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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Showcase News

Class of 2010: Freed-Hardeman Reviews

The junior class is on the clock and ready to rock. These players will be listed in sequence by their camp number for simplicity purposes.

 

Brandon Tubbs (Riverside)

All my notes on him were positive, tough player, fearless, plays under control and will flourish in a structured system.

Tyler Thompson (Arlington)

Good shooter who also works hard while on the floor. Makes up for sheer athleticism with smarts and saavy. Finished to the rim with either hand.

William Douglas (Manassas)

Quick and in your face defensively, Douglas will need to temper his game because he does get out of control frequently with no where to go. His effort is top notch and he will become more comfortable with the point guard role as he matures.

Cordero Williams (Liberty Tech)

Really starting to grasp the point guard role and always has that good shot from deep. His defensive effort is "Pure Liberty", which in effect means he gets after it.

Jay Murphy (Bolivar Central)

Playing with a bit of a foot injury hampered his elevation on his shot. Jay showed continued progress on his decision making and I love how he controls tempo on the floor. A leader.

Shaq Walker (Manassas)

Saw him hit six straight during one stretch. His shot always looks true and when he gets more comfortable off the dribble his success will rise. Plays hard on defense with good speed.

Jeremy Whitmore (Raleigh-Egypt)

Really came to life when I challenged that entire games effort at the half. Tough defender and smart offensive player who is always on the move, cutting to the open area for easy buckets. Decent outside shot, should have a fine season for Coach Adams this year.

Charlie Brackeen (USJ)

Really showed leadership skills while rallying his guys when they were down. Not a great lateral athlete he uses his smarts to get shots off and always gives effort.

Brandon Roberts (Raleigh-Egypt)

One of the more impressive players at the event. Strong and able to play both guard spots, Roberts canned over half his threes and played defense like a man possessed. Can't wait to see how his season goes.

Tarius Johnson (Liberty Tech)

I am always impressed with TJ's effort, there are not many kids who play this hard every second they are on the floor. His offensive game is growing as he's added some confidence to his shooting touch. Keep it up.

Reggie Elkins (Brighton)

Small but painfully quick with or without the ball. His decision making actually got better as he became more comfortable with his teammates. He can shoot decent and plays tough on the ball defense.

Yurick Griggs (Bolivar Central)

Improved confidence and shooting stroke should allow him to see many more varsity minutes this season. He needs more consistent effort on defense which should also increase his court time.

T.J. Smith (Livingston Academy)

Always loved his size and demanor on the court. A much better system player who understand the nuiances of the game, he can shoot, has enough size to finish around the bucket and plays solid position defense.

Quinten Lee (Ripley)

Love his tempo with the ball and his determination to become better at his position. He has great vision and can score when the situation calls for that skill. I look forward to his continued development.

Jauwon Cain (Liberty Tech)

Blistering defender who plays smart and never lacks for effort. He can play some wing and is shooting the ball better, the work is paying off.

Johnnie Dunavent (Bolton)

Beautiful lefty mid-range stroke and has good instincts around the bucket. Scores on put backs and clever offesnive glass work. Must be able to use his right hand to further his development.

Riley Morgan (Madison)

One of the better shooter at the camp and a surprisingly good position defender. Plays the game unselfish always looking for the cutter and becomes that cutter when the offense starts to show signs of stagnation.

Jacob Warnick (Perry County)

Can everyone from Perry County shoot the ball? Jake did that and gave effort on both ends of the floor. His defensive effort will improve dramaticaly as he work on footwork and lateral skills drills.

Chris Cox (Big Sandy)

Solid shooter can play the 2 or the 3 equally well. Played defense and played it hard, will be a solid contributor on his level.

Maurice Bynum (Haywood County)

Showed marked improvement in all areas. Was tough on the glass using his size to carve out space, showed a much improved mid-range game and exploded past defender to get easy hoops off the dribble.

JuJuan Blaylock (Liberty Tech)

Grasping the role of inside banger and unquestioned floor leader will come as his role within his team is more clearly defined. Dubbed "Big Boi II" for his resemblance in stature to former Liberty star Antwan Long. He plays hard and tough, it will happen.

Keegan Fuller (Bolivar Central)

Good effort always comes from the Bolivar kids and Fuller was no exception. Can shoot the ball but must become more comfortable playing the lead guard spot.

 

Class of 2011: Freed Hardeman Previews

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The Class of 2011 took center stage this past Saturday at Freed showing the depth and potential of this class not only statewide but some legitimate big time prospects continue to emerge. Alphabetically as is always the case:

 

Joevantae Arnold (Liberty Tech)

Quick, can handle and tough, must learn the tempo of his position and how it affects his team and fellow players. Decision making will be something he needs to work on.

