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Montrose-Oak Hill Report

It was quite a scene last night at Montrose Christian. You don't see this kind of talent on the court - or in the stands -- that often.

Seated behind one basket: Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell, Villanova assistants Doug West and Pat Chambers, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg (who fought through the masses to get to his seat after the first quarter) and USC assistant Gib Arnold. Along the sideline: DeMatha Coach Mike Jones with assistants Mark Edwards and Dave Atkins and Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner. Georgetown Prep Coach Dwayne Bryant was perched on a stool above the bleachers.

Also in the building: Gonzaga guard Tyler Thornton and a few teammates, DeMatha center Mikael Hopkins and teammates, O'Connell guard Kendall Marshall.

On the court, Oak Hill featured three seniors signed with Division I schools and two juniors who have already made verbal commitments. The top uncommitted player in the game was probably Montrose Christian junior Terrence Ross. The Portland native struggled with his shot a bit but showed glimpses of why he is so highly regarded, capable of making three-pointers in transition or slam dunks in transition.

For Oak Hill, there was no question that Keith "Tiny" Gallon was the star of the night. Tremendously talented (and nimble for such a big teenager), Gallon said the difference in his emergence as an elite player was dedicating himself to getting in better shape. He cut out the junk food and fried food and piled on the vegetables and grilled chicken. While it was tough not to think of the former Eleanor Roosevelt hoopsters now in the NFL (Jared Gaither, Derrick Harvey), Gallon is more talented than they were on the basketball court.

Here's hoping they do it again next month at the National High School Invitational.

By Josh Barr  | March 7, 2009; 6:16 AM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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