ESPN Continues Focus on Top High School Basketball Teams and Recruits

ESPN Continues Focus on Top High School Basketball Teams and Recruits

The 2019-2020 ESPN high school basketball schedule will feature a total of 37 games; 11 games available across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and 26 games available digitally on ESPN3. The slate will include 68 ranked players combined from the ESPN 100 (’20), ESPN 60 (’21) and ESPN 25 (’22), and 17 programs ranked in the USA Today Sports’ Super 25, including every school in the top 12. Recruits showcased throughout the season have already committed to top college programs including Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and USC.

The television line-up tips off on Thursday, Dec. 5, with No. 5 Prolific Prep at No. 3 Hillcrest on ESPN2 with Prolific Prep boasting the No. 3 senior recruit in Jalen Green and Hillcrest the No. 7 junior recruit in Michael Foster. ESPN and ESPNU will air five games from the Hoophall Classic, held at the Springfield College’s Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20. All five games will feature top 25 match-ups. Additionally, earlier games from the Hoophall Classic, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, will be available on ESPN3.

Four games from Hoophall West, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will also be available on ESPN3, on December 5 and 7. A full breakdown of the schedule is below.

Commentating team Ted Emrich and Paul Biancardi return to call the action for all games airing on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

“When you combine the abundance of nationally ranked teams and the nation’s most elite prospects, this year’s schedule is our biggest and best to date,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN national recruiting director. “We will get to see seven of the top 10 senior prospects in the country, including No. 1 Evan Mobley, bringing an unmatched level of anticipation to fans everywhere”

Biancardi joined ESPN in 2006 after a long coaching career that included coach of the year honors at Wright State University. In addition to providing college and high school basketball analysis, in 2008 he was named ESPN’s national recruiting director. This past summer Biancardi and ESPN reached a multi-year contract extension where he will continue to serve as the network’s national recruiting director, overseeing player rankings, as well as the lead high school basketball analyst and college commentator.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent ESPN the last 12 years, said Biancardi. It is a humbling experience to serve fans across the world on the very latest recruiting news, as well as the best teams, players and coaches in the game of basketball. I am grateful to the outstanding group of people I work with and to cover a game that I have loved since grade school.”

Highlights:

  • Top Six Recruits in the Class of 2020: No. 1 Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian, Cal.), No. 2 Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla.), No. 3 Jalen Green (Prolific Prep, Cal.), No. 4 Jalen Johnson (IMG Academy, Fla.) No. 5 Ziaire Williams (Sierra Canyon, Cal.), No. 6 Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha, Minn.)
  • Six of the Top Ten Recruits in the class of 2021: No. 1 Jonathan Kuminga (The Patrick School, N.J.), No. 4 Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy, Minn.), No. 5 Jaden Hardy (Coronado, Nev.), No 7 Michael Foster (Hillcrest Prep, Ariz.), No. 9 Moussa Diabate (IMG Academy, Fla.), No. 10 A.J. Griffin (Archbishop Stepinac, N.Y.)
  • Sierra Canyon Spotlight: In addition to their appearance at the Hoophall Classic, Sierra Canyon makes an additional appearance on ESPN2 against No. 4 The Patrick School, as well as another 13 appearances on ESPN3 throughout the season. Sierra Canyon is home to the No. 5 senior recruit in Zaire Williams, as well as No. 9 BJ Boston, No. 78 Terren Frank and the No. 6 sophomore Amari Bailey. Zaire Wade, son of former NBA star Dwayne Wade and Lebron James Jr. aka Bronny James, son of LA Lakers Lebron James, are both members of the Sierra Canyon team.

