Gallman is Blue Raider Bound

James Gallman (Fulton) must have really liked his time in Murfreesboro.

His last visit to the Murphy Center saw him hoisting a AA state championship gold ball for his Fulton Falcons.

Sweet baby James hopes to make one more glorious visit to the 'boro before embarking on his college career.

Oh by the way that will be in Murfreesboro as well.

Gallman decided to end his recruitment early and committed to the Blue Raiders this afternoon. MTSU has been a fixture at his events not only in high school but this entire summer. The hard work apparently paid off.

The 5-11 rising senior was a fixture on the summer circuit with the Tennessee Travelers and also participated in my Rocky Top League this past June, one of only three high schoolers in the league.

An exceptional defender with a sweet outside shot, James is the type of player who comes to play every time he steps on the hardwood. Never does he need motivation or a psych job, this dude is ready to go.

Gallman will be a favorite of the coaching staff at Middle and will make defending Sun Belt Coach of the Year Kermit Davis smile brightly.

The commitment of Gallman is the second of such this week as earlier John David Little (Mississippi) decided to pledge for the Blue Raiders.

Little, who played this summer for the Memphis Hoopers, is a hard nosed tough guy who can shoot and has an above average basketball accumen.

Now on to business of defending their crown will be priority one for Gallman and his Falcons. Don't be surprised to see them once again represent at his future stomping grounds.


Chasin’ His Dream… Dunn Chooses Tennessee Tech

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It's always nice to have a dream and a goal when you are a teenager.

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy) had a dream. He wanted to play D1 basketball. At his size people scoffed at him but he knew what he wanted and was focused on accomplishing that goal.

Mission accomplished.

Dunn made it official this weekend committing to play for Coach Mike Sutton and the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech.

Dunn, who led his Livingston Academy squad to the state tourney last season, is a fiesty leader who knows how to get everyone involved and can score if the situation call for it. He elected to spend the summer concentrating on his skills rather than playing on the circuit and the decision seems to have helped his state of mind.

The Golden Eagles play in the OVC and will welcome the toughness and competitive nature of the Livingston legend.

Now Dunn can concentrate on leading his troops back into the state tourney so for his region and district foes beware of the "Hog-Eye".

Buckner Becomes a Rebel… Manassas Star Picks Mississippi

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If you can't beat em join em.

With the top two players in the Class of 2009 in Tennessee already committed Reginald Buckner (Manassas) must have thought this is the way to go.

Following the lead of Leslie McDonald (Braircrest Christian), who chose North Carolina and John Jenkins (Station Camp), who chose Vanderbilt, the Manassas star also chose to stay in the SEC and chose the Rebels of Ole Miss.

Buckner, who will run this summer with the Memphis Hoopers, led his squad to a Class A finals appearances a year ago and finished as a runner up for Mr. Basketball.

Buckner chose the Rebels, who are coached by Andy Kennedy, over serious interest from Missouri and UTEP.

Buckner will join fellow Memphian Terrico White (Craigmont), who will be a freshman for the Rebels this upcoming season.

ACC Lures McDonald to North Carolina

Just like last year the top player in the state went shopping in the ACC.

Last season Elliot Williams (St. George) cast his lot for the ACC when he chose Duke the top player in the Class of 2009 decides to go that route as weel choosing to ride down tobacco road and attend the University of North Carolina.

McDonald, who was named Mr. Basketball last season in DII, ended his recruitment after a weekend visit to the baby blue campus.

McDonald chose the Tarheels over Tennessee, Memphis and numerous others. Many more accolades and exciting things are in store for McDonald as he prepares for the NBPA Players Camp later this month and the always grueling month of July.

The searing heat of the summer months will certainly subside with the commitment and end of the hardest part of the journey.

His choosing of the Tarheels marks the second time in the past five years the top player in the state has matriculated to the Dean Dome. 2006 top dog Branden Wright (Brentwood Academy) also played his lone season of college ball with the Heels before bolting for the pros.

Damron Stays Home……Many More Commitments

When it's all said and done whats better than home.

Those sentiments were what kept Jordan Damron (Maryville) in Blount County for his college selection.

Damron will attend Maryville College.

The Scots are one of the nation's finest DIII institutions finishing last season 24-3 falling in the opening round of the NCAA Tourney.

Damron had a fantastic senior campaign after winning the MVP his junior season during Maryviolle's state championship run.

The TJCCAA is restocking it's rosters with Tennessee prepsters once again.

Deron Hines down at jackson State will welcome two solid additons in Kenny Greer (Haywood County) and Dee Williamson (Jackson Southside).

Dyersburg State welcomes four newcomers including three from state tournament semi-finalist Dyer County. DeAngelo Parr (Dyer County), Jeremy Kimble (Dyer County) and DeJuan Taylor (Dyer County) will all suit up for the Eagles next season. Also coming to Dyersburg will be Jermeal Bingham (McNairy Central).

Down the road at Columbia State things are going well for my man Malcolm Montgomery. Class A state champions Union City send two to play for the Chargers. Andre Coby (Union City) and Nik Brooks (Union City) will have an immediate impact in the TJCCAA. Also joining the program next season tough point man Robert Yancey (Trenton Peabody).

Perennial power Southwest Tennessee adds future D1 player Victor McLin (Dyersburg).

Staying in the JUCO ranks several players will be leaving the Volunteer state to continue their education and hoops career. Among those Jeremy Rhodes (Bolivar Central) will attend NW Shoals CC in Alabama. Staying in Alabama Erin Harris (Clarksburg) will attend Bevill State CC.

