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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Seymore Headed to King College

Jason Seymore ended his recruitment recently by committing to play for the Tornadoes of King College.

King College is located in Bristol and is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

King is coached by legendary mentor George Pitts. The venerable Pitts led the Tornadoes to the NAIA DII National Tournament this past season.

Seymore is an athletic swingman who will fit nicely into the active switching defenses employed hy Pitts.

Seymore was an all-district and all-region selection this past season at Powell.

Mr. Gouldie Goes to Wesleyan

Anderson County senior post Grant Gouldie has ended his recruitment and will sign with Tennessee Wesleyan.

The 6'8 Gouldie had a solid senior campaign for Derek Wallace's Mavericks. Gouldie was especially tough in the district tourney garnering honors for his play during that weekend.

Tennessee Wesleyan is located in Athens, Tennessee and participates in NAIA DII. The Bulldogs are a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and are coached by former Science Hill mentor Mike Poe.

Congrats to Grant and his family.

Jenkins Will Be a Commodore

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When the opportunity arises why wait around.

John Jenkins (Station Camp) had a fantastic summer this past year. His work with the Tennessee YOMCA Tigers brought him to the forefront of the recruiting wars and establsihed himself as a top national player.

The start of his junior season has been nothing short of outstanding. Jenkins is pushing the 30 point per game mark and is staking his claim for Mr. Basketball. His outside game is his calling card but Jenkins can put the ball on the deck and score off the bounce. His versatility is what makes him such a valuable commodity.

With all this success it's no wonder the colleges have all come calling.

Offers from several SEC schools; as well as, numerous other quality universities gave Jenkins a great deal of options from which to choose.

After careful deliberation Two J made his choice and decided to end his recruitment and concentrate on getting his team to Murfreesboro.

The lucky winner of his services are SEC riser Vanderbilt.

The Commodores made a Sweet 16 appearances last season and are on their way to more success this season. Jenkins will call Nashville his second home and will be a vital cog in the teams continued rise under Kevin Stallings.

Jenkins is the first player from the Class of 2009 to make his pledge.

Bison Get Hurt In a Good Way


Strike while the iron is hot!

Who is hotter right now in the state of Tennessee than the Bison of Lipscomb.

After an early signing class that included four Tennessee residents, Zavion Williams, Martin Smith, Malcolm Smith and Marvin Williams the Bison have found a few more.

One from the present and one of our favorites from the past.

Stephen Hurt (Siegel) will take his considerable upside to Allen Arena and become a fixture inside for Coach Scott Sanderson.

Hurt has made significant strides in his development each year he played for the Stars. He was a fixture at the state tournament and really turned some heads this past year with his play at the event.

Possessing great hands and feet, Hurt's best basketball is certainly in front of him and as he continues to round into college playing shape he will be a mainstay in the Atlantic Sun for the surging Bison.

Hurt is the 22nd player from the Class of 2011 to pledge D1.

Where are they now?

Well former Glencliff star and Mid-State Ballerz fixture Deonte Alexander concluded his stellar career at East Mississippi Junior College as a NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American and will take his talents to the Bison of Lipscomb

Commitments from All Over the State………Lets Catch Up


The college commitments have been piling up and now is as good a time as any to release some of the latest info we have received concerning who is going where.

In the Eastern portion of the state, Brad McClung (Station Camp) joins the squad down at Lee University. The Flames play in the NAIA and are coached by Tommy Brown.  

In the mid-state area, Nick Drake (East Literature) will spend his next four years under the tutelage of venerable mentor Sam Harris at Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville. The Trojans play in the Trans South conference of NAIA.

Staying in the NAIA, Terrence Smotherman (Blackman) parlayed a successful state tournament run into a college scholarship as the 6'5 banger will step across the state line at play at St. Catharine's in Kentucky. The Patriots are coached by J.T. Burton.

Over in North Carolina, Lee's McRae will welcome the addition of slashing combo guard Justin Wandell (Elizabethon) to the Bobcat cause. Lee's McRae is coached by Scott Polsgrove and are a member of the Conference of the Carolinas.

Jumping down to the Sunshine State, Micah Farmer (MTCS) begins his journey at Pensacola Christian College. The Eagles are coached by 17 year veteran mentor Mark Goetsch.

Coming back to the Volunteer state, Hiwassee College in Madisonville welcomes the services of combo guard Christian Haile (Shelbyville). The Tigers are coached by Rodney Nelson.

Slipping over to the Junior College ranks, out of state style, Craig Hill (Ridgeway) takes the long train down to Oklahoma and will play his first two season of college basketball at Connor State.

Coming back to the Southeast, talented guard Marquarious Boddie (Bartlett) takes his exciting game over the border and will suit up for the Trojans of Mississippi Delta Community College. Derrick Fears is the coach at this junior college haven.

Over in Illinois a pair of former state champions will venture off to play for the Cavaliers of Kankakee College and coach Joe Lightfoot. Darius Gipson (Craigmont) and Robert Houston (Craigmont) make their way to the Midwest to pursue their hoop dreams.

In the Tennessee Junior Community College Athletic Association many players have pledged to remain closer to home to start their college hoops careers including a pair of Memphis natives in Montrezes Gary (Westwood) and Jerron Washington (Kirby) who will both suit up for another Memphis native Coach Jerry Nichols and the Bucks of Motlow State.

Volunteer State welcomes the services of Easton Cline (Station Camp) to their Gallatin campus. Cline is a tough player with a solid basketball IQ and will be a welcome addition for Coach Rusty Melvin.

Myron Johnson (Memphis Central) was simply outstanding in the postseason and for his reward he will play for venerable coach Verties Sailes and the Saliquis of Southwest Tennessee, also a distinguished member of the TJCCAA.

Chattanooga State welcomes burly 6'5 power forward Jamal Smith (FACS) to their campus. Coach Jay Price is no stranger to big kids and he will love the raw potential of this young man.

Just around the corner at Cleveland State, coach Lee Cigliano also dipped into the West Tennessee pool and snatched Kahan Swift (Jackson Southside). Swift is a solid combo guard who will see plenty of action for the Cougars.

A fearsome foursome follows venerable coach Bill Carlyle to East Tennessee and to the campus of Walter's State. The Senators looked close to home and snatched Tevin Gunn (Hardin Valley), cleaned house in Middle Tennessee with scoring champion Cameron High (Lebanon) and finally continued a superb West Tennessee pipeline with shooting phenom Darrius White (Memphis Overton) and sticky defensive ace Cedarius Taylor (Dyer County).