Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

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Ballerz Bounce Competition at the 2011 Hoops Classic

The Mid-State Ballerz 17's East squad devoured the competition this past weekend at the 2011 Hoops Classic in Murfreesboro.

The Ballerz finished 6-0 and captured the crown behind some balanced scoring from their outstanding backcourt.

Rafeal Tyler (Lake County) fresh off a Class A state title run led a very balanced scoring attack averaging around 11 points per game for the weekend.

Backcourt mate Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) mirrored his point guard averaging around 11 per game as well.

Dee Oldham (Wilson Central) and Ced Taylor (Dyer County) were lauded by the coaches for their defensive effort and scoring help throughout the event.

Jeff Long (Hendersonville) had the hot hand for most of the weekend scoring around 9 points per contest and Taj Abdul-Kauyder (Siegel) was a beast on the glass and also finished at around 9 markers per game.

Pilot Rocky Top High School Rosters (Cleveland)


The Pilot Rocky Top High School Fall League tips off this Saturday at Cleveland High School. Here is the schedule for Saturday and the team rosters. Enjoy.


9:00 Tennessee vs. Florida

10:00 Marquette vs. Villanova

11:00 Auburn vs. Alabama

12:00 Syracuse vs. Louisville

1:00 Vanderbilt vs. Connecticut


East Division


1-Anfernee Scott (Cleveland)

4-Clay Born (Baylor)

5-Lannom Sowell (Signal Mountain)

10-D.J. Bowles (Cleveland)

21-Colby Arendale (Boyd Buchanon)

23-Leo Born (Baylor)

32-Paris Clarke (Boyd Buchanon)

55-Taylor Rhodes (Cleveland)


1-Steadman Ford (Notre Dame)

5-Aristotle O'Hara (CSAS)

10-Cole Birchfield (Dade County)

21-Alfonzo Cox (East Ridge)

23-Chaison Gordon (CSAS)

32-Andrew Eastman (Rhea County)

44-Nick McWherter (Rhea County)

55-Trey Suttles (Tyner Academy)


1-Landon Strickland (Tyner Academy)

4-Taylor Bentley (Bradley Central)

10-Eddie Hitchcock (East Ridge)

12-Cordell James (McCallie)

21-Brett Barton (Cleveland)

23-Darian Johnson (Bradley Central)

32-Logan Cox (Bradley Central)

44-Ronzell Robinson (Cleveland)

55-Sam Gregory (Walker Valley)


1-Blake McCloud (Bledsoe County)

4-Shadon Hayes (Hixson)

10-Jamaal Calvin (McCallie)

12-Bradley Ward (McMinn Central)

21-Preston Russell (Tellico Plains)

23-Lee Gooch (Tellico Plains)

32-Chris Ofori (Cleveland)

44-Justin Holcomb (Tellico Plains)

55-Gerardo Contreras (Bradley Central)


1-Brian Armstrong (Cleveland)

4-Gregory Besley (East Ridge)

12-Lavantez Knight (Brainerd)

21-Dustin Little (Cleveland)

23-Hall Allen (Boyd Buchanon)

32-Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah)

44-Eric Traylor (East Ridge)

55-Clay Heitzel (Notre Dame)

West Division


4-Justin Ragsdale (Silverdale Academy)

5-Dalton Kepley (McMinn Central)

10-Jack Dye (Silverdale Academy)

21-John Hall (Silverdale Academy)

23-Blake Cook (McMinn Central)

32-Clifton Henry (Meigs County)

44-Logan Brewer (Polk County)

55-Tristan Spradling (Meigs County)


1-Tyler Peeler (Tellico Plains)

4-Jerelle Wilson (Tyner Academy)

10-Barry Maddox (Red Bank)

12-Xavier Cummings (Red Bank)

23-C.J. Reese (McCallie)

32-Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central)

44-Miles Morgan (Bradley Central)

55-Matt Whitmire (Bradley Central)


1-Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah)

4-Evan Ball (Polk County)

5-Frank Brogdan (CSAS)

10-Max Miller (McMinn Central)

12-Jarrod Rhodes (Cleveland)

21-Chris Green (East Ridge)

23-Cody Groomes (East Ridge)

44-Demonte Smith (Hixson)

55-Hayden Cheaney (McMinn Central)


1-Jeremiah Nason (Boyd Buchanon)

4-Josh Green (Dade County)

5-Eric Hale (Bledsoe County)

12-Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

21-Jared Opperman (Rhea County)

23-Cameron Colverd (Bledsoe County)

32-Jalen Smith (Rhea County)

44-Preston Opperman (Rhea County)

55-Ben Williams (Dade County)


4-Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland)

5-Miles Christian (Bradley Central)

10-Carter Clark (Rhea County)

12-Quadarius Cox (Boyd Buchanon)

21-Jordan Kurtz (CSAS)

23-Isiah Beatty (Cleveland)

32-Justus McMillan (Boyd Buchanon)

44-Terrence O'Donahue (McCallie)

55-Josh Coleman (Rhea County)



My AP State Rankings Ballot (Week #2)


Week #2 of the AP State Boys Basketball Rankings will be published in your local papers on Tuesday.

