The National High School Invitational features eight of the best high school basketball teams in the nation, as well as some of the most exciting prospects. Notable schools include Oak Hill Academy, where names like Rajon Rondo and Carmelo Anthony played, and Findlay Prep, a basketball powerhouse.
With such big high schools that are known for producing NBA players, here are just a few college prospects to watch for. They may be heading to college, but some may not be heading to the pros before too long.
Christian Wood, F, Findlay Prep
Findlay Prep earned the No. 1 seed in large part to Wood, the 4-star recruit heading to UNLV (h/t Rivals.com). He’s listed at 6’10’’, but he certainly doesn’t play like it.
Wood is an incredibly versatile big man. He boasts a very impressive long-range game for such a tall guy and his shot is fluid and smooth. He is also capable of playing close to the rim, whether it’s playing in the post or driving to the basket. He also excels in transition, usually on the receiving end of alley-oops.
The defensive play of Wood is impressive as well. He owns the paint and makes guys regret coming at him. He uses his long arms to alter and deflect shots. He uses his athleticism to guard his guy in any area on the floor.
The Rebels are getting a great piece next season in Wood. He will definitely be the top guy to watch for in the tournament.
Troy Williams, F, Oak Hill Academy
Oak Hill Academy is a hotbed for future NBA players. Not only do they produce pro players, they produce great ones. Williams will be looking to become the next big NBA star from Oak Hill.
At 6’6’’, Williams is an unbelievable ball-handler. When watching him play, it feels like a game of street ball. What sets him over the top is his incredible athleticism. He is certainly a finisher, pulling off some exciting dunks in games. His jump shot may not be used much yet, but the rest of his game is solid.
Williams will be going to Indiana next year, attempting to help the team get past the Sweet 16 after the Hoosiers lost early for the second straight season. Hoosiers fans will be watching this guy closely, as will the rest of the country.
Kasey Hill, G, Montverde Academy
One of the best recruits in the tournament will be Hill. According to Rivals.com, Hill is a 5-star recruit as well as the ninth best recruit in the nation.
Anything that a scout would look for in a point guard can be found in Hill. He does a great job running the offense and finding the open man. He can also break ankles with his incredible speed and dribbling. He can drive to the basket or shoot the jumper. On defense, he can start fast breaks and almost always finds a way to put points on the board by passing it off or taking it to the hoop.
Hill will be heading to Florida next season. With three seniors leaving the Gators, it will be a big lift to get a young and talented point guard like Hill. In the meantime, Hill be working to lead Montverde to a tournament championship.