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by Andre Whitehead

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Class AA (Regions 5AA-8AA) Tennessee Prep Hoops All-Region Teams


 As district play heats up all around the state this is the time when we select our All-Region Teams. I have been in contact with coaches from all over the state and gotten their input on which they thought were the most outstanding players in their respective districts and regions and have compiled my selections into the format which will be followed for each classification.


Class AA

Region 5AA

Region Site: Stratford

District 9AA MVP: Dallas Grace (Macon County)

District 9AA Projected Champion: Macon County

District 10AA MVP: Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

District 10AA Projected Champion: CPA


Tennessee Prep Hoops 5AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

Chris Willingham (East Literature)

Tanner Johnson (Lipscomb)

Jalen Lindsey (CPA)

Dallas Grace (Macon County)

Zach Gentry (Sycamore)

Christian Lynn (Goodpasture)

Jason Stone (Maplewood)

Jake Allsmiller (CPA)

Bobby Scott (East Literature)

Honorable Mention:

Jacob Dick (Sycamore)

Trey McPherson (Macon County)

Connor Peach (Greenbrier)

Ben Williams (White's Creek)

Addison Daws (Lipscomb)

William Primm (Pearl Cohn)

Kenny Robertson (Maplewood)


Class AA

Region 6AA

Region Site: East Hickman

District 11AA MVP: Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

District 11AA Projected Champion: Cheatham County

District 12AA MVP: Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

District 12AA Projected Champion: Spring Hill


Tennessee Prep Hoops 6AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

Kadijon Townsend (Giles County)

Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central)

Keilan Blanks (Spring Hill)

Lake Jones (Giles County)

Rollie Plunkett (Creek Wood)

Ethan Hurt (Harpeth)

Kevin Peterson (Marshall County)

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County)


Honorable Mention:

Devin Connor (Cheatham County)

Logan Skelton (Hickman County)

Dethan Prewitt (Spring Hill)

McKenzie Etheridge (Waverly Central)

Garrett Walls (Fairview)

Zach Vanduson (Lewis County)

Austin Dole (Harpeth)

State Tournament Representatives: CPA and East Literature


Class AA

Region 7AA

Region Site: Lexington

District 13AA MVP: Jawan Austin (Covington)

District 13AA Projected Champion: Covington

District 14AA MVP: Tre Polk (Bolivar Central)

District 14AA Projected Champion: Bolivar Central


Tennessee Prep Hoops 7AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Tre Polk (Bolivar Central)

Matt Smith (Liberty Tech)

A.J. Dodd (JCM)

Jawan Austin (Covington)

Javier Gooden (Westview)

Ramiel Pollard (McNairy Central)

DeAndre McKinnie (Bolivar Central)

Jalen Barford (Jackson Southside)

Jazell Baker (Westview)

Daniel Hill (Liberty Tech)


Honorable Mention:

Shelton Lyons (Covington)

Carlos Hurt (Fayette-Ware)

A.J. Merriweather (Jackson Southside)

C.J. Barnes (McNairy Central)

Mitchell Simpson (Gibson County)

William Edwards (Crockett County)

Devione Draine (Covington)

Joseph Lee (Ripley)


Class AA

Region 8AA

Region Site: Mitchell

District 15AA MVP: Billy Rosenberg (Raleigh-Egypt))

District 15AA Projected Champion: Raleigh-Egypt

District 16AA MVP: Broderick Davis (Sheffield)

District 16AA Projected Champion: Sheffield


Tennessee Prep Hoops 8AA All-Region Team:

MVP: Billy Rosenberg (Raleigh-Egypt)

Dontavious Sears (Manassas)

Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant)

Clarence Wilson (Carver)

Broderick Davis (Sheffield)

Kenneth Milbrook (Douglass)

Aquarius Stevenson (Mitchell)

Fatodd Lewis (Raleigh-Egypt)

Rayford Albright (Manassas)

Quawyshawun Tate (Sheffield)


Honorable Mention:

Tardarius Neely (Trezevant)

Donovan Matthews (Douglass)

Louis Tate (Oakhaven)

Marteshio Tullison (Frayser)

Jeremy Jackson (Fairley)

Cedric Milan (Carver)

Ryan Thompson (Douglass)


State Tournament Representatives: Bolivar Central and Covington

Three Tennessee Preps Invited to NBPA Top 100 Camp

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June is a time for team camps and scrimmages with coaches and players getting a feel for what they have in store next season.

June is also the time for one of the best events of the summer, the NBPA Top 100 Players Camp.

