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December 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Rainier Beach No. 12 in national rankings

Rainier Beach remains in at No. 12 in the FAB 50 rankings. The Student Sports FAB 50 are a continuation of high school rankings that began in 1952. The Vikings have been No. 12 since the preseason rankings.

Here is what the FAB 50 said about Rainier Beach in the preseason.

12. (43) Rainier Beach (Seattle) 25-4
Key Players: G Shaqquan Aaron 6-8 2014 (No. 29 Hoop Scoop Top 100, Louisville commit), F Dujuan Piper 6-6 2014 (USC, Minnesota offers), G David Crisp 6-1 2014 (Boise State, Washington St. offers), G Dejounte Murry 6-5 2015 (Gonzaga, Arizona, Washington offers).
Why This Ranking: You have to like a team with four returning starters as talented as those the Vikings have. Coach Mike Bethea especially likes how his team can defend with its length. After avenging a loss to Lakeside of Seattle for the Sea-King 3A District title in the Class 3A state championship game, the Vikings put themselves in position to challenge for the state of Washington’s highest ranking (No. 7) ever this season should they live up to expectations. On paper, this team can play with anyone, but the one factor that may cause it to underachieve is jelling early enough to handle a loaded schedule.
The Skinny: Last year the Vikings got off to a slow at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, but they can’t afford that at this year’s Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon with No. 3 Whitney Young and No. 9 Bishop Gorman in the bracket. With consistency, Aaron can be a special talent and he now has the opportunity to shine on a national stage as his former freshman teammate — Stanley Johnson — has been doing at No. 6 Mater Dei.

1 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 6-0
2 2 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) 14-1
3 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 15-1
4 5 White Station (Memphis, Tenn.) 6-0
5 10 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 5-0
6 6 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 5-0
7 7 Etiwanda (Etiwanda, Calif.) 5-0
8 13 Prime Prep Academy (Ft. Worth, Texas) 8-0
9 20 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) 5-0
10 NR Curie (Chicago) 4-0
11 11 Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 4-1
12 12 Rainier Beach (Seattle) 3-0
13 14 Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park, Kan.) 2-0
14 8 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) 3-0
15 24 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) 4-1
16 25 Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.) 6-1
17 9 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 2-2
18 3 Whitney Young (Chicago) 2-1
19 NR Denver East (Denver) 6-0
20 NR Germantown (Germantown, Wis.) 6-0
21 44 Loyola (Los Angeles) 8-0
22 22 Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) 8-1
23 27 Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) 5-1
24 16 Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) 8-1
25 34 Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) 9-0

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