Prep Championship Field Announced
The 2011 National Prep Championship field was announced on Sunday night and Hargrave Military Academy from Virginia took the top seed for the fourth consecutive year followed by last year’s defending champions Brewster Academy. This year's event will once again return to Albertus Magnus College in New Haven.
This year’s field expands from eight to ten to include two play-in games on opening day, Tuesday March 8th. The complete schedule on the 8th begins with 8th seed New Hampton school facing 9th seeded Westwind Prep from Arizona at 10am followed by 7th seeded Nia Prep taking on 10th seeded Northfield Mount Hermon at noon. Quarterfinal action begins at 2pm with St. Thomas More taking on Princeton Day Academy in the four/five game that will be a rematch of a game played in November. Top seeded Hargrave takes the court at 4pm to face the winner of New Hampton and Westwind while third seeded Notre Dame Prep takes on sixth seeded Tilton at 6pm. The nightcap features Brewster Academy against the Nia/NMH winner at 8pm.
Semifinal action will take place a day later, Wednesday March 9th, with games scheduled for 11am and 1pm and the championship game tipping at 7:30pm.
This is the fifth annual National Prep Championship. Past winners and MVP’s have included: Brewster Academy and current University of Memphis freshman Will Barton in 2010; Tilton School and current UConn sophomore Jamal Coombs-McDaniel in 2009; Hargrave Military Academy and Mississippi State guard Dee Bost in 2008; and Notre Dame Prep and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley in 2007.
The 2011 field includes some of the nation’s top prospects, both signed and unsigned, in 2011 and beyond. Among the more prominent individual talents are: McDonald’s All-American P.J. Hairston (North Carolina), Dez Wells (Xavier), C.J. Barksdale (Virginia Tech), Robert Brown (Virginia Tech), and Marquis Ranking (Virginia Tech) from Hargrave; Markus Kennedy (Villanova), Jakarr Sampson (St. John’s), Durand Johnson (Pittsburgh), and Naadir Tharpe (Kansas) from Brewster Academy; Khem Birch (Pittsburgh), Angel Nunez (Louisville), and Grandy Glaze (UNLV) from Notre Dame Prep; Domonique Bull (URI) from Tilton; Shaquille Thomas (Cincinnati) from Nia; Jordan Laguerre (UMass) from New Hampton; Richard Peters (Oklahoma) and George Matthews (Utah) from Westwind Prep; and Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall) from Northfield Mount Hermon.
Top uncommitted in the class of 2011 include: Jalen Walker from Hargrave; Elijah Carter from Brewster; Todd Mayo, Zarko Valjarevic, Luka Radovic, and Tyler Strange from Notre Dame Prep; Damion Lee, Elijah Bonsignore, and Indiana Faithfull from St. Thomas More; Vashill Fernandez, Kareem Storey, Donte Thomas, and Delmore Howard from Princeton Day; Kelvin Amayo and Ryan Rhoomes from Nia Prep; Will Davis, Travis Souza, and Olivier Hanlan from New Hampton; and Keannu Post, Kiwi Gardner, and Arni Libazs from Westwind.
Top available underclassmen in the field include: Ricardo Ledo, Myles Davis, Sam Cassell Jr., and Shaquille Jones from Notre Dame Prep; Andre Drummond from St. Thomas More; Nerlens Noel, Wayne Selden, Georges Niang, and Goodluck Okonoboh from Tilton; Darick Woods and A.J. Sumbry from NIa Prep; Zach Auguste from New Hampton; Evan Cummins, Tommy Carpenter, Ethan ODay, and Dekeeba Battee from Northfield Mount Hermon.