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Eight of the Top 20 Boys Teams and Four of the Top 20 Girls Teams in the Country to Compete in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Basketball Tournament in New York City


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  • Live Coverage of All Games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, April 1

The DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals returns to New York City for the fourth consecutive year, featuring the best high school basketball talent in the country. All eight of the boys teams selected to play in the ninth annual tournament are ranked in the top 20 of the USA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings, and all four of the girls teams are also ranked in the top 20. This year’s pool will include five state champions.

In the boys field, five of the top ten ranked teams in the nation will participate, including Findlay Prep (Nev.), IMG Academy (Fla.), La Lumiere (Ind.), Montverde Academy (Fla.) and 2016 DICK’S Nationals Champion Oak Hill Academy (Va.). Two other boys teams competing in the tournament won their respective state championships, including Greensboro Day School (N.C.) and Shadow Mountain High School (Ariz.).

The girls field includes three teams won their respective state championships including Miami Country Day School (Fla.), Seton Catholic (Ariz.) and St. Frances (Md.), as well as Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Tenn.).

The three-day, single-elimination tournament begins Thursday, March 30, at noon with the boys quarterfinals on ESPNU, and continues on Friday, March 31, with the girls semifinals (11 a.m. & 1 p.m., ESPNU) and boys semifinals (3 p.m. & 5 p.m., ESPN2). The tournament culminates on Saturday, April 1, with the girls championship (10 a.m.,ESPN2) and the boys championship game (noon, ESPN).

Five McDonald’s All-American representatives will participate in the tournament, including Brian Bowen (La Lumiere), Trevon Duval (IMG Academy), Jaren Jackson (La Lumiere), Billy Preston (Oak Hill) and P.J. Washington (Findlay Prep).

Tickets are available now at General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

While highlighting the nation’s top talent, this year’s tournament will also raise awareness around the financial crisis in youth sports. According to Up2Us Sports, billions of dollars have been cut from youth sports in recent years, and by 2020, 27 percent of U.S. public high schools may not have sports programs. DICK’S Sporting Goods and the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation have pledged more than $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the issue.

In November 2016, DICK’S Sporting Goods launched its Sports Matter green shoelace movement to support youth sports nationwide. Athletes and coaches playing at the tournament are invited to wear green laces to support their peers affected by the youth sports funding crisis. Fans can join the movement by purchasing Sports Matter green shoelaces at any DICK’S store or on DICK’S donates $2 from every shoelace sale to Sports Matter. On-court graphics and a variety of digital displays will also highlight The DICK’S Foundation’s Sports Matter program, dedicated to helping to save underfunded youth sports.

To be eligible to be selected to the tournament, participating schools must be a four-year high school, independent or public, and have their respective governing body’s permission to participate. Tournament teams are chosen by a selection committee.

2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Participating Boys Teams
Rankings per USA Today High School Sports; Player rankings per ESPN 100 (Class of 2017), ESPN 60 (Class of 2018) and ESPN 25 (Class of 2019)

School (State) 2016-2017 Record
No. 2 La Lumiere School (Ind.) 26-1
No. 4 IMG Academy (Fla.) 26-1
No. 5 Findlay Prep (Nev.) 33-3
No. 7 Montverde Academy (Fla.) 24-4
No. 8 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) 39-4
No. 10 Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) 27-0
No. 15 Wasatch Academy (Utah) 24-4
No. 19 Greensboro Day School (N.C.) 33-3

La Lumiere School (Ind.)
Tournament History: Fifth appearance (Runner-up in 2016)
Coach: Shane Heirman
Ranked Players: No. 12 Brian Bowen, Senior.; No. 16 Jaren Jackson, Senior; No. 57 Jordan Poole, Senior; No. 25 Tyger Campbell, Sophomore
Notes: This is Shane Heirman’s second tournament appearance in three seasons as La Lumiere’s head coach. It took an overtime tip-in buzzer-beater by Oak Hill to keep La Lumiere from winning the title last year.

IMG Academy (Fla.)
Tournament History: First appearance
Coach: Vince Walden
Ranked Players: No. 4 Trevon Duval, Senior; No. 59 Isaiah Stokes, Senior; No. 7 Emmitt Williams, Junior; No. 20 Silvio De Sousa, Junior
Notes: IMG emerged onto the national scene in a major way this season with the help of some key transfers. The Ascenders have had quality wins against Hamilton Heights Christian (Tenn.), The Patrick School (N.J.), and Wasatch Academy (Utah) on their way to the No. 4 national ranking.

