Thank you to the yearbook staff for the photos.
Thanks to the yearbook staff for photo contributions.
L-R: Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton), Oliver Lynch-Daniels (Houston Baptist), Devontae Shuler (Ole Miss), and Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State).
On November 9, 2016, Oak Hill Red Team Senior Oliver-Lynch Daniels signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division I Basketball for Houston Baptist University. Oliver is a 3-year member and 2-year captain of the Oak Hill Red Team. Oliver is pictured above alongside Oak Hill’s Gold Team players.
For a full article from Houston Baptist University’s athletics website click here.
Coach Mike Burns updates us on the early games of the season:
Red Team continues strong start before Thanksgiving Break
After a 2-0 start to the season, the Red Team looked to continue the early winning streak with games against Combine Academy and Mountain Mission School, with both games taking place before Thanksgiving Break.
On November 8th, the Red Team took the court against Combine Academy at historic Turner Gymnasium on Oak Hill’s campus. The game started with frenetic pace which allowed Oak Hill Red to end the first quarter with a 27-3 lead. As the second quarter began it was more of the same for Oak Hill Red as the half ended with a 54-20 lead. Coming out of halftime it was important for Oak Hill Red to continue the high-intensity defense and not allow Combine back into the game. Oak Hill Red established dominant defensive pressure in the second half and closed out the wire to wire win with a final score of 95-56.
Scoring from the game: Oliver Lynch-Daniels – 22; Camden Hughes – 12; Graeme Majors – 10; Damani McEntire – 10; Josh Hall – 10; Akrum Ahemed – 7; Umberto Brusadin – 6; Shamar Henry – 5; Alex Stenner – 4; Donovan Saine – 4 (also 11 rebounds); Sean Oberman – 3; Michael Odiana – 2.
The fourth game of the season featured Oak Hill Red versus Mountain Mission School on November 12th, a rematch of the 2016 NACA National Championship. Oak Hill Red looked to stay undefeated and knew the game would be a battle from the tip, however it was evident from the beginning that Oak Hill Red’s new defensive identity would be too much for Mountain Mission to handle: at the half the score was Oak Hill Red 60, Mountain Mission 19. As the second half began Oak Hill Red continued with the defensive pressure, ultimately finishing the game with 31 team steals. The game ended with a final score of Oak Hill Red 113, Mountain Mission 48.
Throughout the game the Oak Hill Red Coaches (Hebold and Burns) continued to comment about how unselfish the team looked. Oak Hill Red finished the game wit 29 assists on 55 made shots. The unselfish play also allowed Oak Hill Red to be efficient from the field shooting 64% from the field and 46.7% from three. The Oak Hill Red Team finished the first part of the season 4-0 and play again on December 2nd against Myrtle Beach Christian Academy at 7 pm at Turner Gymnasium.
Scoring from the game: Michael Odiana – 18; Damani McEntire – 14; Akrum Ahemed – 13; Josh Hall – 12; Oliver Lynch-Daniels – 9; Aidan Stenner – 8; Umberto Brusadin – 8; Shamar Henry – 7; Sean Oberman – 6; Camden Hughes – 5; Donovan Saine – 4; Graeme Majors – 3; Alex Stenner – 2; Bryce Radford – 2; Idrissa Sow – 2.
The Red team of the Oak Hill Academy Warriors began this year’s basketball season with a win over Believe Prep of South Carolina 74-45 on November 1st.
Thanks to Ms. Sargent and the yearbook staff for the photo contributions.
Game video available on “Oak Hill Red Team” YouTube channel here.
Game play-by-play audio available at mixlr.com/OakHillWarriors (under “Showreel Items”) here.
Update provided by Coach Mike Burns:
The Red Team finished the first week of the regular season 2-0 with wins over Believe Prep Academy and Moravian Prep. In the game against Believe Prep the Red Team was paced by senior captains Graeme Majors and Oliver Lynch-Daniels. Majors finished the game with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals, while Lynch-Daniels finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Another key player in the Believe Prep game was Donovan Saine who finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds, a solid Oak Hill debut for the junior. The final score was Oak Hill Red – 74, Believe Prep Academy – 45.
