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December 13, 2007

Nationally ranked Oak Hill and Benedictine square off!

On Saturday, December 17th at the University of Richmond's Robins Center, there will be a doubleheader of basketball, including what is being billed as 'The Re-Match on the River' between Oak Hill Academy and Benedictine at 7:30PM. Each team has one of the top players in the country, and Benedictine attempts to avenge the 71-58 loss they suffered to Steve Smith's Warriors from a season ago. Preceding that must-see nightcap will be a 6PM contest featuring Mills E. Godwin vs. The Collegiate School. General admission is $10 and the box office will open at 4:30PM the day of the game at the Robins Center.

The matchup everyone is going to be talking about leading up to the game is which five-star rated prospect will perform better 6-foot-2 point guard Brandon Jennings for Oak Hill or 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward Ed Davis? A 2007 Parade All-American that is ranked as the nation's top player according to ESPN, Jennings comes in with monster averages of 40.5 points, 9.6 assists and 6.8 steals per game. In my opinion, he's a future NBA player to join a long line of former Oak Hill Academy standouts to reach the pros. That list includes the likes of Denver Nuggets All-Star Carmelo Anthony, Seattle Sonics Rookie of the Year candidate Kevin Durant, Jerry Stackhouse, Ron Mercer, Marcus Williams, Josh Smith, Stephen Jackson, Jeff McInnis, Steve Blake, DeSagana Diop and Rajon Rondo. The Warriors also produced the current Natl. Freshman of the Year front-runner in College Basketball in Kansas State's Michael Beasley.

Against Booker T. Washington last week, Jennings poured in 45 points in his team's 96-61 rout, prompting Bookers Head Coach Darren Sanderlin to describe him as "incredibly poised." The talented lefty is committed to the University of Arizona.

A commit to Roy Williams and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, Davis has excellent bloodlines. His father, Terry Davis, played in the NBA, spending ten seasons in the league. The five-star recruit is the 20th overall rated player in the country by Rivals.com, proving to be dominant over the summer and spring while playing for Boo Williams' 17&U AAU travel team. Cadets Head Coach Sean McAloon and company will need to figure out a way to slow down a lethal Oak Hill attack that is averaging over 95 points per game entering the Warriors' game on Thursday.

On the horizon for Oak Hill is a date with Duncanville, which was ranked #1 in the country in the preseason by Sporting News and went a perfect 39-0 last season on their way to a Texas Class 5A state title. The two power programs will square off on Wednesday, December 19th in the highly anticipated Dallas Dunkfest. But before that, they must get past a Benedictine team that should offer a stiff challenge. Not only do the Cadets have Davis, but they also have Bradford Burgess, who's a 6-foot-5 forward committed to VCU, and his younger brother Jordan Burgess, a 6-foot-4 freshman, is a solid player-in-the-making.

How They Stack Up:

#

Oak Hill Warriors

HT.

Class

#

Benedictine Cadets

HT.

Class

1

Ben Mockford

6-1

Sr.

2

Bradford Burgess (VCU)

6-5

Sr.

3

Brandon Jennings (Arizona)

6-2

Sr.

3

Darien Brothers

6-3

Jr.

4

Bryon Allen

6-2

Soph.

5

Kevin Gill

6-0

Soph.

20

Chasen Campbell

6-8

Jr.

10

Brandon Connor

6-1

Jr.

21

Pe'Shon Howard

6-1

Soph.

12

Nick Conte

5-10

Sr.

23

Malik Story (USC)

6-5

Sr.

15

Garrett Harvey

6-2

Soph.

24

Yasir Price

6-3

Sr.

20

Mitch Bagley

6-6

Sr.

30

Danny Jennings

6-8

Sr.

21

Zach Vining

6-1

Sr.

31

Keith 'Tiny' Gallon

6-9

Jr.

31

Wayne Whiting

6-7

Sr.

42

Glenn Bryant

6-7

Jr.

32

Ed Davis (North Carolina)

6-9

Sr.

33

Eric Moody

5-11

Fr.

40

Jordan Burgess

6-4

Fr.

44

Dan Albert

6-7

Sr.

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Matthew Hatfield has served as the authority on Eastern Region Hoops since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com the #1 High School Sports Site on the Rivals Network. Check out Hatfield's website www.matthewhatfield.com for plenty more on the sports world. To contact Matthew, please e-mail hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com.



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