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by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Wooten Headed to Southern Conference

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The third member of the Briarcrest Christian triumvirate finally makes his college decision.

Greg Wooten joins his high school teammates, Johnny Williams and Leslie McDonald , who signed with George Mason and North Carolina respectively, as D1 signees. 

The 6'1 point guard decided to end all speculation and has committed to play for the Bulldogs of Samford.

Samford, who plays in the Southern Conference, is located in Birmingham and coached by Jimmy Tillette.

Wooten brings versatility and a great head for the game to the Dogs. He can score when called upon but his greatest asset for the next level will be his ability to adapt to whatever spot the team needs his services.

Good luck to Greg and I wish him nothing but success.  












Purple Aces Snag Memphis Guard


A gem, a sleeper, whatever we are calling them nowdays are players who were basically under the radar for their high school careers, but got the attention of some college coaches be it from our site or a friend of a friend, regardless they finally got some notice.

Lewis Jones (Carver) was one of those players. Not playing in the summer for various reasons, the 6'4 guard was basically unknown on the national scene. His scoring exploits in high school were no mystery, as we featured him weekly on our list of top scorers and even named him West Tennessee Player of the Week one one occassion. 

No longer can Jones be under the radar as the Memphis guard has inked on the dotted line and will suit up next season for the Purple Aces of Evansville.

Coach Marty Simmons will welcome the steady and athletic big guard to the Missouri Valley program.  

The signing of Jones gives the Class of 2009 a cool 22 with at least three to four more pending.   

Mocs Get Their Man


Rico White (Bearden) has made the most of his senior season as a Bearden Bulldog.

The 6'3 guard/wing led his squad to the Class AAA state finals, was named to every all-tournament team, garnered numerous all-district and all-region kudos and now becomes the 21st player in the Class of 2011 to pledge D1.

White will take his game down I75 to play for Coach Jon Shulman and the Mocs of Chattanooga.

Chattanooga plays in the Southern Conference and finished last season at 16-16.

White, who will be looked upon as a two-guard, brings a high basketball IQ and a willingness to do whatever is asked of him on the next level.

White turned down offers from Charleston Southern, Radford and Eastern Kentucky before choosing to bring his talents to the McKenzie Arena.

We wish him all the luck in the world and thank you for the privledge of having watched you grow as a player and as a friend.

Bearden Wing Air Force Bound


The first of the Bearden five and the 15th player in the Class of 2009 has decided on his college decision.

Dustin Craig (Bearden) the 6'5 wing will attend the Air Force Academy.

Craig, a 6'5 wing, is the first of his peers at state power Bearden to make his decision as he heads to the Mountain West to play for Coach Jeff Reynolds.

Craig, who played this summer for the Mid-State Ballerz, showed he could compete on a national level and he chose the Falcons over a couple of other offers.

Now to the business at hand the Bulldogs will be playing in the second round of the prestigious Arbys Clasic before embarking on a run at the state.


Burney and Lloyd Lead a Host of Commitments

  Commitments are flying in from all over the place and now is the time when the junior colleges start to grab their future and the rest of the field starts to narrow things down as well.

After a rousing performance in the Class AAA state tournament, Monte Burney (Clarksville) will take his skills to one of the best junior colleges in the country. Burney will suit up next year for Vincennes University and venerable coach Todd Franklin. Vincennes has long been a JUCO powerhouse averaging 25 wins per season for the past 12 years.

Denzel Hardy (Southwind) will take his game to Tougaloo College an NAIA school located in Mississippi. The Bulldogs are a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Bryan College continues to accumulate players adding three more to their roster including Skylar Brown (Seymour), a 1,000 point scorer at Seymour, Andrew Blosser (Lenoir City) and Landon Hilton (Lenoir City).  Bryan College is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Lions compete in NAIA DII.

D.J. Currier (Oakdale) will continue his hoops career over the state line at Berea College in Kentucky. The Mountaineers are coached by John Hemenway and participate in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of NAIA DII.

Jacob Lloyd (Westview) completed an outstanding high school career and will travel up the road to play for Coach Deron Hines and Jackson State next season. Jackson State is a member of the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association.

Staying in the conference, second year mentor Jerry Nichols dips into his hometown and plucks out Jeff Graham (Hamilton). Graham is an athletic big man who can play the four.

On the other end of the state, Walter's State keeps reeling them in from all corners of the Volunteer state.

Anthony Sanders (Morristown West) comes from the Senators backyard right there in Morristown.

Kurt Brooks (Cocke County) another local product bring some good guard size and a nice outside stroke to campus.

Meanwhile from Middle Tennessee, Devanta Hamlett (Columbia Central) and Dedron Pillow (Columbia Central) will make the trek to play for venerable mentor Bill Caryle.

Terrence Dixon (LaVergne) after a nice showing at the Tennessee Prep Hoops Unisgned Senior Showcase at Walter's State, will move to Morristown and continue his basketball career with the Senators.

Lucas Branch (Knoxville Catholic) a 6'1 guard from Knoxville Catholic will cross the state line and play for Coach Jason Gillespie and the Bulldogs of Union College in Kentucky.

The Bulldogs advanced to the NAIA National Tournament this season.