Three of Puerto Rico's top prep players will travel to play in one of the biggest high school events of the year in late January with each of them playing on different teams. The 2011 Prime Time Shootout in Morgantown, West Virginia is widely considered to be one of the top events of the year attracting several top programs including St. Benedicts (NJ), Montrose Christian (MD) and Arlington Country Day (FL). All three of these school are nationally ranked in the top 25.
Said a talent evaulator for a top recruiting service, "Events like this can catapult a player from the relative unknown to a Top 100 ranking. With December schedules being a little soft, this event will be the first true test under the brightest of lights for Anglero, Betancourt and Browne. Since all three of these guys are seniors it's really important for them to show up and prove that they play at this level. A lot of questions are out there about Betancourt and Browne in terms of playing on the next level at a top 20 program. They both will have a chance to silence those who don't think either can play at that level."
PR Playmakers Founder Todd Washington, who placed Anglero, Browne and Betancourt at the three respective schools has a different take. "Melo and Gary are high major kids with huge upside. Neither are program changers but kids who are battle tested and can play with anyone in the country. And Anglero is a steal for a mid major program. He's tough as nails and nobody will work harder. All three of them understand how important it is to show up. This is what they have been waiting for their entire lives. We've also told them that not to put any unnecessary pressure on themselves and enjoy the moment. A big part of succeeding in situation like this is to enjoy it and just play. All three of these guys will do that."
Several Big East, ACC, A-10 and PAC-10 programs have expressed interest in both Betancourt and Browne while Anglero is getting some serious looks by several mid major programs. All three of these kids transferred to schools in their senior year to play at a top ranked school and against the best players in the country. Their dreams come true January 21st in Morgantown, WV.
See the 2011 Primetime Shootout web address and schedule below:
2011 Primetime Shootout Game Schedule
Morgantown (WV) vs. Thomas Jefferson (NY)
Chester (PA) vs. Huntington Prep (WV)
Arlington Country Day (FLA) vs. St.Benedict's (NJ)
Jamesville-DeWitt (NY) vs. Columbia (GA)
Saturday, January 22nd
Quality Education (NC) vs.Our Savior New American(NY)
Huntington Prep (WV) vs. St. Benedict's (NJ)
South Atlanta (GA) vs. Christ The King (NY)
Jamesville DeWitt (NY) vs. Wheeling Park (WV)
Columbia (GA) vs. Thomas Jefferson (NY)
Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Preston County (WV)
Montrose Christian (MD) vs. Arlington Country Day (FL)