The GEICO Nationals, an event that unofficially crowns the secondary school boys’ and girls’ basketball national champions, will return following a one-year COVID-incited break in an extended format, a source told ESPN.
The four-day event will occur at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida, from March 31 to April 3, with every one of the 12 single-elimination games broadcast on ESPN networks.
The boys’ side of the bracket will feature 10 teams, with games on ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN2 and the championship on ESPN.
Another format this year will highlight four groups contending in a first-round setting leading into the eight-team quarterfinals beginning on April 1.
Large numbers of the top programs and players in high school basketball – like Montverde, IMG, Oak Hill, Sunrise Christian, Prolific Prep and AZ Compass – are relied upon to be in participation.
Nine players presently classified top-10 recruits as per ESPN’s recruiting investigators are scheduled to show up, including six players named to the McDonald’s All American Game in February.
AZ Compass, coming off a Grind Session title in Phoenix a week ago, is relied upon to make its debut at the GEICO Nationals, close by Grind Session semifinalist Prolific Prep, changing this event into all the more a true national championship spanning the two coasts.
The rest of the field will be finished this weekend as state championships are chosen, with a full event schedule declared one week from now.