The nation’s premier high school basketball program, Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy, is putting on its first-ever alumni game tomorrow night at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The game, which was advertised in SLAM 109, will showcase exactly how big an impact head coach Steve Smith and his program have had on the college and pro basketball scene in recent years. Expected to play in the game will be current and past collge stars including Ben Davis (Arizona), KC Rivers (Clamson), William Avery (Duke), Cliff Hawkins and Ron Mercer (Kentucky), Tywon Lawson (UNC, pictured below), Kevin Lyde (Temple), Ron Slay (Tennessee), Cory Alexander, Junior Burrough, RJ Reynolds, Curtis Staples and Travis Watson (Virginia) and Justin Gray and Antwan Scott (Wake Forest).
A bunch of NBA dudes will be there, too, but the NBA is unfortunately not sanctioning them to play. Of the nine active Oak Hill alums in the League (Carmelo Anthony, Steve Blake, Sagana Diop, Stephen Jackson, Jeff McInnis, Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith, Jerry Stackhouse and Marcus Williams; imagine that—nine active players from one program), all but Jax and Williams will be in the building tomorrow night, “coaching,” hanging out and signing autographs.
If you live near Charlotte, buy a ticket and check out the game. If you live elsewhere, check Slamonline Monday for a full recap.