Bob’s Blog December 13, 2011
This past weekend I made the 300 miles drive from Lenoir, NC, to Fork Union, VA, for my traditional annual pilgrimage to attend Coach Fletcher Arritt’s Fork Union Invitational Tournament. Although this event does not attract the highly talented teams it once did, this was in all likelihood, Fletcher Arritt’s finale as the head coach at FUMA. His son-in-law and top assistant, Brooks Berry, reportedly, will become FUMA’s head coach next year. This is Fletcher Arritt’s 46th year at Fork Union. The Friday night opening games were both “blow outs.” Chatham, VA, Hargrave Military Academy slaughtered Next Level Prep from Oakville, Ontario, 124-60. And, FUMA routed Spartanburg, SC, St. Ignatios Prep 96-70. The leaders for Hargrave were 6-8 PF Montrezl Harrell (Virginia Tech) with 28 points, 16 rebounds; 6-6 W/PF Ryan Taylor (Unsigned) with 24 points, 12 rebounds; 6-3 PG Codi Miller-McIntyre ( Wake Forest) with 24 points, 7 assists; and 6-1 1/2G Corey Heyward (Unsigned) with 10 points, 11 assists, and 6 steals. In the 8:30 p.m. game on Friday Fork Union was paced by athletic 6-4 G/F Brandon Neel (Unsigned) with 21 points, 12 rebounds; 6-8 PF Kion Brown (Unsigned) with 19 points, 9 rebounds; and 6-6 WF Dominique Byrd with 12 points. On Saturday before the evening games, my wife and I, and some close friends made our customary visits to the Fork Union Pharmacy, which has an unbelievable array of Christmas ornaments and decorations which I love; and to the fabulous home- style cooking at legendary Mitchie Tavern, circa 1784, near Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, near Charlottesville. It is all you can eat. And, to say we “pigged out” is quite accurate. But, it was so delicious! In the Third Place game St. Ignatios edged Next Level Prep 85-82. The victors were led by 5-8 PG Khai Hutchinson (Unsigned) with 18 points; and 6-4 G/F Stephone Mamady (Unsigned) with 17 points. The top performers for Next Level were 6-1 2G Kayon Mayers (Unsigned) with 25 points; and 5-10 PG Jamal Pryce (Unsigned) with 23 points, 8 assists. With the roar of the FUMA cadets corps shaking the building, Hargrave Military and Fork Union squared off in an emotional contest since everyone knew it was the last tournament for Coach Fletcher Arritt, and the opponent was his arch-rival. However, it was soon obvious that FUMA could not match Hargrave’s high talent level, and Coach A. W. Hamilton’s Tigers pulled away to a 105-87 victory. Leading the undefeated (16-0) Hargrave team were Montrezel Harrell with 24 points, 14 rebounds; and sharpshooting 6-3 2G Ambrose Mosley (Unsigned) with 23 points, including 7of 9 three pointers. Codi Miller-McIntyre added 16 points; Ryan Taylor had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists; and future Wake Forest player, 7-0 C Andre Washington posted 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks. The leaders for Fork Union (now 8-5) were 6-0 PG Xavier Holland (Unsigned) with 18 points; 6-4 2G Ron Trapps (Unsigned) with 12 points; and Kion Brown, Brandon Neel, and 6-0 1/2G Dontae Carter (Unsigned), each with 11 points. Our pick as the Fork Union Invitational MVP was future Virginia Tech Hokie, Montrezl Harrell. Ryan Taylor was the best still available talent in this event. ###
Bob’s Blog November 21, 2011 According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, our 2012 No. 28 rated prospect, still unsigned 6-8, 245 lbs., PF Jarnell Stokes, Memphis, TN, who transferred this year from Memphis Central H.S. to Memphis Southwind H.S., has been ruled ineligible to play basketball in Tennessee this year by the TSSA Board. Stokes had applied for a hardship waiver after enrolling at Southwind. Stokes did not sign early, and is now considering offers from Memphis, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Connecticut, Mississippi, Alabama, and others. Top 150 2012 player, 6-3 2G Anrio Adams, now at Seattle, WA, Rainier Beach H.S., has verbally committed to Kansas, but cannot sign a national letter since he has not yet academically qualified. Adams is a much-travelled young man, but is an outstanding shooting guard. He is expected to sign with the Jayhawks in April. Two top 150 late signings from the talent-rich state of Texas were, No. 100 rated, 6-9 C/F Chris Washburn, Grand Prairie, TX, South Grand Prairie H.S., with Coach Tim Floyd’s Texas-El Paso program; and No. 142 rated, 6-2 2/1G Jordan Mason, Ennis, TX, H.S. with