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Sunday / April 14.
  • R.J. Barrett is only a sophomore at Montverde (FL) Academy, but he may be the best overall player in high school basketball at the moment.

    Montverde coach Kevin Boyle, who has coached lottery picks Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, believes Barrett is No. 1 in the nation.

    “Barrett is the best player in high school basketball right now,” Boyle told David Dorsey of after the 6-foot-7 Barrett went for 15 points and 5 rebounds to lead Montverde past Memphis (TN) East, 63-54, to win the City of Palms title on Wednesday night. “I think he’s the best, period. He can do everything.”


    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Coming off an 18-point performance Wednesday night in Marietta (GA) Wheeler’s win over the Cannon School (N.C.) at the Chick-Fil-A Classic, Jordan Tucker discussed his final two schools — Indiana and Villanova — and his decision timeline.

    The 6-foot-7 Tucker said the visit to see Indiana play North Carolina on Nov. 30 was a positive experience because he got to see the time leading up to the game.

    “It was good,” Tucker said. “The atmosphere was crazy there. I went there for the UNC game, and was there for two days. Their preparation for the game was really intense, the workouts, lifting, film room. I really got to see it translate to the court. They said they’re going to push me, like any other school, they said they really want to develop me as a player, make me more efficient and get me ready for the next level.”

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