Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

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.