High School Basketball: 14 Ranked Recruits, Five Ranked Teams, and Two Top 25 Matchups Highlight Spalding Hoophall Classic on ESPNU

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High School Basketball: 14 Ranked Recruits, Five Ranked Teams, and Two Top 25 Matchups Highlight Spalding Hoophall Classic on ESPNU

ESPNU will televise a quadruple-header of premier high school basketball games, featuring 14 top recruits, five nationally ranked teams, and two Top 25 matchups as part of the annual Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., on Monday, Jan. 19, during eight hours of live, remote coverage.

The day begins with No. 25 Bishop O’Dowd, Calif. vs. No. 3 Wheeler, Ga. (11 a.m. ET), followed by No. 6 Oak Hill, Va. vs. No. 11 Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Ohio (1 p.m.), Bishop Gorman, Nev. vs. No. 4 Montverde, Fla. (3 p.m.) and concluding with Chaminade, Mo. vs. Paul VI, Va. (5 p.m.).

Five of ESPN 100’s top 10 players headline the event: No. 1, PF Ben Simmons (Montverde, Fla.), No. 2, SF Jaylen Brown (Wheeler, Ga.), No. 5, PF Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’ Dowd), No. 9, Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman), and No. 10, C Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman). Additionally, Jayson Tatum (Chaminade, Mo.), the No. 1 recruit in the junior class, will also play.

Simmons has signed with LSU and Jeter with Duke. Brown, Rabb, and Zimmerman remain uncommitted. Additionally, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse and Wake Forest signees will also participate in the event.

ESPNU’s all-day coverage from Blake Arena begins with the first game. Mike Couzens, recruiting director Paul Biancardi, and reporter Jeff Goodman will call all the game action. Bob Picozzi and Cory Alexander, Oak Hill alum, will anchor Recruiting Nation courtside in-between games. ESPN Recruiting Nation writers will join the set throughout the day.

The Spalding Hoophall Classic action is part of the 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase

ESPN 100 Participants (Seniors)

Rank and Player Position
(Pos. Rank)*
High School College
No. 1 Ben Simmons PF (1) Montverde, Fla LSU
No. 2 Jaylen Brown SF   (1) Wheeler, Ga.
No. 5 Ivan Rabb PF (3) Bishop O’Dowd, Calif.
No. 9 Chase Jeter PF (3) Bishop Gorman High School, NV Duke
No. 10 Stephen Zimmerman C (4) Bishop Gorman, NV
No. 18 Carlton Bragg PF Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Ohio Kansas (committed)
No. 39 Dwayne Bacon SF Oak Hill, Va Florida State
No. 54 Noah Dickerson PF Montverde, Fla Florida
No. 60 Doral Moore C Montverde, Fla Wake Forest
No. 61 Daniel Giddens C Oak Hill, Va Ohio State
No. 74 Franklin Howard SG Paul VI, Va. Syracuse
No. 81 Josh Reaves SG Oak Hill, Va. Penn State

ESPN 60 Participants (Juniors)

Rank and Player Position
(Pos. Rank)*
High School Verbal College Commitment
No. 1 Jayson Tatum SF (1) Chaminade, Mo.
No. 16 V.J. King SF (4) Paul VI, Va.

*Only designated if in Top 5

Spalding Hoophall Classic Programming Schedule
(All Games on ESPNU)

Date Time Matchup
Monday, Jan. 19 11 a.m. No. 25 Bishop O’Dowd, Calif. vs. No. 3 Wheeler, Ga.
1 p.m. No. 6 Oak Hill, Va. vs. No. 11 Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Ohio
3 p.m. Bishop Gorman, Nev. vs. No. 4 Montverde, Fla.
5 p.m. Chaminade, Mo. vs. Paul VI, Va.

All rankings are per USA Today (Jan. 12, 2015)

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Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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