Montverde (Fla.) Academy, which features ESPN’s No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018, 6-foot-7 small forward R.J. Barrett, is one of seven mainland schools that will compete in the 16-team ‘Iolani Classic next month.
Barrett, who recently reclassified from the class of 2019 to ’18, is originally from Ontario, Canada, and holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and UCLA among others.
The Eagles also have a 6-foot-4 point guard, Andrew Nembhard, who is the 46th-rated recruit among seniors. Nembhard, who also is from Canada, has committed to Florida.
Another senior point guard for Montverde, 6-foot-3 Mike Devoe, is ranked No. 56 in the senior class and has committed to Georgia Tech.
Fairfax (Calif.), Rainier Beach (Wash.), Greensboro Day (N.C.), Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.), Taft (Calif.) and Jefferson (Ore.) will join host ‘Iolani, Pearl City, Lahainaluna, Kamehameha, Leilehua, Maryknoll, Kalaheo, Kapolei and Moanalua in the field.
Rainier Beach boasts 6-foot-5 senior small forward Kevin Porter (ESPN No. 65), a USC commit, and Jefferson has a 6-foot-9 power forward, Kamaka Hepa, who is rated No. 62 in the senior class and has committed to Texas.
The talent doesn’t stop with the senior class. Montverde’s 6-foot-9 power forward Makhi Mitchell is the No. 28 overall prospect in the class of 2019 and has committed to Maryland. The Eagles also have a 6-foot-7 small forward, junior Jordan Mitchell (ESPN No. 50), who is uncommitted and holds offers from Florida, Illinois, Ohio State and West Virginia.
The boys portion of the ‘Iolani Classic runs Dec. 15-20. The eight-team girls tournament is Dec. 7-9 with host ‘Iolani, Maryknoll, Kalani, Centennial (Calif.), Oregon City (Ore.), Miramonte (Calif.), Southridge (Ore.) and Naha Senior making up the field.