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Syracuse and Schools with the Most NCAA Lacrosse Championships

Arguably, The Best Lacrosse School In The Nation, Syracuse

Arguably, The Best Lacrosse School In The Nation, Syracuse

In 2015, Denver emerged from lacrosse obsolescence to became the first school west of the Mississippi – heck, west of Durham, North Carolina – to win the NCAA Division I National Championship.

The Pioneers join 10 other teams with a lacrosse title, eight of whom have won more than once.

At the top is Syracuse with 10 crowns. The Orange won 11 actually, but their 1990 title over Loyola was vacated for “rules violations.”

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (did you know that school nickname?) have the second most championships with nine, but have two more appearances in the title game than ‘Cuse.

Who’s the all-time team, then? Very debatable.

Princeton, in third, has six lacrosse titles to its credit – all lead by coach Bill Tierney – who, by the way, now coaches Denver.

Aha.

NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPION TITLES YEAR OPPONENT
1. Syracuse 10 1983 Johns Hopkins
1988 Cornell
1989 Johns Hopkins
1993 North Carolina
1995 Maryland
2000 Princeton
2002 Princeton
2004 Navy
2008 Johns Hopkins
2009 Cornell
2. Johns Hopkins 9 1974 Maryland
1978 Cornell
1979 Maryland
1980 Virginia
1984 Syracuse
1985 Syracuse
1987 Cornell
2005 Duke
2007 Duke
3. Princeton 6 1992 Syracuse
1994 Virginia
1996 Virginia
1997 Maryland
1998 Maryland
2001 Syracuse
4. Virginia 5 1972 Johns Hopkins
1999 Syracuse
2003 Johns Hopkins
2006 Massachusetts
2011 Maryland
5. North Carolina 4 1981 Johns Hopkins
1982 Johns Hopkins
1986 Virginia
1991 Towson
6. Cornell 3 1971 Maryland
1976 Maryland
1977 Johns Hopkins
6. Duke 3 2010 Notre Dame
2013 Syracuse
2014 Notre Dame
8. Maryland 2 1973 Johns Hopkins
1975 Navy
9. Loyola 1 2012 Maryland
9. Denver 1 2015 Maryland

Photo: e-lacrosse.com

NCAA Basketball: The Top 5 Recruits 2003-2016

Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young Dolphins Center, Is the No. 1 High School Basketball Player in the Country (2013-14)

Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young Dolphins Center, Is the No. 1 High School Basketball Player in the Country (2013-14)

Check this out. These are the top five high school basketball recruits of the past 11 years (2003-2013) and for the next three years (2014-2016).

It looks like these rankings do a pretty decent job foretelling the future. For those first 11 years, 46 of the 55 recruits listed below made it to the NBA (eight are still in school). Most either went straight to the pros, like LeBron James in 2003 and Dwight Howard in 2004, or played one or two seasons in college before making the jump.

Some played three years in college – but only David Padgett stayed the whole four years. He’s the only baller listed through 2011 who finished college, but never played in the NBA.

Some of the best young ballers in the pros today were ranked high in high school: James, Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holiday and John Wall to name a few.

The predictions are not perfect, though. Take a look at Rose in 2007 who fell behind O.J. Mayo and Michael Beasley, for instance. There are a few other out of order rankings, but you have to acknowledge, it’s hard to really make the call on 16- and 17-year olds.

Or 14- and 15-year olds, for that matter. Already the rankings are out for the best high school players through 2016.

One more note: that whole “straight to the NBA” thing really died out after 2005.

Thanks to my sources, scout.com and statsheet.com, where you can see the complete rankings. We’re talking the top 100 high schoolers for each year.

2003

PLAYER HIGH SCHOOL CITY, STATE SCHOOL CURRENT or (LAST) NBA TEAM / SCHOOL STATUS
1. LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary HS Akron, OH Straight to NBA Miami Heat
2. Luol Deng Blair Academy Blairstown, NJ Duke (1 Year) Chicago Bulls
3. Ndudi Ebi Westbury Christian School Houston, TX Straight to NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves)
4. David Padgett Reno HS Reno, NV Kansas (1 Year) N/A
        Louisville (3 Years)
5. Shannon Brown Proviso East HS Maywood, IL Michigan State (3 Years) Cleveland Cavaliers
           

