All 50 ranked teams written up with explanations for why they were placed in these positions with comparisons to preseason positioning. These are the official National Sports News Service National Team Rankings on StudentSportsBasketball.com, which date back to the 1952 season. Montverde Academy of Florida is the 2013-14 mythical national champion.
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A detailed listing of the all-time No. 1 nationally-ranked high school basketball teams. Montverde Academy becomes the first repeat mythical national champion in the last 20 years.
Curie of Chicago remains No. 1 as it prepares for the Chicago Public Schools tournament but there is some shakeup elsewhere in the top 10 as previous No. 6 Whitney Young of Chicago and No. 7 Oak Hill Academy of Virginia and No. 8 Providence of Jacksonville go down. We also continue to agonize about Mater Dei and Rainier Beach in the West.
After a close call in conference play, Curie of Chicago remains the No. 1 team in the Student Sports FAB 50, which also doesn’t see any movement in its top 10. It won’t be easy for the Condors the rest of the way, however, as a potential showdown looms down the line with No. 6 Whitney Young of Chicago. The Dolphins play this week in the game of the week at the Nike Extravaganza in Southern California where they will square off against No. 4 Mater Dei of Santa Ana. The Monarchs’ two games at the Nike Extravaganza will provide two great comparative scores against No. 2 Montverde Academy of Florida and No. 3 Rainier Beach of Seattle.
Over the past decade, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has turned into a huge ratings bonanza as many of the nation’s top teams play in showcase games over the three-day weekend. Most of the attention is focused on the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. For some teams, such as No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) and No. 10 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), there is business to attend to beforehand at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Mo. Next week’s rankings won’t be published until Tuesday after all the results from MLK Monday are accounted for.
By Ronnie Flores & Mark Tennis
Contributing: Doug Huff
The Pangos Dream Classic began in 1995 as a vehicle to showcase Southern California’s top basketball teams and as a tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event hit its watershed moment in January 2003 when LeBron James’ team from St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) rolled into UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion to face Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).
Before a sold-out, star-studded crowd and a ESPN2 television audience, James had 21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two steals to lead the Fightin’ Irish to a 64-58 win. St. Vincent-St. Mary went on to capture the Student Sports FAB 50 national crown with an undefeated on-court mark.
More than 10 years later, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a staple for showcases not just in Southern California, but all over the country.
Most of the attention nowadays focuses on the four-day Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mo. The big matchup on Saturday, January 18 is Student Sports’ FAB 50 No. 15 Prime Prep (Ft. Worth, Texas) taking on a dangerous Huntington Prep (Huntington, W. Va.) club. Last week Prime Prep defeated previous No. 7 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) 61-56 at the Mustang Madness event in Kentucky. The two schools are scheduled to play again on Tuesday.
Sunday at the Hoophall Classic, No. 14 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) faces one-loss Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.) and No. 23 St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.) is pitted against previous No. 45 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), which suffered its first loss of the season on January 11 to Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference play.
Two days earlier, the Joe Wooten-coached Knights pulled out a 63-58 victory over previous No. 5 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) in WCAC play. Paul VI doesn’t fall too far in the FAB 50 for three reasons. Its only other loss is to No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), it owns a win over No. 7 Whitney Young (Chicago) and still has plenty of tough WCAC games left to play.
Montverde Academy and Paul VI also are part of the field at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, scheduled for January 16-18. The field also includes No. 3 White Station (Memphis), Christ The King (Middle Village, N.Y.) and Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.). Unbeaten White Station opens the eight-team bracket with Wesleyan Christian Academy with the winner likely facing Paul VI in a monster semifinal matchup.
At last year’s Bass Pro, Paul VI defeated Montverde Academy, but this time an upset could be tougher to come by because forward Quadree Smith has reportedly left the team. With him or without, Paul VI will have to travel from Springfield to Springfield — Missouri to Massachusetts — to face three-time FAB 50 national champion St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) on Monday January 20 in a 9:45 AM game.
There are four other big games on tap Monday at the Hoophall Classic and all four will be televised by ESPNU: Wesleyan Christian Academy vs. No. 16 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) vs. Whitney Young, Montverde Academy vs. No. 6 Curie (Chicago) and No. 5 Mater Dei vs. No. 25 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia).
That Saturday night-Monday afternoon schedule halfway across the country is always tough. Last year, that was when Montverde dropped back-to-back games in an otherwise dominant season. The trip for the Eagles will be just as tough this time around because Curie, led by Mr. Basketball USA candidate and Kansas recruit Cliff Alexander and his 26 points and 17 rebounds per contest, will be playing on four days rest. With Alexander in the lineup, the Condors are still unbeaten.
Updated Student Sports FAB 50
Boys Basketball National Team Rankings
(Third poll of the 2013-14 regular season; Through games played on Sunday, January 12; Previous ranking in parentheses)
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Dropped Out: Previous No. 20 Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.); No. 30 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.); No. 32 Morgan Park (Chicago, Ill.); No. 43 Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa); No. 45 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.).
Bubble Teams: Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) 14-1; Capital Christian (Sacramento, Calif.) 14-2; Central (Omaha, Neb.) 11-1; Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 10-1; Columbia (Decatur, Ga.) 11-1; Denver East (Denver, Colo.) 10-3; DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 13-1; De Soto (De Soto, Texas) 16-3; Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) 18-2; Gulfport (Gulfport, Miss.) 17-1; Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.) 9-2; Irmo (Irmo, S.C.) 12-1; Johnson (St. Paul, Minn.) 11-2; Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 9-2; Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) 7-1; North Little Rock (North Little Rock, Ark.) 11-1; O’Connell (Washington, D.C.) 9-5; Parkview (Little Rock, Ark.) 12-1; Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.) 4-4; Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.) 12-3; Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.) 20-1; Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 10-2; Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) 14-1; St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 6-1; St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 9-1; Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) 13-4; Zion-Benton (Zion, Ill.) 11-2.
