Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Howard Commits to Purple Aces


Playing your senior season of high school basketball is a tough chore for any rising senor who has aspirations of playing on the next level.


A great deal of player tend to make their college decision before the season starts so as to not have to worry about this while they try to advance their prep squad to new heights during their tenure at the school.


David Howard (MBA) has joined this elite group. The 6'8 rising senior decided to end his recruitment and chose to play for Purple Aces of Evansville next season.


Howard, who played his summer basketball with the Nashville Celtics, showed marked improvement at times and is ever improving his skills on the interior.


Evansville is coached by Marty Simmons and the Purple Aces toil in the Missouri Valley Conference.


Howard becomes the 8th member of the Class of 2012 to pledge his wares to D1.


Memphis Shotblocker Stays in State


A great coach once told me, "At the end of the game when everyone is tired and holding their shorts, this kid is still 6'9".

Profound words to say the least.

Size is a premium and athletic size is even more coveted, so it comes as no surprise when the Bison of Lipscomb made Charles Smith (Southwind) their second recruit in the Class of 2012 and the sixth in the state.

Smith does not have gaudy stats as his offensive game is still a work in progress but he does have length, athleticism and seems to grasp his role quite nicely. A sound shot blocker, Smith could reach 6'11 by the time he matures.

Smith, who played with the vaunted Memphis YOMCA this summer, saw limited playing time behind a couple of potential pros yet caught the eye of several coaches with his length and potential skill level.

Smith joins John Ross Glover as the second commitment from the Class of 2012 to pledge for Coach Scott Sanderson and Atlantic Sun participants.

Smith is now the sixth member of the Class of 2012 in Tennessee to pledge D1.

Ole Miss Snares Memphis Guard


The Memphis YOMCA without a doubt had what everyone would call a very fine summer.

Winners of the Real Deal in April runner-up for the EYBL Peach Jam and the 17 and under AAU Nationals, the YOMCA continues to be one of the elite programs in the country.

Martavious Newby (BTW) was the catalyst for much of this success. A strong and powerful guard who can score from the outside or in transition, Newby played his best in the big games and for his efforts will play in the SEC next season with the Rebels of Ole Miss.

Newby is a killer defender with strength and size, he plays with passion and determination and has a strong will to win. He is a player who coaches refer to as a guy who does what it takes and helps you win championships. Simple as that.

Newby becomes the fifth member of the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.

“The Natural” Goes Ivy


When the Ivy League makes an inquiry you always need to listen. After a solid early July period, Jack "The Natural" Montague (Brentwood) was entertaining interest from a host of schools including Lipscomb, Belmont, Columbia and others.


The Bulldogs of Yale pulled the trigger and became the first to offer the young man and after some deliberation he will become a member of the Ivy League staple.


Yale is coached by James Jones.


Montague, who ran this session with the Tennessee Contenders, is a quintessential point guard who has a pass first mentality and is very adept at running a team. He has the ability to score off the short jumper and will take his man to the basket for a nice finish or a timely dish to a very happy teammate.


Montague becomes the fourth member of the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.   

Chowbay Chooses Bruins


"If you ain't first, your last", a quote from a good movie starts the 2012 recruiting season as the Bruins of Belmont break the ice and grab the first recruit from the Class of 2012.


Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet) decided to end all speculation and pledge his services to the Atlantic Sun stalwarts.


Chowbay, who can currently be seen playing for the Mid-State Ballerz East squad, is a point guard with excellent vision, plays with an outstanding tempo and can really knock down the outside shot.


He will be a welcome addition for Coach Rick Byrd and his newly assembled staff.


As we mentioned Chowbay is the first player from the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.