Here is my ballot for the Second week of voting.

Class AAA

1. Ridgeway (17-0)

2. Southwind (18-1)

3. Dyer County (19-1)

4. Northeast (19-1)

5. Karns (15-1)

6. Hunter's Lane (17-2)

7. Melrose (18-4)

8. Science Hill (19-2)

9. Oak Ridge (16-2)

10. Wilson Central (14-2)


Class AA

1. CPA (18-2)

2. Bolivar Central (17-3)

3. Alcoa (15-3)

4. Spring Hill (14-1)

5. Raleigh-Egypt (13-3)

6. East Literature (13-4)

7. Liberty Tech (15-4)

8. Unicoi County (18-3)

9. Tyner Academy (13-2)

10. Jackson Southside (14-2)


Class A

1. BTW (16-0)

2. Lake County (10-4)

3. Mt. Pleasant (13-1)

4. McEwen (14-0)

5. Perry County (13-3)

6. Friendship Christian (12-2)

7. Grace Christian (13-3)

8. Clay County (12-3)

9. Middleton (11-4)

10. Rockwood (13-2)



1. Ensworth (12-4)

2. McCallie (14-1)

3. CBHS (17-3)

4. BGA (13-3)

5. FRA (19-3)

6. Bruarcrest Christian (11-4)

7. MUS (11-6)

8. Knoxville Webb (12-6)

9. USJ (11-3)

10. St. George's (13-4)

Class AA (Region Match-Ups)….5 Games to Watch


The region tournaments tip off tomorrow with action from Bristol to Bolivar, here are match-ups for Class AA including 5 games to watch out for.


5 Games to Watch in Class AA


CAK @ Gibbs

Gibbs comes off a tremendous season, the best in many years as the district tournament runner-up but no time to rest on their accomplishments as the Warriors of CAK bring a high powered offense led by sophomore guard Oteriah Lee into the gym in Corryton.


Howard @ Sequoyah

Big Brandon Walters is playing some really good basketball right about now and the Hustlin' Tigers make the trip over to Madisonville to tangle with deep shooting Tevin West and the Chiefs of Sequoyah.


Bledsoe County @ DeKalb County

DeKalb County has had a fine year led by junior Sonni Young and they will need to be at their best as talented guard Jamal Worthington comes to Smithville with advancement on his mind. That's why they play the game folks.


Maplewood @ Greenbrier

Maplewood has stumbled out of the gate in district action but the talent is right their in cardinal and gray to make life miserable for some region folks unless the hot shooting Connor Peach can calm things down in Greenbrier.


Raleigh-Egypt @ Sheffield

Are you kidding me this is a big time first round game? Ranked for majority of the season Raleigh-Egypt lost their footing in the district tournament but have ample opportunity to get the ship righted as the battle 16AA champion Sheffield. Look out.



Class AA Region Games:

Region 1AA

Grainger @ Unicoi County

Sullivan North @ Greeneville

Johnson County @ South Greene

Cumberland Gap @ Sullivan East


Region 2AA

Scott @ Austin East

Fulton @ Stone Memorial

Pigeon Forge @ Alcoa

CAK @ Gibbs


Region 3AA

Tyner Academy @ Polk County

McMinn Central @ East Ridge

Meigs County @ Brainerd

Howard @ Sequoyah


Region 4AA

Smith County @ Sequatchie County

Bledsoe County @ DeKalb County

Notre Dame @ Livingston Academy

Upperman @ Signal Mountain


Region 5AA

Lipscomb @ Macon County

Westmoreland @ East Literature

Sycamore @ CPA

Maplewood @ Greenbrier


Region 6AA

Fairview @ Harpeth

Camden Central @ Giles County

Waverly Central @ Spring Hill

Marshall County @ Cheatham County


Region 7AA

McNairy Central @ Covington

Haywood @ Liberty Tech

Ripley @ Bolivar Central

Jackson Southside @ Westview


Region 8AA

Oakhaven @ Manassas

Trezevant @ Mitchell

Raleigh-Egypt @ Sheffield

Fairley @ Douglass

Play-Day Observations…………Siegel and Harpeth


Play Days signal the start of the basketball season and the past two weekends have given us a glimpse of what we have to look forward to this season. Two weeks ago the action came to Siegel High School and this past weekend saw teams converge on Harpeth.


Here are some observations from the two events, some players who stood out and some teams who will be making some noise.


