Sindarius Thornwell Down to 2 Schools (UPDATED)

Oak Hill shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell is down to two schools — N.C. State and South Carolina.

Thornwell will visit N.C. State Oct. 12 and may visit South Carolina Oct. 19, but that date has not been entrenched yet.

The South Carolina native had previously considered Ohio State and Georgia.

As for South Carolina, Thornwell told SNY.tv, “I like coach Frank [Martin]. It’s close to home. I got an opportunity to get a lot of playing time there and I like the playing style there. It’s just where I’m from, it’s just me. South Carolina is me.” To read more of this story, click here

Troy Williams Plans Two Visits

Oak Hill small forward Troy Williams has set two visits.

The 6-foot-6 Williams will take an unofficial to North Carolina Oct. 12 and will visit Indiana officially Oct. 19-21.

He is also considering Louisville, Ohio State, Arkansas and Alabama, but has no other visits set.

“I’m still looking to trim [my list] down,” he told SNY.tv Friday by phone. To read more of this story, click here

Troy Williams, Sindarius Thornwell Hosting Home Visits

Oak Hill players Troy Williams and Sindarius Thornwell will host a series of home visits at the Virginia school beginning next week and will then plan their officials from there, head coach Steve Smith told SNY.tv.

Here are their respective home visit schedules:

Troy Williams:

Sept. 9 — North Carolina, South Carolina

Sept. 10 — Ohio State, Indiana, Arkansas

Sept. 12 — LSU To read more of this story, click here

Troy Williams's Recruitment Is In Flux


NEW YORK — Troy Williams’s recruitment is in flux.

Just a few months ago, he was going to announce for Kentucky or North Carolina.

Now a slew of new schools, including Ohio State, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgetown and Arkansas are in the mix for the 6-foot-6, high-flying athletic wing who had 10 points as the USA team beat the NYC team, 87-86, Saturday night in the Big Strick classic at City College of New York. To read more of this story, click here

Troy Williams to Oak Hill; Al Freeman to Findlay Prep

Some of the biggest names in the Class of 2013 are on the move.

Troy Williams of Phoebus (Va.) High will spend his senior season at vaunted powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, while fellow 2013 star Allerik Freeman with play for Findlay Prep.

“He’s a combo forward, he can play the three/four,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said of Williams in confirming the news. “His deficiency, if he has one, is his outside shot. He thinks he needs to make a few changes on his shot.

“He plays extremely hard, defends, offensive rebounds like crazy. Scores inside, scores mid-range. He just needs to work on his outside shot to become a little more consistent. I like the fact that he plays so hard.” To read more of this story, click here

St. Anthony Finishes Unbeaten But Without A Mythical National Title

Bob Hurley has coached at St. Anthony for 40 years and won 27 State titles and 12 New Jersey Tournament of Champions crowns.

After Tuesday night’s 66-62 victory over Plainfield in the TOC final, Hurley has now led seven teams to undefeated seasons, according to Jim Hague, St. Anthony historian and journalist at the Hudson Reporter.

In four of the previous six unbeaten seasons, the Friars won a USA Today mythical national championship.

But this year, for the third time, St. Anthony won’t win the mythical national title.

That’s because Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., completed its season 44-0 and is ranked No. 1 in both the USA Today and ESPN polls. Findlay Prep (29-1) is currently No. 2 in both rankings and St. Anthony is No. 3 in both.

“I hate to blow your bubble on this one but I really don’t care,” Hurley told SNY.tv in a recent interview. “All I’m interested in is The Star-Ledger poll in New Jersey given out to the No. 1 team in the state at the end of the year. If you do really well in the Ledger poll then you’ve had a really good year. To read more of this story, click here

Oak Hill Skipping ESPN Event for China Trip

In any other year, Oak Hill coach Steve Smith would be happy to take his team to the ESPN National High School Invitational in North Bethesda, Md.

But not this year.

That’s because Smith is taking the Warriors (43-0) — who are No. 1 in the ESPN poll and No. 2 in the Five Star Power Rankings — on a basketball tour of China that runs March 7-19.

Oak Hill — which has produced a slew of NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo — will return To read more of this story, click here

Reeves Nelson to Lithuania

Reeves Nelson, who was dismissed last week from UCLA, is headed to play professionally in Lithuania, coach Ben Howland announced Thursday.

“As far as what team that will be, we can’t say because we don’t have a signed contract,” Brian Nelson, Reeves’ father, told the Modesto Bee. “Reeves is not returning to college. He’s not transferring anywhere. He has every intention of turning pro.”

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Nelson plans to enter the 2012 NBA Draft and thus cannot sign with an NBA team, even as a free agent, until after the draft, the Bee reported. To read more of this story, click here

Ibeh to Texas; Hammons to Purdue; Smith-Rivera Leaning to Georgetown; Obekpa to Visit UConn

Prince Ibeh, a 6-foot-10 center from Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest, has verbally committed to Texas.

The Rivals No. 10 center in the Class of 2012, Ibeh also considered Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.

He brings “great length and athleticism,” Naaman Forest coach Jeff Clarkson said by text. “He is already a great shot blocker. He needs to work on the offense but he has tremendous upside with his size and quickness.” To read more of this story, click here

Stokes Outplays Coleman in Battle of Big Men


NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — High-profile college coaches were all around the gym at the Riverview Park Activities Center for Tuesday evening’s matchup between big men Jarnell Stokes of Memphis YOMCA and DaJuan Coleman of Albany City Rocks.

Kentucky’s John Calipari, Florida’s Billy Donovan, Memphis’ Josh Pastner, UConn’s Jim Calhoun and UCLA’s Ben Howland were among the coaches watching the battle of the big men.

In the end, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Stokes won the matchup, hitting a gorgeous step-back jumper over Coleman at one point and notching 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block as Memphis handed the City Rocks their second loss in as many games, 71-62. To read more of this story, click here