The eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Roundball Classic was held yesterday, January 12th at Churchland High School. The classic featured a number of local high schools, as well as high schools from New York, DC, West Virginia, and North Carolina. The day was highlighted by a nationally televised game between Cape Henry High School from Virginia Beach and Huntington Prep, a nationally–ranked program from West Virginia.
Huntington Prep entered the game with a 16-1 record and ranked a high as fourth in some national polls and the team featured the top-ranked prospect in the 2013 ESPN 100, Andrew Wiggins. Although Wiggins has not made his college decision, his choices include Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Huntington Prep also features three other prospects in the 2013 ESPN Top 100 – Xavier Rathan-Mayes (26; Florida State), Moses Kingsley (49; Arkansas), and Dominic Woodson (81; Baylor). Cape Henry entered the game with an 11-1 record and was led by Devon Hall, a 6’5” guard committed to the University of Virginia.
After a slow start, Cape Henry took a 7-6 lead midway through the first quarter. Huntington prep began to slowly take control of the game during the first half but Cape Henry was able to stay close and trailed 29-24 at halftime. Wiggins led Huntington Prep with 15 points in the first half. He made five of his six shot attempts and all five of his free throw attempts in the first half. Of Wiggins’ six shot attempts, only one attempt was outside of the paint – he missed his only three-point attempt in the first half.
Cape Henry made a run early in the second half and tied the game at 37-37 at one point in the third quarter. However, Huntington Prep closed the third quarter on a 9-1 run and led 46-38 at the end of the third quarter. Huntington Prep then outscored Cape Henry 24-11 in the fourth quarter to win the game 70-49. James Paige, who finished the game with 19 points, led Cape Henry in scoring on the night. Ayron Hutton of Cape Henry made five three-pointers in the game and finished with 15 points as well. Andrew Wiggins made 10 of his 14 shot attempts and led Huntington Prep with 28 points in the game.
On January 21st, ESPN will also televise another high school basketball game with a local connection. Oak Hill will participate in the HoopHall Classic and will face Simeon (IL) on ESPNU at 2:00 pm. Oak Hill is currently 15-2 and is ranked 10 in the USA Today Super 25 High School ranking. The team also features Troy Williams, Formerly of Phoebus High School and nephew of local AAU guru, Boo Williams. Troy Williams is currently the 33-ranked prospect in the 2013 ESPN 100 and recently committed to the University of Indiana.