Colorado State. And, yes, Washburn is the son of former high school All-American and N.C. State player, Chris Washburn, whom I watched progress in the early 1980’s at neighboring Hickory, NC, High School. No. 60 rated, 7-0 C Robert Upshaw, Fresno, CA, San Joaquin Memorial H.S., chose Coach Frank Martin’s Kansas State Wildcats over offers from Georgetown, Louisville, and Fresno State. Upshaw is a great catch for K-State. Today is my wedding anniversary, so I am going to cut this off for now, and begin celebrating. I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. All the best, Bob ### Bob’s Blog November 11, 2011 A once in a lifetime date, 11-11-11. I hope it is special for everyone, and, perhaps, on this Veteran’s Day, a true beginning of hope for a much-needed new era of opportunity and success for our nation and the world. It certainly marks a recruiting milestone for new Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory by signing our No. 16 rated senior, powerful, relentless warrior, 6-8, 240 lbs., PF Robert Carter, Snellville, GA, Shiloh School. Carter chose the Yellow Jackets over Georgia and Florida. Coach John Calipari continues his recruiting mastery by signing versatile, multi-talented, No. 11 rated, 6-8 P/WF Alex Poythress, Clarksville, TN, Northeast H.S. Poythress chose Kentucky after trimming his list to four schools. Missing out were Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt. Our No. 24 rated senior, prolific scoring big guard, 6-4 Gary Harris, Fishers, IN, Hamilton Southeastern H.S., cast his lot with Coach Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans, instead of Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana or Illinois. Do not forget to watch Michigan State play North Carolina on the aircraft carrier in San Diego tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST. A few other signings of note: Top 150 prospect, 6-4 1/2G Tyrone Wallace, Bakersfield, CA, High School, inked with California… Sharpshooting 6-5 2G Canyon Barry, Colorado Springs, CO, Cheyenne Mountain H.S., will follow somewhat of a family tradition in playing for Coach Bobby Cremins by signing with College of Charleston. Canyon, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, follows his half-brothers, Jon and Drew Barry, who played for Cremins at Georgia Tech. Potential Top 150 prospect, 6-9 PF/C Ben Carter, Las Vegas, NV, Bishop Gorman H.S., signed with Coach Dana Altman’s Oregon Ducks. Carter, an inside force on the highly talented, and nationally ranked Bishop Gorman High team, picked Oregon over UNLV and Utah. His highly rated teammate, 6-5 G/F Shabazz Mohammed, will not sign early. He will decide from a rather lengthy list of schools that includes: UCLA, UNLV, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Southern California, Texas A&M, Texas, Arizona, and Memphis. Have a great weekend everyone! ### Bob’s Blog November 7, 2011 This past Saturday my wife and I made the 90-mile drive from Lenoir, NC, to Mouth of Wilson, VA. It was a beautiful fall day, and we made stops in West Jefferson, NC, to get some excellent cheddar cheese at the Ashe County Cheese Factory. And, on to one of our favorite eating places, Shatley Springs Family Restaurant. This eatery features home-cooked meats and vegetables, biscuits and desserts. Their fried chicken breasts were outstanding. After our 4 p.m. dinner, we drove to Mouth of Wilson, VA, a place, literally, isolated in the middle of nowhere. In its day, Mouth of Wilson was a textile mill village located where the Wilson River flows into the New River. Of course the mill is long gone, and Oak Hill Academy is truly the heart and soul of that community. But, I suppose you want to know about the game—Oak Hill Academy vs. Stoneridge Prep from Simi Valley, CA. The contest was scheduled for 7 p.m. However, Stoneridge was late arriving, and the game did not tip off until 7:45 p.m. It was good that we moved our clocks back one hour that evening. Stoneridge Prep has a roster of post-graduate players, and, thus, is an older, more mature team than Oak Hill. However, you would not have known it from the play in this game. After leading 39-19 at the half, Oak Hill went on to an 80-64 victory. The leaders for Coach Steve Smith’s Warriors (4-0) were UCLA recruit, 6-5 WF Jordan Adams, with 20 points on an “off shooting night.” He missed all 6 of this 3-point attempts. Adams was 8-8 on free throws and had 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Also, scoring 20 points was future N.C. State floorleader, 5-11 Tyler Lewis, who had another masterful performance, getting 6 assists, and 0 turnovers. I really am impressed with the complete game of Georgetown commit 6-3 2G D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Purdue recruit, 7-0 C A. J. Hammons, was solid with 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Uncommitted 6-6 PF Darion Clark did not score many points (4); but, he played excellent defense, worked hard at both ends of the court, and had 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Reportedly, Clark may be close to committing to Charlotte. Talented junior, 6-5 G/F R. J. Curington, a resident of Dyer, IN, came of the bench to score 8 points for Oak Hill. He is an accurate three-point maker, and has a good perimeter skills set. The top player for Stoneridge Prep was Serbian native, 6-9 C/F Marko Gujanicic with 18 points, 9 rebounds. He is a skilled inside player with good shooting range. I rate him as a major college prospect. Texas-El Paso commit, 6-2+ 2G Dustin Watts, added 17 points, and was an accurate three-point marksman. Lithuanian resident, 6-8 PF Viktoras Merkevicius has an effective offensive game, and is a strong rebounder. He had 12 points, 9 rebounds in this game. He is a good mid-major prospect. 6-7 WF Tre Hale-Edmerson, from Sheridan, OR, has recently de-committed from Seattle. He is an active wing forward, but needs to develop a more consistent perimeter game. He only scored 4 points in this game. We departed Oak Hill at 9:05 p.m., and arrived home at 10:30 p.m. Just in time to watch the ending of the LSU-Alabama football game. And, what a great game, and a fitting ending to an interesting day. ###
Bob’s Blog November 4, 2011 Our No. 28 rated prospect, 6-8, 245 lbs., Jarnell Stokes, Memphis, TN, Westwind H.S., has eliminated UCLA from his list of possible schools, and added Kentucky. Stokes is on his official visit in Lexington, KY, this weekend. He has already made visits to Memphis, Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas. He was scheduled to visit UCLA, but, changed his mind and is now very interested in the Kentucky Wildcats. Our No. 16 rated player in the Class of 2012, 6-8 PF Robert Carter, Snellville, GA, Shiloh H.S., reportedly, will announce his college decision next Wednesday, November 9. His final schools are Georgia and Georgia Tech, both of whom he has already visited. And, Florida, where he will visit this weekend. Thank you for reading our blogs. Have a great weekend. ### Bob’s Blog November 3, 2011 As expected our No. 17 rated prospect in the Class of 2012, Raleigh, NC, resident, 6-7 WF T. J. Warren, Wolfeboro, NH, Brewster Academy, make it official that he will sign early with N.C. State University. Warren, the son of former Wolfpack player Tony Warren, becomes the third and highest rated recruit for Coach Mark Gottfried. He chose N.C. State over Georgetown. The addition of Warren gives the Wolfpack the current No. 2 early recruiting class, behind North Carolina, in the ACC. Warren joins No. 19 rated, 6-3 2G Rodney Purvis, Raleigh, NC, Upper Room Christian Academy; and No. 77 rated, 5-11 PG Tyler Lewis, a Statesville, NC, resident, now at Mouth of Wilson, VA, Oak Hill Academy. Lewis is having an outstanding year as the floorleadeer for Coach Steve Smith’s Oak Hill Warriors, and will definitely move into the Top 40 in our 2012 player ratings. Brewster Academy remains the epicenter of college basketball recruiting at least for the present, as the nation’s No. 1 rated prep school player, 6-10, 240 lbs., C/F Mitch McGary, will announce his future college later today. McGary, a post-graduate from Chesterton, IN, saw his stock “skyrocket” this past spring and summer, and is the top uncommitted big man. His finalists are Duke, Florida, and Michigan. I am sticking with my prediction that McGary will join Coach John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines. Bob’s Blog November 1, 2011 The Class of 2012 was once loaded with quality big men. But, as anticipated, very few are still uncommitted. The latest to announce his future college is our No. 10 rated senior, 7-0, 225 lbs., C Kaleb Tarczewski, Southborough, MA, St. Mark’s School, who chose Arizona over Kansas. This was a surprise, since Kansas had been projected as his top school for the past two years, and was the program that had