Huskies Snatch Liberty Tech’s Barnette

 

A bountiful April brought much attention to DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech). The 6'4 wing decided to end his recruitment and concentrate on helping the Crusaders get back to the state title game, when he committed to play for the Huskies of Northern Illinois University.

 

Members of the Mid-American Conference the Huskies are coached by Ricardo Patton and love the versatility of the lanky Barnette.

 

Barnette, who played this summer with the Nashville Celtics, gives the Huskies a player who can play three spots on the floor and will fit right into the system established by Coach Patton.

 

Barnette becomes the third member of the Class of 2011 to pledge his commitment to a D1 school.

 

Lipscomb Doubles Up in Clarksville

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"Now I can concentrate on getting better and winning some games".

The classic statement of a very excited young player, as he makes his college choice and now feels the relief of having the biggest decision of his young life under his belt.

A very exciting day for the college of his choice and even better for the coach as the decision comes with a very interesting twist, they come as a pair.

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) and Martin Smith (Clarksville Academy) had their share of suitors but in the end the dynamic duo chose to stay closer to home and become proud members of the Lipscomb Bison family.

The twins had fielded offers from Jacksonville, Samford, Murray State and Belmont, yet chose to become Bison because of their relationships with the coaching staff. "We felt comfortable and had a very close relationship with Coach Sanderson and his staff" said Malcolm with a calm excitement in his voice.

Coming off an incredible high school campaign which saw the twins capture a state title behind a tandem of huge efforts, Martin finished with 32 points and 13 boards while Malcolm, who incidentally also took home the coveted Class A Mr. Basketball award, finished the title game with 29 points and 15 caroms.

Malcolm is a bit more accomplished offensively than his brother despite scoring a lot of his high school points in the paint, he has the ability to put the ball on the deck and finish at the rim or knock down a much improving short jumper. Martin has improved his offensive game exponentially this past season and is the better defender and glass cleaner of the twins.

With their decision now behind them the twins will venture into the July landscape traveling to Atlanta, Nashville and Memphis with their summer squad the Drake Reed Basketball Club.

Malcolm and Martin become the second and third commitments for the rising senior class of 2011 in the state.

Mason Heads to Big Sky Country

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The most unusual Memphis pipeline continues to thrive with players from the Bluff City.

 

Pocatello, Idaho and Idaho State University.

 

The Bengals, who toil in the Big Sky Conference, currently have four players on their roster from Memphis and now will make it an even five with the signing of Nick Mason (Southwind).

Mason is an outstanding three point shooter and helped the Jaguars to a region final finish in the always tough Memphis hoops scene.

 

Mason brings court savvy and off the court is an outstanding young man which will certainly please his future mentor Joe O'Brien.

 

Mason becomes the 24th player in the Class of 2010 to pledge his wares to a D1 school.

Lions Bring Two Cubs to the Fold

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The Lions of Freed-Hardeman love recruiting in the state of Tennessee.

 

Yes, they are located in Henderson, Tennessee yet Coach Jason Shelton continues to stock his roster with players from the Volunteer state.

 

Loaded with names those of you who are familiar with this website can certainly identify with. Names like Teichman, Bingham, Haddix, and so many others you are sure to remember.

 

Reggie Gilmore (Tyner Academy) is the newest addition to the Trans-South powers stable. Gilmore, who helped lead the Rams to the Class AA state tournament this past season, is a powerful inside force that can score from the wing and is an athletic addition to the Lion's den.

 

Wait....there's more.

 

Quintin Lee (Ripley) is the fifth member of the Lion's signing class. Lee is a tough hard nosed point guard that will fit right in with Coach Shelton's emphasis on the lead guard.

 

Lee, who ran last summer with the Mid-State Ballerz, can score from the perimeter or driving hard to the hoop.

 

Andrews, Clemmons Lead Junior College Onslaught

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In recruiting everything works in cycles.

 

After the D1 schools have completed their work then the D2, NAIA, D3 and junior colleges get to work.

 

The snowball effect usually waits for a key commitment then the flood of others come rolling down the way.

 

Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) broke the ice pledging to play for Bruce Stewart at Northwest Florida State College formerly Okaloosa-Walton.

 

On the heels of the Andrews commitment, Teraes Clemmons (Mt. Juliet) followed suit and will venture down south to also play at Northwest Florida State.

 

Staying out of state former Raleigh-Egypt front man Jimmy Adams pulls another Memphis area player over to his new gig at Northwest Mississippi Community College. A.J. Cunningham (Cordova) brings size and improving skill to the Mississippi junior college.

 

David Woodard (East Robertson) will take his game out of state as well as the combo guard goes down to Texas to play for the Navarro College Runnin' Bulldogs.

 

Moving back into the state, Jay Joyner is making his job easier for the next couple of years at Columbia State Community College. The second year mentor scooped up a couple of very good prospects with the signing of Carlos Denton (Hamilton) and Masceo Harmon (Memphis Central).

Denton gives Columbia an athletic power player who can run the floor and will score from the mid-range and Harmon who had a big year at Central controlling the ball and will be one of the best guards in the TJCCAA next season.

 

Columbia also added some local flavor with Lester Gude (Columbia Central).

Over in Memphis, Southwest Tennessee snatch one of the state's best unknown players in Rashaun Brown (Oakhaven).

Tigers Land Two of Knoxville’s Finest

 

Darrian Jones took over the program at Hiwassee College a few short years ago and decided to have an East Tennessee flavor to his roster.

A native of Alcoa, Jones helped lead the Tigers to the national tournament in their first year in the USCAA after many years as a junior college.

Jones spent the winter combing the Knoxville High Schools and for his effort she landed two incoming recruits which should help his program in the coming years.

Linwood Holloway (Knoxville Central) a 1,000 point scorer for the Bobcats will take his game down to Madisonville. Holloway is a solid outside shooter who brings energy to the defensive side of the floor.

Devin Jackson (Knoxville West) is one the best shooter in the area and he will be launching them for the Tigers next season. Jackson can play either guard spot and should compete for playing timely right off the bat.

Eagles Soar to Snare Future Backcourt

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The Eagles of Carson Newman didn't have to venture far from their Jefferson City campus to snare a potential backcourt of the future.

 

Tyler Smith (Anderson County) and Ish Sanders (Cleveland) will spend the next four years in orange and blue.

 

Venerable mentor Dale Clayton will love the intensity and effort of the 6'1 Smith. He brings a joy of playing the game combined with intensity and a willingness to be coached and to get better.

 

Sanders brings a sweet shooting stroke to the table, one of the best in the state. He will fill a valuable niche for the Eagles and their ascension back to the top of the South Atlantic Conference.

 

The two newcomers will join a healthy recruiting class that includes previous signees Julian McBee (Knoxville Central) and Levon Tate (Siegel).

Lyles Makes Ivy League Decision

 

New York, New York!!!! Big city of dreams.

 

Meiko Lyles (USN) ended his recruitment this week pledging his wares for the Lions of Columbia University.

 

The Ivy League school located in New York will welcome the two-time Mr. Basketball nominee and his sweet shooting stroke.

 

After leading USN to the state tourney, Lyles got down to business and became the 22nd player in the Class of 2010 to pledge for D1.

 

His future mentor, Columbia head man Joe Jones, will be pleased with the smooth game of the 6'3 Lyles.

 

Lyles played his summer hoops with the Nashville Celtics and is the sixth member of the squad to sign a D1 scholarship.

 

Lyles is the second player from the Volunteer state to take his game into the Ivy League after Dwight Tarwater committed to Cornell early last week.

 

Tarwater Commits to Big Red

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If you have had the opportunity to watch some of the NCAA Tournament a little known fact definitely has not escaped your mind.

That Cornell squad is pretty good after disposing of Big Ten power Wisconsin to earn themselves a spot in the Sweet 16.

Dwight Tarwater (Knoxville Webb) was surely one of the onlookers as the Big Red kept on moving on.

The 6'5 senior wing/power forward ended his lengthy recruitment with a pledge to join the Ivy League champions.

Tarwater, who was selected as Mr. Basketball this season, in DII/Class A, is the type of player that makes your program successful with hard work and the ability to adapt to any and all situations.

He helped lead the Spartans and first year coach Ricky Norris to a spot in the DII/Class A state semi-finals this past season.

His ability to score from the perimeter and his above average athletic skills make him a perfect four man for Coach Steve Donahue and the Big Red.

Congrats are in order for My man Tarwater and I wish you nothing but the best of luck.

Pioneers Land Union County Scoring Machine

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A perfect fit is how I would describe this situation.

A team that shoots the three with a great deal of success gets a player who also makes the three with a great deal of success.

Tyler Vittetoe (Union County) will take his game down the road to Tusculum College and venerable coach Jim Boone.

The Pioneers are standing at 10-8 right now but remain near the top of the conference standings in the South Atlantic Conference.

Vittetoe, who became his schools all-time leading scorer last week, is currently pushing 24.6 points per game and adding 5.4 assists.

Blessed with a stroke that can be a game changer, the 6'2 shooting guard is creative enough with the ball and has the saavy to become a playmaker at the next level.

He feels the game very well and has outstanding vision. Tyler has incredible anticipation on the help side and gets numerous deflections and steals by playing the passing lanes with his length.

I am happy for my freind Tyler and wish him nothing but the best of success the remainder of the year and for years to come.