2019-2020 GEICO High School Basketball Showcase Schedule
*Team Rankings are per USA Today High School Sports 

DateTime (ET)MatchupNetwork
Thu, Nov 2111 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Montgomery HS (Calif.)ESPN3
Fri, Nov 2211 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Saint Augustine (Calif.)ESPN3
Sat, Nov 2311 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.)ESPN3
Thu, Dec 59 p.m.No. 5 Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.)ESPN2
Sat, Dec 77 p.m.No. 16 Mater Dei (Calif.) vs. Perry (Ariz.)ESPN3
 8:30 p.m.Christ the King (N.Y.) vs. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.)ESPN3
 10 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Millenium (Ariz.)ESPN3
 11:30 p.m.Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) vs. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.)ESPN3
Thu, Dec 128 p.m.No. 10 DeMatha (Md.) at No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.)ESPNU
Sat, Dec 148:30 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. St. Vincent & St. Mary (Ohio)ESPN3
Fri, Jan 37 p.m.Park Center (Minn.) at No. 20 Minnehaha Acadamy (Minn.)ESPN3
9 p.m.No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) vs. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.)ESPN2
Sat, Jan 48 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at No. 20 Minnehaha Academy (Minn.)ESPN3
Fri, Jan 109 p.m.No. 7 Huntington Prep (W.Va.) at No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.)ESPN2
Sat, Jan 1110:30 p.m.No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.)ESPN3
Sat, Jan 183 p.m.La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. Gonzaga (D.C.)ESPN3
 4:30 p.m.No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs. Camden (N.J.)ESPN3
 6 p.m.No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) vs.  No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.)ESPN3
 8 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Dominican (Wis.)ESPN3
Sun, Jan 1912:30 p.m.Orangeville Prep (Canada) vs. Brewster Adcademy (N.H.)ESPN3
 2:15 p.m.Whitney Young (Ill.) vs. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.)ESPN3
 4 p.m.No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) vs. Sunrise Christian (Kan.)ESPN3
 5:30 p.m.No. 5 Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.)ESPN3
 7:30 p.m.No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) vs.  No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.)ESPN
Mon, Jan 2011 a.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. No. 12 Paul VI (Va.)ESPNU
 1 p.m.No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs.  No. 10 DeMatha (Md.)ESPNU
 3 p.m.No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) vs.  No. 11 Oak Hill Academy (Va.)ESPNU
 5 p.m.No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. No. 6 McEachern (Ga.)ESPNU
Fri, Jan 2411 p.m.Coronado (Nev.) at No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Nev.)ESPNU
Tue, Jan 2810 p.m.Campbell Hall (Calif.) at No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.)ESPN3
Fri, Jan 3110:30 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Brentwood School (Calif.)ESPN3
Tue, Feb 410 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Paraclete HS (Calif.)ESPN3
Thu, Feb 6 5:30 p.m.No. 25 Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) at Christ the King (N.Y.)ESPNU
 7:30 p.m.Saint John Vianney (N.J.) at Christ the King (N.Y.) Girls ESPN3
Fri, Feb 77 p.m.No. 7 Huntington Prep (W. Va.) vs. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) ESPN3
8:30 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.)ESPN3
Sat, Feb 89 p.m.No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. No. 9 Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.)ESPN3

 

 

ESPN 100 Recruits in the GEICO High School Basketball Showcase

(Class of 2020)

