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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

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Class AAA Region Match-Ups


First round games of the region tournament are now officially set to start on Saturday. Here is a list of the action that tips tomorrow evening for the Class AAA ranks. First round games are played at the higher seed and semi-final games will be at the designated location.


Class AAA

Region 1AAA

Site: Science Hill


Jefferson County @ Science Hill

Daniel Boone @ Cherokee


David Crockett @ Morristown East

Sevier County @ Dobyns-Bennett


Region 2AAA

Site: Oak Ridge


Maryville @ Oak Ridge

Anderson County @ Knoxville West


Karns @ Bearden

Knoxville Catholic @ Knoxville Central


Region 3AAA

Site: Rhea County


Coffee County @ Ooltewah

Cleveland @ White County


Bradley Central @ Cookeville

Warren County @ McMinn County


Region 4AAA

Site: LaVergne


Franklin County @ Siegel

Riverdale @ Shelbyville


Blackman @ Lawrence County

Lincoln County @ LaVergne


Region 5AAA

Site: Gallatin


Dickson County @ Gallatin

Hendersonville @ Clarksville


Beech @ West Creek

Northeast @ Wilson Central


Region 6AAA

Site: Ravenwood


McGavock @ Brentwood

Hillsboro @ Hunter's Lane


Centennial @ Overton

Hillwood @ Ravenwood


Region 7AAA

Site: Munford


Raleigh-Egypt @ Dyer County

Jackson Northside @ Cordova


Munford @ Craigmont

Arlington @ Brighton


Region 8AAA

Site: Collierville


Whitehaven @ Ridgeway

Kirby @ White Station


Germantown @ Melrose

Memphis Central @ Southwind

Memphis YOMCA Shines at Nike Boo Williams EYBL


The Memphis YOMCA came bursting out of the block at the Nike Boo Williams EYBL this weekend in Virginia.

The Memphis crew finished the event at 4-1 beating Playground Elite, Alabama Challenge, Arkansas Wings before losing to Athletes First in a tough one.

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis Central) and Shaq Goodwin (Georgia) were the big dawgs for the Y, averaging around 20 points and 10 boards a game respectively.

Stokes went for 28 markers and 11 boards in the win over the Wings.

Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) had an outstanding tournament leading the YOMCA in scoring with 19 in the win over Playground Elite and finishing the event at a 16 per game clip.

Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) had a sterling tournament effort of his own, blocking shots, grabbing tough boards and scoring against some very tough competition.

Guard play was strong for Memphis with Blake Johnson (Memphis Central) playing very steady and setting up everyone else for scoring opportunities and Markell Crawford (Melrose) who gave some great minutes when he was in the game.


In some other news concerning players from our state, Alex Poythress (Northeast) was simply a beast all weekend according to onlookers, he notched 24 points and 11 caroms against MeanStreets and was a demon all weekend long playing for the Georgia Stars.


The Tennessee Travelers started out with a bang winning their game on Friday night 78-67 over the Jackson Tigers. Craig "The Professor" Bradshaw (CPA) led the way with 22 points.

Carson Brooks (Knoxville West), Terrence O'Donahue (McCallie), Shannon Hale (Science Hill) and James Scales (Cherokee) played well during the five game session.

In the 16 and under Boo Williams tournament the Travelers got some steady performances from Kenny Dean (Alcoa) and Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) but struggled as they played in their first event of the year.


In the 15 and portion of the Boo Williams Invitational, the Travelers picked up steam after falling twice early they rallied for a big win and a confidence boosting effort for the youngsters who have come together for the first time.

Rob Marbury (FRA) was outstanding from start to finish according to onlookers he dominated a highly visible Class of 2014 national recruit and gained a great deal of confidence along the way.

Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman) shot the ball well all weekend and Will Jennings (Overton) and Eddie Hitchcock (East Ridge) had some nice moments as well. Devin Sibley (Karns) and Travon Fields (Science Hill) both had their best effort in the final game victory, getting the butterflies out and playing like they are capable.

