On Saturday night in Cincinnati's US Bank Arena [which all 16,000+ plus seats are sold out], the #1 and #2 teams in high school hoops will face off for the de-facto National Championship.
The #1 team is Oak Hill...who have 7 players who are lined up to play Division-I hoops next year. The best one, Tywon Lawson, will be suiting up for North Carolina this fall. They also have a junior named Nolan Smith who is headed to Duke.
The #2 team is North College Hill....which houses OJ Mayo, the top ranked player in the Class of 2007 [the #2 ranked player is Oak Hill's Michael Beasley who is headed to Charlotte]. His teammate, Bill Walker, is also a top-10 talent in 2007.
Oak Hill is used to this. They've long been a breeding ground for future college and NBA stars [Carmelo Anthony, Jerry Stackhouse, Ron Mercer]. Since they don't compete for a state championship, they are basically a national barnstorming team. Oak Hill also beat the last Ohio prodigy, LeBron James.....twice. NCH isn't used to this....and may have some disadvantages in this game. Their 6-11 center has left the team and Mayo is a bit banged up.