2004

         
1. Dwight Howard Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy Atlanta, GA Straight to NBA Houston Rockets
2. Shaun Livingston Peoria Central Peoria, IL Straight to NBA Brooklyn Nets
3. Al Jefferson Prentiss HS Prentiss, MS Straight to NBA Charlotte Bobcats
4. Josh Smith Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA Straight to NBA Detroit Pistons
5. Rudy Gay Archbishop Spalding Severn, MD Connecticut (2 Years) Toronto Raptors
           

2005

         
1. Josh McRoberts Carmel HS Carmel, IN Duke (2 Years) Charlotte Bobcats
2. Gerald Green Gulf Shores Academy Houston, TX Straight to NBA Phoenix Suns
3. Monta Ellis Lanier Senior HS Jackson, MS Straight to NBA Dallas Mavericks
4. Martell Webster Seattle Prep School Seattle, WA Straight to NBA Washington Wizards
5. Louis Williams South Gwinnett HS Snellville, GA Straight to NBA Atlanta Hawks
           

2006

         
1. Greg Oden Lawrence North HS Indianapolis, IN Ohio State (1 Year) Miami Heat
2. Kevin Durant Montrose Christian School Rockville, MD Texas (1 Year) Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Brandan Wright Brentwood Academy Brentwood, TN North Carolina (1 Year) Dallas Mavericks
4. Spencer Hawes Seattle Prep School Seattle, WA Washington (1 Year) Philadelphia 76ers
5. Ty Lawson Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA North Carolina (3 Years) Denver Nuggets
           

2007

         
1. O.J. Mayo Huntington HS Huntington, WV USC (1 Year) Milwaukee Bucks
2. Michael Beasley Notre Dame Prep Fitchburg, MA Kansas State (1 Year) Miami Heat
3. Kevin Love Lake Oswego HS Lake Oswego, OR UCLA (1 Year) Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Eric Gordon North Central HS Indianapolis, IN Indiana (1 Year) New Orleans Pelicans
5. Derrick Rose Simeon Vocational HS Chicago, IL Memphis (1 Year) Chicago Bulls
           

2008

         
1. Brandon Jennings Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (2 Years) Detroit Pistons
2. Samardo Samuels St. Benedict Prep Newark, NJ Louisville (2 Years) (Cleveland Cavaliers)
3. Byron Mullens Canal Winchester HS Canal Winchester, OH Ohio State (1 Year) Los Angeles Clippers
4. Jrue Holiday Campbell Hall North Hollywood, CA UCLA (1 Year) New Orleans Pelicans
5. Tyreke Evans American Christian School Aston, PA Memphis (1 Year) New Orleans Pelicans
           

2009

         
1. Derrick Favors South Atlanta HS Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech (1 year) Utah Jazz
2. John Wall Word of God Christian Academy Raleigh, NC Kentucky (1 Year) Washington Wizards
3. DeMarcus Cousins Le Flore Magnet HS Mobile, AL Kentucky (1 Year) Sacramento Kings
4. John Henson Sickles HS Tampa, FL North Carolina (3 Years) Milwaukee Bucks
5. Avery Bradley Findlay Prep Henderson, NV Texas (1 Year) Boston Celtics
           

2010

         
1. Harrison Barnes Ames HS Ames, IA North Carolina (2 Years) Golden State Warriors
2. Kyrie Irving St. Patrick HS Elizabeth, NJ Duke (1 Year) Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Enes Kanter Stoneridge Prep Tarzana, CA Straight to NBA (1 Year Delayed) Utah Jazz
4. Jared Sullinger Northland HS Columbus, OH Ohio State (2 Years) Boston Celtics
5. Josh Selby Lake Clifton-Eastern HS Baltimore, MD Kansas (1 Year) Memphis Grizzlies
           

2011

         
1. Anthony Davis Perspectives Charter HS Chicago, IL Kentucky (1 Year) New Orleans Pelicans
2. Andre Drummond St. Thomas More School Oakdale, CT Connecticut (1 Year) Detroit Pistons
3. Austin Rivers Winter Park HS Winter Park, FL Duke (1 Year) New Orleans Pelicans
4. Quincy Miller Westchester Academy High Point, NC Baylor (1 Year) Denver Nuggets
5. James Michael McAdoo Norfolk Christian HS Norfolk, VA North Carolina (3 Years)* In 3rd Year at UNC
           

2012

         
1. Nerlens Noel Tilton School Tilton, NH Kentucky (1 Year) Philadelphia 76ers
2. Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas, NV UCLA (1 Year) Minnesota Timberwolves
3. Isaiah Austin Grace Preparatory Academy, Inc. Arlington, TX Baylor (2 Years)* In 2nd Year at Baylor
4. Kyle Anderson St. Anthony HS Jersey City, NJ UCLA (2 Years)* In 2nd Year at UCLA
5. Steven Adams Notre Dame Prep Fitchburg, MA Pittsburgh (1 Year) Oklahoma City Thunder
           

