2015 Dick’s Nationals

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Championship Game Recap:

Montverde Academy (FL) caps off Ben Simmons senior year with another Dick’s Nationals title, his third consecutive (2013, 2014, 2015). The Eagles took down Oak Hill Academy (VA) 70-61 behind Simmons who finished the championship game with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. He totaled 13 points and 6 rebounds in the fourth quarter of play to close out the win for the Eagles down the stretch. Ben Simmons finished his career with Montverde Academy with a 62-1 record, and now his third consecutive high school national tournament championship.

Oak Hill came out ready to play as they started the game with a 7-0 run and didn’t trail until Fard Muhammad’s three made it 35-34 with 5:56 remaining in the third quarter. Terrence Phillips, who finished out his career at Oak Hill with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, paced Oak Hill in the loss. Phillips never gave up on the game and fought to bring Oak Hill to within three points with less than a minute to go in the fourth, unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Oak Hill finished their season with a record of 47-1 and will be second nationally ranked after the tough loss. The rematch of last year’s championship game lived up to the billing as both teams fought hard to compete for the title at Madison Square Garden.

The difference in the second half for Montverde Academy was the play of Ben Simmons, Noah Dickerson, and Fard Muhammad who all had double digit second half efforts. Ben Simmons had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the second half as he was bothered by a bruised eye and missed 6 minutes in the first half of play giving him only 5 points and 3 rebounds at the half. Dickerson scored 10 points in the second half and made some big stops down the stretch, scrapping hard on both ends of the court. Fard Muhammad was the third quarter spark for Montverde that made the difference as he scored 11 third quarter points finishing the game with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Montverde Academy played team basketball in the second half to come together to win their third consecutive Dick’s Nationals title and to finish their season at 30-1.

Oak Hill Academy drops to 8-6 in event history and have still yet to win a title in the national tournament despite making it to the championship game four times in the seven year history of the event. Montverde Academy moves to 13-2 overall in the event with three consecutive titles. The win over Oak Hill gave Montverde sole possession of first place for wins in the event and the win ties them for the most event titles with Findlay Prep (NV) at three. Kevin Boyle now has a record of 108-8 since taking over at Montverde Academy four years ago and Montverde has reached the title game of the national tournament every year since Boyle’s entrance into the program in 2011. Three consecutive titles is another record set by Montverde Academy, as they are the first team to win three titles in a row at the event.

 

Championship Game Top Performers:

Montverde Academy (FL):

2015 6′ 9″ SF Ben Simmons: (LSU) 20 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists

2015 6′ 0″ SG Fard Muhammad: (Undecided) 20 points, 5 rebounds

2015 6′ 8″ PF Noah Dickerson: (Florida) 13 points, 4 rebounds

2015 5′ 10″ SG Martez Cameron: (Undecided) 7 assists

Oak Hill Academy (VA):

2015 5′ 11″ PG Terrence Phillips: (Missouri) 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists

2015 6′ 6″ SG Dwayne Bacon: (Florida State) 14 points, 3 rebounds

2016 6′ 9″ PF Khadim Sy: (Undecided) 6 points, 8 rebounds

 

First Round Results:

#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 Game Results:

#2 Montverde Academy (FL) over #6 Findlay Prep (NV) 57-53 OT

#1 Oak Hill Academy (VA) over #5 Huntington Prep (WV) 61-51

 

Championship Game Result:

#2 Montverde Academy (FL) over #1 Oak Hill Academy (VA) 70-61

 

 

Day 1 Standout Performers: 

2015 6’ 11” Huntington Prep (WV) PF Thomas Bryant: (Undecided)

Thomas Bryant went off on the first day of Dick’s Nationals as he finished the game with 27 points, 19 rebounds, and 4 blocks to lead the way for Huntington Prep (WV). Bryant scored his 27 points on 11-16 shooting, while going a perfect 2-2 from behind the arc. Bryant is constantly working hard on both ends of the court and never quits on the glass, he finished with 8 offensive rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds dominating the boards and helping Huntington Prep advance to play top seeded Oak Hill Academy (VA).

 

2015 6’ 7” Wheeler (GA) SF Jaylen Brown: (Undecided)

Jaylen Brown went off for 29 points and 15 rebounds in the first round loss to Huntington Prep (WV). Brown did it in a variety of ways hitting three 3’s and finishing with a few explosive dunks around the rim. Jaylen Brown is an elite player who will make an instant impact wherever he goes next season. Brown has developed his shot becoming a more consistent mid-range and outside shooter, match this with his explosive athletic ability and it creates a problem for opposing defenses.

