Everyone likes to try and predict the next big NBA star. A lot of people also like to watch high school highlights on YouTube. Before these guys can be stars in college, they’re stars in high school. And while ESPN ranks the top high school players in America each year, is there a certain high school powerhouse that produces the most NBA players and D1 recruits?
Yes. Meet Montverde Academy.
Montverde Academy is a private school in Florida, near Orlando. They have also sent more high school players to the NBA then 1/5 of the states in the US. Yes, they’re that good. And to prove to you that I’m not lying, here are some numbers.
Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wyoming all have 10 players or less that played in the NBA. And this doesn’t count for careers. It means to make this list, you literally only had to play a second in the league. You know how many players Montverde Academy has sent to the league? Well, we’re not quite sure of the exact number, so let’s take a look.
In the past five years or so, Montverde Academy has sent Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, D’Angelo Russell to the league, and they all turned out as All Stars. They also sent role players Dakari Johnson, Solomon Alabi, Patricio Garino, Kasey Hill, Anfernee Simmons, Luc Mbah a Moute, as well as RJ Barrett, who was drafted third this year. That’s 10 players sent to the NBA. And if you think that’s it, you’re wrong.
This year, Montverde Academy had so many D1 recruits, they could have made a starting 5 and bench out of soon to be college players. They had seniors Cade Cunningham (who is ranked 2nd in the class of 2020), Scottie Barnes (ranked 5th), Day’Ron Sharpe (ranked 12th), Moses Moody (ranked 45th), and Zeb Jackson (ranked 77th). That’s 5 D1 recruits in the class of 2020. Now let’s look at the class of 2021.
In the class of 2021, they have Langston Love (ranked 22nd), and DaRon Holmes (ranked 45th). This class is not nearly as impressive as 2020, but you know what class is? The class of 2022.
In the class of 2022, they have Jalen Duren (ranked 2nd), Caleb Houstan (ranked 3rd), Dariq Whitehead (ranked 9th), and Justice Williams (ranked 39th).
So if you’re counting at home, Montverde Academy had 11 D1 recruits in the 2019-2020 basketball season! That is insane! There’s a reason they’re winning national championships. Most high schools will be lucky to produce 1 NBA player ever! Montverde will most likely produce four NBA players in the next couple of years!
So yes, Montverde Academy is a high school basketball powerhouse, and if you want to predict high school talent, look at them or Sierra Canyon (more on them in a blog coming soon). But for now, thanks for reading, leave your thoughts on Montverde Academy in the comments below, and as always, have an awesome day.