recruited him the longest and the hardest. “It was a tough decision,” Tarczewski told the Arizona Daily News. “Both are great schools. Both have a great history, great coaches, great present, and great future. It really came down to a gut feeling. It doesn’t matter how long they have been recruiting you. It matters how you feel.” Tarczewski was a member of the New England Playaz travel team, and received national exposure playing in the spring and summer events for that organization. He was mentored by Jay Murphy, and former Boston Celtics head coach John Carroll. The addition of Tarczewski gives Arizona four highly rated recruits, and elevates them to the nation’s No. 1 Fall Recruiting Class. Already committed to Coach Sean Miller’s Wildcats are No. 4 rated, 6-9 P/WF Brandon Ashley, a California resident now at Henderson, NV, Findlay Prep; No. 25, 6-10 PF Grant Jerrett, LaVerne, CA, Lutheran; and No. 52, 6-3 2G Gabe York, Orange, CA, Lutheran. Coach Jim Larranaga and the Miami Hurricanes landed a most promising “under the radar” post player in 6-11, 230 lbs., C Tonye Jekiri, a resident of Nigeria, now at Champagnat Catholic H.S. in Hialeah, FL. Jekiri recently reclassified from the Class of 2013 to the current senior Class of 2012. He chose Miami over Alabama, Clemson, George Mason and Vanderbilt. According to Team Breakdown coach Kenny Gillion, Jekiri should have immediate impact for Miami next year as a shot blocker, rebounder,and inside force. He does need to develop his low post scoring skills. As previously written, we still expect No. 17 rated, 6-7 WF T. J. Warren to announce tomorrow for Coach Mark Gottfried’s N.C. State Wolfpack. The top still uncommitted centers are No. 12 rated, 6-9 Tony Parker, Lithonia, GA, Miller Grove H.S.; and No. 60 rated, 6-11 Robert Upshaw, Fresno, CA, San Joaquin Memorial H.S. The leading schools for Parker are UCLA, Duke, Ohio State, and Georgetown. Upshaw is down to four schools: hometown Fresno State, Louisville, Georgetown, and Kansas State. ### Bob’s Blog October 28, 2011 Top 20 rated 6-7+ WF T. J. Warren, a Raleigh, NC, resident, now attending Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH, reportedly will announce his college choice on Wednesday, November 2. According to his Garner Road summer team coach Dwayne West, Warren will choose between N. C. State and Georgetown. We earlier had blogged that Warren might become the fifth recruit for North Carolina. However, the Tar Heels gave their final 2012 scholarship to Brice Johnson, thus ending their recruitment of other current seniors. It is noteworthy that Warren’s dad, Tony Warren, a graduate of Raleigh, NC, Enloe H.S., played at N.C. State from 1976-1979. My prediction is that T.J. Warren will become a major addition to Coach Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack recruiting class. Our No. 16 rated player in the Class of 2012, 6-8 PF Robert Carter, now at Snellville, GA, Shiloh H.S., has narrowed his list of colleges to four. The finalists for this dominating physical athlete are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Florida State. He has already made official visits to both Georgia schools, and will visit Florida. The trip to Florida State is not a definite. This one is too close to predict at this time. Another highly regarded prospect slated to announce his college next week is 6-10, 250 lbs., C/F Mitch McGary, a post-graduate or fifth year senior at Wolfeboro, NH, Brewster Academy. I do not understand how all these internet sites have McGary rated highly along with true seniors in the Class of 2012. McGary graduated last year from Chesterton, IN, High School, and is attending Brewster Academy as a post-graduate. He is not eligible to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game, or be rated on any high school list of top true senior prospects. That aside, McGary had a most impressive summer, as he should have, considering his size and age. He has trimmed his list of possible colleges to three: Duke, Florida and Michigan, and will decide during the first week of November. My prediction is the Michigan Wolverines. Two promising west coast 2013 big men have emerged. One is 7-5, 310 lbs., Senegal native, C Mamadou Ndiaye, who was just cleared by the California High School Athletics Southern Section to play at Huntington Beach, CA, Bretheren Christian School this year. According to his coach Jon Bahnsen, he is a legit 7-5 without shoes. “He’s