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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

More Signings for the Class of 2011


One of the most beautiful college campuses in the entire Southeast sits atop Mont Eagle Mountain and is known to the locals as the University of the South. Sewanee under the leadership of Bubba Smith is becoming a formidable opponent in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.


The Tigers secured the services of two of the mid-state areas best unsigned players with the signings of Robert Veal (Ravenwood) and Wes Grace (Red Boiling Springs).

Veal, the all-time leading rebounder at Ravenwood, brings determination and the desire to improve to the Sewanee program. He is a capable scorer who will see immediate time with his hustle.


Grace, his school's all-time leading scorer at over 2,000 points, was an all-state selection and will be asked to put points on the board for the Tigers.


Sit back and enjoy as the Tigers from Sewanee continue to move ahead and march up the ladder as a team to be reckoned with in D3.


Across the state, same D3 conference, different area of the state, Ryan Van Hoeck (St. Benedict) will take his game and play for the LYNX of Rhodes College.


Meanwhile over in the TJCCAA, Columbia State and Roane State gathered a couple more in-state players.


Jay Joyner from Columbia State stayed close to home snatching up two from Summertown, Bubba Clifton (Summertown) and Eli Matthews (Summertown).


Over in East Tennessee, Coach Randy Nesbit welcomes two from Harriman into the Raiders den, Dimitrique Inman (Harriman) and Darius Gallaher (Harriman).

Chargers Bolt to East Tennessee for a Pair of Signees


Second year Columbia State mentor Jay Joyner is not a person to shy away from hard work.


If that means going from one end of the state to the other to find players that is exactly what the Chargers mentor will have done.


Joyner, who's Chargers finished in the #2 spot in the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA) this past season with an overall record of 16-10, knew precisely where the core of his players were coming from in this recruiting class.


An unlikely source maybe, not so much anyone, of course we speak of East Tennessee.


Columbia State took the drive down I40 and secured the services of two of the state's best athletes not residing in the 901 area code, JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) and Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman).

Williams, who helped lead the Rebels in the Class AAA state tournament, is a pogo stick with solid skills that is consistency away from being a very good player on the next level.


"The Butcher" is a long, sleek athlete who makes plays because of his athleticism and will be a handful when his basketball skills catch-up.


Both young men have a bright future and are outstanding kids in their own right and will be coached up by the aggressive and talented Joyner.


Bryan College Lions Double Up in Tennessee


The Lions of Bryan College announced the signing of two important pieces to their recruiting puzzle with the additions of Will Winton (Bearden) and McCoy Polk (Memphis Overton).

Coach Don Rekoske welcomes the talented Winton who helped lead Bearden to back to back state tournament appearances including a championship game loss this past season.


Winton will become a fan favorite at the Summers Gymnasium with his athletic skills and slashing ability to the bucket.


Polk will entertain the Lion faithful with his hustle and relentless pursuit of the basketball. Undersized inside player makes up for his size with an all out hustle and determination.


The Lions play in NAIA and are a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and finished last season at a respectable 21-9.


Winton and Polk join previously signed Alan Holt for a Tennessee three-ring contingent.  

Lions Grab Nashville Shooting Star


DeBrell McLemore (Franklin) proved this year he was one of the better guards in the Mid-State area.

Now the 5'11 scoring machine takes his game to the next level and will suit up for the Lions of Freed-Hardeman University.

Freed-Hardeman plays in the Trans-South Conference and is coached by Jason Shelton.

The Lions finished this regular season at 22-11 and have a date at the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City next week.

McLemore will enjoy the freedom of the Lion system and will be an immediate asset with his ability to score the ball.

Flames Nab Sweetwater Scoring Sensation


Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) wanted to make a decision on his college future, opportunities arose for the all-time leading scorer at Sweetwater High School but in the end the lure of winning and playing close to home; as well as, playing for an outstanding coach and a very successful program got the nod.

Billingsley will take his game to Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee next season and will be a welcome addiition for Coach Tommy Brown and the highly successful Flames.

Lee plays in the Southern States Athletic Confeence of the NAIA and currently stands at 17-4 on the season.

Billingsley, who moved past the 2,000 point barrier earlier this week, is a lefty guard who has good size and can score in bunches from outside or off the dribble.

He is an outstanding young man and I wish him nothing but success on his new venture.