VT Recruits Meet On The Hard Court

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Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA) dropped a 106-104 decision to St. John’s Northwestern (Delafield, WI) in December in the Best Western Shootout.  The two talented teams — each roster contains major D1 recruits, including future Hokies Donte Clark (Guard, Hargrave) and Trevor Thompson (Center, St. John’s) — squared off once again on Wednesday night, but this time it was the Tigers that came out on top, 90-86.

St. John’s showed very well for the first part of the first half, taking a 29-22 lead before Hargrave unleashed a 32-13 barrage to capture a 54-42 advantage at halftime.  The Tigers played much of the first half without Clark, who sat for about 15 minutes with two personal fouls.  A.W. Hamilton’s team also played without Louisville-bound guard Terry Rozier, who was sidelined due to academics.

The Lancers came out inspired in the second half, posting 14 straight points before Clark answered with a driving lay-up.  He was also fouled, and the 3-point play gave Hargrave a 1-point lead.  The rest of the game was nip and tuck, with no team gaining a firm grasp.

Down one in the closing minutes, Kansas State-bound point guard Jevon Thomas stole the ball from Clark and sprinted down the court for a big-time dunk, giving his team a 1-point lead.  Hargrave answered with two 3s, the second from Louisville-bound guard Anton Gill, who nailed a straight-on trey with three seconds on the shot clock and 34 seconds left in the game.  Gill’s triple gave Hargrave an 88-83 lead, and the Tigers held on for the 4-point win.

Thompson, who stands 6’11” and weighs about 215 pounds, finished the night with 19 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Clark, a 6’4″, 185-pound prospect, had 12 points and five assists.  Highlights from the game are now up on each player’s profile.  Click here for Thompson’s profile, and click here for Clark’s.  Go to the video section to view highlights.


I caught up with Clark following the contest.  He was all smiles, happy his team was able to avenge the earlier defeat to St. John’s Northwestern.  Clark appeared destined