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Top performances from the 2024 High School Basketball Nationals

Check out the most impressive performances from the 2024 High School Basketball Nationals last week! The highly-anticipated postseason tournament was headlined by Montverde Academy's undefeated sprint to a record-setting seventh national championship with 5-star forward and Tournament MVP Cooper Flagg fueling the charge alongside fellow All-Tournament Team members 5-star center Derik Queen and 4-star guard Curtis Givens III.

1. Cooper Flagg (Montverde 2024 5-star)

Flagg arrived at the annual event as the top ranked recruit in the 2024 class and showed exactly why with a dominant showing en route to securing a national title and MVP honors. The Duke commit compiled 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while displaying dynamic athleticism, effort and play making ability!

2. AJ Dybantsa (Prolific Prep 2025 5-star)

Dybantsa came into the tournament as the highest rated prospect from the 2025 class and a projected top pick in the 2026 NBA Draft. Despite falling short in the opener, the Prolific Prep standout posted 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, highlighted by a game-tying triple in a double overtime setback.

3. Cameron Boozer (Columbus 2025 5-star)

Boozer entered nationals following an impressive junior campaign and will continue to be one of the most sought after recruits next season. The son of former Duke star Carlos Boozer possesses next level size and strength to go with a polished offensive skillset, scoring 29.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

4. Jaloni Cambridge (Montverde 2024 5-star)

Cambridge came up clutch throughout the tournament including a buzzer-beating floater to advance to the national championship! The Ohio State signee recorded a triple-double in the first round with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists before putting up 33 points and 11 assists during the last-second semifinals win.

5. Daren Harris (St. Paul VI 2024 4-star)

Harris is widely regarded as one of the best pure shooters in the 2024 class and that was certainly the case at nationals last week. The future Duke freshman scored the second most points (36) in tournament history in a 101-89 win over IMG Academy, while averaging 24.0 points on 44.0% shooting from the perimeter.

6. Labaron Philon (Link 2024 4-star)

Philon put his scoring arsenal on full display in a thrilling first round win over Prolific Prep, finishing with 24 points and four rebounds to go with a series of clutch shots at the end of regulation and into overtime. Even though he struggled in a semifinals loss, the Kansas commit showed plenty of promise in recent days.

7. VJ Edgecombe (Long Island 2024 5-star)

Edgecombe appeared in just one game because Long Island Lutheran was eliminated in the first round but the Baylor pledge totaled 13 points, six assists and five rebounds against Columbus. The New York product owns next level ball handling, passing and scoring skills that will definitely translate to the Big 12 next season.

8. Derik Queen (Montverde 2024 5-star)

Queen was coming off a commanding MVP performance in the 2024 McDonald's All American Game and that momentum clearly carried into nationals. The Baltimore native will head to Maryland next season after averaging 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds on 66.6% shooting from the field in Indiana last weekend.

9. Kayleigh Heckel (Long Island 2024 5-star)

Heckel was hoping to lead her team to a national championship but she showed off a complete skillset in a last-second semifinals loss with 32 points, seven assists and four rebounds on 12/18 shooting from the field. The USC signee will join Pac-12 Player of the Year JuJu Watkins in the Trojans backcourt next year.

10. Donovan Freeman (IMG 2024 4-star)

Freeman climbed the recruiting rankings throughout the last year and will continue to find success as a freshman in the coming months. The Syracuse commit stands 6’9 and can score at a consistent rate from the perimeter, going for 21 points along with seven rebounds on 3/3 shooting from 3-point range in a first round exit.

Boys All-Tournament First Team:

Curtis Givens III (Montverde guard)

Darren Harris (St. Paul VI guard)

Cooper Flagg (Montverde forward)

Cameron Boozer (Columbus forward)

Derik Queen (Montverde center)

Boys All-Tournament Second Team:

VJ Edgecombe (Long Island guard)

Tre Johnson (Link guard)

Labaron Philon (Link guard)

AJ Dybantsa (Prolific forward)

Isaiah Abraham (St. Paul VI forward)

Girls All-Tournament First Team:

Jaloni Cambridge (Montverde guard)

Kayleigh Heckel (Long Island guard)

Kelis Fisher (IMG guard)

Tajianna Roberts (IMG forward)

Sarah Strong (Grace Christian forward)

Girls All-Tournament Second Team:

Danielle Carnegie (Grayson guard)

Syla Swords (Long Island guard)

Deniya Prawl (IMG forward)

Kendall Dudley (Sidwell Friends forward)

Vivian Iwuchukwu (Montverde forward)

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