ESPN Continues Focus on Top High School Basketball Teams and Recruits, Expands Schedule to Offer More Games than Ever

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ESPN Continues Focus on Top High School Basketball Teams and Recruits, Expands Schedule to Offer More Games than Ever

  • GEICO ESPN High School Showcase Returns with 11 Games Featuring Top Talent
  • 68 of the Nation’s Top High School Prospects to Appear Across 37-Game Slate
  • National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi Signs Contract Extension

The 2019-2020 ESPN high school basketball schedule will feature a total of 37 games; 11 games available across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and 26 games available digitally on ESPN3. The slate will include 68 ranked players combined from the ESPN 100 (’20), ESPN 60 (’21) and ESPN 25 (’22), and 17 programs ranked in the USA Today Sports’ Super 25, including every school in the top 12. Recruits showcased throughout the season have already committed to top college programs including Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and USC.

The television line-up tips off on Thursday, Dec. 5, with No. 5 Prolific Prep at No. 3 Hillcrest on ESPN2 with Prolific Prep boasting the No. 3 senior recruit in Jalen Green and Hillcrest the No. 7 junior recruit in Michael Foster. ESPN and ESPNU will air five games from the Hoophall Classic, held at the Springfield College’s Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20. All five games will feature top 25 match-ups. Additionally, earlier games from the Hoophall Classic, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, will be available on ESPN3.

Four games from Hoophall West, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will also be available on ESPN3, on December 5 and 7. A full breakdown of the schedule is below.

Commentating team Ted Emrich and Paul Biancardi return to call the action for all games airing on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

“When you combine the abundance of nationally ranked teams and the nation’s most elite prospects, this year’s schedule is our biggest and best to date,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN national recruiting director. “We will get to see seven of the top 10 senior prospects in the country, including No. 1 Evan Mobley, bringing an unmatched level of anticipation to fans everywhere”

Biancardi joined ESPN in 2006 after a long coaching career that included coach of the year honors at Wright State University. In addition to providing college and high school basketball analysis, in 2008 he was named ESPN’s national recruiting director. This past summer Biancardi and ESPN reached a multi-year contract extension where he will continue to serve as the network’s national recruiting director, overseeing player rankings, as well as the lead high school basketball analyst and college commentator.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent ESPN the last 12 years, said Biancardi. It is a humbling experience to serve fans across the world on the very latest recruiting news, as well as the best teams, players and coaches in the game of basketball. I am grateful to the outstanding group of people I work with and to cover a game that I have loved since grade school.”


  • Top Six Recruits in the Class of 2020: No. 1 Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian, Cal.), No. 2 Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla.), No. 3 Jalen Green (Prolific Prep, Cal.), No. 4 Jalen Johnson (IMG Academy, Fla.) No. 5 Ziaire Williams (Sierra Canyon, Cal.), No. 6 Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha, Minn.)
  • Six of the Top Ten Recruits in the class of 2021: No. 1 Jonathan Kuminga (The Patrick School, N.J.), No. 4 Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy, Minn.), No. 5 Jaden Hardy (Coronado, Nev.), No 7 Michael Foster (Hillcrest Prep, Ariz.), No. 9 Moussa Diabate (IMG Academy, Fla.), No. 10 A.J. Griffin (Archbishop Stepinac, N.Y.)
  • Sierra Canyon Spotlight: In addition to their appearance at the Hoophall Classic, Sierra Canyon makes an additional appearance on ESPN2 against No. 4 The Patrick School, as well as another 13 appearances on ESPN3 throughout the season. Sierra Canyon is home to the No. 5 senior recruit in Zaire Williams, as well as No. 9 BJ Boston, No. 78 Terren Frank and the No. 6 sophomore Amari Bailey. Zaire Wade, son of former NBA star Dwayne Wade and Lebron James Jr. aka Bronny James, son of LA Lakers Lebron James, are both members of the Sierra Canyon team.

