A pair of competitive halves of basketball broke out when Oak Hill Academy and The Patterson School, last year's mythical national titlists from their respective divisions, competed at Hibritten High.
Patterson knocked off Oak Hill 47-46 in the first half and then captured the second half 59-56. The clock was restarted after the first half, essentially breaking up the scrimmage into a pair of contests. For statistical purposes, we combined both halves.
The player who made the biggest splash was Patterson's Davon Jefferson. The 6-foot-8 native of California who was originally ticketed to play at UNLV sealed the first game for Patterson with a high-flying tip jam at the buzzer. Jefferson's thunderous dunk in the second game provided Patterson with a 3-point margin of victory.
The Kansas Jayhawks were on hand tracking Jefferson and he's also said to be considering Oklahoma State. The fact of the matter is that Jefferson is a serious threat to be the first prep-to-pro since the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement instituted its new rule last summer. A handful of NBA scouts were in the gym and they were flanked by one big time agent who was on hand taking in the action.
Jefferson finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds and too many serious athletic displays of talent to recollect.
Also impressive for Patterson was reclassified junior Dominique Sutton, a native of Durham, N.C. At one point in the first half, Sutton was 11-for-12 from the line. A strong 6-foot-5, Sutton is a sure-fire high-major player who was once listed as a Top 100 prospect in Scout.com's 2006 rankings.
Oak Hill was paced by Scout.com's No. 2 junior Michael Beasley who went off for a game-high 30 points. The future Charlotte 49er was strong in front of his college coach to be, Bobby Lutz. Beasley also hauled in 16 boards.
UNC-bound point guard Tywon Lawson proved to be too tough to guard off the drive and recorded 22 points and 10 assists. Though quite impressive to the first time observer, Lawson was average by his high standards which means you can expect big things in next week's scrimmage against Hargrave Military Academy.
Junior guard Nolan Smith chipped in with 20 points on 8for-15 from the floor. Smith, ever the competitor, was impressed with Patterson. "Those guys are really good," he said after the contest.
Patterson broke up its team into two squads and came away with a 96-88 win over Charis Prep in the opening contest. Future Charlotte 49er Kenyan Harmon scored 19 points as did teammate Jeremy Hazell, an Oral Roberts commitment.
Harman, a slashing athletic type, and Hazell, a big time wing shooter, played consistently well. So did Bobby Maze, a scoring guard who committed to Delaware and is from the D.C. area. Maze is one of those quick wing guys who attacks the rim and can create his own offense. He finished with 15 points.
Charis Prep had a number of players hoping to perform well enough to earn scholarships. Big men Anthony Williams and Armon Jones each had their moments. Liberty landed a good player in Jones and Williams' hook shots and back to the basket hits should inflate his recruitment as well.
Nolan Smith said that he's seriously considering Louisville (dad's alma mater), Georgetown, Kansas, Syracuse and Charlotte. … Darrius Sellers has offers from Liberty, Radford and Charleston Southern. … Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz was on hand to see Beasley and Harmon. …