National High School Basketball Invitational 2013: Top Prospects from Tournament

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 7, 2013

March 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonald's All American guard Dakari Johnson (41) poses for photos on Media Day for the 36th McDonalds All American Games to be held at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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The National High School Basketball Invitational is now over, and the college prospects were able to show off their skills on a much bigger stage.

Even though Montverde was able to come away with the victory, college recruits from other high schools were still able to show off just how good they really are. 

Here are just a few players who looked good during the tournament.


Tyler Ennis

Ennis was able to help lead St. Benedict’s to the championship game, but they fell just short, losing 67-65.

The senior point guard kept his poise late in the game, however.  He was able to score five points in the final 24 seconds, but it wasn’t enough.  He finished with 15 points, six rebounds, five steals and five assists. 

It was a solid run for St. Benedict’s, and Ennis looked solid throughout.  He will be heading to Syracuse next year with a great set of skills as a point guard.  He will thrive learning under a guy like Michael Carter-Williams, and that will only help out his game.


Nigel Williams-Goss

Findlay Prep was looking to extend its streak of championships at the National High School Invitational, but it wasn’t able to keep it going, losing to St. Benedict’s.

It should’ve been a bigger win for St. Benedict’s, but Williams-Goss helped lead a big comeback that just wasn’t quite enough to pull out the win.  He finished with 20 points on a day that wrapped up a fantastic high school career.

Williams-Goss will be going to Washington next season.  At 6’3’’, he’s a relatively tall point guard.  He has excellent awareness and does a great job finding open guys as well as taking smart shots.  The Huskies didn’t have the best season in 2012, but a big name like Williams-Goss could make them a lot better.


Dakari Johnson

Montverde was able to come away with the tournament victory on a last-second shot by Jalyn Patterson. 

Johnson had a big game in the final and came away with the tournament MVP award.  He finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds.  The highly sought-after recruit played big game after game, and that translated into a championship for Montverde.

The Kentucky Wildcats have a ridiculous recruiting class in 2013, and Johnson is one of those recruits.  He’s a 6’10’’ center who will likely see quite a bit of playing time even if Nerlens Noel remains at the school.  He’s an athletic guy who can throw down, and that’s something fans will want to see next season.