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.
It was a pivotal weekend of the ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' basketball rankings. The Martin Luther King Weekend produced several interesting results.
Games played Monday will be applied to the rankings which will appear on Jan. 27.
No. 23 Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) and No. 30 Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.) made significant movement in the rankings. Centennial, which lost its opener to South Atlanta (Atlanta), has an impressive résumé heading into the second half of the schedule. Jamesville-Dewitt, led by Syracuse-bound bound Brandon Triche, might be New York State's top team after knocking off Lincoln (Brooklyn).
No. 14 Westchester (Los Angeles) recorded a key victory over its rivals, No. 19 Fairfax (Los Angeles). The two could meet up to three more times this season.
No. 31 North Central (Indianapolis) won the Marion County Tournament for the first time since 1997and its eighth overall. The Panthers defeated Warren Central (Indianapolis), 75-65 in the finals and Lawrence North (Indianapolis), 74-67, in the semifinals. North Central bested host Southport, 80-70 in the tournament opener. In the final, Terone Johnson scored 23 points and Damon Ellison added 15.
Game Ball: Derrick Favors of South Atlanta played admirably in defeat with three key performances, he earned player of the week honors. Personally it was a big week for the 6-foot-9 Favors, the No. 2 player in the ESPNU 100 ranking, as he chose hometown Georgia Tech to continue his career in the fall. On the court, South Atlanta dropped a pair of national games to No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and No. 7 LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.). In the three games, he averaged 30.7 points, 16 rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots.
Favors faced two of the nation's top big men and fared well. Against LeFlore's DeMarcus Cousins, he produced 36 points and 14 rebounds. Favors had a 25-point, 17-rebound effort against Oklahoma-bound Keith "Tiny" Gallon of OHA.
Game of the week: No. 44 Butler (Huntsville, Ala.) will have its hands full Friday with a cross-town trip to Johnson. Louisville-bound Josh Langford, a 6-6 junior, is the No. 18-rated small forward in his class leads Johnson, which defeated Butler, 74-72, last month in the finals of the Huntsville Times Tournament. Butler, Alabama's defending Class 5A state champions, sits atop the Area 16 standings with two weeks left in the regular season.
The Rock: New Jersey state pride will be on the line Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center (a.k.a. The Rock) in Newark as the best in-state teams take on national teams from the ESPNU RISE rankings. The Newark National Invitation features six games (one girls' game), tipping at 12:30 p.m. ET with St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) and Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.). Other boys' games are No. 34 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)-Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey), 2:30 p.m.; No. 26 St. Anthony (Jersey City)-Whitney Young (Chicago), 5 p.m.; No. 3 St. Benedict's (Newark)-No. 47 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 6:30 p.m.; and Union-No. 7 LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.), 8 p.m.
Records are through Jan. 18.
Dropped out: No. 26 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.); No. 35 Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.); No. 39 North Lawndale (Chicago); and No. 50 Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.).