell in the finals of the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational to previous-No. 2 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 74-66, halting their win streak at 46 games. Keith "Tiny" Gallon and Lamont "MoMo" Jones were named to the all-tournament team. The Warriors beat No. 5 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.), 74-66, in the semifinals, and Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.), 83-64, in the quarterfinals. Season complete.|
|3||St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)||30-3||3||The Celtics won their fifth New Jersey Tournament of Champions championship. They also captured the Non-Public B title. Dexter Strickland played in the McDonald's All American Game. Season complete.|
|4||Westchester (Los Angeles)||35-2||4||The Comets won their fifth CIF Division I championship. Season complete.|
|5||St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)||24-3||5||The Gray Bees advanced to the semifinals of the National High School Invitational, losing to previous No. 1 Oak Hill Academy, 74-66. Rice-bound guard Tamir Jackson pumped in 20 points and junior Aaron Brown had 18. In the first round, the Gray Bees edged No. 24 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore), 74-65. Jackson paced five double figure scorers with 15 points. Season complete.|
|6||Rice (Manhattan, N.Y.)||25-3||6||The Raiders won the New York State Federation Class AA and New York CHSAA AA titles. Season complete.|
|7||DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)||31-4||7||The Stags won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. Season complete.|
|8||Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)||21-3||8||The Mustangs advanced to the semifinals of the National High School Invitational, falling to No. 1 Findlay Prep, 60-43.Villanova-bound Isaiah Armwood scored 10 points. In the first round, they crushed No. 37 Friends Central (Wynnewood, Pa.), 88-45. Mouphtaou Yarou and Armwood scored 12 points apiece. Season complete.|
|9||Bloomington South (Bloomington, Ind.)||26-0||9||The Panthers won their first state championship, beating Snider (Fort Wayne), 69-62. Season complete.|
|10||Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)||29-5||10||The Purple Eagles defended their Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament crown. Season complete.|
|11||Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)||25-4||11||The Royals lost to in the New York CHSAA Class AA final, but did win the Brooklyn-Queens Diocesan Tournament. Season complete.|
|12||Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)||31-0||12||The Royals became Minnesota's first large class school to go unbeaten while winning the Class AAAA title for the sixth time. Season complete.|
|13||Yates (Houston)||34-1||13||The Lions won the Texas Class 4A state title, closing with 17 straight victories. Season complete.|
|14||Christ School (Arden, N.C.)||36-2||14||The Greenies won their third straight North Carolina Independent Schools 3A title. Season complete.|
|15||South Atlanta (Atlanta)||29-3||15||The Hornets won Georgia's Class AAA state title. Center Derrick Favors was named the 2009 Naismith National Player of the Year. Season complete.|
|16||Martin Luther King (Riverside, Calif.)||30-3||16||The Wolves advanced to the CIF Southern California Region, Division I final but won the CIF-Southern Section, Division I title. Season complete.|
|17||Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.)||27-5||17||The Toreadors advanced to the loaded CIF Southern California Region, Division I semifinals. Season complete.|
|18||Butler (Huntsville, Ala.)||34-3||18||The Rebels won their second straight Class 5A championship. Season complete.|
|19||Lake Clifton (Baltimore)||28-0||19||The Lakers captured the Maryland Class 3A tournament. Last week, Tennessee-bound junior guard Josh Selby transferred in from DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.). Season complete.|
|20||Pershing (Detroit)||26-1||20||The Doughboys won the Class A championship. Derrick Nix was named Michigan's Mr. Basketball. Season complete.|
|21||Northland (Columbus, Ohio)||27-1||21||The Vikings won the Division I championship. Season complete.|
|22||Holmes (Covington, Ky.)||36-2||22||The Bulldogs captured their first all-class state championship. Season complete.|
|23||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)||31-2||23||The Monarchs won the Trinity League title and three in-season tournaments, including the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Season complete.|
|24||St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)||33-5||28||Lost to No. 5 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.), 74-65, in the first round of the National High School Invitational. Terrell Vinson (29 points) and junior Dante Holmes (23) teamed for 52 points. Season complete.|
|25||Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)||26-3||25||The Saints won the Philadelphia Catholic League championship going undefeated in league play and advanced to the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals before being upset. Season complete.|
|ESPN RISE FAB 50 BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS: FINAL|
|26||Fairfax (Los Angeles)||27-5||26|
|27||LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.)||29-3||27|
|29||Strake Jesuit (Houston)||37-1||29|
|32||McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)||29-2||32|
|33||De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)||26-2||33|
|34||Cedar Hill (Texas)||35-4||34|
|35||King's Fork (Suffolk, Va.)||31-1||37|
|36||Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)||25-7||36|
|37||Friends Central (Wynnewood, Pa.)||28-2||37|
|38||Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)||27-3||38|
|39||Putnam City (Oklahoma City)||25-4||39|
|40||Centennial (Champaign, Ill.)||32-1||40|
|42||Dominguez (Compton, Calif.)||26-7||42|
|43||Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)||32-1||43|
|45||Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando, Fla.)||29-3||45|
|46||Eisenhower (Rialto, Calif.)||32-3||46|
|47||Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.)||26-5||47|
|48||Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.)||23-1||48|
|49||Whitney Young (Chicago)||26-9||49|
|50||Memorial (Madison, Wis.)||26-1||50|
Dropped out: None.
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|1||Oak Hill Academy|
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