Boys Basketball-Who is #1 in the US?

(1-17-17) Lots of quality boys HS boys basketball teams playing their best after the MLK tournament weekend.

The #1 Private school is Sierra Canyon, Nathan Hale remains the top rated Public school, MaxPreps Top 25 and USA Top 25 team, while the new #1  Independent school  is IMG Academy,  the move came after last week’s #1 La Lumiere lost to Sierra Canyon 76-74.

Heading into the second half of the season, Nathan Hale will finish their season playing only schools from Washington, which should be an advantage for them in winning a possible National title.

(first # is Private or Public ranking, second # is the ranking each school has in this week’s MaxPreps Top 25, the third # is last week’s ranking)MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

MaxPreps High School Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings

PRIVATE

  1. -2. (3) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 16-1
  2. -6. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 19-1
  3. -8. (8) Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 9-2
  4. -10. (13) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 13-1
  5. -13. (NR) Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), 14-2
  6. -14. (15) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 12-1
  7. -15. (16) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 16-2
  8. -16. (NR) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 13-3
  9. -25. (25) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 20-2

PUBLIC

  1. -1. (No. 1 last week) Nathan Hale (Seattle), 14-0
  2. -3. (2) Chino Hills (Calif.), 18-0
  3. -4. (5) Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.), 14-3
  4. -5. (4) Simeon (Chicago), 16-0
  5. -7. (7) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 15-0
  6. -9. (12) Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), 19-1
  7. -11. (14) Jonesboro (Ark.), 16-0
  8. -12. (NR) Newton (Covington, Ga.), 18-0
  9. -17. (17) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), 18-0
  10. -18. (19) Evanston (Ill.), 15-2
  11. -19. (20) Basha (Chandler, Ariz.), 20-0
  12. -20. (21) Klein Forest (Houston), 21-0
  13. -21. (10) North Central (Indianapolis), 13-1
  14. -22. (NR) Federal Way (Wash.), 15-0
  15. -23. (NR) Wagner (San Antonio, Texas), 22-1
  16. -24. (NR) Champlin Park (Minn.), 10-0

Chino Hills close THRILLER without Liangelo Ball

MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

1. (No. 3 last week) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 18-1
2. (1) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 16-1
3. (4) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 15-2
4. (9) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W. Va.), 14-3
5. (2) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 15-1
6. (7) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 18-3
7. (NR) Rock Creek Christian Academy (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 12-0
8. (NR) Westtown (Pa.), 18-2
9. (NR) The Rock (Gainesville, Fla.), 19-1
10. (NR) Southwest Christian Academy (Little Rock, Ark.), 20-0

USA TODAY Top 25 (Experts) Updated 01/17/2017

01-Nathan Hale – Seattle, WA 14-0-Previous: 8
02-Sierra Canyon – Chatsworth, CA 16-1-Previous: 10
03-La Lumiere – LaPorte, IN 16-1-Previous: 1
04-Memphis East – Memphis, TN 14-3-Previous: 3
05-Chino Hills – Chino Hills, CA 18-0-Previous: 5
06-Montverde Academy – Montverde, FL 16-2-Previous: 2
07-IMG Academy – Bradenton, Fl 18-1-Previous: 6
08-Findlay College Prep – Henderson, NV 19-3-Previous: 4
09-Oak Hill Academy – Mouth Of Wilson, VA 18-3-Previous: 7
10-Simeon – Chicago, IL 16-0-Previous: 9
11-Mater Dei – Santa Ana, CA 19-1-Previous: 12
12-DeMatha Catholic – Hyattsville, MD 13-1-Previous: 13
13-The Patrick School – Elizabeth, NJ 9-2-Previous: 14
14-Shadow Mountain – Phoenix, AZ18-0-Previous: 15
15-Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – Chattanooga, TN 18-5-Previous: 11
16-Newton High School – Covington, GA 18-0-Previous: 21
17-Wasatch Academy – Mount Pleasant, UT 16-3-Previous: 16
18-Bishop Montgomery – Torrance, CA 16-2-Previous: 17
19-Sunrise Christian Academy – Bel Aire, KS 14-3-Previous: 19.
20-Klein Forest – Houston, TX 21-0-Previous: 20
21-Archbishop Moeller – Cincinnati, OH 13-0-Previous: 22
22-Jonesboro Senior – Jonesboro, AR 16-0 -Previous: 23
23-Tulsa Union – Tulsa, OK Previous: 24
24-Mt St. Joseph – Baltimore, MD Previous: Not ranked
25-Paul VI – (Fairfax)Fairfax, VA 14-2 Previous: 18

