National Prep School Invitational primer

Media Director Pat Stevens forwards along a press release on what to expect from the annual National Prep School Invitational, February 2 through 5 at Rhode Island College.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --- Thirty of the country’s top prep school basketball teams, up to 100 college coaches on hand to evaluate prospects, and several NBA scouts will gather for the 14th annual National Prep School Invitational.

Held at Rhode Island College from Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5, the nation’s elite exposure event during the school year will once again have its top games broadcasted on COX Sports.

With an upwards of 50 players impressively already committed to colleges, the event’s main goal is to provide a springboard for many more to join that group.

The featured young talent competing ranges all the way from the traditional powers of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference to as far as the Canarias Basketball Academy of the Canary Islands.

Highlighting the field is last year’s National Prep Championship Tournament winner St. Thomas More (CT) and NEPSAC champion Maine Central Institute (ME). Previous titleholders Brewster Academy (NH), Bridgton Academy (ME), Notre Dame Prep (MA) and Tilton School (NH) return as well.

Considered the strongest All-American candidates for their success throughout their high school and prep school careers are South Kent’s Ricardo Ledo (Providence) and Tilton’s Nerlens Noel (Undecided) along with Brewster Academy duo Mitch McGary (Michigan) and TJ Warren (North Carolina State). Notre Dame Prep recently welcomed Steven Adams (Pittsburgh) for the second semester, a talented center from New Zealand who made waves this past summer with his play at the Adidas Nations global event. Some of college basketball's top contenders are also showing high interest in a number of underclassmen on the rise - Tilton's Wayne Selden and Goodluck Okonoboh, New Hampton's Noah Vonleh and Jared Terrell, and Vermont Academy's DaQuan McNeil, Dominic Woodson and Jamel Artis.

St. Andrew’s (RI) star All-American guard Michael Carter-Williams (now at Syracuse) took home back-to-back NPSI MVP awards in 2011 and 2010. The 2009 MVP went to Lawrence Academy’s Shabazz Napier, who has since gone on to win a NCAA National Championship at the University of Connecticut.

Currently, 28 active NBA Players have participated in the NPSI. Those once awarded the NPSI MVP for their performances in the event include Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep ‘07/Kansas State/Minnesota Timberwolves), Lazar Hayward (Notre Dame Prep ’06/Marquette/Oklahoma City Thunder), Shawne Williams (Laurinburg Institute ‘05/Memphis/New Jersey Nets) and Dorell Wright (South Kent ‘04/1st Round Draft Choice out of prep school).

For more information, visit NPSIhoops.com and NationalPrepInvitational.com.

Tickets are $10 per day or passes for the entire event can also be purchased at the door.

MEDIA REQUESTS please contact Pat Stevens at pat@npsihoops.com


Thursday, February 2

10 - Lee Academy (ME) vs. Robinson (NJ)

11:30 - St. Thomas More (CT) vs. CJEOTO Academy (NJ)

1:15 - Brewster Academy (NH) vs. St. John’s Northwest Military Academy (WI)

2:45 – NIA Prep (NJ) vs. Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)

4:15 - Notre Dame Prep (MA) vs. Wilbraham & Monson (MA)

5:45 - La Jolla Prep (CA) vs. South Kent (CT)

7:15 - Phelps (PA) vs. Cushing Academy (MA)

9 – Mont Clare (PA) vs. New Hope Academy (MD)

Friday, February 3

9 –CJEOTO Academy (NJ) vs. Lee Academy (ME)

10:30 - Robinson (NJ) vs. La Jolla Prep (CA)

12 - SJNWMA (WI) vs. New Hampton (NH)

1:30 – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain) vs. Notre Dame Prep (MA)

3 - South Kent (CT) vs. NIA Prep (NJ)

4:30 - Mont Clare (PA) vs. St. Thomas More (CT)

6 - Worcester Academy (MA) vs. Phelps (PA)

7:30 - Vermont Academy (VT) vs. Winchendon (MA)

9 - New Hope Academy (MD) vs. Bridgton Academy (ME)

