Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Better Late Than Never…James Pledges to Morehead


Better late than never I always say.

Cordell James (McCallie) believes this to be true as well.

The thriving senior guard patiently waited out the hysterics and will become the 19th member of the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.

James will attend Morehead State next fall.

The Eagles welcome a new coaching staff to campus with former Kentucky player Sean Woods grasping the helm for the Ohio Valley Conference stalwarts.

James garnered all-district and all-region accolades during his final high school campaign. He was named a McDonald's All-American nominee and was listed among the all-state performers in the private school division.

Walker Leads Next Round of Commitments


Commitments and signing are upon us as the Class of 2012 tries to figure out where they will be spending the next four years of their athletic and academic lives. Here are more commitments listed as we get them.

Zach Howard (Science Hill) takes his deft jumper over the border to Pikeville University in Kentucky. The Bears play in the Mid-South Conference and are coached by Kelly Wells. Howard, who helped lead the Hilltoppers to the second round of the Class AAA state tournament last season, will be a welcome addition for this NAIA program.

Also heading out of state, Jake Wright (Oneida) will head over another border to Berry College in Georgia. The Vikings play in NCAA DIII and are coached by venerable mentor Jeff Haarlow. Wright will be a welcome addition with his size, attitude and desire to become a more productive player.

Cannon Rhodes (Perry County), who helped lead his squad to the Class A finals this season has decided to stay relatively close to home and will attend NAIA member Bethel University. The Wildcats are coached by Jeff Britt and are a charter member of the TransSouth Conference. Bethel is located in Mackenzie, Tennessee.

The Scots of Maryville College continue to add quality players including Brandon Crabtree (Scott). The athletic combo guard follows in the footsteps of his high school mentor Jared Lavierdiere, who was a standout guard for the Scots only a few short years ago. The Scots are coached by legendary mentor Randy Lambert and are the standard bearer in the Great South Athletic Conference.

Staying in East Tennessee, King College completed a very fine incoming freshman class adding Calvin Walker (Knoxville West). The district and region player of the year, Walker is a tough hard-nosed guard who will fit perfectly into the pressing and fast paced style of the Tornado and legendary coach George Pitts. King College is a member of the Conference of the Carolinas and plays NCAA DII.

Finally we head to Virginia where Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County) will attend Fork Union Military Academy. One of the most decorated post-grad schools in the country, Fork Union is coached by legendary mentor Fletcher Arritt and have sent numerous players into the DI ranks upon the completion of their program.

Bryan College Bringin’ Em In


The Lions of Bryan College had what observers of the program could be considered a rebuilding year. Plenty of freshmen involved in a squad that finished with a 13-18 record but looked bright for the future.

Never one to be outdone on the recruiting circuit Coach Don Rekoske hit the pavement to find players and his hard work and dedication has paid off in a major way as the NAIA stalwart combed the high schools of the Volunteer state and assembled an eclectic class of scorers, achievers and workers.

In the early period, the Lions added Jeff Long from Hendersonville and Brandon Arnold from Chattanooga Christian to get the ball rolling for what would turn out to be according to Coach Rekoske his most successful recruiting effort to date.

All the way to West Tennessee, Coach Rekoske signed one of the most prolific scoring guards in that's areas history as Rafeal Tyler (Lake County) will spend his college years as a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Lions.

Tyler was a 2,000 point scorer in high school and will step into the lead guard spot vacated by academic attrition.

For good measure on his way back down I40, the Lions secured another solid point man in DII state tournament hero Josh Erickson (DCA). Another scoring guard who plays solid defense and will be an immediate contributor to the program.

Good things come in bunches and the hard work continues to pay dividends as the Lions secured two from perennial state tournament attendee Stone Memorial including Mr. Basketball finalist Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial).

Undersized but massively productive, the 6'2 Cole managed to finish his career with over 2,000 points and 1,000 boards. He is the type of player who can shine at this level with his above average basketball IQ and understanding of the nuances of the game.

Robert Troino (Stone Memorial) will join Cole as a Lion next season. Triono is a tough scoring guard who plays fearless on both ends of the floor and should immediate playing time once he steps foot on campus.

Staying closer to home, Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central) brings his energy to the Lions program after a fabulous career for the Bears of Bradley Central.

Chastain is a worker and has been extremely well coached at the high school level so his transition to the college game should be painless.

Joining this cavalcade of incoming freshman will be Bobbo Chesser (Seymour). Another inside player who will work hard and contribute as the seasons move along.


Memphis Riser Selects the Big South


A good summer, followed by a solid senior year usually means good things to an aspiring athlete.

Adam Weary (Ridgeway) made sure this prophecy came true.

The 6'2 guard parlayed a solid senior campaign into a full ride as the Memphis native will play his college hoops at High Point University in North Carolina.

High Point  is coached by Scott Cherry and is a member of the Big South Conference.

Weary is a tough, strong combo guard who showed his best against the toughest competition this season. He became a more active participant in the offense and showed he could knock down the open shot; as well as, take it to the rack when crowded.

Weary becomes the 16th member of the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.

Shown Leads a Host of Commitments


With all the hoops taking place in early April we got a bit behind with our commitment for the senior class that just finished up this season, let's see where some of our guys will be playing their college hoops next season.

Matt Shown (Alcoa) parlayed a solid senior campaign into a ride down I40 to Greeneville. The 6'7 big man will spend the next four seasons at Tusculum College. The Pioneers are a proud member of the South Atlantic Conference and are coached by second year mentor Mike Jones. Shown will be joined by fellow Knoxville hoopster Anthony Lewis (Knoxville Carter) on the Pioneers roster next season. Tusculum is a member of the NCAA Division II.

The junior colleges had a field day as the other levels close down business for the summer. The Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA) loaded up with players from the Volunteer state.

Roane State welcomes a pair of guards into the program as Cleveland Davidson (Rockwood) and DeQuan Wright (Bearden) join Coach Randy Nesbit's program for the next couple of seasons.

Venerable mentor Bill Carlyle brings one down from Middle Tennessee as Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) will suit up for the Senators next season.

Cleveland State head man Lee Cigliano welcomes Chattanooga native Trey Suttles (Tyner Academy) into the Cougars program.

Coach Jay Price was a busy man on the recruiting circuit these past few weeks inking a slew of incoming freshman including Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane), Demetrius Kitchens (Brainerd), Caymon Dial (LaVergne) and Devin Robinson (Ravenwood).

Up on the mountain, the University of the South, Sewanee Tigers bring a couple of outstanding young shooters into the fray with the signing of Leo Born (Baylor) and Will Downey (Ensworth). Coach Bubba Smith welcomes the shooters as his Tigers surged to a 13-13 finish in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference of DIII.

Garrett Mullinicks (McEwen) had a fantastic senior season and for his reward the 5'8 scoring machine will take his talents to NAIA powerhouse Faulkner University. The Eagles are coached by Jim Sanderson and play in the always tough Southern States Athletic Conference.