National High School Invitational basketball tournament moves to Madison Square Garden


Montrose Christian, shown during the 2009 National High School Invitational, has been a fixture at the annual postseason tournament. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

After five years at various venues in Maryland, the National High School Invitational basketball tournament has a new home: New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

In a news release distributed Thursday, DICK’S Sporting Goods and Madison Square Garden, announced the change for the event, which will now be known as the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament entering its sixth year.

The inaugural NHSI was held at Georgetown Prep in 2009 before moving to Coppin State University the following year. The boys’ and girls’ event returned to Georgetown Prep in 2011 and had been held there for the past three years.

Montrose Christian won the championship in 2011, defeating Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 70-62, in a double-overtime thriller. The Mustangs have participated in all five tournaments while Coolidge took part in the 2012 tournament. On the girls’ side, Riverdale Baptist, which won the 2012 title, H.D. Woodson and Spalding have all taken part in the event which features some of the nation’s most highly-ranked teams.

As in previous years, the boys’ bracket will feature three rounds and eight teams while the girls’ bracket will have two rounds and four teams. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will take place at a to-be-determined location in New York City on April 3-4 before the April 5 title games at Madison Square Garden. All of the games will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks.

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