Trotter Stays Close to Home……Bulldog Bound

Right on the heels of his teammate David Ware (Walker Valley) making his college commitment this weekend to Carson Newman, Jake Trotter (Walker Valley) decided to do the same.

The 6'5 wing ended his recruitment by choosing to stay close to home and attend Tennessee Wesleyan. Trotter who has good size and better than average athleticism will be a fine player in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and should be one of the new links in the Bulldogs chain.

The Bulldogs finished 13-19 last season under Mike Poe but have hopes of moving forward with their incoming class and future stars like Trotter.

Now the task at hand of helping lead Walker Valley deep into the post season is upon him, good luck in your senior seasons.

Ware You Going?……..Why Carson Newman of Course.

Things are happening in Jefferson City.

Joe Meady (Carter) spurns some D1 offers and chooses to play his college hoops for the Eagles.

Then Trey Carruthers (Harpeth) ends speculation by choosing to make the trip from Middle Tennessee to Jeff City.

Now, David Ware (Walker Valley) gives the Eagles a nice Tennessee prep trifecta.

Ware brings one of the better three point shots in the state down this way and is the perfect compliment to the high flying Carruthers.

More than simply a shooter, Ware showed that he could run some point and is comfortable at either guard spot. A good athlete who will love the uptempo style employed by the Eagles.

Eagles Knock Down a Trey…..Carrouthers Commits

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Doin work.

Thats what is happening up in the quaint little town of Jefferson City as the coaching staff continues pounding the pavement in search of future Carson Newman Eagles.

Trey Carrouthers (Harpeth) is their latest find.

No secret to those of us on the circuit, "The Golden Child" brings athleticism and a desire to win over from a successful high school program at Harpeth.

Playing hard and competing is phase one of his mantra and the members of the SAC better be prepared for whats headed their direction.

Capable of playing either guard spot, Trey, who balled the past few summers with the Mid-State Ballerz, has superb vision, is unselfish and can score off the dribble or filling the lane in transition, where if your not careful he'll pull the lefty out and put you on U-Tube.

His game will come full circle with a more consistent jumper and as he matures his decision making will do the same. Never question his desire to win or compete, which is second to none.

The commitment of Carrouthers coupled with the earlier pledge of 6'8 Joe Meady (Knoxville Carter) gives the Eagles a serious leg up on their conterparts in the SAC.

Congrats Trey and have a successful senior campaign.

Ian Makes 11… Bruins Get Germantown Hotshot

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And the commitments just keep on coming.

Adding to the growing list of players from the underappreciated Class of 2009 we now have 11 D1 commitments with the latest news from the outskirts of Memphis.

Ian Clark (Germantown) becomes the 11th member of the Class of 2009 to give his pledge as the hot shooting swing man chooses to stay in state and head down I40 to Belmont.

The Bruins, who if you recall were right on the verge of sending the vaunted Duke Blue Devils to the house in the NCAA tourney, add another fine shooter to their already burgeoining arsenal.

The Atlantic Sun stalwarts always seem to find those nice big guards who play the Rick Byrd system to perfection.

Clark fits right into this mold.

At 6'4 Clark, who played this past summer with the Memphis YOMCA, has the size to shoot over smaller guards and is creative enough off the bounce to give his defender a potential mismatch problem.

He will be a welcome addition to the Bruin stable this next spring.

Congrats to Ian and now the tough task of tackling the competition in arguably the toughest district in the state for the right to move towards the 'boro.

Williams Chooses George Mason

And then there were 10.

Johnny Williams (Briarcrest Christian) became the latest member of the Class of 2009 to end his recruitment choosing the Patriots of George Mason.

The Patriots, who if you recall shocked the world a few years back making it to the Final Four, are coached by venerable Jim Larranaga and will be pleased with their newest recruit.

Williams, who played this summer with the Memphis YOMCA, is a solid big man who can score inside when given the opportunity and has enough athleticism to run the floor very well.

His best basketball is ahead of him as he continues to improve under the tutledge of one of the state's best high school mentors in Coach Harrington.

Williams is the 10th member of the Class of 2009 to pledge his commitment.