 

Odgra Bobo (Liberty Tech)

Good size and athletic skills allow him to be a very good defender on and off the ball, good coaching don't hurt either. His offensive game needs to be upgraded to make him a complete player.

 

Bubba Clifton (Summertown)

Do my eyes decieve me or did I just see the next Tyler Cutter. Cut from the same mold as the former Siegel star, Clifton is hard-nosed, tough and plays with a tempo you love for a point guard. Adjectives galore describe his demanor on the floor, tough, determined, unselfish and leader. I can't wait to see his progession through the years.

 

Octavious Ellis (Whitehaven)

High skill level can shoot, rebound and block some shots when he gets into the post. Shies from contact because of his slight build but has a tremendous amount of potential. Once he gets a bit stronger his game will grow exponentially.

 

Antonio Fischer (Manassas)

Strong build allows him to defend well when he puts the effort into it. He showed good vision and unselfishness while running some point but needs to work on his offensive game.

 

Wontez Graham (Liberty Tech)

Another product from the Liberty factory, Graham is slightly built but understands the game just has trouble because of his size. Should benefit greatly from Liberty's style and penchant for playing alot of players.

 

Kedren Johnson (Marshall County)

I come away more impressed everytime I see this young man. His ability to run the show and his unselfish nature make him a coaches dream. He has great explosion to the glass and the ability to finish softly. More work on his outside game makes him a top 50 player nationally once the major services learn of his exploits.

 

Will Jones (Chester County)

Small player in height but strong enough to make some things happen. He showed he could score and with continued practice can be a very functional high school contributor.

 

Alvertis London (Overton)

Very impressed by the skills this young fella had in his arsenal. He showed the ability to shoot the lefty jumper and had a nice floater, a neccessity for anyone his size. He got out of control, as did the whole game, at the end but the more he stays on the floor the better his game will evolve.

 

Eli Matthews (Summertown)

Summertown is set in the backcourt for the next few seasons. Matthews played hard and had good skills. He shot well, can see the court and above all gives maximum effort.

 

Cedric McAfee (Craigmont)

WOW!!! Better than advertised with a complete game that only has room for growth. Exceptional explosion and scoring grace, defensively stout as long as he makes the effort and one of the quickest first steps in the state. His stock is on the immediate uprise and he will become a national recruit before too long.

 

E.J. Miller (USJ)

I can't tell you how much I love watching guards, especially young guards, who play the game the way it was intended to be played. Miller is that kid. Smart, fearless and never afraid to pull it in your face or use his exceptional basketball saavy to go right by you. Bright future and love the spin move in traffic.

 

Jo Northington (Manassas)

Glad to see him come back to Tennessee and ascertain his rightful place among the state's elite Class of 2011 players. Exceptional explosion coupled with tremendous drive and want to make him one of the best players at this event. He had the full arsenal of offensive tricks, the straight jumper, sweet floater, quick off the bounce you name it he scored it.

 

Bobby Parks (St. George's)

My goodness what a player. His ability to use his strong build and exceptional ball-handling skills made him a dangerous player to attempt to guard. He drives right by bigger defenders and overpowers the little fellas and usually finishes with something crowd pleasing. He showed a toughness on defense and looks to make a name on the national stage before too long.

 

McCoy Pope (Overton)

Good build and powerful size coupled with a willingness to battle inside make him a potential very good player. His skill level needs work but he gave maximum effort so that should not be an issue for his development.

 

Chris Porter (Manassas)

Showed a nice shot when feet were set but at his size must work on his ball-handling and decision making. Played tough defense and accepted the challenge of guarding whomever had the ball.

 

Demetrius Whitehorn (Bolivar Central)

Flashes of absolute dominance make him a very intruiging prospect. So strong and athletic he can virtually score unabaded whenever he feels the need. His effort must become more consistent the entire game. I love his ability to score from mid-range and take his defender off the dribble.

 

 

 

 

 

Class of 2012/2013: Freed-Hardeman Reviews

Practice around the state began in earnest yesterday and with the final camp of the fall we close things out with the reviews from our West Tennessee showcase. Talent engulfed the gym in Henderson and we will start our profiles with the Class of 2012. These players will be listed in alphabetical order:

Willie Atwood (Kirby)

Very impressive length and a straight up nice stroke from deep. Smooth above his years, Atwood was one of the better youngsters in the entire showcase. He played hard on defense and showed he is a player to keep an eye on for the coming seasons.

Johnnie Brown (Bolivar Central)

Coach Rick keeps 'em comin in Bolivar with another stable of talented youngsters. Brown was a very athletic 6'3 leaper who will obviously need to work on his skill level on the offensive side of the ball.

