Grassroots Hoops Insider Blog

Quick-hitting, behind-the-scenes news and notes from the GrassrootsHoops.net staff, including previews of upcoming content and events from coast-to-coast.

All-Time Mr. Basketball USA Honorees

All-time National Players of the Year honorees going back to 1955 as selected by the editors of GrassrootsHoops.net. Only two never played a minute in the NBA.

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Preseason FAB 50 Questionnaires Sent Out

The 2016-17 high school basketball season is rapidly approaching and we have already begun the process of compiling our 2016-17 preseason FAB 50 National Team Rankings powered by Ballislife.com. Read on for process of filling out a preseason team prospectus in order to help make our rankings as accurate as possible.

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Best Names & Nicknames Through The Years

“2K” Ferguson is our 2015-16 Nickname of the Year. Similar to our Names of the Year going back to to the 1969-70 season, we’ve also have Nicknames of the Year going back to the 1954-55 season. Many of these players were all-state level and above performers performers with nicknames coined while still in high school. There have been tons of nicknames given out through the years, but these are some of the most memorable or appropriate for that particular time. Read more…


2015-16 Underclass All-American Team

Class players of the year DeAndre Ayton (Juniors), Romeo Langford (Sophomores) and Charles Bassey (Freshmen) headline the 2015-16 Underclass All-American team

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2015-16 High School All-American Team

Mr. Basketball USA Lonzo Ball, repeat selection DeAndre Ayton, Kansas commit Josh Jackson and state champion Jayson Tatum highlight 22nd annual All-American team produced by Ballislife.com Grassroots Editor Ronnie Flores. Elite honor squad includes 20-man first team and 30-man second team.

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All-Time National Coaches of the Year

All-time National Coach of the Year honorees in boys basketball going back to 1969-1970 season as selected by the editors of GrassrootsHoops.net.

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All-Time Underclass Players of the Year

All-time Grassroots Hoops Underclass Player of the Year honorees among juniors, sophomores and freshmen going back to 1970 as selected by the editors of GrassrootsHoops.net.

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Final, Expanded 2015-16 FAB 50 Rankings

All 50 ranked teams written up with explanations for why they were placed in these positions with comparisons to preseason ranking. The FAB 50 National Team Rankings powered by Ballislife.com is the official rankings of the National Sports News Service, which date back to the 1952 season. Chino Hills of California is the 2015-16 mythical national champion, the first from California since 1999-00 (Dominguez of Compton) and the first unbeaten California national champ since 1979-80 (Inglewood).
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Each State’s Highest Ranked Team (1988-2016)

Here is a state-by-state list of the highest end-of-season rankings for boys’ basketball teams since a version of the Grassroots Hoops FAB 50 poll began for the 1987-88 season. Chino Hills is now considered the second team from California to earn the No. 1 ranking in the FAB 50 era. 

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Preseason East Region Rankings

We go 20 deep from five separate regions of the nation. Preseason No. 1 ranked teams by region are Oak Hill Academy (East), Montverde Academy (Southeast), La Lumiere (Midwest), Chaminade (Southwest) and Findlay Prep (West). Nobody across the country ranks as many teams as the FAB 50 National Team Rankings powered by Ballislife.com.

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