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Thursday / December 14.
  • ESPN Names Teams for High School Nationals

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    ESPN named the teams for its ESPN RISE National High School Invitational that will be held April 3-5 at Georgetown Preparatory’s Hanley Center. These schools don’t have their own state tournaments so for a team like Dan Hurley’s St. Benedict’s club, it gives them a postseason title to compete for.

    “This is exciting for us,” Hurley said. “In the past couple years, we haven’t had anything to build toward, but this year we have something at the end and that adds a little incentive to strive for and that should help.”

    Ironically, Hurley’s club could end up facing off with former St. Benedict’s standout Tristan Thompson. The 6-foot-8 Texas-bound junior was booted from the Gray Bees last month for “public insubordination” and now plays for Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep.

    Here is the bracket:


    QUARTERFINALS
    April 3

    (1) Oak Hill

    ESPNU, 2 p.m.

    (8) Pinewood Prep

    (4) St. Benedict’s

    ESPNU, 4 p.m.

    (6) St. Frances

    (2) Findlay Prep

    ESPNU, 6 p.m.

    (7) Mountain State Academy

    (3) Montrose Christian

    ESPNU, 8 p.m.

    (6) Friends Central

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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.