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by Andre Whitehead

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M33M Elite Captures Real Deal Championship…….More 17 and Under Results


The hoops scene in Tennessee is getting quite the resurgence as the first live period comes to a close. Squads from the Volunteer state are bringing home the hardware and stacking it high.

Mike Conley Jr. Division (Real Deal in the Rock)

M33M Elite cruised through their division (Mike Conley Jr. Division) to bring home the gold ball to Memphis with a championship game victory over the Kansas City 76ers.

Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) and Robert Hubbs (Dyer County) got a great deal of publicity during this well attended event as the duo averaged in the high 20's and kept all the coaches in attendance on the edge of their collective seats as they decide where to spend their college years.

Josh Jones (Memphis Central) continues his fine summer with another great weekend in Arkansas. His stock has been on the rise since the state championship game and he continues to rise to the occasion, especially when it counts.

M33M turned to some youth as Class of 2015 rising stars Skal Labiessiere (ECS) and Nych Smith (White Station) were outstanding playing up two age groups in Little Rock.

Smith was especially nice controlling the tempo and playing with a savvy that belies his young age.

Coaches praised the efforts of Charlie Oswalt (CBHS) and Nourse Fox (MUS).

The Tennessee Tigers made up for their less than stellar weekend in Kentucky by finishing in the Sweet 16 in the same Mike Conley Jr. Division at Real Deal.

The Tigers won their pool with victories over the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Mexico Force but feel in the round of 16 to the aforementioned eventual champion M33M Elite.

Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy) played his best tournament to date as one of the top scorers for the Tigers along with VCU commitment JeQuan Lewis (Dickson County).

Cole Harrison (Brentwood) continues to turn heads with his sheer size and much improved overall game. I look for a big summer from this Music City big man.

Coaches lauded the defensive efforts of C.J. McEwen (Mt. Juliet) and Gunnar Miller (Davidson Academy); as well as, the toughness and resilience of Bryce Copeland (Bradley Central), who returned this week from injury.


Joe Johnson Division (Real Deal in the Rock)

The Tennessee Chosen Few-Red made some noise in the Joe Johnson Division of the Real Deal winning their pool before falling in bracket play.

Jacob Elliott (South Doyle) played well on the interior while the Cookeville trio of Mat Case (Cookeville), Phillip Roper (Cookeville) and Lucas Ledbetter (Cookeville) all had fine weekends according to onlookers.


The Chattanooga Raging Storm found themselves having a hard time in pool play but rebounding to finish in the Final Four of the consolation bracket in the Joe Johnson Division.

D.J. Bowles (Cleveland) led the Storm with 16 markers in their opening pool game loss to the Compton Magic Black (62-48). Jahmal Johnson (Cleveland) was Bynum like on the boards snatching 16 caroms in this game.

Another tough loss, 60-57 to the Arkansas Heat saw turnovers make the difference in the outcome. Levi Woods (Meigs County) led in scoring with 15 points and also snatched 8 boards.

Things took a dramatic turn in bracket action with a nice 79-40 win behind 17 from Bowles and 15 from Tevin Hudson (Cleveland). Hudson also grabbed 10 boards. Johnson added 10 points and 8 caroms while Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) was praised for his court awareness and ability to keep the team in tempo.

Ford and Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah) again controlled the action as the Storm demolished the East Texas Ballers 66-46 to move into the semi-finals. Bowles, a Central Florida commitment, was again high man with 17 while Johnson finished with 15.

A great tournament came to a close with a tough 54-51 loss to the Houston Panthers despite 15 from Bowles and solid play from Ford and Jackson.


Ronnie Brewer Division (Real Deal in the Rock)

The Tennessee Chosen Few-Black came to play here in Arkansas finishing the tourney 3-1, winning their pool and falling to nationally ranked Dream Vision in bracket action.

Will Adams (Science Hill) was a true team player in this event; the 5'11 dynamo used his size and strength to pester offensive players and take his opponent off the dribble for easy buckets. Daijon McGill (Austin East) played another outstanding tournament leading the team with 17 points in the Dream Vision loss and playing steady all weekend.

Jordan Hall (Lenoir City), Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) and Devin Schmidt (Sevier County) provided scoring and tough defense throughout the tourney.

Brandon Walters (Howard) finished with a double/double average for the tourney using his size to carve out position and showed some nice footwork and shot blocking prowess as well.




Lewis Tops the Charts in Week #0 State Scoring List

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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.

Rayford Albright (Manassas) got his senior campaign off to a rousing start banking in 29 against Westwood and following up with a strong 24 against MLK in a holiday tournament.    

