Ep. 123 - Interview w/ Oak Hill's Steve Smith + Final Four Predictions!

On Episode 123 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins chop it up with legendary Oak Hill Academy (Va.) coach Steve Smith. He talks about his 35+ years at the school and what has changed most about the high school game in that time. The retiring coach talks about the college jobs he turned down, the growth of the academy programs, some of the best players he ever coached against, some of his unsung standouts and what turned this year's team around as it heads to GEICO Nationals.

The ITP crew also dishes on the close of the high school season and Ani talks about top prospects he saw at The Circuit League I. Chelsea updates the women's NCAA Tournament and her prediction to win it all and they also give their Final Four take and predictions on which Blue Blood will win it all in New Orleans. Will Coach K go out on top?

(0:00) - Intro

(4:32) - The Circuit League I Breakdown 

(10:01) - FAB 50 Update & Breakdown 

(13:29) - McDonald’s Game Updates

(21:49) - Women’s NCAA Final Four Analysis

(32:42) - UConn Dominance: Good for Women’s Game? 

(39:58) - Steve Smith (Oak Hill Academy) Interview

(43:38) - Steve Smith on Oak Hill in the Mid 1980s 

(46:30) - Steve Smith on Staying for the Long Haul

(48:13) - Steve Smith on Some of His Unsung Players

(49:53) - Steve Smith on Eyeing Retirement 

(52:46) - Steve Smith on Evolution of Elite Player Recruitment        

(55:45) - Steve Smith on 2021-22 Team & GEICO Preparation  

(59:00) - Steve Smith on Increased Competition at GEICO Nationals

(1:05:01) - Steve Smith on Great, Non-NBA Oak Hill Players  

(1:08:01) - Steve Smith on Greatest Opponents Ever Faced
(1:13:40) - Steve Smith on Enjoying the Journey  

(1:23:24) - NCAA Final Four Breakdown & Predictions!   

(1:33:45) - Ballislife.com & Other Podcast Shout Outs   
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