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by Andre Whitehead

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Oak Hill Academy too much for Melrose at Battle of the Best


A nice crowd assembled at the Gentry Center on the campus of Tennessee State University to watch an exciting battle between perennial high school power Oak Hill Academy and the Sporting News anointed #1 team in the country Memphis Melrose as part of a tripleheader of action this evening.  

Oak Hill came out strong and controlled the game before a furious Melrose comeback cut the deficit to 49-44 after 3 quarters.

The Warriors used their superior depth and put on the press outscoring Melrose 31 to 15 in the final stanza and securing a 80-59 victory in the title game of the Battle of the Best showcase.

Adonis Thomas (Melrose) took game high scoring honors with 27 points, while Auburn signee Cedric McAfee (Melrose) added 13.

In the second game of the day, Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) scored 22 points and snatched 12 rebounds but it wasn't enough as a fatigued Tiger bunch fell to Alabama power Huntsville Lee 62-50.

Jordan Anderson (Marshall County) and Kevin Peterson (Marshall County) finished with 12 and 11 for the Tigers.

Melrose now heads down I24 to the Marshall County Hoopfest to tangle with Kentucky high school power Christian County in the nightcap tomorrow evening.

Adonis Thomas Named 2011 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year


Adonis Thomas (Melrose) has been the recipient of numerous awards this season.

The Memphis commitment may add another trophy to his burgeioning case with his naming as the 2011 Tennessee Boy's Gatorade Player of the Year.

Thomas, who will participate in the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game, had an outstanding senior campaign averaging 21.8 points per game and grabbing 11.2 caroms.

He helped lead Melrose to the 2010 Class AAA state championship and is a member of the 2011 USA Junior National Select Team.

Thomas is a two-time Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist.

Mr. Basketball Finalists Announced


The finalists for the 2012 Mr. Basketball awars were released today.


Class A

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central)

Martavious Newby (BTW)

Rafeal Tyler (Lake County)


Class AA

Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial)

Jalen Lindsey (CPA)


Class AAA

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway)

Jujuan Johnson (Southwind)

Alex Poythress (Northeast)


DII/Class A

John Ross Glover (USJ)

Skal Labiessiere (ECS)

Cameron Payne (Lausanne)


DII/Class AA

Corn Elder (Ensworth)

David Howard (MBA)

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest)


This Week at Tennessee Prep Hoops (January 21-26)


Welcome to our newest weekly feature. This segment will be called This Week at Tennessee Prep Hoops and will feature what's happening in the hoops world in our state information on upcoming tournaments, commitments, future showcases, unsigned senior events and more.



On Tuesday I was off to Knoxville Catholic as the Irish tangled with Maryville in a district clash. Maryville got 29 big points from senior forward Clark McCall (Maryville) as they took care of the Irish. Chris Cox (Knoxville Catholic) had a good game for the Irish. Weather took most of the Friday games away but Saturday I was headed to watch the showdown in Nashville between CPA and Ensworth.

A huge crowd had the gym filled two hours before tip-off with coaches from Tennessee and Purdue in the arena CPA used its depth and 22 points from junior Jake Allsmiller (CPA) to overcome a tough and determined Ensworth ball team. Jalen Lindsey (CPA) finished with 18, including 15 in the second half while Ensworth was led by senior stalwart Corn Elder (Ensworth) who led all scorers with 25.



Here is my ballot for the A.P. State Boy's Basketball Polls this past week which were released on Tuesday.


Class AAA

  1. Blackman
  2. Southwind
  3. Science Hill
  4. Ridgeway
  5. Brentwood
  6. Siegel
  7. Hamilton
  8. White Station
  9. Dyer County
  10. Maryville


Class AA

  1. CPA
  2. Jackson Southside
  3. Covington
  4. Sheffield
  5. Giles County
  6. Waverly Central
  7. Fulton
  8. Cheatham County
  9. Fayette-Ware
  10. Mitchell


Class A

  1. Wartburg Central
  2. BTW
  3. Watertown
  4. Mt. Pleasant
  5. Columbia Academy
  6. Clay County
  7. TCA
  8. Union City
  9. Cloudland
  10. Richland


DII/ Class A/AA

  1. Briarcrest
  2. Ensworth
  3. CBHS
  4. FRA
  5. Knoxville Webb
  6. PJPII
  7. Father Ryan
  8. MUS
  9. St. George's
  10. DCA



As we do each and every season I will look through the rosters of all the D1 teams from around the country and list the players from the state of Tennessee who appear on those respective rosters. Some players may be walk-ons or scholarship athletes. Look for that in the coming weeks.  


I will have my nominations for Mr. Basketball posted on here next week.



East Tennessee

Will Adams (Science Hill)

Way up in the upper part of East Tennessee lives the Hilltoppers of Science Hill. The Toppers are again state relevant at 25-2 and are led by a gaggle of senior including point guard Will Adams. A dynamic defender at 5'10, Adams is football tough and relishes the role of stopper. Don't think he has no offensive skills however as Adams can knock down the long ball and uses his thickness to finish at the rim.  

Middle Tennessee

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County)

Junior shooting guard is playing some of his best basketball at this juncture and has his team state ranked and vying for a serious playoff run at the end of the month. Saunders, who surpassed the 1,000 point plateau earlier in the season, is a competitor and will be fun to watch as the Cubs make their move in the postseason.  

