Montverde Academy (13-0) puts its national No. 1 boys basketball rankings on the line with three out-of-state games this week, including a nationally-televised game.
The Eagles go to New Jersey in a homecoming for second-year coach Kevin Boyle to play St. Peter’s Prep (3-2) of Jersey City on Wednesday and Roselle Catholic (6-0) on Thursday. Roselle is ranked No. 2 in New Jersey.
On Saturday, Montverde will be in Wheeling, W.Va., to face the team that was preseason No. 1 in several polls, three-time defending Illinois state champ Chicago Simeon (9-1), in an ESPN2 game scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.
Montverde is ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN and the National Prep Poll and is rated No. 2 by USA Today behind Henderson, Nev., Findlay Prep (17-0), a team it is scheduled to play on Jan. 21 in Springfield, Mass.
Buddy Collings is a senior sports writer covering high schools for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.