going to be pretty phenomenal, especially for our league,” Bahnsen said. “He is extremely strong and a hard worker.” The other towering junior is Nigerian resident, 6-10 C Emmanuel Ndumanya, Gardena, CA, Junipero Serra H.S. Georgia is one of many college programs listed early with Ndumanya. ### Bob’s Blog 10-26-11 Our No. 18 rated player in the Class of 2012, 6-9, 200 lbs., P/WF Brice Johnson, Cordova, SC, Edisto HS, announced earlier this morning via tweeter, that he had chosen North Carolina over Clemson, Florida, and N.C. State. Johnson is the epitome of a “rapid riser,” having elevated from a virtual unknown last year, to now being rated as one of the top power forward prospects in the nation. He is a long, wiry, exceptionally gifted athlete, who runs the court like a gazelle, blocks shots, rebounds, and can score in a variety of ways, including an effective outside jumper. He was an “eye catcher” playing for the CP3 All-Stars at the Nike EYBL Finals in North Augusta, SC, last July. This commitment by Johnson, gives Coach Roy Williams, and North Carolina four recruits in the Class of 2012, all rated in our national Top 60, and, at this date one of the nation’s top early recruiting classes. The future Tar Heels are No. 15, the nation’s best playmaker and team leader, 6-1 PG Marcus Paige, Marion, IA; No. 18, 6-9 PF Brice Johnson; No. 44, massive 6-11 C Joel James, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; and No. 57, versatile 6-6 G/F J.P. Tokoto, Menomonee Falls, WI. UNC would like to complete this stellar class with the addition of No. 11, high scoring 6-7+ WF T. J. Warren, a Raleigh, NC, resident now at Wolfeboro, NH, Brewster Academy. Warren is expected to make his decision soon between North Carolina, N.C. State, Kentucky, Florida and Georgetown. Oak Hill Academy – Hargrave Military Academy Scrimmage In a somewhat error prone scrimmage, Oak Hill Academy, despite committing 20 turnovers, bested Hargrave Military Academy 96-87. The scrimmage was actually divided into two separate mini-game halves, and a third 12-minute running clock segment. Oak Hill came from behind to capture the first half 49-45. The Warriors won the second half 47-42. The third segment ended in a 16-16 tie. UCLA bound, 6-5 WF Jordan Adams again led Oak Hill with 29 points. N.C. State commit, 5-11 Tyler Lewis had an impressive outing with 18 points, including 10-13 free throws, and 10 assists. 6-3 2G D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown), had a good all-around game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals. Purdue recruit, 7-0 A. J. Hammons tallied 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Uncommitted 6-5 G/F Jordan Tebbutt contributed 13 points. Memphis recruit, 6-6 G/F Damien Wilson did not play for disciplinary reasons. For Hargrave Louisville commit, 6-6 WF Ryan Taylor was the top scorer in the event with 30 points, and 11 rebounds. Wake Forest recruit, 6-3 PG Codi Miller-McIntyre had an outstanding game with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Rebounding machine, 6-8 PF Montrezl Harrell(Virginia Tech), had 11 points, 12 rebounds. 6-8 PF/C Charles Buggs had 7 points, 7 rebounds. Future Wake Forest player, 7-0 Andre Washington had a “quiet game” with 6 points, 4 rebounds. The biggest surprise of the scrimmage was the stellar play of “sixth man,” 6-3 1/2G Ambrose Mosley, who compiled 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals for Hargrave. Up to now Mosley has been “under the radar,” with attention from Central Florida, Gardner Webb, and Northern Kentucky. Look for that list to rapidly expand for this Jacksonville, FL, resident. ###
Oak Hill Academy vs. Hargrave Military Academy Scrimmage
Tonight, William Fleming High School in Roanoke, VA, will host the annual scrimmage between two of the nation’s elite basketball programs, Mouth of Wilson, VA, Oak Hill Academy, and Chatham, VA, Hargrave Military Academy. The most significant difference between these two teams is that Oak Hill follows the National Federation of High School rules for eligibility of players, meaning that they do not have fifth-year seniors or post-graduates in their student body. Hargrave Military Academy is a prep school, and does have post-graduates such as Louisville commit, 6-6 WF Ryan Taylor, who was a senior last year at Louisville, KY, Western HS. Both teams are loaded with talent, and the scrimmage is always “a showcase of future stars.”
