Posted On: 01/27/17 8:50 AM
On Friday night, Oak Hill Academy (Va.) will travel to Arden, North Carolina to take on Christ School. This game has no ramifications on either school in terms of conference standings but is more of a charity game.
Oak Hill Academy is led by recent University of Texas commit Matt Coleman, a 6-foot-2 guard, Devontae Shuler, a 6-foot-3 point guard who has committed to Ole Miss, 6-foot-9 center Billy Preston who has committed to Kansas and Creighton commit Tyshon Alexander.
Oak Hill Academy is coached by legendary head coach Steve Smith who has won nine “national championships”, and has been named USA Today Coach of the Year four times.
Oak Hill Academy is off to a 19-3 record so far this season. The Warriors play a national schedule every season and go aginst the top teams in the country night in and night out.
Team Preview: Christ School (Arden, NC)
Head Coach: Scott Willard
Conference: Carolinas Independent Athletic Conference
Last Season: 23-9 (8-0 in conference) Advanced to 2nd round of NCISAA 3-A state playoffs.
With a list of basketball alumni that could rival any school in the country, Christ School has sent numerous players to play college basketball and three to the NBA, Marshall Plumlee (New York Knicks), Mason Plumlee (Portland Trailblazers) and Miles Plumlee (Milwaukee Bucks).
Christ School has won six NCISAA 3-A state championships since 2005, the last one coming in 2011. That number is by far the best in the state for private schools during that span of time. With new head coach Scott Willard and his staff in their second season, Christ School is back.
Over the summer, 2018 point guard Damon Harge Jr transferred to Christ School from Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando, Fla.) image Harge is going to be the general for Christ School. He has the ability to separate himself from defenders with his change of pace and has great court vision. He has offers from Memphis, NC Central, Texas Tech, UCF, DePaul and Pacific. The steady and flashy point guard is ranked as the #4 prospect in the PrepHoopsNC 2018 class.
Another addition over the summer was Harge’s teammate at Orlando Christian Prep, Giir Ring.
The Australian native is 6-foot-8 and is ranked #6 in the PrepHoopsNC rankings. He has offers from Ohio State, Kansas State, Texas Tech and image Texas A&M. He stated, “Wake Forest, Louisiana Tech, Stetson, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas State and South Alabama”, have reached out. Giir has the ability to create his own shot, he can create space between his defender, loves competition and can score from all over the floor.
Matt Halvorsen, a 2017 guard, is one of the best shooters at this level that I have seen in a while. He has a pure stroke, can get his shot off on just about anyone guarding him. The 6-foot-1 Halvorsen is a excellent ball-handler, and has a high basketball IQ. While I was watching workouts earlier this week at Christ School, he shot 11-13 from the three-point line during the hour long scrimmage. Has a offer from Brown University at this stage but should see more over the course of the season. Matt is ranked by PrepHoopsNC as the 23rd best prospect in the 2017 class.
Remember the name Justice Ajogbor. Justice has been in the United States just over two months after coming to Christ School through the Access to Success foundation. He is a 6-foot-9 forward that is only 14 years old. He wears a size 19 shoe and still has a lot of growing to go. He dunks anything that he can, long wingspan, controls the paint with his length and frame. His footwork really stood out to me for only playing organized basketball for two years. He is ranked as the 2nd best 2020 prospect in the state by PrepHoopsNC. He is a high-major prospect at this stage.
The Greenies have a deep frontcourt with 6-foot-8 Morgan McKay, a skilled big man that gets a lot of rebounds, strong body, good shooter that has a high basketball IQ. Also in the frontcourt is another one to watch in 6-foot-9 2019 forward Wisdom Asaboro from Nigeria. Long, active, rim protector, big-time rebounder.
The do-it-all, glue guy for Christ School is 6-foot-5 Coleman High. He is all over the floor, gets rebounds, loose balls, hustles, tough. He is getting interest from Division Two schools as of now.
2019 Kojack Thonpson, is going to be a really good point guard. Strong with the ball and gets end to end in a hurry. The Mauldin, SC native has a strong build and gets to where he wants to on the floor.
6-foot-2, 2019 Trey Austin is long, good defender, will be a solid contributor for the Greenies off the bench along with 2017 Justin Rhode. Rhode is a smooth, under control, smart basketball player that makes the right play.