In what could be a prelude to a 2010 national high school basketball title, the 2009 defending national champions, Findlay College Prep, will play this year's top-ranked preseason team, Bishop Gorman High School, on Dec. 12 at the Orleans Arena at 8 p.m.
The high school basketball game, dubbed the BCS Challenge -- short for Big Christmas Showcase -- is presented by Findlay Toyota. It will follow the 4 p.m. University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Kansas State game also being played that day at the Orleans Arena.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to play Gorman in what I've always considered an awesome venue, the Orleans Arena," Findlay Prep Coach Mike Peck said. "We're really looking forward to it."
The Bishop Gorman High School basketball team is the No. 1 ranked team by the Nevada Interscholastic Athletics Association.
"We're looking forward to the challenge of playing Findlay Prep," Gorman Coach Grant Rice said. "They're one of the best teams we'll face this year. They're fast and athletic, shoot well and play a real tough defense."
BCS Challenge tickets are $10 and are available at the Orleans Arena, Bishop Gorman and Findlay Prep schools. Tickets are also available at Findlay Toyota at a discounted price with a test drive.
The BCS Challenge will feature a high school skills challenge hosted by the NBA Summer League. It will showcase the best talent in the Las Vegas Valley in dunk and 3-point shooting contests before the game and at half time. Findlay Toyota is sponsoring the BCS Challenge to showcase the area's most talented high school players.
Findlay Prep is currently ranked No. 1 in the country on MaxPreps.com's Xcellent 25 National High School Rankings. UNLV is actively recruiting its best player, Cory Joseph, along with Jabari Brown, Nick Johnson, Godwin Okonji and top ranked freshman, Nigel Williams-Goss, as well as sophomores Shabazz Muhammed and Rosco Allen of Bishop Gorman.
"With the state tournament being held in Reno this season, we felt that putting on this showcase would give the basketball fans in our area a chance to see all of the best players and the two best teams play in a great environment," Rich Abajian, general manager of Findlay Toyota, said.
Findlay College Prep at the Henderson International School is a program for exceptional student basketball athletes to receive a top-notch educational experience while creating the opportunity for each student to attend the college or university of his choice. Founded in 1932 in Henderson, the Henderson International School is a college preparatory school with comprehensive academic, athletic and artistic programs for students in preschool through 12th grade.