Like high school all-star games, the key points of interest in this scrimmage will be the matchups at each position. One of the most entertaining could be at point guard which will feature two future ACC players going head-to-head. Oak Hill’s ballhandling wizard, 5-11 Tyler Lewis, an N.C. State recruit, will go against taller, more athletic Wake Forest bound 6-3 Codi Miller-McIntyre. The primary challenge for Lewis will be his abililty to defend Miller-McIntyre.
At the second or shooting guard, Oak Hill has recent Georgetown commit, 6-3 D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, a virtual scoring machine. He will go against Suwanee, GA, resident, uncommitted, 6-1 Corey Heyward. Reportedly, Heyward is being recruited by Providence, Western Kentucky, Creighton, and others. Advantage: Oak Hill.
The wing forward matchup should be outstanding with UCLA commit, 6-5 Jordan Adams, the leading scorer for Oak Hill in their scrimmage two weeks ago with Fork Union Military Academy, paired against Louisville recruit, 6-6 Ryan Taylor. Both are very athletic, physical, hardnosed players, with high points producing capabilities.Advantage: Even—too close to call.
The competition at power forward should be very physical and intense between two court warriors, uncommitted, 6-6 Darion Clark of Oak Hill, and Virginia Tech bound, 6-7 Montrezl Harrell, a Tarboro, NC, resident, enrolled for his senior year at Hargrave. Oak Hill’s other strong PF, 6-8 Montarius Hall of Charlotte, NC, has a leg injury, and likely will not play in this scrimmage. His previous encounters with Harrell have been entertaining rough-and-tumble brawls. Advantage: With Oak Hill missing Hall-- Hargrave.
The center or post matchup could be a battle of seven footers, recent Purdue commit, 7-0 A.J. Hammons of Oak Hill against Wake Forest bound, 6-11+ C Anthony Washington. We were told by new Hargrave Coach A.W. Hamilton that he will likely start uncommitted Arlington, TX, resident, 6-8 C/F Charles Buggs instead of Washington. Buggs is being recruited by Arkansas, Clemson, Minnesota, T.C.U., and others. Advantage:Depending upon how much Washington plays, but in a close call—Oak Hill.
Others that will play significant minutes for Coach Steve Smith’s Oak Hill Warriors are: Memphis recruit, 6-6 G/FDamien Wilson; 6-5 G/F Jordan Tebbutt; 6-2 Jr. PG Ike Iroegbu; and 6-5 Jr. 2G R.J. Curington.
Other top Hargrave players to watch include: 6-6 PF Devin Waddell; 6-4 2G Taylor Walker; 6-3 G John Burke; and 6-0 PG Jordan Smith.
In other news, commitments continue to accumulate as the November 10 Early Signing Date draws closer. Recent announcements:
DaJuan Coleman, 6-10, 280, C/F, Dewitt, NY, Jamesville-Dewitt, to Syracuse
Marshall Wood, 6-8 P/WF, Rustburg, VA, Rustburg, to Virginia Tech
Cole Huff, 6-7 WF, Valley Village, CA, Campbell Hall, to Nevada
Ioannis Papapetrou, 6-8 G/F Melbourne, FL, Florida Air Academy, to Texas
Demarquise Johnson, 6-5 WF, Phoenix, AZ, Windward Academy, to Washington State
Terry Henderson, 6-4 2G, Raleigh, NC, Neuse Christian Academy, to West Virginia
Javontae Hawkins, 6-5 G/F, Huntington, WV, Huntington Prep, to South Florida
Blaise Mbargorba, 7-0 C, Hightstown, NJ/ The Peddie School, to S.M.U.
Nazareth Long, 6-2+ PG, Henderson, NV, Findlay Prep, to Iowa State
In other recruiting news, 2012 No. 18 rated, 6-9 PF Brice Johnson, Cordova, SC, Edisto, will announce his college choice on Wednesday, October 26. His finalists are: Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, and N.C. State.
2012 No. 20 rated, 6-8 WF Devonta Pollard, DeKalb, MS, Kemper County, will delay his college decision until spring. Pollard, the MVP of the 2011 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, has not taken any official visits, and has not finalized his list of schools. Reportedly, he is very interested in Texas, Kentucky, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Alabama, L.S.U., and others.
