Flyin’ to the Hoop: 6 players to watch

The 14th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball invitational runs Friday through Monday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering.

The event features a record 42 teams from 12 states. It kicks off with a pair of games Friday, then seven each on Saturday, Sunday and Monday featuring some of the top teams in the area, state and nation.

Over the years, several future NBA players have participated in Flyin’, including J.R. Smith (2003), Rudy Gay (2003), Daequan Cook (2005), Brandon Jennings (2007), Jared Sullinger (2009), Avery Bradley (2009), Brandon Knight (2010), Anthony Davis (2011), Jabari Parker (2011), Gary Harris (2012), Andrew Wiggins (2012) and Emmanuel Mudiay (2013).

Here are six players to watch in this year’s event:

Josh Jackson, 6-7, F, Prolific Prep

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Senior ranks third in the ESPN 100 rankings for the Class of 2016. Undecided with offers from Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State and North Carolina, among others.

Trevon Duval, 6-2, PG, Advanced Prep International

Junior ranks fourth in the ESPN 60 rankings for the Class of 2017. Undecided with offers from Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland and Villanova, among others.

Billy Preston, 6-10, F, Advanced Prep International

Junior ranks sixth in ESPN 60 rankings for Class of 2017. Undecided with offers from Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland, among others.

Miles Bridges, 6-7, F, Huntington Prep

Senior ranks eighth in ESPN 100 rankings for Class of 2016. Signed with Michigan State.

Jonathan Isaac, 6-9, F, IMG Academy

Senior ranks ninth in ESPN 100 rankings for Class of 2016. Signed with Florida State.

Terrance Ferguson, 6-5, G, Advanced Prep International

Senior ranks 10th in ESPN 100 rankings for Class of 2016. Committed to Alabama.

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