UPDATED FAB 50: Who’s No. 1 Now?

After a pair extra weeks of key outcomes have poured in, now we have a brand new No. 1 for the second time this season, because the Panthers of Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) take excessive spot within the new FAB 50 Nationwide Staff Rankings powered by Ballislife.com after beginning out No. 3 within the preseason. The Panthers are considered one of three groups from the highly effective Washington Catholic Athletic Convention (WCAC) within the week’s up to date FAB 50. There are a whopping 10 newcomers on this week’s replace led by No. 28 Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)

By Ronnie Flores

With the second version of the FAB 50 Nationwide Staff Rankings powered by Ballislife.com for the 2022-23 season comes a brand new No. 1 workforce. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) started as preseason No. 1, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) took excessive spot after knocking off the Eagles and preseason No. 2 Dawn Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.). After being shocked by Wasatch Academy (Mt. Nice, Utah), 61-48, on the Air Capital Hoopfest on Dec. 1, the Dragons seemed for revenge towards the identical membership at Hoophall West in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Coach Ed Gipson’s membership was in a position to avenge the loss to Wasatch Academy with a 58-46 victory on Dec. 9, however the next day the Dragons discovered simply how onerous it will likely be to win each night time within the Nationwide Interscholastic Basketball Convention (NIBC) and with the bulls-eye of being the nation’s No. 1 workforce when it fell to No. 5 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 67-61. Within the loss to Wasatch Academy on the Air Capital Hoopfest, the Utah membership dared the Dragons to beat them from the surface by sitting in a zone protection and AZ Compass Prep did not make a 3-pointer. Within the rematch, the Dragons went 0-of-14 from 3-point vary, however made 18-of-21 free throws, held the Tigers to 17 first half factors and obtained 17 factors and 4 steals from Oregon-bound Mookie Prepare dinner to seal the avenging win. The subsequent night time towards IMG Academy the surface capturing was higher (6-of-16), however IMG Academy made 10-of-17 3-pointers and out-rebounded the Dragons, 33-28, to propel the Ascenders to victory.

With its earlier victory on the occasion over No. 25 Lengthy Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.), 68-62, IMG Academy moved up two spots to No. 3 this week. Montverde Academy stayed put at No. 2 due to its 80-55 win over the Ascenders of their first sport of the season. MVA has accomplished sufficient to be in entrance of AZ Compass Prep for now, regardless of the head-to-head outcome, as a result of the Eagles now have a one half sport lead within the NIBC standings and AZ Compass Prep has two general losses.

These outcomes imply preseason No. 3 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) is now the top-ranked workforce within the FAB 50 for the primary time in program historical past. The Panthers simply downed No. 19 Christ The King (Center Village, N.Y.), 56-31, and conventional California energy Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 75-47, on the Hoophall Worldwide in London, England to open the season. Again dwelling, coach Glen Farello’s membership served discover with a 87-52 win over Baltimore Catholic League energy and No. 20 Mt. St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) at Separation Sports activities’ Nationwide Excessive College Hoops Fest.

Paul VI arguably has the deepest roster in program historical past and comes at groups in waves. Isaiah Abraham, a 6-foot-6 junior (2024) has performed properly up to now and the management of 6-foot-5 Maryland-bound DeShawn Harris-Smith and the expertise of Duke-bound junior Darren Harris has made a distinction. Paul VI additionally advantages from enjoying within the hardest conventional highschool basketball convention within the nation. Earlier than the creation of the NIBC, the Washington Catholic Athletic Convention (WCAC) was the league from across the nation you may level to each night time the place this can be very powerful to win street video games, even for FAB 50 ranked groups.

“Junior level guard Ben Hammond has been the catalyst, dictating tempo and has set the tone and has made positive his teammates get right into a rhythm,” coach Farello stated.

Getting by means of its WCAC video games might be a gauntlet for Paul VI, as No. 18 St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) has a terrific membership and No. 23 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) is enjoying properly up to now. Gonzaga not too long ago captured the championship of its personal Gonzaga DC Basic by downing earlier No. 34 Jackson-Reed (Washington, D.C.), 64-58, as unsigned senior guard Ryan Sabol took dwelling tourney MVP honors for the Purple Eagles. It was Jackson Reed’s first lack of the season, as that membership downed No. 30 Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) within the semifinals, 55-53, after opening the tourney with a 66-65 victory over bubble membership Whitney Younger (Chicago. Sick.).

