GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase to Highlight Best Recruits in the Country

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GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase to Highlight Best Recruits in the Country

**Editors note: The HoopHall Classic ESPN+ schedule was updated on January 18, 2019 to reflect changes due to impending winter weather.**

  • 37 of the Nation’s Top High School Prospects Including Arizona, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, USC and Villanova Commitments
  • 11 Game Schedule Features Thirteen Top 25 Nationally Ranked Teams
  • 13 Games From HoopHall West, HoopHall Classic to Stream Live on ESPN+

The 2018-2019 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase will feature 11 games across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU from November to February. The schedule will highlight 13 of country’s top programs, including the top seven ranked teams. The slate will include 37 combined ranked players in the ESPN 100 (’19), ESPN 60 (’20) and ESPN 25 (’21), including recruits who have committed to Arizona, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, USC and Villanova.

Friday, Jan. 11, on ESPN2, the two highest ranked players in the junior and senior classes face off, as No. 1 Evan Mobley (2020) and Rancho Christian (Cal.) visit No. 1 James Wiseman (2019) and Memphis East (Tenn.). Then, on Saturday, Feb. 2, on ESPNU No. 1 Montverde (Fla.) will face No. 3 Oak Hill (Va.). It will be the first time these two prestigious programs and former GEICO Nationals champions will meet during the “regular season,” outside of GEICO Nationals tournament play.

As part of the slate, ESPN and ESPNU will air five games from the HoopHall Classic from Springfield, Mass., on Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21, all of which will feature Top 25 team matchups.

Additionally, ESPN+ will stream thirteen games from the HoopHall West in Scottsdale, Ariz. on December 7-8, and the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 19. ESPN+ is the direct-to-consumer sports video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) and ESPN.


  • Top 5 Recruits in the Class of 2019: No. 1 James Wiseman (Memphis East, Tenn.), No. 2 Cole Anthony (Oak Hill, Va.), No. 3 Vernon Cary Jr. (NSU University School, Fla.), No. 4 Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere, Ind.) No. 5 Jaden McDaniels (Federal Way, Wash.)
  • Top Three Recruits in the class of 2020: Five of the top ten recruits in the class of 2020, including the three highest ranked players in the ESPN 60: No. 1 Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian, Cal.), No. 2 Scottie Barnes (NSU University School, Fla.), and No. 3 Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial, Cal.)
  • National Stage: 12 states are represented across the slate—Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

“This year’s GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase is better than ever—the level of individual and team talent is off the charts,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN national recruiting director. “The schedule showcases eleven of the top 15 prospects in the senior class and highlights heavy weight match-ups between some of the nation’s top teams, including Oak Hill and last year’s GEICO Nationals champion Montverde Academy.

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2018-2019 GEICO High School Basketball Showcase Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov. 29 9 p.m. Coronado (Nev.) at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) ESPNU
Thu, Dec 6 9 p.m. San Joaquin (Cal.)  vs. Pinnacle (Ariz.) ESPN2
Fri, Jan 4 11:30 p.m. Mayfair (Cal.) at No. 7 Sierra Canyon (Cal.) ESPNU
Fri, Jan 11 9 p.m. No. 9 Rancho Christian (Cal.) vs. No. 23 Memphis East (Tenn.) ESPN2
Sun, Jan 20 7:30 p.m. No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) vs. No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) ESPN
Mon, Jan 21 11 a.m. No. 20 Federal Way (Wash.) vs. No. 12 Ranney School (N.J.) ESPNU
Mon, Jan 21 1 p.m. No. 9 Rancho Christian (Cal.) vs. No. 14 McEachern (Ga.) ESPNU
Mon, Jan 21 3 p.m. No. 7 Sierra Canyon (Cal.) vs. No. 1 Montverde Acad. (Fla.) ESPNU
Mon, Jan 21 5 p.m. No. 6 La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (Md.) ESPNU
Fri, Jan 25 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Sunrise Christian (Kan.) at No. 4 NSU Univ. Sch. (Fla.) ESPN2
Sat, Feb 2 4:30 p.m. No. 3 Oak Hill Acad. (Va.) vs. No. 1 Montverde Acad. (Fla.) ESPNU

**Team Rankings are per USA Today High School Sports (Nov. 13)

HoopHall West Schedule (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Date Time(MT) Game – HoopHall West, Scottsdale, Arizona Network
Fri, Dec 7 3 p.m. Modesto Christian (CA) vs.  Gonzaga Prep (WA) ESPN+
4:30 p.m. Rancho Christian (CA) vs. Simeon (IL) ESPN+
6 p.m. Guyer (TX) vs. Bishop Gorman (NV) ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Bella Vista (AZ) vs. Spire Institute (OH) ESPN+
Sat, Dec 8 4 p.m. Gonzaga Prep (WA) vs. Bishop Gorman (NV) ESPN+
  5:30 p.m. Guyer (TX) vs. Hillcrest Prep (AZ) ESPN+
  7 p.m. Rancho Christian (CA) vs. Pinnacle (AZ) ESPN+
  8:30 p.m. Simeon (IL) vs. Shadow Mountain (AZ) ESPN+

HoopHall Classic Schedule (Springfield, Mass.)

Date Time Game Network
Sat, Jan 19 3 p.m. Christ the King High (NY) vs. Vashon High School (MO) ESPN+
4:30 p.m. No. 11 Roselle Catholic High School (NJ) vs. Norcross High School (GA) ESPN+
6 p.m. Gonzaga College High School (DC) vs. Olive Branch High School (MS) ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Holy Spirit (GA) vs. Montverde Academy (FL) ESPN+
9 p.m. Our Savior New American (NY) vs. The Patrick School (NJ) ESPN+

ESPN 100 Recruits in the GEICO High School Basketball Showcase

(Class of 2019)

Rank Player Position High School College Commitment
1 James Wiseman C Memphis East
2 Cole Anthony PG Oak Hill Academy
3 Vernon Carey Jr. C NSU University School
4 Isaiah Stewart C La Lumiere
5 Jaden McDaniels PF Federal Way
8 Josh Green SG IMG Academy Arizona
10 Precious Achiuwa PF Montverde Academy
11 Nico Mannion PG Pinnacle Arizona
12 Bryan Antoine SG Ranney School Villanova
13 Scottie Lewis SF Ranney School Florida
14 Isaiah Mobley PF Rancho Christian USC
17 Armando Bacot C IMG Academy North Carolina
25 Cassius Stanley SG Sierra Canyon
31 Kofi Cockburn C Oak Hill Academy
35 Omar Payne C Montverde Academy Florida
38 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl PF IMG Academy Villanova
42 Balsa Koprivica C Montverde Academy Florida State
43 Isaac Okoro SF McEachern Auburn
48 Justin Moore SG DeMatha Catholic Villanova
57 Christian Brown SF Oak Hill Academy
61 Carl Lewis C Coronado


ESPN 60 Recruits in the GEICO High School Basketball Showcase
(Class of 2020)

Rank Player Positon High School
1 Evan Mobley PF Rancho Christian
2 Scottie Barnes PF NSU University School
3 Jalen Green SG San Joaquin Memorial
9 Josh Christopher SG Mayfair
10 Jaden Springer SG IMG Academy
12 Cade Cunningham SF Montverde Academy
13 N’Faly Dante C Sunrise Christian Academy
20 Moses Moody SG Montverde Academy
21 Hunter Dickinson C DeMatha Catholic
24 Sharife Cooper PG McEachern
29 Cameron Thomas SG Oak Hill Academy
31 Terren Frank PF Sierra Canyon
35 Earl Timberlake SF DeMatha Catholic
36 Noah Farrakhan PG IMG Academy
44 Isaiah Cottrell C Bishop Gorman


ESPN 25 Recruits in the GEICO HS School Basketball Showcase
(Class of 2021)

Rank Player Positon High School
4 Jaden Hardy SG Coronado


GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
The 2018-2019 high school basketball season will culminate in New York City with the 11th edition of the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals; a postseason event featuring 8 boys teams and 4 girls teams.  The tournament will be played at Christ the King HS in Middle Village, NY on April 4-6.  Participating teams will be announced in mid-March. Currently thirteen of the Top 25 nationally ranked teams are eligible to participate in GEICO Nationals, including No. 1 Montverde Academy, No. 2 IMG Academy, No. 3 Oak Hill Academy and No. 4 NSU University School.

The GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase and the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals are produced in conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group, LLC.

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