Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

King College Gets Sycamore Star

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With all the commitments coming off the board it is only natural for the D2 and NAIA schools to start snatching some of their prospects and thus it has begun.

 

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) will begin his senior season worry free as the 5'8 point guard has decided to play his college ball all the way across the state at King College.

 

King College is located in Bristol right on the Tennessee/Virginia border and the Tornado are coached by legendary George Pitts, who won several state championships with stints at Science Hill and a four pack at Brentwood Academy earlier in the decade.

 

Froedden brings tough defensive skills and the ability to run a program and control tempo making everyone happy. He can shoot the outside shot and despite his size will attack the rim and finish despite contact, he plays at a frantic tempo and is always under control.

 

King College played last season as a member of the NCCAA DI and faired very well accumulating a 27-6 record while advancing to the title game before falling.

 

This season the Tornado will compete in NCAA D2 as a member of the Conference of the Carolinas.

Red Hawks Double up in Memphis

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And the hits just keep on coming, Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose) joined the commitment party later today and will join fellow Memphian Nino Johnson at Southeast Missouri State.

 

Wilkerson, the forgotten man with the Melrose team, is a big get for the Redhawks. He brings a solid mid-range game and is athletic and strong enough to command playing time as soon as steps on the Ohio Valley Conference campus.

 

Dickey Nutt, the 2nd year SEMO mentor, will love the competitive nature of the talented Wilkerson.

 

Wilkerson and the rest of his Golden Tornadoes teammates will now concentrate on bringing another gold ball back to Melrose in his upcoming senior campaign.

 

Wilkerson was also nominated for selection to the McDonald's All-American list.

SEMO Gets Nino

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Right off the heels of his White Station teammate, Nino Johnson (White Station) wasted no time in making his college choice.

 

Johnson will attend Southeast Missouri State University under 2nd year head coach Dickey Nutt.

 

Johnson, who played this summer with the Memphis Magic, has a big time upside and is a huge get for the Redhawks.

 

SEMO plays in the always tough Ohio Valley Conference.

 

Johnson becomes the 17th player in the Class of 2011 to pledge for D1.

 

Johnson was also selected as a McDonald's All-American nominee earlier this month.

 

The Spartans now have three D1 pledges and will be salivating at the chance to battle with their district, region, city and state rival Melrose, another great year of hoops in Memphis awaits us.

 

 

Memphis Gets the Ultimate Prize

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As one of the top players not only in Tennessee but in the entire nation, Adonis Thomas (Melrose) has been hounded as to when and where he was going to make his college decision.

 

That came to light, yesterday afternoon as the 6'7 wunderkind, decided to stay in his hometown and play for second year mentor Josh Pastner and the Tigers of Memphis.

 

This marks the second straight year the state's top player chose to become a Tiger, if you will recall Joe Jackson also chose Memphis last season.

 

Thomas, who was a Mr. Basketball finalist in Class AAA last season, leads another healthy group of players, as Melrose will defend their Class AAA state crown against all comers this season.

 

One of the most decorated players in the past few season, Thomas was a consensus Top 10 player nationally and a sure fire McDonald's All-American candidate after the conclusion of this year.

 

Thomas chose Memphis over Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas and UCLA.

 

Thomas, who played his summer ball with the vaunted Memphis Magic, also found time to help lead Team USA to the FIBA World Basketball Championships this past summer in Germany.

 

Thomas becomes the 15th member of the Class of 2010 in Tennessee to give his commitment to a D1 school and will now be able to concentrate on leading the Golden Wildcats to another state title in March.

USC-Upstate Snares Bearden Guard

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A whirlwind recruiting process is certainly an understatement when it comes to Ty Greene (Bearden).

He got the areas attention hitting three big time three's in a nationally syndicated game against powerful Oak Hill Academy and last year was named to the Class AAA all-tournament squad for his efforts in helping lead the Bulldogs into the second round before losing to eventual champion Melrose.

 

His first taste of the AAU circuit was this July when he suited up for Tennessee Team Hustle and their run through Indiana, as he previously filled his summer months on the baseball diamond.

 

The hard work paid dividends as Greene ended his unique recruitment by committing to play for the Spartans of USC-Upstate.

 

Formerly USC-Spartanburg before their move to D1, the Spartans are led by Eddie Payne and participate in the Atlantic Sun conference.

 

The chance for immediate playing time and a feeling of just being in the right place were the main reasons for Greene's jump to the coast.

 

Greene, who last week was nominated for the McDonald's All-American squad, turned down offers from a diverse group of schools including Tulane, Army and LMU.

 

With his big decision now out of the way the sharpshooting guard can help his Bulldog teammates as they get ready for another run at the Class AAA state title in Murfreesboro.

 

Greene is the 14th member of the Class of 2011 to pledge D1.