Can you believe the freshman class is the Class is the Class of 2012. Unbelievable.
First I wanna thanks everyone who came out to the showcase on Saturday and helped make it a success. I will be previewing the Class of 2012 today with 2011 on Wednesday, 2010 on Thursday and 2009 on Friday.
My evaluators and I chose the top 8 players from this class and they will be listed in alphabetical order;
Braylen Bennett (Knoxville Carter)
Athletic and unselfish to a fault. Can score has great size for a freshman and will be an impact player this season.
Donya Burnett (Station Camp)
Great first step and instincts that bely his age. Athletic and strong can finish inside and must improve his outside work to get to the next level.
Christian Haile (Shelbyville)
Intense defender which is very rare at this age. His offensive game needs to come around but his penchant for making plays on defense will endear him to his high school coach and he will see playing time right away.
Anthony Lewis (Knoxville Carter)
Stature: small. Heart:Large. This little fella was fearless and was always in the thick of the action. His decision making will need work and will improve as he gets older. Loved his demeanor and work ethic.
Cody Malicotte (Campbell County)
Very rare breed of good footwork and great hands for a player this young. He can score inside with either hand and knows how to get position and grab offensive glass. He will need to add some mid-range game if he remains at 6'2.
Jack Montague (Brentwood)
Is way ahead of the game with his court saavy and passing skills, his size will always be a challenge. Jack has great vision always knows who the open guy is and once he adds strength will be able to score a little to make himself even more of a threat.
Matt Shown (Alcoa)
Another solid inside player who has good technique and post skills for a youngster. Has good hands and can finish inside and will be a more viable threat when he adds strength as most kids this age will be.
Tanner Torres (Anderson County)
Another youngster with a pass first mentality who always seems to know the open player if that player does'nt realize it. Torres has spectacular vision and once his size and strength come around will be devastating going to the bucket drawing defenders and leaving teammates with easy buckets.
Others who had solid showings as well:
Casey Smith (Morristown East)
Ross Cannon (Knoxville Halls)
Dalton Keck (CAK)
Colby Knox (Anderson County)
Eric Meadows (Clinton)
Willie Coursey (Father Ryan)
Jared Tharp (Union County)