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DII/Class A Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region Squad


After consulting with numerous coaches in the area, I have compiled my list for the Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region squad for the DII/Class A ranks. The team will consist of an MVP, a first team of 15 players and 15 honorable mention participants.


Class A

Tennessee Prep Hoops DII/Class A All-Region Squad

MVP: John Ross Glover (USJ)

Skal Labissiere (ECS)

Josh Erickson (DCA)

Rob Marberry (FRA)

Ross Welch (USN)

Cameron Payne (Lausanne)

Burton Sampson (Knoxville Webb)

Ethan Moffitt (Fayette Academy)

Alec Mulvihill (St. George's)

Matt Brown (Harding Academy)

Corey Teague (Ezell-Harding)

D.J. Wooten (Lausanne)

Duante Thomas (FACS)

Liam Nash (USN)

Kessler Bell (FRA)

Austin Gee (Ezell-Harding)


Honorable Mention:

J.T. Moody (Tipton-Rosemark)

De' Ewin (DCA)

Zach Jenkins (Ezell-Harding)

Bud Cannon (FRA)

Ben Wankel (MJCS)

Cham Quao (Webb School)

Nilan Hodge (USN)

James Hawes (Bishop Byrne)

Jamal Smith (FACS)

Alex Bran (St. George's)

Avery Paxton (SBEC)

Carson Outlaw (DCA)

Kytrel Williams (Harding Academy)

Justin Jackson (Knoxville Webb)

Sheldon Freeman (USN)

Team Nashville Takes Wallace Prather Memorial Crown


Three Up......Three Down

Word on the street is don't go scheduling Team Nashville if you have any delusions of winning a basketball tournament this summer.

The boys from the Music City are making huge waves nationwide dominating their vertically superior competition with tough guard play and all out relentless effort and teamwork.

After falling to their first defeat of the summer in pool play to the Arkansas Hawks, Team Nashville started bracket action against arguably the top team of this summer period the Florida Rams at the annual Wallace Prather Memorial Tournament in Atlanta.

Like a flash three games later, Team Nashville is on its way to a 65-58 victory over the Atlanta Express and another championship in their already burgeoning trophy case.

Team Nashville posted an 81-72 victory over the Florida Rams after their only blemish of the summer thus far. Darius Thompson (Blackman) was simply outstanding leading the charge with 16 markers followed closely by Jamonte Davis (Hillsboro) with 13, tournament MVP Corn Elder (Ensworth) with 13 and Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan) with 10.

In the ensuing game, a tight one no doubt, Graham made the key steal which lifted Team Nashville to a semi-final victory over the Florida Assault.

In the title game victory, Thompson was again high scorer with 12 while Elder managed 11.

Coaches applauded the efforts of Matt Pond (Centennial) who provided steady scoring and solid play throughout the championship weekend.

Onlookers were quick to point out the contributions of several of the Team Nashville players including Josh Phillips (PJPII), Asa Duvall (Brentwood), Kip Owens (ECS) and Ivan Alsup (Nashville Overton).

Eight players from this squad have received D1 offers already this summer.

Team Nashville sits at 19-1 on the season thus far with three major tournament titles under their belts.

Anyone still doubting this bunch of ballers.......................That's what I thought.

This Week at Tennessee Prep Hoops


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.



This week was a busy one with the player rankings being released on Monday. Quite chores as numerous new players were added in every class and also the first installment of the Class of 2016.

The Class of 2013 is shaping up to be, as we expected, a banner year for the state. We have 23 D1 commitments thus far and I foresee several more on the horizon. We also had some defections for various reasons who certainly would have added to the burgeoning list of pledges. Those players include D.J. Bowles, Cole Harrison, Terrence O'Donahue and Sam Craft.



The holiday season always brings some of the best hoops to our area with several Christmas Tournaments in all parts of the State. We will provide coverage as best we can for those events and I will do my best to make an appearance to as many as I can get to. Here is a tentative list of those events as we have them. If you know of more please let me know at andre@tnprephoops.com.

