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  • No. 25 Sierra Canyon vs. No. 22 Christ the King Tips Off GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase, Marks 20-Year Anniversary of LeBron James Playing Debut on ESPN Platforms

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    The 2022-23 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase tips off Monday, Dec. 12, with No. 22 Christ the King vs. No. 25 Sierra Canyon on ESPN2 at 11:30 p.m. ET.

    The SCNext Top-25 matchup will feature ESPN 100 ranked seniors Bronny James (No. 34) and Brandon Williams (No. 99), while also marking the 20th anniversary of LeBron James’ playing debut on ESPN platforms as a 17-year-old high school senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary in a triumph over top-ranked Oak Hill. Calling the action for Monday’s game will be play-by-play commentator John Schiffren, national recruiting director and basketball analyst Paul Biancardi and men’s college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, along with sideline reporter and NBA Today host Malika Andrews. James’ debut on ESPN2 is still the most-viewed high school event across ESPN platforms, having averaged 2.2 million viewers.

    The full 11-game Showcase schedule highlights include:

    • Appearances by 11 of the SCNext Top 25 Teams
    • 49 ranked players from the ESPN 100 (’23), ESPN 60 (’24) and ESPN 25 (’25), 36 of whom have already committed to top college programs
    • Five games on ESPN2 and ESPNU from the annual HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
    • One Top 10 and two Top 15 matchups on January 16 (as part of the HoopHall Classic):
      • No. 15 Bishop Gorman vs. No. 12 Camden | 11 a.m. | ESPNU
      • No. 8 Sunrise Christian vs. No. 3 Montverde | 3 p.m. | ESPNU
      • No. 2 AZ Compass vs. No. 13 IMG Academy | 5 p.m. | ESPNU
    • Ten states around the country represented: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
    For in-depth coverage of the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase, including highlights and exclusive content, follow @sportscenternext on Instagram and @SCNext on Twitter.

    2022-2023 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase Schedule

    DateTime (ET)MatchupPlatform
    Mon, Dec 1211:30 p.m.No. 22 Christ the King (N.Y.) vs. No. 25 Sierra Canyon (Calif.)
    from Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, Calif.
    ESPN2
    Fri, Jan 65 p.m.Cathedral (Ind.) vs. Simeon (Ill.)
    from La Porte Civic Auditorium, La Porte, Ind.
    ESPN2
    Sun, Jan 159 p.m.No. 16 Imhotep (Pa.) vs. Cardinal Hayes (N.Y)
    from Blake Arena, Springfield, Mass.
    ESPN2
    Mon, Jan 1611 a.m.No. 15 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) vs. No. 12 Camden (N.J.)
    from Blake Arena, Springfield College, Mass.
    ESPNU
    1 p.m.No. 19 Columbus (Fla.) vs. No. 25 Sierra Canyon (Calif.)
    from Blake Arena, Springfield College, Mass.
    ESPNU
    3 p.m.No. 3 Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. No. 8 Sunrise Christian (Kan.)
    from Blake Arena, Springfield College, Mass.
    ESPNU
    5 p.m.No. 2 AZ Compass (Ariz.) vs. No. 13 IMG Academy (Fla.)
    from Blake Arena, Springfield College, Mass.
    ESPNU
    Sun, Jan 228 p.m.Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) vs. No. 22 Christ the King (N.Y.)
    from Christ the King HS, Middle Village, NY.
    ESPNU
    Fri, Jan 2711 p.m.TBAESPNU
    Sun, Jan 29MidnightNo. 15 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) vs. San Ysidro (Calif.)
    from San Ysidro HS, San Diego, Calif.
    ESPN2
    Mon, Feb 67 p.m.Newton (Ga.) vs. No. 10 Wheeler (Ga.)
    from Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.
    ESPNU
    ESPN 100 Recruits in the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase (Class of 2023)

    RankPlayerPositionHigh SchoolCollege Commitment
    1D.J. WagnerPGCamden (N.J.)Kentucky
    2Justin EdwardsSFImhoptep (Pa.)Kentucky
    3Xavier BookerCCathedral (Ind.)Michigan State
    5Aaron BradshawCCamden (N.J.)Kentucky
    6Isaiah CollierPGWheeler (Ga.)USC
    7Sean StewartPFMontverde Academy (Fla.)Duke
    11Matas BuzelisSFSunrise Christian (Kan.)G-League Ignite
    12Kwame Evans Jr.PFMontverde Academy (Fla.)Oregon
    15Mookie CookSFAZ Compass Prep (Ariz.)Oregon
    18Scotty MiddletonSFSunrise Christian (Kan.)Ohio State
    22Layden BlockerPGSunrise Christian (Kan.)Arkansas
    23Stephon CastlePGNewton (Ga.)UConn
    30Mikey WilliamsSGSan Ysidro (Calif.)Memphis
    32Chris JohnsonSGMontverde Academy (Fla.)Kansas
    34Bronny JamesPGSierra Canyon (Calif.)
    45Javonte TaylorSFSan Ysidro (Calif.)Memphis
    51Marvel AllenSGMontverde Academy (Fla.)Georgetown
    55Arrinten PageCWheeler (Ga.)USC
    60Zayden HighPFAZ Compass Prep (Ariz.)North Carolina
    65Jamie KaiserSFIMG Academy (Fla.)Maryland
    68Rayvon GriffithSFAZ Compass Prep (Ariz.)Cincinnati
    70Dravyn Gibbs-LawhornPGMontverde Academy (Fla.)Illinois
    80Trent PierceSFAZ Compass Prep (Ariz.)Missouri
    84Jakai NewtonSGNewton (Ga.)Indiana
    85Brandon GardnerPFChrist the King (N.Y.)St. John’s
    86Tru WashingtonSGAZ Compass Prep (Ariz.)
    92Blue CainSGIMG Academy (Fla.)Georgia Tech
    99Brandon WilliamsPFChrist the King (N.Y.)UCLA
    ESPN 60 Recruits in the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase (Class of 2024)

    RankPlayerPositionHigh SchoolCollege Commitment
    2Ian JacksonSFCardinal Hayes (N.Y.)
    4Bryson TuckerSFIMG Academy (Fla.)
    12Derik QueenCMontverde Academy (Fla.)
    13Amier AliSFIMG Academy (Fla.)
    14Isaiah ElohimSFSierra Canyon (Calif.)
    15Liam McNeeleySFMontverde Academy (Fla.)
    16Johnuel FlandPGArchbishop Stepinac (N.Y)
    17Vyctorius MillerSFAZ Compass Prep (Ariz.)
    23Asa NewellPFMontverde Academy (Fla.)
    29John BolCSunrise Christian (Kan.)
    31Ahmad NowellPGImhotep (Pa.)
    32Jase RichardsonPGBishop Gorman (Nev.)
    51John Mobley Jr.PGBishop Gorman (Nev.)Ohio State
    54Marcus AllenPFAZ Compass Prep (Ariz.)
    55Khani RoothsSFIMG Academy (Fla.)
    56Curtis GivensPGMontverde Academy (Fla.)
    ESPN 25 Recruits in the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase (Class of 2025)

    RankPlayerPositionHigh School
    1Cameron BoozerPFColumbus (Fla.)
    2Cooper FlaggSFMontverde Academy (Fla.)
    10Jamier JonesSFIMG Academy (Fla.)
    18Bryce HeardSFMontverde Academy (Fla.)
    24Chris NwuliPFBishop Gorman (Nev.)
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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.

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