Pride was on the line as unbeatens Oak Hill and Christ School squared off at the Josh Howard Foundation Scholastic Classic. A hard-fought game ended with Oak Hill defeating Christ School 75-58.
Lamont Jones, Oak Hill's main perimeter weapon, had it flowing and dropped 34 points in the game. Jones led Oak Hill's contingent that took the fight right at Christ School and never let up.
The matchup of two of the nation's finest big men was a tale of contrasting styles. Oak Hill's Keith Gallon and Christ's Mason Plumlee went about their business in different styles. Neither was on top of his game though they did have their moments.
Gallon's best came on the glass where he pulled down 13 rebounds. Most of the boards were in traffic and strong. Gallon couldn't get many shots to fall and finished 3-for-11 from the field, which included an 0-for-3 behind the line. Gallon was coming off a serious weekend performance that saw him hit six 3s. Aside from the rebounding, his snap outlet passes stood out. Gallon had nine points and two blocks.
Plumlee, taller and more athletic, also struggled from the field finishing 8-for-22, including 1-for-7 behind the line. Plumlee did show samples of his game off the dribble and to the rim. His follow dunk in traffic and subsequent taking a charge nearly sparked a Christ School rally. Plumlee finished with 24 points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
Julius Brooks, C, Page: Once they dedicated him touches, Forsyth CD had no answer for him inside. His teammates did a nice job putting him in position to score and he hammered home his share of hoops. His 21 points came inside the paint. A strong mid-major prospect, there's another jump in his game that will come in college.
Ryan Kelly, PF, Ravenscroft: Maybe the signature individual performance of his career as a Raven. Forget the 47 points and the fact that he broke the school's all-time scoring record. He put buckets on Northern Guilford every conceivable way. From behind the line to tip dunks inside, it was all on display. It's been a long stretch of games for his team and this one was an absolute individual classic. Mix in six blocks and six rebounds for the Duke signee.
Jay Canty, SF/SG, Ragsdale: This kid's approach doesn't change. He's going to be an all-league player for High Point. Blessed with super length and a feathery touch on the drive and going to the rim, Canty finished with 22 points. On the heels of a great Big South signing (Seth Curry) Canty's the leagues next stellar newcomer.
Jacob Lawson, PF, N. Guilford: Before it's all said and done, he's going to get his due. With so many good wing players in his class in state, Lawson hasn't received the pub as some of his peers. That'll change after you hang 29 points and 11 rebounds on Ravenscroft. Made 11 of 14 shots, used his athleticism and was an absolute factor. He pushes 6-feet-7 and has fast twitch muscles. He's gotta be a kid the high-level schools begin building a file for.
Deuce Bello, SG, WCD: Ultra-athletic and very gifted for a 6-4 wing, Bello waited too long to turn on the jets against Ragsdale. He would finish with 27 points and hammered home a few highlight worthy dunks. There's room to get after it harder at both ends. He was hands down the best prospect on the floor and when he wanted to turn up the intensity he got where he wanted when needed. However, against a good team like Ragsdale the focus has to be stronger. Did stuff the stat sheet: four boards, six assists, 7 steals, four blocks, seven turnovers.
Tyquan Roberts, PF, Ragsdale: Along with Canty, was responsible for Ragsdale's win over Westchester CD. Having seen him in the past a few times, it was his jumper that caught us off guard. He stroked 3s and mid-range jumpers, making them with ease and efficiency. If he replicates efforts like this his stock will rise. He's a power forward on the defensive end, which means he'll be undersized height-wise for now. Regardless, this was an effort that is going to swing attention his way.
Tyler Lewis, PG, FCD: Strength of his game is his understanding and ability to share the basketball. Will make jump shots and is both confident and comfortable on the move. Division I prospect and mid-level in worst-case scenario. He had 28 points and had his way with Page's guards.
Northern Guilford has very good talent. Junior Christian McCain has ACC football offers and would be a Division I hoops prospect at a level TBD. Freshman guard John McBeth is one to watch. … Greensboro Day was led by senior guard Jay Lewis who scored 24 points. … The next step of Mason Plumlee is developing his comfort zone move. Something along the lines of a jump hook is an area to address in college. … When Christ School's Dee Giger is aggressive off the dribble he's more of a weapon. He's capable and we like seeing him do it. … South Carolina signee Lakeem Jackson had 11 points. … ß
A newspaper article from Asheville seemed to have the Oak Hill kids particularly fired up. Regardless of the perceived bulletin board material, it was invigorating to see a game mean so much to both parties. In today's watered down world of perceived "big games" and televised contests, the focus in this setting was remaining unbeaten. While it wasn't a great technical game, the kids played with pride and passion. …
"Charleston is the main one recruiting me," Julius Brooks said. He mentioned interest from Johnson C. Smith and East Carolina. … Lawson's list reads Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Wake Forest, North Carolina State and Cornell. …
Head Coaches: Wake Forst, High Point.
Assistant Coaches: Wright State, Duke, UNC-Greensboro, High Point, Harvard, Radford, Mercer, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech.