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by Andre Whitehead

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Regions 1AA-4AA Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region Teams


With region play ready to tip this weekend we have put together our Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region Teams encompassing all three classifications. We will release our selections each day starting with Class A Regions 1-4 followed in succession by Class A Regions 5-8, Class AA Regions 1-4, Class AA Regions 5-8, Class AAA Regions 1-4, Class AAA Regions 5-8 and DII Class A and AA. As always we consulted coaches and respected people in the appropriate areas to assist us in this information. Some areas we had less success than others obtaining information so that could be reflected in our selections. The All-Region team will consist of 10 players. There will be an additional 7 players selected as honorable mention for each district. Players are listed in no particular order except MVP.




District 1AA Regular Season Champion: Sullivan East

District 1AA Regular Season MVP: Chase Arnold (Sullivan North)/ David Casady (Sullivan East)

District 2AA Regular Season Champion: Greeneville

District 2AA Regular Season MVP: Landon Duncan (Greeneville)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 1AA All-Region Team

Chase Arnold (Sullivan North) Region Co-MVP

David Casady (Sullivan East) Region Co-MVP

Landon Duncan (Greeneville)

Zeke Clark (Elizabethton)

Brian Dempsey (Johnson County)

Corey Swinney (Chuckey-Doak)

Jonathan King (Sullivan East)

Nathan Hatmaker (Cumberland Gap)

Will Robinson (Elizabethton)

Josh Price (Happy Valley)


Honorable Mention:

Tristan Noe (Claiborne)

Logan Bales (Grainger)

Chase Phillips (Johnson County)

Lucas Henley (Unicoi County)

Grayson Ball (Sullivan North)

Austin Fleenor (Sullivan East)

Aaron Miller (Elizabethton)




District 13AA Regular Season Champion: Austin East

District 3AA Regular Season MVP: Andre Wilson (Austin East)

District 4AA Regular Season Champion: Stone Memorial

District 4AA Regular Season MVP: Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 2AA All-Region Team

Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) Region MVP

Andre Wilson (Austin East)

Micah Goss (Fulton)

Kenny Dean (Alcoa)

Tyler Yoder (Stone Memorial)

Oterriah Lee (CAK)

Jay Cade (Gibbs)

Blake Golden (Fulton)

Dejon McGill (Austin East)

Justin Simmons (Stone Memorial)

Honorable Mention:

Jordan Belvin (Loudon)

Kelvin Jackson (Fulton)

Matt Waggoner (Austin East)

Brett Kendrick (CAK)

Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman)

Jordan Bowden (Carter)

Jordan Huddleston (Kingston)

District 5AA Regular Season Champion: McMinn Central

District 5AA Regular Season MVP: Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah)

District 6AA Regular Season Champion: Howard

District 6AA Regular Season MVP: Brandon Walters (Howard)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 3AA All-Region Team

Brandon Walters (Howard) Region MVP

Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah)

Max Miller (McMinn Central)

Levi Woods (Meigs County)

Orlando Moore (Brainerd)

Josh Scudder (McMinn Central)

D'Monta Smith (Hixson)

Jemicah Bowman (Tyner Academy)

Tim Webb (McMinn Central)

Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah)

Honorable Mention:

Marquis Tipton (Brainerd)

Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy)

Evan Ball (Polk County)

Cody Knox (East Hamilton)

David Holley (Chattanooga Central)

Blake Cook (McMinn Central)

Sadik Spence (Tyner Academy)

District 7AA Regular Season Champion: Bledsoe County

District 7AA Regular Season MVP: Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

District 8AA Regular Season Champion: DeKalb County

District 8AA Regular Season MVP: Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 4AA All-Region Team

Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy) Region MVP

Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

Braxton Atnip (DeKalb County)

Joe Jones (Upperman)

Cory Hensley (Cannon County)

Stedman Ford (Notre Dame)

Sonni Fullilove (DeKalb County)

Lannom Sowell (Signal Mountain)

Eric Hale (Bledsoe County)

Brock McCoin (Livingston Academy)

Honorable Mention:

Tyler McWilliams (Upperman)

Stephen Howell (DeKalb County)

Wade Eldridge (Livingston Academy)

Clark Marshall (Chattanooga Christian)

Jacob Campbell (Grundy County)

Blake McCloud (Bledsoe County)

Jordan Craighead (Smith County)

All Region Teams: Class AA Regions 5-6

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Class AA

Region 5AA

District 9AA Champion: CPA

District 9AA MVP: Zaccheus Mason (CPA)

District 10AA Champion: Marshall County

District 10AA MVP: Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

All-Region Team

Zaccheus Mason (CPA) Region MVP

Carter Sanderson (Lipscomb)

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

Adrian Williamson (Hume Fogg)

Antone Christian (MLK)

Houston Bagsby (Page)

D.J. Key (Hickman County)

Hunter Miller (CPA)

DeAngelo Williams (Spring Hill)

Hunter Osborne (Marshall County)

Honorable Mention:

Caleb Simspon (Lipscomb)

Justin Claybrook (Hume Fogg)

Montae Brown (Spring Hill)

Colin Stout (Loretto)

Lance Capitano (Ezell Harding)




Region 6AA

District 11AA Champion: Creek Wood

District 11AA MVP: Trey Carruthers (Harpeth)

District 12AA Champion: Bolivar Central

District 12AA MVP: Chris Reaves (Bolivar Central)

All Region Team:

Chris Reaves (Bolivar Central) Region MVP

Trey Carruthers (Harpeth)

Justin Walton (Creek Wood)

Ben Johnson (Fairview)

Justin Vogel (Waverly Central)

Des Crisp (Bolivar Central)

Kendric Parker (Jackson Southside)

Travis Dempsey (Sycamore)

Vincent Dotson (Creek Wood)

Jay Murphy (Bolivar Central)

Honorable Mention:

Shane Staggs (Sycamore)

Dylan Smith (Stewart County)

Drew Bledsoe (Fairview)

Justin Weed (Camden)

Harold Spain (Chester County)


Celtics (16’s) and Memphis Select (15’s) Fall in Title Game at String Music Showcase


The inagural String Music Showcase left a couple of our Tennessee favorites just a tad short at the finish.

One short week after blistering the Atlanta Celtics to bring home the gold at the Real Deal in the Rock, the depleted Nashville Celtics 16's fell in the final to the Derek Smith All-Stars.

Playing without Kedren Johnson (Marshall County), who sat out the weekend with a foot injury and Bobby Parks (St. George's), who was injured during the tourney, the Cetlics simply did'nt have enough firepower to bring home the 'ship this time around.

Stepping up in the absence of the missing stars, Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) once again rocked with his performance. 

"Ant Version 2.0" controlled the tempo of the game when he had the rock and proved he could score when his team needed tough buckets. DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) had a fine tourney ,dropping seven threes in one contest, but proving he could play consistent the entire weekend. 

Levi Randolph (Alabama) is the steady force on this Celtics squad. Scoring from inside and out he remains a go to guy even when the big dogs are in the lineup.  

Alex Polythress (Clarksville Northeast) continues to impress with high basketball acumen and his workmanlike efforts on the glass. His offensive game is coming along nicely and he has a knack for passsing quickly out of the double team. He is as advanced a freshman in the post as we have seen, great high school coaching has been a benefit for this young man.


The Mid-State Ballerz South had some quality moments in the event ,special mention to Odgra Bobo (Liberty Tech), who played very well over the course of the weekend. Other Ballerz who deserve some ink include: Dion Fair (Bearden), Jacob Lloyd (Westview), Joevantae Arnold (Liberty Tech) and Jaeland Lawson (Bearden).


Miles Davis (Webb School) played a vital role in the success shared by his Team Nashville mates in this event. The 6'4 worker gave maximum effort on both ends of the floor, scoring on easy putbacks because of his efforts on the glass. He showed toughness in a very physical event. 

Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest) was a beast on the interior crashing the boards, getting easy putbacks and working hard defensively. Bre Hughes (Hillsboro) played a fearless game, making tough passes and getting his teammates involved. 

Darryl Clack (Maplewood), despite his thin frame, was a frequent visitor to the glass, cashing in on some second chance points and showing a nice soft tournaround shot inside. Weldon Garlington (Brentwood Academy) played with passion on defense and shot it well from deep. He is fast and can pull-up from 15 on the dead sprint. Watch his progression as the summer moves along. 


Over in the 15's the Memphis Select simply ran out of gas in the finale falling to All-Iowa Red 73-56. Jarnell Stokes (Central) was a man on the interior. His work on the boards continues to be on a high level while he gets a great deal of second chance buckets because he uderstands positioning. 

Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) caught the eye of my collegue with his hustle and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. He can score in a multitude of arenas and has a knack for grabbing long rebounds and finishing hard. 

The Nashville Celtics 15's also had a nice showing loosing in the semi's to the eventual champion. Vari Craig (Riverdale) and Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) both had solid showings, while Austin Blackwell (MBA), John Ross Glover (USJ) and Cornelius Elder (Ensworth) played tough.

Elder is a Class of 2013 point guard who is a slight to behold. His command of the game at this young age is fun to watch and he is fearless in his approach to the game. This will be a good one for years to come.  