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian) parlayed his recent signing with the Tigers of Memphis into a huge start of the 2012-2013 basketball seasons. The potential McDonald's All-American poured in 40 points in a victory over Bartlett after a 35 point effort against FCA. Earlier in the week he recorded a strong 26 in a win over MHEA.  

Dedric Lawson (Hamilton) and Braxton Blackwell (CPA) are the top two players in the Class of 2016 and they got their respective high school careers off to an exciting start. Lawson dropped 29 in a victory over Cordova while Blackwell finished with 28 in a big win over Brentwood.  

Jalen Duke (MLK) wants everyone to know that he is for real as the rising sophomore got his season off to a big start scoring 26 points against Manassas in a holiday event over in Memphis. He then added 19 against Wooddale and closed the tourney strong with 28 against Bartlett.  

Jaquan Lewis (Dickson County) shook up the record books dropping 50 points in a holiday classic in Missouri. The VCU signee added a cool 27 earlier in the week against West Creek and another 24 in a close win in the same event.

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County) continues to climb the charts with his scoring exploits. The rising junior shooting guard dropped 27 points against Houston County and made believers of a lot of folks with a 28 point effort against a solid Kenwood squad.

Austin Howard (Giles County) had an outstanding game scoring 41 markers against Lawrence County earlier in the week. Kenny Dean (Alcoa) came straight from the gridiron and scored 37 points in a tough win over Livingston Academy at the Knoxville Central Thanksgiving Classic.



East Tennessee

Kenny Dean (Alcoa) 37pts vs. Livingston Academy

DeMarcus Martin (Farragut) 36pts vs. Wartburg Central

Jordan Huddleston (Kingston) 35pts vs. White County

Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) 32pts vs. Stone Memorial

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central) 32pts vs. Farragut

Josh Scudder (McMinn Central) 32pts vs. Bledsoe County

Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) 29pts vs. Polk County

Devin Schmidt (Sevier County) 28pts vs. Campbell County

Devin Sibley (Karns) 28pts vs. Powell

Xavier Howard (Harriman) 27pts vs. Kingston

Dylan Reppart (Daniel Boone) 26pts vs. Gatlinburg-Pittman

Jay Cade (Gibbs) 25pts vs. Farragut

DeMarcus Martin (Farragut) 25pts vs. Gibbs

B.J. Wilkerson (Signal Mountain) 25pts vs. Soddy Daisy

Andre Wilson (Austin East) 25pts vs. Bradley Central


Middle Tennessee

Jaquan Lewis (Dickson County) 50pts vs. Grandview (MO)

Andrew Fleming (Ensworth) 49pts vs. Gabriel Christian

Andrew Fleming (Ensworth) 41pts vs. Nashville Central Christian

Austin Howard (Giles County) 41pts vs. Lawrence County

Matt Pond (Centennial) 39pts vs. Cane Ridge

Hunter Clanton (Santa Fe) 33pts vs. Fairview

Joey Barnes (Ravenwood) 31pts vs. Hunter's Lane

Jacob Williams (Wilson Central) 31pts vs. East Ridge

Charles Anderson (Glencliff) 30pts vs. White's Creek

Jon Jones (Upperman) 30pts vs. Cascade

Heath Mansfield (Lawrence County) 30pts vs. Wayne County

Hunter Nelson (Franklin) 30pts vs. Forrest

Mat Case (Cookeville) 29pts vs. McMinn County

Tyler Clark (Macon County) 29pts vs. Jackson County

Lance Crismond (Coffee County) 29pts vs. Ezell-Harding

Nate Moran (BGA) 29pts vs. Lancaster Christian

Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy) 29pts vs. Alcoa

Braxton Blackwell (CPA) 28pts vs. Brentwood

Robert Brandon (Siegel) 28pts vs. Tullahoma

Jalen Duke (MLK) 28pts vs. Brighton

Sonni Fullilove (DeKalb County) 28pts vs. Grundy County

Allen Heaston (Friendship Christian) 28pts vs. MTCS

Kyle Hughes (Pickett County) 28pts vs. Gordonsville

Cody Jordan (Richland) 28pts vs. Collinwood

Jacob McLennan (Huntland) 28pts vs. Culleoka

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County) 28pts vs. Kenwood

Marquail Hickerson (Tullahoma) 27pts vs. Cookeville

Jaquan Lewis (Dickson County) 27pts vs. West Creek

Trenton Perry (Independence) 27pts vs. Summitt

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County) 27pts vs. Houston County

