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The top performers for Oak Hill were PG Lamont "MoMo" Jones, a New York City product, with 15 points, including 3 of 5 on 3-pointers; and massive 6-9, 325-pound center, Keith "Tiny" Gallon of Huffman, Texas, with 10 points, and 7 rebounds.
|Doran Lamb is the No. 3 SG in the Class of 2010.|
The third period was 20 minutes running clock, and was played primarily by the reserves for each team. Patterson School, led by high-flying senior wing Isaiah Nunn (Peoria, Ill.) with nine points, beat Oak Hill 23-19. Sharpshooting guard Jordan Gallagher (Chapel Hill, N.C.) had nine points for Oak Hill.
• One of the most all-around talented players was Patterson's 6-8 Sr. P/WF Araslan Kazemi, a native of Iran. Kazemi has the ability to score from inside or out, has excellent ballhandling and passing skills, and was very effective on the boards.He is a slasher with impressive dribble-drive moves to the hoop. He has a superb feel for the game and is a good offensive rebounder. On hand to watch Kazemi last night were Maryland, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, Memphis, and others.
• After spending much of his high school years getting the ball to Lance Stephenson Abraham Lincoln (New York) 6-0 PG Vincent Council is a true pass-first lead guard, and an outstanding playmaker. He had 15 assists in the two periods last night, along with 11 points. Council plays under control, is a tenacious on-ball defender, and an accurate shooter when left open. He makes good decisions, and his matchups with Jones were entertaining. Council, a post-grad, came to Patterson to bolster his academics. He will be a solid floor-leader for some Division I program.
• Coach Smith has an amazing 718-44 record, including seven national championships in his 24 years at Oak Hill Academy. To contend for an eighth national title in this his 25th year, Smith must get more consistent play and productivity from his marquee big man, Keith Gallon. As an example, Gallon powered for 10 points and 9 rebounds in the first period of Tuesday's scrimmage. However, he did not score in the second period. He still is overweight, and not in good playing condition. He wore down during the night. And, when fatigued, he has a tendency to bring the ball down in the post, and to lose it or get tied up. Oak Hill does not appear to have many points producers in its front court, and Gallon must get himself in shape, or this could prove to be a difficult year for the Warriors.
• The top 2011 player was Patterson's multi-skilled Ahmad Ibrahim. He can shoot from outside and has advanced basketball skills. He can nail a long range set shot, or come off screens for his accurate midrange jumpers. Ibrahim had 15 total points in the two periods, and showed the potential to become a major college prospect during the next three years.
• One of the big disappointments of the night was the play of recent transfer to Patterson, Washington commit, 6-8 PF Clarence Trent (Gig Harbor, Wash.). This fifth-year player left Henderson, Nev./Findlay Prep when that program decided to have a true high school basketball program -- meaning it would not play post-grads. Trent has only been at Patterson for about two weeks, and, obviously, he is still adjusting to his new team. However, Trent is at his best as a strong, athletically gifted power forward. Tuesday, he was taking too many 3-point shots (he was 2-for-9), and not playing his inside power game. If he decides to team up in the paint with Harris, Chaney will have a dynamite duo of physical post operatives.
• The best perimeter shooter for Patterson School was DeAndre Kane, a 6-4 post-grad 2G. According to Chaney, Kane has made a "soft commitment" to Pittsburgh, the school that recommended him to Patterson. Kane had earlier played at Schenley High (Pittsburgh) with Pitt player DeJuan Blair. However, he told me last night that he is not committed to Pittsburgh, and is considering other colleges, if, he qualifies academically. So, stay tuned.
• Highly rated 2010 prospect, 6-5 2G Doron Lamb of Oak Hill Academy played in the second period like the Doron Lamb that was so impressive this past spring and summer. He did not scratch in the first period, but had 13 points helping Oak Hill build their lead in the second. Lamb displayed his athleticism, quick slashing abilities, and the versatility that has drawn the interest of many major colleges, including Connecticut, Wake Forest, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Seton Hall, Syracuse, St. John's, Maryland, Marquette, et. al.
|Pe'Shon Howard's versatility will be key for Oak Hill this season.|
• Two key players for Oak Hill are multi-talented 2010 prospects Pe'Shon Howard (a 6-2 combo guard) and Bryon Allen (a 6-3 wing). Both can play multiple positions, including point guard, and are essential in Smith's three-guard alignment. Howard was an significant player on the nation's top summer team, Team Breakdown (Fla.), for which he started alongside Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight. Allen, a former DeMatha player, played significant minutes for Oak Hill last season. His game winning four-point play is his high mark to date at Oak Hill.
• This competitive, entertaining event was attended by 26 college coaches, including Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz, and two of his assistants. Also, in the building were Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, and, assistant coaches Orlando Antigua of Memphis; Mike Muse of Wake Forest; Dermon Player of Seton Hall; Chuck Driesell of Maryland; Kevin Mouton of Rice; Mike Boynton of South Carolina; Matt McKillop and Jim Fox of Davidson; Darren Tillis of Marshall; Ken McDonald of Western Kentucky, and others.
Bob Gibbons is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Scouts Inc., the editor and publisher of the All Star Sports report and is widely regarded as the recruiting guru of college basketball.