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Findlay Prep will remain associated with The Henderson International School in Las Vegas and will seek its third straight high school national championship in the 2010-11 season.
“We were able to work it out most recently,” Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck said Wednesday night. “We’re staying right where we are under Henderson International on our same campus. We were fortunate enough that we’re going to fall under the same umbrella. It made it a lot easier and a lot nicer for us, obviously.”
Henderson announced in February that it would shut down its high school programs due to financial difficulties, casting doubt on the future of the national powerhouse basketball team.
Peck said the school had since consolidated three campuses into one to save money.
“They’ve done that,” he said. “It’s a very small setting.”
The school runs from pre-K to high school and includes about 200 students, Peck said.
The basketball team is the brainchild of local car dealer Cliff Findlay, a former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball player who has provided the financial backing for the team since it was created four years ago.
The team, made up of players from across the country, does not belong to any high school association and follows its own rules, traveling the country to play games.
Findlay is 97-3 over the past three seasons and was the No. 1 team in the RivalsHigh 100. They beat Monteverde (Fla.) Academy last April to win the second of back-to-back ESPN Rise National High School Invitationals.
This year’s team will feature Arizona-bound guard Nick Johnson, Texas-bound guard Myck Kabongo and uncommitted wing Amir Garrett, among others.
Those players will seek to bring Findlay another national title this year.
“Absolutely,” Peck said. “That’s always the goal year in and year out, to compete for that national championship.”
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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.
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