2013

         
1. Andrew Wiggins Huntington Prep Huntington, WV Kansas (1 Year)* In 1st Year at Kansas
2. Julius Randle Prestonwood Christian Plano, TX Kentucky (1 Year)* In 1st Year at Kentucky
3. Jabari Parker Simeon Vocational HS Chicago, IL Duke (1 Year)* In 1st Year at Duke
4. Aaron Gordon Archbishop Mitty HS San Jose, CA Arizona (1 Year)* In 1st Year at Arizona
5. Andrew Harrison Travis HS Richmond, TX Kentucky (1 Year)* In 1st Year at Kentucky
           

2014

         
1. Jahlil Okafor Whitney Young Magnet HS Chicago, IL   Committed to Duke
2. Myles Turner Trinity HS Euless, TX   N/A
3. Emmanuel Mudiay Prime Prep Academy Dallas, TX   Committed to Southern Methodist
4. Tyus Jones Apple Valley Sr. Apple Valley, MN   Committed to Duke
5. Cliff Alexander Curie Metropolitan HS Chicago, IL   Committed to Kansas
           

2015

         
1. Malik Newman Callaway Sr HS Jackson, MS   N/A
2. Diamond Stone Dominican HS Milwaukee, WI   N/A
3. Stephen Zimmerman Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas, NV   N/A
4. Ivan Rabb Bishop O Dowd HS Oakland, CA   N/A
5. Skal Labissiere Evangelical Christian School Cordova, TN   N/A
           

2016

         
1. Harry Giles Wesleyan Christian Academy High Point, NC   N/A
2. Jayson Tatum Chaminade College Prep St. Louis, MO   N/A
3. Thon Maker Carlisle School Martinsville, VA   N/A
4. Josh Jackson Voyageur Consortium HS Detroit, MI   N/A
5. Dedric Lawson Hamilton HS Memphis, TN   N/A

* Still playing college ball

Photo: future150.com

2012 NCAA College Football Top 25 Preseason Rankings

The LSU Tigers Are Ranked No. 1 Heading Into the 2012 NCAA College Football Season

The LSU Tigers Are Ranked No. 1 Heading Into the 2012 NCAA College Football Season

Football is in the air, especially if you’re a fan of the New York Mets (ahem) or another baseball team on the outside of the playoff picture. The Olympics are done, the NBA free agent frenzy has died down, the majors are over (well, we still have the U.S. Open) and the NHL‘s in a tenuous labor dispute.

Bring on the NFL and the NCAA.

Hurry.

The NCAA football season starts Thursday, August 30th and the NFL less than a week later on Wednesday, September 5th.

Today, Sports List of the Day ranks the preseason top 25 college football teams according to the latest USA Today poll*, and it’s LSU, despite not getting the most first place votes, that is the No. 1 school in the land. Alabama, last year’s final No. 1 and BCS champion, had the most first place votes but finished just four preseason points behind LSU.

And how do they come up with those points anyway? Here’s and explanation from the man himself, Jeff Sagarin. Not for the mathematically faint of mind.

For more on the upcoming college football season, and the best in preview and commentary, check out Bleacher Report’s College Football Hub.

Tomorrow, we’ll check out the NFL’s preseason favorites.

Follow me on Twitter @VinGetz.

RANK SCHOOL (1st Place Votes) POINTS FINAL 2011 RANK
1. LSU (18) 1403 2
2. Alabama (20) 1399 1
3. USC (19) 1388 6
4. Oklahoma 1276 16
5. Oregon 1258 4
6. Georgia 1061 19
7. Florida State 1055 23
8. Michigan 1023 12
9. South Carolina 981 9
10. Arkansas 948 5
11. West Virginia 833 17
12. Wisconsin 743 10
13. Michigan State 717 11
14. Clemson 598 22
15. Texas 549 30
16. Nebraska 501 24
17. TCU 499 14
18. Stanford 497 7
19. Oklahoma State 476 3
20. Virginia Tech 461 21
21. Kansas State 398 15
22. Boise State 271 8
23. Florida 250 No Votes
24. Notre Dame 166 No Votes
25. Auburn 66 27

* AP Poll not available yet.

Photo: bleacherreport.com

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