Week #1 State Scoring List


Once again I have scoured the newspapers, faxes, face books and other forms of media that come to my attention compiling a list of the top scorers in the state for each week of the season.


If you know of some scoring exploits or a scoring milestone such as 1,000 point club or something of that nature please email me at andre@tnprephoops.com and I will get this added to the next week's story. 


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.


Andrew Fleming (Ensworth) is off to a blazing start. The rising sophomore shooting guard once again topped the 40 point barrier notching 40 even against Aaron Academy. Fleming went for over 40 twice the previous week.     

Demetrius Dyson (Covington) is no joke my friends. The rising senior had a great week scoring 30 against Haywood and capping the week with 24 additional against South Gibson.   

Andre Wilson (Austin East) is a name everyone will know and soon. The rising junior guard notched 32 markers against Gibbs in early district action this past week.  

DeSean Dockery (Ridgeway) will no longer be overlooked in the city of Memphis. The 6'6 rising senior is set to make this a memorable final campaign. Dockery was at his finest notching 27 large in a huge Roadrunner victory over White Station.

Derrick Spears (MTCS) and Jacob McLennan (Huntland) put on a scoring exhibition this past week as Spears notched a game high 36 points leading MTCS to a narrow 77-67 victory over Huntland. McLennan, a rising senior, notched 32 markers in the loss.

Xavier Howard (Harriman) is in the process of making a mockery of the record books in this his final campaign on the prep level. The sturdy lefty is simply assaulting the scoring records this season as he added 35 more in a big win over Oakdale.

Heath Mansfield (Lawrence County) is a model of consistency. The rising senior is a mainstay on the scoring list and his 25 points against a very good Blackman squad this week is nothing to take lightly.  



East Tennessee

Jacob Elliott (South Doyle) 40pts vs. Carter

Xavier Howard (Harriman) 34pts vs. Oakdale

Zak Carter (Hardin Valley) 33pts vs. Powell

Andre Wilson (Austin East) 32pts vs. Gibbs

Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) 28pts vs. Karns

Tucker Green (Carter) 28pts vs. Knoxville Central

Jalen Smith (Rhea County) 27pts vs. Walker Valley


Middle Tennessee

Hunter Bennefield (Page) 41pts vs. Lewis County

Andrew Fleming (Ensworth) 40pts vs. Aaron Academy

Derrick Spears (MTCS) 36pts vs. Huntland

JeQuan Lewis (Dickson County) 35pts vs. Henry County

Jacob McLennan (Huntland) 32pts vs. MTCS

Jalen Tucker (PJPII) 30pts vs. USN

Reagan Johnson (Mt. Juliet) 29pts vs. Antioch

Liam Nash (USN) 29pts vs. PJPII

Brandon Donaldson (Henry County) 29pts vs. Dickson County

Rob Marberry (FRA) 28pts vs. Nashville Central Christian

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) 26pts vs. Hume Fogg

Austin Howard (Giles County) 26pts vs. Marshall County

Josh Phillips (PJPII) 25pts vs. Goodpasture

Robert Brandon (Siegel) 25pts vs. Lebanon

Heath Mansfield (Lawrence County) 25pts vs. Blackman


West Tennessee

Brennan Bowling (Fayette Academy) 38pts vs. FACS

Tyler Gadlen (Peabody) 32pts vs. South Fulton

Carlos Hurt (Fayette-Ware) 31pts vs. Haywood

Fatodd Lewis (Raleigh-Egypt) 31pts vs. Fairley

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian 30pts vs. Marion (AL)

Demetrius Dyson (Covington) 30pts vs. Haywood

DeSonta Bradford (Humboldt) 29pts vs. Halls

Rayford Albright (Manassas) 29pts vs. Westwood

Zamarlus Griffin (BTW) 29pts vs. Sheffield

Rayford Albright (Manassas) 28pts vs. Northside

Skal Labissiere (ECS) 28pts vs. MUS

Harrison Hawks (South Fulton) 28pts vs. Peabody

DeSean Dockery (Ridgeway) 27pts vs. White Station

K.J. Bates (Arlington) 27pts vs. Germantown

Terrence Smith (Sheffield) 26pts vs. Trezevant

Ben Wadsworth (SBEC) 25pts vs. Fayette Academy

Jonathan Starks (Munford) 25pts vs. Arlington

Black is Back……District Scoring List Coming Up


Once again I have scoured the newspapers, faxes, face books and other forms of media that come to my attention compiling a list of the top scorers in the state for each week of the season.


