HS hoopers make championship picks

March, 12, 2012
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SulaimonNatalie BehringRasheed Sulaimon said Duke will "shock the world" and win the NCAA Tournament.

By the time Selection Sunday concluded and 68 teams slipped on their dancing shoes for the NCAA Tournament, the most pressing business for everyone from the casual fan to the hoops junkie was to take part in what truly makes March mad.

“Time to fill out the brackets,” said Brannen Greene, a junior shooting guard at Mary Persons (Monroe, Ga.). “It’s just fun to pick the teams you think are going to win. There are so many upsets. You just never know who’s gonna upset who.”

Be that as it may, we had Greene and a handful of other elite high school players chime in on who they thought would be cutting down the nets when the NCAA Tournament concludes in New Orleans on April 2.

Matt Jones
DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), 2013, SG
Committed to: Duke
And the winner is…
“Duke. I know this will make me sound biased, but I’m picking Duke because I have so much confidence in my Blue Devils and Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski. I think we are going to shock some people.”

Brannen Greene
Mary Persons (Monroe, Ga.), 2013, SG
Committed to: Kansas
And the winner is…
“Kansas. We’ll win it all because of the mental strength they have and because of the experience of the team. Coach Self is also a great strategist so I think they will pull it out with the quick turnaround of the games.”

Rodney Purvis
Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), 2012, SG
Signed to: N.C. State
And the winner is…
“Syracuse. They have a lot of depth and experience and they are having a great year. Plus they have the best sixth man in the nation in Dion Waiters.”

Wayne Selden
Tilton (Tilton, N.H.), 2014, SG
Undecided
And the winner is…
“Syracuse. They are just too deep at every position. Plus they have my bro Michael Carter-Williams coming off the bench. They’re just very talented.”

L.J. Rose
Westbury Christian (Houston), 2012, PG
Signed to: Baylor
And the winner is…
“Baylor. I picked them because they are finally starting to get their chemistry back going again. Also I think Perry Jones is really starting to come into his own and that’s helping his teammates. What better time for them to get than in March!”

Rasheed Sulaimon
Strake Jesuit (Houston), 2012, SG
Signed to: Duke
And the winner is…
“Duke. Coach Krzyzewski is a mastermind when it comes to tournament time. He will have them ready mentally and physically and I think after the UNC loss they will play with a chip on their shoulders. They will shock the world and the drive for five will be complete after this year!”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN.

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