The Matchup: No. 8 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) vs. Future College Prep (Carson, Calif.), 9 p.m. ET in Henderson.
Findlay Prep players to watch: Allonzo Trier, an Arizona signee who is ranked No. 15 overall in the ESPN 100, is Findlay’s brightest headliner. He’s a bona fide scoring machine, and can fill up the stat sheet faster than almost any other prospect in the Class of 2015. Senior Horace Spencer, a four-star Auburn commit, is a bruising influence inside, using all of his 6-foot-8, 210-plus pound frame. He is ranked as the No. 10 power forward in the nation by 247 Sports. Derryck Thornton, a junior who is ranked No. 2 among point guards in the ESPN 60, is widely regarded as the best passer in the 2016 class and is averaging 6.6 assists per game. He’s considering Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Arizona, among other national powerhouses.
Future College Prep players to watch: It’s hard to miss Luka Dmitrovic, a 6-foot-8, 200 pound Serbian power forward who can bang with the best. He’s averaging a healthy stat line in every game, with 9.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest. He’s flanked by 7-footer Isaiah Martin inside, creating a formidable defensive front. In the backcourt, point guard Devin Mears is equally adept dishing out assists — he’s averaging a team-best 7 per game — or filling up the bucket. His effectiveness against Findlay Prep’s aggressive defense will be key to determining whether Future College can make a game of it in the desert.
What to expect: It’s hard to see Future College Prep keeping up with Findlay’s big three, particular if Trier is on his game. He’s one of the nation’s most explosive prospects for a reason, and it will be difficult for anyone to hold him, even more so if Thornton can put Mears in his place early in the game.