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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.




Dwayne Bacon Oak Hill

McDonald’s All American Game, DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals, Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic All Feature ESPN 100 Players; Players in the espnW Hoop Girlz 100 Also Televised in McDonalds Game and DICK’S Nationals


ESPN will showcase the next generation of college basketball players in premier events between Monday, March 31, and Friday, April 17, as the 2014-15 high school basketball season concludes.


Each of the events — McDonald’s All American Game (April 1), DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals (April 2-4), Nike Hoop Summit (April 11) and Jordan Brand Classic (April 17) — will all feature numerousESPN 100 players, including No. 1 overall Ben Simmons (Montverde. Fla.) who has signed with LSU. Many top recruits remain uncommitted — including six of the top 10 in the ESPN 100 — and will participate in at least one events. With that said, Arizona, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, and Villanova, among other schools, will have signees also participating.


An NBA feel will surround the events, as the two all-star games will take place in NBA arenas – United Center in Chicago (McDonalds), and Barclays Center (Jordan Brand Classic) – while the Nike Hoop Summit will take place in the Moda Center in Portland and the DICK’s Nationals will conclude at Madison Square Garden.



Event Details and Television Coverage


  • 2015 McDonald’s All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest in Chicago, Ill.: Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2

o    Girls and boys McDonald’s All Americans participate in a skills and three-point shooting competition. The boys will also participate in a slam dunk competition. The annual event is a prelude to the McDonald’s All American Game. More information can be found here:


  • 2015 McDonald’s All American Games from the United Center in Chicago, Ill: Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m.  on ESPNU (girls) and 9 p.m. on ESPN (boys)

o    All 24 participants in the boys McDonald’s All American Game rank in the ESPN 100 led by No. 1 Simmons. Seven of the top 10 in ESPN 100 will play including No. 2 Jaylen Brown (SF) and No. 4 Malik Newman (SG), No. 6 Ivan Rabb (PF), No. 7 Diamond Stone (C), No. 8 Caleb Swanigan (C), and No. 10 Stephen Zimmerman (C), all who remain uncommitted. No. 9 Chase Jeter (C), who has signed with Duke, will also participate.  Full roster here


o    More than 20 espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 players will participate in the girls McDonald’s All American Game, led by No. 1 Katie Lou Samuelson and No. 2 Asia Durr, who have committed to Connecticut and Louisville respectively. Full roster here


o    ESPNU will also televise the McDonald’s Boy’s Scrimmage on Tuesday, March 31, at 3 p.m. ET.


o    For the girls game, Adam Amin and Brooke Weisbrod will be on the call, with Quint Kessenich reporting. For the boys, Amin will be joined alongside Jay Williams and Jalen Rose, with Kessenich also reporting.


  • 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals from New York City, Championship in Madison Square Garden: Thursday, April 2, through Saturday, April 4, across ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN


o    Returning to New York City, the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals features impressive fields in both the boys’ (eight teams) and girls’ (four teams) tournament. The boys’ tournament will feature six of the top seven teams in the USA Today High School Super 25 rankings, including No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and No. 2 Montverde Academy, who won last year’s tournament.  Additionally, 12 ESPN 100 players will participate in their final game with their high school team.


o    The girls’ tournament will feature three ranked teams in the USA Today High School Girls Super 25, including No. 3 Dillard High School (Fla.) and No. 7 Miami Country Day (Fla.). No. 16 Gonzaga (Wash.) and South Shore (N.Y.) round out the field.


o    Complete tournament information can be found here:



  • 2015 Nike Hoop Summit – USA Basketball Junior National Select Team vs. World Select Team from the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.:  Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. on ESPN2

o    Eight of the top 10, including five of the top six – Simmons, Brown, Skal Labissiere, Newman, and Rabb —  in the ESPN 100 will participate in the annual international showcase game featuring many of the world’s leading basketball players age 19 years old or younger. Overall, more than a dozen ESPN 100 players will participate.


o    The USA Basketball Junior National Select Team’s roster includes seniors who have signed at Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova, while the World Select Team’s roster includes signees for LSU and Kentucky. Fourteen participating players have not committed to a college. More information: Click Here



  • 2015 Jordan Brand Classic from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.: Friday April 17, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2

o    The final all-star game for high school seniors features each of the top six in the ESPN 100 and 26 top recruits all together.

o   Participating players have signed with Arizona, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, and Villanova. Seven of the participating players remain uncommitted. More information: Click here

o    ESPN3 will carry both the International (1:30 p.m.) and the Girls (3:30 p.m.) games this year



  • College Basketball Signing Day Special: Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. on ESPNU

o    ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi will be in-studio to evaluate the incoming freshmen class for top teams.

