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by Andre Whitehead

Category: Showcase News

Class of 2010: Vanderbilt Review

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Deep and talented the Class of 2010 was more than well represented at the Vanderbilt showcase with 8 of the top 20 players in the class represented. The staff chose 10 players who stood out and 10 more who deserve some ink. Those players will be listed alphabetically.

 

10 Who Shined Very Bright

Teraes Clemmons (Mt. Juliet)

This smooth as silk lefty came to the showcase on Saturday to prove a point, he's a big time player. Showing his skills by running the point most of the day, T.C. got everyone involved and still found time to knock down a few mid-range jumpers to boot. His demeanor on the court has improved and his matured has come full circle. I look forward to watching him continue to grow and develop.

Thomas Greer (West Carroll)

Slight build looks like it would be a concern but not for one with such impressive basketball saavy. Greer can score off the dribble, create his own shots in traffic and knock down the outside shot. His defense is pure instinct and he takes charges better than most anyone his age group.

Kerry Hammonds (Siegel)

Arguably the best player in the gym on Saturday. Hammonds has big time next level size, can shoot from anywhere on the court and plays hard. His range is unlimited and he can run some point if called upon in that role. He is not the quickest athlete on the floor but his outside shot gives him the step he needs to roll by unsuspecting defenders. Big time prospect.

Cody Henegar (Marion County)

Like most big players the camp setting is unflattering. Guards dominate the ball no matter how many stipulations and game changes you employ. Henegar showed his moxie blocking numerous shots and controlling the glass. He scored when the opportunities arose and is additional strength away from being a Top 10 player in the state.

Tarius Johnson (Liberty Tech)

One of the hardest working kids in the state. Well coached and active he has improved his offensive skills to the point where he can be a scoring option. His defense is his bread and butter and with his length and size he is a special player, with that skill.

Fred Lee (McGavock)

Responded to the challenge issued by one of the camp personel, Lee showed he had the ability to run the point and still get his scoring on. He was impressive in getting to the bucket and finishing, as well as; shooting a nice jumper from the wing. His future is at the point and when he grasps that concept fully, he will be a nice player on the next level.

Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro)

"King" Arthur is rounding into shape after being out most of the end of last season and some of the summer. He was devastating in the first game, scoring on short jumpers, power moves to the glass and a couple very intense dunks. He played hard but lost osme of his steam later in the camp as his conditioning will need to be a priority and with the high school season around the corner, I know it will.

Julian Reese (LaVergne)

Wonderful at controlling his tempo and changing speeds with the basketball. He is an outstanding defender and plays the game with a quick tempo. He always works hard and can score off the dribble or from the wing. Look for a strong season from JR.

Demarius Smith (Kenwood)

Explosive only touches the surface for DD. He will elevate over you at a moments notice. His game is rounding into shape as he becomes more comfortable out front with the ball. He can run some point and has a good enough shot and obviously off the dribble skills to effectively run the two.

Robert Wade (Maplewood)

Athletic beyond our comprehension but improving in the areas he needs to work. I love his change in attitude its apparent on and off the floor. He has added a functional jumper and always goes hard to the glass and on the defensive end of the floor. His game will come leaps and bounds as he works on his ball-handling. Also don't forget he played a football game the previous Friday night. Impressive athlete.

 

10 Who Also Shined

Vincent Dotson (Creek Wood)

Big player worked hard, wonderful interior passer, blocked shots and wants to get better

Brandon Harden (Hillsboro)

Thick athlete plays hard and always gave 100%. Effort led to numerous putbacks.

Linwood Holloway (Knoxville Central)

Wonderful shooter who plays hard, msut add the dribble drive to his game to make it complete.

Dominique Parks (Columbia Central)

Another long athlete who gave maximum effort and hustle the moment he stepped on the floor.

David Sanders (MLK)

Strong and tough, X-Man can score inside or overpower his defender to the bucket, shot still needs work

Carter Sanderson (Lipscomb)

Who shot the ball better than Sanderson, textbook stroke and improved ball skills make him deadly

LeVon Tate (Siegel)

So talented seemed to step back offensively in this camp but when motivated is a reboudning machine. Good size

Josh Tidwell (Brentwood)

Played with a smile on his face and showed some of the skill and athleticism we have seen before.

