Many of the best high school teams and players will battle throughout the month of December and into January on national television in the 2013-14 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase.
The event includes 12 games that will be played from Dec. 5 to Jan. 25 and features eight of the top 10 players in 247Sports' Top247 for the class of 2014, so there will be no shortage of talent in these prep games.
Now that nearly all of these elite seniors have announced their college destinations, fanbases will be able to tune in and catch some of their first glimpses of the future of their respective favorite programs.
Here's a look at the complete schedule and games to watch in the ESPN High School Basketball Showcase.
|Thurs., Dec. 5||9 p.m.||Homeschool Christian (Texas) vs. Trinity (Texas)||ESPNU|
|Thurs., Dec. 12||7 p.m.||Whitney Young (Ill.) vs. Apple Valley (Minn.)||ESPN2|
|Thurs., Dec. 19||9:30 p.m.||Huntington Prep (W.V.) vs. Arsenal Tech (Ind.)||ESPN|
|Fri., Jan. 3||7 p.m.||Bishop Gorman (Nev.) vs. St. Joseph's (Ohio)||ESPNU|
|Sat., Jan. 4||7 p.m.||Prime Prep (Texas) vs. Whitney Young (Ill.)||ESPN2|
|Sat., Jan. 11||4 p.m.||Oak Ridge (Fla.) vs. Monteverde (Fla.)||ESPN|
|Mon., Jan. 20||11:30 a.m.||Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) vs. Findlay Prep (Nev.)||ESPNU|
|Mon., Jan. 20||1:30 p.m.||Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Whitney Young (Ill.)||ESPNU|
|Mon., Jan. 20||3:30 p.m.||Montverde (Fla.) vs. Curie (Ill.)||ESPNU|
|Mon., Jan. 20||5:30 p.m.||Mater Dei (Calif.) vs. Neumann-Goretti (Pa.)||ESPNU|
|Sat., Jan. 25||3 p.m.||Arlington Country Day (Fla.) vs. Sunrise Christian (Kan.)||ESPNU|
|Sat., Jan. 25||5 p.m.||White Station (Tenn.) vs. Hamilton (Tenn.)||ESPNU|
Best Players to Watch
Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young HS
Prized youngsters Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones will soon be playing alongside each other for Duke, but they will face off on opposite sides one last time when Whitney Young plays Apple Valley on Dec. 12.
Okafor and Jones' package-deal approach to the recruiting storm this season reminded the college basketball world of Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. The Blue Devils ended up beating out the likes of Kansas and Baylor for the prized duo.
The 6'10", 270-pound center Okafor pans out as the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation in 247Sports' composite rankings, which isn't surprising considering his size and strength.
His ability to get to the rim and use his big frame to make space is unparalleled in the class, and it will be on full display in this contest.
Tyus Jones, Apple Valley HS
This talented point guard will soon be throwing lob passes to Okafor at the college level, but for now he will have to find a way to excel against him thanks to ESPN's creative scheduling.
The 6'2", 180-pound Jones ranks as the No. 5 player in the 247Sports' composite ranks and the second-best point guard in the 2014 class. He's lauded for his ball-handling skills and vision, and figures to be a perfect fit on a Duke team that will need a skilled passer to spread the ball out to its many weapons.
But before he can focus on doing that for head coach Mike Krzyzewski and in front of tens of thousands of blue-clad fans, he'll have to do so against his future teammate in Okafor.
Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep
SMU hasn't made a NCAA basketball tournament since 1993. That will soon be history, however, when Emmanuel Mudiay sets foot on campus.
The No. 2 overall recruit in the 2014 class according to 247Sports' composite rankings, Mudiay is a 6'5" point guard and uses that size to overpower opponents and get to the rim at will. On top of that, he's an excellent passer and makes his teammates better.
Mudiay will get some of his best opportunities at elite competition in this event, as his Prime Prep squad is matched up against Okafor and Whitney Young. Whitney Young is one of a select number of teams that plays two games among the 12.
Myles Turner, Trinity HS
Whom will you have your eye on most?
Trinity will host Homeschool Christian in a showdown between two more 5-star studs in the class of 2014, but Myles Turner will be watched by a number of big-time programs.
Ranked No. 4 overall by 247Sports' composite rankings and the No. 2 center nationally, Turner is one of the only top players yet to commit. He told ChicagoHoops.com in a video interview that he is down to seven schools—Oklahoma State, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Texas, Arizona and Kansas.
At 223 pounds, he still has a bit of filling out to do in his 6'10" frame, but given his freakish 7'2" wingspan, he should be just fine.
Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei HS
Mater Dei is typically known for its massive crop of quarterbacks—Matt Leinart, John Huarte, Matt Barkley—but the school boasts one of the best young ballplayers in the nation this year in Stanley Johnson.
Johnson is a 6'7", 226-pound shooting guard who is ranked sixth in the class by 247Sports' composite rankings and is taking his talents to Arizona. He excels as a great all-around threat who can run the floor and rebound as well as shoot and finish at the rim.
The 17-year-old will lead Mater Dei across the nation to Maryland, where it will face Pennsylvania's Neumann-Goretti, which boasts No. 43 overall player and Miami signee Ja'Quan Newton.