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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

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Liberty Tech Captures Class AA State Title…….Johnson Grabs Mr. Basketball

Seniors step up in crucial moments.

Joevante Arnold (Liberty Tech) stepped up after Mr. Basketball finalist and Richmond signee Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) fouled out and finished with 15 points leading the Crusaders to the 2011 Class AA state championship.

Arnold sealed the deal with a steal and breakaway slam pushing the Liberty Tech lead to 62-54 with less than a minute to play.

Anthony finished with 13 points before fouling out. DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) added 10 points for the Crusaders who now field an 11-1 mark at the state tournament with the only loss coming in last years state finals to Bolivar Central.

Sean McKissack (East Literature) finished with 17 points and Chris Willingham (East Literature) added 15 markers for East Literature.

For his outstanding efforts throughout the tourney Anthony was named the MVP of the tourney. Joining him on all-tournament team were Barnette, Arnold, McKissack, Willingham, Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial), Tre Polk (Bolivar Central), Barry Griffin (Howard) and Cheau Hendricks (East Literature).

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) was named Mr. Basketball in the Class AA ranks. The Vanderbilt signee was one of the three finalists including Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) and Martavious Newby (BTW).

14 and Under State Tournament Observations and Notes


The 14 and under state came to its conclusion on Sunday afternoon with Select Basketball winning the championship over the Memphis YOMCA. We watched nearly every game on Saturday and Sunday and I have put together a list of the top 30 players from the event. They will be listed in alphabetical order.


Terrence Birdsong (???) Memphis YOMCA (High Game 18pts)

Big strong inside player who was relentless on the glass and showed a soft touch on the inside, he is a big time football prospect we understand.


Braxton Blackwell (???) Select Basketball (High Game 29pts)

Very consistent player with great size and the ability to finish strong at the rim in transition, Blackwell averaged 16 points per game and was the only player in the tournament to score in double digits in all five of his games.


Jordan Bowden (Carter) Tennessee Chosen Few (High Game 18pts)

Small guard showed great poise and leadership qualities controlling tempo and knocking down some shots along the way, he has solid handles but will obviously need to get stronger.


Jacques Bruce (Fulton) Tennessee Chosen Few (High Game 14pts)

Strong guard, who can score in transition and plays solid defense on occasion, will learn to become more consistent when Coach Wright gets him in the mix.


Julian Crutchfield (Lebanon) Nashville Celtics (High Game 16pts)

Big strong inside player who challenged people to match him physically and more often than not came out on top. Must develop a go to move and shoots a great many shots completely off balance, thus putting him out of rebounding position.


Calvin Davenport (Ooltewah) Chatt-Town Elite (High Game 13pts)

A small guard who uses his quickness to create scoring opportunities for himself and others, Davenport can become a pesky defender as he learns the game.


Alandius Delk (Haywood County) Memphis YOMCA (High Game 18pts)

Scrappy inside player who scored most of his points on put-backs and short jumpers, Delk was a tough defender but will need guard skills as his size catches up with him.


DeShaun Douthard (Cane Ridge) Nashville Celtics (High Game 15pts)

Active scorer will need to make the transition to lead guard if he remains at this size, found creative ways to score and used his quickness to get to the rim.


Ricky Dunnaway (Oakland) Nashville Celtics (High Game 12pts)

Consistent player scored in double digits in nearly every game and was very effective when the half-court game was utilized. Smooth operator has length and good size, as his skills rise he could be a good one.


Naba Echols (???) Memphis War Eagles (High Game 19pts)

Diminutive guard proved to be a pest on defense and with his lefty stroke was a weapon from deep on offense, Echols has point guard size but felt more comfortable creating his own shot, which will change as his game grows.


Wade Eldridge (Livingston Academy) Select Basketball (High Game 13pts)

Smart player with a very opportunistic approach to the game, he was effective on the wing and when he had scoring chances he converted at the rim.


Donte Fitzpatrick (???) Memphis YOMCA (High Game 10pts)

Excessively long athlete, showed major potential with his athleticism and ability to keep things alive on the offensive glass, strength is the only thing keeping him being very productive.


Rashard Harrington (Science Hill) East Tennessee Copperheads (High Game 27pts)

The only other player in the event to score in double digits in all his games, Harrington finished with the events highest scoring per game average of 21.0. He can score in a variety of methods but will need to incorporate some lead guard skills into the mix.


Chase Hawkins (Brentwood) Nashville Celtics (High Game 12pts)

Solid inside player who can score, mostly over his right shoulder, he has good hands and will learn to add some counter moves when he is forced to play against bigger opponents.


Parker Howell (CPA) Select Basketball (High Game 21pts)

Skilled post player with outstanding hands and footwork, Howell can score over either shoulder and has an up and under and will finish with either hand. He has a strong lower body and once he gets position, he remains intact.


Jerry Hurd (Memphis Overton) Memphis War Eagles (High Game 20pts)

Arguably the best shooter in the tourney, Hurd has a sweet follow-thru and can put the ball on the deck and finish at the rim. He plays with poise and rarely shows any emotion on the floor, he has point guard savvy; now let's add some point guard skills.


Kelvin Jackson (Gibbs) Tennessee Chosen Few (High Game 17pts)

Very emotional youngster who has some good size and length and can put the ball in the hole in a variety of methods. He needs to overcome his immaturity and simply play ball, he has nice skills and could be a very good player.


Justin Jenkins (Knoxville Webb) Select Basketball (High Game 13pts)

Very impressive athlete, who jumps quickly and plays hard on both ends of the floor, he needs to tweak his shooting motion and stop trying to make a spectacular play on every possession, the easy ones count as two points also.


Skal Labassiere (ECS) Memphis War Eagles (High Game 24pts)

A native of Haiti, Skal has very impressive height (6'8) and length but his physicality is a work in progress. The physical toll took hold as the event wore on and his production slipped as well. He has a nice shooting touch and is still learning how to play this game.


Keelon Lawson (???) Memphis YOMCA (High Game 38pts)

A very impressive young player who can score around the glass and hits the short runner with ease, his outside shooting needs major work and his foul shooting as well. He has unusual length and is not afraid to compete and take crucial shots. He needs to control his emotions before he moves up to the high school level.


J.T. Marable (Pearl Cohn) Nashville Celtics (High Game 14pts)

Strong personality at the lead guard spot, Marable showed he can score a crucial bucket or set up the chance for a hard working teammate. He plays good defense and is not afraid of contact.


Mark McGee (Science Hill) East Tennessee Copperheads (High Game 22pts)

Small scoring guard had a couple of 20 point games but took a lot of shots to get there, at his size he must learn to incorporate his teammates and become a weapon with or without the ball.


James McPherson (Brentwood) Select Basketball (High Game 15pts)

Lead guard plays at a very nice tempo and has a massive basketball IQ, he can score from outside or if guarded off the dribble, he is patient and really understands his role within the offense.


Kyle Phillips (Hillsboro) Select Basketball (High Game 14pts)

Big and strong, Phillips was at his physical best against the better inside players and showed he could run the floor and keep possessions alive with his hustle and determination.


Nick Smith (White Station) Memphis YOMCA (High Game 23pts)

Impressive ball-handler and scorer with the ball in his hands, when the game got bigger he rose to the challenge and lead his troops. He creates space with his handles and will finish tough at the rim with either hand. He needs to quit gambling on defense and use his quickness to create additional scoring chances.


T.J. Steward (Siegel) Nashville Celtics (High Game 12pts)

Nice lefty stroke and a good feel for the game are his major attributes on the court, needs to temper down the demonstrative actions when he perceives things aren't going his way. He is much too talented to let outside distractions take him out of his game.


Brenden Teeter (Alcoa) Tennessee Thunder (High Game 22pts)

Showed improvement with each game and scored big in the finale with 22 markers. Good shooter will need to quicken his release.


Marques Tipton (Brainerd) Chatt-Town Elite (High Game 15pts)

Proved to be a consistent scorer throughout the weekend, Tipton plays hard and always looks for opportunities to score the ball. He has decent size and if he develops his handles could be a solid off guard.


Isiah Upton (East Literature) Nashville Celtics (High Game 11pts)

Very consistent scorer and all around player was a major contributor for the Celtics the entire weekend, Upton can finish to the basket and has an adequate outside shot that will get better with gym work. Good size and ability make him a quality prospect in this class.


Taylor Vanderbilt (Smyrna) Select Basketball (High Game 18pts)

Sweet stroking lefty with a smooth finish, Vanderbilt was not shy about shooting big shots including a game winner in pool play. He has a strong body and will gravitate towards the lead guard spot by necessity as he grows.


Rodney Webb (Melrose) Memphis War Eagles (High Game 13pts)

Athletic and long can describe a lot of the Memphis players but Webb stood out early in the event and seemed to disappear towards the end. He can finish inside and with his length run the floor very well and takes it strong to the cup.



Holiday Tournament Scoring Leaders


The holiday tourneys saw some exciting action as the state gets fully acclimated to hoops.  


We also look for interesting facts such as 1,000 point scoring milestones and other things of particular interest. If we miss a player please feel free to send me an email at andre@tnprephoops.com and I will make sure he is noticed on the following weeks scoring list.


College coaches have told me this is one of their favorite features as it helps them get an understanding on the pulse of the new season.


JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) made his holiday presence felt scoring 27 points in a win over Rutherford and followed that effort up with a big 40 spot against Louisville Eastern before falling to Ooltewah in the championship game of the Bay Hill Classic in Florida.  


Mat Case (Cookeville) was ultra spectacular at the San Destin Hilton Beach Resort Blowout in Florida garnering MVP honors for his efforts which included a 26 points effort against Freeport and a slick 37 points in the title game over Crestview. .  


Jacon McLennan (Huntland) might be one of the best juniors in the ranks of Class A basketball after his 43 points outburst against North Jackson at a recent holiday tournament.


Jordan Craighead (Smith County) was on a self proclaimed scoring mission while in East Tennessee at the Lenoir City Holiday Classic. Craighead scored 29 points against Walker Valley and gave the host school Lenoir City a sweet 30 marker.


Anthony Hightower (Clarksville) had a nice week scoring after giving FRA 36 points he followed up with 27 against Centennial.


John Ross Glover (USJ) had a week for the ages and achieved a special milestone along the way. The Mr. Basketball candidate and Lipscomb signee moved past the 2.000 point barrier with a 35 point effort against TCA. For good measure the rising senior distributed 53, a career high, on Middleton.


Alex Poythress (Northeast) was simply astounding over the holiday with his scoring efforts. The future McDonald's All-American and Kentucky signee did his business in a big way scoring 47 against LaVergne, 46 against Giles County, 33 against Riverdale, 30 for Hunter's Lane and 27 against Hickman County.


Drew Standifer (Bearden) was big as the Bulldogs captured the Super 16 event in Knoxville. Standifer collected 23 in the title game against MBA after a big 35 point effort against CAK brought them to the finals.




East Tennessee

Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial) 37pts vs. Livingston Academy

Drew Standifer (Bearden) 35pts vs. CAK

Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial) 32pts vs. MBA

Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County) 31pts vs. Hamilton Heights

Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial) 30pts vs. CAK

Hunter Spaw (Grainger) 30pts vs. Edmonson County (KY)

Ben Arnold (Cumerland Gap) 29pts vs. Union County

Jacob West (Oneida) 29pts vs. Casey County (KY)

Braylen Bennett (Carter) 28pts vs. Knoxville Central

Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) 28pts vs. Ooltewah

Blake Williams (Farragut) 27pts vs. Fulton

Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah) 27pts vs. Midway

Cory Poteet (Campbell County) 27pts vs. Columbia Central

Bryce Kendrick (Grace Christian) 26pts vs. Berean Christian

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central) 26pts vs. Meigs County

Reggie Upshaw (Baylor) 25pts vs. Notre Dame

Jordan Hall (Lenoir City) 25pts vs. Coalfield

Jacob West (Oneida) 25pts vs. Knoxville Ambassadores

Trey Stewart (Grace Christian) 25pts vs. Sequoyah

Justin Wandell (Elizabethton) 25pts vs. Morristown West

Cleveland Davidson (Rockwood) 25pts vs. Hampton

Marcus Taylor (University) 25pts vs. Honaker (VA)