Note: The STUDENT SPORTS FAB 50 is a continuation of the National Sports News Service ratings that began in 1952. These were the first national high school rankings and they were compiled by the late Art Johlfs of Minnesota. They were compiled for many years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 14 years ago.
Defending FAB 50 champion Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) remains in the top spot after staying unbeaten against tough opponents at the Culligan City of Palms Classic, the Wild Wing Café High School Hoops Classic and Cancer Research Classic. The Eagles have some tough upcoming games as well. With a mixed bag of results so far, we reward teams that have played a national schedule. Unbeaten teams that haven’t played as many games or stayed local over the holidays will move up slower.
Last week an article by Newsweek.com explored the world of high school basketball team rankings and particularly what Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) is and why it’s ranked in various national polls. We take a deeper look at the program and what makes a team eligible for the Student Sports FAB 50.
Last week Newsweek.com published an article titled “Findlay Prep: A Top High School Basketball Team, With No School,” an expose into national high school basketball rankings and how national rankings compilers, including Student Sports, find it justifiable to include Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), a basketball academy-type program whose roster all attend the Henderson International School in Henderson, Nev.
From our vantage point, the purpose of the article was to examine the fairness of Findlay Prep in national rankings alongside other public and parochial high schools across the United States and, for those that perhaps don’t closely follow the national high school basketball scene, to realize the innocence of high school basketball and the dream for a neighborhood team to win a state title and earn a national high school ranking is essentially dead.
As life-long followers of high school basketball and publishers of the deepest and most comprehensive set of national rankings in the industry, we wanted to let our readers be aware of the established guidelines in order for teams to be eligible for the Student Sports FAB 50. These guidelines have been in place for many years and are readily available on our website to coaches and fans.
* It goes without saying we do not rank teams with players on the roster that have completed eight semesters of high school i.e. 5th-year players. We do our best to ensure programs with players that fall under this category are not included.
* We do not rank programs that don’t follow age cutoff guidelines of the state association in which the program resides or the recommended date outlined by the NFHS (19 before September 1).
* Programs also must be recognized by a high school athletics governing body or be an associate member of a state association. Generally, programs must be allowed to play members schools of the state association in which the program resides and, outside of recruiting, follow all other rules of the high school governing body in that particular state.
In regards to the Newsweek.com article and Findlay Prep, we wanted to touch on some facts that were either overlooked, inaccurately portrayed or not covered by the article’s author.
*The article states, “Findlay Prep is ineligible to compete within the Nevada state high school system or to play for a state championship.” Findlay Prep is indeed formally recognized by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, Nevada’s governing body for high school athletics. The program is allowed to compete against NIAA member schools. In fact, Findlay Prep has been competing against NIAA schools since the 2007-08 season. If Findlay Prep wasn’t formally recognized by a high school athletics governing body, it wouldn’t be eligible for the FAB 50.
* The article mentions the Henderson International School only accepts students for grades one through eight. There is no mention that when Findlay Prep began in conjunction with the Henderson International School, there were high school-aged (9-12) students.
*The article mentions, “institutions such as Oak Hill Academy in West Virginia and Huntington Prep in Virginia, both of which are also perennially ranked in the Top 10, have been prep mainstays for decades.” While it’s true Oak Hill Academy has been a nationally ranked program for three decades, Huntington Prep (whose roster attends Saint Joseph Central Catholic in Huntington, West Virginia, not in Virginia) has been on the national radar for an even shorter amount of time than Findlay Prep.
Perhaps the above-stated quotes were not the true essence of the article. Perhaps it was to demonstrate that high school basketball is big business and traditional, neighborhood high schools have little to no chance of earning the mythical FAB 50 national title or a high ranking.
That is a misnomer.
The truth of the matter is Findlay Prep has lost sanctioned games to public high schools. Since the 2008-09 season, when the program was first eligible for the Student Sports FAB 50, the Pilots have finished as the No. 1 ranked team in the FAB 50 once.
There is still ample opportunity for traditional high schools to win state championships and earn high national rankings — even in Nevada. The Findlay Prep roster doesn’t include any players from another high school in Nevada. The rosters of high schools in Henderson, Las Vegas and the surrounding communities still have the same shot at winning a state title and earning a high national ranking, or a Hickory High-Bobby Plump type legend emerging, if Findlay Prep wasn’t around.
We aren’t naive and understand the presence of programs such as Montverde Academy, Findlay Prep and Oak Hill Academy means there is less opportunity for traditional high schools to earn a high spot in the FAB 50. On the other hand, our rankings are based on results, so if one team is able to beat a team like Findlay Prep and another loses to them, the team that beat them will be ranked higher than the other two. It’s that simple.
The main goals of StudentSportsBasketball.com is to give every high school-aged player an opportunity to be evaluated and recognized. The same applies to teams with regards to achievement.
One of the main reasons we rank 50 teams, as opposed to 25, is we realize basketball academy-type programs can potentially dominate the top of the national rankings. High school basketball has evolved since national rankings went mainstream in the 1980s and there are more fine teams and players than ever before.
We rank teams based on results, not based on the amount of recruits on the roster or reputation, and ranking 50 teams gives us the best basis to recognize as many good teams as possible that follow the rules and guidelines necessary to be a nationally-ranked program.