Category: Montverde Academy (Montverde FL)

GEICO Nationals field is beginning to take shape

We’re less than two months away from opening tip at the GEICO Nationals, which will run April 4-6 at Christ the King High School (Middle Village, N.Y.) and as teams scramble to beef-up their resumes in hopes of earning a bid in the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs, the picture of the eight-team field is becoming clearer.
Of the states that allow teams to participate in GEICO Nationals – Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, District of Columbia, Utah, North Carolina (private schools) and Maryland (private schools) – here are who we’re projecting as locks.
No. 1 seed: La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.)
No. 2 seed: McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Ga.)
No. 3 seed: Montverde (Fla.) Academy
No. 4 seed: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
No. 5 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Sharife Cooper, of McEachern, drives to the net during the championship game against Sunrise Christian Academy at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.Andrew Jansen/News-Leader
Of our projected locks, McEachern is the only school that’s pursuing a state title in one of the toughest states in the country.
The logical question is: If the Indians stumble on their quest, would GEICO Nationals still take them in April?
It would be the first time in the tournament’s history that it would take a school that didn’t win its state title.
The answer would have to be a resounding yes.
The reality is that McEachern could make a strong case at being No. 1 because its body of work is so strong with seven convincing wins over Super 25 teams this season.
After those five there are a handful of teams on the bubble like Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), Federal Way (Wash.) High School, Rainier Beach High School (Seattle), Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah), University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas).
In the past, GEICO Nationals has taken he North Carolina private schools champion, but they haven’t traditionally fared well, going 1-7 in the event. If GEICO Nationals opted to take a school from North Carolina, Christ School (Arden, N.C.) or Caramel Christian School (Matthews, N.C.) would likely get the nod.
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Five to watch at the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest

From athletic guards to probable future NBA Lottery picks, we’ve zeroed in on the top five players you won’t want to miss at the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest this weekend at DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, Md.).
1. Anthony Edwards (2019)
Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta)
Shooting Guard
Chosen 25 rank: 2
College: Undecided
Why you can’t miss him: Edwards is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and from his superior athletic ability to his nonstop motor to his scoring ability it’s easy to understand why.

2. Josh Green (2019)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Shooting Guard
Chosen 25 rank: 8
College: Arizona
Why you can’t miss him: Green is a super-athletic guard with the ability to fill it up from anywhere on the floor and create for his teammates.

3. Armando Bacot (2019)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Forward
Chosen 25 rank: 12
College: North Carolina
Why you can’t miss him: Bacot is a strong and talented post player with a variety of different moves in the paint that overwhelm the opposition.

4. Precious Achiuwa (2019)
Montverde (Fla.) Academy
Forward
Chosen 25 rank: 13
College: Undecided
Why you can’t miss him: Achiuwa is a versatile forward who uses his size and length to dominate the opposition.

5. Jalen Johnson (2020)
Nicolet (Glendale, Wis.)
Forward
Chosen 25 rank: 8
College: Undecided
Why you can’t miss him: Johnson is Mr. Versatility with the ability to dominate and guard all five positions on the floor.

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