NEW YORK — The nation’s unofficial high school basketball national championship has a new name: The GEICO Nationals.
In its 10th year, the High School Basketball Nationals tournament (formerly DICK’S Nationals) has reached an agreement with GEICO to become the new title sponsor, it was announced today by Paragon Marketing Group. The partnership now provides GEICO entitlement of all three postseason High School events, that air on ESPN networks, including the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals, GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals, and the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series.
The tournament tips March 29 with the four boys quarterfinal games (on ESPNU), continues March 30 with the boys (ESPN2) and girls (ESPNU) semifinals, concluding on March 31 with the boys (ESPN) and girls (ESPN2) championship game–all played at Christ the King High School’s Father John Savage Gymnasium in Middle Village.
As in previous years, the boys tournament will feature eight of the top-ranked teams in the nation, while the girls field will feature four teams. For the second straight year, all twelve (12) teams in the 2017 field were nationally ranked by Blue Star Media, including the No. 1 team in the country, boys’ champion La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.).
Last year’s boys field included La Lumiere, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Montverde (Fla.) Academy, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), Greensboro (N.C.) Day, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah); while the girls’ bracket had eventual champion Miami (Fla.) Country Day, Seton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.), Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and St. Frances Academy (Baltimore).
The 2018 boys and girls fields will be announced in March, following the completion of this year’s high school basketball season.
The National High School Invitational (NHSI) launched in 2009 at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, MD. The event was created by Paragon Marketing to provide a season-ending platform for top, nationally ranked high school basketball teams to compete against one another in a season-ending tournament. In 2014, the event moved to New York City and was named the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals.