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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

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Real Deal Recaps….. 17’s


A great start for several 17 and under squads got a huge boost of adrenaline with some sterling performances at what most call the unofficial opening of the summer hoops tour, the Real Deal at the Rock.

The state had an awesome showing with one squad making the final eight another the sweet 16 and several had showings worthy of mention.

The Memphis Magic Elite had a tough run through the bracket banging a huge win over the pre-tourney favorite All Ohio Red then falling to the J-Smoove Celtics (Atlanta Celtics) on a last second shot from Tennessee commitment Jordan McRae.

Joe Jackson (White Station) was the buzz around the media contingent with his ability to rise and his improving floor leadership. As a scorer he has few peers but he has come to grips with the fact his position on the next level is the point and he is making much better decisions with the ball and looking for the open man. His points have become more efficient as he is taking less shots but still has the ball in his mitts when the game is one the line. 

Chris Crawford (Sheffield) Played his best against the best scoring a team high 23 against All Ohio. Great size for a guard with a terrific outside shot. 

Tarik Black (Ridgeway) The big man has found his way onto every high majors recruiting wish list with his non-stop motor and relentless efforts on the glass. He is limited to scoring around the bucket and when he adds the short jumper and maybe a go to move he could get paid to play one day. Regardless this cat is legit.

Mardracus Wade (Mitchell) Put Drake in with the other high major players in this group. His defensive ability alone seperates him from his peers. His outside shot needs a tweak or two but is consistent and goes in when the situation is big. Love his intensity and can never loose attitude, someone is getting a gem. 

Ronald Brown (Raleigh-Egypt) "Tank" showed some much improved ability off the dribble scoring with a hard push to the right or left and finishing with either hand. He knocked down several short baseline jumpers and played his usual game on the glass.

Adonis Thomas (Melrose) One of the best finishers on the break I have seen in some time. His size and strength seperate him from the pack. He has added a short jumper that will serve him well if used properly. Played tough defense against some of the best wings in the country. 

Other Magic hoopers who showed out this weekend include Todd Mayo (Houston) and Carlos Denton (Hamilton).



The Nashville Celtics showed the world they are for real winning their pool then swatting All-iowa Attacj attack before falling to the tourney runner-up Dallas Heroes.

Austin Hollins (Germantown) Those who have not seen him are missing a long athlete who can finish inside despite his slender frame. He can drop the outside shot and defends well. He had some good efforts in front of some big people so don't be surprised to hear his name mentioned prominently very soon. 

Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) Was very solid defending one of the nations best scorers and showed he could score from the outside and is devastating in transition. His athleticism sperates him from the pack while he improves his game off the dribble. 

Cody Henegar (Marion County) Big Cody had a fine tourney in Arkansas showing some much improved toughness and fight especially on the glass. His length allows him to block shots from the help side and I was very excited to see him battle some of the monsters this event threw his way. His offensive game is solid and he shoots well from the outside, nothing but upside from this long and talented young man. 

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) This Class of 2011 prodigy did some serious work over the weekend. Playing in both the 16's and 17's games he showed out in front of the folks with his leadership ability and fearless attitude. His game off the dribble is fun to watch as he seems to always make the right decision be it a tough drive or dish to scoring teammate. As he develops his body his stock is on the upward spiral... for sure. 

Ish Sanders (Cleveland) Very impressed with his fearless attitude and ability to score against bigger and stronger players. He seemed to come up with big plays on both ends of the floor at crucial times in the game. 

Other Celtics who had good weeknds include Aaron Cosby (Kentucky), Meiko Lyles (USN), Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro), Jay Murphy (Bolivar Central), Mitchell Hill (Cookeville) and Jeremy Purvis (Clarksville Northeast).


The Mid-State Ballerz advanced to the sweet 16 of the  consolation bracket before falling early Sunday. Tarius Johnson (Liberty Tech) led the Ballerz in scoring averaging over 25 per game while outstanding efforts were put forth by Demarius Smith (Kenwood) and Thomas Greer (West Carroll). 

Team Nashville also fought their way to the Sweet 16 of the consolation bracket before aflling to the powerful SYF Players. Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) had a nice run showing his game is back where it needs to be this summer. Teraes Clemmons (Mt. Juliet) and Holden Mobley (MBA) both drew praise for their games this weeekend. 


Cleveland Rocky Top League Rosters


Cleveland Rocky Top High

School Fall League Rosters

Tennessee (A1)

Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah)

Nick Ross (Red Bank)

Nick Ellis (Notre Dame)

Dalton Kepley (McMinn Central)

Jarad Rhodes (Cleveland)

Ronzeal Robinson (Cleveland)

Ryan Henry (Meigs County)

Vanderbilt (A2)

Stephen Record (Grace Baptist)

Caleb Johns (Meigs County)

Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central)

Chris Akina (Rhea County) 

Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah)

Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland)

Clayton McMasters (Grace Baptist)

Florida (A3)

Cory Smith (McMinn Central)

John Shoot (Meigs County)

Jalen Smith (Rhea County)

Tim Webb (McMinn Central)

Robert Vandervolt (Tellico Plains)

Preston Russell (Tellico Plains)

Logan Brewer (Polk County)

Auburn (A4)

Steadmon Ford (Notre Dame)

D.J. Bowles (Notre Dame)

Stevie Sharp (Rhea County)

Andrew Eastman (Rhea County)

Spencer Crabtree (Meigs County)

Josh Coleman (Rhea County)

Syracuse (B1)

Marcus Stevenson (Meigs County)

Caleb Hiddleston (Cleveland)

Luke Matthews (Stone Memorial)

Lee Gooch (Tellico Plains)

Rondez Mee  (Cleveland)

Wesley Richey (Ooltewah)

Taylor Rhodes (Cleveland)

Connecticut (B2)

Mack Singh (Rhea County)

Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland)

Dillon Johnson (Bradley Central)

Trey Upton (Cleveland)

Bradley Ward (McMinn Central)

Brett Barton (Cleveland)

Hunter Daniels (Rhea County)

Louisville (B3)

Darien Johnson (Bradley Central)

Levi Woods (Meigs County)

Rashawn Avery (Notre Dame)

Stewart Gunter (Notre Dame)

Drew Zaleta (Walker Valley)

Max Miller (McMinn Central)

Gerardo Contreras (Bradley Central)

Marquette (B4)

Macay Hedrick (Rhea County)

Cameron Colvard (Bledsoe County)

Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County)

Carter Clark (Rhea County)

Dylan Swilley (McMinn Central)

Seth Shearman (Meigs County)


Week#1 Schedule

9:00 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

10:00 Florida vs. Auburn

11:00 Syracuse vs. UConn

12:00 Louisville vs. Marquette

Class AA Pre-Season Projections


Let's not call them predictions this year, how about that. Thanks to everyone who helped me out ascertaining the information. Let's move on to Class AA.


All-Region squads are listed in no particular order.


I want to mention that this week one of the best players in the state in Class AA hurt his knee and will be sidelined for the entire season. Jordan Cross (Sullivan East) we wish you nothing but the best in your recovery and you will be a member of the All-Region team regardless of your situation, you have earned it, my friend.


Class AA

Region 1AA

District 1AA MVP: Logan Lyle (Unicoi County)

District 1AA Projected Champion: Unicoi County

District 2AA MVP: Bryan Everhart (Greeneville)

District 2AA Projected Champion: Greeneville

All-Region 1AA Pre-Season Team:

Jordan Cross (Sullivan East)

Trey Haney (South Greene)

Michael Hedrick (Grainger)

Aaron Miller (Elizabethton)

Matt Stanley (Happy Valley)

Logan Lyle (Unicoi County)

Jason Steele (Johnson County)

Chase Atkins (Claiborne)

Bryan Everhart (Greeneville)

Trae Minton (Cumberland Gap)

Region 2AA

District 3AA MVP: Lester Wilson (Carter)

District 3AA Projected Champion: Carter

District 4AA MVP: Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial)

District 4AA Projected Champion: Alcoa

All-Region 2AA Pre-Season Team:

Brandon Lopez (Austin East)

Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman)

Emery Naler (CAK)

Galen Campbell (Fulton)

Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial)

Chase Buckner (Union County)

Matt Shown (Alcoa)

Braylen Bennett (Carter)

Morrease Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman)

Lester Wilson (Carter)

Jaleland Lawson (Fulton)





Region 3AA

District 5AA MVP: Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater)

District 5AA Projected Champion: McMinn Central

District 6AA MVP: Nick Ross (Red Bank)

District 6AA Projected Champion: Red Bank

All-Region 3AA Pre-Season Team:

Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah)

Barry Griffin (Howard)

Nick Ross (Red Bank)

Randy Boyd (Hixson)

Taylor Drew (McMinn Central)

Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater)

Damien Suttles (Tyner Academy)

Darrius Higgens (Brainerd)

Kelvin Clay (Red Bank)

Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County)





Region 4AA

District 7AA MVP: Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County)

District 7AA Projected Champion: Sequatchie County

District 8AA MVP: Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy)

District 8AA Projected Champion: Livingston Academy

All-Region 4AA Pre-Season Team:

Justin Davenport (Cannon County)

Chris Nash (Upperman)

Logan Ramsey (Livingston Academy)

Brandon Arnold (Chattanooga Christian)

Rashawn Avery (Notre Dame)

Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County)

Sonni Hill (DeKalb County)

Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy)

Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

Steadman Ford (Notre Dame)

Region 5AA

District 9AA MVP: Keenan Froedden (Sycamore)

District 9AA Projected Champion: Sycamore

District 10AA MVP: Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

District 10AA Projected Champion: CPA

All-Region 5AA Pre-Season Team:

Jaleel Querry (Maplewood)

Jalen Lindsey (CPA)

Denzel Clark (White's Creek)

Cheau Hendricks (East Literature)

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore)

Arkeylus Thomas (Pearl Cohn)

Devin McClain (Goodpasture)

Darryl Clack (Maplewood)

Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

Dallas Grace (Macon County)





Region 6AA

District 11AA MVP: Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

District 11AA Projected Champion: Harpeth

District 12AA MVP: Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

District 12AA Projected Champion: Marshall County

All-Region 6AA Pre-Season Team:

Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

Collin McMullin (Harpeth)

Trevor Moore (Montgomery Central)

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

Lake Jones (Giles County)

Kielan Blanks (Spring Hill)

Austin Clements (Creek Wood)

Kevin Peterson (Marshall County)

Tre Rowe (Page)





Region 7AA

District 13AA MVP: Jacob Lloyd (Westview)

District 13AA Projected Champion: ??????

District 14AA MVP: Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech)

District 14AA Projected Champion: Liberty Tech

All-Region 7AA Pre-Season Team:

Winn Decker (Dyersburg)

DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech)

Tre Polk (Bolivar Central)

Jacob Lloyd (Westview)

Ramiel Pollard (McNairy Central)

Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech)

O'Neal Woods (Bolivar Central)

Leland Robinson (Southside)

Joevante Arnold (Liberty Tech)

DeAndre McKinnie (Bolivar Central)





Region 8AA

District 15AA MVP: Dontavious Sears (Manassas)

District 15AA Projected Champion: Manassas

District 16AA MVP: Martavious Newby (BTW)

District 16AA Projected Champion: BTW

All-Region 8AA Pre-Season Team:

Justin Street (Sheffield)

Kerrell Davis (Hillcrest)

Darion Robinson (Carver)

Martavious Newby (BGA)

Myron Askew (Frayser)

Allante Milam (Oakhaven)

Dontavious Sears (Manassas)

Isiah Anthony (BTW)

Cameron Rias (Hillcrest)

Rayford Albright (Manassas)

Lake County Captures the Gold Ball in Class A……Malcolm Smith Named Mr. Basketball

Lake County placed five players in double digits and overcame a 26 point performance from Javonte Woody (Middleton) to bring home the Class A state title with an 84-63 victory over Middleton.

Ricky Boyd (Lake County) led his squad with 19 points followed by Rafeal Tyler (Lake County) with 16, Derrick Swift (Lake County) chipped in 13, B.J. Gauldin (Lake County) added 12 and Devon Jones (Lake County) finished with 11 markers.

Woody led all scorers with his 26 points. Derrick Hudson (Middleton) chipped in with 12 in the tough loss.

Tyler was selcted as the tournaments MVP. Joining him on the glitter squad were Woody, Boyd, Hudson, Gauldin, Jones, Jeremy Duncan (Middleton), Nathaneal Hughes (Hampton), Dylan Ward (Hampton) and Dray Mercer (Perry County).

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) won his second Class A Mr. Basketball award directly following the championship game.

Smith was selected from a group of three finalists inlcuding his twin brother Martin Smith (Clarksville Academy) and Natheal Hughes (Hampton).

Memphis YOMCA 15’s Win Big in Georgia


"Only the Best Play Here" was the aptly named tournament featuring the 15 and under YOMCA of Memphis this past weekend in Lithonia, Georgia.


Only the best is how the boys from the Bluff City treated their competition as the YOMCA captured the crown with a decisive win over Aim High in the championship game.


Davell Roby (White Station) led the scoring in the title game with 24 and snatched double digit rebounds as well. Leron Black (White Station) continued his double/double machine with 17 points and 14 boards while Chris Chiozza (Bartlett) was a passing fiend, dishing double digit dimes.


C.J. Anderson (Arlington) had an outstanding championship game to compliment an outstanding tournament stuffing the stat sheet with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.


Ironically the YOMCA started the weekend with a victory over those same Aim High players they would destroy in the championship game. In that opening round victory, Black set the tone with 19 points and 17 boards, Roby added 10 markers and 7 caroms while Anderson flirted with a triple double scoring 9, grabbing 10 and dishing 8. Chiozza had a nice game as well, with 6 assists and 0 turnovers.


In the second victory, Black, Roby and Anderson again were the standouts. Duante Thomas (FACS) was lauded by the coaches for his defense and hustle in this game.


The ship kept sailing towards the championship game with a 16 point win in their third contest behind 9 points and 14 dimes from Chiozza. Black scored 22 and snatched 15 boards; Roby had 14 points and 8 boards, while Anderson was his steady self with 8 points, 8 boards and 6 assists.