In the second game of the week, against a good Moravian Prep team, the Red Team again looked to senior leadership, this time coming from the bench in Aidan Stenner. As soon as Stenner checked into the game it was evident that a career night could be in the making. After a hot start, Stenner finished with 25 points (10/13 from the field). Not to be outdone, senior captain Oliver Lynch-Daniels finished the game with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Senior Michael Odiana also chipped in 8 points and had 2 steals. The final score was Oak Hill Red – 85, Moravian Prep – 63.
Aidan Stenner drives to the basket.
These early games allowed veterans to pick up where they left off, having a NACA Division 2 National Championship, but also exposed the new Red Team members to the tough competition that will be seen throughout the season. As these two contests displayed some strong offensive performances, the true team identity is found in the consistent and intense team defense. If the team continues to perform at a high level, this season could be as magical as the last. The Red Team has two games before Thanksgiving break, November 8th against Combine Academy and November 12th against Mountain Mission School.
Coach Burns shares this report from the recent attendance of the PhenomHoopReport.com showcase in North Carolina by four of our Red Team players:
On October 9th, 2016, a few players from the Oak Hill Red Team ventured off the mountain to Greensboro, North Carolina, to participate in the Phenom 150 Showcase. This showcase allows players to play with athletes from other high schools and to be honestly evaluated by the Phenom Hoop Staff. The players from OHA participating in this year’s showcase included seniors Oliver Lynch-Daniels, Camden Hughes, and Graeme Majors, along with sophomore Bryce Radford.
The standouts of the day were Oliver Lynch-Daniels and Camden Hughes. Oliver was touted as one of the hardest-working players at the showcase, while displaying a high skill level in all aspects of the game. One evaluator stated, “By the end of Sunday, everybody was talking about how complete a player he was, and every opposing coach found himself in awe of his talents. The ‘flashiness’ of his game isn’t what has everyone buzzing–it’s his ability to do absolutely everything on the basketball floor extremely well and at 110%. There are truly no holes in Lynch-Daniels’ game, on either end of the ball; he scores, passes, defends, and rebounds all at really high levels.” At the end of the day, Oliver had a scoring average of 16.7 points per game, while also being named game MVP multiple times.
The other standout, Camden Hughes, was praised for his ability to shoot the ball well from deep while playing hard and maintaining a high I.Q. The exact words by one evaluator: “The lefty lead guard showed deep range and great touch on his jump shot. He handled the ball well and played with a great motor and IQ. Hughes transferred to play his senior season at Oak Hill; the move looks to have been a good one.” Camden was extremely productive throughout the day, averaging 17.3 points per game, and was named Game MVP for every game.
While Oliver and Camden left lasting impressions at the showcase, Graeme and Bryce will not be soon forgotten, either. Graeme Majors made crafty plays from the guard position throughout the day, leading with a high basketball I.Q. and making jump shots consistently. Graeme also walked away with two Game Co-MVPs. The lone sophomore Bryce Radford, was able to display his ability to be a constant threat from the perimeter, but also made sure to leave an impact on the defensive side of the ball. Though he was one of the youngest competitors in attendance, Bryce exhibited great maturity on the floor.
Oak Hill Red Team looks to rely on these four guys along with a full roster of other talented players as the season starts and progresses. The chemistry between teammates is growing, and practices are gaining intensity with each day. A complete write-up of the evaluations and the games from the weekend can be found at: http://www.phenomhoopreport.com/
As school started back at Oak Hill Academy, the chatter around campus consisted of summer activities, class schedules, and plans for a new school year. Not lost in all of the chatter was the excitement for a new Red Team season and questions of who will make the team. Every school year the Red Team holds open tryouts for any student enrolled at Oak Hill Academy. Typically a tryout consists of physical conditioning tests while also being evaluated for live game basketball skill. This year the tryouts took place over a two-week period which allowed the coaching staff to thoroughly evaluate each potential player. After much deliberation the Red Team coaching staff would like to announce the 2016-2017 Oak Hill Academy Red Team.
