J3 to the SEC

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18 is the count as this vaunted Class of 2013 continues to churn out the D1 commitments at an alarming rate.

Johnathan Williams III (Southwind) becomes the 18th member of the Class of 2013 to pledge to D1 as the 6'8 wing will venture next door to the newest member of the SEC, the Tigers of Missouri.

Always strong on the Memphis scene, Missouri won 30 games last season and will be primed to be an immediate factor in the SEC race.

The Tigers are coached by Frank Haith.

Williams, who ran this summer, when he was healthy, with the Bluff City Legends, is a wiry wing who can score from inside or on the perimeter. He has ball skills and once his strength catches up with him he could be a big factor on the next level,.

Now J3 can concentrate on helping get Southwind down to Murfreesboro in March.

Merriweather Chooses the Bucs

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As the commitments continue to pour in, we go to the furthest most Eastern point of the state for the 17th pledge from the Class of 2013.

A.J. Merriweather (Jackson Southside) made the most of his summer experience as the 6'3 shooting guard will attend East Tennessee State next fall.

Merriweather, who ran with the Nashville Celtics this past summer, is a dynamic athlete who defends hard and has the ability to score in a multitude of ways. He parlayed a serious July into his D1 pledge.

ETSU plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is coached by Murray Bartow in his eigth season at the Johnson City, Tennessee stalwart.

“The Assassin” Makes His Decision

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Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) had a tough decision on his hands.

Arguably the best shooter in the state, the 5'11 guard knew it was time to make his college decision.

He fielded offers from several schools including King College, LMU and many others but when the dust settled "The Assassin" decided to play for the Hawks of Shorter University.

Shorter, located in Rome, Georgia, is a D2 school with a rich hoops history. They are a member of the Gulf South Conference and are coached by Chad Warner.

Rowan, who played his summer hoops with the Tennessee Travelers, now has his decision out of the way and he can concentrate on leading his Stone Memorial teammates back to their perch in Murfreesboro come March.

Bison Corral Memphis Wing

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16 and Counting!!!!!!!!!

Peyton Husley (Southwind) ended his recruitment last week pledging his wares for the Lipscomb Bison and thus becoming the 16th member of the Class of 2013 to declare D1.

Husley, who played this past summer with Team Thad, is an interesting player who can play multiple spots and has the body to make an immediate impact on the next level.

Lipscomb toils in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is coached by Scott Sanderson.

Third Time is a Charm for TSU

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First year mentor Travis Williams made it a point to recruit in-state.

The new Tennessee State mentor is doing just that with his third commitment from a Volunteer state baller as Ryhan Townes (Arlington) will become a Tiger next fall.

Townes, who ran this summer with the surprising Team Thad crew, is a lanky scorer with a deadly lefty jumpshot and the skill level off the bounce to see immediate playing time upon his arrival at the Nashville campus.

TSU, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, recieved commitments from a pair of Nashville studs last week in Jamonte Davis from Hillsboro and Jamonte Graham from Father Ryan.

Townes becoes the 15th player in the vaunted Class of 2013 to pledge his wares to a D1 school.

The Hits Just Keep on Coming…Graham to TSU

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Almost simultaneously the pipeline continues to get stronger for OVC member Tennessee State.

Over the weekend rising star Jamonte Davis chose the Tigers and new mentor Travis Williams now another Jamonte is joining the fray.

Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan) made his commitment over the weekend and will also stay close to home choosing the Tigers of Tennessee State.

Graham, who also played with Team Nashville over the hot months, is a sturdy defensive minded guard with incredible leadership skills and has above average strength for his size.

Also a warrior on the gridiron, Graham becomes the 12th member of the Class of 2013 to make his D1 commitment.

Tigers Snatch Nashville Rising Star

 

A huge upside, a huge summer is generally two ingredients that go well together when concocting how to make you a viable prospect on the next level.

Jamonte Davis (Hillsboro) was turning heads last year before an accident just before the start of his junior year kept him out of action. The 6'7 rising senior wing got back onto the circuit in July just in time for the evaluation period and began turning heads once again.

Davis, who ran this summer with the vaunted Team Nashville crew, ended his recruitment this weekend when he chose the Tigers of Tennessee State.

A huge coup for the Ohio Valley Conference stalwart and first year head coach Travis Williams.

Davis brings a major upside to his game. He has terrific quickness; explosion and can knock down the short jumper as well.

Coach Williams has secured the type of player from the local area who can hopefully begin a pipeline streaming towards the TSU campus.

Davis is the 11th member of the Class of 2013 to pledge his wares to the D1 corps.

 

 

 

 

“The Franchise” Makes His Way to Texas

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Another one off the board...

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central) joins 10 other members of the Class of 2013 as the lanky 6'6 rising senior ended his recuitment with a commitment to Great West Conference member Houston Baptist.

The Huskies, who will soon move to the Southland Conference, are coached by Ron Cottrell.

"The Franchise" will now concentrate on securing another Class A state title berth, another Mr. Basketball nomination and many more post-season honors.

 

Racers Grab Memphis Guard

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The Racers of Murray State may be one of the most talked about programs in the country, regardless of conference affiliation.

Coach Steve Proehm's crew won over 30 games last season and won both the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament title last year.

Cameron Payne (Lausanne) apparently liked what he saw. The 6'0 lead guard decided to end his recruitment and will suit up next season for the Racers of Murray State.

Payne, who ran this summer with the Bluff City Legends in the Nike EYBL, is a scorer with deep range who will run the point. He plays with aggression and has that Memphis swagger we all know and love so well.

Payne is the 9th player in the Class of 2013 to commit thus far.

Vols Land West Tennessee Big Timer

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Second year Tennessee mentor was searching for his first signature recruit.

A player who was sought after by all the big boys and a player who could help lure more 5-star players into the Volunteer fold.

Robert Hubbs (Dyer County) is that player.

The 6'5 combo guard ended his massive recruitment with a pledge to spend his time in Rocky Top come next fall.

Hubbs, who was nationally ranked among the top 15 to 25 players in the country depending on which service you believe, is a special talent who can knock down the outside shot and finish at the rim with gusto.

He is the 8th player from the special Class of 2013 to commit and the first to pledge for an SEC school.

Hubbs, who played his summer hoops with M33M, spurned offers from Kentucky and Duke to spend his time wearing the orange and white.