Tennessee YOMCA Tigers
One of the deepest summer squads the state has seen in many years. The Tigers boast some of the states top rising juniors and are more than prepared for a summer of success and triumph.
Start with the guards the list is endless featuring Tavarres Jefferson (Ensworth), Hunter Miller (CPA), Miles Asafo-Adjei (Ensworth), Drew Bledsoe (Fairview) and Markus Cantrell (Maplewood).
Jefferson is coming off an injury that kept him out of the high school season. He will work his way into shape and get back to the disruptive defender and quick playmaker he was before. Miller can run both guard spots; as well as, Cantrell and Bledsoe give solid relief at either spot. Adjei is a sticky perimeter ball defender and will get his minutes guarding the opponents best player.
On the wing the Tigers again boast massive depth with John Jenkins (Station Camp), Gary Pope (Ensworth), Blake Jenkins (Bearden) and Gabriel Campbell (Bearden).
J Squared, who has already committed to Vanderbilt, will be the focal point of everyone they face this summer. Blake will give the Tigers an athletic slasher who can finish off the break and Campbell can play anywhere from 1 thru 3 and will produce when he's on the floor. Pope has advanced his game to score some off the wing and still has the athletic ability to go inside and challenge. His improvement has been dramatic and should see no reason for it not to continue.
Inside the Tigers feature newcomer Demonte Simpson (Bearden), Zaccheus Mason (CPA) and Joshua Lee (Maplewood).
Simpson should mesh well with the talented Mason giving him ample opportunity to get single coverage on the block. Mason has added the deadly outside shot and is still a force inside. Lee has improved by leaps and bounds and will be a sought after player by the end of this summer.
Mid-State Ballerz East
The third leg of the Ballerz triple crown features the squad which will be known as Ballerz East.
Solid guard play will keep this group competitive led by Trey Caruthers (Harpeth), Ryan Click (Maryville), Aaron Cousins (CSAS), Aaron Wilson (Kentucky), Lashun Banks (Kenwood) and Marcus Upton (McGavock).
Caruthers is ready for a breakout summer with his uber athleticism and competitive spirit. Banks is another player who should flourish this summer.
The absence of a true post will not hinder the inside play of the Ballerz East as many of their versatile athletes can play a multitude of spots on the floor. Marlon Dotson (Liberty Tech), Dustin Craig (Bearden) and Tevin Crayton(Humboldt) all have skills at multiple posiitons on the floor.
Dotson although undersized will batlle and fight for offensive boards and is fierce on the defensive end of the floor. Craig has great size and length and should get plenty of opportunity to show his offensive game. Crayton is a talent just bursting to get out. He has length, can score and is discipline on the court away from being a big time prospect.