2007 Boys Basketball Rankings: Final
Well, that concludes another season for the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school boys basketball rankings.
The Friars of St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N.J., finish atop the Elite 25 rankings after rattling off a 32-0 season and claiming their 10th state Tournament of Champions title since 1989. The Friars featured six Division I players who signed with Big East and Atlantic 10 schools.
No. 23 Mason County (Maysville, Ky.) enters the Elite 25 after winning the Kentucky single-class state championship.
No. 11 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) rules the Empire State for the second straight year after defeating No. 16 Holy Cross (Queens) 86-67 in the State Federation Class AA final. Fourteen teams that appeared in the Elite 25 preseason rankings stuck around for the final ranking. The power was clearly in the East Region, where some weeks as many as 11 teams appeared in the rankings. It was a down year in the Midwest, but expect that to change next season.
We'll see you again in November for the 2008-09 Elite 25 preseason rankings.
Game balls: Tyler Zeller of regionally ranked Washington (Ind.) and 6-7 forward Justin Greene of No. 11 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) are worthy recipients, not to mention state champions.
Zeller, who played in the 2008 McDonald's All-American Game in Milwaukee, scored a record 43 points in an 84-60 trouncing of Harding (Fort Wayne) in the Class 3A final. The 7-foot, North Carolina-bound center helped Washington take home its second 3A title in four years. Zeller added 16 rebounds as Washington finished 23-2.
Greene was the unsung hero, according to many observers, at the New York State Federation Class AA tournament. Even though his teammate, junior Lance Stephenson, bagged Most Valuable Player honors, Greene provided 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-57 victory over Bishop Maginn (Albany) in the semifinals on Saturday.
The next day he scored eight of his 19 points in the decisive, second-quarter 26-13 showing that helped the Railsplitters top No. 16 Holy Cross (Queens) 86-67 in the title game. He also grabbed 10 boards.
Must-see event: The 2008 Jordan Brand Classic rolls into Madison Square Garden on April 19 (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET). The sixth annual all-star game features some of the nation's top talent, including Arizona-bound point guard Brandon Jennings, the top-ranked player in the ESPN 100. The game benefits the Children's Aid Society.
Other budding superstars committed to the game include: Ed Davis (North Carolina), Demar DeRozan (USC), Tyreke Evans (undecided), Drew Gordon (UCLA), Greg Monroe (Georgetown), Samardo Samuels (Louisville) and Kemba Walker (Connecticut). This year's event will be a tripleheader, beginning with an international game at 4 p.m. ET followed by a regional game of top local players at 6:30 p.m ET.
Jurisprudence: Al-Farouq Aminu, a 6-8 power forward for No. 7 Norcross (Ga.), was released after posting a $3,500 bond on felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor criminal trespass. Aminu and two other teens were arrested following a March 14 incident in which a Georgia woman reportedly was shot in the stomach by a BB gun.
Aminu, a Wake Forest recruit and McDonald's All-American, turned himself in to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. Another suspect (a member of the Norcross basketball team) was arrested earlier last week.
It is unclear how the incident will affect Aminu's athletic scholarship offer. In a prepared statement, Wake Forest Coach Dino Gaudio said, "We are in the process of gathering all the information on this incident and it would not be fair to make any statement or judgment until we collect all the facts."
Aminu, a first team all-state performer, helped the Blue Devils win their third straight Class 5A state championship in March. -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Boys Basketball Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||St. Anthony, Jersey City, N.J.||32-0||Recap: The Friars won their 10th New Jersey Tournament of Champions championship since 1989.|
|2 (2)||St. Benedict's, Newark, N.J.||24-1||Recap: The Gray Bees won two in-season tournaments, recording a quality win over No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) on national television. The Gray Bees do not compete for a state championship.|
|3 (3)||Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.||34-4||Recap: The Warriors do not compete for a state championship.|
|4 (4)||Gonzaga, Washington, D.C.||34-1||Recap: Won the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and City titles. |
|5 (5)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.||35-1||Recap: The Monarchs successfully won their second straight Division II state championship.|
|6 (6)||North Crowley, Fort Worth, Texas||38-1||Recap: Won Class 5A state championship.|
|7 (7)||Norcross, Ga.||29-2||Recap: Won Class 5A state championship.|
|8 (8)||Chester, Pa.||33-1||Recap: Won Class AAAA state championship for the program's sixth overall crown.|
|9 (9)||McClymonds, Oakland, Calif.||32-0||Recap: Won first-ever Division I state championship.|
