Thursday, February 21, 2008

St. Anthony: Basketball At Its Finest

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.

-- D.S.


Hugging Harold Reynolds said...

Miracle of St Anthony's is an amazing book, well worth reading.

Enrico said...

There was an article about Evans in today's NYTimes by Jere Longerman.

Despite what the Times says, I think it's safe to say Evans has put himself into some questionable situations.

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