Just like AZ Compass Prep, Paul VI goes to must beat a plethora of high quality groups to show its rankings price and it gained’t be simple. Along with WCAC video games down the road, Paul VI opens as the highest seed within the prestigious Metropolis of Palms Basic in Ft. Myers, Fla., Dec. 17. Paul VI should not have any drawback with close by Canterbury (Ft. Myers, Fla.) to open the occasion, and will face No. 15 Lake Highlands (Dallas, Texas) or battled-tested Newton (Ga.) within the quarterfinals. A possible semifinal showdown with No. 12 Columbus (Miami, Fla.) would happen on Dec. 20.

Will the Panthers have the ability to seize the COP crown and head into 2023 because the nation’s finest workforce? or will one other membership lay declare to the highest spot in our subsequent FAB 50 rankings replace slated for January 2?

One other match that can have large rankings implications is the Tarkanian Basic in Las Vegas, which begins Dec. 19. Host and No. 22 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) will look to bounce again from its 72-53 loss to Metropolis of Palms participant and No. 8 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) at Hoophall West. Gorman opens with bubble membership Putnam Metropolis West (Oklahoma Metropolis, Okla.) and will face No. 40 Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) in a quarterfinal contest. Oak Ridge might be coming off a visit to the Bahamas for the Hoopfest in Paradise, the place it would face No. 9 Dawn Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) and No. 6 Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) Dec. 16-17 earlier than flying in to Sin Metropolis.

Gorman’s facet of the bracket additionally contains a large first spherical sport between two unbeaten golf equipment: No. 42 Oak Cliff Religion Household (Dallas, Texas) and bubble membership St. Bernard (Playa del Rey, Calif.). The alternative bracket options No. 34 West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.), No. 48 Durango (Las Vegas, Nev.), which misplaced to Oak Cliff Religion Household by one possession, plus nonetheless unbeaten Kell (Marietta, Ga.) and battle-tested Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

Essentially the most spectacular workforce at Hoophall West was close by Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.), which checks in to the rankings as considered one of 10 newcomers at No. 28. By dispatching earlier No. 24 Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.), 79-47, Perry confirmed it may very properly problem Centennial for the declare as finest public college workforce within the West Area. Perry, nevertheless, might be slowed performed within the rankings as a result of Cardinal Hayes is probably going one of the best workforce it would face the remainder of the season. For extra on Hoophall West, CLICK HERE.

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Up to date FAB 50 Nationwide Staff Rankings
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(2nd ballot of 2022-23 common season; By video games performed on Sunday, Dec. 11; *Signifies forfeit wins, forfeit losses not included; **Signifies forfeits and defaults not included)

No. Prev. Excessive College (Metropolis) File
1 3 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) 5-0
2 2 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 6-1
3 5 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 3-1
4 1 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 9-2
5 4 Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) 0-0
6 6 Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) 9-0
7 7 Camden (Camden, N.J.) 0-0
8 8 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 6-1
9 9 Dawn Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) 7-2
10 10 Imhotep Constitution (Philadelphia, Pa.) 4-0
11 11 Hyperlink Academy (Branson, Mo.) 9-0
12 18 Columbus (Miami, Fla.) 5-1
13 14 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 10-0
14 12 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 4-1
15 22 Lake Highlands (Dallas, Texas) 8-1
16 19 John Marshall (Richmond, Va.) 3-0
17 28 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) 2-0
18 29 St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) 4-0
19 16 Christ The King (Center Village, N.Y.) 2-1
20 20 Mt. St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) 6-1
21 21 Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) 4-1
22 15 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 3-1
23 36 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 7-0
24 49 Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) 7-0
25 25 Lengthy Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.) 2-2
26 34 Jackson-Reed (Washington, D.C.) 5-1
27 13 Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) 4-1
28 NR Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.) 9-0
29 27 Simeon (Chicago, Sick.) 6-0
30 NR Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 3-1
31 23 Centerville (Centerville, Ohio) 3-1
32 32 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Nice, Utah) 6-3
33 NR Isidore Newman (New Orleans, La.) 11-0
34 35 West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.) 7-0
35 17 Sidwell Buddies (Washington, D.C.) 6-1
36 37 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) 7-2
37 42 The Rock (Gainesville, Fla.) 15-3
38 NR Christ College (Arden, N.C.) 11-0
39 39 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) 6-3
40 NR Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) 6-0
41 45 George Rogers Clark (Winchester, Ky.) 4-0
42 47 Oak Cliff Religion Household (Dallas, Texas) 12-0
43 48 Pewaukee (Pewaukee, Wis.) 4-0
44 30 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 9-4
45 NR Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) 3-0
46 31 Kenwood Academy (Chicago, Sick.) 6-1
47 NR Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 7-1
48 NR Durango (Las Vegas, Nev.) 4-1
49 NR Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) 8-0
50 NR Staley (Kansas Metropolis, Mo.) 3-0

