Round two of the Oak Hill Academy/Carlisle matchup resulted in plenty of spirited play, offering everyone in the sold out gym on Oak Hill’s campus to see some of the nation’s finest talent. Both teams mixed it up with man and zone defenses, threw in presses for short periods of time, and shared the rock offensively. Ultimately it was Oak Hill who walked away with a 51-49 victory, but not without a fight.
Here are a few of the standouts from last night:
Cody Martin, 6’7, SF, Oak Hill Academy, 2014- Cody Martin had it going on all cylinders against Carlisle, finishing with 18 points. He created his own shot at will, showed off a very nice handle for a wing, and hit the game-winning layup with one of his many creative takes to the rack. The NC State commit has continued to make strides in his game and seems destined to contribute from day one in Raleigh.
Thon Maker, 7’0, PF/C, Carlisle School, 2016- The nation’s top player in the class of 2016 lived up to the hype, leading Carlisle to the buzzer against one of the nation’s perennial powers. The seven footer dominated the game with his shot-blocking, altering or swatting over 10 shots. On the offensive side, he blended an inside/out game that saw him do the bulk of his work from the elbow. The improvement that Thon has shown over the last two years working with John Lucas is remarkable, making it scary to think how good he could become by the time he is finished at the high school level.
Terrence Phillips, 5’10, PG, Oak Hill Academy, 2015- Following the Oak Hill lineage of his family is Terrence Phillips and with Shelton Mitchell on the shelf, he did not disappoint. The younger brother of Pistons’ guard Brandon Jennings played lockdown defense, showed incredible intensity, and appeared much more poised as a playmaker. The Atlanta Xpress AAU product had some late game heroics too, coming up with three steals in the last minute and a half of the game to seal things for Oak Hill.
Eric Johnson, 6’2, PG, Carlisle School, 2014- A well known lead guard in the region for quite some time, Eric Johnson has seemingly fell a little under the radar later in his high school career, but is really beginning to explode again. Against Oak Hill, he simply did just about everything he wanted as far as scoring the ball. Johnson hit deep three pointers, finished in the paint against OHA’s towering defenders, and made it a point to get Thon Maker his touches. Look for Eric to be one of the Southeast’s hottest unsigned seniors when the late signing period hits.
Rokas Gustys, 6’9, C, Oak Hill Academy, 2014- One of the players who really caught my eye at last year’s Oak Hill vs Hargrave scrimmage was Rokas Gustys. The burly big man showed no fear going right at Thon Maker, played great positional defense, and used his strength to rebound his area incredibly well. Look for this space eater to have no shortage of high major offers come this spring.