If you know of some scoring exploits or a scoring milestone such as 1,000 point club or something of that nature please email me at andre@tnprephoops.com and I will get this added to the next week’s story. 


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.  


The district tournaments are concluded and here is the big list of players who stepped up in scoring during this period.


Josh Jones (Memphis Central) did all he could to start the process of getting the Warriors back to the state tournament as the Richmond signee dropped a state high 52 points in a loss to White Station in the opening round of district action.      


Jacob Williams (Wilson Central) helped his squad win the district tournament over Station Camp and along the Williams, a junior, became the schools all-time leading scorer.            


C.J. Good (Science Hill) dropped a career high 31 points as the Hilltoppers took the district tournament crown over Dobyns-Bennett.  


Rollie Plunkett (Creek Wood) poured in 26 markers as the Red Hawks of Creek Wood pulled the semi-final upset over state ranked Waverly Central and secured their home game in the regional opening round.      


Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) got hot at the right juncture scoring 29 points and leading Humboldt to the district tournament championship with a 54-52 victory over regular season champion Union City.     


Stanley Valentine (Hampton) is one to watch in the Class A ranks in Upper East Tennessee. The rising sophomore shined in the district tournament scoring 27 in a loss to Unaka    


Leron Black (White Station) is finally healthy and that is great news for the Spartans as they begin their annual run towards Murfreesboro. The rising junior dropped 26 in a win over Memphis Central and added 27 in a semi-final defeat of Melrose.   


Tyler Yoder (Stone Memorial) is seriously coming into his own this season, After a big time effort in the Rocky Top Fall League the rising junior has become a go to guy for the talented Panthers. Yoder was big in district action including a 32 point effort against Kingston.







East Tennessee

Ryan Gaitor (Daniel Boone) 33pts vs. Dobyns-Bennett

Tyler Yoder (Stone Memorial) 32pts vs. Kingston

C.J. Good (Science Hill) 31pts vs. Dobyns-Bennett

Brandon Griffis (Kingston) 27pts vs. Stone Memorial

Jordan Hall (Lenoir City) 27pts vs. Knoxville West

Stanley Valentine (Hampton) 27pts vs. Unaka

Kenny Dean (Alcoa) 27pts vs. CAK

Xavier Howard (Harriman) 26pts vs. Berean Christian

Jacque Bruce (South Doyle) 26pts vs. Seymour

Jordan Bowden (Carter) 26pts vs. Gibbs

Zak Carter (Hardin Valley) 25pts vs. Clinton

Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah) 25pts vs. Carter

Tucker Green (Carter) 25pts vs. Sequoyah

Stedman Ford (Notre Dame) 25pts vs. Grundy County

Jonathan Rainey (Coalfield) 25pts vs. Jellico

Jay Cade (Gibbs) 25pts vs. Fulton

Andre Wilson (Austin East) 25pts vs. Carter

Brandon Walters (Howard) 25pts vs. Brainerd

Andre Wilson (Austin East) 25pts vs. Fulton

Xavier Howard (Harriman) 25pts vs. Rockwood


Middle Tennessee

Austin Gee (Ezell-Harding) 33pts vs. USN

Christian Lauderdale (Trousdale County) 31pts vs. Gordonsville

Tyler Schaub (Franklin County) 31pts vs. Columbia

Trey McPherson (Macon County) 30pts vs. Station Camp

Reagan Johnson (Mt. Juliet) 29pts vs. Beech

Jequan Lewis (Dickson County) 29pts vs. Rossview

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County) 29pts vs. Creek Wood