Rank Player Position High School College Commitment
1Evan MobleyCRancho Christian (CA)USC
2Cade CunninghamPGMontverde (FL)Oklahoma State
3Jalen GreenSGProlific Prep (CA)
4Jalen JohnsonSFIMG Academy (FL)Duke
5Ziaire WilliamsSFSierra Canyon (CA)
6Jalen SuggsPGMinnehaha Academy (MN)
9B.J. BostonSFSierra Canyon (CA)Kentucky
11Scottie BarnesPFMontverde (FL)Florida State
13Terrence ClarkeSFBrewster (NH)Kentucky
15Jeremy RoachPGPaul VI (VA)Duke
16Jaden SpringerSGIMG Academy (FL)Tennessee
17Sharife CooperPGMcEachern (GA)Auburn
18Cameron ThomasSGOak Hill Academy (VA)
19Nimari BurnettSGProlific Prep (CA)Texas Tech
20Day’Ron SharpeCMontverde (FL)UNC
23Jaemyn BrakefieldPFHuntington Prep (WV)Duke
26D.J. StewardSGWhitney Young (IL)Duke
29Moses MoodySGMontverde (FL)Arkansas
30Mark WilliamsCIMG Academy (FL)Duke
35Earl TimberlakeSFDeMatha (MD)Miami (FL)
36Hunter DickinsonCDeMatha (MD)
40R.J. DavisPGArchbishop Stepinac (NY)UNC
43Lance WarePFCamden (NJ)Kentucky
48Matt MurrellSGIMG Academy (FL)Ole Miss
49Dalen TerrySFHillcrest Prep (AZ)Arizona
52Dain DainjaPFPark Center (MN)Baylor
54Andre CurbeloPGLong Island Lutheran (NY)Illinois
56A.J HoggardPGHuntington Prep (WV)Michigan State
59Dominick HarrisSGRancho Christian (CA)Gonzaga
62Donovan JohnsonSFHillcrest Prep (AZ)North Carolina
74Jayden StoneSGSunrise Christian Academy (KS)
75Zeb JacksonSGMontverde (FL)Michigan
76Terrance WilliamsPFGonzaga College (DC)Georgetown
78Terren FrankPFSierra Canyon (CA)TCU
81Matt CrossPFBrewster (NH)Miami (FL)
82Isaiah CottrellCHuntington Prep (WV)West Virginia
83Demarr LangfordSFBrewster (NH)Boston College
84Jaden IveySGLa Lumiere (IN)Purdue
85Jamari SibleyPFOak Hill Academy (VA)
90K.K RobinsonPGOak Hill Academy
91Dudley BlackwellSFHuntington Prep (WV)
92Noah TaitzSGBishop Gorman (NV)Stanford
93Darius MaddoxSGOak Hill Academy (VA)Virginia Tech
95Kadary RichmondSGBrewster (NH)Syracuse
97Jamal Mashburn Jr.PGBrewster (NH)Minnesota

 

ESPN 60 Recruits in the GEICO High School Basketball Showcase

(Class of 2021)

Rank Player Position High School College Commitment
1Jonathan KumingaSFThe Patrick School (NJ)
4Chet HolmgrenPFMinnehaha Academy (MN)
5Jaden HardySGCoronado (NV)
7Michael FosterPFHillcrest Prep (AZ)
9Moussa DiabatePFIMG Academy (FL)
10A.J. GriffinSFArchbishop Stepinac (NY)Duke
12Devin AskewPGMater Dei (CA)Kentucky
16Langston LoveSGMontverde (FL)
18Keon EdwardsSFHillcrest Prep (AZ)
21Kendall BrownSFSunrise Christian Academy (KS)
32Trevor KeelsSGPaul VI (VA)
33Wilhelm BreidenbachCMater Dei (CA)
35Malaki BranhamSFSt. Vincent-St. Mary’s (OH)
38Zaon CollinsPGBishop Gorman (NV)
43Frank AnselemCProlific Prep (CA)
56Adama SanogoCThe Patrick School (NJ)

 ESPN 25 Recruits in the GEICO HS School Basketball Showcase
(Class of 2022)

Rank Player Position High School
4Caleb HoustanPFMontverde (FL)
6Amari BaileySGSierra Canyon (CA)
7Dariq WhiteheadSGMontverde (FL)
9Dylan AndersonCPerry (AZ)
11Jarace WalkerSFIMG Academy (FL)
23Brandon Huntley-HatfieldPFIMG Academy (FL)
25Sadraque NgangaPFHillcrest Prep (AZ)

Who’s Next:
For in-depth coverage of the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase including highlights, exclusive behind the scenes content and game recaps, follow @WhosNextHS on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
The 2019-2020 high school basketball season will culminate in New York City with the 12th edition of the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals; a postseason event featuring 8 boys teams and 4 girls teams.  The tournament will be played at Christ the King HS in Middle Village, NY on April 2-4.  Participating teams will be announced in mid-March.

The GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase and the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals are produced in conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group, LLC.

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