Oak Hill moved into the Holiday break with a 17-2 record with losses coming to Paul VI (56-54) in double overtime and a loss to LaLumiere (70-67) at the Iolani Prep Classic in Hawaii. The Warriors will return to action on Monday, January 11th against Toronto Academy at Turner Gymnasium on the campus of Oak Hill Academy.
For most programs, 17-2 midyear record is impressive, but the goals and expectations each and every season at Oak Hill Academy are not “most programs.” That being said, it will be interesting to watch how Coach Steve Smith’s Warriors respond for another tough second half schedule.
Below is a midterm look at the 2012-13 Warriors with their most current statistics.
6’6 2013 Troy Williams (Indiana): The multi-talented WG is unique in his ability to play multiple positions. A natural wing, he can score from any spot on the floor and when his perimeter jumper is falling is a difficult match up for the opposing team. Without question, Williams is a relentless rebounder and his impeccable timing for defensive rebounds is impressive. Williams leads the team in scoring with 15.7 PPG and has connected on 114-220 shots from the floor for 52%. He has converted on 18-60 3-pointers for 30% and has connected on 41-58 FT for 70%. He leads the team in dunks with 49. More importantly, Williams is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.5 RPG and is third with 53 assists. Without question, Williams has been Oak Hill’s most consistent player the first half of the season.
6’5 2013 Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina): Thornwell is a truly gifted offensive player that has a vast arsenal of offensive skill sets. Thornwell is physically mature with long arms and we consider Thornwell the best defender on the team. He is a tough defender and his ability to put pressure on the offensive player is often under stated. Thornwell is averaging 15.3 PPG going 93-203 from the floor for 46%. He is shooting 22-65 from the 3-point line for 39% and has hit 83-109 FT for 76%. Thornwell leads the team in FT attempts and there are very few guards on the national level that possesses his strength and ability to get to the rim. He is a strong finisher and is a master of iniating contact for fouls. He averages 5.1 RPG and is second of the team with 57 assists.
6’5 2013 R.J. “Microwave” Curington (Unsigned): Curington is a member of the 2011-12 National Championship team and he brings experience and maturity to the team. Properly nicknamed “microwave” simply because he brings instant energy and scoring once he steps onto the court. Curington has a full throttle approach to the game and his effort, enthusiasm, and readiness is appealing. Curington is averaging 13.8 PPG and has shot 96-216 from the floor for 44% while connecting on 30-97 3-pointers for 31%. He has connected on 40-52 FT attempts for 77%. Curington has a strong work ethic and plays with 100% effort 100% of the time.
6’1 2013 Nate Britt (North Carolina): Britt is a true lead PG that knows how to facilitates and control the tempo of the game. Britt has been sidelined with a torn meniscus since the Paul VI game and his services on the court have been truly missed. While Britt has put up modest numbers, it is his calming demeanor and team leader approach that makes him so valuable. Britt is averaging 7.9 PPG going 36-90 from the floor for 40% while connecting on 11-32 3-pointers for 31%. The one stat is really surprised me was his FT shooting percentage. He has only connected on 20-37 FT for 54%. He leads the team in assists 5.3.
6’8 2014 Rokas Gustys: Gustys is a tough and physical player from Lithuania. He is a physically strong PF and is a two handed rebounder. While Gustys is not the most athletic player, he is fundamentally sound and possesses a high basketball IQ. He has nifty feet in the low post area and has extremely soft hands. While Gustys scored the majority of his points on the interior, he has the ability to step out and consistently knock down the perimeter jumper. Gustys is averaging 7.0 PPG going 57-108 from the floor for 53%. Although he has a nice touch, he has struggled at the FT line going 19-39 for only 45%. He averaged 5.7 RPG and look for Gustys to be a major target for his position in the 2014 class.
6’8 2013 Lennard Freeman (Unsigned) Freeman is a physically mature PF that is long and athletic. He is a relentless rebounder and has the ability to defend his position extremely well. He uses his strength and length to his advantage and will do all the necessary things for his team such as blocking shots and taking charges. He does lead the team in charges taken which is a luxury in the low post. Currently, Freeman is averaging 5.1 PPG going 41-77 from the floor for 53% while connecting only on 14-31 FT for 45%. He is averaging 5.6 RPG and should be a high priority of mid major schools.
6’2 2013 Ike Iroegbu (Washington State) Iroegbu is also a member of the 2011-12 OHA National Championship team. Iroegbu is an ultra athletic guard that can easily play both positions. Not many players in the country possess his athleticism and quickness on the court. His leaping ability is off the charts and has the ability to become a solid college prospect. He is currently averaging 5.4 PPG going 38-86 from the floor for 44% while connecting on 8-24 from the 3-point line for 24%. He has connected on 18-30 FT for 60%.
5’10 2014 Terrence Phillips: Phillips is the only sophomore on the team. He is one to put into your SIM CARD for future references. Phillips provides depth at the PG position, but his full throttle approach and game changing defensive prowess will be giving offensive players fits for years to come. He has an excellent shooting touch and proper fundamentals/technique and has the ability to create his own shot off the dribble.