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Hampton Va. Star Terrell Smith Eyes Elite Oak Hill Academy

Keith BennettCorrespondent IMay 26, 2010

Terrell Smith knows a good bangwagon when he sees one. I'm talking about Oak Hill Academy, a school that produces top players to the NBA. Players who are unstoppable to the basket when you guard them. Players who take over basketball games when there's money on the line. Pros like Rondo, Carmelo Anthony, Jerry Stackhouse who attended Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

Terrell Smith who has a similar like game wants to follow in their footsteps. Terrell Smith averaged 22 points a game with an average of four steals and 90 percent from the free throw line.

Coach Larry Thomas saw a star in the making with this young star Terrell Smith. After acquiring a middle school basketball team, (Spratley) with a record 2-8 Coach Larry Thomas former native of Brooklyn, NY was able to turn the basketball program around in his second year as Head Coach to compete in the Hampton Roads Parks and Recreation Middle School Division Championship game hosted by the Boo Williams Sport Complex in Hampton, VA.

His team was led by eighth grade sensation Terrell Smith of Hampton Virginia. Spratley Middle School lost the championship game by three points in double overtime. A statement taken from Terrell Smith after the game was over, "Never again will that happen"!

After that season, Coach took his show on the road with the Metropolitan Peninsula Traveling team sponsored by the YMCA of Hampton Roads. His team went on a vicious tear winning ten games in a row to find themselves competing for the Metropolitan Championship of Hampton Roads. This time led by eighth grade sensation Terrell Smith averaging 25 points a game, they destroyed West Point Middle School by 30 points in the championship game.

Smith wound up with 40 points. Eight of 10 from the three point line, 10 of 10 from the free throw line three steals with three lay-ups. Terrell Smith told Coach Thomas "Never Again". Sounds like the mark of a pro to me.

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