J'Honathan Smith (Waverly Central) 27pts vs. Ravenwood

Kyle Tackett (Franklin) 27pts vs. Goodpasture

Devonte Williams (Gallatin) 27pts vs. White House

Jalen Duke (MLK) 26pts vs. Manassas

Heath Mansfield (Lawrence County) 26pts vs. Giles County

Charles Clark (Siegel) 25pts vs. Liberty Tech

Zeke Davis (Frank Hughes) 25pts vs. Big Sandy

Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan) 25pts vs. Pearl Cohn

Cam Miller (Independence) 25pts vs. Riverdale


West Tennessee

Terrell Jones (Northside) 43pts vs. KIPP

Austin Nichols (Briracrest Christian) 40pts vs. Bartlett

Justice Scott (Huntingdon) 40pts vs. Camden

Brennan Bowling (Fayette Academy) 38pts vs. Memphis Catholic

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian) 35pts vs. FCA

C.J. Barnes (McNairy Central) 34pts vs. Madison

Rekayis McCauley (Bruceton) 34pts vs. South Gibson

Brennan Bowling (Fayette Academy) 30pts vs. MASE

Rayford Albright (Manassas) 29pts vs. Westwood

Robert Hubbs (Dyer County) 29pts vs. Houston

Dedric Lawson (Hamilton) 29pts vs. Cordova

Tyler McCartney (Bradford) 29pts vs. Gleason

Lucas Pyron (JCS) 29pts vs. ECS

Nourse Fox (MUS) 27pts vs. Ripley

Jamal Glenn (West Carroll) 27pts vs. Milan

Nych Smith (White Station) 27pts vs. Olive Branch (MS)

Daniel Hill (Liberty Tech) 26pts vs. Siegel

Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) 26pts vs. MHEA

Cameron Payne (Lausanne) 26pts vs. Lancaster Christian

Antonio Walden (Milan) 26pts vs. West Carroll

Brandon Weeks (Camden) 26pts vs. Huntingdon

Justin Wertner (St. George's) 26pts vs. MASE

Jerry Johnson (Houston) 25pts vs. Huntsville Lee (AL)

Josh Jones (Memphis Central) 25pts vs. Munford

Josh Jones (Memphis Central) 25pts vs. Houston

DII Preview and Predictions


Finishing up our previews with the DII ranks.

For this group we will give our pick to win the championship in both divisions and list the top 15 players as all-region selections.


Region A

State Champion: Harding Academy

Region AA

State Champion: Briarcrest Christian

All-Region Selections A/AA

Leslie McDonald (Braircrest Christian)

Marlon Brown (Harding Academy)

Bobby Parks (St. George's)

Gary Pope (Ensworth)

Johnnie Williams (Braircrest Christian)

Jonathan Milewski (ECS)

Zane Gibson (Baylor)

Brendan Connolly (Father Ryan)

Taverres Jefferson (Ensworth)

Thad McHaney (Brentwood Academy)

Gregg Wooten (Braircrest Christian)

Miles Asafo-Adjei (Ensworth)

Drew Barham (CBHS)

Barry Brunetti (MUS)

Meiko Lyles (USN)

Honorable Mention

Dwight Tarwater (Knoxville Webb)

Bryant Reams (Lausanne)

Weldon Garlington (Brentwood Academy)

Daniel Parker (BGA)

Wesley Tate (Pope John Paul II)

Holden Mobley (MBA)

Dupree Lytle (ECS)

Julian Reese (Brentwood Academy)

Ricky Coleman (USN)

Nick Bravos (ECS)



Gary Pope Leads Week #7 Scoring


Big Pope continues to score in bunches and this holiday season the 6'3 senior was electric in Florida dropping 32 points and helping Ensworth capture a title.

Here is the rest of the scoring for Week #7

Ashlon Adams (Dobyns Bennett) 29pts vs. Science Hill

Chris Jones (Melrose) 32pts vs. Helias (Mo.)

Lewis Jones (Carver) 43pts vs. Russell County (Ky.)

Paul Frierot (St. Benedict) 27pts vs. Chester County

Josh Lancaster (SBEC) 25pts vs. MASE

Marquis Rudolph (Clarksville Northwest) 32pts vs. Sheffield

Giordani Taylor (Franklin County) 27pts vs. McMinn County

Teraes Clemmons (Mt. Juliet) 28pts vs. Hillboro

John Haliburton (Smith County) 28pts vs. Merrol Hyde

Tyler Rice (Wayne County) 25pts vs. Coffee County

Garrett Stiles (Cornersville) 28pts vs. McEwen

Harold Jenkins (Antioch) 27pts vs. MBA

Stuart Mitchell (White County) 28pts vs. Loudon

Meiko Lyles (USN) 33pts vs. Ravenwood

Jacquil Jacox (Maplewood) 25pts vs. Maryville

Brendan Connolly (Father Ryan) 26pts vs. Stratford

Wes Grace (Red Boiling Springs) 27pts vs. Santa Fe

John Jenkins (Station Camp) 34pts vs. Hickman County

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) 33pts vs. Daviess County (Ky.)

