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By James Blackburn 

National powerhouse Oak Hill Academy played against Hargrave on Monday night at North Surry HS. The game was  two 20-minute halves with college rules. A third period of 12 minutes was also played after as well. The game featured over 26 D-1 players and multiple college coaches and talent scouts were on hand. Harry Giles (6’11”, F, Oak Hill) , arguably the nations number 1 player, did not play, but there was still a ton of talent on display.

Oak Hill jumped out to a quick start to open up the first half. They looked excellent in transition and were getting anywhere they wanted on offense and found themselves up double digits in the first few minutes. Their high pressure defense caused multiple Hargrave turnovers, which Oak Hill converted for easy points. Oak Hill won the battle on the boards and hit their 3’s. Hargrave eventually handled Oak Hill pressure defense and the contested shots Oak Hill had been shooting started missing and Hargrave was able to battle back. Oak Hill took a 55-51 lead into half time.

Hargrave came out the 2nd half and continued to build momentum from the 1st half. Both teams went back and forth to start. Hargrave were the aggressors from that point on and eventually built a double-digit lead of their own by forcing contested shots and being patient on offense. Both teams played primarily man to man defense and Hargrave also sprinkled in some 2-3 zone at times too. Big 3 pointers by DeVontae Shuler (6’2″, G, Oak Hill) and Mario Kegler (6’7″, SF, Oak Hill) brought Oak Hill back within 2 with a couple of minutes to go but ultimately it wasn’t enough and Hargrave got the win 108-105.

Scouting Reports

Oak Hill

Matt Coleman (6’2″, PG)

Matt was the best PG in the game and one of the best I have seen in some time. He is a tremendous passer and play maker with eyes it seems in the back of his head at times. The lefty has a sweet outside shooting stroke and can hit the pull-up by stopping on the dime and the 3. He is confident in his game and a highlight reel with the ball. He is extremely quick and was terrific all game. He needs to continue to get stronger and has a tendency to flop at times on his shot. Florida, UVA, Texas, UConn, and Arizona amongst others have offered.

Braxton Key (6’7″, SF)

Oak Hills X-factor, Key is a versatile and athletic do-it-all forward. He is solid defensively  and showed he could handle the ball, slash to the rim, and shoot it. Well-rounded scorer. Alabama is getting a good one with him.

Mario Kegler (6’7″, SF)

College-ready body who was the purest shooter on the floor. Not overly athletic but is strong and can fill it up from the outside. Took some ill advised shots but can also hit contested shots. Shabazz Muhammad type. Kegler has a ton of HM interest including Maryland, Indiana, and Baylor.

Devontae Shuler (6’2″, G)

Shuler was the best on-ball defender on the floor and picked up his man full court every time. Very quick laterally and has a great 3 pt shot. South Carolina and Clemson are showing heavy interest.

Khadim Sy (6’9″, C)

Sy doesnt get a lot of touches offensively, but he is a work horse and the workhorse inside for this Oak Hill team. He is tremendous on the boards and uses his length to defend the post very well. He is mobile and has potential. Virginia Tech received his commitment after the game.


De’Riante Jenkins (6’6″, SF)

Jenkins was everywhere all night on both sides of the ball and was my pick for MVP of the game. VCU got a good one in this kid. Jenkins uses his length and athleticism to defend multiple positions. He is highly versatile and can really handle the ball well. He has a quick first step and was able to create space well for his shot. Drew contact at a high rate and was able to score with contact. Has a good mid-range game and can hit the 3, but his 3 is still inconsistent. He does get great arc on his shot.

Braxton Beverly (6’0″, PG)

The Miami University of Ohio commit put on a show in this one. Beverly has the ball on a string and has underrated quickness. Good defender with quick hands. He is not rattled with ball pressure. Was able to get to the lane and has a nice pull-up and floater. Well conditioned player. Over-dribbles at times and needs to improve overall play-making and passing skills.

Derek Funderburk (6’9″, F)

I absolutely loved what Derek did this game. His motor never stops and he was the best rebounder this game. He has good length and showed he could attack in straight line drives. Solid back to the basket game. He will be attending Ohio State.

Austin Burnett (6’7″, F)

Campbell got themselves a steal with this kid. Burnett does all the little things and is a solid role player. Good rebounder, plays hard, and is efficient.

Evan Wieck (6’9″, F)

Wieck is a high IQ hard working big who will be going to Navy. He has great hands and seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. Not a great athlete but is mobile.

Iran Bennett (6’9″, C)

Struggled in the first half to find a rhythm but was a beast who couldnt be stopped in the second. Soft hands who can catch everything. Efficient around the basket and is tough to keep off the boards. Bennett is a legitimate HM back to the basket big. LSU, Missouri, and Ole Miss are on him hard.