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Week 4 sees little movement in rankings

12/2/2008

Editor's note: The ESPN RISE top 50 boys' basketball rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor, Ronnie Flores, Ryan Canner-O'Mealy and Jon Mahoney. They will be released each Tuesday throughout the season. Click here for the regional rankings.

The Thanksgiving Week yielded some interesting results as the nation gradually begins play. Midwest and Southeast teams tipped off their regular seasons, but only one school -- No. 49 Hall (Little Rock, Ark.) -- joins the ESPN RISE 50 boys' basketball rankings.

This week, a majority of the teams from the West Region amd others in the Southwest, East and Midwest get underway.

There was minimal movement in each of the five regions, with a handful of teams dropping out after subpar starts.

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Player of the week: Junior Reggie Bullock of regionally-ranked Kinston (N.C.) conquered the competition at an Illinois tournament last weekend. Bullock, a 6-foot-6 guard bound for North Carolina, totaled 97 points in three games, shattering the Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions record for points by 24. He also scored a tournament-record 36 points in an 89-61 win over Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy in the semifinals of the four-day tournament. Kinston won three games to capture the title and Bullock was tabbed most valuable player.

Game of the week: Hoosier mania is alive and kicking Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET) in Indiana when the top two Class 4A teams -- No. 24 Lawrence North (Indianapolis) and Marion -- meet in Indianapolis. Lawrence North, which has produced NBA players Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., plays Friday at Terre Haute South and will need a quick turnaround. Marion, last year's 4A runners-up, is a favorite to reach the title game again.

Must-see event: The Bill Keightley Marshall County HoopFest tips off Thursday for a three-run, 17-game run at Marshall County High in London, Ky. This hoops crazy bucolic setting features several teams ranked by ESPN RISE. Friday night's top games are: No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)-No. 6 Duncanville (Texas), 8 ET; No. 4 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)-Provine (Jackson, Miss.), 9:30 ET.

Saturday's second session has six games, six of which involve ranked teams. The top games are Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.), Kentucky's top-ranked team, against Duncanville, and the nightcap is No. 35 Montverde (Fla.) Academy and No. 5 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.).

Records through Nov. 30.

Dropped out: No. 45 Veritas Christian (Fletcher, N.C.).