UK recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar will lead Huntington Prep in the Dick’s Sporting Goods national high school tournament, which starts Thursday.
The annual event features eight of the best teams in the country, and the winner will be declared national champion. Last year’s champ — Montverde Academy (Fla.) — is back to defend its title. Montverde’s roster includes Louisville native D’Angelo Russell, and Ohio State signee, and Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons, one of the top 10 players in the class of 2015.
Huntington Prep has Gill-Caesar and fellow UK recruits Thomas Bryant and Miles Bridges, as well as several other top players already signed to major college programs.
Top Louisville signee Shaqquan Aaron plays for Rainier Beach (Wash.), the No. 2-seeded team in the tournament.
Gill-Caesar is still considering a move to the class of 2014, but Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader recently that he will wait on that decision until after he completes his AAU schedule this summer. UK, Kansas and Michigan State are among the top schools pursuing the five-star wing player.
Huntington Prep is seeded fourth in the tournament and will play its first game Thursday at noon on ESPNU. Click here for a full bracket and TV information.