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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Lions Lasso Middle Tennessee Pair


Recruiting is in full swing and this time of year makes for heavy action in the NAIA and DII ranks.

In Henderson, Tennessee the Lions of Freed-Hardeman got their recruiting summer off to a great start netting two players from the Middle Tennessee arena.

Tyler Jean (Moore County) and Chris Weitzel (Warren County) will both wear the red and yellow of the Lions.

Jean, who led his squad to the semi-finals of the Class A state tournament, is a bundle of energy and gives maximum effort every minute he is on the floor. He is creative with the ball, can shoot and will give quality minutes to Coach Jason Shelton as early as next year.

Weitzel, who goes 6'9, will be asked to give the Lions plenty of quality interior minutes once he garners some strength to his thin frame. His skill level will rise exponentially once he gets some confidence, which will come quickly with increased strength.

The Lions, who play in the TransSouth Conference, finished a gaudy 20-11 last season and will look to improve on that mark next year.

Livesay Chooses Golden Lions….26 and Counting

Nicholas Livesay ended his recruitment this past week choosing to jump the state's borders and attend Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Livesay, who goes 6-8 and attends Bolton High School in Arlington, has only been playing ball for a few years and has a good upside. His length will help him get better and his attitude will boad him well as a hard working attentive youngster.

Livesay, who played these past few summers with the Mid-State Ballerz, chose the SWAC school over a few others who pursued him heavily.

The commitment of livesay to the Golden Lions give the Class of 2008 a solid 26 D1 commitments with hopefully a couple more to come.

Ryan Walden Chooses Milligan

The Buffaloes of Milligan College continue to reap the vast rewards of Tennessee hoopsters getting a nice commitment from Knoxville Catholic do-it-all guard Ryan Walden.

Walden excelled at everything athletic while at Catholic and will be a sweet addition for Coach Wallingford and the hoops squad.

A great defender on the perimeter, Walden can knock down the three and is quick enough to get by his man with the ball.

He will be a wonderful addition for the NAIA stalwart and a future All- Appalachian Athletic Conference selection.

Blake Makes 25, Choctaw Star Commits to the Peay

Justin Blake ends the suspense.

The 6'2 shooting guard from Dyer County capped a marvelous career choosing to stay relatively close to home and attend Austin Peay University.

The Clarksville campus will welcome the dead eye shooting range of Blake, as he joins fellow Class of 2008 ballers Tyrone Cladwell (Clarksville), Robert Elam, Mike Smith, James Harris (NCA) as Tennessee prepsters headed to the Peay.

Austin Peay plays in the very tough OVC and represented the confernce in this years NCAA Tourney. The Governors finished the season 24-11 inlcuding a gaudy 16-4 mark in conference play.

Blake, who was Class AA Mr. Basketball finalist this past season, brings a solid understanding of the game along with his outstanding marksmanship, which will be welcomed in venerable coach Dave Loos' system.

The commitment of Blake give the Volunteer state 25 D1 commitments for the Class of 2008.

Destination Chattanooga For “The Truth”

24 and counting.

Ricky "The Truth" Taylor has ended his long recruiting battle and decided to spend the next four years with Coach John Shulman and the Mocs of Chattanooga.

Taylor accumulated the accolades in his senior season with district and regional honors; as well as, being an honorable mention McDonald's All-American candidate.

Ricky chose the Mocs over interest from Eastern Kentucky, SEMO, Evansville and many others.

Coach Shulman is getting a polished competitor who needs to improve his strength but is a wonderful person and student/athlete.

The Mocs finished last season at 18-13 overall and 13-3 in the Southern Conference.

I personally want to wish Ricky the best of luck and success in his college nventure. He has been one of my favorite kids, not only on the hardwood, but in everything else. I appreciate his diligence in making his "Speaking the Truth" forum a popular item on the website.

Good luck Ricky and show em who "The Truth" really is.