NEW BRITAIN - New Britain boys basketball head coach Kurt Reis is heading down to Atlanta.
The Hurricanes’ first-year coach has been selected as an assistant coach on the East Team in the 41st McDonald’s High School All-American Game, which will be held March 28 at the Philips Arena.
The McDonald’s All-American Game features the best and most highly-touted high school boys basketball recruits, who are set to graduate in 2018, in the country.
Each roster is composed of 12 players who are selected from 2,500 nominees by a committee of basketball experts and chosen not only for their on-court skills, but for their performances off the court as well.
The East Team will be led by John Mirabello, the head coach of Northwest Catholic High School.
Mirabello asked Reis, a former player of his, to be a part of his staff following one of New Britain’s recent basketball games. Northwest Catholic JV coach, Karl Herbert, will also be an assistant.
“When Coach asked me, there was no hesitation,” Reis said. “I told him to count me in. It's an honor to be a part of this event and it will be the first time I get to coach with those two, which will be exciting. To coach with them and to coach 12 of the country's best high school players will be an experience I will never forget."
The East Team’s roster will consist of three of top five players in the country.
R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson, ranked No. 1 and 2 by ESPN, respectively, have both committed to Duke for the upcoming school year. Romeo Langford, country’s fifth-ranked prospect, has not yet committed to a school.
New Britain athletic director Len Corto said having the chance to coach players of this caliber is an experience that will pay dividends for both Reis and the student-athletes at New Britain High School.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for Coach Reis,” Corto said. “It’s a huge honor for him and the opportunity to coach the best high school players in the country will be an outstanding experience. He’ll be able to put some extra tools in his coaching toolbox and bring that back to New Britain.”
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