The high school basketball scene is moving in a direction that some high school coaches fear. The potential McDonald’s All-Americans are leaving their home high schools and are enrolling in prep academies. When you ask these athletes why they are doing so, they typically answer “I want to play with the best. I want that daily challenge at practice so that I am better prepared to enter the collegiate ranks.”According to a recent article in Sports Illustrated, some of the top academies in the United States include Oak Hill in Virginia, Mount Verde in Florida, St. Anthony’s in New Jersey, Findlay Prep in Nevada, Huntington/St. Joe in W. Virginia, Simeon in Illinois, and Mater Dei in California.It does mean that these young men have to leave the conference of their home school and face an unknown future at these highly competitive prep schools. However, they do so because they know that if they reach any kind of success at one of these schools, they will have the top college programs looking at them. This gives them one step up on going into professional basketball.