7-time champ Oak Hill returns to ‘Iolani Classic

Ben McLemore is one of the many future stars who have showed off their skills at the Iolani Classic over the years. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Ben McLemore is one of the many future stars who have showed off their skills at the Iolani Classic over the years. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

Seven-time ‘Iolani Classic champion Oak Hill will return to the ‘Iolani Classic boys basketball tournament this year.

The boys and girls tournament fields are set for the December event.

Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) captured the boys title in 1989, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2014.


Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), the 2012 champ, is also in this year’s tourney.

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.), Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.) and Corona Del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) are the other teams visiting from the mainland for the Dec. 16-21 boys tournament.

Host ‘Iolani, the defending Division I state champion, will be joined by eight other Hawaii teams — Kaiser, Punahou, Mid-Pacific, Kailua, Waiakea, Kahuku, Kapolei and Waianae. The top four teams in last year’s state tournament are in the field.

Six players in ESPN’s Top 100 are in the tournament, including four from Oak Hill alone. Oak Hill is represented by power forward Billy Preston (No. 20), point guard Matt Coleman (No. 27) and shooting guards Lindell Washington (49) and Ty-Shon Alexander (64). Findlay power forward P.J. Washington is the highest rated senior in the field at No. 16. Corona del Sol shooting guard Alex Borcello, an Arizona commit, rounds out the ranked players at No. 94.


In the girls tournament, which will run Dec. 8-10, the four visiting mainland teams are Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), Salesian College Prep (Richmond, Calif.), Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) and Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.).

The Long Beach Poly girls are a three-time winner of the tournament (2008, 2009 and 2013).

Hawaii’s girls teams playing in the ‘Iolani Classic this year are host ‘Iolani, Leilehua, Maryknoll and defending D-I state champion and 2015 ‘Iolani Classic winner Konawaena.

The Wildcats also captured the ‘Iolani Classic girls tourney in 2011.


‘Iolani Classic boys champions
>> 2015: Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
>> 2014: Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
>> 2013: White Station (Memphis, Tenn.)
>> 2012: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
>> 2011: Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
>> 2010: Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
>> 2009: Yates (Houston)
>> 2008: Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
>> 2007: Rice (New York, N.Y./Red); LeFlore (Mobile, Ala./Black)
>> 2006: LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.)
>> 2005: Fairfax (Los Angeles)
>> 2004: Rice (New York, N.Y.)
>> 2003: Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
>> 2002: Fairfax (Los Angeles)
>> 2001: Fairfax (Los Angeles)
>> 2000: Northwestern (Miami)
>> 1999: Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
>> 1998: Rice (New York, N.Y.)
>> 1997: St. John’s (Buckeystown, Md.)
>> 1996: St. John’s (Buckeystown, Md.)
>> 1995: Roman Catholic (Philadelphia)
>> 1994: St. John’s (Buckeystown, Md.)
>> 1993: no tournament
>> 1992: Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
>> 1991: Baltimore Dunbar (Baltimore)
>> 1990: St. Raymond (New York, N.Y.)
>> 1989: Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
>> 1988: Flint Hill (Oakton, Va.)
>> 1987: St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
>> 1986: Flint Hill (Oakton, Va.)
>> 1985: Flint Hill (Oakton, Va.)
>> 1984: Glendale (Glendale, Ariz.)
>> 1983: West Philadelphia (Philadelphia)

‘Iolani Classic girls champions
>> 2015: Konawaena (Kealakekua, Hawaii)
>> 2014: Saint Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.)
>> 2013: Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
>> 2012: Oregon City (Oregon City, Ore.)
>> 2011: Konawaena (Kealakekua, Hawaii)
>> 2010: Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.)
>> 2009: Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
>> 2008: Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
>> 2007: Redondo Beach (Redondo Beach, Calif.)

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