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Oak Hill Academy (20‑9)

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

GEICO NATIONALS QUARTERFINALIST

Top Players

  • 6-7 SR Chris Livingston (KENTUCKY) … #5 (PrepHoops) … #6 (247 Sports) … #8 (Rivals)
  • 6-3 JR Caleb Foster (DUKE) … #9 (247 Sports) … #11 (Rivals) … #13 (ESPN, PrepHoops)
  • 6-4 SR Judah Mintz … #43 (ESPN) … #57 (247 Sports) … #68 (Rivals)
  • 6-8 JR Justin McBride … #61 (PrepHoops) … #103 (Rivals) … #122 (247 Sports)
  • 6-8 SR Devin Ree (LSU) … #85 (247 Sports) … #96 (ESPN) … #114 (PrepHoops)
  • 6-7 SR Jeremy Gregory (EAST TENNESSEE ST.)
  • 7-1 SR Christian Reeves

Warriors At A Glance

BALLISLIFE PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKING: No. 6
MAXPREPS RANKING (independents): No. 4

Legendary coach Steve Smith (1,199-88 in 36 years), a four-time USA Today National Coach of the Year, brings the fabled Oak Hill program back to a City of Palms for the second time in four years. The young Warriors’ nine losses were their most since the 1978-79 season, but several breakout stars emerged, notably Duke commit 6-3 JR Caleb Foster (13.6 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.2 rpg), who shot 52.2 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 6-7 JR Justin McBride. Oak Hill’s latest quartet of prized transfers include Kentucky-bound 6-7 SR Chris Livingston (31.1 ppg, 15.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 4.7 steals, 4.3 blocks at Akron Buchtel OH), 6-8 SR Devin Ree (23.2 ppg, 12 rpg, 5 apg, 3 blocks at Terry MS) – Mississippi’s No. 1 prospect and an LSU pledge – and Pittsburgh 6-4 SR Judah Mintz (16 ppg at Gonzaga DC, 18.2 ppg at this summer’s Nike EYBL Peach Jam). A talented supporting cast features a pair of productive guards, 6-1 SR Xavier Brown and 6-2 SOPH Tybo Bailey, plus East Tennessee State-bound and relentless rebounding forward 6-8 SR Jeremy Gregory (18 ppg, 10 rpg at North Mecklenburg NC), 7-1 SR Christian Reeves (Cannon School NC) and 6-10 SR Jalen Reed. … Livingston was named Gatorade’s Ohio Player of the Year after leading the Griffins to the state quarterfinals. Livingston had 34 points and 19 rebounds in that game, an 88-74 loss to No. 2-ranked Lima Shawnee, and poured in a career-high 54 on 22-of-27 shooting and eight dunks with 12 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals in Buchtel’s 106-44 win over Akron East in January. He is joined in Mouth of Wilson by his twin brother, 6-0 SR Cordell Livingston (4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 4.4 steals at Buchtel). … Oak Hill has been crowned national champions nine times, including three in a four-year span (2004-07), highlighted by a 65-game winning streak (2000-02) and eight 40-win seasons. The 1992-93 Warriors, playing in an era where high-powered prep academies were mostly a thing of the future, finished 36-0 and blew out opponents by 32 points per game. … Smith has coached 33 McDonald’s All-Americans and 36 future NBA players (16 first-round picks), including Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Jerry Stackhouse, Ron Mercer, Rod Strickland and Josh Smith.