Written by Corbett Smith
Prime Prep boys basketball selected to play in National High School Invitational along with Findlay Prep, Montverde Academy
Prime Prep Academy will have a shot to finish its first year of existence as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. It is one of eight boys teams which will compete at the National High School Invitational, April 4-6 in Bethesda, Md.
The invitational will feature some of the top prep programs in the nation — such as Nevada’s Findlay Prep, Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy and Maryland’s Montrose Christian.
Prime Prep (36-0), which recently won the National Association of Christian Athletes tournament in Tennessee, features five players top 100 players in their respective classes: seniors Jordan Mickey (LSU) and Karviar Shepherd (TCU), junior Emmanuel Mudiay, sophomore Elijah Thomas and freshman Terrance Ferguson.
Since withdrawing from the UIL in November, Prime Prep has traveled to showcases in Dayton, Ohio and Phoenix to fill its schedule. Many state organizations, including the UIL, do not allow teams to compete in a postseason tournament.
Deion Sanders’ charter school could finally get a shot at Nevada’s Findlay Prep, a game it’s been angling for all season.
In an interview with USA Today High School Sports in early February, Sanders chided Findlay Prep for coming to Texas and not playing his program. Findlay Prep (34-0) beat Dallas’ God’s Academy, 71-28, on Feb. 15 in Wichita Falls.
“Tell them we’ll pick them up at the airport,” Sanders said.
Said Findlay Prep coach Todd Simon to USA Today in response: “I wasn’t going to rearrange our schedule for them. We get about 30 teams a year wanting to schedule in-season, but that’s not what we are about.”
Since the National High School Invitational began in 2009, Findlay Prep has competed in each tournament, winning three times.