West Tennessee

Zamarlus Griffin (BTW)

Who leads the greater Memphis area in scoring as we speak, I bet you could come up with a dozen names right off the top of your head but you may be wrong because Mr. Griffin stands atop the city scoring list as we speak. Griffin, who has Warriors atop the Class A polls, is waiting for his chance to be seen by the masses come March at the state tournament.




East Tennessee


The top dawg in District 3AAA, the Panthers are proving they are the team to beat in this district. A group of tough kids led by some serious shooting guards including Clay Payne (Powell), Jake Rase (Powell) and Dallas Fields (Powell), has the Powell community on the brink of excitement as we roll into February action. At 16-1 they cracked the A.P. Class AAA state rankings this week at #10.

Middle Tennessee


Under the radar, the Wildcats of DCA are making waves in the mid-state DII hoops arena. State ranked and looking to have another fine run in the postseason, the Wildcats are led by senior guards Joshua Joy (DCA) and Carson Outlaw (DCA). Stalwarts of the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League since our inception, these guys stir the drink for the Cats. Look for continued big production from junior wing man Clay Hertel (DCA) as the playoffs loom around the bend.

West Tennessee


Quietly taking charge in District 16AA, the Bears of Trezevant are unblemished in district action and are looking to take this all the way to the ‘boro come March. Led by a pair of talented seniors in shooting guard Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant) and athletic, undersized post player Tedarious Neely (Trezevant) this clan of Bears is willing and able to make some noise on the Bluff City hoops scene.


Future 150 Main Event…..Tennessee Represents




Full fledged hoops this past weekend at the Future 150 Main Event in Birmingham saw the Volunteer state fairing very well in hardwood action.




Team Thad



Team Thad blazed on the scene picking up right where they left off last summer dispatching of four opponents before travel conflicts cut there tournament run short.



The Memphis crew got things rolling with an easy 87-65 victory over the Birmingham Ice. Chris Chiozza (White Station) led the scoring with 18 markers followed closely by Leron Black (White Station) with 17, Jerry Johnson (Houston) with 13 and Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven) pitched in a double/double with 10 points and 11 caroms.



Victim #2 the D1 Ambassadors had little to offer as Team Thad blasted their way to a 65-25 shellacking. Black took scoring honors with 16 while C.J. Anderson (Whitehaven) added 11 markers.



The Memphis Falcons proved to be no contest as Team Thad bested their city opponents 64-16 with balanced scoring from Riley Norris (Alabama) with 16, Anderson with 14 and Chiozza with 12.



The Birmingham Ice apparently hadn't had enough so Team Thad again made easy work of the Alabama crew to the tune of 72-64. Hymon led a very balanced attack with 12. Black added 11 in the teams final game before departure.




Chattanooga Elite



A newcomer on the summer scene the Chattanooga Elite started the Future 150 with a rough 0-2 mark in pool play. Then things beam to pick up...and pick up they did. The Elite began a five game winning streak starting with a quarter-final victory over the Alabama Lightning 76-74 behind 22 points and the game winner from Orlando Moore (Brainerd).



Sadik Spence (Tyner Academy) added 16, Logan Cox (Bradley Central) dropped 15 and Cudjoe Young (Howard) finished with 11 for the Elite.



In the semi-final Moore led with 18 as the Elite bested the Alabama Blue Devils 63-47. Young added 14, Spence pitched in with 12, while Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy) scored 11 and snatched 13 boards in the big win.



Moore and Spence continued to do damage as the duo scored 22 and 16 respectively lifting the Elite to the championship game victory over the Louisiana Rockets 76-61. Cox chipped in with 12 and Young managed 11 in the great drive to the crown.




Tennessee Panthers



The Panthers had a very nice opening weekend finishing 3-1 winning their pool and advancing to the final eight.



Terry Holt (East Nashville) declared this the summer of Holt with his scoring performances for the Panthers. The rising senior guard notched a triple double with 16 markers, 11 boards and 12 dimes in a tight 67-64 overtime win against the Georgia Kings. Kin Webster (Hillsboro) managed 11 points and 10 boards as well.



Holt took the lead scoring 27 points as the Panthers marched on the Arkansas Soldiers 79-63. Tyrell Clary (Alabama) added 16 while Ty Chilcutt (Station Camp) and Webster finished with 12 and 11 respectively.



Holt continued to make the scorer's table folks work dropping 29 in a close 64-61 win over Pinnacle. Patrick Smith (East Nashville) was credited with 10 assists in this contest majority going to his prep teammate.



Holt finished out the tourney with a 26 point effort in the Panthers 61-55 loss to Team Vigilance. Smith stuffed the stat sheet with 10 markers, 7 dimes and 8 caroms for a nice effort. Josh Brewer (Beech) had a solid game scoring 6 points, blocking 5 shots and snatching 8 boards.



In the 15 and under division, the Tennessee Panthers also had a fine showing winning their pool before bowing out in bracket action.



Austin Douglas (Cheatham County) dropped 17 points as the Panthers bested the Alabama Force 67-54. Marquis Davis (LaVergne) added 13 while Taveres Hailey (MLK) and Jake West (Hendersonville) pitched in with 11 and 10 each.



Douglas continued his scoring rampage dangling 24 in a nice victory over Team Prototype. Joining him in the score books were Davis and Preston Brown (Hendersonville) with 10 points each.



Brown was top dawg as the Panthers uncrowned the Georgia Kings 82-73 with 16 points and 12 boards. Austin Kirby (Station Camp) chipped in with a dozen, Victor Malo (USN) added 11 while Douglas and Davis finished with 10 each.