The tournament would include national powers that do not play state championships. Other teams being targeted include Oak Hill Academy, which has won six Super 25 titles; Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.); Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), which was the national prep school runner-up last season and this year won’t include fifth-year players; and possibly the Washington and Baltimore Catholic League champions.
“The event has the potential to someday determine a national champion,” Tony Dorado, national manager of high school basketball for Nike, told USA Today.Here are some key dates for the prep circuit: Dec. 11 – Lincoln vs. Putnam (Okla.) and Xavier Henry, at Oklahoma City (ESPN networks) Dec. 18-23 – City of Palms Classic featuring St. Patrick and Lincoln among others, Fort Myers, Fla. Dec. 20-21 —Tip-Off Classic featuring St. Benedict’s, Paterson Catholic and Plainfield, New Jersey Dec. 26-31 – Beach Ball Classic featuring Paterson Catholic and St. Patrick, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Dec. 27-31 — Jingle Bells Jubilee featuring Bishop Loughlin, Paterson Eastside, Paterson Kennedy, Linden, Passaic, Plainfield, St. Peter’s Prep, Monsignor Bonnor, at Paterson Catholic, N.J. Jan. 16-19 – Spalding Hoophall Classic, Springfield, Mass. Jan. 19 – Hoophall Classic 10 a.m. — St. Anthony vs. Putnam City, Noon — St. Benedict’s vs. Ari Stewart and Wheeler (Ga.) 2 p.m. — Lincoln vs. LeFlore (Ala.) and DeMarcus Cousins, (ESPN) Jan. 17 — Dan Finn Classic, Jersey City Noon — Seton Hall Prep vs. St. Peter’s Prep 1:30 — Colt’s Neck Girls vs. Shabazz 4:30 — Trenton Catholic vs. Paterson Catholic 6:15 — Linden vs. St. Benedict’s 8 — Plainfield vs. St. Anthony Jan. 23 — PrimeTime Shootout at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 5:00 PM – Immaculata (NJ) vs. St. Joseph’s (NJ) 6:30 PM – Duncanville (TX) vs. LeFlore (Mobile, ALA) 8:00 PM – Paterson Catholic (NJ) vs. Lincoln (Brooklyn,NY) 9:30 PM – Plainfield (NJ) vs. Piscataway (NJ) Jan. 24 — Brian Doherty Classic, Newark, N.J. 6:30 PM — Lincoln vs. St. Benedict’s Feb. 2 — St. Patrick vs. St. Benedict’s, 7 p.m. Rutgers Athletic Center Feb. 14 — Primetime Shootout at Sovereign Bank Arena –Trenton, N.J. 10:30 AM – Our Savior New American (NY) vs. Life Center Academy (NJ) 12:00 PM – Timber Creek (NJ) vs. St. Raymond’s (NY) 1:30 PM – Bishop Loughlin (NJ) vs. Union (NJ) 3:00 PM – Rice vs. Rancocas Valley (NJ) 4:30 PM – Mountain State Academy (VW) vs. St. Benedict’s (NJ) 6:00 PM – St. Anthony’s (NJ) vs. Hotchkiss School (CT) 7:30 PM – Lincoln (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Westchester (CA) 9:00 PM – St. Patrick’s (NJ) vs. Oak Hill Academy (VA) Feb. 15 — Primetime Shootout at Sovereign Bank Arena-Trenton, N.J. 10:30 AM – Pennington Prep (NJ) vs. Montgomery (NJ) 12:00 PM – Elizabeth (NJ) vs. Christ The King (NY) 1:30 PM – Trenton Catholic (NJ) vs. Carmen Sol (PR) 3:00 PM – Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Paterson Catholic (NJ) 4:30 PM – Montrose Christian (MD) vs. Shabazz (NJ) 6:00 PM – Trenton Catholic (Girls – NJ) vs. John F. Kennedy (Girls – NY) 7:30 PM – Trenton Central vs. Nichols School (NY) 9:00 PM – St. John Vianney (NJ) vs. North Hunterdon (NJ) April 3-5 — ESPN/Nike National Invitational, Washington, D.C. RELATED VIDEO: Tom Konchalski discusses Lance Stephenson Jersey Recruits discuss the process Konchalski on New York/New Jersey recruiting