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by Andre Whitehead

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This Week at Tennessee Prep Hoops (Dec. 17-23)


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 saw me travel the backwoods to Wartburg to check out the Franchise Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central). The Houston Baptist signee was at his best scoring 23 points on 11 of 12 shooting from the field. On Saturday the Smokey Mountain Holiday Classic was my destination. Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy) was not going to let "Hog-Eye" lose this one as they came back from a 10 point halftime deficit to defeat Pulaski County (KY) 61-58. Ramsey garnered MVP honors and tallied 28 in the title contest. Joining him on the All-Tournament squad were Brock McCoin (Livingston Academy) and Wade Eldridge (Livingston Academy).  

Richland behind 19 points from Cody Jordan (Richland) and 18 more from Brett Boatright (Richland) pulled away from Whitwell in the small school division of the Smokey Mountain Holiday Classic to the tune of 78-51. Carson Edwards (Richland) took home MVP honors and was joined on the glitter squad by Jordan and Boatright.



Here is the list of players that were submitted to the McDonald's All-American nomination committee. The quantity is based on state population and thus Tennessee generally gets 24 to 25 nominations. Here are my submissions in alphabetical order:


Jamal Calvin (McCallie)

Markel Crawford (Melrose)

Jmaonte Davis (Hillsboro)

Asa Duvall (Brentwood)

Demetrius Dyson (Covington)

Corn Elder (Ensworth)

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central)

Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan)

Robert Hubbs (Dyer County)

Jujuan Johnson (Southwind)

Josh Jones (Memphis Central)

Nick King (Memphis East)

Jaquan Lewis (Dickson County)

A.J. Merriweather (Jackson Southside)

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian)

Cameron Payne (Lausanne)

Josh Phillips (PJPII)

Matt Pond (Centennial)

Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy)

Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial)

Burton Sampson (Knoxville Webb)

Darius Thompson (Blackman)

Rhyan Townes (Arlington)

Reggie Upshaw (Baylor)

Johnathan Williams (Southwind)



Starting in January I will have the Game of the Week feature back in the fold and hopefully let everyone know about the top upcoming games in all areas of the state each week.



Thanks to those of you who sent me additional information on some of the Holiday events we did not have listed last week. I also ask anyone who can help provide some additional info as I will be attending as many of the events as I am able. I hope to do stories on as many of the events as we can ascertain information for and will need some additional information to make sure we cover as many of the events as we are able. This is one of the best times of the year for basketball and I look forward to seeing everyone out and about at the various venues around the state.



East Tennessee

Levi Woods (Meigs County)

You may not know him but I assure you he has some serious game. The rising guard point/shooting guard is averaging around 25 per game this season for the Tigers and is drawing some attention from coaches around the state.


Middle Tennessee

Jacob McLennan (Huntland)

This kid might be the best shooter that not many of you have heard or seen. The lanky rising senior is an athletic 6'3 and has a stroke that few can match. He played his freshman ball in Alabama and in three seasons is challenging 1,500 points for the Hornets of Huntland.


West Tennessee

Jeremy Hemphill (Memphis Central)

A transfer from Memphis East, Hemphill has been sensational on the young season. The senior guard is scoring points and running the show for former Colorado and current Memphis Central mentor Ricardo Patten.  





East Tennessee

Science Hill

The Hilltoppers are off to a blazing start at 17-1 behind some serious guard play from seniors Will Adams (Science Hill) and C.J. Good (Science Hill). Coach Cutlip is deep playing about 10 to 12 players and as is typical Science Hill they are relentless and defend from baseline to baseline. They are arguably the best team in East Tennessee and will have a strong chance to repeat as a member of the class heading to the ‘Boro in March.


Middle Tennessee

Waverly Central

District 11AA will be one for all of us to keep an eye on as Cheatham County and Waverly Central appear headed for some collisions on the hardwood. New coach Les Trotter has the Tigers playing inspired basketball led by seniors Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central) and McKenzie Eldridge (Waverly Central). Mullinax leads the scoring brigade but rising junior guard J'Honathan Smith (Waverly Central) is one to keep an eye on as Waverly makes waves in Class AA.


West Tennessee


Could this be the year that someone unseats the perennial favorite Ensworth at the DII state tournament? The Purple Wave are playing very well right now sporting a solid 13-1 mark led by junior sharpshooter Josh Bougher (CBHS) and interior force Charlie Oswalt (CBHS).  


State Tournament…………..Who’s In (Updated as we Find Out)


Who's going to the state tournament.......................


We will continue to update this story as we get the results from around the state.


Class AAA

Dyer County

Oak Ridge









Class AA




Jackson Southside

East Nashville



Livingston Academy



Class A


Grace Christian

Wartburg Central



Mt. Pleasant


Lake County

Tennessee Tigers… July Schedule


Under the national radar is a good place to be come July.

Knowing enough about your squad to be curious brings the coaches around to get a good look at what they have heard.

The Tennessee Tigers have a few prospects that will invite the onlookers with the logo emblazoned attire to courtside.

