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Quick-hitting, behind-the-scenes news and notes from the GrassrootsHoops.net 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 Ballislife.com 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 Ballislife.com 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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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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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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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 (1988-2018)

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. 2017-18 FAB 50 national title contender Memphis East earned the highest ranking ever for a Tennessee club during the 2016-17 season and finished one spot lower at No. 4 in 2017-18. The 2018-19 McEachern of Powder Springs is now the highest-rated team ever from Georgia.   

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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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