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings, Riverdale Remains #1

(1-17-17) Riverdale continues to hang on to the #1 ranking in the SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School poll.  Riverdale picked up three wins during the week, including  15th ranked Norcross (Ga). To add to the week,  Anastasia Hayes (signed with Tennessee) was named a McDonald’s All American.

Moving up to #2 is Centennial who knocked off last week’s #2 Clovis West with an easy 70-46 win.

Only one new school enters the rankings and comes in at #18, defending  Illinois Class 2A State Champion Byron.  The Tigers bring back the majority of that State title team.  Byron is 19-2, the losses were both to state-ranked Class 4A teams, Montini (56-52) and 16-1 Rockford Boylan Catholic (44-35). Montini is ranked #1 in Illinois and is nationally ranked in several other sources.

The Tigers, hosting their own MLK tournament, went 4-0 beating three more 4A schools in the process, Rockford East, Rockford Jefferson and Rockford Guilford.

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings

RANK SCHOOL/RECORD (CITY, STATE)

  1. Riverdale (15-0) Murfreesboro, TN
  2. Centennial (19-2) Las Vegas, NV
  3. Monacan (12-0) Richmond, VA
  4. Grandview (11-1) Aurora, CO
  5. Duncanville (25-2) Duncanville, TX
  6. Mesquite (19-1) Gilbert, AZ
  7. Central Valley (13-0) Veradale, WA
  8. North Central (20-0) Indianapolis, IN
  9. Manasquan (11-0) Manasquan, NJ
  10. Clovis West (15-2) Fresno, CA
  11. Timberview (20-2) Mansfield, TX
  12. Hopkins (17-0) Minnetonka, MN
  13. Edwardsville (19-0) (Illinois)
  14. North Little Rock (15-1) (Ark.)
  15. Norcross (18-2) Norcross, GA
  16. Long Beach Polytechnic (10-3) Long Beach, CA
  17. Homestead (19-2) (Fort Wayne, IN)
  18. Byron (19-2) (Illinois)

 

2016 IHSA Girls Basketball Class 2A Championship Game: Byron vs. Teutopolis

Iowa City High’s Ashley Joens – SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week

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Iowa City High’s Ashley Joens – thanks to @LittleHawkSport

(1-16-17) (#2 – 5A) Iowa City High (13-0)  (Junior 5’11 Guard) Ashley Joens is this week’s SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

This week Joens in a win 73-35 win over Cedar Rapids Washington,scored a game-high 29 points (FG 10-14 FT – 7-8) . On Friday the Junior scored 23 points and added 7 rebounds in a 59-40 win over #7 (4A) Cedar Rapids Xavier 59-40.

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Joens, who has already committed to Iowa State,  is averaging 21.6 points a game and 11.3 rebounds per game, she also joined the 1,000 point club in early December.

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Why Two Quarters For JV Girls Basketball?

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Celina JV Basketball Huddle – Thanks to Snap In Time Photography

 

This past season numerous girls JV basketball games have been cut down to two quarters in length and some have even been cancelled.  Several Mercer County girls basketball coaches gave us answers to our questions on why this is taking place.

Ft. Recovery one of the top girls basketball programs in the county, now they will only play 2 quarter JV games for rest of the season.  The Indians only have 13 healthy roster players and when one player broke her hand the choice was made to play only 2 quarters of JV.  There has been times when no JV game was played before the varsity game.

Numbers for the future could be a problem as well, the Indians do not have freshmen team this season, in the lower grades the 7th grade has thirteen players and the 8th grade has just nine players.