Taylen Douglas (Liberty Tech)

Could we have found the next little big man for Coach Williams at Liberty. Douglas is a 5'4 quickness packed dynamo who goes hard to the bucket at every opportunity even if the situation does not merit this action. He will learn, Coach will make sure.

Matt Gilboy (Perry County)

Good size and an impressive basketball IQ. His strength allowed him to score inside and his ability to shoot the ball gave him a step, which he used to his advantage despite not being a great athlete. He plays above his years and as he gets into basketball shape he will be a contributor this season.

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway)

Smooth lefty stroke, excellent ball-handling skills, quick first step and ability to shoot running floater over bigger defenders defined the exploits of Mr. Golden. He must become comfortable using his right hand and his game will flourish.

Myron Johnson (Carver)

Excellent quickness and the ability to penetrate and score off the dribble. Loved his potential leadership skills and how he handles himself on the court. Very bright future for this young man.

Joey Macourek (Powell)

Made the trek from the East to see how he faired against the Western competition. He did fine. Love his demeanor on the court, he plays hard and knows his role as point man. His size will be a factor as he must overcome this with quickness and leadership from out front. Love his work ethic and energy.

Treline Polk (Bolivar Central)

Struggled at first to the tempo of what was happening but once he did he showed some very obvious skills. Quick and good length give him a leg up on his peers but consistent effort will seperate him. He can shoot the ball and is comfortable facing the bucket and going hard off the dribble. I like his size and length and look for him to be one of the next good ones from Bolivar.

Tyler Price (Bolivar Central)

Wonderful stroke, one of the better stand still shooter at the event. Must develop his game to include more than the outside shot, he gave effort and did'nt shy away from contact, which bodes well for his introduction into high school hoops.

Fabian Sain (Bolivar Central)

Thick and athletic were the obvious characteristic of this future Bolivar star. Light on his feet and quick to the bucket give him a chance to see some early playing time. He will need to develop his ball-handling and outside shooting as his peers catch up with him in size.

Jarrell Stokes (Memphis Central)

Impressive big man who showed very good hands and understands the post up game and how to clear for boards. He will need to learn to play hard all the time but that will come with maturity and added strength. His body is ready to play immediately but he needs additional work on his offensive game to become elite.

Chase Winslow (USJ)

One of the better shooter especially for this class at the showcase. He understands the footwork dynamic of shooting and it showed as he knocked down several open jumpers. As most players this age strength will be the immediate issue but understanding how to play, he has that gene and will see immediate playing time because of it.

Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

Smooth yet as we stated before small. Strength becomes the biggest issue for the incoming youngsters and those who grasp this concept will be ready to contribute before their peers who do not. Williams has a nice stroke and as he gains confidence, which incidently coincides with strength, he will be a good player.

 

Class of 2013

Two youngster from this class attended the event on recommendations from their mentors.

Jequan Lewis (Dickson County)

Way ahead of the curve intelligence wise and obviously understands the game. He dominates his age group and held his own on Saturday. Nice shooting touch, needs to dribble less but showed he was one of the up and coming talents in this class.

Kevin Petterson (Marshall County)

Another above average point guard who understand the game and really has a flair at this young age. Coming off a tough football season he is rounding into shape but you can see his understanding of his position and another youngster with a bright future.  

Freed Hardeman Showcase Information and Preview News

Hello to everyone and a hardy thank you for all who have helped make Tennessee Prep Hoops one of the top high school basketball websites in the country.

Some quick information on the Freed-Hardeman showcase. Those who wish to walk-up we will have plenty of spots and also a reminder that registration does not start until 1:30 on the 25th.

Please keep that in mind.

 

 

Also the region reviews will be rescheduled and will be as follows:

Class A Regions 1-4 (November 3rd)

Class A Regions 5-8 (November 4th)

Class AA Regions 1-4 (November 5th)

Class AA Regions 5-8 (November 6th)

Class AAA Regions 1-4 (Novemner 10th)

Class AAA Regions 5-8 (November 11th)

DII Previews (November 12th)

We will undergo a major facelift starting at the first of November with some exciting new features and all of our old favorites as well.

 

Thanks for your time and Happy Hoops

Andre

Class of 2009: Vanderbilt Reviews

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Sorry for the delay everyone but now we tackle the final class of players the rising seniors or Class of 2009. Not as well represented as some of the younger classes but solid none the less. To kkep with our forum we chose 9 players, from 2009, that shined very bright, 9 more who shined bright and others who definetely deserve some mention. The players will be listed alphabetically

 

9 Who Shined Bright:

Jamarious Alderson (Clarksville Northeast)

This young man came to play. He is blessed with so much talent it is so nice to see it come out and for him to play so hard the entire game. His outside shot has always been solid and if he plays with this effort and intensity all season he will be rewarded with accolades and coaches from the next level paying him much attention.

Deonte Alexander (Glencliff)

Tay kinda took a backseat early with his offensive game learning his teammates and letting some of them show their offensive prowess. He has become a very capable point guard and a leader from the spot as well. He showed patient moments of scoring and knows when to exert himself on offense.

Dustin Baxter (Upperman)

A superb player who can score from inside or out. He plays with a passion and will cut your heart out to win. I love his energy and the tempo he plays the game at. He's a much better athlete than people think and with his effort on both ends of the floor, he's a dream player for any DII or NAIA institution.

Trey Carouthers (Harpeth)

Thats the player I saw in April and May. The guy who was flying all over the floor making plays on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Scoring off hard drives and throwing down a couple in your grill. Playing with a smile and a purpose, welcome back Trey.

Anton Christian (MLK)

The biggest surprise of the camp for me. I knew of him but did not expect to see this type of athlete and player. A great athlete plays with toughness and can shoot the ball very well. He goes hard to the glass and defends like his life depended on it. I believe he could be a Top 25 player in the state before the end of the season.

Steve Cook (Chattanooga Christian)

If you watch him you can't help but be impressed with his demeanor and leadership skills. Cook takes charge of his team irregardless of situation and makes everyone around him better. He has good offensive skills and is aconsistent jumper away from being very good.

Collin Crane (Karns)

Great size and plays his guts out on the floor. His 6'5 frame makes him an ideal two on the next level and his shooting prowess makes him even more of a weapon. He's a much better athlete than one thinks and he gives maximum effort on both ends of the floor.

D'Angelo Mason (Gallatin)

Another surprise at the camp, Mason showed much quickness and was a very explosive player around the bucket. Great intensity on both ends of the floor and the ability to shoot helps him as well. Look forward to his progress in high school this season.

D'Angelo Williams (Spring Hill)

Solid defender who showed a deft lefty stroke from all over the floor. I love his length and ability to score off the dribble. Someone will get a very good player who seems to improve every time he steps on the floor. Loves his potential.

 

 

10 More Shined:

Jermahl Bertrand (Hillsboro)

This young man has improved his game and his effort tremendously. He has made himself a viable candidate for the next level and when he improves his outside shooting and ball skills he will go far.

Gerald Corlew (Maplewood)

Big surprise with his ability to lead a team and control the tempo of the game. Played with effort and hustle.

Wes Long (Summertown)

Big strong player who has one of the better shots in the mid-state area. He understands the game and uses his skills to his advantage. He will need to improve his lateral skills to guard on the next level and could be even more efffective if he used his superior strength and size to score more inside.

Will Moore (Chattanooga Christian)

So wonderful to see Will back in the fold after some serious injuries. He showed he still had the smoothness and had moments of explosion that I'm sure he is glad to see. Once he is back in basketball shape his game will be back to where it was before the injury.

Carrin Nash (Upperman)

Great size and good on the glass and from the perimeter make Nash a must have for the next level. He has good strength and is not afraid to mix it up inside.

Cameron Pridemore (Grace Christian)

Smart and heady from the point guard position. Cam is more than capable of running the show and can score if called upon. He plays defense hard and is not afraid to go hard to the glass.

Ryan Slusher (Grace Christian)

Probably the best effort I have seen from this talented youngster. He played with fire and seemed to be enjoying himself on the floor. He plays at a nice tempo and can score off the dribble or from the outside. His potential is limitless if he continues with this mentality.

Robert Sutton (Glencliff)

Nice player who can shoot from mid-range or deep. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and can play either guard spot. Look forward to a solid senior campaign.

Kyle Teichman (Brentwood)

Great system player who can score inside no matter how big or tough the defender. I love his work ethic and determination to get better.

 

 

Others who deserve mention:

Brandon Burns (Marshall County)

Montae Brown (Spring Hill)

Daniel Rial (Dickson County)

Patrick McPhail (Overton)

Brandon Upchurch (Clarkrange)

Jay Cannon (Knoxville Halls)

Brandon Hunter (Gallatin)

Blake Cardin (Independence)

Joseph Darnell (Cornersville)

Themarius Head (Centennial)

Nick Smith (Aaron Academy)

DeAngelo Bullock (Knoxville West)

Jacquail Jacox (Maplewood)

Chris Moses (Kenwood)

Caleb Maxwell (Aaron Academy)