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. They will be released each Tuesday throughout the season. Click here for the regional rankings.
The top five teams in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' basketball rankings remained intact, but after that, 35 teams shifted positions from the previous week.
That's mainly the result of heavy early-season activity, as ESPN RISE teams are seeking top-notch competition to pad their national reputations. Believe it or not, there are 11 teams who have yet to play this season, but nine of them will open their seasons this week.
The biggest news comes from Texas, where No. 9 Madison (San Antonio) vaults 10 slots after winning the prestigious Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio. Coach John Valenzuela's club has already beaten Texas' past two Class 5A state champions (Duncanville and North Crowley) in two tournament title games this season. The Mavs (13-0) have five games before departing for the Dallas ISD Coca-Cola Classic following Christmas.
No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) averaged nearly 101 points in four games to win the Loara Tournament in Anaheim last week. Stanford-bound guard Andy Brown scored 73 points, including 29 in a second-round win over North Torrance, for the Monarchs and was tabbed the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The reshuffling should continue throughout this month as teams test themselves at national tournaments and events. Three new teams entered the rankings this week, highlighted by No. 39 Butler (Huntsville, Ala.), the defending Alabama Class 5A champion.
Player of the week: Cameron Catlett of No. 9 Madison (San Antonio) helped make history at the Lone Star Invitational last weekend after being named MVP. In five games, the 6-foot-3 Catlett averaged 12.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals as the Mavericks became the first San Antonio-based school to keep the tournament title home in seven years. Catlett, an unsigned senior, is considering schools such as Colorado State, Cornell, Utah State, Coppin State and Santa Clara. It was the second time this season Catlett has received a tournament's highest individual honor.
Must-see TV: Thursday marks the seventh year the ESPN family of networks will broadcast the Old Spice High School Showcase presented by Nike. The impressive tip-off to the 15-game series features a doubleheader involving four nationally or regionally ranked teams, in the Ellis Davis Fieldhouse at the Jesse Owens Sports Complex in Dallas. For ESPN's entire high school boys' basketball schedule, click here.
At 7:30 p.m. ET, it's Oklahoma City schools Bishop McGuinness and Putnam City on ESPNU, followed by No. 6 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and No. 10 Duncanville (Texas) at 9:30 on ESPN. Duncanville was the ESPN RISE top-ranked preseason team.
The series previously has showcased future No. 1 NBA draft picks LeBron James, Greg Oden, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard. This year's marquee player is 6-6 senior Lance Stephenson of Lincoln.
800 club: Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight became the fifth California boys' basketball coach to reach 800 career victories when the Monarchs beat Downey 91-46 in the semifinals of the Taco Company Tournament at Loara High in Anaheim. McKnight closed out his milestone weekend by capturing the tournament title for his 801st win.
The state's all-time career wins leader, Mike Phelps (843 wins), coached 32 seasons at Alameda St. Joseph and Bishop O' Dowd (Oakland). Others are Lou Cvijanovich (829) with Santa Clara (Oxnard), Abe Abrami (802) in 39 seasons at Emery (Emeryville) and McKnight's longtime coaching rival, Willie West (803) of Crenshaw (Los Angeles), who retired after the 2006-07 season.
At his current pace, McKnight would become California's all-time winningest coach during the 2009-2010 season. McKnight has won seven state championships -- second to West, who bagged eight in 37 years. -- Contributed by Ronnie Flores
Records through Dec. 7.
Dropped out: Previous No. 25 Putnam City (Oklahoma City); No. 32 Simeon (Chicago); No. 48 Zion-Benton (Zion, Ill.)