Ft. Recovery Head Coach Brian Patch sees numerous issues causing the current situation:

Numerous reasons. Season too long compared to volleyball, sport requires too much running versus volleyball, club volleyball, kids are getting lazy and entitled compared to the past, parents aren’t as supportive as they used to be to push their kids, everyone wants to be the star and if they can’t start or play a lot then they won’t play, in basketball you have to be good at multiple things to be a good player versus volleyball you can play half the game being just good at one thing such as digging a ball, in basketball you have to work hard during the game because of the sport. CYO still plays basketball mess around and drinking is involved- a major problem in Mercer County.
Patch sees this being an issue for the future:

 I see this as being a major problem and its occurring everywhere. Numbers are dropping. Example last year we won the 6th most games in our program history which has included 3 state appearances. We had 5 kids quit off our jv and varsity team. Those kids played for a winning program, played a lot of minutes as we only had 13 kids last year and played a full JV schedule and games. Our administration asked them if coaches were the problem and they said no we love them. This is a huge problem and any thing you can do to write about it to address it with OHSAA, parents, school personnel would be appreciated by all coaches. I lost a paid varsity assistant because our numerous dropped below 24 kids. In 9 games we have not played a team with 24 kids. Yet my coach puts in the same amount hours and shows up to help run our youth programs to build numbers for our future. I have very strong feelings on this topic and love to see it get address.

Marion Local, another very successful program,  has played a few JV games for 2 quarters  due to  opponents having low roster numbers.

Looking at the Flyers overall program they will play 6 to 7  freshman games and numbers on the 7th and 8th grade teams are both at eleven.

Head Coach Barb Streib talks about the situation:

Numbers seem to be low in a lot of schools.  Kids are just different these days and either focus on one sport or don’t want to put the time in.

Success usually seems to help, trying to find a balance between working hard and pushing them while also making it fun can be a challenge.

At Parkway  they have only played one JV game where the Panthers requested to play only 2 quarters, this was due to four girls being out (3 due to injury) which left only 12 healthy players. Three JV games opponents have requested to play 2 quarters of JV, one school did not have a JV team.

First year Panther Head Coach Linda Hawk:

 I’m hoping I don’t have to do this again due to girls being out due to injury.

Hawk went on to talk about the program down the road:

Depending if all 8th graders play next year, we may have a freshman team.  Early estimates are 23 girls.  This could change by the time next season starts.

Only losing one senior this year and we have a descent size 8th grade class coming up.  At this point, I don’t have concerns that we may not be able to field a JV team.

Celina Head Coach Steve Bader:

We have a JV team but our numbers are down. With only 15 girls in the varsity and JV program and no freshman team because they are playing JV. We have to play 2 quarter  JV games because of injury and sickness. Club volleyball and club soccer have killed basketball for girls. AAU is about making money no matter what sport you play. No one wants to work on fundamentals and parents are getting caught up with AAU and spending money. Parents want to coach their kids and ruin it for other kids as well. Parents try to highlight their kid and focus on Major DI scholarships. No one wants to coach anymore because parents make it miserable for coaches to coach. I do not have an answer to get this matter fixed. I see why Celina basketball is a girl’s third sport of choice. Volleyball and soccer have been good here for past 5 to 8 years, so as a player they are going to go to the winning programs.

 

In November of 2014 in an OHSAA newsletter ‘Rebounders Report’ on 2 Quarter games in basketball:

There is a general perceived trend of lower numbers in high school basketball, especially on the girls’ side. Many inquire about playing “2 Quarter JV Games”. But…rules require a game to be how long?  4 quarters of course. That means, a game MUST be 4 quarters in length. So, no 2 quarter games could be permitted by NFHS Playing Rules. But before I close this section….there is also an NFHS Rule that says “by mutual agreement of coaches and officials, a game may end at any time”.

The situation is something that school administration, coaches, parents and student-athletes need to keep an eye on for the future.  The atmosphere is no longer that of the 1950’s where you played for the pride of the school and the community. The focus in 2017, especially at the  National level, has changed to what is best for the individual and not the team concept.

McDonald’s All-American Selection Process ‘Really Takes Place’

(1-12-17) The selection process of the McDonald’s All-American team has come under some fire after an SSN article – How players are selected for the McDonald’s All-American game was shared with a prep basketball writer in Chicago.

