Top Five: Teams playing at National High School Invitational

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Craig Stouffer

Georgetown Prep -- with the help of Montrose Christian -- continues to make itself the center of the high school basketball universe by hosting the fifth National High School Invitational on April 4-6. It will be televised by the ESPN networks and boasts the strongest field yet. Here are the top five participants:

5. St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) » Led by guard Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), who could start for the Orange next season, and forward Mike Young (Pittsburgh), the Gray Bees won their second straight New Jersey Prep championship and are ranked No. 5 nationally.

4. Prime Prep (Texas) » Deion Sanders' charter school, in its first year of existence, is 36-0 and features forward Jordan Mickey (LSU) and center Karviar Shepherd (TCU).

3. Oak Hill Academy (Va.) » The always competitive Oak Hill could be overlooked in this field at 33-5. The roster includes former Gonzaga High standout guard Nate Britt (North Carolina), forward Troy Williams (Indiana), forward Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina) and guard Ikenna Iroegbu (Washington State).

2. Montverde Academy (Fla.) » Guard Kasey Hill (Florida) could be the best prospect playing in the tournament along with center Dakari Johnson (Kentucky), both of whom will start the week at the McDonald's All-American game in Chicago.

1. Findlay Prep (Nev.) »

The Pilots, ESPN's top-ranked team, have won the title three times in four tries, including last year. They feature a quartet of top recruits: guard Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington), guard Allerik Freeman (UCLA), forward Christian Wood (UNLV) and guard Stanford Robinson (Indiana). They beat Montrose Christian 40-35 in the Iolani Classic.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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