Cory Stanton (Springfield) is embarking on his first real run at summer love. The talented rising senior guard has the opportunity to make a big name for himself and become part of the consciousness of coaches who recruit the state of Tennessee. He will recieve alot of interest this summer.

Carter Sanderson (Lipscomb) will have the opportunity to play against some of the best athletes in the nation and the shooting star will make all take notice that he is more than just a shooter, bet on it. 

Blake Bell (Lipscomb), David Sanders (MLK), Matthew Powell (Lipscomb),Mykal Titlow (Greenback), Taylor Cummings (MLK) and Desmond Johnson (Overton) are the glue players who set the tone for the Tigers. Be it tough defense, a timely shot or simply making a play the guys are the difference between winning and losing. 

On the interior the Tigers boast a very intriguing prospect or two. Michael Bradley (Tyner Academy) catches the imagination because he's 6'9 so coaches will come to watch. The emerging big man has secured a few offers but this could be his epic comeuppance with a solid showing against some of the better bigs in the nation. Reggie Gilmore (Tyner Academy) is long and athletic. His raw skills and never quit attitude make him attractive as he polishes his offensive game. Calvin Settles (Ensworth) is a big body who can spell either big man and score off the dribble.

July Schedule:

Hoosier Shootout-Indianapolis (July 6-9)

Kentucky HoopFest-Louisville (July 9-12)

AAU 17U Super Showcase-Orlando (July 23-27)

AAU 17U Nationals-Orlando (July 26-31)

Class A: Regions 1-4 Preview


Its time baby!!!!!!!!!!!


Hall of Fame games are in full effect, Thanksgiving tournaments are right around the corner, so the action is hot and rising as we speak.


Today we will examine the ranks of Class A.


We will break each region down and make predictions on their finish and for every two regions we will project who we think will represent at the state tourney in March.


Many of the districts and regions were moved and redone this year which could make for some new rivalries.


As always remember this information was gathered from coaches, media members and any other source we could ascertain. Players are listed at random in particular order.


So some districts and regions may not be represented as well because of a lack of information available.


Here we go


Class A


Region 1A


District 1A





North Greene


District 2A

Hancock County



J. Frank White



Region 1A/All-Region Squad


Logan Morgan (Cloudland)-MVP

Dylan Ward (Hampton)

Hunter Carpenter (Hancock County)

Lucas Brooks (Washburn)

Tyler Evansten (University)

Nathaniel Hughes (Hampton)

Frankie Covarrubius (Unaka)

Matthew Potter (Cloudland)

Drew Chambers (Unaka)

Jacob Jones (Hampton)




Region 2A


District 3A


Grace Christian


Tellico Plains



Berean Christian



District 4A

Oliver Springs




Wartburg Central





Region 2A/All-Region Team


Wesley Rather (Oliver Springs)- MVP

Gage Ingram (Tellico Plains)

Darius Gallaher (Harriman)

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central)

Jessie Chambers (Jellico)

D.J. Currier (Oakdale)

Mykal Titlow (Greenback)

Eric Williams (Grace Christian)

Lucas Tarver (Oliver Springs)

Dimitrique Inman (Harriman)

 Tennessee Prep Hoops Pre-Season State Representatives:   Hampton and Cloudland



Region 3A


District 5A

Grace Baptist


Silverdale Academy


Boyd Buchanon

Copper Basin


District 6A

South Pittsburgh

Marion County

Signal Mountain


Van Buren County

Sale Creek

Lookout Valley

Richard Hardy


Region 3A/All-Region Team


Cody Henegar (Marion County) & Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist)-MVP

Malcolm Jones (South Pittsburgh)

Cole Tucker (Whitwell)

Cory Nelson (Grace Baptist)

Terrell Robinson (South Pittsburgh)

Corpeio Brock (Marion County)

Cody Walker (Sale Creek)

Terrell Church (Grace Baptist)

JuJuan Fennell (South Pittsburgh)




Region 4A


District 7A

Clay County

Pickett County

Jackson County




District 8A

Trousdale County

Friendship Christian



Red Boiling Springs


Region 4A/All-Region Team


Mason Hensley (Jackson County)-MVP

Steven Jones (Clarkrange)

KeAndre Bates (Watertown)

Shawn Garrett (Clay County)

Jeremy Woods (Trousdale County)

Parker Teeter (Friendship Christian)

Josh Sapp (Gordonsville)

Jake Stiles (Red Boiling Springs)

Zach Swaffer (Trousdale County)

Ethan Pierce (Monterey)

 Tennessee Prep Hoops Pre-Season State Representatives: Grace Baptist and South Pittsburgh




Class AAA Pre-Season Projections


Let's not call them predictions this year, how about that. Thanks to everyone who helped me out ascertaining the information. Let's move on to Class AAA.


All-Region squads are listed in no particular order.



