DICK'S Nationals Preview, Game 3: Montverde Academy vs. Greensboro Day

DICK'S Nationals Preview, Game 3: Montverde Academy vs. Greensboro Day

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DICK'S Nationals Preview, Game 3: Montverde Academy vs. Greensboro Day

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Montverde Academy's Ben Simmons (left)  is hoping to win a third consecutive national title. (Photo: David Butler, USA TODAY Sports)

Montverde Academy’s Ben Simmons (left) is hoping to win a third consecutive national title. (Photo: David Butler, USA TODAY Sports)

Who: No. 2 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) vs. No. 7 Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.)

When: 4 p.m. ET, Thursday

Where: Christ The King, Middle Village, N.Y.

TV: ESPNU

POLL: Who wins the DICK’S Nationals?

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About Montverde Academy: Montverde is the two-time defending DICK’S champion and enters with a sterling 28-1 record, the lone setback coming against No. 4 seed, Georgia power Wheeler. The Eagles are led by Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN 100 and, quite possibly, the toughest defensive assignment in the country. Simmons has averaged 28 points and 11.9 rebounds per game during the 2014-15 season. Yet, Simmons might be a bit winded as he flies into town directly from the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago, so Montverde may need some help from the likes of Marquez Letcher-Ellis, junior Howard Washington and Marcel Ponitka to scrape past a tough Greensboro Day squad.

About Greensboro Day: Greensboro Day is ranked No. 17 in the country and is capable of sticking with any opponent offensively; the 33-2 Bengals topped the 80-point mark five times and the 90-point threshold once. Unlike some past Greensboro squads, this one spreads the scoring around and will difficult for Montverde to contain. The Bengals don;t have height or physicality, so look for Greensboro to employ plenty of pressing throughout the contest.

What to expect: If Greensboro Day is pressing, Montverde might end up putting even more respsonsibility in the hands of Simmons, who can play point forward as well as anyone in the country. As one might expect, the tempo will almost certainly be fast and furious throughout, which could keep Greensboro in the game if Montverde makes any mistakes.

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