Judah Akers (Cookeville) 29pts vs. Pleasant Grove

Skylar McBee (Grainger) 30pts vs. Cannon County

Mitchell Kyker (Harriman) 26pts vs. Unaka

Cody Cornett (Unaka) 25pts vs. Harriman

Andrew White (Tellico Plains) 29pts vs. Cloudland

E.J. Miller (USJ) 26pts vs. Henry County

Lewis Jones (Carver) 27pts vs. Pulaski County (Ky.)

Joe Jackson (White Station) 30pts vs. Bishop McNamara (Ca.)

John Foley (CBHS) 27pts vs. Clearwater (Fl.)

Jacob Lloyd (Westview) 26pts vs. Dyer County

Chase Blankenship (Adamsville) 30pts vs. Chester County

Adrian Hopson (Happy Valley) 25pts vs. University

Wes Long (Summertown) 33pts vs. Mt. Juliet

Joseph Darnell (Cornersville) 25pts vs. Red Boiling Springs

John Jenkins (Station Camp) 34pts vs. Harding Academy

E.J. Miller (USJ) 27pts vs. Fulton (Ky.)

Terry Roberts (Gibbs) 25pts vs. Heritage

Skylar McBee (Grainger) 35pts vs. Somerset (Ky.)

Andrew Woodin (Cannon County) 25pts vs. Union County

Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian) 32pts vs. Bearden

Joe Jackson (White Station) 25pts vs. Bishop O'Neal

Cody Sandlin (Davidson Academy) 25pts vs. MASE

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy) 30pts vs. Station Camp

Trey Carruthers (Harpeth) 26pts vs. Creek Wood

Robert Onyejiaka (Brentwood Academy) 29pts vs. CPA

Joseph Darnell (Cornersville) 28pts vs. Lighthouse

Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro) 29pts vs. Lipscomb

John Jenkins (Station Camp) 51pts vs. Livingston Academy

Daniel Ricketts (Greenfield) 25pts vs. Clarksburg

Hunter Osborne (Marshall County) 26pts vs. Kenwood

Kaleb Holland (Trousdale County) 25pts vs. Macon County

Giordani Taylor (Franklin County) 25pts vs. Rhea County

Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) 27pts vs. Upperman

Ish Sanders (Cleveland) 25pts vs. North Cobb (Ga.)

Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County) 28pts vs. McMinn Central

Cameron Pridemore (Grace Christian) 28pts vs. Cleveland

Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) 34pts vs. South Pittsburg

Demarius Smith (Kenwood) 28pts vs. Knoxville Halls

Ish Sanders (Cleveland) 38pts vs. Grace Christian





































































The Man of Steele Leads Week #8 Scoring


Week #8 was a unique week for me, for the first time in many moons I did attend any action for the entire week because of the surgery. Lots of scoring made this an exciting week.


Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) surpassed the 2,000 point mark with a 29 point effort against Lincoln County and a 28 point outburst against Tullahoma.


Jalen Steele (Fulton) has the two-time defending Class AA Falcons playing very good basketball. The Auburn signee dropped 33 points in a district win over Union County then followed this up with 28 in a 79-58 drubbing of Carter.  


DaRonte Clark (Gallatin) has been lighting up the scoreboards in Middle Tennessee this year he kept up the good work scoring 29 against Beech then finishing off the week with 29 against Portland.


Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville Webb) recorded a triple double in a win over Riverside Christian with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.


Tanner Newton (Richland) had a very good week scoring 28 points against Columbia Academy and then came back with 29 against Cascade.


Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) knocked in 32 points in a big district tilt against Temple and also passed the coveted 2,000 point mark for his career.


Rico "Suave" White (Bearden) dropped a career high 31 points against Maryville after scoring 30 last Friday against Farragut. Good to see you back.  