Class AAA

Region 1AAA

District 1AAA MVP: Shannon Hale (Science Hill)

District 1AAA Projected Champion: Science Hill

District 2AAA MVP: Derek Wheeler (Morristown East)

District 2AAA Projected Champion: Morristown East

All-Region 1AAA Pre-Season Team:

Jaylen Allen (Science Hill)

Dusty Nickles (Jefferson County)

James Scales (Cherokee)

Zach Garland (David Crockett)

Hayden Chandley (Daniel Boone)

Derek Wheeler (Morristown East)

Tyler Ailshee (Dobyns-Bennett)

Will Adams (Science Hill)

Casey Smith (Morristown East)

Shannon Hale (Science Hill)





Region 2AAA

District 3AAA MVP: Dre Mattheiu (Knoxville Central)/Lonnie McClanahan (Oak Ridge

District 3AAA Projected Champion: Oak Ridge

District 4AAA MVP: Rico White (Bearden)

District 4AAA Projected Champion: Bearden

All-Region 2AAA Pre-Season Team:

Alan Holt (Anderson County)

JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West)

Ty Greene (Bearden)

Lonnie McClanahan (Oak Ridge)

Joey Boedwig (Knoxville Catholic)

Dre Mattheiu (Knoxville Central)

Tres Palmer (Powell)

Rico White (Bearden)

Phillip Stanford (Knoxville West)

Dion Fair (Bearden)






Region 3AAA

District 5AAA MVP: Jervohn Johnson (Ooltewah)

District 5AAA Projected Champion: Ooltewah

District 6AAA MVP: Josh Turner (White County)

District 6AAA Projected Champion: White County

All-Region 3AAA Pre-Season Team:

James Stovall (Bradley Central)

Wesley Ritchie (Ooltewah)

Drew Zaleta (Walker Valley)

Mat Case (Cookeville)

Josh Turner (White County)

D.J. Bowles (Cleveland)

Hunter Daniels (Rhea County)

Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central)

Jervohn Johnson (Ooltewah)

Rondez Mee (Cleveland)






Region 4AAA

District 7AAA MVP: Cedric Williams (Siegel)

District 7AAA Projected Champion: Siegel

District 8AAA MVP: Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central)

District 8AAA Projected Champion: Columbia Central

All-Region 4AAA Pre-Season Team:

Terrence Dixon (LaVergne)

Stephen Hurt (Siegel)

Bobby Wilson (Shelbyville)

Trent Garland (Lawrence County)

Cedrick Carroll (Riverdale)

Brandon Lester (Franklin County)

Cedric Williams (Siegel)

Devanta Hamlett (Columbia Central)

Oscar Butler (Siegel)

Christian Adams (Oakland)

Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central)

Region 5AAA

District 9AAA MVP: Mark Brown (Station Camp)/Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet)

District 9AAA Projected Champion: Mt. Juliet

District 10AAA MVP: Alex Poythress (Northeast)

District 10AAA Projected Champion: Clarksville

All-Region 5AAA Pre-Season Team:

Kyle Weldon (Rossview)

Daijon Williams (Clarksville)

Zavion Williams (West Creek)

Mark Brown (Station Camp)

Andre Brown (Northwest)

Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet)

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County)

Alex Poythress (Northeast)

Anthony Woodard (Gallatin)

Monte Burney (Clarksville)






Region 6AAA

District 11AAA MVP: DeBrell McLemore (Franklin)

District 11AAA Projected Champion: Ravenwood

District 12AAA MVP: Mookie Betts (Overton)

District 12AAA Projected Champion: Overton

All-Region 6AAA Pre-Season Team:

Robert Veal (Ravenwood)

Jack Montague (Brentwood)

Isaac Harris (Hunter's Lane)

Justin Perry (Overton)

Matt Pond (Centennial)

DeBrell McLemore (Franklin)

Devin Robinson (Ravenwood)

Mookie Betts (Overton)

Isiah Harrison (Hillsboro)

Evan Forhetz (Ravenwood)






Region 7AAA

District 13AAA MVP: Justin Williamson (Dyer County)

District 13AAA Projected Champion: Dyer County

District 14AAA MVP: Dierre McElroy (Raleigh-Egypt)

District 14AAA Projected Champion: Bartlett

All-Region 7AAA Pre-Season Team:

Anthlon Bell (Bartlett)

Rod Long (Jackson Northside)

Drew Hildreth (Bolton)

Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County)

Demetrius Dyson (Brighton)

Robert Houston (Craigmont)

Justin Williamson (Dyer County)

Marquarious Boddie (Bartlett)

Dierre McElroy (Raleigh-Egypt)

John Hudson (Dyer County)




Region 8AAA

District 15AAA MVP: Cameron Golden (Ridgeway)

District 15AAA Projected Champion: Ridgeway

District 16AAA MVP: Adonis Thomas (Melrose)/Andre Hollins (White Station)

District 16AAA Projected Champion: White Station/Melrose

All-Region 8AAA Pre-Season Team:

Cedric McAfee (Melrose)

Nino Johnson (White Station)

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis Central)

Octavious Ellis (Whitehaven)

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway)

Adonis Thomas (Melrose)

Kedorian Sullivan (Southwind)

Nick King (Memphis East)

Andre Hollins (White Station)

Kadarrio Fleming (Ridgeway)

Jonathan Williams (Southwind) 

Andre Applewhite (Memphis Central)