Maya Moore of Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., who was just named preseason Player of the Year for the 2007 class by HoopGurlz.com, will be a headliner at the inaugural T-Mobile Invitational high-school basketball tournament in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 27-28, organizers announced today.
The T-Mobile Invitation is the first-ever national event sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which is the governing body for high-school athletics.
The tournament will be held at Bank of America Arena, on the University of Washington campus.
The four girl's teams - there also are four boy's teams in the event - include:
Each team will be guaranteed two games during the two-day event. First-round pairings will be announced at a later date.
- Collins Hill High School (Suwanee, Ga.): Ranked second in Full Court Press' National Top 25 girl's high-school basketball rankings last year, the Eagles' lone loss was to No. 1 Christ the King during the championship game of the Nike Tournament of Champions in December. The overtime loss featured an errant call by the officials which disqualified Moore, who'd scored 38 points in the game. Moore, a Connecticut commit and the No. 1 player in the country, according to HoopGurlz.com, gets plenty of support from sharp-shooting teammate Jordan Jones, a Texas Tech commit who was ranked among the naton's top 50 player in the 2007 class by HoopGurlz.
- Issaquah High School (Issaquah, Wash.): These Eagles are the de facto Washington State 3A champions because Chief Sealth and its two national top 50 inside players (Christina Nzekwe and Regina Rogers) was stripped of the title because of a recruiting scandal. Issaquah nearly knocked off Sealth twice during the postseason and remains an excellent team led by guards Amanda Harms and Alyssa Shoji, who is among the nation's top 2008 point guards.
- St. Elizabeth High School (Wilmington, Del.): The second-best team in Delware, but only because the best player in the 2008 class, Elena DelleDonne, plays for the best, arch-rival Ursuline. St. Elizabeth obviously is no slough as it beat Ursuline once in three meetings and is led by guard Khadijah Rushdan, a second-team preseason All-American by HoopGurlz and ranked 10th in the nation by the website. Rushdan also was a member of USA Basketball's U18 team.
- Winter Haven High School (Winter Haven, Fla.): The perennially tough Blue Devils were the defending champions in Florida's Class 5A, but were upset in the title game by Naples Barron Collier. Winter Haven is led by guard Amber Smith, a Kentucky commit and a first-team, all-state selection.
The four boy's teams participating in the event include Fairfax High School of Los Angeles, Calif.; LeFlore High School of Mobile, Ala.; O’Dea High School of Seattle, Wash., and
Solon High School of Solon, Ohio.
Glenn Nelson is the publisher of HoopGurlz.com and the editor-in-chief of Scout Media (www.Scout.com), an online sports network and magazine-publishing company and subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media. Glenn also founded and coached
the Dragons and Northwest HoopGurlz select girls basketball teams. He previously was a longtime, national-award-winning basketball columnist and writer for The Seattle
Times. His work also has appeared in several national magazines and books. He is co-author of "Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA" (Rosen Publishing, 2002). He
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