Elite HS hoopers reveal their Final 4 picks and national champion

Elite HS hoopers reveal their Final 4 picks and national champion

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Elite HS hoopers reveal their Final 4 picks and national champion

Villanova’s Kris Jenkins nailed a three-pointer to knockoff North Carolina in the national title game last season. (Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

We caught up with a handful of the top high school basketball players in the country and had them reveal their Final 4 picks and eventual champion.

Wendell Carter Jr., Pace Academy (Atlanta), F, 2017

College: Duke

Here’s my Final 4: “Duke, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona.”

And the 2017 national champion is: “Duke. They’ll win because they’re hitting their peak at the right time and they’ll ride this wave to the end!”

Coby White, Greenfield School (Wilson, N.C.), PG, 2018

College: North Carolina

Here’s my Final 4: “Duke, West Virginia, North Carolina and Kansas.”

And the 2017 national champion is: “North Carolina! They’re the best team and they have the experience after losing on the buzzer beater in the title game last year. They have a good point guard, bigs and a really good wing in Justin Jackson. Just the overall leadership of the team will be the difference.”

Duke is a popular pick to win the national title. (Photo: Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Trent Jr., Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), SG, 2017

College: Duke

Here’s my Final 4: “Duke, Arizona, UCLA and Kansas.”

And the 2017 national champion is: “Duke! They’re battling right now and everything is clicking at the most perfect time.”

Vernon Carey Jr., University School (Davie, Fla.), F, 2019

College: Undecided

Here’s my Final 4: “Arizona, Kansas, Villanova and Kentucky.”

And the 2017 national champion is: “Arizona. I think they’re gonna step up defensively and show a lot more on that end than they’re showing right now. Then Allonzo Trier has been playing really well and the role players are gonna step up and get it done. I like their team. I think they’ll get it done.”

P.J. Washington, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), F, 2017

College: Kentucky

Here’s my Final 4: “Kentucky, Villanova, Louisville and Arizona.”

And the 2017 national champion is: “Kentucky. I feel like they’re playing the best basketball they’ve played all season. Fox is making shots and everything is clicking.”

Brian Bowen, La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), SF, 2017

College: Undecided

Here’s my Final 4: “Duke, Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina.”

And the 2017 national champion is: “North Carolina. Just because of the experience that their team has. Joel Berry has been a beast and their bigs are so dominant; they’ll be a matchup problem for the teams they’ll play.”

Trae Young, Norman North (Norman, Okla.), PG, 2017

College: Oklahoma

Here’s my Final 4: “Duke, Purdue, UCLA and Notre Dame.”

And the 2017 national champion is: “UCLA! I’m a Lonzo Ball fan! I like how he took a team that didn’t make either tourney last year to a top seed in the tourney this year.”

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