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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

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Emmanuel Andrews Leads District Week Scoring

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District action got underway this week with some big perfromances by some of the stalwarts you see on this list each and every week.

John Jenkins (Station Camp) dropped 60 in the regular season finale against Gallatin and then added 46 in his district semi against Greenbrier. 

Cory Stanton (Springfield) helped his squad advance to the region by dropping 43 in a win against Clarksville then scored the winning bucket against Hnery County, he had 27 in that one. 

Finally, Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) scored 29 in the regular season finale against Riverdale then made the district his home with 28 against Lawrence County. 

Heres the list for the final game of the regular season and the start of district action:

Marshaun Newell (Middle College) 25pts vs. MASE

Drew Kelly (Centennial) 31pts vs. Whites Creek

Josh McElhiney (Goodpasture) 27pts vs. Pleasant View Christian

Brandon Hunter (Gallatin) 32pts vs. Station Camp

Brendan Connolly (Father Ryan) 30pts vs. Baylor

Skylar McBee (Grainger) 29pts vs. Seymour

Tyler Vittetoe (Union County) 29pts vs. Pigeon Forge

Cody Walker (Sale Creek) 27pts vs. Richard Hardy

Cameron Pridemore (Grace Christian) 26pts vs. Anderson County

Carlton Logue (Seymour) 25pts vs. Carter

Jordan Rorex (Anderson County) 32pts vs. CAK

Lester Wilson (Carter) 27pts vs. Seymour

Cody Walker (Sale Creek) 25pts vs. Lookout Valley

Cole Tucker (Whitwell) 30pts vs. Hamilton Heights (Ga.)

Jordan Clark (Baylor) 28pts vs. Brentwood Academy

Travis Hodge (Sale Creek) 30pts vs. Richard Hardy

A.J. Johnson (Arlington) 26pts vs. Bartlett

Marcus Guy (Overton) 25pts vs. Collierville

Lawrence Douglas (Milan) 25pts vs. Gibson County

Adrian Williamson (Hume Fogg) 28pts vs. Hume Fogg

Etham Tummins (McEwen) 25pts vs. Houston County

Brendan Connolly (Father Ryan) 38pts vs. Ensworth

Matthew Harper (McMinn Central) 25pts vs. Seymour

Darian Stone (Clinton) 28pts vs. Oak Ridge

Zach Norman (Campbell County) 25pts vs. Knoxville West

Tyler Hood (Lenoir City) 26pts vs. Sevier County

Kent Benjamin (Sevier County) 25pts vs. Lenoir City

Brandon Pack (City University) 28pts vs. Middleton

Joe Jackson (White Station) 28pts vs. Germantown

Kyle Tecihmann (Brentwood) 30pts vs. Ravenwood 

Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian) 33pts vs. Brentwood Academy

Taverres Jefferson (Ensworth) 25pts vs. MUS

Brandon Tubbs (Riverside) 30pts vs. JCS

Kerry Hammonds (Siegel) 30pts vs. Lebanon

DaRonte Clark (Gallatin) 27pts vs. Beech

Marcus Etheridge (Henry County) 31pts vs. Springfield

Kelton Stewart (Wilson Central) 28pts vs. Mt. Juliet

Randy Sexton (Sunbright) 25pts vs. Oliver Springs

Andrew Freeman (Johnson County) 25pts vs. Sullivan North

Darryl Jackson (Mt. Juliet) 28pts vs. Wilson Central

Tyler Moore (Sullivan South) 25pts vs. Sullivan East

Brandon Hunter (Gallatin) 29pts vs. LaVergne

Morty Robinson (Columbia Central) 27pts vs. Lincoln County

Trey Garland (Lawrence County) 25pts vs. Coffee County

Deonte Alexander (Glencliff) 33pts vs. Antioch

Shonte Sims (Henry County) 26pts vs. Dickson County

Marquis Rudolph (Clarksville Northwest) 35pts vs. Rossview

Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) 27pts vs. Silverdale Academy

Nathan Daniels (Meigs County) 28pts vs. Brainerd

Bobby Jones (Kingsbury) 26pts vs. Memphis Central

Andre Hollins (White Station) 26pts vs. Overton

Marquis Wilson (Wooddale) 28pts vs. Southwind

Dominique Shaw (Westwood) 25pts vs. Oakhaven

Mardracus Wade (Mitchell) 27pts vs. Sheffield

Marshaun Newell (Middle College) 25pts vs. Manassas

Montez Fifer (Southwind) 31pts vs. Wooddale

Reginald Buckner (Manassas) 26pts vs. Middle College













































































































































Thomas Selected to USA Basketball Developmental National Squad

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Adonis Thomas (Melrose), the top ranked player in the Class of 2011 in Tennessee, has been selcted to participate in the "first ever" U16 Developmental National Team under the heading of USA Basketball.

The Developmental National Team will begin training camp in June at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  

From there a group of finalists will be selcted to compete in the 2009 U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Mendoza, Argentina.

Congrats to Adonis on this outstanding opportunity.

Notes from Previous Week’s Attended Games


Let me start by saying thank you to everyone who was kind enough to email and /or text me after the surgery. I am home now and recovering and sore. Not well enough to get out yet but well enough to at least put some stories on the site.


I will be counting on everyone to help me with all the happenings until I am able to hit the road again.


It seems like a long time since I attended these games over a week ago, but I wanted to write down my thoughts after spending Thursday watching Notre Dame and Sequatchie County, then Friday to Spring Hill as they tangled with Marshall County and finally over to MBA as they took on Hillsboro.


I came up with 7 points that I felt summed up my travels that particular weekend and here they are:


1. Notre Dame Freshman Class

Despite an off shooting night Class of 2013 guard D.J. Bowles (Notre Dame) is one of the state's best in this class. He is quick, can shoot and as all young ones will get stronger with age. Joining him in the backcourt is dynamic point man Steadman Ford (Notre Dame). This diminutive youngster is a true ball of energy and makes it happen on the floor. He shoots it well and tries to get his teammates involved. His decision making and shot selection will improve with his experience. Rashawn Avery (Notre Dame) rounds out this terrific trio.



2. Sequatchie Sophomore Shines

The most impactful player on the floor that evening was steady sophomore point guard Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County). He has a nice build and can get his shot whenever he needs, he passes well getting everyone involved and can shoot the three. I was especially impressed by his leadership skills and ability to finish from either side with either hand.



3. Creek Wood Frontline Firepower

A bit under the radar is good way of describing Creek Wood, few Class AA teams this side of Memphis possess their size. Vincent Dotson (Creek Wood), Aaron Hyndman (Creek Wood) and Woody Corell (Creek Wood) give them inside scoring, board work and shot blocking skills. Austin Clements (Creek Wood) was their leading scorer in the game with 20 but majority of those came on second chances kept alive by the big three inside.



4. Greenbrier Sophomore Does it All

In the previous paragraph we noted that Creek Wood had their way inside with their superior size; however, the Professor did his best to keep his squad in the thick of things. Craig Bradshaw (Greenbrier) was responsible for 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and numerous big plays on both ends of the court. He has a contagious presence on the floor, plays excessively hard and gets to the lane to make things happen. As he improves the form and range on his outside shot, his game will grow.




5. Spring Hill Sophomore Class

Working till the final buzzer the youngsters from Spring Hill gave maximum effort in their last second loss to Marshall County two Fridays ago. Keilan Blanks (Spring Hill) one of the four members of a sterling sophomore class, busted the twine for 24 points. Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) finished with 15 and showed one of the nicest strokes when properly set in the mid-state area. Dathan Prewitt (Spring Hill) and Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) round out a nice foursome for the folks of this fine community to enjoy for the next three seasons.




6. Guess who's back...Yes Kedren

Finally healthy and back into his basketball legs, junior stud Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) finished the game with 22 points including a clutch drive and dish to senior Jamie Perryman (Marshall County) who knocked down the game winning foul shots in the close win over Spring Hill. Johnson was at his best leading the break finishing with his patented spin moves and knocking down perimeter shots. His court vision is astounding and he always looks to make the easy pass for the easy score. Louisville and Tennessee were on hand and were sufficiently impressed.




7. Big Dave Shows Marked Improvement

Free from injury and showing good mobility up and down the court, David Howard (MBA) showed marked improvement in his overall game. The 6'7 inside scorer had numerous productive post moves for easy scores, controlled the glass and blocked several shots from the help side.








The Smith’s Leads Cougars to State Crown


The old trifecta.

If you could win your school's first state championship, top it off by being named the MVP of said tourney, then add the Mr. Basketball trophy to your resume, I'd say that's a pretty good day.

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) scored 29 points and his twin brother Martin Smith (Clarksville Academy) netted 32 leading the Cougars past Grace Baptist in double overtime 82-77 to capture the school's first state championship.

C.A. held a commanding lead early behind the exploits of the talented junior tandem. The Golden Eagles behind Mr. Basketball finalist Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) rallied back and sophomore Cory Nelson (Grace Baptist) drained a three from the corner to tie things at 63 all in regulation.

Terrell Church (Grace Baptist) made his presence felt draining a three from the wing to knot up the score at 69 and sent the game into double overtime, where the Smith's took over and sealed the deal.

Herman, who finished with a game high 33 points, led the Golden Eagles. Taylor Wilson (Grace Baptist) added 17 and Church finished with 16.

Smith was honored as the MVP of the tournament and was joined on the all-tourney squad by his brother Martin along with Church, Wilson, Herman, Nelson, Jarvis Sullivan (Westwood), Heath Dyer (Clarksville Academy), Alex Stallion (CSAS) and Montreaze Gary (Westwood).

Smith concluded his special triumvirate capturing the coveted Mr. Basketball award over seniors Herman and Thomas Greer (West Carroll).


Mr. Basketball Finalists Announced


The finalists for the coveted Mr. Basketball award in Tennessee for all classifications were released this morning.

Class A

Nathaniel Hughes (Hampton)

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy)

Martin Smith (Clarksville Academy)


Class AA

Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech)

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

Martavious Newby (BTW)


Class AAA

Andre Hollins (White Station)

Alex Poythress (Northeast)

Adonis Thomas (Melrose)


DII/Class A

John Ross Glover (USJ)

Steve Kaspar (ECS)

Nilan Hodge (USN)


DII/Class AA

Conor McDermott (Ensworth)

Corn Elder (Ensworth)

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian)