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GEICO Nationals Discipline Set

Prime two ranked groups within the FAB 50 Nationwide Group Rankings powered by lead 10-team area at 2021 GEICO Nationals. This 12 months’s event set for March 31-April 3 in Ft. Myers, Fla.

By Ronnie Flores

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Final season Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) wasn’t capable of finish its season taking part in among the nation’s different top-ranked groups at GEICO Nationals, as the standard end-of-season event was canceled because of COVID-19 protocols. The event is again for 2020-21 and at present its tourney area was introduced. For the primary time ever, GEICO Nationals will host 10 groups in a bracket set to be performed at Suncoast Union Area on Florida SouthWestern’s campus in Ft. Myers, Fla. The video games will probably be performed March 31-April 3 and televised on the ESPN household of networks.

Montverde Academy, the present No. 1 crew FAB 50 nationwide rankings, will look to shut out the season with three wins at GEICO Nationals to say the FAB 50 legendary nationwide title. The Eagles are this 12 months’s No. 1 seed and if the seeds have been to carry up, it could be this system’s fifth tourney title. Montverde Academy additionally gained GEICO Nationals in 2018 and from 2013-2015. All 4 of these groups have been additionally No. 1 within the ultimate FAB 50 rankings.

The No. 2 seed is FAB 50 No. 2 Dawn Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), a crew Montverde Academy defeated final Friday to win the inaugural Nationwide Interscholastic Basketball Convention (NIBC) title. MVA defeated the Buffaloes two instances in three video games in the course of the common season. The bracket and schedule are as follows:

2021 GEICO Nationals

March 31
Seed No. 7 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) vs. 10 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), 6 pm ET
No. 8 Tempo Academy (Atlanta) vs. 9 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 8 pm ET

April 1
Seed No. 3 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) vs. No. 6 Milton (Milton, Ga.), 12 pm ET
No. 2 Dawn Christian vs. No. 7 vs. No. 10 winner, 2 pm ET
No. 1 Montverde Academy vs. No. 8 vs. No. 9 winner, 4 pm ET
No. 4 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) vs. No. 5 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Nice, Utah), 6 pm ET

GEICO Nationals Semifinals (April 2): 2 vs. 3 bracket, 2:30 pm ET; 1 vs. 4 bracket, 4:30 pm ET.
GIECO Nationals Championships (April 3): 12 pm ET

Be aware: That is the thirteenth 12 months of the occasion on the first time the bracket will encompass 10 groups over 4 days.

Ballislife On the spot Evaluation:

The primary two seeds went as excepted, however there’s a little bit of a caveat with No. 4 seed AZ Compass Prep (which isn’t eligible for the FAB 50) touchdown on the identical aspect of the bracket as Montverde Academy. The Dragons, who misplaced to MVA in time beyond regulation in the course of the common season, will play within the event with out Dayton-bound ahead DaRon Holmes. Event officers dominated he’s not eligible to take part as a result of he transferred to AZ Compass Prep after December 31 of the present highschool season. That switch rule for GEICO Nationals contributors has been in place for a few years. Paradoxically, Holmes was at Montverde Academy after spending his junior season at Millennium (Goodyear, Ariz.).

IMG Academy, the 2019 tourney champion and FAB 50 No. 1 crew that season, nabbed the No. 3 seed on the identical aspect of the bracket as Dawn Christian Academy. A full-strength AZ Compass Prep defeated Dawn Christian Academy, 50-47, on the Montverde Academy Invitational Event on January 30, so it appears as if Holmes’ absence performed a task within the seedings. AZ Compass Prep nonetheless ought to be a formidable crew with out Holmes as alongside as Mr. Basketball USA candidate TyTy Washington is working the purpose and making huge photographs. Washington just lately de-committed from Creighton. The purpose guard matchup between Washington and Kentucky-bound Nolan Hickman of FAB 50 No. 5 Wasatch Academy will probably be intriguing. Wasatch Academy is battled examined, whereas the remainder of the Dragons’ lineup (outdoors of Washington) is high quality and searching ahead to the nationwide publicity this event affords.

The very best quarterfinal matchup and the one we’re trying ahead to essentially the most is FAB 50 No. 3 IMG Academy vs. No. 10 Milton. That recreation has the texture of a semifinal matchup, and the Georgia Excessive College Affiliation (GHSA) Class AAAAAAA champs must present they will rebound and stick with the Ascenders in transition. There’s one other nice guard matchup with two sophomores going heads up: Kanaan Carlyle of Milton and Jaden Bradley of IMG. The distinction would possibly come all the way down to how Milton recreation plans for Michigan-bound Moussa Diabate and if they will successfully management the sport’s tempo and restrict the quantity of instances IMG Academy races out for straightforward appears to be like.

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Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of He might be reached at Don’t overlook to comply with him on Twitter: @RonMFlores