Channen Geanes (Lake County) decides to go the opposite direction and will attend State Fair CC in Missouri.

Cordero Wade (Humboldt) will stay relatively close to home and attend Lane College in Jackson, while David Vaughn (Milan) heads to mmephis to attend Christian Brothers.

On the other side of the state Dionte Gray (Science Hill) took full advantage of the Tennessee Prep Hoops High School Senior/JUCO event this past April and recieved a scholarship offer from Tusculum College.

Binder Takes Centre Stage

What would you say if a squad finished last season 26-3, plays in one of the toughest leagues in the country and wanted you on their squad.

You'd say exactly what Kyle Binder (Farragut) said....yes.

The Knoxville senior will take his game to Centre College in Dancille, Kentucly for the next four seasons.

The Colonels finished last seaosn with this gaudy record and look for more next season. Centre plays in the SCAC conference of DIII a dn is coached by Greg Mason.

Binder, who played his summer hoops with the Mid-State Ballerz, will be a welcome addition with his ability to knock down the mid range shot and great floor sense.

Good luck to Kyle and his future endeavors.


The news at Farragut High School does'nt end here. Riley Hunley (Farragut) has accepted an invited walk-on spot with Tennessee Tech. The all-out Hunley will work his tail off in practice and eventually might score some minutes for the Cookeville crew.


Also scoring a scholarship offer this week was the sixth memeber of state runner-up Manassas. Adrew Jefferies (Manassas) will attend Lambuth College in Jackson.

Martin Mitchell Leads Next Batch of Signees

Martin Mitchell (CBHS) will be a Reddie.

What is a Reddie you ask. The nickname for Henderson State a DII school in Arkansas will play home for Mitchell for the next four years. Mitchell, a Mr. Basketball finalist in DII, will join the Gulf South Conference squad with intentions of making an immediate impact.

Not to be outdone by his counterparts down the road at Walter's State, Jay Price put the finishing touches on a deep and talented class of his own at Chattanooga State.

Price invaded Memphis, Manassas in particular, before garbbing a couple players in the Nashville area to conclude his masterful restocking plan. While in Memphis, Price got signatures from Shawn Kearney (Manassas), Roy McFagdon (Manassas) and Eric Atkins (Manassas).

In Nashville he got Tony Whitlow (Hillsboro), Marcus Jefferson (LaVergne) and Michael Williams (Antioch) to sign the dotted line.

Closer to home Southwest Tennessee JC grabbed a local product in the only remaining member of the senior class at Manassas. Derrick Richards (Manassas) will join venerable coach Verties Sailes and the Saluquies.


More College Commitments Coming Your Way

The commitments keep rolling in and we have quite a few to bring you up to date with.

Sherrod Baldwin (Collierville) becomes the 27th player in the Class of 2008 to sign D1 as the Collierville guard chooses Big Sky Conference member Idaho State.

Exciting Memphis guard Malcolm Burton (Kirby) will attend Itawamba Junior College in Mississsippi.

State tourney participant Jared Stephens (Oak Ridge) takes his considerable talent down the road to play for Carson Newman College.

A couple of Class of 2008 players have been chosen as preferred walk-ons for their respective schools. Rob Murphy (Brentwood Academy) will walk-on at Lipscomb and Adam Barnes (Clarksville) will walk-on at Belmont.

The Scots of Maryville College bring a four pack into the fold with Wes Lambert (Maryville), Brad Finney (Page), Maverick Willett (McMinn County) and Corey Welch (William Blount) all ready to be members of  Coach Lamberts troops.

Stephen Dixon (Harpeth) takes his improving game down to play for Coach Pitts at King College.

Preston Laird (Germantown) has accepted an appointment for the Air Force Academy.

Kevin Holzer (Gatlinburg-Pittman) will play his college ball at Tennessee Temple.

Closing things out Melvin Brooks (Memphis Northside) will take his game down to Coahoma Junior College.

Morris Headed to Lambuth……..Hampton, Holt will Walk-On

Keith Morris, the 6'5 wing/power forward from Ravenwood High School will spend his next four years as a member of the Lambuth Eagles.

Morris is a solid player who can shoot the three and is physical enough to provide scoring in the paint as well.

He will not be asked to come in and produce immediately as Lambuth, led by TranSouth Coach of the Year Kevin Burton, finished last season with a 30-4 mark including a trip to the NAIA Sweet 16.


In other recruiting news two members of the Class of 2008 will be invited walk-ons to a couple of top notch D1 programs.

Charles Holt (Liberty Tech) will be an invited walk-on for Coach Mike Sutton at Tennessee Tech.

Just down the road Dontay Hampton (CSAS) will also be an invited walk-on for Coach John Shulman's Mocs at Chattanooga.

Danny Schultz (Oliver Springs) will continue his basketball career under the tutelege of Rany Nesbit at Roane State CC. The Roane campus is close and will be a great experience for the athletic Schultz.



Buffaloes Stampede Two Signees To Milligan

High School seniors from across the state are making their college declarations.

Milligan College decided to get in on the festivities signing one in their own backyard and one from a friendly neighbors.

Darryl Miller (Hillsboro) and Blake Moncier (Daniel Boone) both decided to pledge their skills to coach Tony Wallingford and his beloved Bufffaloes.

Miller is an athletic 6'6 wing who is long and will be a special player in the Appalachian Athletic Conference when he adds some much needed strength to his rail thin frame.

Moncier is a deadly shooter who find the green light more often than not in the NAIA stalwarts up and down system.