Dropped Out: Earlier No. 24 Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.), No. 26 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.), No. 33 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.), No. 38 Carmel Christian (Matthews, N.C.), No. 40 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), No. 41 Bartlett (Bartlett, Tenn.), No. 43 Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), No. 44 Totino-Grace (Fridley, Minn.), No. 46 North Laurel (London, Ky.), No. 50 Owyhee (Meridian, Idaho).

Bubble Groups:  Amarillo (Amarillo, Texas) 16-1; American Fork (American Fork, Utah) 5-1; Archbishop Ryan (Malvern, Pa.) 2-1; Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) 3-1; Beaumont United (Beaumont, Texas) 11-1; Bellevue West (Bellevue, Neb.) 4-0; Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.) 7-1; Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 3-3; Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.) 2-4; Carter (Dallas, Texas) 11-2; Central Cabarrus (Harmony, N.C.) 7-0; Chambers (Charlotte, N.C.) 4-2; Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 1-0; Coronado (Henderson, Nev.) 2-1; Nook Canyon (Draper, Utah) 5-2; Curtis (College Place, Wash.) 3-0; DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 4-2; Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri Metropolis, Texas) 13-2; Garfield (Seattle, Wash.) 3-0; Grey Collegiate Academy (West Columbia, S.C.) 6-2; Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) 7-1; Heights (Wichita, Kan.) 2-0; Hudson Catholic (Hudson, N.J.) 0-0; Joliet West (Joliet, Sick.) 7-2; Kell (Marietta, Ga.) 7-0; Kimball (Kimball, Texas) 7-2; Lake Metropolis (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) 3-0; Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 2-2; Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 3-1; McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 7-4; Milton (Milton, Ga.) 8-0; Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 3-1; Newton (Covington, Ga.) 3-3; Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 7-0; North Crowley (Ft. Price, Texas) 13-2; North Laurel (London, Ky.) 5-2; Oak Park (Kansas Metropolis, Mo.) 5-0; O’Dea (Seattle, Wash.) 4-0; Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.) 6-0; Owyhee (Meridian, Idaho) 1-1; Penn (Wishawaka, Ind.) 5-0; Windfall Day (Charlotte, N.C.) 9-1; Putnam Metropolis West (Oklahoma Metropolis, Okla.) 3-1; Sacred Coronary heart Griffin (Springfield, Sick.) 5-0; St. Bernard (Playa del Rey, Calif.) 8-0; St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) 1-0; St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) 3-0; Totino-Grace (Fridley, Minn.) 0-1; Volcano Vista (Albuquerque, N.M.) 6-0; Whitney Younger (Chicago, Sick.) 5-3;Winter Haven (Winter Haven, Fla.) 4-0.

Be aware: The FAB 50 powered by Ballislife.com is a continuation of the Nationwide Sports activities Information Service rankings that started in 1952. These had been the primary nationwide highschool rankings and the late Artwork Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They had been compiled for a few years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 23 years in the past.

Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of Ballislife.com. He will be reached at [email protected]. Don’t neglect to observe him on Twitter: @RonMFlores