Below is a Twitter conversation between a prep basketball writer from Chicago and SSN

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx (his intital tweet)
Don’t get worked up about the burger company all-american nominations. Totally meaningless. They basically name anyone a coach suggests.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx How players are selected for the McDonald’s All-American game- https://statelinesportsnetwork.net/2017/01/11/is-the-mcdonalds-all-american-game-a-big-deal-yep/

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt that has nothing to do with what I’m referring to.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx the entire process of nominating a player, to selection process is in the story , including who can nominate players

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt except that isn’t what really happens. those nominations have nothing to do with who is selected.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx info came straight from game officials in a reply to my email, straight from person who oversees it

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt a selection committee picks the team. they don’t care (or even know) who gets nominated. what they told you is the PR.

In an email reply to SSN from the McDonald’s All-American selection committee:

We do accept all eligible nominees that high school coaches/athletic directors submit. The nominees represent the good in high school basketball. It is an honor for these student-athletes to be considered deserving and worthy by their high school coaches who have worked with them during their high school careers.

We list the nominees on our website because if a coach feels that they have a candidate worthy of a nomination and takes the time to submit that nomination we should recognize that player for their hard work and loyalty to their high school programs.  It may not be a big deal to some people but is a complement and big deal to the nominee that their high school coach or athletic department think that highly of them as a person and student-athlete.

We do have a selection committee that does pick the team. Selection takes place through a balloting system vote:

  • Votes are confidential.
  • Committee members are instructed not to discuss any of the balloting results or nominees outside of the internal committee.
  • At no time, should any Committee member solicit information or opinions pertaining to any nominee’s athletic talent or basketball career.
  • Each member submits his or her individual votes via a confidential and closed balloting system.  The results are tabulated from all voters and the top 24 vote getters compromise the McDonalds All American Teams.

Our committee members are given the list of (all) nominees to review. Members do have the opportunity to nominate additional candidates if they feel someone has not been nominated that is deserving. Candidates cannot move forward to selection if they have not been nominated.

  1. Top 100 Consensus List

o    Selection Committee members submit their Top 100 national players based on the nominations submitted during the nomination period.

o    A Top 100 Consensus list is created from these lists.

o    The Top 100 Consensus list is then presented to the members to review.

o    Committee members are given the opportunity to add any player they feel is deserving of but not on the list.

 

  1. First Ballot

o    Committee is given the Top 100 Consensus List

o    Committee is to choose their top 50 players

o    Each vote at this level is worth one point

o    Votes are tallied and scored.

o    The Top 50 vote getters advance to the second ballot.

 

  1. Second Ballot

o    Ballot consists of the top 50+ players based on total number of votes per player voted on by the Committee; there maybe more than 50 due to ties; not usually more than 55 though

o    Committee members are to vote for their top 30 choices

o    Each vote at this level is worth one point

o    Votes are tallied and scored.

o    The Top 30 vote getters advance to the second ballot.

 

III.            Final Ballot

o    Weighted Ballot consisting of the top 30+ players based on total number of votes per player voted on by the Committee; there maybe more than 30 due to ties; not usually more than 33 though

o    Committee is to vote for their top 25 players

o    Committee members vote for players based on:

  • Point guard
  • Shooting guard
  • Forward / wing
  • Power forward
  • Center

o    The Committee is to vote five (5) players per position

  • First choice vote is worth five (5) points
  • Second choice vote is worth four (4) points
  • Third choice vote is worth three (3) points
  • Fourth choice vote is worth two (2) points
  • Fifth choice vote is worth one (1) point

o    Votes are totaled and scored.

  1. Selection

o    The top 24 vote getters advance and are named to the McDonald’s All American Team.

‘IT REALLY TAKES PLACE’

Is The McDonald’s All-American Game A Big Deal? Yep!

(1-11-17) This week nominations for the Annual McDonald’s All-American Games were announced.  Names of players from all across the nation were released.  It’s also a time for those who follow high school basketball start the discussion  of why certain players  are not on the list. There is a process that starts on September 1st of every year to find the next group of All-Americans.

