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St. Benedict's Prep vs. Montverde: Top Recruits, Preview and More for HSBI Final

St. Benedict's Tyler Ennis. Credit: 247Sports.com
St. Benedict's Tyler Ennis. Credit: 247Sports.com
Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 6, 2013

Before Louisville and Wichita State tip off the Final Four from Atlanta on Saturday night, some of the best college basketball recruits in the nation will be on display at the National High School Basketball Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Perennial contenders St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) and Montverde Academy (Fla.) will go head to head just outside of Washington in the tournament final one day after surviving thrilling semifinals finishes.

St. Benedict's upset top-seeded Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) 60-57 after closing the game on a 9-2 run. Meanwhile, Montverde won a nail-biter of its own, taking out Prime Prep (Dallas) 57-55 in Friday's first thriller.

Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know for Saturday's championship matchup, highlighting some top recruits from the Class of 2013 to watch for along the way.


Where: Georgetown Prep, North Bethesda, Md.

When: Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Streaming: ESPN3.com


Dakari Johnson, Montverde, C

Dakari Johnson is the top center prospect in the nation. At 6'10", 250 pounds, there's a lot of reasons to love what he can do.

He isn't going to wow anyone with his athleticism, but at his size, he's a strong rebounder and shows the ability to score the ball on the interior, whether on short jump shots or the occasional post move. Still, Johnson will have to improve considerably in this area in order to excel at the college level.

As Bleacher Report's Rob Goldberg points out, he has the body to be great, but he isn't quite there yet.

Johnson has committed to Kentucky. He posted 16 points and 11 rebounds in Montverde's semifinal win over Prime Prep on Friday.

Tyler Ennis, St. Benedict's Prep, PG

A 6'2" floor general with a sensational handle, St. Benedict's Tyler Ennis is a 5-star recruit and has already committed to join Jim Boeheim at Syracuse.

Ennis is a playmaker first and foremost. Whether he's penetrating, drawing defenders and setting up others or just weaving his way to the rim, Ennis is a threat at all times and at his best with the ball in his hands.

His jump shot can be incredibly accurate at times, but it's not something you can bank on each and every possession. He'll continue to get better as a shooter, though, with more time spent in the gym.

Ennis scored 19 points in St. Benedict's 60-57 win over Findlay Prep in the semifinals on Friday.


Kasey Hill, Montverde Academy, PG

One of the top recruits in the Class of 2013, Montverde's Kasey Hill has signed on to attend Florida, and looks to have an extremely bright future.

At 6'1", Hill is both a scorer and a creator. Offensively, he can set up teammates or create for himself. Although his jump shot is still a work in progress in terms of consistency, most players at this stage are in the same boat.

The biggest traits that stand out for Hill are his burst and bounce. He can stop on a dime, change direction and explode towards the rim, often contorting his body to get to the cup.

The top recruit in the state of Florida, Hill has all the natural ability and upside you want to see in a high school star. Gators fans should be excited.


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