Eight elite boys’ high school basketball teams are set for the fifth annual National High School Invitational (NHSI). Every NHSI boys’ team is currently ranked in the Hoopniks Terrific 30, presented by Krossover and four are in the top 10 including No.1 Findlay Prep (NV) and No. 2 Montverde Academy (FL). ESPN will televise the event held Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, at Georgetown Preparatory School’s Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence in Bethesda, Md.
In addition to defending NHSI Champion Findlay Prep, this year’s field features teams from seven different states, including Blanche Ely, Class 7A Champions from the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).
Tournament teams were chosen by the event organizer Paragon Marketing Group’s selection committee, based on the ESPN 25 Power Rankings during the 2012-2013 high school basketball season. Team eligibility criteria also requires that participating schools must be four-year high schools (independent or public) with no post-graduate or fifth year players on the team roster, in addition to having their respective governing body’s permission to participate.
Participating boys’ teams:
|School (City, State)||
Current Terrific 30 Ranking
|Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||
|Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)||
|Prime Prep (Dallas, Tex.)||
|St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.)||
|La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind)*||
|Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.)||
|Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||
|Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)||
Seedings and matchups will be announced at a later date. All games will be available on ESPN networks.
The Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence is located at 10900 Rockville Pike in Bethesda, Md. NHSI tickets are available now at NHSIHoops.com. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available on game days at the Hanley Center box office.
2013 NHSI Boys Team Media Guide
Coach: Todd Simon
Standout players: Nigel Williams-Goss, PG – #20 on ESPN 100, Washington Huskies, Allerik Freeman, SG – #65 on ESPN 100, UCLA Bruins, Christian Wood, PF – #74 on ESPN 100, UNLV, Stanford Robinson, SF – #98 on ESPN 100, Indiana Hoosiers
Notes: Findlay Prep won the NHSI Championship in 2009, 2010 and 2012. They finished the regular season undefeated at 32-0. No.1 in ESPN 25 Power Rankings
Coach: Kevin Boyle
Standout players: Kasey Hill, PG – #9 on ESPN 100, Florida Gators, Dakari Johnson, C – #11 on ESPN 100, Kentucky Wildcats, Devin Williams, PF – #37 on ESPN 100, West Virginia Mountaineers, D’Angelo Russell, SG – #24 on ESPN 60
Notes: Montverde is looking to avenge their overtime loss in the 2012 NHSI Championship game against Findlay Prep. No. 2 in ESPN 25 Power Rankings
Prime Prep Academy
Coach: Ray Forsett
Standout players: Jordan Mickey, PF – #53 on ESPN 100, LSU Tigers, Karviar Shepard, C – #72 on ESPN 100, TCU Horned Frogs, Emmanuel Mudiay, PG – #3 on ESPN 60, Elijah Thomas, PF – #6 on ESPN 25
Notes: In the school’s inaugural year, Prime Prep finished its regular season with a perfect 36-0 record. This will be Prime Prep’s first NHSI. No. 4 in ESPN 25 Power Rankings.
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School
Coach: Mark Taylor
Standout players: Tyler Ennis, PG – #38 on ESPN 100, Syracuse Orange, Mike Young, PF – #57 on ESPN 100, Pittsburgh Panthers, Isaiah Briscoe, SG – #24 on ESPN 25
Notes: St. Benedict’s completed its national schedule with a record of 27-1. They won the State Prep A Championship title avenging their only loss of the season with an 81-57 win vs. Blair Academy. No. 5 in ESPN 25 Power Rankings
La Lumiere School
Coach: Alan Huss
Standout players: Detrick Mostella, SG – #77 on ESPN 100, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Notes: To date, La Lumiere is 25-3. All losses have been against ranked teams. No.8 in ESPN 25 Power Rankings.
Blanche Ely High School
Coach: Melvin Randall
Standout players: Richard Lee, G
Notes: Ely finished its regular season 27-1, winning their second straight FHSAA Class 7A State Championship. Ely became the third Broward County school to win back-to-back boys basketball state titles. No. 9 in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings.
Oak Hill Academy
Coach: Steve Smith
Standout Players: Sindarius Thornwell, SG – #39 on ESPN 100, South Carolina Gamecocks, Troy Williams, SF – #42 on ESPN 100, Indiana Hoosiers, Nate Britt, PG – #93 on ESPN 100, North Carolina Tar Heels.
Notes: The Warriors recorded another 30+ win season, winning their final nine games and 14 of their last 16. They finished 33-5. No. 19 in ESPN 25 Power Rankings.
Montrose Christian School
Coach: Stu Vetter
Standout players: Ishmail Wainright, SF – #60 on ESPN 100, Baylor Bears
Notes: Montrose won the 2011 NHSI Championship. They are entering the NSHI on a nine game win streak to finish the year with an impressive 19-4 record. No. 25 in ESPN 25 Power Rankings.