October 10, 2011
Oak Hill Academy vs. Fork Union Scrimmage
This past Saturday I travelled to Mouth of Wilson, VA, to watch the scrimmage between Fork Union Military Academy, and host, Oak Hill Academy.
Oak Hill, although younger, most definitely had superior talent to Fork Union’s post-graduate team. In the scrimmage, which was divided into three 20-minute segments or “mini-games,” Oak Hill dominated. Coach Steve Smith’s Warriors won the first segment 47-23; the second 49-35; and the third 46-35. The combined score was 142-93 favoring Oak Hill.
Coach Smith has excellent talent and depth at every position, and this Oak Hill team is much better than last year, and should contend for top team national honors. The most impressive player for Oak Hill was UCLA bound, 6-5, 230 lbs., WFJordan Adams. Adams literally can do it all. He has exceptional size, strength, and athleticism for a wing, and can shot three’s, or soar to the hoop. He is an excellent rebounder, defender, and literally a “scoring machine.” He was top scorer with 30 points in the scrimmage.
The most versatile player for the Warriors is 6-3, 225 lbs., still uncommitted combo guard D’Vantes Smith-Rivera. He primarily played shooting guard, but has the ballhandling skills, and mentality to also play lead guard. Smith-Rivera is an accurate three-point shooter (4-6 in this scrimmage), and is quick driving to the basket. He totaled 23 points.
N.C. State recruit, 5-11 PG Tyler Lewis, had his moments, and will become the primary playmaker for Oak Hill. He is the starting point guard. Lewis has uncanny court vision, and is a masterful passer. He had 6 points,
10 assists, and 9 turnovers in this event. The primary question we have about Lewis is his ability to defend quicker, stronger point guards in the ACC and the nation. He had some problems staying with Fork Union’s point guards in this scrimmage.
Oak Hill’s “court warrior” was undersized 6-6, 225 lbs., PF Darion Clark. Before suffering a scary head injury in the third segment, Clark was the leading rebounder, and powered inside for 20 points. He is very competitive, and goes after every rebound and loose ball. In a word, he’s a winner! Hopefully, Clark will recover soon from his injury.
The post for Oak Hill was returning 7-0, 274 lbs., center A. J. Hammons. A. J. has improved his all-around game, and intensity level since last season. He powered to the hoop numerous times to dunk lobs from Tyler Lewis. He also has become a more aggressive rebounder and shot blocker. Hammons had 20 points, 13 rebounds in the scrimmage.
Returning starter and Memphis commit, 6-6 G/F Damien Wilson, did not play in the scrimmage because of an ankle injury. His scoring abilities and experience will be positives for Oak Hill this season, since the Warriors have over 45 games on their schedule.
Also, playing well in reserve roles for Oak Hill were: 6-5 Jr. G/F R. J. Curington (12 points); 6-5 Sr. WF Jordan Tebbutt(9 points); 6-8 Sr. PF Montarius Hall (8 points); and 6-2 Jr. 1/2G Ike Iroegbu (8 points).
Coach Fletcher Arritt is in his 42nd and final year as the head coach at Fork Union Military Academy. His son-in-law and assistant coach, Brooks Berry, will succeed Arritt next season. This FUMA team again lacks “star power,” but Coach Arritt does have a more athletic squad than we have observed in the past several years.
The top performer for FUMA was Cincinnati, OH, resident 6-4 2G Brandon Neel, a quick, athletic and highly active wing player. He topped all FUMA scorers with 23 points.
Also, playing well was 6-6 WF Dominique Byrd, Fuquay-Varina, NC, a slender, high-flying forward, who scored 11 points. FUMA’s top outside shooter was Wheaton, IL, resident, Michael Fitzpatrick, who also had
The best lead guard for FUMA was Palmyra, VA, resident 6-0 Xavier Holland, who was effective running the team, and defending Oak Hill’s Tyler Lewis. Holland had 8 points, 7 assists.
We look forward to Oak Hill Academy’s annual scrimmage with Chatham, VA, Hargrave Military Academy on October 25in Roanoke, VA. We also plan to make our traditional visit to the Fork Union Invitational Tournament in Fork Union, VA (near Charlottesville) the weekend of December 9-10.