Who: Montverde (Fla.) Academy vs. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).
When: Noon ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
Five things to know about Montverde Academy
1. Led by LSU signee Ben Simmons, the Eagles (30-1) have won the past two season-ending tournaments, called the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals since last season, defeating Oak Hill in the championship both times. No one has won the event three consecutive years, though Findlay Prep won it in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
2. Huntington Prep’s Thomas Bryant says he thinks Montverde will beat Oak Hill.
“Montverde is going to win,” Bryant said. “Montverde is going to win by 50.”
3. The Eagles have a deep bench with plenty of height, but four starters: Simmons, Martez Cameron, Howard Washington, and Noah Dickerson see the bulk of the minutes.
4. The Eagles are a very solid team defensively. Montverde forced Findlay Prep, a team with two very good guards in Allonzo Trier and Derryck Thornton, into 27 turnovers. Montverde held Greensboro Day, a team known for its patience on offense, to 30.4% shooting.
5. Even when Simmons isn’t on, he keeps the team going offensively because he’s an excellent passer in transition. Not many point guards can make the passes Simmons makes at full speed and he’s 6-9.
“He’s a great player,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. “He doesn’t have the pieces around him that he had last year, but they’re still a very good team.”
Five things to know about Oak Hill Academy
1. The Warriors (47-0) are looking to finish the season unbeaten for the second time in the past four years.
2. Oak Hill has never won the tournament, falling in the championship game in 2009, 2011 and 2014.
“They say the third time is the charm,” Smith said. “I hope the fourth time is the charm. … I don’t really feel pressure. I would like to win because we haven’t won this tournament. I am sure tomorrow is for a No. 1 ranking. I’m not sure last year we would have been No. 1 even if we won the event because we had four losses. This year, being undefeated, I know our guys are going to show up. We are going to have a game plan and hopefully carry it out.”
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3. Though Findlay Prep’s zone was effective against Montverde, expect multiple defenses from the Warriors to slow Simmons down. Against Huntington Prep, they used man-to-man, various traps and zone to slow Bryant.
4. Even when Dwayne Bacon doesn’t play well, he still puts up a lot of points. The Florida State-bound guard led the team with 17 points but he needed 18 attempts to get those 17 points. He was also an unlikely 0-for-6.
5. Despite what Bryant said, Oak Hill seems confident.
“We came here to win a national championship,” said Oak Hill’s Daniel Giddens.