Grassroots Hoops Insider Blog

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

Remembering Dunbar’s Magical 82-83 Teams

On August 8, ESPN released a 30 For 30 documentary titled “Baltimore Boys” about the special high school basketball teams at Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Md. The documentary is about triumph in the face of real-life tragedy and overcoming extreme odds to see four players off the same high school team reach their dreams of the NBA. While the documentary focuses on the humanitarian aspects of the game, we present facts about the basketball team and its on-court performance against the backdrop of this fascinating story about arguably the greatest high school basketball team of all-time.

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2016-17 Underclass All-American Team

Class players of the year Marvin Bagley (Juniors), R.J. Barrett (Sophomores) and Jalen Suggs (Freshmen) headline the 2016-17 Underclass All-American team

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2016-17 High School All-American Team

Mr. Basketball USA Michael Porter Jr., three-time selection DeAndre Ayton, and Duke recruit Trevon Duval highlight 23rd annual All-American team produced by Grassroots Editor Ronnie Flores. Elite honor squad includes 20-man first team and 30-man second team.

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Final, Expanded 2016-17 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 is the official rankings of the National Sports News Service, which date back to the 1952 season. Nathan Hale of Seattle is the 2016-17 mythical national champion, the first ever from Washington. The Raiders are the second consecutive public school to finish No.
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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

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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

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Best Names & Nicknames Through The Years

“Tugs” Bowen of FAB 50 No. 2 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) is our 2016-17 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. A majority of these players were at an all-state level and above 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…

All-Time Mr. Basketball USA Honorees

All-time National Players of the Year honorees going back to 1955 as selected by the editors of 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 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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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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