Week #8 Scoring Leaders:


Ben Cave (Pigeon Forge) 30pts vs. Austin East

Jalen Steele (Fulton) 33pts vs. Union County

Clark DeBusk (Claiborne) 26pts vs. South Greene

Ben Arnold (Cumberland Gap) 28pts vs. Campbell County

Rico White (Bearden) 31pts vs. Maryville

Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) 27pts vs. Walker Valley

Ish Sanders (Cleveland) 33pts vs. Knoxville West

Luke Silvers (Polk County) 27pts vs. Sequoyah

Jylamin Ross (Austin East) 25pts vs. Pigeon Forge

Adonis Thomas (Melrose) 27pts vs. Germantown

Reginald Bates (Carver) 27pts vs. Hillcrest

Shawn Chapman (Campbell County) 26pts vs. Cumberland Gap

Tevin West (Sequoyah) 28pts vs. Polk County

Alton Williams (Collierville) 26pts vs. Kirby

Damien Wooten (Lausanne) 31pts vs. Dyer County

Todd Mayo (Germantown) 29pts vs. Ridgeway

Paul Frierott (St. Benedict) 27pts vs. USJ

Jeff Graham (Hamilton) 26pts vs. Whitehaven

Joe Jackson (White Station) 42pts vs. Hamilton

Jabriel Washington (TCA) 27pts vs. USJ

Tim Allen (Whitehaven) 26pts vs. Hamilton

John Paul Glover (USJ) 29pts vs. St. Benedict

Lacorwyn Anthony (BTW) 25pts vs. Frayser

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) 27pts vs. Germantown

Kaneal Windom (JCM) 27pts vs. McNairy Central

Hunter Hays (Scotts Hill) 27pts vs. TCA

Thomas Greer (West Carroll) 27pts vs. Gleason

Hollis Benton (Halls) 31pts vs. Greenfield

Winn Decker (Dyersburg) 33pts vs. Haywood County

Killen Middleton (MTCS) 26pts vs. Cascade

Bubba Clifton (Summertown) 32pts vs. Collinwood

Tanner Newton (Richland) 28pts vs. Columbia Academy

Meiko Lyles (USN) 33pts vs. Riverside Christian

Walt Andrews (McEwen) 27pts vs. Nashville Christian

William Carouthers (Stratford) 27pts vs. Lipscomb

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) 25pts vs. Houston County

Heath Crouse (Greenfield) 25pts vs. Halls

Mitchell Hill (Cookeville) 25pts vs. Coffee County

DaRonte Clark (Gallatin) 29pts vs. Beech

Colton Mansfield (Hendersonville) 26pts vs. Station Camp

Jon Patten (Signal Mountain) 26pts vs. Silverdale Academy

Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) 32pts vs. Temple

Frankie Bougher (CBHS) 26pts vs. Briarcrest Christian

Andre Hollins (White Station) 26pts vs. Memphis Central

Anthony Green (Manassas) 28pts vs. Trezevant

Trevail Lee (Kirby) 25pts vs. Overton

Ike Griffith (Middle College) 28pts vs. River City

Qualon Smith (Halls) 25pts vs. Greenfield

Louis Mobley (River City) 25pts vs. Middle College

Joe Jackson (White Station) 31pts vs. Hillcrest (AL.)

Meiko Lyles (USN) 30pts vs. DCA

Tanner Newton (Richland) 29pts vs. Cascade

Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) 29pts vs. Lincoln County

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) 26pts vs. Giles County

Fred Lee (Maplewood) 28pts vs. Maplewood

Martin Smith (Clarksville Academy) 25pts vs. White House-Heritage

Craig Bradshaw (Greenbrier) 27pts vs. Sycamore

Michael Davenport (Eagleville) 26pts vs. MTCS

Arquis Stewart (River City) 27pts vs. Middle College

Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) 28pts vs. Tullahoma

Teraes Clemmons (Mt. Juliet) 36pts vs. Station Camp

Zach Crowe (Harpeth) 28pts vs. Stewart County

DaRonte Clark (Gallatin) 29pts vs. Portland

Dylan Pitts (Page) 29pts vs. Eagleville

Tyler Place (Tennessee) 25pts vs. Science Hill

Mark Salyers (Sullivan North) 26pts vs. Unicoi County

Thomas Ridenour (Jellico) 25pts vs. Oliver Springs

Tyler Vittetoe (Union County) 36pts vs. Carter

Jalen Steele (Fulton) 28pts vs. Carter

Gerald Moore (South Doyle) 26pts vs. Seymour

Wesley Rather (Oliver Springs) 36pts vs. McMinn Central

Lester Wilson (Carter) 32pts vs. Union County

Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) 34pts vs. Brighton

Jabriel Washington (TCA) 28pts vs. Adamsville

Thomas Greer (West Carroll) 36pts vs. Clarksburg

Ben Rollins (Gleason) 30pts vs. Carroll Academy

Chris Cox (Big Sandy) 25pts vs. Dresden

Madison Futrell (Munford) 27pts vs. Dyer County