Started as the National High School Invitational back in 2005, the Geico Hoops Nationals tips off in New York City today as an elite selection of high school basketball teams fight for the national title.
We take a look back at the 2015-2016 season's Miller Grove High School squad that earned a spot at the former Dick's Nationals after winning their seventh state title in eight years back in 2016. The Lithonia, GA-based Wolverines were the only public school representative in a field that included a potent cluster of USA Today Super 25 ranked teams, including No. 2 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.); No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.); No. 6 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.); No. 11 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark); No. 12 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.); No. 17 Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.); No. 18 Providence Day (Charlotte); and No. 19 Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah).
In a thrilling victory over a Findlay Prep squad that featured Univ. of Kentucky's PJ Washington, Marquette's Markus Howard, and more, Miller Grove became the first public school to get an NHSI win at the then Dick's Nationals. Uber-talented guard Alterique Gilbert entered the contest with less than three hours of sleep after playing in the 2016 McDonald's All American Game in Chicago, IL before catching a 5a.m. flight the next morning to join his teammates in NYC.
While the Miller Grove legacy stands on its own, the Greater Atlanta area program built on a milestone set by another ATL area representative, Wheeler High School. In 2015, the Jaylen Brown-led Wildcats were the first Georgia team to play in the coveted event after refusing to be denied the opportunity and taking action to get the Georgia High School Association to grant permission to go play for a national title amongst the country's best.
Check out the never-before-seen footage below for an all-access look at the Miller Grove gameday and the historic win itself.
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