NCB On The Trail: 2013 NHSI

Montverde Academy wins 2013 NHSI

April, 4, 2013

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. -- The 2013 National High School Invitational was the best in the event’s five-year history, full of competitive games, thrilling endings, nationally ranked teams and plenty of elite players.

When the dust settled, No. 2 seed Montverde Academy (Fla.) came away with its first NHSI title with a come-from-behind, last-second 67-65 victory over No. 4 seed St. Benedict’s (N.J.) in the championship game.

Here are the game-by-game results from three days of fantastic high school hoops action.

Championship Game: Saturday, April 6
No. 2 Montverde (Fla.) defeated No. 4 St. Benedict's (N.J.), 67-65

Semifinals: Friday, April 5
No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) defeated No. 3 Prime Prep (Texas), 57-55
No. 4 St. Benedict's (N.J.) defeated No. 1 Findlay (Nev.), 60-57

Quarterfinals: Thursday, April 4
No. 3 Prime Prep (Texas) defeated No. 6 Blanche Ely (Fla.), 66-65 (OT)
No. 4 St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) defeated No. 5 La Lumiere (Ind.), 73-60
No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) defeated No. 7 Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 77-71 (OT)
No. 1 Findlay Prep (Nev.) defeated No. 8 Montrose Christian (Md.), 57-53

Several ESPN 100 recruits to play in NHSI

March, 12, 2013
The field is set for the fifth annual National High School Invitational, and it promises to be the most talented group in the event’s history.

All eight teams in the NHSI field are ranked in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings, and six are in the top 10. The tournament will be held April 4-6 in Bethesda, Md., and televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Seedings and matchups will be announced at a later date.

[+] EnlargeNigel Williams-Goss
Josh Holmberg/Icon SMIWashington recruit Nigel Williams-Goss and Findlay Prep look to defend their NHSI title.
This year’s NHSI is headlined by the No. 1 team in the nation, Findlay Prep (Nev.). The undefeated Pilots are the reigning NHSI champs and boast a loaded roster that features a quartet of ESPN 100 stars in Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington, No. 20), Allerik Freeman (UCLA, No. 65), Christian Wood (UNLV, No. 74) and Stanford Robinson (Indiana, No. 98).

“It’s going to be difficult [to repeat],” said Findlay head coach Todd Simon. "This appears to be the strongest field yet for the NHSI. The fact that we are 34-0 and have won NHSI three times it makes us a gigantic target. But it’s a nice little challenge.”

Top-15 recruits Kasey Hill (Florida, No. 9) and Dakari Johnson (Kentucky, No. 11) lead No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.). The Eagles are still smarting after consecutive losses to Findlay, first in last year’s NHSI title game and again in January on a Williams-Goss buzzer-beater that ended Montverde’s reign at No. 1.

Also in the mix for the coveted NHSI crown are: No. 4 Prime Prep (Texas), led by No. 53 senior Jordan Mickey (LSU) and No. 3 junior Emmanuel Mudiay (undecided); No. 5 St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) and ESPN 100 point guard Tyler Ennis (Syracuse); No. 8 La Lumiere (Ind.) with talented wing Detrick Mostella (Oklahoma State) leading the way; No. 9 Blanche Ely (Fla.), the Florida Class 7A state champ; and perennial top-25 squads No. 19 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and No. 25 Montrose Christian (Md.).

“To win this event we’d be 37-0, and with the schedule we’ve played it would put us in rare air in high school basketball,” Simon added.