The Nationals: Journey to #1 Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Premieres June 24 on ESPNU at 8 p.m. EST

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The Nationals: Journey to #1 Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Premieres June 24 on ESPNU at 8 p.m. EST

One-hour documentary provides an inside look into the teams, players and storylines of the 2015 DICK’S High School Nationals Basketball Tournament

A champion was crowned at Madison Square Garden on April 4, when the most elite high school basketball programs in the country competed in the DICK’S High School Nationals. This documentary follows the players, coaches and teams from Florida, to Washington, to Virginia as they converge in New York City to answer the question, “Who is the best high school basketball team in the country?”

The Nationals: Journey to #1 profiles college basketball’s next generation. Storylines include Ben Simmons, an international player from Australia who came to Montverde Academy (FL) to hone his skills and quickly became the No. 1-ranked recruit in the country. The film also profiles Laura Stockton, daughter of NBA legend John Stockton, who led her Gonzaga Prep (WA) team into the tournament with a 50-game winning streak. And it takes a look at the story of Terrence Phillips, point-guard of storied Oak Hill Academy (VA), the No. 1-ranked team in the nation heading into the tournament, looking to avenge their loss in the 2014 DICK’S Nationals championship game.

The Nationals: Journey to #1 documentary showcases the incredible determination, perseverance and talent that it takes to be crowned the number one high school basketball team in the country and a champion of this amazing event” said Mark Rooks, Vice President, Sports & Community Marketing, DICK’S Sporting Goods.  The documentary was produced by DICK’S Sporting Goods Films in-conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group.

The Nationals; Journey to #1 Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Films will be re-aired  on ESPNU on the following dates:

  • June 25 at 4 p.m. EST
  • June 26 at 10 p.m. EST
  • July 5 at 11:30 p.m. EST

Additional information about DICK’S Nationals is available at and via Twitter (@DICKSNationals).

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 2, 2015, the Company operated more than 610 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at

 About Paragon Marketing Group

Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships. Paragon, owns and operates the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals basketball tournament and has partnered with ESPN over the past 11 years to deliver over 400 live high school football and basketball telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation. Paragon’s consulting clients include Gatorade, PNC Bank, Johnson & Johnson, EA Sports and Bayer.

ESPNU Media contact: Derek Volner – [email protected]

DICK’S Nationals Media contact: Robin Kelner – [email protected]

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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