Smoky Mountain Classic (Gatlinburg)

East Nashville Magnet Classic (East Nashville) D20-21

Winterfest Shoot-Out (Sevier County) D20-22
State Farm Classic (Riverdale) D21-22

Hickman County Holiday Classic (Hickman County) D26-28

Maryville Christmas Tournament (Maryville) D26-29

Bearden Super 16 (Bearden) D27-29

Sonic Shoot-Out (White County) D27-29

Best of Preps (Chattanooga State) D27-29

Nashville Overton Holiday Tourney (Nashville Overton) D27-29

Arby's Classic (Tennessee High) D26-31



East Tennessee

Jaylin Henderson (Oak Ridge)

Slick junior guard has the Wildcats unblemished in the early part of the season and remains a big reason why.

Middle Tennessee

Derrick Spears (MTCS)

Sharp-shooting junior is lighting up the mid-state area including a big 36 point performance this past week.

West Tennessee

Rayford Albright (Manassas)

A true hidden gem in the Memphis hoop scene, the junior guard is scoring at a major clip and he remains a must see if you are in the West Tennessee area.




East Tennessee

Oak Ridge

The Wildcats have depth, scoring and play tough hard nosed in your face defense. They have solid guard play with Jaylin Henderson (Oak Ridge) and Rian Hall (Oak Ridge). Inside scoring comes from junior riser Isaac Merian (Oak Ridge). The boys from the Atomic City are for real.

Middle Tennessee


Coach Wortman has the Blaze on fire and looking to make another trip across town come March. Darius Thompson (Blackman) leads the way for the Murfreesboro crew but he is far from a one man show. K.J. Dowdy (Blackman), Quindell Cousins (Blackman), Justin Coleman (Blackman) and rising sophomore sensation Jauan Jackson (Blackman) give the Blaze the depth to make a serious run this season.

West Tennessee

Jackson Southside

The Hawks are a serious contender in Class AA and they have the horses to make the march straight to Murfreesboro come playoff time. Led by ETSU signee A.J. Merriweather (Southside), talented junior prospect Jaylen Barford (Southside) and rising sophomore sensations Chris McNeal (Southside) and Malik Hicks (Southside) this group will be worth following this season.

Regions 1AA-4AA Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region Teams


With region play ready to tip this weekend we have put together our Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region Teams encompassing all three classifications. We will release our selections each day starting with Class A Regions 1-4 followed in succession by Class A Regions 5-8, Class AA Regions 1-4, Class AA Regions 5-8, Class AAA Regions 1-4, Class AAA Regions 5-8 and DII Class A and AA. As always we consulted coaches and respected people in the appropriate areas to assist us in this information. Some areas we had less success than others obtaining information so that could be reflected in our selections. The All-Region team will consist of 10 players. There will be an additional 7 players selected as honorable mention for each district. Players are listed in no particular order except MVP.




District 1AA Regular Season Champion: Sullivan East

District 1AA Regular Season MVP: Chase Arnold (Sullivan North)/ David Casady (Sullivan East)

District 2AA Regular Season Champion: Greeneville

District 2AA Regular Season MVP: Landon Duncan (Greeneville)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 1AA All-Region Team

Chase Arnold (Sullivan North) Region Co-MVP

David Casady (Sullivan East) Region Co-MVP

Landon Duncan (Greeneville)

Zeke Clark (Elizabethton)

Brian Dempsey (Johnson County)

Corey Swinney (Chuckey-Doak)

Jonathan King (Sullivan East)

Nathan Hatmaker (Cumberland Gap)

Will Robinson (Elizabethton)

Josh Price (Happy Valley)


Honorable Mention:

Tristan Noe (Claiborne)

Logan Bales (Grainger)

Chase Phillips (Johnson County)

Lucas Henley (Unicoi County)

Grayson Ball (Sullivan North)

Austin Fleenor (Sullivan East)

Aaron Miller (Elizabethton)




District 13AA Regular Season Champion: Austin East

District 3AA Regular Season MVP: Andre Wilson (Austin East)

District 4AA Regular Season Champion: Stone Memorial

District 4AA Regular Season MVP: Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 2AA All-Region Team

Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) Region MVP

Andre Wilson (Austin East)

Micah Goss (Fulton)

Kenny Dean (Alcoa)

Tyler Yoder (Stone Memorial)

Oterriah Lee (CAK)

Jay Cade (Gibbs)

Blake Golden (Fulton)

Dejon McGill (Austin East)

Justin Simmons (Stone Memorial)

Honorable Mention:

Jordan Belvin (Loudon)

Kelvin Jackson (Fulton)

Matt Waggoner (Austin East)

Brett Kendrick (CAK)

Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman)

Jordan Bowden (Carter)

Jordan Huddleston (Kingston)

District 5AA Regular Season Champion: McMinn Central

District 5AA Regular Season MVP: Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah)

District 6AA Regular Season Champion: Howard

District 6AA Regular Season MVP: Brandon Walters (Howard)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 3AA All-Region Team

Brandon Walters (Howard) Region MVP

Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah)

Max Miller (McMinn Central)

Levi Woods (Meigs County)

Orlando Moore (Brainerd)

Josh Scudder (McMinn Central)

D'Monta Smith (Hixson)

Jemicah Bowman (Tyner Academy)

Tim Webb (McMinn Central)

Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah)

Honorable Mention:

Marquis Tipton (Brainerd)

Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy)

Evan Ball (Polk County)

Cody Knox (East Hamilton)

David Holley (Chattanooga Central)

Blake Cook (McMinn Central)

Sadik Spence (Tyner Academy)

District 7AA Regular Season Champion: Bledsoe County

District 7AA Regular Season MVP: Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

District 8AA Regular Season Champion: DeKalb County

District 8AA Regular Season MVP: Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy)


Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 4AA All-Region Team

Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy) Region MVP

Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

Braxton Atnip (DeKalb County)

Joe Jones (Upperman)

Cory Hensley (Cannon County)

Stedman Ford (Notre Dame)

Sonni Fullilove (DeKalb County)

Lannom Sowell (Signal Mountain)

Eric Hale (Bledsoe County)

Brock McCoin (Livingston Academy)

Honorable Mention:

Tyler McWilliams (Upperman)

Stephen Howell (DeKalb County)

Wade Eldridge (Livingston Academy)

Clark Marshall (Chattanooga Christian)

Jacob Campbell (Grundy County)

Blake McCloud (Bledsoe County)

Jordan Craighead (Smith County)

All Region Teams: Class AA Regions 5-6

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Class AA

Region 5AA

District 9AA Champion: CPA

District 9AA MVP: Zaccheus Mason (CPA)

District 10AA Champion: Marshall County

District 10AA MVP: Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

All-Region Team

Zaccheus Mason (CPA) Region MVP

Carter Sanderson (Lipscomb)

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

Adrian Williamson (Hume Fogg)

Antone Christian (MLK)

Houston Bagsby (Page)

D.J. Key (Hickman County)

Hunter Miller (CPA)

DeAngelo Williams (Spring Hill)

Hunter Osborne (Marshall County)

Honorable Mention:

Caleb Simspon (Lipscomb)

Justin Claybrook (Hume Fogg)

Montae Brown (Spring Hill)

Colin Stout (Loretto)

Lance Capitano (Ezell Harding)




Region 6AA

District 11AA Champion: Creek Wood

District 11AA MVP: Trey Carruthers (Harpeth)

District 12AA Champion: Bolivar Central

District 12AA MVP: Chris Reaves (Bolivar Central)

All Region Team:

Chris Reaves (Bolivar Central) Region MVP

Trey Carruthers (Harpeth)

Justin Walton (Creek Wood)

Ben Johnson (Fairview)

Justin Vogel (Waverly Central)

Des Crisp (Bolivar Central)

Kendric Parker (Jackson Southside)

Travis Dempsey (Sycamore)

Vincent Dotson (Creek Wood)

Jay Murphy (Bolivar Central)

Honorable Mention:

Shane Staggs (Sycamore)

Dylan Smith (Stewart County)

Drew Bledsoe (Fairview)

Justin Weed (Camden)

Harold Spain (Chester County)