50 States in 50 Days: Virginia
The state known as "Old Dominion" has a lot of new talent
As the season draws closer, Five-Star is previewing the high school basketball scene in all 50 states. Each day, we will focus on one state, highlighting the top teams, players and games of the upcoming season. Today, we focus on Virginia. So, Virginians, did we pick the top teams or did we snub your alma matter? Did we find the best players, or is there someone flying under the radar, ready to make noise? Let us know in the comments below.
Five Teams to Watch:
Kecoughtan: A Hampton-based school, Kecoughtan will be competing for the AAA state crown this year following Norcom’s run last year that led to top-5 spots in high school polls. Class of 2012 shooting guard Josh Fortune is one of the best shooters in the state and is heading to Providence. He will be joined by junior 6-7 combo forward Rodney Bullock whose high motor will play key to the Warriors' success.
Episcopal: The Maroons are one of the top teams in the Interstate Athletic Conference that features six private schools in the Washington, D.C. area. Wake Forest-commit Arnaud Adala Moto (see below) and 6-3 senior classmate Kethan Savage will pace the group. Savage has verbally committed to play at George Washington.
Benedictine: The Cadets are one of the better teams in Central Virginia. Duke freshman Michael Gbinije is a recent graduate. Senior Jordan Burgess is a strong wing who is committed to VCU. Point guard Desmond Ridenour is also receiving attention from a number of mid-major schools. 6-8 junior big man Mark Williams already holds an offer from Indiana and has interest from a number of major programs.
Hargrave Military Academy: Top-100 recruits Codi Miller-McIntyre and Montrezl Harrell will be pacing the Chatham, VA school. Miller-McIntyre is a scoring point guard headed to Wake Forest while the slashing forward Harrell is verbally committed to Virginia Tech. Senior Charles Buggs and Andre Washington will also play factors on the squad.
Oak Hill Academy: As usual, the Warriors are loaded with consensus top-100 players. This year’s roster includes Tyler Lewis, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Jordan Adams, Damien Wilson, Jordan Tebbutt, and A.J. Hammons. Finishing in the top-5 in most high school rankings last year, it would be no surprise if they manage to do the same, if not better this year. La Lumiere, Grace Prep, Miller Grove and Westwind Academy are all on the schedule.
Five Players to Watch:
Andrew White (The Miller School): Who isn’t trying to get the services of this 6-6 senior? Kansas, West Virginia, Texas, N.C. State, Louisville and more have all offered. White excels in transition using his length and can finish around the tin. He is also a steady spot up shooter. Rivals slots White at No. 56 nationally in the class of 2012 and as the 12th best swingman.
Troy Williams (Phoebus): Viewed as the top junior prospect in the state, Troy Williams can bring a crowd to their feet. Standing at 6-6, Williams is blessed with elite athleticism and is known for throwing down vicious jams and causing havoc in the passing lanes. The Hampton, VA, small forward already has offers from Georgetown, Florida, Kentucky, Texas and Virginia. Troy is the nephew of AAU legend Boo Williams.
Arnaud Adala Moto (Episcopal): Moto's a tenacious small forward and arguably the top signed senior playing basketball in the state of Virginia. The future Wake Forest Demon Deacon has a high motor that can be disruptive on the defensive end. In transition, he's inclined to finish while utilizing his bruising frame. Moto was a key to the success of the Team Takeover travel team this past summer.
Anthony Barber (Hampton): A lightning-quick class of 2013 point guard, Barber stars for Boo Williams and is viewed as one of the top floor generals in his class. He's able to get into the paint at will and already has offers from North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Providence. Standing at 6-2, Barber also has the length to be a pesky defender.
Romelo Trimble (Bishop O’Connell): The sophomore point guard is one of the better young prospects in the DMV. At 6-1, Trimble has a smooth shooting stroke and is adept at delivering the ball to open teammates. He was the lead guard for the 16U D.C. Assault team this past summer.
Games to circle on the calendar:
Oak Hill Academy vs. La Lumiere
Kecoughtan vs. Hampton
Paul VI vs. DeMatha Catholic (MD)
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Dell Curry (Fort Defiance)
Ed Davis (Benedictine)
Hubert Davis (Lake Braddock Secondary)
Andre Dawkins (Atlantic Shores Christian School)
John Gilchrist (Salem)
Justin Haper (Meadowbrook)
Gerald Henderson (Huguenot)
Grant Hill (South Lakes)
Allen Iverson (Bethel)
Jerome Kersey (Bluestone)
Billy King (Park View)
John Kuester (Benedictine)
George Lynch (Patrick Henry)
James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian)
Moses Malone (Petersburg)
Kendall Marshall (Bishop O’Connell)
Tony Massenburg (Sussex Central)
Alonzo Mourning (Indian River)
J.R. Reid (Kempsville)
Scottie Reynolds (Herndon)
Tyrese Rice (L.C. Bird)
David Robinson (Osbourn Park)
Ralph Sampson (Harrisonburg)
Josh Smith (Mattew Fontaine Maury)
Mark West (Petersburg)
Jimmy Walker (Laurinburg Institute, NC)
Reggie Williams (Prince George)
Bryant Stith (Brunswick)
Joe Smith (Maury)
J.J. Reddick (Cave Spring)
Johnny Newman (George Washington)
Jerome Kersey (Bluestone)
Randolph Childress (Flint Hill School)