Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

McCallie Guard Takes His Strengths to SEMO


C.J. Reese (McCallie) knows how to play this game.

The senior guard has led his squad to the state's top ranking in the polls and has his sights set on bringing a gold ball back to Chattanooga.

In the meantime, the powerful point guard found time to make his college selection as Reese will attend Southeast Missouri State University next fall.

SEMO competes in the Ohio Valley Conference and are coached by venerable mentor Dickey Nutt.

Reese becomes the 11th player in the Class of 2012 to pledge his commitment to D1.

King College Snares East Tennessee Guard


Staying close to home can be a burden for some players who are looking to get away and start anew or it can be a blessing as James Scales (Cherokee) thinks that it is.


Scales, who balled this summer with the Tennessee Travelers, ended his recruitment early and will attend King College in the fall.


King College is coached by legendary Tennessee coaching icon George Pitts and plays its hoops in the Conference of the Carolinas in NCAA DII.


The Tornado love to play at a fast pace and press the ball which will be a perfect fit for the tough minded Scales.


With his decision in the rearview mirror, Scales can now concentrate on getting his squad to make a deep run in the playoffs and bring home some gold for the folks at Cherokee.

Brooks Becomes an Eagle


Making that ever tough decision on where to spend the next four years of your life is usually the first big decision a high school player has to make should he or she be fortunate enough to command the attention of the college basketball coaches.


Carson Brooks (Knoxville West) is such a fortunate young man.


After a good summer which saw Brooks compete with the Tennessee Travelers, the 6'5 power/wing forward decided to end his recruitment and stay close to home.


Brooks will attend Carson Newman College just up the road in Jefferson City next season.


The Eagles are coached by Chuck Benson in his second season at the helm. The Eagles are in NCAA DII and play in the South Atlantic Conference.


Brooks, who helped lead his West Rebels to a Class AAA state berth last season, is primed and now with his decision out of the way, ready to take another step towards realizing his goal of a state title.


Clarksville Phenom Heading to the Bluegrass


The rich continue to get richer.


Arguably the top player in the state scheduled a press conference for this afternoon to announce his college choice.


Alex Poythress (Northeast) ended one of those classic recruiting battles today with his announcement that he will attend the University of Kentucky.


Poythress, who is ranked as one of the top 20 players in the nation by every major service, chose the Cats over serious interest from Florida, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Duke.


A big time player who is a potential McDonald's All-American this season can now concentrate on his senior season at Northeast.


Poythress becomes the 10th player in the class of 2012 in Tennessee to commit and the third player to pledge for a school in the SEC, with Anthlon Bell earlier having chose Arkansas and Martavious Newby choosing Ole Miss.


Poythress, who played this summer with the Georgia Stars, made his mark in April but solidified his offers and garnered the big ones with his work in Orlando in July.


A superb young man who will represent our state well in the Commonwealth.


Bell Renewes Memphis Pipeline to Fayetteville


"Reviving the pipeline", one of the first orders of business for next Arkansas Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson when he accepted the position earlier this year.


That pipeline we are referring to is obviously the Memphis to Fayetteville connection that brought so many great players from the Bluff City into the fold during the "Forty Minutes of Hell" era in the 90's under Coach Nolan Richardson and his trusted assistant...yes you guessed it Mike Anderson.


Phase started this week as the SEC member received a commitment from Anthlon Bell (Bartlett).

Bell, who played this summer for the vaunted Memphis YOMCA squad, was devastating during the hot months, scorching the nets from Orlando to Las Vegas and several places in between.


He was a perfect scoring option for the powerful inside game of the YOMCA and got noticed by all the big boys during their phenomenal run in July.


Bell becomes the 9th player from the Class of 2012 to join the ranks of D1.