2017 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees

How does a player get nominated and selected to participate in the games?

Below is the process for a player to be considered and to be selected to play in the game.

McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games

Player Nomination and Selection Process

Updated September 2015

The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games feature the top 24 boy and 24 girl players from high schools throughout the United States and sets itself apart from other comparable events in that players are selected based on a systematic voting process.   The Selection Committee, led by committee chair Morgan Wootten, is composed of basketball experts from across the country that review prospect’s fundamental talents and athleticism in the committee’s effort to identify to the top 48.  The following elements are taken into serious consideration when selecting a McDonald’s All American.

Athletic Achievement

  • Player’s accomplishments on the hardwood.
  • High school career:  All evaluations and nominations are based on the individual player’s fundamental skill level and athleticism.
  • Player’s Accolades

Scholastic Achievement

  • All nominees must be eligible to participate under the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or other comparable organization.
  • A nominee is eligible to be a McDonald’s All American if he or she is deemed eligible to participate under their high school and governing league policies.
  • Each nominee must be a high school senior.
  • Nominees cannot have repeated a grade once they have entered the 9th grade.
  • Nominees cannot have their 19th birthday before September 1st of senior year.
  • Each nominee may only have participated in eight semesters of high school athletics.
  • Player must be academically eligible to participate with their high school team based on their school and league requirements.

Behavior

  • Players who have been convicted of a felony are not permitted.
  • Players who have been charged with a felony with a case pending are not permitted.
  • Players who have a history of “getting in trouble” with either the law (i.e. misdemeanor), at school, during extracurricular activities, and/or at home may be excluded pending feedback from their principal, athletic director, coach, league officials, and/or community leaders.
  • The Selection Committee will review on a case-by-case basis.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations are submitted online at mcdaag.com  between Sept. 1st thru Dec. 1st of the candidate’s senior year.
  • Nominations can only be submitted by:

o    High School Varsity Coach

o    High School Athletic Director

o    High School Principal or Head of School

o    Selection Committee Member

Selection Process

Selection takes place through a balloting system vote that is submitted by a collective group of prominent basketball community members.

  • Votes are confidential.
  • Committee members are instructed not to discuss any of the balloting results or nominees outside of the internal committee.
  • At no time, should any Committee member solicit information or opinions pertaining to any nominee’s athletic talent or basketball career.
  • Each member submits his or her individual votes via a confidential and closed balloting system.  The results are tabulated from all voters and the top 24 vote getters compromise the McDonalds All American Teams.

Take a look at who has played in this classic over the years.

ALL-AMERICAN GAME LEADERS (Boys)

Points Scored
31 -Jonathan Bender -West, ’99
30- Michael Jordan -East, ’81
28- Eddy Curry -West, ’01
28- Paul Pierce -West, ’95
28 -Chris Webber -West, ’91
27 -LeBron James -East, ’03
27 -Jerry Stackhouse -East, ’93
27 -John Williams -West, ’84
26 -J.J. Redick -East, ’02
25 -Kevin Durant -West, ’06

Assists
13 -Jacque Vaughn -West, ’93
13- Lonzo Ball -West 16
12 -Andre Barrett -East, ’00
12 -Erick Barkley -West, ’98
11 -Sebastian Telfair -East, ’04
11- Brett Nelson -West, ’99
11 -Adrian Autry -East, ’90
10- Chris Paul -East, ’03
10- Stephen Marbury -East, ’95
10 -Tyus Jones -East 14
10- Bobby Hurley East, ’89

Steals
10 -Khalid Reeves -East, ’90
7 -Jordan Farmar -West, ’04
6 -Dell Curry -East, ’82
6-Michael Jordan -East, ’81

Rebounds
24- Sam Perkins -East, ’80
21- Othella Harrington -West, ’92
16 -Shaquille O’Neal West, ’89
16 -Dallas Comegys -East, ’83
16 -John Williams -West, ’84
16 -Rudy Woods -West, ’78
15 -Zach Randolph -West, ’00
15- Derrick Coleman -West, ’86
15 -Teddy Grubbs -West, ’79

Just by looking at the above list of names on the all-time list for scoring, rebounding, steals and assists and you can see it is a very impressive group of super stars.