Name Position Grade
Oliver Lynch-Daniels Guard 12th
Graeme Majors Guard 12th
Aidan Stenner Forward 12th
Alex Stenner Forward 12th
Umberto Brusadin Guard 12th
Camden Hughes Guard 12th
Shamar Henry Guard 12th
Michael Odiana Guard 12th
Donovan Saine Forward 11th
Sean Oberman Forward 11th
Akrum Ahemed Guard 11th
Idrissa Sow Forward 11th
Damani McEntire Forward 11th
Bryce Radford Guard 10th
Josh Hall Forward 10th
Logan Houle Guard 9th
The 2016-2017 Red Team will kick off their season on November 1st, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at Turner Gymnasium in Mouth of Wilson, VA. Good luck to the Red Team during the long season that is Oak Hill Academy Basketball.
Each year about this time, Head Coach Steve Hebold goes through the very intentional act of removing all press clippings, photos and accolades from the previous Red Team season and the returning and new players are greeted in the coach’s classroom with a blank wall. Each year’s version of the Red Team is challenged with the idea that, while there is a building tradition, “You write your own story of the upcoming season.” For the Red Team, that story starts right away in preseason conditioning and the tryout process during the first weeks of the school year. Today, Coach Burns updates us on what some of the returning players have been up to this summer.
“Oak Hill’s Red Team Returning Players Are Hungry For Success” – Guest blogger, Michael Burns, Red Team Assistant Coach
With at least six players returning in the fall, the Oak Hill Academy Red Team looks toward continued success next season. After The Red Team won a NACA National Championship, the underclassmen who will return could have relaxed and “rested on their laurels” this summer. However, most have been hard at work elevating their game through individual work and full AAU seasons. I was able to catch up with six of our returning players for an update.
Between AAU Tournaments, camps, and training, Oliver Lynch-Daniels has literally been living out of a suitcase. Oliver plays AAU with Juice All-Stars North Carolina but has spent most of the summer attending different camps around the country. So far this summer, Oliver has attended the Princeton Elite Camp, Brown Elite Camp, Colgate Elite Camp, Dartmouth Elite Camp, Scout Focus All-American Camp, PowerAde All-American Camp, and National Phenom America camp. Oliver returns to the Red Team for his senior year as the leading scorer, 2-year Captain, and a NACA All-American.
Graeme Majors has spent his summer playing with the Wale Prep Raiders AAU Organization, while working with a trainer in his free time. Graeme returns to the Red Team for his senior year after starting 24 games at point guard for the Warriors. The Red Team looks for Graeme’s sharp shooting, crafty guard play and veteran leadership to aid the senior floor general in “running the show” for Warriors during the 2016-2017 season.
Aidan and Alex Stenner also will be returning to the Red Team for their senior year. During the summer, Aidan and Alex play with the USA United AAU Organization out of Chapel Hill, NC. While Aidan and Alex are twins and are often seen together off the court and are considered the team comedians, they also work well together on the court. Aidan and Alex provide high-energy defense combined with rebounding, and also can be called upon to spark the offense.
Umberto Brusadin will be returning to the Red Team for his senior year. Umberto has spent the summer in his home country of Italy, and continues to play basketball in the Latina Basket organization. Umberto also participates in personal training but states he still finds time to visit the beach, work on his tan, and enjoy his family. We look toward the bulldog-like defensive intensity Umberto provides and he will be relied upon to bring that lift every day.
While returning five seniors would make any coach happy, the Red Team also returns its youngest member–rising sophomore Bryce Radford. During the summers, Bryce plays for the Pittsburgh Storm AAU Organization and this summer Bryce has led the Storm to 2 AAU Championships: Big Shots Spooky Nook and Big Shots Myrtle Beach. Bryce was also awarded a Big Shots All-Star spot for his performance in the Big Shots Myrtle Beach tournament. After being injured much of his freshman season, Bryce will be called upon to stretch defenses. The running joke is that, if both feet are across half-court, Bryce is in range.
Being able to return at least six players for the Red Team is a great foundation to build on as the school year begins in August. This is not a conclusive list of the all of the possible returners for the Red Team, just the ones with which I’ve easily been able to keep in touch. In order to complete the roster, Oak Hill Academy’s Red Team will host tryouts for Oak Hill students once the school year begins. One thing is for sure; all of the returners are hungry for repeated success and the chance to defend the National Championship. Stay tuned for more updates as the school year begins.