Middle Tennessee

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 47pts vs. LaVergne

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 46pts vs. Giles County

Jacob McLennan (Huntland) 43pts vs. North Jackson (AL)

Jacob Dick (Sycamore) 41pts vs. North Murray (KY)

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) 40pts vs. Louisville Eastern (KY)

Mat Case (Cookeville) 37pts vs. Crestview (FL)

Anthony Hightower (Clarksville) 36pts vs. FRA

Donya Burnett (Riverdale) 34pts vs. White House

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 33pts vs. Riverdale

Matt Pond (Centennial) 33pts vs. LaVergne

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) 32pts vs. Orange (CA)

Corey Hamilton (Clay County) 32pts vs. Clinton

Craig Bradshaw (CPA) 31pts vs. The Christ School (NC)

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 30pts vs. Hunter's Lane

Jordan Craighead (Smith County) 30pts vs. Lenoir City

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County) 30pts vs. Northwest

Treyton Harris (Siegel) 30pts vs. Austin East

Liam Nash (USN) 30pts vs. Springfield

Will Boshers (Hampshire) 29pts vs. Gabriel Christian

Jordan Craighead (Smith County) 29pts vs. Walker Valley

Brad McClung (Station Camp) 29pts vs. Madison

Connor Peach (Greenbrier) 29pts vs. Lancaster Christian

Craig Bradshaw (CPA) 29pts vs. Urspring, Germany

Hunter Culp (Camden Central) 29pts vs. South Gibson

Craig Bradshaw (CPA) 29pts vs. Louisville Butler

Matt Priest (Santa Fe) 28pts vs. Summertown

Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) 28pts vs. Powell

Jack Montague (Brentwood) 28pts vs. Liberty Tech

Dylan Hurst (Trousdale County) 28pts vs. Merrol Hyde

Connor Peach (Greenbrier) 28pts vs. Merrol Hyde

David Howard (MBA) 28pts vs. Columbia Central

Rob Marberry (FRA) 28pts vs. Clarksville

Jessie McDowell (Jackson County) 27pts vs. Moore County

Anthony Hightower (Clarksville) 27pts vs. Centennial

Matt Pond (Centennial) 27pts vs. Clarksville

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) 27pts vs. Rutherford (KY)

Jason Stone (Maplewood) 27pts vs. Hendersonville

Jacob Tucker (Perry County) 27pts vs. Marshall County

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 27pts vs. Hickman County

Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central) 27pts vs. Perry County

Mat Case (Cookeville) 26pts vs. Freeport (FL)

John Bilbrey (Cumberland County) 26pts vs. Middle Tennessee Heat

Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central) 26pts vs. Eagles Landing (AL)

Tevin Majors (Clarksville) 26pts vs. Ridgeland (GA)

Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan) 26pts vs. Centennial

A.J. Wilkerson (White County) 26pts vs. Lebanon

Nathan Watkins (Ensworth) 25pts vs. Jupiter (FL)

Kielen Blanks (Spring Hill) 25pts vs. Louisville Doss

James Ladd (McGavock) 25pts vs. East Literature

Derrick Spears (MTCS) 25pts vs. Davidson Academy

Rickie Bowser (Franklin Classical) 25pts vs. Mt. Pleasant

McKenzie Etheridge (Waverly Central) 25pts vs. Lake County

John Bilbrey (Cumberland County) 25pts vs. East Limestone (AL)

Corey Teague (Ezell-Harding) 25pts vs. Coffee County

Dee Oldham (Wilson Central) 25pts vs. Perry County Central (KY)

Zach Jenkins (Ezell-Harding) 25pts vs. Lighthouse Christian


West Tennessee

John Ross Glover (USJ) 53pts vs. Middleton

Demetrius Dyson (Brighton) 37pts vs. New Madrid (IL)

Antwan Parker (Hamilton) 36pts vs. Wooddale

John Ross Glover (USJ) 35pts vs. TCA

Clarence Wilson (Carver) 30pts vs. McMinn Central

Jerry Johnson (Wooddale) 30pts vs. Normandy (IL)

