Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Latest News

Team Nashville Goes 3-2 at Nike EYBL Qualifier

Team Nashville seized an outstanding opportunity and did a wonderful job representing Tennessee finishing 3-2 at the Nike EYBL Qualifier in Indianapolis.

Team Nashville finished 3-1 in their pool losing only to Texas Pro and the nation's second ranked player Isaiah Austin.

Team Nashville was strong in the backcourt behind the play of Corn Elder (Ensworth), Cameron Golden (Ridgeway), Devin Robinson (Ravenwood) and Chris Jones (Braircrest Christian).

Jones took scoring honors in a big pool play win over the GT Stars 85-66 with 17 markers.

Balanced scoring was the mantra for the boys from the Music City as nearly everyone on the roster scored and played a goood deal of minutes.

On the wing and inside Team Nashville got some solid play from Kadarrio Fleming (Ridgeway), Braylen Bennett (Carter), Darius Thompson (Blackman) and Vari Craig (Riverdale).

Isaac Harris (Hunter's Lane), Justin Pride (Alabama), and Petey McClain (Alabama) were lauded by the coaches for their work on the defensive end of the floor; as well, providing some timely buckets throughout the weekend.

Elite Hoops Showcase Memphis/Nashville Information

August 20-21 the Memphis/Nashville Elite Hoops Showcase tips off at Cane Ridge High School.

Cost for the event is $125.00

You can register to attend this event at www.elitehoopsshowcase.com and choose the Memphis/Nashville tab.  

The camp will consist of drills and instruction followed by games on Saturday. On Sunday more drills and instruction followed by games and concluding with a Top 20 All-Star game.

I will be in attendance on Saturday.

Class AA (Regions 5AA-8AA) Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region Teams


 As district play heats up all around the state this is the time when we select our All-Region Teams. I have been in contact with coaches from all over the state and gotten their input on which they thought were the most outstanding players in their respective districts and regions and have compiled my selections into the format which will be followed for each classification.


Class AA

Region 5AA

Region Site: Stratford

District 9AA MVP: Dallas Grace (Macon County)

District 9AA Projected Champion: Macon County

District 10AA MVP: Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

District 10AA Projected Champion: CPA


Tennessee Prep Hoops 5AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

Chris Willingham (East Literature)

Tanner Johnson (Lipscomb)

Jalen Lindsey (CPA)

Dallas Grace (Macon County)

Zach Gentry (Sycamore)

Christian Lynn (Goodpasture)

Jason Stone (Maplewood)

Jake Allsmiller (CPA)

Bobby Scott (East Literature)

Honorable Mention:

Jacob Dick (Sycamore)

Trey McPherson (Macon County)

Connor Peach (Greenbrier)

Ben Williams (White's Creek)

Addison Daws (Lipscomb)

William Primm (Pearl Cohn)

Kenny Robertson (Maplewood)


Class AA

Region 6AA

Region Site: East Hickman

District 11AA MVP: Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

District 11AA Projected Champion: Cheatham County

District 12AA MVP: Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

District 12AA Projected Champion: Spring Hill


Tennessee Prep Hoops 6AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

Kadijon Townsend (Giles County)

Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central)

Keilan Blanks (Spring Hill)

Lake Jones (Giles County)

Rollie Plunkett (Creek Wood)

Ethan Hurt (Harpeth)

Kevin Peterson (Marshall County)

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County)


Honorable Mention:

Devin Connor (Cheatham County)

Logan Skelton (Hickman County)

Dethan Prewitt (Spring Hill)

McKenzie Etheridge (Waverly Central)

Garrett Walls (Fairview)

Zach Vanduson (Lewis County)

Austin Dole (Harpeth)

State Tournament Representatives: CPA and East Literature


Class AA

Region 7AA

Region Site: Lexington

District 13AA MVP: Jawan Austin (Covington)

District 13AA Projected Champion: Covington

District 14AA MVP: Tre Polk (Bolivar Central)

District 14AA Projected Champion: Bolivar Central


Tennessee Prep Hoops 7AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Tre Polk (Bolivar Central)

Matt Smith (Liberty Tech)

A.J. Dodd (JCM)

Jawan Austin (Covington)

Javier Gooden (Westview)

Ramiel Pollard (McNairy Central)

DeAndre McKinnie (Bolivar Central)

Jalen Barford (Jackson Southside)

Jazell Baker (Westview)

Daniel Hill (Liberty Tech)


Honorable Mention:

Shelton Lyons (Covington)

Carlos Hurt (Fayette-Ware)

A.J. Merriweather (Jackson Southside)

C.J. Barnes (McNairy Central)

Mitchell Simpson (Gibson County)

William Edwards (Crockett County)

Devione Draine (Covington)

Joseph Lee (Ripley)


Class AA

Region 8AA

Region Site: Mitchell

District 15AA MVP: Billy Rosenberg (Raleigh-Egypt))

District 15AA Projected Champion: Raleigh-Egypt

District 16AA MVP: Broderick Davis (Sheffield)

District 16AA Projected Champion: Sheffield


Tennessee Prep Hoops 8AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Billy Rosenberg (Raleigh-Egypt)

Dontavious Sears (Manassas)

Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant)

Clarence Wilson (Carver)

Broderick Davis (Sheffield)

Kenneth Milbrook (Douglass)

Aquarius Stevenson (Mitchell)

Fatodd Lewis (Raleigh-Egypt)

Rayford Albright (Manassas)

Quawyshawun Tate (Sheffield)


Honorable Mention:

Tardarius Neely (Trezevant)

Donovan Matthews (Douglass)

Louis Tate (Oakhaven)

Marteshio Tullison (Frayser)

Jeremy Jackson (Fairley)

Cedric Milan (Carver)

Ryan Thompson (Douglass)


State Tournament Representatives: Bolivar Central and Covington

Three Tennessee Preps Invited to NBPA Top 100 Camp

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June is a time for team camps and scrimmages with coaches and players getting a feel for what they have in store next season.

June is also the time for one of the best events of the summer, the NBPA Top 100 Players Camp.

Last season if you recall, John Jenkins (Station Camp) blew up in front of our eyes leading the camp in scoring and securing himself as a top 100 player.

This year three players get their chance to make that push to the top.

Joe Jackson (White Station) heads the list. The talented guard has been phenomenal on the April circuit and will be pushed to the limit with the amount of talent that has committed to attend this event.

Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) has the opportunity to raise his burgeoning stock even higher. He will have the chance to make huge strides in that arena.

Tarik Black (Ridgeway) will make some heads turn with his dominant play inside. Knowing your role is one of the most underrated skills that coaches covet and Mr. Black knows his role on the hardwood. He will absolutely turn some heads next week.

The camp gets underway next week at the University of Virginia and I will be working the event for the fourth straight year. I will have nightly updates on our crew so stay tuned.


Super Showcase Ends for Tennessee Squads


Pool play action at the AAU 17 and under Super Showcase proved tough for a group of our Tennessee brethren.


The Tennessee Travelers played hard and tough keeping themselves in all three of their pool games before falling at the end. Playing in the Gold Bracket the Travs faced some ultra still competition.


Galen Campbell (Fulton) and Tres Palmer (Powell) were lauded for their efforts in Orlando.


The Knoxville Panthers were in each of their games as well starting with a tough 67-52 defeat at the hands of Team Stat. Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) led the scoring brigade with 18 markers. Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) added 10 points.


Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) led the charge with 18 points and 11 boards as the Panthers won their pool contest. Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) added 13 points while Nathaniel Hughes (Hampton) chipped in with 12. Skylar Brown (Seymour) was big on the boards in the win.


The Panthers fell to the Columbia Hoyas 87-80 then in a very tough contest fell to Team Truth 67-63 despite 23 points from Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman). Billingsley added 15 and Lawson chipped in with 11 points. Darius Gallaher (Harriman) was lauded for his defensive effort.


The Memphis YOMCA, also playing in the Gold Bracket, dropped their three pool play games in dramatic fashion with some last second heroics.


Steven Kaspar (ECS) drained a three with .3 on the clock to send the game into overtime before falling to Houston Hoops 85-73. Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose) led with 19 points followed by Martavious Newby (Melrose) with 14, Kaspar with 12 and Wayne Martin (Florida) with 11 points.


Leading 29-19 at the half the YOMCA had the misfortune of receiving a heavy dose of Austin Rivers, who finished with 32 points, helping his squad past the Y 68-59. Newby was the hot man with 16 points and 9 rebounds.


Kaspar hit 6 of 8 from deep finishing with 18 points but a last second shot from the Connecticut Basketball Club ended the tourney for the YOMCA 62-59. Joining Kaspar in the scoring column was Kedorian Sullivan (Southwind) with 11 and Newby with 10.


In the 16 and under Super Showcase the Tennessee Tigers fought hard but couldn't overcome some late game heroics from their opponents. Ross Welch (DCA) and Casey Smith (Morristown East) continued their solid efforts. Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) came on very strong at the end of the tourney and Danny McGrath (Brentwood Academy) was solid according to sources.