Bolivar Star Stays Home… Reaves Headed to The Peay

Chris Reaves (Bolivar Central) has been an interesting player to observe over the past three years.

A gangly freshman who truly worked his tail off to get stronger and develop his game, Reaves is a story every kid in the state should adhere to.

He made himself a player with hard work, listening to his coaches, and believing he could play on the next level.

His hard work and dedication were rewarded yesterday, as Reaves became the latest player in the Class of 2009 to end his recruitment, choosing Austin Peay University.

The Governors, who represented the Ohio Valley in the Big Dance last season, will welcome the sweet shooting Reaves into the fold. He fits right into their style and will again be blessed with an outstanding coach in venerable mentor Dave Loos.

Reaves, who balled this summer with the Nashville Celtics, is a perfect size for a guard at around 6'5 and as he gets event stronger his ability to create his own opportunities will increase.

Congrats to Chris and thanks for the memories.

Now the business at hand is helping lead Bolivar Central back to their rightful place in the Murphy Center come March.

Shaughnessy Headed to Big South

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Another one down and who knows maybe 15 to 20 more to go.

Patrick Shaughnessy (Grace Baptist) is the newest member of the Class of 2009 to commit when he pledged his services for the next four seasons to the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern.

Shaughnessy, wo played his summer ball with the Nashville Celtics, is a tough, active big man who has a tireless motor and improving offensive skills.

Charleston Southern plays in the Big South conference and is coached by venerable Barclay Radebaugh.

His new mentor will love the intensity and work ethic of his upcoming player but not before he helps lead his Grace Baptist teammates back for a shot at the Class A state championships in March.

Good luck to Patrick in his senior season and college ventures.

Saluki’s Collar Memphis Standout

And the commitments just keep on comin.

Number 9 and couting for the Class of 2009.

Drew Barham (CBHS) became the newest member of the burgeoining Class of 2009 to pledge his commitment.

Barham will join Chris Lowery and the Salukis of Southern Illinois.

The Missouri Valley stalwarts come off an 18-15 season after a couple trips to the big dance.

Barham, who hooped this summer with the Nashville Celtics, is just whnat the doctor ordered for SIU.

His tall long frame and ability to stroke the three will bode him well on the next level and especially with the three-point line being moved back a bit.

His intelligence and length make him better than expected on the defensive side of the ball and his shot gives him the ability to score from out or take the step past the defendr and score to the glass or from mid-range.

The Salukis are getting a competitor and a great kid. Congrats to Drew and look for him as we continue our diary forum as one of the players who will be sharing his experinces for his upcoming senior season.

 

Kelly To Be a Redhawk

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Drew Kelly (Centennial) spent the summer holding his own against the players who supposedly were ranked higher and were far more advanced than him.

As is usually the case this argument didn't fly. Kelly used his superior footwork and advanced inside positioning to hold his own against those so-called All-Americans.

The work certainly paid off handsomely as the Redhawks of Miami of Ohio are now the proud owners of a commitment from the aforementioned Kelly.

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) regulars are on the rise and will certainly welcome the dedicated Kelly.

Kelly, who balled this summer with the Nashville Celtics, is the sixth member of the Class of 2009 to score a D1 pledge.

Kelly chose the Redhawks over numerous offers including Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, George Mason and many more. His skill level will be welcomed by venerable coach Charlie Coles.

Congrats to Drew and we wish him luck in his senior season as well.

Eagles Score Huge….Land Knoxville Big

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Joe Meady (Knoxville Carter) knows what he wants.

Spurning numerous D1 offers the Knoxville Carter big man will spend his collegiate life with the Eagles of Carson Newman.

Meady, who ran this summer with the Tennessee Travelers, is an intruiging prospect who has gotten better each year he has dedicated to the sport. His dedication to the game will certainly take an upswing on the next level and that should be nothing but good news for Coach Dale Clayton and the Eagles and bad news for everyone else in the South Atlantic Conference.

At 6-8 with good size and emerging skill the Eagles are getting a future all-conference type player in Meady.

Congrats to everyone involved.