If you watch one high school basketball game this year, make it tonight, when St. Anthony plays American Christian.
St. Anthony is the best team in the country, period. With SIX D-1 players on the roster (including 5 of the ESPN 150), they are as loaded as any team you'll see. (Guard Michael Rosario was just named to the McDonald's All-American Team.)
More than that, they are probably the best-coached team in the country -- prep, college or pro. Their coach? Bob Hurley Sr., the best basketball coach in America. Between Hurley and the talent, this isn't just a must-see team… but a team on the verge of completing one of the greatest prep seasons of all time.
(Meanwhile, ACA features Tyreke Evans, a 6-6 superstar and arguably the best wing player in the country. He hasn't declared a college choice yet, but he takes his recruiting visit to Memphis tomorrow and if you follow Henry Abbott's brilliant obsession with William "Uncle Wes" Wesley (who has a relationship with both Evans and Memphis), it's clear that Evans going anywhere but Memphis would be… off-script.)
But your focus should be on St. Anthony. Last year, I worked on a documentary pitch to cover Hurley and the team this season; the production company has been there all season, and it is going to be one of the great sports docs you'll see, once it debuts on-air.
So, absolutely: I'm biased. But having done so much work to try to understand this team, these players and this coach, I think it's an incredible opportunity tonight to see one of the great high school teams to take the court in a long time.
The game is at 9 on ESPN.