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National High School Invitational

Friday, April 3, 2009

When: Today-Sunday

Where: Georgetown Prep

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students; children under 5 free

SCHEDULE

Today

Boys' quarterfinals, all games on ESPNU:

Oak Hill (38-0) vs. Pinewood Prep (29-5), 2 p.m.

St. Benedict's (23-2) vs. St. Frances (31-3), 4 p.m.

Findlay Prep (30-0) vs. Mountain State (23-6), 6 p.m.

Montrose Christian (21-2) vs. Friends Central (28-2), 8 p.m.

Saturday

Boys' semifinals, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., ESPN2

Girls' semifinals, ESPNU:

Riverdale Baptist (25-2) vs. St. Frances (24-2), 4:30 p.m.

Seton Keough (20-8) vs. Oak Hill (25-7), 6:30 p.m.

Sunday

Girls' final, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Boys' final, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oak Hill center Keith "Tiny" Gallon. At 6 feet 9 and 290 pounds, his nickname isn't terribly accurate. But the Oklahoma recruit is quite nimble and athletic, capable of scoring in transition or shooting from the outside. He averages 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Warriors, who have lost just 44 games in Coach Steve Smith's 24 seasons at the Mouth of Wilson, Va., school.

Findlay Prep forward Tristan Thompson: After being kicked off the team for alleged insubordination at St. Benedict's in Newark, N.J., Thompson transferred in February to his new team in Las Vegas. He has played only two games for the Pilots. Only a junior, he has committed to play for Texas. Three other Findlay players have made their college choices: G Avery Bradley (Texas), G D.J. Richardson (Illinois), C Carlos Lopez (Nevada-Las Vegas).

Mountain State center Deniz Kilicli: The 6-foot-9 senior is a physical presence and quickly made his presence known after arriving from Turkey. He averaged 15 points and nine rebounds this past season and has signed with West Virginia.

St. Frances forward Terrell Vinson: All-Met as a junior at Montrose Christian, the Baltimore native transferred closer to home. He had committed to play for Loyola Marymount but now is considering other options after a midseason coaching change. He is averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds this season.

In addition, hometown Montrose offers a deep roster that includes 6-10 C Mouphtaou Yarou, bound for Villanova, and junior G Terrence Ross, an explosive transfer from Portland, Ore., who helped Mustangs finish No. 1 in The Post's rankings.

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