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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
One thing didn't change this year at Oak Hill Academy, which fell short in its bid for a ninth national basketball championship.
Six Oak Hill seniors signed letters-of-intent with teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences, the latest of whom was 6-foot-8, 250-pound Lennard Freeman this week with North Carolina State.
Other Oak Hill players signed with North Carolina (Nate Britt), Indiana (Troy Williams), South Carolina (Sindarius Thornwell), DePaul (R.J. Curington) and Washington State (Ike Iroegbu).
Freeman, who was 16 at the beginning of the year, was young enough that he could have spent two years at Oak Hill, but he received nearly 20 scholarship offers and was at Pittsburgh last weekend on an official visit.
In the meantime, coach Steve Smith has been putting together his 2013-2014 Oak Hill roster, which includes four players who already have committed to ACC teams.
That includes 6-foot-5 B.J. Stith, who was a junior this past season on a state championship team at Brunswick County High School that was coached by his father, Bryant.
B.J. Stith has committed to Virginia, which is the alma mater of his father, who any day is expected to be named to the new coaching staff at Old Dominion.
Also bound for Oak Hill are Caleb and Cody Martin, 6-6 twins from Mocksville, N.C., who already have committed to N.C. State, and Shelton Mitchell, a 6-3 point guard from Waxhaw, N.C., who is committed to Wake Forest.
Oak Hill's prominent returnees include Rokas Gustys, a 6-8, 245-pound Lithuanian, and 6-3 guard Chris Tang from Jiangsu, China, by way of Hampton Roads Academy.
Coron Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard who started 34 of 35 games last year for Robert Morris, will have immediate eligibility at Wake Forest after electing to enroll in graduate school.
Williams, who averaged 9.1 points and made 74 3-point field goals this past season, went to high school at Christchurch on Virginia's Northern Neck.
-- N.C. State men's basketball recruit Desmond Lee, a
6-4 guard from New Mexico Junior College, spent one season at the Heat Academy in Martinsville after his graduation from Booker T. Washington in Norfolk.
Virginia assistant Jason Williford was one of three finalists for the vacancy at American University, where Georgetown assistant Mike Brennan was named to succeed Jeff Jones as head coach. Brennan and Williford both had been assistants under Jones, who resigned to become the head coach at Old Dominion.
One day after North Carolina State junior C.J. Leslie announced he would place his name in consideration for the NBA Draft, his younger sister, Kiara, committed to Maryland. She's a 6-foot junior at Holly Springs (N.C.) High School.
Carlisle School swimmer Claire Adkins, winner of the 200-yard freestyle at the Virginia Independent Schools championships, is headed to James Madison.
Adkins, a first-team All-Timesland selection for the second year, will be joining two of her year-around teammates at the Carter Athletic Center in Roanoke, Dukes freshmen Kacy Edsall (William Byrd) and Jackie Crawford (Cave Spring).
Ex-Patrick Henry volleyball player Jenny Young has received the Lomax Award as the top women's athlete in the senior class at Catawba College in Concord, N.C. Young, a two-time all-South Athletic Conference choice, set records for digs in a game (55), season (769) and career (2,090). She also was named 2012 team MVP.
Hardy native and former Staunton River High School coach Buddy Bolding has announced his retirement after 35 years as head baseball coach at Longwood University. Bolding, an Army medic in Vietnam, was a distinguished track athlete at Milligan College and is a member of the Milligan sports hall of fame.
Virginia Tech baseball coach Pete Hughes, whose Hokies have put themselves in NCAA tournament consideration with their recent play, is not about to look past a weekend visit to Boston College, which is 9-35 overall and 2-21 in ACC play.
"On the road at Boston College, a place that paid my mortgage for eight years," said Hughes, who coached the Eagles from 1999-2007, averaging 31 wins, "It's not an enjoyable place for a team to come into to play. We have the book on that."
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