- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
The high school basketball schedule begins Thursday night on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and WatchESPN with three games that will tip off the 2012-13 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase.
Seguin (Texas) will take on Kimball (Texas) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN; No. 10 Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) will face No. 11 Travis (Texas) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN; and WatchESPN; and No. 1 Simeon (Ill.) will battle No. 18 DeSoto in the nightcap at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.
In addition to featuring four teams in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings, five of the six squads playing on Thursday boast at least one player ranked in the ESPN 100. Here’s a look at a key player to watch for each of the six teams, but there will be plenty of additional talent on display and future Division I players in all three games.
Brandon Parrish, SG (Arlington, Texas/Seguin)
Status: Signed with TCU
A deadly catch-and-shoot wing player with a frame that is ready for the rigors of college basketball, Parrish is always a threat because of his ability to connect from deep. When defenders are worried about his jumper, he has also demonstrated a one-dribble pull-up. The potential is also there to be a good perimeter defender because he has the necessary physical tools. TCU coach Trent Johnson did well to keep this athletic shooter at home for college.
Keith Frazier, SG (Dallas/Kimball)
No. 22 in the ESPN 100
Frazier has been one of the most talented and athletic players in the state of Texas for a long time. He’s a long-range shooter with unlimited range and a quick trigger who is hard to stop once he gets on a roll. A great athlete who uses his elevation on his jumper to see over defenders with his 6-foot-6 frame, he’s also an underrated passer and improved ball handler as he enters his senior season. However, he still needs to find the balance between being a volume shooter and taking difficult shots. He is still undecided and has SMU, LSU, Texas A&M, Providence and Texas Tech on his list.