Every year, Phenom Hoops heads near the mountains of North Carolina to get a treat and a glimpse of high school basketball, as Oak Hill and Hargrave Military Academy met up once again.
This time, meeting at West Wilkes high school on Tuesday, Phenom Hoop Report sat baseline to check out some of the top talents around the area and in the nation.
Both teams were looking to get a good glimpse of what they may have this season and each team didn’t disappoint. In a game that was separated by two separate halves (score reset) and an additional third quarter, here is how each went down and some of the standouts.
Hargrave 56 – Oak Hill 40
Both teams went back and forth early but it was the full-court pressure that started to create turnovers, as well as Hargrave being able to knock down quite a few three-pointers.
Oak Hill 46 – Hargrave 40
Oak Hill was able to handle the pressure a little better and Cam Thomas started to take over scoring for Oak Hill.
2020 guard Cam Thomas (31 points) (Oak Hill)
Thomas continues to showcase why he is simply labeled as a bucket getter. No matter where he is on the floor and at what angle, he finds a way to score. He knocked down his outside jumper but also used that tough-to-stop floater with either hand. He finished strong in the second half, scoring 21 of his 31 points.
2020 guard KD Johnson (21 points) (Hargrave)
The new Georgia commit came out strong in this matchup. It started with his outside shot falling, knocking in a couple of three’s but he also displayed his toughness on the floor. He has good athleticism that he uses but also really saw the floor and his teammates well in this one. Loved his feel and just makes tough plays on the court.
2020 guard Mark Sears (21 points) (Hargrave)
The other guard that impressed for Hargrave was Sears, who should have college coaches’ attention with what we saw. He has very good and tight handles, can play on and off the ball offensively, as well as play in pick and roll situations. Time and time again, he made plays with his change of pace, feel, and ability to knock down the open shot.
2020 guard KK Robinson (17 points) (Oak Hill)
Robinson is tough, especially with his responsibility to be one of the true ball handlers on the team. But he plays with a great feel and reads the floor well. The strong-bodied point guard can finish at the rim but also had a smooth mid-range jumper to his game. We also loved his ability to play in transition and find his teammates, but also read defenders in the half-court.
2020 SF Corey Walker Jr. (12 points) (Hargrave)
Walker can really be a mismatch with his versatility, frame, and mobility. With his inside and out capability, as well as running the floor, Walker can size up smaller defenders but also take big’s off the bounce.
2020 PF/C Bradley Ezewiro (10 points) (Oak Hill)
Ezewiro provides strength and power down low and you have to like his mobility as well. He showcased that strength with a few powerful dunks and finishing around the rim, but also displayed his ability to be an outside threat with his perimeter game.
2021 PF/C Gabe Wiznitzer (13 points) (Hargrave)
It was great to see Wiznitzer again on the court and you can tell he has been putting in the work. He looks like he has really been working on his conditioning as well as continuing to work hard on his post moves. He felt comfortable with his back to the basket but still is continuing to work on finishing stronger. Also have to like someone that is 6’11 that can step out and be effective with an outside shot as well. Gabe rebounded well consistently also.
2020 guard AJ James (15 points) (Hargrave)
Loved how James used his length to his advantage scoring-wise. Even though he struggled with his outside shot not falling, James was able to score in transition, attacking the rim and showing a nice feel in how to get around defenders.