Leron Black (White Station) 29pts vs. Louisville Ballard

Cameron Payne (Lausanne) 29pts vs. DeSoto Christian (MS)

Danny Galvin (MUS) 28pts vs. Manassas

Billy Rosenburg (Raleigh-Egypt) 28pts vs. USN

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian) 27pts vs. Kingsbury

Brennan Bowling (Fayette Academy) 27pts vs. DeSoto Central (MS)

Javier Gordon (Westview) 26pts vs. Union City

Moses Harper (Brighton) 26pts vs. New Madrid (IL)

Skal Labissiere (ECS) 26pts vs. Choctawachee (FL)

Dontavious Sears (Manassas) 25pts vs. Cartersville (IL)

Ramiel Pollard (McNairy Central) 25pts vs. Union City

Chris Chiozza (Bartlett) 25pts vs. Hazelwood West (MO)

Benny Williams (Kirby) 25pts vs. BTW

Allsmiller Leads CPA past Ensworth in Mid-State Showdown


Now thats what I call an electric atmosphere for high school basketball.

The stands were packed, extra security loomed as the top ranked squad in Class AA CPA welcomed three-time defending DII/Class AA state champion Ensworth into the Lions Den.

Jake Allsmiller (CPA) came out of the gate red hot. The junior shooting sensation finished with 22 points as CPA bested Ensworth 76-70 in front of the packed house complete with coaches from Purdue and Tennessee on hand.

A close affair throughout the first half saw CPA push ahead slightly 32-28 at the half behind the solid play of Allsmiller and Thomas Richard (CPA).

Corn Elder (Ensworth), who slightly tweaked his ankle in warm-ups, was none the worse for wear as he closed the half strong  for the Tigers.

CPA made their move with the game knotted at 45 with little over 2:00 to play. Sophomore Parker Howell (CPA) converted a three point play, the old fashioned way, followed by a bucket from junior Jalen Lindsey (CPA) forcing the Ensworth timeout. Lindsey knocked down a three after the brief stoppage as CPA went into the fourth quarter up 53-45 and never looked back.

The Tiger narrowed the gap to 64-60 with 2:17 remaining behind buckets from Elder, DeAndre Ferby (Ensworth) and Andrew Fleming (Ensworth). Lindsey responded with a momentus baseline drive and slam before Allsmiller locked the door with another bucket from deep.

Allsmiller finsihed with 22, followed by Lindsey with 18. Richard and Braxton Blackwell (CPA) each finished with 10. Braxton Bonds (CPA) finished with 6 assists for the Lions.

Elder took game scoring honors with 25 followed by Fleming who added 18.

Tennessee Bobcats Reach Finals at Big Shots/Columbus

Tournaments are underway and one of the newest teams on the summer scene made quite a nice showing in their inaugural effort.


The 16 and under Tennessee Bobcats, located in East Tennessee, ventured down to Columbus, Georgia for the first of many Big Shots events and made quite a stir advancing to the title game before falling to the Mobile Warriors out of Alabama 70-58.


The Bobcats got off to a rousing start dusting off the Georgia Elite 62-54 behind 18 markers from Makale Foreman (Dobyns-Bennett).


John Bryant (Jefferson County) and Kaden Wampler (Science Hill) made mighty contributions dropping 11 points apiece for the Bobcats. John Fulkerson (Dobyns-Bennett) and Jacob Cawood (Midway) contributed 8 points apiece while Harper Feltner (Jefferson County) grabbed a team high 9 boards.


Foreman again took scoring honors with 15 large as the Bobcats upstaged the Georgia Renegades 46-38 in semi-final action moving them into the title tilt.


Joining Foreman in the scoring column were Fulkerson with 8 and 10 caroms, Wampler added 6 while Wade Eldridge (Livingston Academy) was staunch on the glass with 5 boards.


In the title contest, Daniel Clark (Bradley Central) was the lone Bobcat in double digits with 10. A balanced scoring attack kept things close with Foreman and Bryant pitching in 9, Bryson Stephens (Morristown East) adding 8 and Eldridge and rising sophomore Noah Carter (Jefferson County) tossing in 5 apiece.