Who to watch when Dick’s Nationals invades Queens
by Bryan Fonseca
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To end March, the madness will extend to the high school level, where the best teams in the country will determine who’s number one.

For the boys, it’s an eight-team tournament spanning this upcoming Thursday through Saturday. On the girls’ side, four teams will contest for the right to be named “best,” starting Friday at 11 a.m., with both finals aired live on ESPN beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

So, who’s playing? Glad you asked.

Game one on Thursday at noon will be between number three Montverde Academy, which produced NBA-bound D’Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons over the last few years, taking on number six Shadow Mountain of Arizona.

Key players in the matchup include four-star forwards Sean Mobley and Rechon Black of Montverde. Mobley, a senior, signed to attend Virginia Commonwealth University last fall, and Black, a junior, has a commitment in place to attend the University of North Carolina.

Point guard Marcus Shaver leads the way for Shadow Mountain, and is a three-star senior who is bound for the University of California Santa Barbara.

Game two is the always-fun four-five matchup, which will pit national powers Findlay Prep of Nevada and Oak Hill of Virginia. The 2 p.m. affair will host a power forward duel between Kentucky bound P.J. Washington of Findlay against Kansas-signed Billy Preston of Oak Hill.

Other class of 2017 standouts in this game include Matt Coleman (University of Texas signee), Lindell Washington (Iowa State) and Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton), all of whom represent Oak Hill.

Following suit is number-two IMG Academy of Florida battling Greensboro Day of North Carolina.

IMG has the number-one point guard in the country in Trevon Duval, who is still undecided but holds offers from many schools, including Duke, Kansas, Baylor, Arizona, and nearby Seton Hall.

Isaiah Stokes is a top-60 recruit in the ESPN 100 for the class of ’17, and the IMG center will be a Florida Gator next season.

IMG also has two five-star players in the class of ’18, both of whom are undecided: forwards Emmitt Williams, and Silvio De Sousa. Williams is ranked number seven in the ESPN 60 best of ’18, while De Sousa is currently 20th.

Greensboro Day’s ’17 standout is J.P. Moorman, a four-star small forward who is signed on to compete for Temple University. John Newman and Will Dillard of the Class of ‘18 are also highly rated for Greensboro Day.

Newman in particular has offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Providence and Clemson among others.

La Lumiere of Indiana is the top team in the country, and currently has two five stars recruits and a four star, all in the class of 2017, according to ESPN.

Brian Bowen is a small forward who is ranked 12th in the country, and has offers from Michigan State, UCLA, Arizona, and a pair of Big East schools in DePaul and Creighton, among others.

On those same rankings, teammate and 6-foot-11 power forward Jaren Jackson is 16th, and has a commitment to Michigan State. Guard Jordan Poole is number 57, and will take his talents to Ann Arbor, suiting up at the University of Michigan this fall.

Lalu will face eight-seed Wasatch High from Utah at 6 p.m. on ESPN U this Thursday, rounding up a quadruple header on day one. Wasatch is led by 6-foot-6 Elias Ballstaedt, who is averaging 23.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

The 11 a.m. Friday encounter which sets off the Dicks girls’ portion of the week consists of number-two Hamilton Heights Christian Academy of Tennessee and number-three St. Frances of Maryland.

Hamilton Heights is led by a pair of junior guards in undecided Elizabeth Balogun and University of Tennessee verbal commit Jazmine Massengill.

St. Frances is also led by a junior guard in Nia Clouden, who is reportedly considering a bevy of schools that includes Rutgers, Georgetown, George Washington, Michigan and Temple.

The winner will move on to Saturday’s 10 a.m. championship and await the victor of Friday’s 1 p.m. showdown between number-one Miami Country Day and number-four Seton Catholic of Arizona.

MCD has two players in the ESPN top 100 in its graduating class, comprised of their backcourt Channise Lewis and Kelsey Marshall. Lewis is signed to the University of Illinois and Marshall is headed to the University of Miami.

More tournament information is located at dicksnationals.com.
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