Last season if you recall, John Jenkins (Station Camp) blew up in front of our eyes leading the camp in scoring and securing himself as a top 100 player.

This year three players get their chance to make that push to the top.

Joe Jackson (White Station) heads the list. The talented guard has been phenomenal on the April circuit and will be pushed to the limit with the amount of talent that has committed to attend this event.

Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) has the opportunity to raise his burgeoning stock even higher. He will have the chance to make huge strides in that arena.

Tarik Black (Ridgeway) will make some heads turn with his dominant play inside. Knowing your role is one of the most underrated skills that coaches covet and Mr. Black knows his role on the hardwood. He will absolutely turn some heads next week.

The camp gets underway next week at the University of Virginia and I will be working the event for the fourth straight year. I will have nightly updates on our crew so stay tuned.


Super Showcase Ends for Tennessee Squads


Pool play action at the AAU 17 and under Super Showcase proved tough for a group of our Tennessee brethren.


The Tennessee Travelers played hard and tough keeping themselves in all three of their pool games before falling at the end. Playing in the Gold Bracket the Travs faced some ultra still competition.


Galen Campbell (Fulton) and Tres Palmer (Powell) were lauded for their efforts in Orlando.


The Knoxville Panthers were in each of their games as well starting with a tough 67-52 defeat at the hands of Team Stat. Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) led the scoring brigade with 18 markers. Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) added 10 points.


Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) led the charge with 18 points and 11 boards as the Panthers won their pool contest. Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) added 13 points while Nathaniel Hughes (Hampton) chipped in with 12. Skylar Brown (Seymour) was big on the boards in the win.


The Panthers fell to the Columbia Hoyas 87-80 then in a very tough contest fell to Team Truth 67-63 despite 23 points from Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman). Billingsley added 15 and Lawson chipped in with 11 points. Darius Gallaher (Harriman) was lauded for his defensive effort.


The Memphis YOMCA, also playing in the Gold Bracket, dropped their three pool play games in dramatic fashion with some last second heroics.


Steven Kaspar (ECS) drained a three with .3 on the clock to send the game into overtime before falling to Houston Hoops 85-73. Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose) led with 19 points followed by Martavious Newby (Melrose) with 14, Kaspar with 12 and Wayne Martin (Florida) with 11 points.


Leading 29-19 at the half the YOMCA had the misfortune of receiving a heavy dose of Austin Rivers, who finished with 32 points, helping his squad past the Y 68-59. Newby was the hot man with 16 points and 9 rebounds.


Kaspar hit 6 of 8 from deep finishing with 18 points but a last second shot from the Connecticut Basketball Club ended the tourney for the YOMCA 62-59. Joining Kaspar in the scoring column was Kedorian Sullivan (Southwind) with 11 and Newby with 10.


In the 16 and under Super Showcase the Tennessee Tigers fought hard but couldn't overcome some late game heroics from their opponents. Ross Welch (DCA) and Casey Smith (Morristown East) continued their solid efforts. Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) came on very strong at the end of the tourney and Danny McGrath (Brentwood Academy) was solid according to sources.


Bearden Stops Knoxville West……….Sub-State Match-Ups


How many times do you get the opportunity to play an opponents multiple times during a season.

For Bearden and Knoxville West this has become commonplace.

For the fifth time this season the Rebels and Bulldogs squared off with the Region 2AAA championship resting on the line for the winner.

Dion Fair (Bearden) notched 18 points and provided some clutch buckets as Bearden got past West for the fourth time this season 64-56.

With the win the Bulldogs will host Morristown East on Monday. West makes the long trip to Johnson City to battle powerhouse Science Hill.

A close game throughout became a back and forth affair in the fourth and after a Ty Greene (Bearden) bucket the score was knotted at 51 each with just over three minutes to go.

The teams traded scores until Region tournament MVP Rico White (Bearden) executed a slick backdoor cut and the Bulldogs seemeingly took the lead for good.

Fair and Greene led Bearden with 18 and White added 16.

JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) led the Rebels with 15 markers.


Sub-State Match-Ups (Monday March 7th)

Class A

Harriman @ Hampton

Cloudland @ Jellico

Friendship Christian @ CSAS

Lookout Valley @ Clay County

Perry County @ Clarksville Academy

McEwen @ Summertown

Westwood @ Lake County

Humboldt @ Middleton


Class AA

Stone Memorial @ Unicoi County

Greeneville @ Fulton

Cannon County @

@ Livingston Academy

Giles County @ Sycamore

East Literature @ Marshall County

Liberty Tech (Advances to the state tournament)

Bolivar Central @ BTW


Class AAA

Knoxville West @ Science Hill

Morristown East @ Bearden

Lawrence County @ McMinn County

Cleveland @ Siegel

Brentwood @ West Creek

Clarksville @ Nashville Overton

Melrose @ Craigmont

Cordova @ White Station

Tennessee 17’s are “The Real Deal”


With the championship crown coming the way of the Volunteer State, the remainder of the field from our state faired very well during weekend action at the Real Deal.

The Mid-State Ballerz put the stamp on the weekend with their victory over the powerful Compton Magic. The Ballerz came through pool play unblemished and after dousing the Magic fell in second round bracket action to the Atlanta Express and nationally ranked big man Robert Carter.  

The Ballerz played a six man rotation and each and every player contributed everything they had in every game. Dee Oldham (Wilson Central), Caleb ‘Jimmer" Chowbay (Mt. Juliet), Cody Malicoat (Jellico), Rafeal Tyler (Lake County), Cedarius Taylor (Dyer County) and Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) did the Ballerz organization very proud.

The Tennessee Ice also pulled off a sweet win over a California powerhouse when they bested Belmont Shores after finishing second in their pool with the only loss coming to the tournament champion Memphis YOMCA.

The Ice then bested the Houston Celtics before falling to the Dallas Heroes. Hunter Leveau (Science Hill), Ben Arnold (Cumberland Gap), JayJuan Mitchell (Knoxville West) and Calvin Walker (Knoxville West) were the standouts on a balanced and fun group of kids.

Team Nashville had another fine showing as they bested the Tennessee Tigers in opening round bracket play before falling to Dream Vision and national Top 5 player Shabazz Muhammed.

Team Nashville was in this game till well after halftime but size eventually took over. Vari Craig (Riverdale) clearly outplayed national recruit Robert Upshaw scoring off the block with either hand and making his short jumper. If Craig continues his improvement he will be a player that commands a lot of attention from college coaches. Braylen "Vitamin B" Bennett (Carter) gave Team Nashville some valuable minutes at various spots on the floor.

Strong backcourt play, always a Team Nashville staple, was again in full effect as Corn Elder (Ensworth), Devin Robinson (Ravenwood), Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) and John Hudson (Dyer County) played solid all weekend.

The Tennessee Tigers finished 2-1 in their pool advancing to the championship round. Logan Ramsey (Livingston Academy) and Kyle Weldon (Rossview) played well on the interior for the Tigers while Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central), Ross Welch (USN) and Nilan Hodge (USN) played inspired minutes in the backcourt.

The Nashville Celtics finished 2-1 in their pool moving into championship bracket play losing a tough one to the Kansas City Keys. Demarc Richardson (Briarcrest Christian) was a shiny bright star the entire weekend for the Celtics. Josh Williams (Mississippi), who played in both the 16 and 17 and under age category, was outstanding according to sources.

M33M Elite advanced to the championship round losing in the opening bracket game to the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Robert Hubbs (Dyer County) played very well the whole weekend according to onlookers. Andre Applewhite (Memphis Central) was lauded for his efforts in the event. Josh Jones (Memphis Central) showed out very well for M33M and Charlie Oswald (CBHS) was mentioned for his solid play as well.

In the consolation bracket the Memphis Hoopers won four straight games and captured the crown to make it a clean sweep for the Volunteer state.

Dontavious Sears (Manassas) was a bright spot for the Hoopers with his play from start to finish in this event.

In consolation action the Memphis Hawgs won three games and the Memphis Stars captured two wins.

The Memphis Select moved into the consolation bracket and won their initial contest before falling to Belmont Shores in the second round. Robert Houston (Craigmont) was outstanding the entire weekend for the Select. Marquail Carson (MASE) proved he belonged with his efforts throughout the tournament. Sam Edwards (Memphis East), is a 7'0 sophomore who has fought injuries the past two seasons and looks to be rounding into playing shape.

The Memphis Magic won their first contest in the consolation bracket before falling to the Memphis Hawgs. Cameron Golden (Ridgeway), John Ross Glover (USJ), Alex Anderson (Memphis East) and D.J. Wooten (Lausanne) stood out for the Magic.

The Tennessee Chosen Few finished 1-2 in pool play despite some outstanding double/double work from Drew Standifer (Bearden). TCF got a victory in their opening consolation bracket game before falling to the Dallas Showtyme Elite. Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) was the leading scorer for TCF at around 14 per game while Zach Howard (Science Hill) and Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial) had some outstanding games of their own.