As we get further into the summer months the players start flying off the boards as the D2, D3, NAIA and Junior College schools start getting their shots at the available players.
Lets see who has been signing their letters of intent these past couple of weeks. Here we go with Catching up on the Commitments: Version 2.0
We begin up in Bristol the further Eastern point of the state with the Tornadoes of King University. Legendary coach George Pitts has made the transition to D2 a flawless venture for his squad and the good things keep on coming as KU welcomes Kordell Henderson (White County). Henderson was a all-state player and a region MVP selection by Tennessee Prep Hoops this past season. He led his squad to the Class AAA state tournament and will be an immediate benefactor of the King University style of play.
Maryville College has long been a must see destination for any and all players wishing to continue their playing careers for a legendary coach and a legendary program. The Scots behind their venerable mentor Randy Lambert are a perennial participant in the D3 national tournament. The Scots welcome two Tennessee kids into the fray beginning with Chase Clark (Houston County). A 1,000 point scorer in high school, Clark has the ability to score the ball and will compete for playing time once he gets to campus. Colt Nokes (Gordonsville) took a different path to a Scots offer. The 6'5 athletic swing man was one of the invited guests for the Tennessee Prep Hoops Unsigned Senior event in March and stood out as the top player in the event which was held at Maryville College. Just for the record over 15 of the 30 participants at the event have inked papers for the next level.
Traveling West we stop in Dayton to see what is happening at Bryan College. With a roster 100% loaded with Tennessee players Coach Don Rekoske and staff decided to add a couple more names to the Lion family with the additions of Stanley Valentine (Hampton) and Dalton Price (Maryville). Valentine helped lead his squad to the Class A state tournament and with his active style of play should see immediate playing time for Bryan. Price also was instrumental in helping his Maryville squad advance to the Class AAA state tournament with his outside shooting prowess.
Down Pulaski way the Redhawks of Martin Methodist welcome D.J. McGhee (Siegel) into the family. McGhee is an athletic player who will work his way into the mix for coach Scott Combs. Martin Methodist is a member of the Southern State Conference of the NAIA.
Remaining in state we head West young man towards Bethel University and their venerable head man Jeff Britt and his announcement that Isaac Edmondson (Creek Wood) will attend in the fall. Bethel University is located in McKenzie, Tennessee and is a member of the NAIA. Edmondson was big as he helped lead Creek Wood into the state tournament this past season. Bethel was not done with their signing class as we went to press. Nigel Peoples (USJ) a hard nosed defensive guard will also continue his hoops career as a member of the Bethel squad.
Moving out of state, Austin Duncan (Bearden) finished up a spectacular senior season for the Bulldogs and will take his game up East to Eastern University in Pennsylvania. The Eagles are coached by Nathan Stewart and play in the Middle Atlantic Conference of D3.
Austin Osborn (Independence) concluded a very good senior season with the opportunity to continue his basketball career at Cincinnati Christian University. The Ohio school is a member of the NAIA and is coached by Kellen Zawadski.
Just over the state line in Georgia, Tanner Spalding (Franklin), who also attended our Tennessee Prep Hoops Unsigned Senior event in March, will take his talents to Berry College. One of the most picturesque campuses on any level, Spalding, who missed most of his senior campaign nursing a knee injury, is pumped to make things happen for the Vikings, who are coached by Jeff Rogers and play in the Southern States Athletic Association of D3.
Plenty of movement in the junior college ranks both in state and out begins with a trip to Morristown and the Senators of Walter's State. Venerable mentor Bill Carlyle always beings in a plethora of talented players and this year is no exception. Ricky Dunnaway (Oakland), Bobby Shanks (Covington) and D'Monte Evans (Cane Ridge) will mesh nicely with their earlier signees.
Staying in the TJCCAA, Roane State and head man Randy Nesbit welcome Trey Bingham (Anderson County) into the mix.
Moving slightly West, Cleveland State welcomes the services of talented scoring guard Keidron McCallister (Spring Hill).
The final leg of the Tennessee Junior College tour brings us to Chattanooga State where one of their own stays in town to play for Coach Jay Price. Marquis Tipton (Brainerd) brings a talented package to the fold with the skill level to go inside and out.
Moving out West, Memphis is our destination as Malik Smith (Memphis Overton) takes an enormous amount of sheer athletic talent across state lines and will suit up next fall for coach Scott Edgar and Eastern Oklahoma State Community College.
Staying in and around the Bluff City one of the most talented athletes in the state is taking his skills out of state as well. Adarius Avery (Arlington) takes his run and jump skills out West to Connors State Community College.