Ten Games Featured Over Three Days
The third annual ESPN RISE National High School Invitational (NHSI) basketball tournament, produced by ESPN in conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group, will air live from Georgetown Preparatory School’s Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence in Bethesda, Md., on ESPN networks Thursday – Saturday, March 31 – April 2. Featuring single-elimination boys and girls tournaments played by some of the nation’s top teams, the ESPN RISE NHSI consists of 10 games: ESPN (1 game), ESPN2 (3 games) and ESPNU (6 games). Justin Kutcher will call the boys’ games with Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s National Director of High School Basketball Recruiting, joined for the final by former Duke and Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams. ESPNEWS anchor Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and former Duke star Abby Waner will be courtside for the girls games.
All games will be aired in high definition on ESPN’s HD services. The schedule:
|Thurs., Mar 31||Boys QF Game 1||Justin Kutcher (pxp)||2 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Boys QF Game 2||Biancardi (analyst)
Kutcher and Biancardi
|Boys QF Game 3||Kutcher and Biancardi||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Boys QF Game 4||Kutcher and Biancardi||8 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Fri., April1||Girls Semifinals Game 1||Shroff and Waner||11 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Girls Semifinals Game 2||Shroff and Waner||1 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Boys Semifinals Game 1||Kutcher and Biancardi||3:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Boys Semifinals Game 2||Kutcher and Biancardi||5:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sat., April 2||Girls Championship||Shroff and Waner||noon||ESPN2|
|Kutcher, Biancardi and
All NHSI telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will also be available online through ESPN3.com and ESPNnetworks.com.
ESPN RISE NHSI tickets are available now at NHSIHoops.com and the Georgetown Prep box office.
Media interested in credentials for the event should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About ESPN RISE National High School Invitational
The ESPN RISE National High School Invitational launched in 2009 at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md. The 2009 ESPN RISE National High School Invitational boys tournament was won by Findley Prep and the girls tournament was won by Seton Keough. The second annual tournament was held at Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex in Baltimore. Findley Prep retained the title in the 2010 tournament. Peddie School won the girls tournament.
About ESPN RISE
ESPN RISE represents ESPN’s commitment to engage and elevate student athletes by providing them with recognition, resources, information and inspiration that can motivate them to improve their skills and achieve their goals on and off their fields of play. ESPN RISE assets include ESPN RISE, GIRL, Hardwood and Gridiron magazines; ESPNRISE.com; and more than 160 high school events including Elite 11, Boost Mobile Elite 24, ESPN RISE Games, ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, Faster to First, Area Code Baseball and Nike Combines/Nike SPARQ Mini Camps. ESPN RISE is uniquely positioned to provide student athletes and the company’s core fans with compelling high school sports content across all ESPN platforms.