Players That Made Some Noise (Alphabetical Order)

Braxton Bonds (CPA)

Took over when Blackwell went down with his ankle, scored in the lane, snatched offensive boards and made several pin point dimes to hustling teammates.


Jemicah Bowman (Tyner Academy)

Bowman showed extended range on his outside stroke and hit several in a row at several points during the Siegel scrimmages. Confidence is high and once he improves his game off the dribble he could have a monster season.


Charles Clark (Siegel)

Lefty stroke has range, length and finishes very well on the break; "Bird" can get scorching hot and hit several deep threes in succession. Once he learns to differentiate a good from a bad shot he will be devastating.


Jack Graham (Bearden)

One of the better shooter in any part of the state, Graham was outstanding from deep at both play days. He has added some dribble moves to his game and has a good first step.


Jalin Henderson (Oak Ridge)

Young man was outstanding against CPA at Siegel, scored in transition, off the dribble in the paint and is a consistent jump shot away from being a really good prospect.


Austin Howard (Giles County)

This is his team this season and he played like a leader at Siegel. Howard showed he could score the ball and has improved his handles. Look for a solid campaign this season.


Ethan Hurt (Harpeth)

What could this kid be if basketball was his primary focus? Superbly athletic, runs the floor, will smash one on you if your not careful.


JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County)

VCU commitment was outstanding at the Harpeth play day. He scored with his silky smooth jumper and got several of his teammates easy looks with some solid play-making ability.


Jalen Lindsey (CPA)

Much improved outside game has him scoring from the elbow extended with range. He still runs the floor and finishes great in transition. He showed much more aggression on the boards as well.


DeJon McGill (Austin East)

Senior guard continues to step up and will be called upon to help lead the Roadrunners back to the promise land. He has improved his outside game and played hard on defense the entire scrimmage at Siegel.


Daniel Norl (Kenwood)

This young man is so smooth, he never seems to get rattled, and he plays at a comfortable tempo and makes a lot of good things happen. He stroked the outside shot, gave up several scoring opportunities to his teammates and played very good on the ball defense.


James McPherson (Brentwood)

A coach on the floor, plays at a steady pace, never gets rattled and can provide some scoring if left unattended, McPherson played very well for the Bruins at Harpeth. He makes everyone on the floor better. Look for a big year from this rising sophomore.


Yalen Reed (Lebanon)

First impressions are generally not something to make any snap judgments upon but this kid is for real. Young, long and athletic, Reed, only a freshman, showed some scoring ability, used the glass effectively on offense and blocked some shots with sheer length on defense. Keep him on the radar he will be something to watch very soon.


Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County)

Active scorer and player who continues to impress in several aspects of the game, Jake had a tough shooting game in the opener at Harpeth but made up for it with several driving forays to the hoop and some nice floaters in the lane. He defended well and has a chance to have a big junior season.


Andre Wilson (Austin East)

Dangerous lefty stroke was mighty good at the Siegel play day, scoring from all over the court. He will be a marked man this season as teams configure defenses to control him, can he handle the pressure? We shall see.



Still More Who Caught Our Eye:

Ivan Alsup (Nashville Overton)

Robert Brandon (Siegel)

Jordan Darden (Cheatham County)

Shaquille Davis (Nashville Overton)

Austin Dole (Harpeth)

Asa Duvall (Brentwood)

Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge)

Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan)

Sam Greene (Bearden)

Malik Hall (Kenwood)

Will Jones (Brentwood)

J.T. Marable (Pearl Cohn)

Omari Moore (Pearl Cohn)

Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central)

Tanner Newton (Harpeth)

Daniel Schroeder (Mt. Juliet)

Cody Shelton (Brentwood)

J'Honathan Smith (Waverly Central)

Tyler Spicer (Dickson County)

Guy Stanford (Kenwood)

Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy)

DeAnthony Wilson (Nashville Overton)


Some Quick Team Observations:

Kenwood made some noise with their stingy defense and solid guard play led by Daniel Norl, Guy Stanford and Malik Hall.

Brentwood, playing without some key contributors still on the gridiron, showed some real signs of having a solid year with the inside antics of Will Jones and Cody Shelton. On the perimeter Stetson signee Asa Duvall and sophomore lead guard James McPherson have the makings of a fine group of Bruins this campaign.

CPA, playing without some key depth in football and some injuries to a couple of key guys in Jake Allsmiller and Braxton Blackwell, still managed to look sharp behind the steady hand of Braxton Bonds, the explosiveness of Jalen Lindsey and some solid relief help from Micah Davis.

Cheatham County looks like a team that will compete for their district crown and make some noise this season in Class AA. Led by explosive scoring guard Jacob Saunders and a couple of solid inside bangers in Jordan Darden and Billy Miller the Cubs may something to say come March.