Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Blue Raiders Strike Again with Chattanooga Star

Here they come again. Doesn't it always seem when someone breaks the ice with a commitment a group naturally just follows along. Reggie Upshaw (Baylor) became the 6th member of the vaunted Class of 2013 as the dynamic combo made his decision to play for Coach Kermit Davis and the Blue Raiders of MTSU. Upshaw, who split his summer season between the Nashville Celtics and the Chattanooga Ragin' Storm, was a hot commodity on the circuit after proving he could play with anyone in the country. A big time football propsect as well Upshaw will stick with the hardwood on the next level. Upshaw is the second commitment for the defending Sun Belt Conference Champions from Tennessee. Josh Phillips from PJPII pledged for the Blue Raiders last week.  

Blue Raiders Get Nashville Big


Once the first one goes the flood gates always seem to open wide.

Josh Phillips (PJPII) became the fifth person of our outstanding Class of 2013 to end his recruitment choosing to sign with the Blue Raiders of MTSU.

Phillips, who ran this summer with Team Nashville, showed marked improvement every time he stepped on the hardwood.

His future is mighty bright as he continues to learn the nuiances of the game. His effort and desire to make himself a prospect could not be ignored and his recruitment soared as the nation viewed his meteoric rise to promenence on the AAU/Summer hoops scene.

Phillips becomes the second member of Team Nashville to end his recruitment joining Asa Duvall, who pledged for Stetson early last week.

Phillips will be a welcome asset next season for Coach Kermit Davis and his Blue Raiders fresh off a Sun Belt Conference championship and deep run in the NIT tournament.

Hatters Get an Ace


An Ace in the hole.

How about an Asa?

Asa Duvall (Brentwood) ended his fantastic summer pledging his wares to Coach Casey Alexander and the Hatters of Stetson.

Duvall, who ran with powerful Team Nashville over the summer, chose Stetson over a plethora of offers after his performances caught the eye of several a college coach.

Duvall was a shooting sensation on the AAU/Summer circuit and proved he could play with the elite competition around the country.

His outside shooting was spectacular but his strides in the defensive department and ball-handling arena were the major pluses for everyone watching him during the hot months.

Duvall becomes the fourth member of the Class of 2013 to offer his commitment. Stetson is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and is located in DeLand Florida.

Duvall is the first member of Team Nashville to make his decision.

Crawford Stays Home Will Become a Tiger


Stay home young man.

Markel Crawford (Melrose) took those words in the literal sense and the 6'4 shooting guard will play his collegiate hoops for Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers.

Crawford joins fellow Memphian Sam Craft (Craigmont) in this vaunted Class of 2013 as Tiger commitments.

Crawford, who played this summer with the Atlanta Express, was a coveted recruit right on the cusp of the Top 100 nationally, depending on which service you choose to acknowledge.

He brings toughness and the length to be a solid contributor at both guard spots, as well as; the wing, especially defensively.

Crawford is the third member of the Class of 2013 to commit to a D1 program.

Flames Snag Lenoir City Sharp-Shooter


One of the best decisions a young hoopster can make during the most difficult time in his young basketball life is where do I want to play my college basketball.

For those fortunate few who have the opportunity to make this dream a reality making your decision before your senior campaign in high school can be a wise choice.

You free up your mind, your time and you can concentrate on making your team better and advancing to places in the post season you could only have dreamed about as a freshman.

Jordan Hall (Lenoir City) realized his dream.

The sharp-shooting guard will play his college hoops at Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee.

Hall, who also excels on the gridiron, fits perfectly into the Flames style of basketball. Able to drain deep threes and athletic enough to play a few different positions, Hall will be a welcome addition to Coach Tommy Brown's athletic arsenal of talented hoopsters.

Lee University is a member of the NAIA and play in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

The vaunted Class of 2013 is just getting started and a big July is ahead of us.