Saturday, February 4

9 – Marianapolis (CT) vs. SJNWMA (WI)

10:30 – Winchendon (MA) vs. Mont Clare (PA)

12 – Cushing Academy (MA) vs. New Hope Academy (MD)

1:30 – REDA (Canada) vs. Vermont Academy (VT)

3 – Bridgton Academy (ME) vs. Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)

4:30 - La Jolla Prep (CA) vs. Notre Dame Prep (MA)

6 – New Hampton (NH) vs. Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)

7:30 - Maine Central Institute (ME) vs. Next Level Prep (Canada)

Sunday, February 5

9 - Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain) vs. Bridgton Academy (ME)

10:30 - Wilbraham & Monson (MA) vs. Winchendon (MA)

12 – Next Level Prep (Canada) vs. St. Thomas More (CT)

1:30 - Tilton (NH) vs. REDA (Canada)

3 - Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) vs. Lawrence Academy (MA)

4:30 - St. Andrew's (RI) vs. Maine Central Institute (ME)

6 - New Hope Academy (MD) vs. Worcester Academy (MA)


Semaj Christon (G - Brewster Academy - Xavier)

Mitch McGary (F - Brewster Academy - Michigan)

Jalen Reynolds (F - Brewster Academy - Xavier)

Aaron Thomas (G - Brewster Academy - Florida State)

TJ Warren (F - Brewster Academy - NC State)

Jarryn Skeete (G - Bridgton Academy - Buffalo)

Alex Furness (G - Cushing - Bentley)

Tyler McFarland (G - Cushing - Bentley)

Darrell Bowie (F - La Jolla Prep - Northern Illinois)

Strahinja Gavrilovic (G - La Jolla Prep - Southern California)

Darnell Harris (F - La Jolla Prep - Cleveland State)

Jarion Henry (G - La Jolla Prep - Oklahoma)

Travion Leonard (C - Lee Academy - Fordham)

Jean Yves Toupane (F - Lee Academy - Saint Bonaventure)

Barry Webster (F - Lee Academy - Maine)

Jared Brandon (F - Maine Central Institute - Cal State Fullerton)

James Farr (F - Maine Central Institute - Xavier)

Tobe Okafor (C - Maine Central Institute - Loyola Marymount)

Barrington Alston (F - New Hampton - Towson)

Zach Auguste (F - New Hampton - Notre Dame)

Olivier Hanlan (G - New Hampton - Boston College)

Ramon Johnson (F - NIA Prep - Coastal Carolina)

Tommy Carpenter (F - Northfield Mount Hermon - Dartmouth)

Evan Cummins (F - Northfield Mount Hermon - Harvard)

Ethan O'Day (F - Northfield Mount Hermon - Vermont)

Steven Adams (C - Notre Dame Prep - Pittsburgh)

Myles Davis (G - Notre Dame Prep - Xavier)

Adonis Filer (G - Notre Dame Prep - Clemson)

Shawn Valentine (G - Phelps - Rider)

Richard Audu (G - REDA - Siena)

Naz Long (G - REDA - Iowa State)

Jarrod Davis (F - Robinson School - Maryland Eastern Shore)

Laimonas Chatkevicius (C - South Kent - Kansas State)

Ricardo Ledo (G - South Kent - Providence)

Chris Ortiz (F - South Kent - Kent State)

Cedric Kukamensah (F - St. Andrew's - Brown)

Josh Hall (F - St. John's Northwest Military Academy - Cal Poly)

Andy Martin (C - St. John's Northwest Military Academy - Montana)

Curtis Jones (G - St. Thomas More - Manhattan)

Barrington Stevens (G - St. Thomas More - South Alabama)

Dominique Bull (G - Tilton - Missouri)

Kevin Crescenzi (G - Tilton - Dartmouth)

Georges Niang (F - Tilton - Iowa State)

Tevin Falzon (F - Winchendon - Sacred Heart)

Akosa Maduegbunam (G - Winchendon - Penn State)

Nick Victor (G - Winchendon - Yale)