Findlay Prep (Nev.)

Tournament History: Ninth appearance; Champions 2009, 2010 & 2012
Coach: Paul Washington
Ranked Players: No. 14 P.J. Washington, Senior
Notes: Findlay Prep is the only team to appear in all nine NHSI/DICK’S Nationals, and they tie Montverde with three NHSI/DICK’S Nationals titles. Findlay alums who have participated in the Tournament include NBA players Anthony Bennett, Avery Bradley, Corey Joseph, Kelly Oubre, Tristan Thompson, Rashad Vaughn and Christian Wood. Despite five different head coaches in the last six seasons, Findlay has remained a consistent top five national program.

Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Tournament History: Seventh appearance; Champions 2013, 2014 & 2015 (Runner-up in 2010 & 2012)
Coach: Kevin Boyle
Ranked Players: No. 29 Rechon Black, Junior; No. 1 R.J. Barrett, Sophomore; No. 15 Andrew Nembhard, Sophomore
Notes: Montverde is the most successful program in NHSI/DICK’S Nationals tournament history, having won three titles and making it to the finals five of six years prior to 2016. Notable Montverde alumni who have participated in the Tournament include Joel Embiid, D’Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons.

Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
Tournament History: Eighth appearance; Champion 2016 (Runner-up in 2009, 2011, 2014 & 2015)
Coach: Steve Smith
Ranked Players: No. 20 Billy Preston, Senior; No. 27 Matt Coleman, Senior; No. 42 Lindell Wigginton, Senior; No. 63 Ty-Shon Alexander, Senior
Notes: In their fifth NHSI/DICK’S Nationals finals appearance, Oak Hill earned the title of tournament champion. Oak Hill alumni who have played in the NBA include Carmelo Anthony, Steve Blake, Kevin Durant, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Rajon Rando, Josh Smith, Jerry Stackhouse and Rod Strickland.

Shadow Mountain (Ariz.)
Tournament History: First appearance
Coach: Mike Bibby
Notes: Shadow Mountain, the first boys team from Arizona to participate in the tournament, will look to make their mark on a national level after going undefeated and winning the AIA 4A state championship. The Matadors are led by head coach and former NBA star Mike Bibby. Bibby played for Shadow Mountain in the mid-nineties before going on to be an All-American at the University of Arizona and 2nd overall pick of the 1998 NBA Draft.

Wasatch (Utah)
Tournament History: Second appearance
Coach: Curtis Condie
Ranked Players: No. 21 Emmanuel Akot, Junior
Notes: Making back to back appearances at DICK’S Nationals, the independent academy located in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range boasts an international roster and looks to improve on their No. 15 national ranking.

Greensboro Day (N.C.)
Tournament History: Second appearance
Coach: Freddy Johnson
Notes: This will be Greensboro Day’s second trip to NYC for DICK’S Nationals under legendary Head Coach Freddy Johnson, who after 40 years as the Bengals head coach, is the winningest basketball coach in the state of North Carolina. Greensboro Day won the NCISAA 3A state championship this season, making it the ninth of Coach Johnson’s career.

2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Participating Girls Teams

Rankings per USA Today High School Sports; Player rankings per espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 (Class of 2017) and espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 (Class of 2018)

School (State) 2016-2017 Record
No. 6 Miami Country Day (Fla.) 29-1
No. 8 Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Tenn.) 28-1
No. 12 St. Frances Academy (Md.) 30-0
No. 17 Seton Catholic (Ariz.) 30-3

Miami Country Day (Fla.)

Tournament History: Second appearance
Coach: Ochiel Swaby
Ranked Players: No. 77 Channise Lewis, Senior; No. 81 Kelsey Marshall, Senior
Notes: Miami Country Day won their third FHSAA state championship in four seasons, outscoring their opponents in the playoffs this year by an impressive 297-131 margin in four games. The Spartans are led by seniors Channise Lewis (Illinois) and Kelsey Marshall (Miami).

Hamilton Heights Christian (Tenn.)

Tournament History: First appearance
Coach: Keisha Hunt
Ranked Players: No. 15 Elizabeth Balogun, Junior.; No. 26 Jazmine Massengill, Junior
Notes: Hamilton Heights Christian will be the first team from Tennessee, boys or girls, to participate in DICK’S Nationals. With a top ten national ranking the Lady Hawks will look to compete for the DICK’S Nationals title, featuring two top 30 in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60, Elizabeth Balogun and Jazmine Massengill (Tennessee).

