College Basketball Recruiting: ESPN to Showcase the Next Generation in Marquee Events Throughout April
McDonald’s All American Game, DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals, Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic All Feature ESPN 100 Players; Players in the espnW Hoop Girlz 100 Also Televised in McDonalds Game and DICK’S Nationals
ESPN will showcase the next generation of college basketball players in premier events between Monday, March 31, and Friday, April 17, as the 2014-15 high school basketball season concludes.
Each of the events — McDonald’s All American Game (April 1), DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals (April 2-4), Nike Hoop Summit (April 11) and Jordan Brand Classic (April 17) — will all feature numerous ESPN 100 players, including No. 1 overall Ben Simmons (Montverde. Fla.) who has signed with LSU. Many top recruits remain uncommitted — including six of the top 10 in the ESPN 100 — and will participate in at least one events. With that said, Arizona, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, and Villanova, among other schools, will have signees also participating.
An NBA feel will surround the events, as the two all-star games will take place in NBA arenas – United Center in Chicago (McDonalds), and Barclays Center (Jordan Brand Classic) – while the Nike Hoop Summit will take place in the Moda Center in Portland and the DICK’s Nationals will conclude at Madison Square Garden.
Event Details and Television Coverage
- 2015 McDonald’s All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest in Chicago, Ill.: Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
- Girls and boys McDonald’s All Americans participate in a skills and three-point shooting competition. The boys will also participate in a slam dunk competition. The annual event is a prelude to the McDonald’s All American Game. More information can be found here:
- 2015 McDonald’s All American Games from the United Center in Chicago, Ill: Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU (girls) and 9 p.m. on ESPN (boys)
- All 24 participants in the boys McDonald’s All American Game rank in the ESPN 100 led by No. 1 Simmons. Seven of the top 10 in ESPN 100 will play including No. 2 Jaylen Brown (SF) and No. 4 Malik Newman (SG), No. 6 Ivan Rabb (PF), No. 7 Diamond Stone (C), No. 8 Caleb Swanigan (C), and No. 10 Stephen Zimmerman (C), all who remain uncommitted. No. 9 Chase Jeter (C), who has signed with Duke, will also participate. Full roster here
- More than 20 espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 players will participate in the girls McDonald’s All American Game, led by No. 1 Katie Lou Samuelson and No. 2 Asia Durr, who have committed to Connecticut and Louisville respectively. Full roster here
- ESPNU will also televise the McDonald’s Boy’s Scrimmage on Tuesday, March 31, at 3 p.m. ET.
- For the girls game, Adam Amin and Brooke Weisbrod will be on the call, with Quint Kessenich reporting. For the boys, Amin will be joined alongside Jay Williams and Jalen Rose, with Kessenich also reporting.
- 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals from New York City, Championship in Madison Square Garden: Thursday, April 2, through Saturday, April 4, across ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN
- Returning to New York City, the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals features impressive fields in both the boys’ (eight teams) and girls’ (four teams) tournament. The boys’ tournament will feature six of the top seven teams in the USA Today High School Super 25 rankings, including No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and No. 2 Montverde Academy, who won last year’s tournament. Additionally, 12 ESPN 100 players will participate in their final game with their high school team.
- The girls’ tournament will feature three ranked teams in the USA Today High School Girls Super 25, including No. 3 Dillard High School (Fla.) and No. 7 Miami Country Day (Fla.). No. 16 Gonzaga (Wash.) and South Shore (N.Y.) round out the field.
- Complete tournament information can be found here:
- 2015 Nike Hoop Summit – USA Basketball Junior National Select Team vs. World Select Team from the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.: Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. on ESPN2
- Eight of the top 10, including five of the top six – Simmons, Brown, Skal Labissiere, Newman, and Rabb — in the ESPN 100 will participate in the annual international showcase game featuring many of the world’s leading basketball players age 19 years old or younger. Overall, more than a dozen ESPN 100 players will participate.
- The USA Basketball Junior National Select Team’s roster includes seniors who have signed at Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova, while the World Select Team’s roster includes signees for LSU and Kentucky. Fourteen participating players have not committed to a college. More information: Click Here
- 2015 Jordan Brand Classic from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.: Friday April 17, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
- The final all-star game for high school seniors features each of the top six in the ESPN 100 and 26 top recruits all together.
- Participating players have signed with Arizona, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, and Villanova. Seven of the participating players remain uncommitted. More information: Click here
- ESPN3 will carry both the International (1:30 p.m.) and the Girls (3:30 p.m.) games this year
- College Basketball Signing Day Special: Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. on ESPNU
- ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi will be in-studio to evaluate the incoming freshmen class for top teams.
More details to be announced as date approaches
ESPN High School Basketball Programming Schedule (March 30 – April 21)
|Mon, March 30||8 p.m.||2015 McDonald’s All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest||Chicago, Ill.||ESPN2|
|Tuesday, March 31||3 p.m.||2015 McDonald’s All American Scrimmage (boys)||Chicago, Ill.||ESPNU|
|Wed, April 1||Girls: 6:30 p.m.
Boys: 9:30 p.m.
|McDonald’s All-American Games||The United Center in Chicago, Ill.||Girls: ESPNU
|Thurs, April 2 – Sat, April 4||Tournament Schedule||DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals||Christ the King High School & Madison Square Garden in New York||ESPNU, ESPN2 & ESPN|
|Sat, April 11||3 p.m.||2015 Nike Hoop Summit||Moda Center in Portland, Ore.||ESPN2|
|Friday, April 17||1:30 p.m.||Jordan Brand Classic
|Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.||ESPN3|
|3:30 p.m.||Jordan Brand Classic
|Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.||ESPN3|
|8 p.m.||Jordan Brand Classic||Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.||ESPN2|
|Tues, April 21||6 p.m.||ESPNU Signing Day Special||ESPNU Studios||ESPNU|
Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner