Considering the amount of interest our readers have picked up on high school basketball, we thought it was only right that we pass along a list of televised games featuring the top prep players from around the country. Here’s a chance for you to check out the game’s future stars, with many of these guys only a couple of years away from donning an NBA jersey. From ESPN:
The 2011-12 GEICO ESPNHS Basketball Showcase will feature 16 televised games plus a Skills Competition which will include a Slam Dunk and 3-point shooting contest on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. The schedule will tip off with a doubleheader event from Texas and a single game in Atlanta featuring five Top 20 teams. Prestonwood (Texas) will travel to face No. 16 Grace Prep (Texas) on Thurs., Dec. 15, for a 7 p.m. ET game on ESPNU. Following that game, No. 4 Montrose Christian (Md.) will play No. 5 Marcus Flower Mound (Texas) on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET. The same night, No. 3 Oak Hill (Va.) will travel to Atlanta to square off against No. 2 Miller Grove (Ga.) on ESPN at 8 p.m.. The 16 game slate features 23 schools from 13 different states and 46 players ranked in the ESPNU 100, Super 60 and Terrific 25.
This year’s Showcase will highlight the top nine teams ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Preseason Rankings: No. 1 Simeon (Ill.), No. 2 Miller Grove (Ga.), No. 3 Oak Hill (Va.), No. 4 Montrose Christian (Md.), No. 5 Marcus Flower Mound (Texas), No. 6 Mater Dei (Calif.), No. 7 Bishop Gorman (Nev.), No. 8 Findlay Prep (Nev.) and No. 9 St. Anthony (N.J.).
The 2012 Spalding Hoop Hall Classic will be seen on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN3 the weekend of Jan. 15-16. The event will bring together nine ranked teams for a weekend of basketball with top teams and players from across the nation including No. 1 Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman, Nev.), No. 2 Mitch McGary (Brewster, N.H.), No. 3 Isaiah Austin (Grace Prep, Tex.), No. 4 Brandon Ashley (Findlay Prep, Nev.) and more.
2011-12 GEICO ESPNHS Basketball Showcase Television Schedule: