Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: AAU/League News

“The Natural” Brings Home the ‘Ship


"The Natural" was a jack of all trades to the highest degree this past Saturday at CPA.


Jack Montague (Brentwood) delivered 35 points and double digit assists leading Tennessee an 81-74 victory over North Carolina capturing the inaugural Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League title.


Controlling the tempo of the game and scoring when the situation called for it, Montague was critical in his teams rise.


Brandon Cook (CPA) and Atul Agnihotri (Brentwood) finished with 15 and 11 respectively for the winners.


Montague's scoring exploits overcame another sterling game for powerful Anvil Nelson (Brentwood). The bruiser scored 30 and captured the league scoring crown with his efforts. James Cox (Brentwood) added 21 in the loss.


Montague led a balanced Tennessee scoring attack in the semi-final win over Florida (74-63). "The Natural" dropped 20 points while Donterio Dansby (Harpeth) added 18 and Jake Whitney (Ravenwood) finished with 14.


Skyler Sims (CPA) led all scorers with 29 in the loss. Ryan Gentle (FRA) added 10.


Nelson was again the top dog scoring 37 points leading North Carolina past Georgia Tech in their semi-final win (80-73). Josh Williams (Lipscomb) scored 12, James Upshaw (Culleoka) added 11, and Alex Thomas (Ensworth) contributed 10 in the win.


Jonathan Fields (White's Creek) finished with 31 for Tech. Joining him in the scoring column were Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) with 17, Taylor Akers (CPA) finished with 12 and Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) added 10.


Clemson 92

Duke 41


Andy Moore (Ravenwood) finished with 20 points leading Clemson past Duke 92-41 in the first consolation game.


Andrew Wilson (Brentwood) finished with 18 and Kubi Sisiki (Overton) added 11.


Three players finished with 12 for Duke. Lee Dreaden (Nashville Christian), Killen Middleton (MTCS) and Robert Veal (Ravenwood).



Vanderbilt 67

Kentucky 60


Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) sank 28 points leading Vanderbilt to a consolation victory over Kentucky 67-60. Tyler Dreher (CPA) added 17 in his first game back from an injury.


Chris Cox (Big Sandy) led Kentucky with 18. Dakota Priest (Nashville Christian) added 12 and Tate Travaglini (FRA) finished with 11.


We will announce an all-league team this Thursday along with the final scoring leaders for the season. Thanks to everyone for a fun and successful league.



Middleton Drops 43 but Sims and his 41 Garner Victory


The first round of the playoffs took an interesting turn at the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League this past Saturday as some of the top seeds from the two divisions fell in their opening playoff contest.


 Skylar Sims (CPA) converted a driving hoop then the front end of the one and one and overcame another magical performance from shooting star Killen Middleton (MTCS) to give Florida, the 4th seed in the SEC, a narrow 89-88 victory over Duke, who finished as the top seed from the ACC.


For the record, Middleton finished with 43 points and Sims garnered 41 of his own.


Sims scored on a variety of tough forays to the bucket and aggressive put backs along the way. He was assisted in the scoring column by Ryan Gentle (FRA) who finished with 18 and Allen Heaston (CPA) and Andre Gillespie (Hunter's Lane), who finished with 15 and 13 points respectively.


Middleton was dynamic from deep converting 10 of 19 from three for the majority of his points. Lee Dreaden (Nashville Christian) added 16 for Duke and Matthew Wilson (CPA) finished with 11.


Duke will take on Clemson in the 11:00 game on Saturday with Florida taking on a familiar foe Tennessee in the opening game at 9:00. The winner of the Florida/Tennessee contest will advance to the title game at 1:00.



Tennessee 65

Clemson 59


Danterio Dansby (Harpeth) finished with 20 and Atul Agnihotri (Brentwood) added 16 leading Tennessee to the tough 65-59 victory over Clemson.


Tennessee proved to be the only higher ranked squad that was victorious on this day. Jake Whitney (Ravenwood) added 13 for the victors.


Andy Moore (Ravenwood) took game high scoring honors with 25, including some tough shots and deep threes to keep Clemson close late in the ball game. Cham Quao (Webb School) and Andrew Wilson (Brentwood) finished with 11 and 10 respectively.


Tennessee will tangle with Florida at 9:00 on Saturday and the winner will advance to the title game at 1:00. Clemson battles Duke at 11:00.



Georgia Tech 84

Vanderbilt 46


Five players in double digits led by Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) proved to be the recipe for success as the Techsters rolled past Vandy 84-46.


Williams, who finished with 22, was joined in the scorebook by Jonathan Fields (White's Creek) with 19, Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) added 14, T.J. Reece (Harpeth) finished with 13 and local favorite Taylor Akers (CPA) contributed 10.


Jalen Lindsey (CPA) led Vanderbilt with 15 and the league's third leading scorer Keenan Froedden (Sycamore), hampered by an aggravated ankle injury, finished with 12.


Georgia Tech will battle North Carolina in the 10:00 showdown with the winner securing a date with the Florida/Tennessee winner for the title at 1:00. Vanderbilt will battle Kentucky at 12:00.



North Carolina 70

Kentucky 48


Aptly named Anvil Nelson (Brentwood) put the hammer down with 27 markers and helped lead North Carolina to a 70-48 bluegrassing of previously unbeaten Kentucky.


Nelson scored on countless offensive caroms and tough buckets in the paint to garner his totals.  James Cox (Brentwood) added 11 in the victory and Josh Williams (Lipscomb) contributed 10 the winning cause.


Chris Cox (Big Sandy) led Kentucky with 18. The rising senior played his guts out for the shorthanded Cats.


North Carolina gets new blood and a date with Georgia Tech at 10:00 on Saturday. The winner of this contest advances to the ‘ship at 1:00.


Kentucky will take on Vanderbilt at 12:00.


October 17th Schedule (Championship Games)


9:00 Florida vs. Tennessee (Game 1)


10:00 Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina (Game 2)


11:00 Duke vs. Clemson (Game 3)


12:00 Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky (Game 4)


1:00 Florida/Tennessee winner vs. Georgia Tech/North Carolina winner (Championship Game)

The “King” Shows Them the Way


What started out as a blowout got a bit tight in the fourth and final stanza of the championship game of the Music City Fall League!


"King" Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro) dangled 28 points and rising junior star Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest) added 22 as the Wildcats survived 30 points from Teraes Clemmons (Mt. Juliet) and slipped past the Hoyas 100-92.


A blowout till midway thru the final stanza saw some creative hoopin' by the Hoyas and a Clemmons bucket with 1:32 on the clock cut the Wildcat lead to 92-88.


Brown then ended all the comeback nonsense with a tough dunk and the Wildcats captured the crown.


Joining Clemmons in the scoring column for the Hoyas were Dabrell McLemore (Franklin) with 24 and "So Smooth" Freddie Lee (Maplewood) with 22.


Rising junior Justin Perry (Overton) added 18 for the Wildcats and Christian Little (McGavock) did a little bit of everything and finished with 14 points.



Nashville Fall League Leading Scorers and Playoff Schedule

The playoffs get underway this Saturday at CPA for the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League.


In the 9:00 game the SEC 4th seed Florida tangles with Duke, the top seed from the ACC.


Next at 10:00 the SEC's 3rd seed Tennessee battles Clemson, the ACC's 2nd seed.


Following this at 11:00 Vanderbilt, who finished 2nd in the SEC will go to war with Georgia Tech who finished 3rd in the rugged ACC.


Finally unbeaten Kentucky, the top seed in the SEC goes up against high scoring North Carolina who finished in 4th in the ACC.


Here are the top 15 scorers in the league based on at least two games played:


Anvil Nelson (Brentwood) 28.0

Jonathan Fields (White's Creek) 26.0

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) 24.7

John Ross Glover (USJ) 23.5

James Cox (Brentwood) 23.0

Jack Montague (Brentwood) 22.3

Chris Cox (Big Sandy) 20.7

Skylar Sims (CPA) 20.0

Andrew Wilson (Brentwood) 17.3

Robert Veal (Ravenwood) 16.7

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) 16.3

Killen Middleton (MTCS) 15.7

Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) 15.7

Jess Morris (Harpeth) 14.7

Taylor Akers (CPA) 13.7

Lee Ignites the Folks at the Music City Fall League


Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest) led a balanced group of scorers in the final game of action at the Music City Fall League this past Saturday.


Brown, who finished with 20, was joined in the scoring column by Dabrell McLemore (Franklin) with 17 and "King" Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro) with 16 points. Antwaun Van Lier (Hunter's Lane) added 14 in the 96-75 trouncing.



Commodores 93

Tigers 86


Denzel Clark (White's Creek) scored 25 points leading the Commodores over the Tigers 93-86 in this high scoring affair. Clark converted some deep shots and found time to dish some timely assists as well.


Kwasi Tripp (McGavock) added 17 on sheer effort hoops and Isiah Harrison (Hillsboro) chipped in 16.


Luke Baum (Webb School) scored 21 for the Tigers in defeat. A.J. Johnson (Hunter's Lane) added 17.



Razorbacks 80

Wolverines 78


Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane) ran the show and Koreyon Watkins (McGavock) finished with a double/double leading the Razorbacks to a tough 80-78 overtime triumph over the Wolverines.


Adison Hardaway (Hunter's Lane) finished with 15 points for the Wolverines. Quillyon Hagan (Maplewood) and Greg Brooks (Cane Ridge) were sighted for the solid efforts.



Buffaloes 88

Runnin' Rebels 81


Delando Head (Hunter's Lane) exploded for 39 points and " So Smooth" Freddie Lee (Maplewood) added 25 leading the Buffs to an 88-81 defeat of the Rebels.


Hollis Edwards (McGavock) led the Rebs with 18 and played well from the lead guard spot, while Christian Little (McGavock) added 13 including a couple of breakaway dunks.