The 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Boys’ National Tournament begins TOMORROW! The event will be held April 2nd – 4th, 2015, in New York, New York, and televised live on a variety of ESPN television networks. The Montverde Academy Eagles will be attempting to win their 2nd successive DICK’s Sporting Goods High School Boys’ Nationals Championship – and third consecutive national championship! Montverde Academy will be led by Ben Simmons, a 6’9 senior Eagle captain who plays in the position of center/strong forward. He has committed to play at the Louisiana State University (LSU) next season. Simmons has averaged 28.0 points, 4.0 assists, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game this season for MVA.
Ben will also be playing in the 38th Annual 2015 McDonald’s All American Game TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY, April 1st, 2015). The McDonald’s All-American high-school basketball classic will take place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and be televised nationally live on ESPN at 8:00PM. For more on Ben’s selection to play in the 2015 McDonald’s annual high-school basketball classic, please visit HERE. Yesterday Simmons, who won the distinguished Wooten, Naismith, and Gatorade National Boys High School Player of the Year awards, earned yet another national honor: USA Today Boys Basketball Player of the Year!
After tonight’s game, Simmons will then travel from Chicago, Illinois, to New York, New York, to join the his fellow Montverde Academy Eagles (28-1) for DICK’s 4:00 PM Quarterfinals-game on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Christ the King High School, located in Middle River, New York. Many nationally prominent high-school basketball teams will be competing at the 2015 DICK’S tournament that include eight boys teams ranked in the USA TODAY Super 25 – and six of the top 10 teams in the United States of America. According to Wednesday, March 18, 2015 USA TODAY article, MVA (#2 ranked in United States by USA TODAY) are the # 2 seed in the tournament and “shooting for its third consecutive victory in the event, which before last year was known as the ESPN National High School Invitational. The Eagles open with No. 7 seed Greensboro (N.C.) Day. The last time the teams played was in the 2013-14 season, when Montverde took a 78-46 victory at home…Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), the No. 1 team in the Super 25 rankings and the top seed in the tournament, will play Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.), which is ranked No. 19 and seeded eighth. Wings won the New York Public Schools League AA tournament.”
On April 5, 2014, Montverde Academy’s 2013-2014 Boys’ Varsity Boys’ Basketball team won its 2nd consecutive national high school basketball title after defeating Oak Hill Academy, located in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, 71-62, in the championship game of the 2014 DICK’S tournament. The Eagles, who completed their 2013-2014 season undefeated at 28-0, won that tournament after winning three successive games played April 3rd-5th of 2014. MVA’s Ben Simmons, then a junior, was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and senior Justin Bibbs, now a freshman on the Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball team, was selected to the all-tournament team.
DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament Game-Schedule:
Quarterfinals – Thursday, April 2 at Christ the King (All times Eastern)
Noon – #3 seed Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.) vs. #6 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) [ESPNU] 2 p.m. – #4 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) vs. #5 Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.) [ESPNU] 4 p.m. – #2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. No. 7 Greensboro Day (N.C.) [ESPNU] 6 p.m. – #1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) vs. #8 Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.) [ESPNU]
Semifinals – Friday, April 3 at Christ the King
3 p.m. – Ely/Findlay winner vs. Montverde/Greensboro Day winner [ESPN2] 5 p.m. – Wheeler/Huntington Prep winner vs. Oak Hill/Wings winner [ESPN2]
Championship – Saturday, April 4 at Madison Square Garden
Noon – Dick’s Nationals Championship Game [ESPN]