To play in this game or even be nominated for the game is a big honor. The players start to receive national attention as soon as the nominations are released. Now that high school sports, like basketball and football, are gaining more and more national attention it’s a great venue for these players to perform on.  Media coverage includes ESPN, from the first practice until the after the game, plus numerous national media sites make it a point to cover the games.

This year’s game will once again be played at the United Center in Chicago.

March 29 2017:

  • 16th Annual McDonald’s All American Games (Girls)
    – Broadcast on ESPNU
  • 40th Annual McDonald’s All American Games (Boys)
    – Broadcast on ESPN

 

ALL-AMERICAN GAME LEADERS (Girls)

Points Scored
25    Sabrina Ionescu    West    16
23    Elizabeth Williams    East, ’11
22    Alexis Hornbuckle    East, ’04
21    Meighan Simmons    West, ’10
21    Ann Strother    West, ’02
21    Shanna Zolman    East, ’02
21    Te’a Omari Cooper West 15
21    Amber Ramirez    East    16
20    Nirra Fields    West, ’12
20    Natasha Howard    East, ’10
19    Marissa Coleman    East, ’05
19    Candace Parker    West, ’04
19    Stephanie Watts    West    15
19    Shakayla Thomas    East    14

Assists
7    Jordin Canada    West    14
6    Jasmine Thomas    East, ’07
6    Kyra Lambert    West    15
6    Kelsey Mitchell    East    14
6    Crystal Dangerfield    16
5    Niya Johnson    East, ’12
5    Natasha Howard    East, ’10
5    Eliza Pierre    West, ’09
5    Erin Grant    West, ’02
5    Shanna Zolman    East, ’02
5    Ali Patberg    East    15
5    Destiny Slocum    West    16

Blocks
9    Alison Bales    East, ’03
6    Ashley Gayle    West, ’08
6    Stephanie Mavunga East, ’13
5    Katie Collier    West, ’12
5    Joslyn Tinkle    East, ’09
5    Amanda Thompson    West, ’06
5    Sara Hammond    East, ’11
5    Amber Henson    East, ’11

Rebounds
14    Kelly Cain    East    07
13    Madison Williams    West, ’10
13    Stephanie Mavunga    East    13
12    Bashaara Graves    East, ’12
12    Kayla Pedersen    West, ’07
12    Courtney Paris    West, ’05
12    Seimone Augustus    East, ’02
11    Elizabeth Williams    East, ’11
11    Elena Delle Donne    East, ’08
11    Willnett Crockett    West, ’02
10    Tierra Ruffin-Pratt    West, ’09
10    Candace Parker    West, ’04
10    Brianna Turner    West    14
10    Lauren Cox    West    16
10    Sabrina Ionescu    West    16
10    Tierra Ruffin-Pratt West ’09
10    Tye’sha Fluker West, ‘02

Riverdale Still #1 In SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings

KSA Holiday Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World  Orlando, FL

(1-10-17) Riverdale (Tn) remains at #1 in this week’s SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings. Only one change in the Top 5, Homestead (Ind) drops to 17th from #5 after a loss to Carmel in OT.  Both schools are ranked #2 and #3 in Indiana in 4A, Indiana’s #1 team, North Central, checks into the rankings for the first time this week at #10.

Edwardsville (Illinois) is new to the rankings this week, they move up to #14 with a 16-0 record.

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings
1-10-17

  1. Riverdale (12-0) (Murfreesboro, TN)
  2. Clovis West (14-1) (Fresno, CA)
  3. Monacan (10-0) (Richmond, VA)
  4. Grandview (9-1) (Aurora, CO)
  5. Norcross (15-1) (Norcross, GA)
  6. Mesquite (16-1) (Gilbert, AZ)
  7. Centennial (16-2) (Las Vegas, NV )
  8. Duncanville (23-2) (Duncanville, TX)
  9. Central Valley (11-0) (Veradale, WA)
  10. North Central (19-0) (Indianapolis, IN )
  11. Manasquan (9-0) (Manasquan, NJ )
  12. Timberview (22-2) (Mansfield, TX )
  13. Hopkins (14-0) (Minnetonka, MN)
  14. Edwardsville (Illinois) 16-0
  15. Mason (Ohio) 10-0
  16. North Little Rock (Ark.), 13-1
  17. Homestead (Fort Wayne, IN) 16-1
  18. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga) 13-1
  19. Long Beach Polytechnic (Ca) (7-3)
December 21, 2016

Top-ranked Hopkins dominated the first half, then held off Park Center on the way to a 60-47 win over the tenth-ranked Pirates in girls basketball. The teams met in the state quarterfinals last season.

