Dick’s Nationals Championship Preview

First Round Games:

#6 Findlay Prep (NV) over #3 Blanche Ely (FL) 63-50

#5 Huntington Prep (WV) over #4 Wheeler (GA) 73-70

#2 Montverde Academy (FL) over #7 Greensboro Day (NC) 50-34

#1 Oak Hill Academy (VA) over #8 Wings Academy (NY) 72-63

 

Semifinal Games:

3:00 PM #2 Montverde Academy (FL) 29-1 vs #6 Findlay Prep (NV) 29-2

5:00 PM #1 Oak Hill Academy (VA) 46-0 vs #5 Huntington Prep (WV) 31-1

 

Matchup Preview:

Oak Hill Academy moves on to the Championship game where it will be a rematch of last year’s matchup of Montverde Academy (FL) and Oak Hill Academy (VA). Oak Hill comes into the championship with a perfect 47-0 record and will be looking to win their first Dick’s Nationals Title behind Dwayne Bacon and company. Montverde Academy comes into the championship matchup tied for the most wins in event history as they come into the championship game with a 12-2 overall record in the High School National tournament. Montverde Academy is also now 61-1 with Ben Simmons in the lineup and will be aiming for an unprecedented three-peat in the high school nationals tournament. Oak Hill comes into the championship game looking for their first ever title with an 8-5 record in the National tournament.

This matchup is going to come down to the matchup of Ben Simmons vs Dwayne Bacon as the best player for each team will need to make big plays to put their team in a position to take home the hardware and capture a high school national championship. This is going to be the best game of the tournament as it features the top two teams in high school basketball, at Madison Square Garden, in a winner take all Championship Game. The two teams have a combined 77-1 record this season and the two programs have combined for a 336-24 record since Boyle has taken over at Montverde Academy (FL) in 2011. Coming into the championship matchup Montverde and Oak Hill have an almost identical point differential in this year’s national tournament. Montverde is outscoring its opponents by an average of 10 points in this year’s event, while Oak Hill is outscoring their opponents by an average of 9.5 point per game. Both teams’ superstars are averaging 19 points per game in the tournament and each team comes into the event with all five starters heading off to division one college when they graduate. This game has all the makings of a heavyweight dogfight at famed Madison Square Garden.

 

 

Oak Hill Academy Warriors (VA)

2014-15 Record: 47-0

Head Coach: Steve Smith

Event History: 6th appearance, 8-5 overall record

Road to Title Game: #8 Wings Academy (NY) 72-63, #5 Huntington Prep (WV) 61-51

Last 4 seasons: 164-10 record .943 winning %

Notable Alumni: Jerry Stackhouse, Rod Strickland, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Ty Lawson, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings

 

Montverde Academy Eagles (FL)

2014-15 Record: 30-1

Head Coach: Kevin Boyle

Event History: 5th appearance, 12-2 overall record, 2x defending champions

Road to Title Game: #7 Greensboro Day (NC) 50-34, #6 Findlay Prep (NV) 57-53 OT

Last 4 seasons: 107-8 record .930 winning %

Notable Alumni: D’Angelo Russell, Joel Embiid, Luc Mbah A Moute, Michael Frazier, Devin Williams, Dakari Johnson, Solomon Alabi

 

 

Key Contributors:

 

Oak Hill Academy

2015 6’ 11” C Daniel Giddens: (Ohio State) 10.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG

2015 6’ 7” PF Joe Hampton: (Undecided) 12.5 PPG, 5 RPG

2015 6’ 6” SF Josh Reaves: (Penn State) 5 PPG, 4.5 RPG

2015 6’ 6” SG Dwayne Bacon: (Florida State) 19 PPG, 4.5 RPG

2015 5’ 11” PG Terrence Phillips: (Missouri) 5 PPG, 6 APG, 4 SPG

2015 6’ 5” SG Andrew Fleming: (Iowa) 4.5 PPG

2017 6’ 1” PG Lindell Wigginton: (Undecided) 3.5 PPG

2016 6’ 9” PF Khadim Sy: (Undecided) 5.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG

2016 7’ 0” C Rodney Miller: (Undecided) 1 PPG, 3 RPG

 

Montverde Academy

2015 6’ 8” PF Noah Dickerson: (Florida) 15 PPG, 7 RPG

2015 6’ 9” SF Ben Simmons: (LSU) 19 PPG, 12 RPG, 5 APG

2015 6’ 4” SG Marcel Ponitka: (Undecided) 4 PPG

2015 5’ 10” SG Martez Cameron: (Undecided) 2.5 PPG, 3.5 APG

2015 6’ 8” SF Marquez Letcher-Ellis: (Rice) 1 PPG

2015 7’ 0” C Doral Moore: (Wake Forest) 1 PPG, 1 RPG

2018 6’ 9” SF EJ Montgomery: (Undecided) 1 RPG

2016 6’ 0” PG Kevin Cham: (Undecided) 2 RPG

2015 6’ 0” SG Fard Muhammad: (Undecided) 3.5 PPG

 

***All Statistics are from this year’s High School Nationals***

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