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FAB 50 Champs: Montverde Academy!


By advantage of beating FAB 50 No. 2 Dawn Christian Academy (Kan.) three of 4 instances, together with the title sport of GEICO Nationals, Montverde Academy (Fla.) formally finishes because the top-ranked crew within the FAB 50 Nationwide Crew Rankings powered by for the 2020-21 season. This system has now received six legendary FAB 50 nationwide titles.

By Ronnie Flores

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It wasn’t going to be straightforward for Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) to defeat Dawn Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) for the 2021 GEICO Nationals championship. In spite of everything, the groups had already performed 3 times and the Buffaloes had the luxurious of realizing they might beat the Eagles, having achieved so in February.  With Kennedy Chandler on the controls, Dawn Christian Academy already recorded two spectacular come-from-behind victories on the occasion.

What transpired through the third quarter of the championship contest summed up this whole season completely for the Eagles. Montverde Academy obtained high quality, well timed pictures inside from junior heart Jalen Duren and back-breaking 3-pointers from Creighton-bound Ryan Nembhard to attain 28 factors on 12-of-12 capturing from the sphere to take management of the sport.

It’s exhausting to beat perfection and for one quarter, at the least, Montverde Academy was simply that.

Whereas Kevin Boyle’s program wasn’t excellent this season, having seen it’s 44-game profitable streak snapped, this 12 months’s crew had a pleasant mix of steadiness in its entrance court docket and again court docket and a bunch of returning seniors and new underclassmen who contributed to the trigger. And regardless that it didn’t dominate fairly like final 12 months’s Montverde Academy crew did, its resume made the rankings determination to position them No. 1 pretty straightforward as soon as once more.

At present, Montverde Academy has named legendary FAB 50 nationwide champions by For this system it’s the second consecutive No. 1 FAB 50 end, though final 12 months’s crew wasn’t capable of compete at GEICO Nationals due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This system additionally received GIECO Nationals in 2018 and 2013-2015. In all, Montverde Academy has received 5 GEICO Nationals titles and 6 FAB 50 crowns because the 2012-13 season.

The one run of legendary nationwide championships corresponding to the present MVA run is Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) capturing 5 FAB 50/Nationwide Prep Ballot titles between 1993 and 2004. In all, the Warriors have captured seven FAB 50 titles (1993, ’94, ’99, 2001, ’04, ’07, ’12) and eight general legendary crowns, because the now defunct USA At present Tremendous 25 named the Warriors their No. 1 crew in 2004-05.

“Our returning seniors Caleb Houstan, Ryan Nembhard and Langston Love have been excellent and carved out their very own place in Montverde Academy basketball historical past,” Boyle mentioned.

With Duren becoming a member of the returning seniors and a high quality bench, the Eagles resume was simply as spectacular as their different FAB 50 championship groups. Three of its No. 1 groups didn’t end unbeaten and solely the 2018 unit was unbeaten and received a GEICO Nationals title. Nonetheless, the Eagles performed a frightening schedule and received the inaugural Nationwide Interscholastic Basketball Convention (NIBC) title with a 61-57 victory over Dawn Christian Academy. They not solely went 4-1 towards No. 2 Dawn Christian Academy and No. 3 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), the Eagles received 16 video games towards groups that have been FAB 50 ranked sooner or later within the season. That doesn’t embrace the AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) membership that  was the one different crew to defeat Dawn Christian Academy. MVA beat that membership twice, as soon as with and as soon as with out Dayton-bound massive man DaRon Holmes, who really began the season as a part of MVA’s roster.

Houstan was the one returning starter from final season’s all-time nice unit, however Duren stepped as much as be the crew’s main scorer and rebounder and was unselfish along with his dominating inside play. Duren, Houstan, Love and junior Dariq Whitehead all averaged double-figure scoring whereas Nembhard was the crew’s on-court flooring basic and clutch 3-point shooter.

Final 12 months’s crew was simply one of many best highschool models of all-time (with a profitable margin of 38.9 ppg and by advantage of profitable video games towards 12 FAB 50 ranked golf equipment on the time of the matchup), however didn’t get the massive stage GEICO Nationals affords for faculty and on a regular basis basketball followers to really recognize their dominance. The COVID-19 outbreak additionally prevented the Eagles from maybe being examined by one other ranked crew and taking their sport to a different stage. There was a motivation, particularly for Houstan, to seize this 12 months’s GEICO Nationals crown for the group that wasn’t capable of take part final season.

Groups in New York are nonetheless in a state of flux and there will probably be no New York State Federation Event. In California, video games have begun however there will probably be no regional or California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championships. Groups in New Mexico at the moment are enjoying whereas Washington and Oregon have but to start.

Groups in California have been sturdy in current seasons, however can solely play different CIF groups this season. Internet hosting or touring to nationwide vacation season occasions and match is the place their alternatives lie to assert a FAB 50 nationwide crown. No. 10 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) or every other CIF energy simply received’t have the chance to maneuver up that top with out its regular slate of video games. Groups in New Mexico, Washington and Oregon are mainly in the identical boat and commenced decrease within the rankings than Sierra Canyon.

Groups can nonetheless transfer up and down within the rankings within the coming weeks, however congrats to the Montverde Academy Eagles on one other championship season.

RELATED:   “In The Paint” Podcast |“On The Rise” Present | The Future Of Large-Time HS Basketball | FAB 50 Rankings Standards | How To Make A HS Model Of March Insanity  | Up to date FAB 50 Rankings

Observe: The FAB 50 powered by is a continuation of the Nationwide Sports activities Information Service rankings that started in 1952. These have been the primary nationwide highschool rankings and the late Artwork Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They have been compiled for a few years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 21 years in the past.

Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of He may be reached at Don’t overlook to observe him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

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