Terry Holt (East Nashville) 28pts vs. Maplewood

Daniel Norl (Kenwood) 28pts vs. Northwest

McKenzie Etheridge (Waverly Central) 27pts vs. Creek Wood

Cory Henley (Cannon County) 26pts vs. York Institute

Rollie Plunkett (Creek Wood) 26pts vs. Waverly Central

Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central) 26pts vs. Harpeth

George Stanberry (Oakland) 26pts vs. Blackman

Ryan Jones (Siegel) 26pts vs. LaVergne

Jequan Lewis (Dickson County) 25pts vs. Clarksville

Parker Henry (Beech) 25pts vs. Mt. Juliet

Jason Stone (Maplewood) 25pts vs. Pearl Cohn

Jacob Williams (Wilson Central) 25pts vs. Station Camp

Axel Magnuson (Rossview) 25pts vs. Northeast

Braxton Atnip (DeKalb County) 25pts vs. Cannon County



West Tennessee

Josh Jones (Memphis Central) 52pts vs. White Station

Antonio Hogard (Westview) 35pts vs. Crockett County

Lucas Pyron (JCS) 34pts vs. Bishop Byrne

Zay Coleman (Lake County) 34pts vs. Greenfield

Letrell Huff (West Carroll) 33pts vs. Clarksburg

Kytrel Williams (Harding) 32pts vs. USJ

Cameron Payne (Lausanne) 32pts vs. ECS

Zamarlus Griffin (BTW) 32pts vs. MASE

Terrell Jones (Northside) 31pts vs. Middle College

Ladarius Coleman (Craigmont) 30pts vs. Arlington

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest) 29pts vs. MUS

Jonathan Williams (Southwind) 29pts vs. Houston

Lorenzen Wright Jr. (Cordova) 29pts vs. Bolton

DeSonta Bradford (Humboldt) 29pts vs. Union City

Justice Scott (Huntingdon) 28pts vs. West Carroll

Gavin Robinson (Mitchell) 28pts vs. Fairley

Rayford Albright (Manassas) 27pts vs. Frayser

Clay Hays (Scotts Hill) 27pts vs. Riverside

Leron Black (White Station) 27pts vs. Melrose

Des Robertson (Bolivar Central) 27pts vs. Fayette-Ware

Leron Black (White Station) 26pts vs. Memphis Central

Zamarlus Griffin (BTW) 26pts vs. Soulsville

Harrison Hawks (South Fulton) 26pts vs. Bradford

Jujuan Johnson (Southwind) 26pts vs. Houston

Nych Smith (White Station) 25pts vs. Memphis Central

Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant) 25pts vs. Douglass

Keelon Lawson (Hamilton) 25pts vs. Whitehaven

C.J. Barnes (McNairy) 25pts vs. Fayette-Ware

William Hall (TCA) 25pts vs. Sacred Heart

Rayford Albright (Manassas) 25pts vs. Trezevant

Roadrunners Stay Unbeaten.. Squeeze Past Howard

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It was everything I thought it could be and more.

What a fantastic choice for the second game of my hoops caravan around the state.

Austin East remained unbeaten on the young season slipping by a determined howard squad 64-60 in Knoxville.

Despite losing majority of their squad to graduation the Hustlin Tigers came to play. They held a lead throughout the majority of the contest before sophomore guard Brandon Lopez (Austin East) made a sic driving bucket and converted the foul shot then stole the inblounds and hit one of two to tie the contest.

A couple of clutch inside hoops from Travai Pryor (Austin East) and a clutch three from rising senior Chance Jones (Austin East) helped close things out for the Runners.

Pryor led AE with 20, Lopez chipped in 15 and senior Chase Jones added 14.

For the Hustlin Tigers their scoring balance was led by Calvin Ross with 13 and Chris Deloney with 12.