One of the Washington area's top high school basketball players is transferring to a rural Virginia basketball power and two more appear ready to join him, while another star player is transferring from the same school back to the Washington area.
All-Met forward Mike Beasley, who as a sophomore last season played for Riverdale Baptist while being home-schooled, is expected to enroll at Oak Hill Academy, according to his summer team coach, D.C. Assault's Curtis Malone, with whom Beasley often lived while being home-schooled. Oak Hill, located in Mouth of Wilson in southwestern Virginia, annually fields one of the nation's top high school basketball teams.
Although he has two years of high school remaining, Beasley already has committed to play college basketball for Charlotte.
Beasley's former Riverdale teammate Nolan Smith, a rising junior guard who was a third-team All-Met last season, also will attend Oak Hill this fall, according to Malone, who is engaged to Smith's mother. Also, DeMatha forward Jeff Allen, a rising senior who has committed to Virginia Tech, is expected to transfer to Oak Hill, though DeMatha Coach Mike Jones declined to comment and Allen could not be reached to comment yesterday.
Meantime, rising senior forward Kevin Durant, who already has committed to play for Texas, has transferred from Oak Hill to Montrose Christian, his father, Wayne Pratt, said yesterday.
-- Josh Barr