N.C. State-Bound Martin Brothers Set to Play For National Title

MartinsBy JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – After trailing by 10 points at halftime and as many as 14 in the second half, Oak Hill Academy completed a tough comeback, led by twin brothers Cody and Caleb Martin, to defeat Findlay Prep in the semifinal round of the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament, 64-56, at Christ the King High School.

Oak Hill will meet defending NHSI champion Montverde (FL) Academy in the championship game Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The game will tip at noon on ESPN.

The Martin brothers, who are heading to play for coach Mark Gottfried at North Carolina State next year, combined for 35 of their team’s 64 points in the victory. Cody finished with 22 points, 20 of which came in the second half, and six rebounds while Caleb had 13 points and forced five important steals that started the comeback in the third quarter. To read more of this story, click here

Montverde, Findlay Prep, Huntington Prep, Oak Hill Headline Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament

FindlayWhile the eyes of the college basketball world will turn this week to the Final Four in North Texas, many of the future stars of college hoops will be on display in New York City.

The DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament (formerly the National High School Invitational) features seven of the top eight ranked boys teams by USA Today.

The boys field includes defending NHSI Champion and No. 1-ranked Montverde Academy (FL), coached by former St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle, as well as three different 2014 State Champions: Northside Christian Academy from North Carolina, The Sagemont School from Florida and Rainier Beach High School from Washington. To read more of this story, click here

Lennard Freeman Cuts List; Will Visit Villanova, Pitt, UAB (UPDATED)

Oak Hill Academy power forward Lennard Freeman has cut his list to five schools and embarks on a key visit today (Friday).

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Washington, D.C., native has trimmed his list to DePaul, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, UAB and Villanova, he told SNY.tv.

Freeman will visit Villanova beginning Friday and then trip to Pittsburgh May 3-5. Freeman may also trip to UAB May 10, he told SNY.tv.

As for the Villanova visit, that would be the school closest to his home.

“I just want to see the whole school, the coaching staff, the players and how they play and see campus life outside of school,” he told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

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