 

2015 6’ 9” Findlay Prep (NV) PF Horace Spencer: (Auburn)

Horace Spencer helped spark Findlay Prep (NV) in the second half, leading the Pilots on the defensive end with a few big blocks and finished with 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 17 minutes of play. Spencer is an energy player with explosive athleticism who plays hard and attacks the boards hard. Spencer will create an extra spark for an Auburn team competing in an increasingly competitive SEC conference.

 

2015 6’ 8” Findlay Prep (NV) SF Justin Jackson: (UNLV)

Justin Jackson had a big game for Findlay Prep (NV) against previously unbeaten Blanche Ely (FL). He finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Jackson and his teammates tightened up their defensive efforts in the second half as they held the Tigers to just 17 points. Justin Jackson is a unique talent at the small forward position as he can handle the ball very well and is an above average shooter as well. He should excel next year for a talented UNLV recruiting class.

 

2016 6’ 3” Huntington Prep (WV) PG Curtis Jones: (Undecided)

Curtis Jones played a big role in Huntington Prep’s big win over Wheeler (GA) as he finished with 23 points. Jones combined with Thomas Bryant for 50 points and while Bryant did it primarily around the basket, Jones hit three 3’s and came up with a few big baskets down the stretch. Curtis Jones can light up the scoreboard in a hurry and has developed from a combo guard into a good point guard this year at Huntington Prep (WV). Jones is one of the top guards in the junior class and was a big difference maker.

 

2015 6’ 6” Oak Hill Academy (VA) SG Dwayne Bacon: (Florida State)

Dwayne Bacon led Oak Hill (VA) in scoring with 21 points against Wings Academy (NY). Bacon got involved early and often for the Warriors leading Oak Hill to the win despite playing in the McDonald’s All American game just one night before. Bacon is a dynamic scorer for the Warriors, his height and athletic ability help to create a difference between him and other guards. Bacon is one of the nations best scorers and will face off against Allonzo Trier tomorrow in a matchup of two of the top 2015 scoring machines.

 

2015 6’ 9” Montverde Academy (FL) SF Ben Simmons: (LSU)

Ben Simmons didn’t have his best night against Greensboro Day (NC) as he finished with just 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists, however he still led his team to a tough win against a well-coached Greensboro Day. Simmons is a special player because at 6′ 9″ he handles the ball from the point forward position and possesses good passing abilities creating opportunities for his teammates to step up. Ben Simmons is the ultimate team player and will excel with talented players around him at the next level.

 

2015 Wings Academy (NY) 6’ 11” PF Jessie Govan: (Georgetown)

Jessie Govan kept Wings Academy (NY) within striking distance of Oak Hill Academy (VA) throughout the game, hitting consistently from 15 feet and enforcing his will in the paint. Govan finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds against 6′ 11″ Daniel Giddens and 7′ 0″ Rodney Miller. Govan has all the tools to make an instant impact for Georgetown next year as he played well against future high-major big men.

 

2017 Findlay Prep (TX) 6′ 8″ PF PJ Washington: (Undecided)

PJ Washington was dominant in the Findlay Prep (NV) win over previously unbeaten Blanche Ely (FL) as he finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Only a sophomore, Washington is truly a rare athletic talent and is not afraid to finish with authority around the rim. Against Blanche Ely, Washington made a few highlight real blocks as well, showing off his strength on the defensive end. PJ Washington is a top 25 sophomore in the country and with his athletic ability the sky is the limit for his potential growth.

 

2015 Findlay Prep (NV) 6′ 4″ SG Allonzo Trier: (Arizona)

Allonzo Trier played in the first game of the day, flying in from the McDonald’s All American game that morning and playing at 12. Despite the lack of sleep, Trier still managed to finish with 18 points including a few big baskets down the stretch to give Findlay Prep (NV) the momentum needed to take down Blanche Ely (FL). Trier is one of the top scorers in 2015 and continues to prove his ability to score on all three levels as he dominates at the high school level. Look for him to excel at Arizona next season.

 

2015 Blanche Ely (FL) 6′ 1″ PG Laquincy Rideau: (Gardner Webb)

Laquincy Rideau filled up the stat sheet better than any player on day one as he finished with 15 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks in the loss to Findlay Prep (NV). Rideau played well throughout the contest and almost single-handedly kept Blanche Ely (FL) within striking distance against a very talented Findlay Prep (NV) squad. Rideau is a small guard with a good build that helps him excel when going to the basket. Rideau should be able to step in and help Gardner Webb next year as a freshman.

