For the ninth time in his illustrious coaching career, Steve Smith's Oak Hill Academy Warriors are being recognized as a national champion.
Following a 44-0 season that wrapped up with an exhibition tour of China, OHA is No. 1 in the final edition of the inaugural MaxPreps Academy Top 10.
The barnstorming Warriors beat teams from 13 states, the District of Columbia and Canada en route to their seventh perfect record under Smith. The rural Virginia school captured tournaments titles at the Chick-fil-A Classic in South Carolina and Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon along the way.
Oak Hill's 2011-12 roster featured six seniors that have already signed or committed to a Division I program; Jordan Adams
(UCLA), McDonald's All-American Tyler Lewis
(North Carolina State), D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
(Georgetown), Damien Wilson
(Memphis), A.J. Hammons
(Purdue) and Darion Clark
(Charlotte). Two others will likely pick a school during the spring signing period.
The Academy Top 10 was introduced by MaxPreps prior to the 2011-12 season. The intent was to separate programs with year-around basketball focus and national/international rosters from more traditional high schools bound by state association rules and limited in their ability to draw talent.Academy Top 10 presented by the Army National Guard
1. (No. 1 last release) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (44-0)
2. (2) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) (32-1)
ESPNHS National High School Invitational champions.3. (4) Huntington Prep (W.Va.) (28-2)
4. (7) Montverde Academy (Fla.) (23-4)
5. (3) St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) (34-3)
6. (6) Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (21-3)
7. (5) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.) (25-3)
8. (8) Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.) (31-4)
NCISAA Class 3A state champions.9. (9) Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) (25-4)
10. (10) Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.) (21-3)