"Everybody knew I wasn't going anywhere," Brown said of his pledge to N.C. State. "They never gave up on me. They knew I had grade problems since I first started high school. They never gave up."
For their persistence, the Pack will be rewarded with a major backcourt impact player. Brown was the best player on the court in a scrimmage featuring two teams no less than 18 Division I prospects.
Brown scored 26 points (11-16 FG), grabbed 12 boards and dished out 11 assists. He was in complete control of his game and was the most difficult player on the court to guard. Oak Hill started Doron Lamb on him and used Pe'Shon Howard on him most of the evening.
The teams played two separate 20-minute halves. Oak Hill won the first 48-41. Hargrave countered 64-57 in the second. Add ‘em up and you've got a 105-105 tie ballgame.
Dominique Ferguson vs. Roscoe Smith: Two good players, each playing well made for a nice comparison. Ferguson was alive at both ends and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds on 10-16 from the field. Highlights include blocking a Smith shot, finger rolling one over Roscoe and his overall attention inside the arc. Smith scored 18 points and pulled in eight boards of his own while shooting 7-for-11 from the field. His rebounding in traffic was noticeable and he looked strong off the catch with his shot.
Shawn Kemp, C: The most offensive minded we've ever seen him play. Kemp pumped in 21 big points and was an efficient 9-12 from the floor. What was particularly eye opening was his face up touch. Still would like to see him rebound the ball better (4 boards) but this was a great sign offensively.
Doron Lamb, SG: When Oak Hill struggled to get points, Lamb put his head down and drove the lane. He got to the stripe 19 times and converted 16 free throws. Lamb made an 18-footer but amazingly scored all but 32 of his points either at the line or on drives. The NYC native wasn't to be denied offensively.
Keith Hornsby, SG, Oak Hill: Oak Hill won the first half of the scrimmage because he came off the bench and stroked a trio of 3-pointers. The son of Bruce Hornsby, Keith has the range to be a mid-level prospect, especially if he can prove it on defense and add a dribble-drive element. If you can get his father to sign on for a few national anthem performances a year, this is a no-brainer!
David Chadwick (4 points) will visit Rice this weekend. … Colleges in attendance: Radford, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Auburn, Appalachian State, UNC-Asheville. Seth Greenberg was the lone head coach to make the trip. …
OAK HILL – Doron Lamb 34, Juwan Staten 15, Baye Moussa Keita 2, Pe'Shon Howard 15, Martins Abele 1, Marco Porcher 5, Keith Hornsby 12, Roscoe Smith 18.
Highlights – Ferguson 8 rebounds; Hornsby 4-4 3s.