Hoops fans will be treated to a glimpse of the future Monday afternoon as two of the nation's top high school teams, Montverde Academy and Curie Metropolitan, face off at the 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
The game will be loaded with Division I prospects, including bruising Curie (Chicago, Ill.) big man Cliff Alexander and Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) standouts D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons.
Alexander, the No. 4 overall prospect in the class of 2014 according to Rivals, is a massive 6'8", 240-pound power forward. He is simply a man among boys on the high school level, using his big frame to dominate opponents on the interior.
His long arms and aggressive nature make him a natural rebounder, and although his range is limited, he has a decent jump hook down low. He also pulled off one of the best fake outs in recruiting history by joining the Kansas Jayhawks and crushing the hopes (warning: language NSFW) of Illinois fans everywhere.
On the Montverde side, keep your eyes on explosive guard D'Angelo Russell. The smooth 6'5" wing is a pure jump shooter with great leaping ability. Ranked No. 21 in the class of 2014, he will be headed to Ohio State next season.
Also on Montverde is Australia native Ben Simmons. The 6'8" small forward is the No. 6 prospect in the class of 2015 according to Rivals, and he has verbally committed to LSU.
Like Russell, Simmons is a smooth athlete with long arms. He can hit the three-ball, finish near the rim with both hands and jump out of the building.
Other players to watch include: Ahmaad Rorie (committed to Cal), Jalyn Patterson (committed to LSU), Justin Bibbs (committed to Virginia Tech), Makinde London (committed to Xavier) and Chris Egi (committed to Harvard) for Montverde, as well as guards Joseph and Josh Stamps for Curie.
With so many talented young players on one court, this game should be a hoops lover's dream. Be sure to tune in at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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