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Charlotte Christian center B.J. Mack transfers to Oak Hill to live a dream

Charlotte Christian center BJ Mack, a Virginia Tech recruit, is transferring to Oak Hill (Va.) Academy
Charlotte Christian center BJ Mack, a Virginia Tech recruit, is transferring to Oak Hill (Va.) Academy dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Christian center B.J. Mack is transferring to Oak Hill (Va.) Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Mack is a 6-foot-8 sophomore who has committed to Virginia Tech of the ACC.

Mack’s father, Brian, said the reason for the move is simple. Mack will start taking classes at Oak Hill in the fall.

“B.J. had dreams of trying to be the best basketball player he can be,” Brian Mack said, “and going to a prestigious school like Oak Hill gives him the best opportunity to do that. A very good friend of mine talked to me in these terms: if B.J. had a talent and that talent were mathematics and science and he had a chance to study at one of the best institutions in the country for that talent with some of the top instructors in the country, this would be a no-brainer.”

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Mack feels his son is being afforded a similar opportunity to advance his talent.

“BJ’s particular talent is basketball,” Brian Mack said, “and that’s what Oak Hill is. Why not give him the opportunity to learn at one of the best institutions in the country for basketball under one of the best coaches in the country (Oak Hill’s Steve Smith)? He’s in a situation now that can only help him reach his dream of being the best basketball player he can be.”

Oak Hill will be Mack’s third school in as many years when he enrolls in the fall. Mack started on Charlotte Catholic’s N.C. 4A state championship team as a freshman. Last season, as a sophomore, Mack averaged 13 points and eight rebounds at Charlotte Christian. He was an all-conference pick in the Charlotte Independent Schools conference and was also named all-state by the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Mack said his son was invited to come work out at Oak Hill two weeks ago and was offered a spot on the team afterwards.

“We loved Charlotte Christian School,” Brian Mack said, “and we loved the opportunity they gave us. Coach (Shonn) Brown, and the head of school and the entire student body has been nothing but great to B.J. and without them, he wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity.”

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