 

2015 Montverde Academy (FL) 6′ 8″ PF Noah Dickerson: (Florida)

Noah Dickerson was a big part of the Montverde Academy (FL) offense against Greensboro Day (NC) as he finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the 50-34 win. Dickerson showed off his shooting abilities against Greensboro Day and even knocked down a three, although that is certainly not his game. Dickerson battles hard around the basket and attacks the glass relentlessly. At 6′ 8″ Dickerson is an undersized forward at the next level, however he can make up for this with his hustle and hard work.

 

Day 2 Standout five:

2015 6′ 9″ Montverde Academy (FL) SF Ben Simmons: (LSU)

Ben Simmons had a big game for Montverde as he led the Eagles with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. Simmons was a beast on the glass down the stretch for Montverde and finished 14-19 from the free throw line, getting into the paint and drawing contact and fouling out five Findlay Prep players. Simmons will be hungry to capture his third straight High School Nationals title tomorrow to end his career at Montverde with a 62-1 record.

 

2015 6′ 4″ Findlay Prep (NV) SG Allonzo Trier: (Arizona)

Allonzo Trier finished the game against a tough, defensive-minded Montverde Academy with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals providing a consistent scoring presence for the Pilots. Trier finished 11-12 from the free throw line to go along with going 2-6 from three. Trier did it in a variety of ways to fill up the score sheet against Montverde and showed why he will make a instant impact in the Pac-12 next year with Arizona.

 

2016 6′ 6″ Huntington Prep (WV) SF Miles Bridges: (Undecided)

Miles Bridges finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the tough 61-51 loss to undefeated Oak Hill. Bridges showed his athletic ability flying to the rim and finishing off an emphatic slam in the lane in the first half that sparked Huntington Prep and kept them alive throughout. Bridges was matched up against Jaylen Brown and Dwayne Bacon and held his own with both showing he is an elite talent that will be a huge impact player next year for Huntington Prep (WV).

 

2015 6′ 6″ Oak Hill Academy (VA) SG Dwayne Bacon: (Florida State)

Dwayne Bacon led Oak Hill in scoring finishing with 17 points in just 21 minutes of action. Dwayne Bacon is a high level scorer who can score on all levels and at 6′ 6″ creates matchup problems for smaller opposing guards. Bacon is an extremely athletic guard who could see himself being drafted in the lottery in the coming years with his size, scoring, and size he will be a hot commodity on NBA teams draft boards.

 

2015 6′ 11″ Oak Hill Academy (VA) C Daniel Giddens: (Ohio State)

Daniel Giddens played a great game for Oak Hill Academy as he held Thomas Bryant to just 12 points and 6 rebounds. Giddens finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds himself, outplaying Bryant and making a statement. Giddens is an elite defensive player who is affective on the glass collecting rebounds and finishing off with big dunks around the rim.

 

 

Day 2 Recap:

Montverde Academy (FL) trailed by 5 points to Findlay Prep (NV) heading into the last minute of the game. In the last minute of the game PF Noah Dickerson knocked down a three to pull them to within one, Ben Simmons was called for a walk on a play where he stole the ball and could have been going to the line for a potential and-one. In the closing seconds Noah Dickerson was fouled with 5.9 seconds remaining as he was going to the line with Montverde down 42-40, he missed both free throws and Montverde got the rebound, missed a jumper, got another rebound and made the layup at the buzzer to send it into overtime.

In the overtime Ben Simmons dominance continued as he finished the game with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists, leading Montverde to the win despite the team shooting just 2-22 from three and 22-42 from the free throw line. Findlay Prep finished the game with 27 turnovers and had five players foul out over the course of the game. Those five players who fouled out for Findlay Prep were 2015 Auburn commit Horace Spencer, 2015 UNLV commit Justin Jackson, 2017 O’Shae Brissett, 2017 PJ Washington, and 2016 Khalea Turner. The Pilots were led by Allonzo Trier who finished with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals and played through bruised ribs from his fall yesterday against Blanche Ely (FL). Montverde moves to 30-1 on the season and will take on undefeated Oak Hill Academy (VA) tomorrow at Madison Square Garden.

Oak Hill Academy (VA) moved one step closer to finishing their season unbeaten as they took down Huntington Prep (WV) 61-51, sparked by a 16-4 run over the last 6+ minutes of the game. Oak Hill was paced by Dwayne Bacon who finished with 17 points and Daniel Giddens who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Giddens stayed out of foul trouble and held Thomas Bryant to just 12 points and 6 rebounds one night after Bryant had his monster 27 point, 19 rebound performance. The leading scorer for Huntington Prep was top 10 junior prospect Miles Bridges who had 19 points and 9 rebounds.

 

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