Liberty Tech and Howard Move to the Semi-Finals


Liberty Tech 67

Fulton 62

Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) celebrated his future school's stunning NCAA Tournament upset with a sterling effort of his own.

The Richmond bound senior poured in 33 points and helped lift the Crusaders past a determined Fulton squad 67-62 in Class AA quarter-final action.

Richmond pulled the always dangerous 5/12 upset with a win over Vanderbilt this afternoon.

Fulton, behind 18 points from Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) and 14 more from Galen Campbell (Fulton), had battled to knot the score at 46 after three quarters.

Anthony took over in the fourth and Liberty outscored the Falcons 21-16 to arrive at the final score.

Matt Smith (Liberty Tech) added 13 points for the Crusaders, while DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) finished with 10 markers.


Howard 47

Giles County 45

Demontray Suttles (Howard) nailed a foul line jumper with 3 seconds remaining on the clock to lift the Hustlin Tigers past Giles County 47-45 and set up a Friday showdown with Liberty Tech.

Barry Griffin (Howard) led Howard with 16 points in the win.

Levar Johnson (Giles County) led the Bobcats with 16 points.


String Music Observations and Outlooks


Saturday I took the day and went to the String Music Showcase at the A-Game Complex in Franklin for a day of tournament hoops.


In the 17 and under division the day was highlighted with a showdown between two of the states top squads in that age group the Nashville Celtics and Team Nashville.


Corn Elder (Ensworth) scored a runner with little time remaining on the clock thwarting a huge Celtics comeback and lifted Team Nashville to a 74-72 victory.


Caymon Dial (LaVergne) performed like a young man who knows how important this summer is for his future, finishing with 25 points on a variety of dunks, threes and free throws. Dial was at his best during a huge Team Nashville run in the first half that lifted his squad to a 47-37 halftime advantage.


Elder added 16 while Vari Craig (Riverdale) finished with 12 points. John Hudson (Dyer County) shot very well from the perimeter.


Daijon Williams (Clarksville) and Taylor Barnette (Kentucky) led the Celtics with 17 and 16 respectively, but the play of rising junior Demarc Richardson (Briarcrest Christian) is what caught the eye of all us in attendance.


Richardson, who would finish with 14 points, used his strength and size to overpower the smaller guards and a nice mid-range game to negate the advantage of the bigger ones.


According to sources on Sunday, the Celtics received some outstanding performances from David Howard (MBA), who scored 26 and 24 in consecutive games and rising sophomore Reggie Upshaw (Baylor), who performed double duty also playing with the 16 and under Celtics. Jamal Smith (FACS) continues to show marked improvement in his rapid development.


The Mid-State Ballerz East, playing with a depleted roster, got some outstanding performances from Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet), Josh Erickson (DCA) and Zaonte Carr (Lancaster Christian).

Guards were in high profile for the Memphis Select in the day's opener. Robert Houston (Craigmont) and Myron Johnson (Hamilton) both played strong defense and shot the ball very well leading the Select to a win over a squad from Kentucky. Sam Edwards (Memphis East) is an intriguing young prospect. At a legit 6'11, he moves well for his size but must develop stamina and have someone show him some basic post play. He is capable and it will be interesting to watch his development.


In the 16 and under division, The Nashville Celtics were in a dog fight with a very good Arkansas Hawks in one of the later games of the evening. Upshaw was outstanding as he continues to learn his craft. Vonn Bell (Chattanooga Central) showed flashes in his game on the offensive end but must value the ball more if he wants to play the point. Joey Barnes (Ravenwood) has some height but really lacks strength. His skill level is high and he plays tough. He could be really good with some added bulk.


The Mid-State Ballerz West lost a heartbreaker to another one of those Kentucky squads despite some outstanding efforts from Maleek Hall (Kenwood), Robert Brandon (Siegel), Jay Gordon (Westview) and Devon Davidson (White County).

The Nashville Celtics 15 and under squad went on to capture the title on Sunday in their division. The game between those same Celtics and Select Basketball was a very good 15 and under contest with some very good young prospects on both ends of the floor.


Andrew Cowie (BGA), Jake Allsmiller (CPA) and Andy Schumpert (Brentwood) played outstanding in the victory over the eventual champions. Braxton Bonds (CPA) was himself equally outstanding controlling game tempo and firing nasty passes all around the A-Game complex. The growing young man also found time to score some buckets with an improved floater in the lane.


Jaylen Barford (Southside), Brandon Donaldson (Henry County), Daniel Norl (Kenwood) and Marcus Graves (Ravenwood) all played well, not only in this game but throughout the event. Norl is a big-time shooter, Barford can create his own shot and has excellent length, Donaldson is a beast and Graves is a smooth lefty who continues to improve his handles and scoring ability.