Cordaro Williams (Liberty Tech)

Ran the point some, showed his outside shot and played well the entire day. Hustles on defense.

Cedric Young (Overton)

Newcomer showed some serious skills and played hard at all times. Long arms and nice shot. Watch him.

 

Other Who Deserve Some Praise:

Jordan Harris (Chattanooga Christian)

Taylor Cummings (MLK)

Coty Crow (Creek Wood)

Dylan Powers (Lenoir City)

E.J. Perry (Westmoreland)

Tyler King (Independence)

Donerio Dansby (Harpeth)

Jackson Coursey (Father Ryan)

Tyler Whitman (Ooltewah)

Darryl Jackson (Mt. Juliet)

Jalen Mosley (Oakland)

TaShawn Kelly (Knoxville Central)

Luke Baum (Webb School)

Andrew Keen (Antioch)

Killen Middleton (MTCS)

Dylan Moore (Lenoir City)

Justin Walton (Creek Wood)

Kaneal Windom (JCM)

Houston Bagsby (Page)

Hollis Edwards (McGavock)

Hunter Foutch (Webb School)

Latroy Boseman (East Literature)

 

 

 

Class of 2011: Vanderbilt Reviews

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Not as deep but a talented bucnh of Class of 2011 hoopers took the hardwood at Vanderbilt and showed some promise and determination. We chose 11 from the Class of 2011 who stood out and they will be listed alphabetically.

 

Woody Corell (Creek Wood)

Young man got after it on the defensive end of the floor and proved to be a very good rebounder on both ends of the floor. His offensive game is still coming along but anyone who workds this hard will find success.

Miles Davis (Webb School)

Very sound post defender. Does need to work on his footwork especially on the offensive end but has a big body and gives effort in the post.

Weldon Garlington (Brentwood Academy)

I've liked this youngster for some time now. He has a wonderful feel for the game and is a leader even at this stage of his career. His shot is solid but needs to be released a bit quicker. I love his handling of the point guard duties. As he grows he will be a good one.

Devanta Hamlett (Columbia Central)

Nice long athlete who shot the ball well and played defense with some effort. Looks like he could be a three if he improves his ball handling. I love his size and length.

Brandon Lopez (Austin East)

Fearless warrior who always goes hard to the bucket looking to make the pass to a worthy teammate. His defensive effort is sterling and his strength is what gets him his seperation while driving to the glass. He knows his offensive game is what moves him to the next level and he works on it tirelessly.

Janeal McDonald (Riverdale)

Very quick and determined point man. Has a good shot and more importantly knows a good shot from a bad one. His decision making was one of his strengths and his defensive effort goes without question.

DeBrell McLemore (Franklin)

Small in stature but very quick and good on both sides of the ball. He defends with the notion how dare you attempt to go by me and he's unslefish with the ball and has the ability to score when the play goes array.

Brandon Mitchell (Independence)

Some players grow on you the more you watch them and Mitchell was one of those. This youngster is not the fastest or quickest but can score because of his intelligence and looks to get the ball to his best scoring options. Obviously well coached and a system player who understands the game.

Justin Perry (Overton)

Good size and one of the best shooters in the camp. He can be one of the better guards in this class if he expands his offensive game and puts the same effort into his defensive effort. I like his potential and that shot can really be his weapon.

Robert Veal (Ravenwood)

One of my favorite players to watch at the camp. He was vocal on defense showing leadership and played with hustle and a will to win. Diving on the floor for loose balls at a camp translates into he dives for loose balls all the time. He showed a nice little jumper and was a beast on the glass. If he expands his offensive reportiore he could be one of the top players in this class.

Lester Wilson (Knoxville Carter)

No one can question his athletic skills or his improvement on the hardwood. He can score off the glass or even from mid-range with a much improved shot. He has room to improve on the defensive end of the floor and on the glass.

 

Others who drew some praise:

Cole Robinson (Hillsboro)

Brandon Crowder (MLK)

DeAndre Matthieu (Knoxville Central)

Kelvin Clay (Red Bank)

Ed Lightforde (Smyrna)

Dominic Matthews (Marshall County)

Thomas Elizer (Harpeth)

Jordan Sawyers (MLK)

Zach Ballinger (Knoxville Carter)

Nick Ross (Red Bank)

Collin McMullin (Harpeth)

 

Class of 2012 Vanderbilt Reviews

Freshman. Wide eyed, excited and nervous at the same time. A nice crop of Class of 2012 performers made their way too Vandy this past Saturday and showed what kind of game they had.

Some were overwhelmed by the strength of the upperclassmen but just as many fought hard and showed they understood what it will take to get bigger, stronger and better.

Our staff chose 13 players that had solid camps and some others who could soon get their recognition. The first 13 will be listed alphabetically.

 

Austin Blackwell (MBA)

Nice feel for the game, good instincts and above all played hard. Showed he could battle with the bigger guys and was not afraid to mix things up. Bright future.

Craig Bradshaw (Greenbrier)

Struggled a bit offensively but that never enter the equation when it came to defense. He often guarded older, stronger players and held his own quite nicely. Some extra work with his shot makes him deadly.

John Ross Glover (USJ)

Loved this kids intensity and drive. He is not the quickest athlete but goes hard. Showed he could put the ball on the floor and go by you and also connected on a few jumpers.

Jackson Greer (Greenbrier)

Big guys always struggle in camp atmosphere no matter how many 3 pass rule games you employ. Greer is working hard and played most of the day with a sprained ankle but gave effort and showed some promise. Whn he gets stronger in the hands and shoulder area he will be a productive high school hooper.

Christian Haile (Shelbyville)

This young man loves to play defense and this will get him on the floor earlier than most of his peers. His offensive game has a way to go but he works hard and is fearless on the floor.

Nilan Hodge (MLK)

Very impressed with his feel for the game and ability to score and distribute. Played tough regardless what age his defender was and either finished himself or layed a slick pass to a posted up big man or cutting teammate. He showed leadership and will be a factor for Coach Shelton this season.

David Howard (Independence)

Big man has good hands, moves well and wants to get better. He needs to add upper body strength and work on a go to move , as well as; keeping the ball high and away from pesky defenders. He will be well schooled at his choice of high schools and we'll see him improve as the years go along.

Anthony Lewis (Knoxville Carter)

Little guy with point guard skills showed he was a knock down shooter this weekend. Targeted as a point by size his shooting ability alone makes him versatile.

Joey Marcourek (Knoxville Powell)

Took charge of the point guard position and made his teammates better. Nice to see a youngster establish those lines and lead by example. His offensive game will need work but his shooting was'nt unfixable.

Devin Robinson (Ravenwood)

as with most of the freshman guards very slight build but still showed some ball handling skills and used either hand to finish. With strength he will continue to grow into a fine high school player.

Matt Shown (Alcoa)

Tough inside with good hands. He will need to develop some perimeter skills if his size remains the same. He works hard and loves the game so that should not prove to be a problem.

Ethan Walker (Beech)

Very strong player who can score off the bounce and finish with contact around the bucket. A good athlete who will surprise you with his jumping ability. Will benefit from a great high school coach, I lok forward to watching his progression in high school.

Montae Williams (Spring Hill)

Small but active and had a very nice stroke on his jump shot. Plays like he loves the game and will get in your grill on the defensive end of the floor.

Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County)

I love young players who are fearless. They don't care if your a freshman or Kobe Bryant they are going at you. He will be taught by a great high school coach to play the game at different speeds but you've gotta love his effort. Loved how he attacked the bucket.

 

Others who deserve mention include:

 

Ross Cannon (Knoxville Halls)

Billy Hughes (Hillsboro)

Andy Moore (Ravenwood)

Devin McClain (Goodpasture)

Kyle Hugan (Pope John Paul II)

Kiont Jones (Spring Hill)

Cham Quao (Webb School)

Donya Burnett (Station Camp)

Brandon Arnold (Chattanooga Christian)

Vanderbilt Showcase Registration Closed

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful support and with your interest we have closed pre-registration for the Vanderbilt showcase.

 I would encourage anyone local who wishes to attend to go ahead and show up because some people who have registered for one reason or another will not be able to attend. I can't promise a spot but normally there are spots available, that why this should stay limited to local players.

Thanks to everyone for making this event a success.

Also if you have pre-registered and know you will not attend please let me know by email andre@tnprephoops.com.

Thanks Andre

Carson Newman Showcase…Class of 2009 Reviews

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Finally!!!!!!!!

Lets go over the rising senior Class of 2009.

My staff and I selected 15 players and others who deserve mention for their efforts at the Carson newman Showcase this past weekend. They will be listed alphabetically.

 

Drew Baker (Karns)

Youngster grew several inches over the summer and showed range with his lanky 6'5 frame. His lefty outside stroke was good but his body needs to catch up with his growth spurt. I like his game and he and Collin Crane (Karns) will team up for a formidible pair this season.

 

Caleb Bunch (Wartburg Central)

Tough minded player who fought hard and got many offesnive boards he had no business grabbing. Fearless to the glas he involves his teammates and will be one of the top players in Class A in the East Tennessee landscape this season.

 

Stephen Cook (Chattanooga Christian)

This guy does everything he is supposed to do and does it well. He can defend, can score and is a leader in every sense of the word. His outside is better than he himself realizes and if he was'nt so unselfish he could score more. College coaches please make this a priority for your fall travels.

 

Tyler Cross (Anderson County)

It has been so much fun watching Cross improve as he gears up for his senior season. He has range, a great build for a two guard and a mentality for the game that few possess. He has better than average athleticism and can guard any position on the floor.

 

Tyler DeVault (Sullivan Central)

Young inside player who is very well schooled in the fundamentals of the game. Great up and under moves, always keeps the boards high and can score off either block with either hand. A player whom we had not seen previously he made the coaches in attendance take notes and notice.

 

DeMario Hill (Chattanooga Christian)

Small, quick guard who got to the bucket whenever he pleased. Very good defender and make his living in transition. Must work on his outside shot.

 

Ben Mixer (Farragut)

This young man has improved exponentially since he was a freshman/sophomore. His weight is down and he is moving up and down the floor better. In the controlled game, Mixer showed the ability to post up catch and score. His hands are getting better and his size is amazing.

 

Jonathan Moore (Farragut)

One of the better pure shooter in a camp that lacked shooting. Moore can run the point but had no trouble knocking down open threes. His quickness is good but his defensive intensity needs a slight upgrade. Good lookin player who will have a very good senior campaign.

 

Carrin Nash (Upperman)

Prototypical two guard size with long arms and a better than average athletic swagger. Nash can score inside but a little more strength would help him finish better. He's explosive as was eveident by a nasty rebound slam and he was intruiging to more than one coach in attendance.

 

Cameron Pridemore (Grace Christian)

Point guard skills a given, Cam showed he could score against some tough defenders. His outside shot is adequate and he showed much more explosion off the bounce and to the cup. His forte is the leadership role and when the game was on the line he did just that, making the assist on a game winner.

 

Daniel Rial (Dickson County)

Hard working, banger, uses both hands equally well inside, knows positioning and just loves the game. He knows his limitations and is working hard to overcome them.

 

Jordan Short (Greeneville)

The first thing I noticed was Jordan's take charge attitude on the defensive end of the floor. He locked whomever he was guarding and literally took it personal when his man scored. His offensive game has flashes of brilliance, he can get hot and score deep but consistency will need to become his best friend. He has the athletic skill and ability to become a very good college player.

 

Jake Trotter (Walker Valley)

Steady and smart, Trotter can shoot and always leaves his underestimated opponent gawking at his better than average athletic ability. Can take his defender off the dribble in either direction and finishes close to the bucket.

 

David Ware (Walker Valley)

Arguably the purest stroke in the camp. Ware impressed with his ability to do other things besides only shoot. He showed leadership skills for a young squad at the camp and scored off the mid-range and going to the glass. This well rounded addition to his game will serve him well this season.

 

Sam Watson (Farragut)

Big, tough, hard nosed and strong as a bull, Watson controlled the glass and in a regular game would have made a living at the foul line. He has great hands and a knack for finding the ball. His dunk was one of the highlights of the camp according to onlookers. His best basketball is ahead of him, no doubt.

 

Others who caught our eyes:

Trenton Dunn (Cosby)

Charlie Hardrick (Heritage)

Hunter Osborne (Marshall County)

Dustin Ball (Cocke County)

Taylor Brown (Alcoa)

Jay Cannon (Knoxville Halls)

Brandon Burns (Marshall County)

Theo Collingsworth (Hancock County)

Garrett Styles (Cornersville)

Brandon Carpenter (Lenoir City)

Cody Dixon (Pigeon Forge)

Kelsey Hamlet (Upperman)

Joseph Darnell (Cornersville)