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GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase to Highlight Best Recruits in the Country

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  • 36 of the Nation’s Top High School Prospects Including Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina Commitments
  • 11 Game Schedule Features Nine Ranked Teams

The 2017-2018 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase will feature 11 games across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU from December to February. The schedule will highlight nine of country’s top programs, and 36 players ranked in the ESPN 100 (’18), ESPN 60 (’19) and ESPN 25 (’20), including recruits who have commits to Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, Rutgers, St. Louis and Syracuse. The action begins Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU when ESPN 25 No.3 recruit Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy) faces ESPN 100 No. 10 recruit Tre Jones (Apple Valley High School).

As part of the slate, ESPN and ESPNU will air five games from the Hoophall Classic from Springfield, Mass., on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan. 15, including a Top 25 matchup of No. 2 Montverde and No. 16 Mater Dei on Monday, Jan. 15 on ESPNU at 3 p.m. An additional Top 25 matchup will take place on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when No. 13 Webster Grove faces No. 3 Memphis East.

Highlights

  • Seven of the Top Ten Recruits in the Class of 2018: The High School Basketball Showcase will feature seven of the top ten ESPN 100—No. 1 R.J. Barrett (Montverde Academy, Fla.), No. 2 Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day, S.C.), No. 3 Cam Reddish (Westtown School, Pa.), No. 5 Romeo Langford (New Albany High School, Ind.), No. 7 Keldon Johnson (Oak Hill Academy, Va.). No. 9 Darius Bazley (Princeton High School, Ohio) and No. 10 Tre Jones (Apple Valley High School, Minn.)
  • Ranked Teams: The 2017-2018 schedule highlights nine nationally ranked teams including No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.), No. 3 Memphis East (Tenn.), No. 4 Oak Hill Academy (Va.), No. 8 Hudson Catholic (N.J.), No. 10 IMG Academy (Fla.), No. 13 Webster Groves (Mo.), No. 14 Greensboro Day (N.C.), No. 16 Mater Dei (Calif.), No. 20 Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.).
  • National Stage: 14 states are represented across the slate—California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

“This year’s High School Basketball Showcase displays some of the nation’s best talent,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN National Recruiting Director. “The senior class is headlined by ESPN No.1 R.J. Barrett and No. 2 Zion Williamson. In addition, this year’s exciting schedule will feature an amazing collection of talent as seven of the ESPN top ten prospects from the class of 2018 are competing in the Showcase. In the ESPN 60 we will witness the two top emerging prospects in No.1 James Wiseman and No.2 Vernon Carey Jr. Leading the ESPN 25 will be the No.3 sophomore in the class of 2020 Jalen Suggs.  The showcase of games will have nationally ranked powerhouse teams along with some of the best high school coaches in the country.”

All games will be called by Biancardi and play by play commentator Ted Emrich.

2017-2018 GEICO High School Showcase

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Dec 7 8 p.m. Minnehaha (Minn.) at Apple Valley (Minn.) ESPNU
Thu, Dec 14 7 p.m. No. 13 Webster Groves (Mo.)  vs. No. 3 Memphis East (Tenn.) ESPN2
Thu, Jan 11 5:30 p.m. Orlando Christian Prep (Fla.) at No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) ESPN2
Sat, Jan 13 8 p.m. Chino Hills (Calif.) vs. Spartanburg Day (S.C.) ESPN
Mon, Jan 15 11 a.m. No. 8 Hudson Catholic (N.J.)  vs. John Carroll (Md.) ESPNU
1 p.m. No. 4 Oak Hill (Va.)  vs. University School (Fla.) ESPNU
3 p.m. No. 16 Mater Dei (Calif.)  vs. No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) ESPNU
5 p.m. Westtown (Pa.)  vs. No. 10 IMG Academy (Fla.) ESPNU
Fri, Jan 19 5:30 p.m. Princeton (Ohio) at New Albany (Ind.) ESPNU
Fri, Feb 2 5:30 p.m. No. 20 Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) at Christ the King (N.Y.) ESPNU
Thu, Feb 8 5:30 p.m. No. 14 Greensboro Day (N.C.) at Spartanburg Day (S.C.) ESPN2

**Team Rankings are per USA Today High School Sports (Nov. 13)

 

ESPN 100 Participants (Class of 2018)

Rank Player Positon High School College Commitment
No. 1 R.J. Barrett SF Montverde Academy Duke
No. 2 Zion Williamson PF Spartanburg Day
No. 3 Cam Reddish SF Westtown School Duke
No. 5 Romeo Langford SG New Albany High School
No. 7 Keldon Johnson SF Oak Hill Academy Kentucky
No. 9 Darius Bazley PF Princeton High School Syracuse
No. 10 Tre Jones PG Apple Valley High School Duke
No. 12 Immanuel Quickley PG John Carroll School Kentucky
No. 14 Nassir Little SF Orlando Christian Prep North Carolina
No. 17 Moses Brown C Archbishop Molloy High School
No. 21 Louis King SF Hudson Catholic High School Oregon
No. 23 Jahvon Quinerly PG Hudson Catholic High School
No. 28 Silvio De Sousa PF IMG Academy Kansas
No. 33 David McCormack C Oak Hill Academy Kansas
No. 38 Will Richardson PG Oak Hill Academy
No. 46 Andrew Nembhard PG Montverde Academy Florida
No. 49 Courtney Ramey PG Webster Groves High School
No. 56 Mike Devoe PG Montverde Academy Georgia Tech
No. 61 Darius Days PF IMG Academy LSU
No. 67 Carte’Are Gordon PF Webster Groves High School St. Louis
No. 91 Eric Ayala PG IMG Academy Maryland
No. 93 Montez Mathis SG John Carroll School Rutgers
No. 94 Luther Muhammad SG Hudson Catholic High School Ohio State

 

ESPN 60 Participants (Class of 2019)

Rank Player Positon High School College Commitment
No. 1 James Wiseman PF Memphis East High School
No. 2 Vernon Carey Jr. C University School of Nova South
No. 4 Chol Marial C IMG Academy
No. 6 Cole Anthony PG Archbishop Molloy High School
No.16 Onyeka Okongwu PF Chino Hills High School
No. 22 Chandler Lawson PF Memphis East High School
No. 28 Makhi Mitchell PF Montverde Academy Maryland
No. 32 Josh Green SG IMG Academy
No. 34 Kofi Cockburn C Christ the King High School
No. 50 Jordan Mitchell SF Montverde Academy

 

ESPN 25 Participants (Class of 2020)

Rank Player Positon High School
No. 3 Jalen Suggs PG Minnehaha Academy
No. 13 Noah Farrakhan PG IMG Academy
No. 16 Scottie Barnes PF University School of South Nova

 

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