|10 (10)||St. Patrick, Elizabeth , N.J.||25-5||Recap: Advanced to Non-Public B North final, losing to No. 1 St. Anthony (Jersey City).|
|11 (11)||Lincoln, New York||29-4||Recap: The Railsplitters won their fifth overall and second straight New York State Federation Class AA championship, topping No. 16 Holy Cross (Queens) 86-67 in the final. Junior Lance Stephenson, the Most Valuable Player, had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Justin Greene added 19 points and 10 boards. In the semifinals, Greene had 22 points and Stephenson contributed 15 in a 67-57 win over Bishop Maginn (Albany). Season complete.|
|12 (12)||Saginaw, Mich.||27-1||Recap: Won second straight Class A state championship.|
|13 (13)||Dominguez, Compton, Calif.||32-3||Recap: Won CIF-Southern California Division I regional title but lost in the state final.|
|14 (14)||Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif.||32-2||Recap: Won CIF-Northern California Division III regional title but lost in the state final.|
|15 (15)||Taft, Woodland Hills, Calif.||27-4||Recap: Won CIF-City Section Championship Division title.|
|16 (16)||Holy Cross, New York||21-9||Recap: The New York City Catholic Class AA champions lost to No. 11 Lincoln (Brooklyn) 86-67 in the New York State Federation AA final. The Knights had not played in three weeks since beating No. 25 Christ the King (Queens) for the city interdivisional crown. Virginia-bound Sylven Landesberg closed out his prep career scoring a game-high 31 points. Season complete.|
|17 (17)||Rice, New York||24-4||Recap: Won two in-season tournaments and New York Archdiocese championship.|
|18 (18)||Wheeler, Marietta, Ga.||30-3||Recap: Advanced to Class 5A state championship game.|
|19 (19)||Fairfax, Los Angeles||27-6||Recap: Advanced to CIF-Southern California Division I semifinals.|
|20 (20)||Duncanville, Texas||35-2||Recap: Won District 8-5A championship going 14-0 and advanced to 5A Region I semifinals, where it lost to eventual 5A state champion North Crowley.|
|21 (21)||Rainier Beach, Seattle||29-1||Recap: Won Class 3A state championship and one in-season tournament in San Luis Obispo, Calif..|
|22 (22)||Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||29-2||Recap: Won Class 5A state championship.|
|23 (NR)||Mason County, Maysville, Ky.||34-4||Recap: Won Kentucky's Sweet Sixteen State Tournament, defeating Holmes (Covington) 57-48 in final before 17,663 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Darius Miller, a 6-6 Kentucky recruit, scored 24 points, sinking 10 of 13 free throws, and grabbed eight rebounds. In the semifinals, the Royals eliminated Shelby County (Shelbyville) 60-50 as Miller contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds and Ethan King added 18 points, making 5 of 10 shots. The Royals also stopped Elliott County (Sandy Hook) 66-62 in the first round and Paducah Tilghman 73-46 in the quarterfinals. Season complete.|
|24 (24)||Ridgeway, Memphis, Tenn.||34-3||Recap: Won Class AAA state championship. Wes Henning guided Ridgeway its fourth state title and became Shelby County's fourth coach to have at least four championships.|
|25 (25)||Christ the King, New York||22-6||Recap: Advanced to New York Catholic High School Athletic Association Class AA final and won an in-season tournament taking the Bass Pro Tournament in Springfield, Mo.|
1. St. Anthony, Jersey City, N.J. (32-0) 2. St. Benedict's, Newark, N.J. (24-1) 3. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (34-1) 4. Chester, Pa. (33-1) 5. St. Patrick, Elizabeth, N.J. (25-5) 6. Lincoln, New York (29-4) 7. Holy Cross, New York (21-9) 8. Rice, New York (24-4) 9. Christ the King, New York (22-6) 10. Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pa. (26-2)
1. Saginaw, Mich. (27-1) 2. Wauwatosa (Wis.) East (26-1) 3. Marshall, Chicago (32-4) 4. Webster Groves, Mo. (29-3) 5. Marion, Ind. (24-4) 6. Richards, Oak Lawn, Ill. (32-4) 7. Washington, Ind. (23-2) 8. Newark, Ohio (24-4) 9. Minnetonka, Minn. (28-3) 10. Brownsburg, Ind. (22-5)
1. Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va. (34-4) 2. North Crowley, Fort Worth, Texas (38-1) 3. Norcross, Ga. (29-2) 4. Wheeler, Marietta, Ga. (30-3) 5. Duncanville, Texas (35-2) 6. Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (29-2) 7. Mason County, Maysville, Ky. (34-4) 8. Ridgeway, Memphis, Tenn. (34-3) 9. Hillcrest, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (31-5) 10. LeFlore, Mobile, Ala. (30-3)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (35-1) 2. McClymonds, Oakland, Calif. (32-0) 3. Dominguez, Compton, Calif. (32-3) 3. Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif. (32-2) 4. Taft, Woodland Hills, Calif. (27-4) 6. Fairfax, Los Angeles (27-6) 7. Rainier Beach, Seattle (29-1) 8. Santa Margarita, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (30-5) 9. Ferris, Spokane, Wash. (29-0) 10. Lone Peak, Highland, Utah (23-2)
About the rankings: The ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor of ESPN.com, who consults with a national network of sportswriters, Scouts Inc. analysts and high school coaches. Criteria considered are a team's strength of schedule with emphasis on national games; the superiority of competition in its state, district or league; the program's history and tradition; and the quality of its personnel.