Montverde High School is a major pipeline of future NCAA Basketball talent. Here’s a look at the star freshmen this season who came from there.
Montverde Academy’s 2019-20 team was one for the ages. Led by the No.1 NCAA Basketball recruit in the country Cade Cunningham, and four other starters who will play at high major schools, the Eagles went 25-0. They beat national powerhouses DeMatha (MD), Whitney Young (IL), and IMG Academy (FL).
Cunningham, who will be attending Oklahoma State next season, was the primary option. But Scottie Barnes (Florida State), Moses Moody (Arkansas), Day’Ron Sharpe (North Carolina), and Caleb Houstan (uncommitted five-star prospect), all had moments. Having a starting lineup of 6’8, 6’6, 6’8, 6’9, and 6’10 on a high school court is simply unfair.
There’s a good chance all these guys looked so good because of their amazing team context. Moody, who I’ll dive into later, got a ton of open threes off of the passing of Barnes and Cunningham. Cunningham won’t have shooters like Moody and Houstan to kick out to next season. Sharpe enters a log jam at center for Roy Williams next season. Barnes is the one who could show more versatility as Florida State’s primary ball-handler.
A high school team with Montverde’s size and length probably won’t come around again. It was a special group and I’m excited to track the growth of their four seniors at the next level. Let’s break down what each player will bring at the next level.
*all measurements are from the school’s official website