DICK'S High School Nationals will return to Madison Square Garden in 2016

DICK'S High School Nationals will return to Madison Square Garden in 2016

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DICK'S High School Nationals will return to Madison Square Garden in 2016

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Montverde Academy players react in the closing seconds of their win against Oak Hall (Photo: Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports)

Montverde Academy players react in the closing seconds of their win against Oak Hall (Photo: Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports)

For the third consecutive year, DICK’S Sporting Goods will sponsor a season-ending tournament on ESPN networks involving eight top-ranked boys basketball teams and four girls basketball teams, with the championships to be held in Madison Square Garden.

The DICK’S High School Nationals Basketball Tournament, will be held March 31 and April 1 at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y., with the championship at Madison Square Garden on April 2.

The teams will be named in late March. Last year’s boys field included seven teams that finished in the top 10 of the final USA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings, including: No.1 Montverde (Fla.) Academy; No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.);  No. 4 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.); No.5 Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.); No. 6 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.); and No. 8 Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.).

The tournament, organized by Paragon Marketing Group, has morphed from its beginnings as The National High School Invitational (NHSI), which was first played in 2009 at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md.

Past Champions (boys team followed by girls team):

  • 2009 – Findlay Prep and Seton Keough (Baltimore)
  • 2010 – Findlay Prep and Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.).
  • 2011 – Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) and Dr. Phillips (Orlando)
  • 2012 – Findlay Prep and Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
  • 2013 – Montverde Academy and Dr. Phillips
  • 2014 – Montverde Academy and Riverdale Baptist
  • 2015 – Montverde Academy and Miami (Fla.) Country Day
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