2019-2020 GEICO High School Basketball Showcase Schedule
*Team Rankings are per USA Today High School Sports 

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Thu, Nov 21 11 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Montgomery HS (Calif.) ESPN3
Fri, Nov 22 11 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Saint Augustine (Calif.) ESPN3
Sat, Nov 23 11 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) ESPN3
Thu, Dec 5 9 p.m. No. 5 Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) ESPN2
Sat, Dec 7 7 p.m. No. 16 Mater Dei (Calif.) vs. Perry (Ariz.) ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Christ the King (N.Y.) vs. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) ESPN3
  10 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Millenium (Ariz.) ESPN3
  11:30 p.m. Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) vs. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) ESPN3
Thu, Dec 12 8 p.m. No. 10 DeMatha (Md.) at No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) ESPNU
Sat, Dec 14 8:30 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. St. Vincent & St. Mary (Ohio) ESPN3
Fri, Jan 3 7 p.m. Park Center (Minn.) at No. 20 Minnehaha Acadamy (Minn.) ESPN3
9 p.m. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) vs. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) ESPN2
Sat, Jan 4 8 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at No. 20 Minnehaha Academy (Minn.) ESPN3
Fri, Jan 10 9 p.m. No. 7 Huntington Prep (W.Va.) at No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) ESPN2
Sat, Jan 11 10:30 p.m. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) ESPN3
Sat, Jan 18 3 p.m. La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. Gonzaga (D.C.) ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs. Camden (N.J.) ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) vs.  No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Dominican (Wis.) ESPN3
Sun, Jan 19 12:30 p.m. Orangeville Prep (Canada) vs. Brewster Adcademy (N.H.) ESPN3
  2:15 p.m. Whitney Young (Ill.) vs. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) ESPN3
  4 p.m. No. 3 Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) vs. Sunrise Christian (Kan.) ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. No. 5 Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.) ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) vs.  No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) ESPN
Mon, Jan 20 11 a.m. No. 18 Rancho Christian (Calif.) vs.  No. 10 DeMatha (Md.) ESPNU
  1 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. No. 12 Paul VI (Va.) ESPNU
  3 p.m. No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) vs.  No. 11 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. No. 6 McEachern (Ga.) ESPNU
Fri, Jan 24 11 p.m. Coronado (Nev.) at No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) ESPNU
Tue, Jan 28 10 p.m. Campbell Hall (Calif.) at No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) ESPN3
Fri, Jan 31 10:30 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Brentwood School (Calif.) ESPN3
Tue, Feb 4 10 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at Paraclete HS (Calif.) ESPN3
Thu, Feb 6 5:30 p.m. No. 25 Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) at Christ the King (N.Y.) ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Saint John Vianney (N.J.) at Christ the King (N.Y.) Girls ESPN3
Fri, Feb 7 7 p.m. No. 7 Huntington Prep (W. Va.) vs. No. 4 The Patrick School (N.J.) ESPN3
8:30 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) ESPN3
Sat, Feb 8 9 p.m. No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. No. 9 Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) ESPN3



ESPN 100 Recruits in the GEICO High School Basketball Showcase

(Class of 2020)

