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Montverde Academy captures three-peat DICK’S Nationals championship

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The clear top two high school basketball teams in the nation, Oak Hill Academy (VA) and Montverde Academy (FL), faced off at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, and Montverde Academy emerged as the champion. The title was the Eagles third consecutive DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals championship. Montverde Academy won 70 to 61 over Oak Hill Academy. Oak Hill Academy started off on a good foot, and kept Montverde Academy at bay in the first ... Read More »

DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Basketball Tournament Semifinal recap

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Oak Hill Academy 61, Huntington St. Joseph’s Prep 51 The “dream showdown” between the nation’s top two high school basketball teams is now set for Saturday as the title game at DICK’S High School Nationals Tournament. Undefeated (with one forfeit win) Oak Hill Academy (VA) bested Huntington St. Joseph’s Prep (WV) on the strength of a strong fourth quarter in a semifinal game at Christ the King High School on Friday. The contest was relatively ... Read More »

DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Basketball Tournament to tip

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Press Release Featuring the best high school basketball talent in the country, The DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals returns to New York City for the second-consecutive year. This year, all eight of the boys teams  that were selected to play in the seventh-annual high school basketball tournament are ranked in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings. In the boys field, undefeated and No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (VA) and the defending 2014 tournament champion No. 2- Montverde ... Read More »

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – January 5, 2015

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Holiday tournaments from coast to coast had a huge impact on this weeks’ Hoopniks Terrific 30, with upset defeats removing 1/3 of the squads who were ranked in our last update. While showcase games and tournaments have slowed down as school is back in session most places, there are still a few dandy events coming up which will have monumental impact on the rankings as time moves on. Next Five: Providence School (FL), Jonesboro (GA), Roman Catholic (PA), Chaminade ... Read More »

2014 City of Palms Classic – Tuesday recap

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In the 42nd City of Palms, the teams and players put on a show. Future NBA players were in almost every game and the championship game was a reflection on the competiveness of the games throughout the week. It can’t get much better than a close championship game featuring the top two seniors in the country. Wheeler (GA) 72 Montverde Academy (FL) 65 In a close and hard fought championship game featuring the two top ... Read More »

2014 City of Palms Classic – Monday recap

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City of Palms Finals: After two intense semi-finals, the championship match-up is set. Montverde Academy (FL) beat Trinity (KY) 52-42 to advance to their third straight final and Wheeler outlasted Wesleyan Christian (NC) in the last game of the day. The top two seniors in the country square off in Ben Simmons (LSU signee) and Jaylen Brown. Simmons scored 16 points in his semi-final and Brown finished with 28 points including a perfect 13-13 from the ... Read More »

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 22, 2014

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Tremendous play and head-to-head games between ranked teams at prestigious tournaments such as the Tarkanian Classic, City of Palms Classic, Iolani Classic and Chick-Fil-A Classic heavily influenced this week’s rankings, which are the last Terrific 30 for 2014. As many squads are off for the holidays, the rankings will resume on January 5, in the New Year. Next Five: Corona Centennial (CA), Paul VI (VA), St. Rita (IL), Providence School (FL), John Carroll (MD). Read More »

2014 City of Palms Classic – Sunday recap

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Sunday’s action from the City of Palms in Fort Myers, Florida, offered a break for the high school teams in attendance while showcasing six teams in the tournaments Signature Series. With only three games on tap, the schedule was light, but the play was anything but. Game 1: Montverde (Post Grad) 96 Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) 87 Northfield Mount Hermon is often referred to as the Wisconsin of high school basketball. Crisp ball movement, floor spacing, ... Read More »

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 8, 2014

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The weekend saw a bevy of showcase events across the country, which allowed members of the Hoopniks Terrific 30 to face each other in head-to-head games. The result is what should be a much more accurate ranking list than our first week’s Terrific 30, which was primarily based on last year’s results and expected talent on each roster. Next Five: Sagemont (FL), Putnam City West (OK), St. Joseph (IL), St. Edward (OH), Southwind (TN) Dropped Out: St. Francis (GA), North Little Rock (AR), Bishop Gorman (NV), Chino Hills (CA), Archbishop Carroll (PA) Read More »

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 1, 2014

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High school hoops has mostly kicked off across the country, which several weekend showcase events and tournaments already producing high-level games. Two members of our Terrific 30 played over the weekend, with Bishop O’Dowd (CA) scoring the most important victory of the early season by beating Bishop Gorman (NV), in what was largely a home game. With that said, Bishop Gorman won’t drop too far in the rankings, and has a very competitive schedule in ... Read More »

ESPN announces televised HS Hoops games for ’14-15

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ESPNU, ESPN, and ESPN2 will televise 11 premier games in the 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase beginning Monday, Dec. 8 with Lancaster, Texas vs. No. 5 Plano West in Garland, Texas. Two appearances by Hoopniks No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons(Montverde, Fla.) highlights a slate involving 11 ranked teams, 14 states, 36 players in the ESPN rankings, and 20 recruits who have committed to Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Nebraska, ... Read More »

Top High School Tournaments for the 2014-2015 Season

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The following is an except from the FREE 2014 National High School Basketball Preview publication, published by Hoopniks.com. Download your copy of the 2014 National High School Basketball Preview publication using the button below this paragraph. The publication includes the Terrific 30 High School Rankings, Top 5 Post Graduate teams, Top 100 Seniors, Best Tournaments and Events and underclassmen player rankings! Note: As of press time, November 10, 2014, many tournaments had yet to officially release ... Read More »