Findlay Prep vs. Montrose Christian: Previewing Top Recruits in Action

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 4, 2013

Two of the nation's premier high school basketball programs, Findlay Prep and Montrose Christian, will go head-to-head on Thursday night at Georgetown Prep.

The two well-known basketball schools will take part in ESPN's three-day National High School Invitational, which features eight of the top boys' programs in the country, including Oak Hill Academy and Florida's Montverde.

Quarterfinal action will begin at Noon ET on Thursday and conclude with Findlay Prep vs. Montrose Christian, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. ET.

Below we'll get you set for Thursday's showdown by previewing a trio of top recruits from the class of 2013 who will be in action.


Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep, PG

A 5-star prospect from the West Coast, Findlay Prep point guard Nigel Williams-Goss brings a lot to the table in terms of playing the position the way it was meant to be played. 

The first thing you'll notice is that Williams-Goss possesses great size at 6'3", 185 pounds. The next is that he has excellent court vision. He keeps his head up in transition and almost always makes the right decision. 

As far as weaknesses are concerned, Williams-Goss will need to keep grinding away in the gym, improving his jump shot and getting quicker. Like all high school players his age, though, he's still developing and has ways to go before he peaks as a player.

Williams-Goss has signed on to attend Washington next year, according to


Ishmail Wainright, Montrose Christian, SF

It's hard to miss 4-star recruit Ishmail Wainright when he's on the floor. The bulky 6'6", 225-pound small forward has a college basketball body already and isn't afraid to use his physical advantages to get to the rim and score.

A Kansas City native, Wainright is a coach's dream. In addition to playing an unselfish style, he has tremendous vision and goes all out on the defensive end. He's not just a hardworking player, though. He's athletically gifted as well, and demonstrates the ability to run the floor with ease and finish around the basket.

Like Williams-Goss, Wainright must develop a more consistent jump shot in order to become a difference maker at the next level, where many players will match him in physicality.

Wainright will play for Baylor next season, according to


Christian Wood, Findlay Prep, PF

Right behind teammate Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep's 6'8" power forward Christian Wood is the second-best prospect coming out of the state of Nevada in 2013. 

Wood is a solid player now, but he has some developing to do in order to reach his full potential at the next level. ESPN's scouting report describes Woods as "a cross between Austin Daye and Tracy McGrady," which seems accurate considering his ability to light it up from downtown and elevate around the rim.

He still needs to work on his post game and become a better player inside the arc, though, as his size demands it. For now, his size, leaping ability and shooting touch set him apart from his fellow high school athletes.

Wood will remain close to home next season, attending UNLV to play for the Rebels, according to


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