MLK Classic Greensboro: Oak Hill Survives

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Brandon Jennings was up to his usual tricks. The point guard bailed a road-weary Oak Hill team out against Christ School.

Oak Hill dropped three games this season, uncharacteristic for the nation's most decorated high school powerhouse. On Monday at the MLK Classic, it nearly dropped its fourth.

What was the reason Christ School fell by 3 points? Simple: Oak Hill had Brandon Jennings and Christ School didn't. Jennings, who basically needs to get big numbers for Steve Smith's team to beat Top 25 level programs, erupted for 37 points – all of them needed.

We can't write anything new about Jennings that hasn't been said. Christ School's Reggie King did a good job with him. King tried being physical, he tried getting in Jennings' head but at the end of the day, he probably only lit a fire in the guard to finish the game. By the way, Oak Hill arrived in Greensboro two hours before the tip; it played at the Hall of Fame Classic the day before.

Christ School has the Plumlees and they're without question a Top 25 high school team nationally. They've got one inexplicable loss on their resume and now a down-to-the-wire finish against Oak Hill.

Mason Plumlee scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against some big boys inside for Oak Hill. The head coaching convention that gathered to watch him included Stanford's Trent Johnson, Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Wake Forest's Dino Gaudio and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt.

Miles Plumlee led Christ School with 23 points. We've said it before, Plumlee is going to help the Cardinal in a big way. He's not going to be a McDonald's All-American but he will be a Pac-10 factor.

While Plumlee's steadily improved, so has teammate Lakeem Jackson. It was Jackson's intensity on defense and toughness on offense that set the tone for Christ School. With admirers looking on, Jackson earned 17 points.

Javan Mitchell, C vs. Julius Brooks – Two of the top post prospects in Greensboro squared off with Mitchell walking away the victor. The Louisiana native is having a breakout season; he was MVP of the Little Four last month. At 6-foot-9 he's got soft mitts and a feel for post passing that is difficult to teach. Patient and focused, he scored 12 points to Brooks 4.

Mitchell & Brooks Tangle
With both players there's room for improvement and Mitchell's performance served to validate what we've been hearing during the season. Both will get mid-level attention; Mitchell should track – at minimum – as a CAA prospect and potentially higher.

Karron Johnson, PF, Mount Zion – When it looked as if the Mighty Warriors were about to romp to a win, Johnson reached in and got his 4th foul. Northern Guilford rallied but Johnson's 19 points were a big factor in sealing the deal.

Willis Hall, PF, Char. Christian – The boys from Charlotte Christian were out hustled for a half and it cost them dearly. Christian fell to Glenn. Despite a big 4th quarter rally and 22 points from Hall it wasn't enough. Seth Curry finished with 17 (12 1st half) and Carson Sullivan (12).

Jacob Lawson, PF, N. Guilford – The 6-6 freshman wasn't intimidated by Mount Zion in the least. An athletic specimen with lots of bounce, Lawson is one of the top prospects in his state in 2010. He's on the radar and scored 15.

We anticipate Duke jumping into the race for Mason Plumlee, The Blue Devils dispatched assistant Chris Collins on Monday. In addition to the long list of head coaches in attendance, the Devils were joined by Indiana in the crowd. …

Jackson Like Muhammad?
Christ School's Dee Giger displayed a measure of diversity to his game. Giger went off the bounce and hit perimeter shots. It was good to see him being aggressive. … Glenn's center, Kendall Smith, had 12 and 10. He's a fringe D-I prospect with strong grades. … We're hesitant to write about 8th graders for fear of the expectations that come with the ink. Having said that, FCD's point guard Tyler Lewis played well and led his team with 19 points. …

The more we see Lakeem Jackson the clearer we season the reason for Georgia Tech's interest. Hewitt coach Ismail Muhammad at Tech and the energy and athleticism are similar. … Northern Guilford sophomore Jonathan Frye hit for 15 points. A strong student, William & Mary and Western Kentucky got good looks at him. …

Western Kentucky is Lakeem Jackson's lone offer to date. Clemson and Georgia Tech, according to Jackson, are in the mix. … Glenn Bryant said he's been offered by Syracuse and Memphis. Florida, Texas and Kentucky are on his list. …

Head Coaches –Tommy Amaker, Harvard; Bobby Cremins, College of Charleston; Trent Johnson, Stanford; Dino Gaudio, Wake Forest; Mike Brey, Notre Dame; Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech.

Asst. Coaches – Western Kentucky, Gardner-Webb, UNC-Greensboro, VMI, S.C.-Upstate, William & Mary, Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, Indiana.


  • Glenn 57, Charlotte Christian 54
  • Oak Hill 71, Christ School 68
  • Forsyth CD Calvary Baptist 53
  • Greensboro Day 51, Page 47
  • Mount Zion 77, N. Guilford

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