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Sunday / November 19.
  • ESPN Releases High School Hoops Schedule

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    The 2017-2018 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase will feature 11 games across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU from December to February. The schedule will highlight nine of country’s top programs, and 36 players ranked in the ESPN 100 (’18), ESPN 60 (’19) and ESPN 25 (’20), including recruits who have commits to Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, Rutgers, St. Louis and Syracuse. The action begins Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU when ESPN 25 No.3 recruit Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy) faces ESPN 100 No. 10 recruit Tre Jones (Apple Valley High School).

    As part of the slate, ESPN and ESPNU will air five games from the Hoophall Classic from Springfield, Mass., on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan. 15, including a Top 25 matchup of No. 2 Montverde and No. 16 Mater Dei on Monday, Jan. 15 on ESPNU at 3 p.m. An additional Top 25 matchup will take place on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when No. 13 Webster Grove faces No. 3 Memphis East.

    Highlights

    ·        Seven of the Top Ten Recruits in the Class of 2018: The High School Basketball Showcase will feature seven of the top ten ESPN 100—No. 1 R.J. Barrett (Montverde Academy, Fla.), No. 2 Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day, S.C.), No. 3 Cam Reddish (Westtown School, Pa.), No. 5 Romeo Langford (New Albany High School, Ind.), No. 7 Keldon Johnson (Oak Hill Academy, Va.). No. 9 Darius Bazley (Princeton High School, Ohio) and No. 10 Tre Jones (Apple Valley High School, Minn.)

    ·        Ranked Teams: The 2017-2018 schedule highlights nine nationally ranked teams including No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.), No. 3 Memphis East (Tenn.), No. 4 Oak Hill Academy (Va.), No. 8 Hudson Catholic (N.J.), No. 10 IMG Academy (Fla.), No. 13 Webster Groves (Mo.), No. 14 Greensboro Day (N.C.), No. 16 Mater Dei (Calif.), No. 20 Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.).

    ·        National Stage: 14 states are represented across the slate—California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

    “This year’s High School Basketball Showcase displays some of the nation’s best talent,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN National Recruiting Director. “The senior class is headlined by ESPN No.1 R.J. Barrett and No. 2 Zion Williamson. In addition, this year’s exciting schedule will feature an amazing collection of talent as seven of the ESPN top ten prospects from the class of 2018 are competing in the Showcase. In the ESPN 60 we will witness the two top emerging prospects in No.1 James Wiseman and No.2 Vernon Carey Jr. Leading the ESPN 25 will be the No.3 sophomore in the class of 2020 Jalen Suggs.  The showcase of games will have nationally ranked powerhouse teams along with some of the best high school coaches in the country.”

     

    All games will be called by Biancardi and play by play commentator Ted Emrich.

     

    2017-2018 GEICO High School Showcase

    Date

    Time (ET)

    Game

    Network

    Thu, Dec 7

    8 p.m.

    Minnehaha (Minn.) at Apple Valley (Minn.)

    ESPNU

    Thu, Dec 14

    7 p.m.

    No. 13 Webster Groves (Mo.)  vs. No. 3 Memphis East (Tenn.)

    ESPN2

    Thu, Jan 11

    5:30 p.m.

    Orlando Christian Prep (Fla.) at No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.)

    ESPN2

    Sat, Jan 13

    8 p.m.

    Chino Hills (Calif.) vs. Spartanburg Day (S.C.)

    ESPN

    Mon, Jan 15

    11 a.m.

    No. 8 Hudson Catholic (N.J.)  vs. John Carroll (Md.)

    ESPNU

    1 p.m.

    No. 4 Oak Hill (Va.)  vs. University School (Fla.)

    ESPNU

    3 p.m.

    No. 16 Mater Dei (Calif.)  vs. No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.)

    ESPNU

    5 p.m.

    Westtown (Pa.)  vs. No. 10 IMG Academy (Fla.)

    ESPNU

    Fri, Jan 19

    5:30 p.m.

    Princeton (Ohio) at New Albany (Ind.)

    ESPNU

    Fri, Feb 2

    5:30 p.m.

    No. 20 Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) at Christ the King (N.Y.)

    ESPNU

    Thu, Feb 8

    5:30 p.m.

    No. 14 Greensboro Day (N.C.) at Spartanburg Day (S.C.)

    ESPN2

    **Team Rankings are per USA Today High School Sports (Nov. 13)

    ESPN 100 Participants (Class of 2018)

    Rank

    Player

    Positon

    High School

    College Commitment

    No. 1

    R.J. Barrett

    SF

    Montverde Academy

    Duke

    No. 2

    Zion Williamson

    PF

    Spartanburg Day

    No. 3

    Cam Reddish

    SF

    Westtown School

    Duke

    No. 5

    Romeo Langford

    SG

    New Albany High School

    No. 7

    Keldon Johnson

    SF

    Oak Hill Academy

    Kentucky

    No. 9

    Darius Bazley

    PF

    Princeton High School

    Syracuse

    No. 10

    Tre Jones

    PG

    Apple Valley High School

    Duke

    No. 12

    Immanuel Quickley

    PG

    John Carroll School

    Kentucky

    No. 14

    Nassir Little

    SF

    Orlando Christian Prep

    North Carolina

    No. 17

    Moses Brown

    C

    Archbishop Molloy High School

    No. 21

    Louis King

    SF

    Hudson Catholic High School

    Oregon

    No. 23

    Jahvon Quinerly

    PG

    Hudson Catholic High School

    No. 28

    Silvio De Sousa

    PF

    IMG Academy

    Kansas

    No. 33

    David McCormack

    C

    Oak Hill Academy

    Kansas

    No. 38

    Will Richardson

    PG

    Oak Hill Academy

    No. 46

    Andrew Nembhard

    PG

    Montverde Academy

    Florida

    No. 49

    Courtney Ramey

    PG

    Webster Groves High School

    No. 56

    Mike Devoe

    PG

    Montverde Academy

    Georgia Tech

    No. 61

    Darius Days

    PF

    IMG Academy

    LSU

    No. 67

    Carte’Are Gordon

    PF

    Webster Groves High School

    St. Louis

    No. 91

    Eric Ayala

    PG

    IMG Academy

    Maryland

    No. 93

    Montez Mathis

    SG

    John Carroll School

    Rutgers

    No. 94

    Luther Muhammad

    SG

    Hudson Catholic High School

    Ohio State

    ESPN 60 Participants (Class of 2019)

    Rank

    Player

    Positon

    High School

    College Commitment

    No. 1

    James Wiseman

    PF

    Memphis East High School

    No. 2

    Vernon Carey Jr.

    C

    University School of Nova South

    No. 4

    Chol Marial

    C

    IMG Academy

    No. 6

    Cole Anthony

    PG

    Archbishop Molloy High School

    No.16

    Onyeka Okongwu

    PF

    Chino Hills High School

    No. 22

    Chandler Lawson

    PF

    Memphis East High School

    No. 28

    Makhi Mitchell

    PF

    Montverde Academy

    Maryland

    No. 32

    Josh Green

    SG

    IMG Academy

    No. 34

    Kofi Cockburn

    C

    Christ the King High School

    No. 50

    Jordan Mitchell

    SF

    Montverde Academy

     

    ESPN 25 Participants (Class of 2020)

    Rank

    Player

    Positon

    High School

    No. 3

    Jalen Suggs

    PG

    Minnehaha Academy

    No. 13

    Noah Farrakhan

    PG

    IMG Academy

    No. 16

    Scottie Barnes

    PF

    University School of South Nova

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.