More details to be announced as date approaches



ESPN High School Basketball Programming Schedule (March 30 – April 21)

Date Time (ET) Event Location Network
Mon, March 30 8 p.m. 2015 McDonald’s All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest Chicago, Ill. ESPN2
Tuesday, March 31 3 p.m. 2015 McDonald’s All American Scrimmage (boys) Chicago, Ill. ESPNU
Wed, April 1 Girls: 6:30 p.m.Boys: 9:30 p.m. McDonald’s All-American Games The United Center in Chicago, Ill. Girls: ESPNUBoys: ESPN
Thurs, April 2 – Sat, April 4 Tournament Schedule DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Christ the King High School &  Madison Square Garden in New York ESPNU, ESPN2 & ESPN
Sat, April 11 3 p.m. 2015 Nike Hoop Summit Moda Center in Portland, Ore. ESPN2
Friday, April 17 1:30 p.m. Jordan Brand Classic
International Game
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Jordan Brand Classic
Girls Game
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ESPN3
8 p.m. Jordan Brand Classic Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ESPN2
Tues, April 21 6 p.m. ESPNU Signing Day Special ESPNU Studios ESPNU


Oak Hill basketball 2014

By James Blackburn

National powerhouse Oak Hill Academy visited New Hope Christian on Tuesday night. There was a good crowd on hand to take in the action, including multiple college coaches. Oak Hill controlled the game from the start and led by double-digits at the half. New Hope kept the game in reach in the third, but Oak Hill ultimately pulled out the victory 84-65 to get the road win. Oak Hill was led by Virginia commit B.J. Stith with 25 pts and NC State commit Caleb Martin with 18 pts. New Hope was led by senior guard Ryan Johnson with a game high 26 points. Here are some reports from a few of the standout players in the game.

New Hope Christian

Ryan Johnson (2014, SG, 6’5”)

Ryan was arguably the best shooter on the court tonight. He has range out to the college 3-pt line and has a smooth stroke. Has good length. Average athlete and quickness. Better playmaker and passer then give credit for. Solid feel for the game. Needs to improve ability to finish in traffic and his play on the defensive end. Still an unsigned SR who most LM schools should check out.

Oak Hill Academy

Caleb Martin (2014, G/F, 6’6”)

Terrific overall game tonight from Martin. He was all over the floor scoring, passing, defending, and rebounding. Versatile threat who showed an improved 1st step and good consistency from the 3-pt line. Can handle the ball and lead the break. High IQ player. Had multiple above the rim finishes tonight as well. NC State is a getting a good one.

B.J. Stith (2014, G, 6’5”)

Was Oak Hill’s best player tonight. High motor wing who rebounds the ball well for his size. Strong upper body and is a super athlete- explosive. Tremendous shooter who has a high release. Can shoot the midrange and the 3. Good defender who can defend several positions. Needs to continue to improve ball handling and ability to make plays out of P/R situations. Committed to UVA.

Terrence Phillips (2015, PG, 5’11”)

Pure PG who is equally effective in both the half-court and in transition. Good quickness and speed w/ the ball in the open court. Showed he could hit the open perimeter shot if the defender goes under the ball screen. Was able create for others and did a great job of playmaking. Excellent on-ball defender who moved his feet well. D1 caliber guard.

Rodney Miller (2016, C, 6’11”)

True back to the basket big who has a great upside. Good frame that will be able to add weight. Has a soft touch. Defends with out fouling and using size and length. Has a soft touch. Solid rebounder.

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