St. Benedict’s Prep headmaster Father Edwin Leahy informed his school’s basketball team Thursday that it would not play in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational because the event overlaps with Good Friday.
The event is slated to run April 1-3 at Coppin State in Baltimore and St. Benedict’s had been projected as the No. 1 seed.
The Gray Bees (20-1), coached by Dan Hurley, are currently ranked No. 4 nationally in the ESPN Fab 50 and No. 5 by USA Today. The team features Rutgers-bound senior forward Gilvydas Biruta, Temple-bound guard Aaron Brown and junior guard Myck Kabongo, a Texas commit.
“I want to thank Nike, Paragon and ESPN for the chance to play in this wonderful event again this year, but I couldn’t, in good faith, allow us to compete on Good Friday,” Father Leahy said. “They gave us a tremendous amount of cooperation and were trying to be helpful in every way, but we couldn’t come to terms unless it included Good Friday.