 St. Frances (Md.)
Tournament History
: Second appearance
Coach: Jerome Shelton
Ranked Players: No. 44 Nia Clouden, Junior.
Notes: It has been eight years since St. Frances appeared in the inaugural NHSI back in 2009. The Lady Panthers will arrive in NYC with a perfect 30-0 record into DICK’S Nationals, behind the point-guard play of No. 44 Nia Clouden.

Seton Catholic Prep (Ariz.)
Tournament History:
Second appearance
Coach: Karen Self
Top Players: Jenn Wirth and LeeAnne Wirth, both Gonzaga commits
Notes: Under Coach Self, Seton Catholic has appeared in the state championship game 13 times in the last 22 years. They have won nine state titles and appeared in seven of the last eight state championship games, including the AIA 4A championship this season.

2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Tournament Schedule
All games will be played at Christ the King High School in Queens, N.Y.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Mar 30 Noon Boys Quarterfinal #1
Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) vs. Montverde (Fla.)
Ted Emrich, Paul Biancardi, Tara Petrolino
  2 p.m. Boys Quarterfinal #2
Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Findlay Prep (Nev.)Ted Emrich, Paul Biancardi, Tara Petrolino
  4 p.m. Boys Quarterfinal #3
Greensboro Day (N.C.) vs. IMG Academy (Fla.)
Ted Emrich, Paul Biancardi, Tara Petrolino
  6 p.m. Boys Quarterfinal #4
Wasatch Academy (Utah) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.)
Ted Emrich, Paul Biancardi, Tara Petrolino
Fri, Mar 31 11 a.m. Girls Semifinal #1
St. Frances (Md.) vs. Hamilton Heights (Tenn.)
Courtney Lyle, Brooke Weisbrod, Tara Petrolino
  1 p.m. Girls Semifinal #2
Seton Catholic (Ariz.) vs. Miami Country Day (Fla.)
Courtney Lyle, Brooke Weisbrod, Tara Petrolino
  3 p.m. Boys Semifinal #1
Ted Emrich, Paul Biancardi, Tara Petrolino
  5 p.m. Boys Semifinal #2
Ted Emrich, Paul Biancardi, Tara Petrolino
Sat, Apr 1 10 a.m. Girls Championship
Courtney Lyle, Brooke Weisbrod, Tara Petrolino
  Noon Boys Championship
Ted Emrich, Paul Biancardi, Tara Petrolino

Event History
The National High School Invitational (NHSI) launched in 2009 at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, MD. The event was created by Paragon Marketing Group to provide a season-ending platform for top, nationally-ranked high school basketball teams to compete against one another in a season-ending tournament. In 2014, DICK’S Sporting Goods became title sponsor of the tournament; the event moved to New York City and became the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals.

Past Champions (boys team followed by girls team):

  • 2009 – Findlay Prep (Nev.) & Seton Keough (Md.)
  • 2010 – Findlay Prep (Nev.) &  Peddie School (N.J.)
  • 2011 – Montrose Christian (Md.) & Dr. Phillips (Fla.)
  • 2012 – Findlay Prep (Nev.) & Riverdale Baptist (Md.)
  • 2013 – Montverde (Fla.) & Dr. Phillips (Fla.)
  • 2014 – Montverde (Fla.) & Riverdale Baptist (Md.)
  • 2015 – Montverde (Fla.) & Miami Country Day (Fla.)
  • 2016 – Oak Hill Academy (Va.) & Ribault (Fla.)

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 675 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at

About Paragon Marketing Group

Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships. Paragon, owns and operates the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series and has partnered with ESPN over the past 14 years to deliver over 500 live high school football and basketball telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation. Paragon’s consulting clients include Bayer, Gatorade, PNC Bank, Toyota, Yokohama and UCHealth.

About ESPN

ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Based in Bristol, Conn., with approximately 4,000 employees (approximately 8,000 worldwide), ESPN Plaza includes nearly 1.2 million square feet in 18 buildings on 123 acres (additional 500,000 sq. ft. rented nearby). The company is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Hearst holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN. In 2015, ESPN produced more than 51,000 hours of live event/studio programming across platforms.