This year’s field once again showcases a collection of the country’s top talent, including some possible NBA and WNBA stars, who will compete for national championship glory in Queens.
La Lumiere, the top-seed, is led by Washington commit and center Isaiah Stewart, who is a native of Rochester, New York, and forward Keion Brooks, who is Kentucky-bound. Stewart is a five-star ESPN 100 who is ranked fourth in the country.
Second-seed Montverde, who won last year’s boys tournament behind current Duke star R.J. Barrett, has seven players in the ESPN 100, led by Bronx native Precious Achiuwa, an undecided five-star recruit who has offers from several schools, including Kansas, UCLA, Illinois, Seton Hall, Syracuse and St. John’s.
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Third-seed IMG highlights two top-20 recruits, center Armando Bacot, who is signed to North Carolina, and Villanova-bound big man Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.
Cole Anthony, a former Archbishop Molloy star who is widely considered the best point guard in the nation, leads fourth-seed Oak Hill Academy, along with former Christ the King star and Illinois commit Kofi Cockburn.
Anthony announced Sunday that he is down to his final four schools, listing North Carolina, Oregon, Notre Dame and Georgetown as possible destinations.
Elsewhere in the boys bracket, University School’s Vernon Carey, Jr. returns to the national showcase, He is commonly listed as top-three in his class, and committed to Duke this past December.
Class of 2020 standouts include five-star big man Scottie Barnes of University School, swingman Cade Cunningham of Montverde, guard Jaden Springer of IMG, N’Faly Dante of Sunrise Christian Academy and Cam Thomas of Oak Hill – none of whom have committed to a school yet.
Among Dante’s six high-profile offers is St. John’s, which offered him a scholarship in April of 2017.
The four-team girls bracket includes 2017 Champion Miami Country Day, along with St. John’s College High School (DC), Centennial (Nevada) and New Hope (Maryland), in that order.
Koi Love, a 5-foot-10 Vanderbilt commit, headlines the top-ranked Miami Country Day squad. Malu Tshitenge-Mutombo – niece of legendary NBA center Dikembe Mutombo – leads second-seed St. John’s, and will suit up with North Carolina in the fall.
Arizona State signee Eboni Walker is the front woman for Centennial, and is the lone-top 50 senior in the ESPN 100 HoopGurlz rankings. New Hope is led by the senior duo of Duke-commit Jennifer Ezeh and Vanderbilt-bound Demi Washington.
St. John’s College High also has Azzi Fudd, listed as the number-one ranked Class of 2021 girls basketball player in the country.