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Already in midseason form

P.J. Hairston, Damien Wilson shine during Oak Hill-Hargrave preseason scrimmage

Originally Published: October 22, 2010
By Reggie Rankin | ESPN Recruiting

ROANOKE, Va. -- It had the atmosphere of a midseason game when coach Steve Smith's Oak Hill Academy Warriors and coach Kevin Keatts' Hargrave Military Academy Tigers got together for a preseason scrimmage at William Fleming High School. Fans and college coaches, like Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg and Missouri's Mike Anderson to name a few were on the scene taking in the action.

These two high school heavyweights are loaded with talent, including five ESPNU 100 and two ESPNU Super 60 prospects.

Standout players

P.J. Hairston (Greensboro, N.C./ Hargrave)
2011, SG, 6-foot-6, 220 pounds
The North Carolina commit led all scorers with 31 points and did it in a variety of ways. He finished above the rim on the break and after receiving drop-off passes, posted up and knocked down open threes with NBA range, which is what he does best. Hairston has lost some weight and taken conditioning to the next level, making him more explosive.

Dezmine Wells
Courtesy of Reggie Rankin Dezmine Wells is the No. 10-ranked SF in the 2011 class.

Dezmine Wells (Garner, N.C./Hargrave)
2011, SF, 6-5, 220 pounds
Wells is built like an NFL tight end and looks to be in terrific shape. He was a physical presence on both ends of the floor, finishing above the rim with power and flare through contact on the break. The future Xavier Musketeer, who finished with 19 points, got into the lane and scored with a soft touch and excellent body control. He also knocked down open mid-range jumpers, made the occasional three and rebounded in traffic.

Robert Brown (Clermont, Fla./Hargrave)
2011, SG, 6-5, 185 pounds
He looked to attack his defender on every catch, slashing with a quick first step and hitting open corner three's when he was not finishing above the rim on the break. Brown, a Virginia Tech commit, scored in bunches en route to his 28 points. He simply wins you over with his aggressive approach to the game, especially on the offensive end of the floor.

Surprise player

Damien Wilson (Atlanta, Ga./Oak Hill)
2012, SF, 6-5, 185 pounds
The athletic lefty wing is at his best in transition where he can get to the rim and finish on a consistent basis. Wilson will also thrown it down on the break in traffic, if not brought under control. In the half-court set he uses his quick first step to slash along the baseline and score with acrobatic moves on both sides of the rim. He is hearing from Georgia and South Carolina so far.

Player to watch

Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, Ga./Oak Hill)
2012, SF, 6-5, 210 pounds
Adams is a big-bodied small forward who can knock down deep 3s off the catch or after a couple rhythm dribbles. He can shoot over smaller defenders with ease and likes to beat his man off the dribble with a right-to-left crossover where he can easily bounce into a pull-up jumper. Adams has Georgia, Miami (FL), Tennessee and Memphis on his list.

Notes

• SG Ben McLemore (St. Louis, Mo./Oak Hill) had some impressive plays. He hit a couple deep 3s, as well as blocked a shot and a dunk in the same possession. McLemore is down to Kansas and Missouri.

• PG Quinn Cook (Hyattsville, Md./Oak Hill) is recovering nicely from a knee injury. He showed flashes of his old self and just needs time to round back to form. Cook will pick between Duke, UCLA and Villanova.

• PF Sidiki Johnson (Bronx, N.Y./Oak Hill) had a few impressive blocks and finishes on the break. The future Arizona Wildcat has great upside and will be an immediate impact player.

Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was an All-MAC first-teamer in his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.

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