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Thursday / December 12.
  • ESPN releases high school hoops schedule and it’s heavy on Bronny James, Zaire Wade

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    ESPN released its 2019-2020 ESPN high school basketball schedule and its heavy on Bronny James, Zaire Wade and Sierra Canyon (CA).

    Bronny James, of course, is LeBron’s son, while Zaire Wade is the son of Dwyane Wade.

    In addition to their appearance at the Hoophall Classic, Sierra Canyon makes an additional appearance on ESPN2 against Jonathan Kuminga and No. 4 The Patrick School, as well as another 13 appearances on ESPN3 throughout the season.

    Sierra Canyon also features the No. 5 senior recruit in Zaire Williams, as well as No. 9 BJ Boston, No. 78 Terren Frank and the No. 6 sophomore Amari Bailey.

    The full ESPN schedule is at the bottom of this post.

    All told, the ESPN schedule will feature a total of 37 games; 11 games available across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and 26 games available digitally on ESPN3. The slate will include 68ranked players combined from the ESPN 100 (’20), ESPN 60 (’21) and ESPN 25 (’22), and 17 programs ranked in the USA Today Sports’ Super 25, including every school in the top 12. Recruits showcased throughout the season have already committed to top college programs including Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and USC.

    The television line-up tips off on Thursday, Dec. 5, with No. 5 Prolific Prep at No. 3 Hillcrest on ESPN2 with Prolific Prep boasting the No. 3 senior recruit in Jalen Green and Hillcrest the No. 7 junior recruit in Michael Foster. ESPN and ESPNU will air five games from the Hoophall Classic, held at the Springfield College’s Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20. All five games will feature top 25 match-ups. Additionally, earlier games from the Hoophall Classic, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, will be available on ESPN3.

    Four games from Hoophall West, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will also be available on ESPN3, on December 5 and 7. A full breakdown of the schedule is below.

    Commentating team Ted Emrich and Paul Biancardi return to call the action for all games airing on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

    “When you combine the abundance of nationally ranked teams and the nation’s most elite prospects, this year’s schedule is our biggest and best to date,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN national recruiting director. “We will get to see seven of the top 10 senior prospects in the country, including No. 1 Evan Mobley, bringing an unmatched level of anticipation to fans everywhere”

    Biancardi joined ESPN in 2006 after a long coaching career that included coach of the year honors at Wright State University. In addition to providing college and high school basketball analysis, in 2008 he was named ESPN’s national recruiting director. This past summer Biancardi and ESPN reached a multi-year contract extension where he will continue to serve as the network’s national recruiting director, overseeing player rankings, as well as the lead high school basketball analyst and college commentator.

    “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent ESPN the last 12 years, said Biancardi. It is a humbling experience to serve fans across the world on the very latest recruiting news, as well as the best teams, players and coaches in the game of basketball. I am grateful to the outstanding group of people I work with and to cover a game that I have loved since grade school.”

    Highlights:

    • Top Six Recruits in the Class of 2020: No. 1 Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian, Cal.), No. 2 Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla.), No. 3 Jalen Green (Prolific Prep, Cal.), No. 4 Jalen Johnson (IMG Academy, Fla.) No. 5 Ziaire Williams (Sierra Canyon, Cal.), No. 6 Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha, Minn.)
    • Six of the Top Ten Recruits in the class of 2021: No. 1 Jonathan Kuminga (The Patrick School, N.J.), No. 4 Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy, Minn.), No. 5 Jaden Hardy (Coronado, Nev.), No 7 Michael Foster (Hillcrest Prep, Ariz.), No. 9 Moussa Diabate (IMG Academy, Fla.), No. 10 A.J. Griffin (Archbishop Stepinac, N.Y.)
    2019-2020 GEICO High School Basketball Showcase Schedule

    *Team Rankings are per USA Today High School Sports

    Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
    Thu, Nov 21 11 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Montgomery HS (Calif.) ESPN3
    Fri, Nov 22 11 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Saint Augustine (Calif.) ESPN3
    Sat, Nov 23 11 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) ESPN3
    Thu, Dec 5 9 p.m. No. 5 Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) ESPN2
    Sat, Dec 7 7 p.m. No. 16 Mater Dei (Calif.) vs. Perry (Ariz.) ESPN3
    8:30 p.m. Christ the King (N.Y.) vs. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) ESPN3
    10 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Millenium (Ariz.) ESPN3
    11:30 p.m. Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) vs. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) ESPN3
    Thu, Dec 12 8 p.m. No. 10 DeMatha (Md.) at No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) ESPNU
    Sat, Dec 14 8:30 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. St. Vincent & St. Mary (Ohio) ESPN3
    Fri, Jan 3 7 p.m. Park Center (Minn.) at No. 20 Minnehaha Acadamy (Minn.) ESPN3
      9 p.m. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) vs. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) ESPN2
    Sat, Jan 4 8 p.m.  No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at No. 20 Minnehaha Academy (Minn.) ESPN3
    Fri, Jan 10 9 p.m. No. 7 Huntington Prep (W.Va.) at No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) ESPN2
    Sat, Jan 11 10:30 p.m. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) ESPN3
    Sat, Jan 18 3 p.m. La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. Gonzaga (D.C.) ESPN3
    4:30 p.m. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs. Camden (N.J.) ESPN3
    6 p.m. No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) vs.  No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) ESPN3
    8 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Dominican (Wis.) ESPN3
    Sun, Jan 19 12:30 p.m. Orangeville Prep (Canada) vs. Brewster Adcademy (N.H.) ESPN3
    2:15 p.m. Whitney Young (Ill.) vs. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) ESPN3
    4 p.m. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) vs. Sunrise Christian (Kan.) ESPN3
    5:30 p.m. No. 5 Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.) ESPN3
    7:30 p.m. No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) vs.  No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) ESPN
    Mon, Jan 20 11 a.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. No. 12 Paul VI (Va.) ESPNU
    1 p.m. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs.  No. 10 DeMatha (Md.) ESPNU
    3 p.m. No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) vs.  No. 11 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) ESPNU
    5 p.m. No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. No. 6 McEachern (Ga.) ESPNU
    Fri, Jan 24 11 p.m. Coronado (Nev.) at No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) ESPNU
    Tue, Jan 28 10 p.m. Campbell Hall (Calif.) at No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) ESPN3
    Fri, Jan 31 10:30 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Brentwood School (Calif.) ESPN3
    Tue, Feb 4 10 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Paraclete HS (Calif.) ESPN3
    Thu, Feb 6 5:30 p.m. No. 25 Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) at Christ the King (N.Y.) ESPNU
      7:30 p.m. Saint John Vianney (N.J.) at Christ the King (N.Y.) Girls ESPN3
    Fri, Feb 7 7 p.m. No. 7 Huntington Prep (W. Va.) vs. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) ESPN3
      8:30 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) ESPN3
    Sat, Feb 8 9 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. No. 9 Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) ESPN3
           


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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.