Rank Player Position High School College Commitment
1 Evan Mobley C Rancho Christian (CA) USC
2 Cade Cunningham PG Montverde (FL) Oklahoma State
3 Jalen Green SG Prolific Prep (CA)
4 Jalen Johnson SF IMG Academy (FL) Duke
5 Ziaire Williams SF Sierra Canyon (CA)
6 Jalen Suggs PG Minnehaha Academy (MN)
9 B.J. Boston SF Sierra Canyon (CA) Kentucky
11 Scottie Barnes PF Montverde (FL) Florida State
13 Terrence Clarke SF Brewster (NH) Kentucky
15 Jeremy Roach PG Paul VI (VA) Duke
16 Jaden Springer SG IMG Academy (FL) Tennessee
17 Sharife Cooper PG McEachern (GA) Auburn
18 Cameron Thomas SG Oak Hill Academy (VA)
19 Nimari Burnett SG Prolific Prep (CA) Texas Tech
20 Day’Ron Sharpe C Montverde (FL) UNC
23 Jaemyn Brakefield PF Huntington Prep (WV) Duke
26 D.J. Steward SG Whitney Young (IL) Duke
29 Moses Moody SG Montverde (FL) Arkansas
30 Mark Williams C IMG Academy (FL) Duke
35 Earl Timberlake SF DeMatha (MD) Miami (FL)
36 Hunter Dickinson C DeMatha (MD)
40 R.J. Davis PG Archbishop Stepinac (NY) UNC
43 Lance Ware PF Camden (NJ) Kentucky
48 Matt Murrell SG IMG Academy (FL) Ole Miss
49 Dalen Terry SF Hillcrest Prep (AZ) Arizona
52 Dain Dainja PF Park Center (MN) Baylor
54 Andre Curbelo PG Long Island Lutheran (NY) Illinois
56 A.J Hoggard PG Huntington Prep (WV) Michigan State
59 Dominick Harris SG Rancho Christian (CA) Gonzaga
62 Donovan Johnson SF Hillcrest Prep (AZ) North Carolina
74 Jayden Stone SG Sunrise Christian Academy (KS)
75 Zeb Jackson SG Montverde (FL) Michigan
76 Terrance Williams PF Gonzaga College (DC) Georgetown
78 Terren Frank PF Sierra Canyon (CA) TCU
81 Matt Cross PF Brewster (NH) Miami (FL)
82 Isaiah Cottrell C Huntington Prep (WV) West Virginia
83 Demarr Langford SF Brewster (NH) Boston College
84 Jaden Ivey SG La Lumiere (IN) Purdue
85 Jamari Sibley PF Oak Hill Academy (VA)
90 K.K Robinson PG Oak Hill Academy
91 Dudley Blackwell SF Huntington Prep (WV)
92 Noah Taitz SG Bishop Gorman (NV) Stanford
93 Darius Maddox SG Oak Hill Academy (VA) Virginia Tech
95 Kadary Richmond SG Brewster (NH) Syracuse
97 Jamal Mashburn Jr. PG Brewster (NH) Minnesota


ESPN 60 Recruits in the GEICO High School Basketball Showcase

(Class of 2021)

Rank Player Position High School College Commitment
1 Jonathan Kuminga SF The Patrick School (NJ)
4 Chet Holmgren PF Minnehaha Academy (MN)
5 Jaden Hardy SG Coronado (NV)
7 Michael Foster PF Hillcrest Prep (AZ)
9 Moussa Diabate PF IMG Academy (FL)
10 A.J. Griffin SF Archbishop Stepinac (NY) Duke
12 Devin Askew PG Mater Dei (CA) Kentucky
16 Langston Love SG Montverde (FL)
18 Keon Edwards SF Hillcrest Prep (AZ)
21 Kendall Brown SF Sunrise Christian Academy (KS)
32 Trevor Keels SG Paul VI (VA)
33 Wilhelm Breidenbach C Mater Dei (CA)
35 Malaki Branham SF St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (OH)
38 Zaon Collins PG Bishop Gorman (NV)
43 Frank Anselem C Prolific Prep (CA)
56 Adama Sanogo C The Patrick School (NJ)

 ESPN 25 Recruits in the GEICO HS School Basketball Showcase
(Class of 2022)

Rank Player Position High School
4 Caleb Houstan PF Montverde (FL)
6 Amari Bailey SG Sierra Canyon (CA)
7 Dariq Whitehead SG Montverde (FL)
9 Dylan Anderson C Perry (AZ)
11 Jarace Walker SF IMG Academy (FL)
23 Brandon Huntley-Hatfield PF IMG Academy (FL)
25 Sadraque Nganga PF Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

Who’s Next:
For in-depth coverage of the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase including highlights, exclusive behind the scenes content and game recaps, follow @WhosNextHS on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
The 2019-2020 high school basketball season will culminate in New York City with the 12th 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 2-4.  Participating teams will be announced in mid-March.

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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