Who: No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) vs. No. 8 Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.)
When: 6 p.m. ET, Thursday
Where: Christ The King, Middle Village, N.Y.
About Oak Hill Academy: This has been a resurgent year at Oak Hill, even for a program that challenges for all national honors each year. The Warriors enter with an all-time single-season school best record of 45-0, and the alma mater of such hoops luminaries as Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Jennings and Rajon Rondo is loaded, as it always is. Shooting guard Dwayne Bacon is a five-star Florida State signee and a top-1o overall prospect in the Class of 2015, and the flashiest hood ornament on the Warriors’ seriously impressive muscle car. He’ll be jetting in Thursday morning from the McDonald’s All American game toting the contest’s slam dunk trophy, along with some of the top plaudits from practice sessions. Missouri commit and point guard Terrence Phillips is a grade A facilitator who also can score a big bucket, while Ohio State signee Daniel Giddens is a stud on the interior at 6-foot-10.
About Wings Academy: If there is a clear mismatch among the first-round matchups assembled by the DICK’S tournament, it’s this one. Still, that doesn’t mean Wings, which enters as the No. 15 team in the Super 25 and the No. 8 seed in this tournament, can’t keep up with Oak Hill if things break its way. Wings has one of the nation’s top big men in center prospect Jessie Govan, a Georgetown signee who had 24 points in the team’s state Federation Tournament of Champions victory against Christ The King, which just so happens to be hosting the DICK’S first round and semifinals. Govan’s primary running mate, Desure Buie, scored 25 points in the team’s previous semifinal victory.
What to expect: Much will depend on Wings dynamic duo, and both of those stars will have their hands full on the defensive end against Oak Hill’s superior depth. Yet if every single thing breaks right (think lots of Oak Hill foul trouble, a hot shooting Buie and Govan throwing his weight around inside), Wings could take this game down to the wire. It would still be hard to bet against the Warriors, but a handful of folks representing DICK’S and ESPN, among others, would love to see it happen.