McDonald’s All-American Nominations

 

Regis Jesuit’s (COLO) Fran Belibi SSN’s National Girls Basketball Player of the Week

(1-8-17) This week’s SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week is Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colorado) Sophomore Fran Belibi (6’1 Forward).  Belibi became the first high school girl in Colorado history to dunk a basketball during a game.  The dunk took place on Friday (1-6-17) night in a 78-23 win over Grand Junction.  The dunk received national attention and went viral on social media.

What was overlooked in that game, Belibi scored 21 points (10-12 FG), had 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 blocked shots and 2 assists.  She would top that off on Saturday (1-7-17) night with a double-double against Fairview, she would score 23 points (9-12 FG), 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in a 69-52 win.

 

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Bishop’s Destiny Littleton SSN National HS Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Highlights of Destiny Littleton’s 68 Points vs Mira Mesa

(12-31-16) This week’s SSN National HS Girls Basketball Player of the Week is Bishop’s (La Jolla, Calif ) Destiny Littleton.

The 5’9 Senior Guard led her team to a 3-1 week at the So Cal Holiday Prep Classic in San Diego.  In the four games for the tournament, she scored a tourney high of 52 points (10 rebounds) against Great Oak,  47 points (16 rebounds)  against Bishop Manogue, 44 points (11 rebounds) in the loss to Eastlake and 41 points (11 rebounds) against Huntington Beach.

Bishop’s loss to Eastlake was their first of the year, she has scored 41 or more points in every game this season, including back-to-back nights scoring in the 60’s (68 vs. Mira Mesa and 65 vs. University City). To top that off she has had 10 or more rebounds in every game but one this year.

 

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Littleton, a Southern Cal signee, is already the 2nd all-time career leading scorer in California just passing icon Cheryl Miller. She will most likely score over 4,000 points in her career.

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Destiny Littleton’s Stats thru 12-30-16

 

April 1st 2015 Interview

Riverdale (Tenn) #1 Girls Public School Basketball Team In The SSN National Rankings

(12-27-16) Riverdale (Tenn) holds down the #1 in the SSN Girls Basketball Public School Rankings.  Moving up to #2 is Clovis West (Calif) and up to #3 is Duncanville (Tx). Norcross (Ga) dropped from #3 to #4.

Centennial (Nv) drops from #2 to #9 after picking up it’s second loss of the season. Long Beach Poly (Calif) drops out of the rankings since losing it’s third game of the season.

#16 Collins Hill (Ga) will play #1 Riverdale on Friday.

RANKING    SCHOOL/RECORD

  1. Riverdale  (Murfreesboro, TN) (7-0)
  2. Clovis West (Fresno, CA ) (11-1)
  3. Duncanville (TX) (17-1)
  4. Norcross (GA) (15-1)
  5. Monacan (Richmond, VA) (8-0)
  6. Grandview Aurora, CO (7-1)
  7.  Mansfield Timberview (Mansfield, TX)  (16-1)
  8.  Argyle (Texas) (7-1)
  9. Centennial  (Las Vegas, NV) (8-2)
  10.  Mesquite (Gilbert, AZ)  (15-1)
  11. Central Valley (Spokane Valley, WA ) (7-0)
  12. Ribault (Jacksonville, FL) 11-1
  13. North Little Rock (Ark.), 9-1
  14. Homewood-Flossmoor  (Flossmoor, Ill.) (7-1)
  15. Homestead  (Fort Wayne, IN) 11-0
  16. Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA) 12-0
  17. Manasquan (N.J.), 3-0
  18. Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.), 11-1