Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

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.


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).





Black Knights Secure Clarksville Big


The July period is an invaluable time for a rising high school senior prospect.

A player can bring his recruitment to another level with a solid showing while on the trail with the usual stops like Indianapolis, Louisville, Augusta, Orlando and Las Vegas.

Kyle Weldon (Rossview) made the most of his time running with the Tennessee Tigers, the Clarksville rising star showed his steady improvement and for his efforts will take his game to the Patriot League and suit up next season for the Black Knights of Army.

Academics of course played a huge role in the decision with an appointment to West Point being an honor for any young man.

Weldon showed his prowess with a wonderful summer. His offensive game took a major step in the right direction as he gained confidence and strength and showed he could compete on the highest level.

Weldon entertained many schools who showed marked interest but his choice to play for Coach Zach Spiker was not unexpected.

Weldon becomes the 7th player in the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.

Tigers Keep the Big Dawg Home…..Nichols Heading to Memphis


Keeping your players at home is one of the hardest jobs for a local coach.

In a city like Memphis the local talent can be abundant and with every school in the country chomping at your heels it can be a tough road keeping the city's top talent home.

Coach Josh Pastner has managed to pull off the feat getting a pledge from national Top 10 recuit and the state's top player Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian).

Nichols joins fellow Memphians Nick King (Memphis East), Sam Craft (Craigmont) and Markel Crawford (Melrose) as members of the vaunted Class of 2013 for the burgeoning Tiger program.

Nichols, who ran this summer with the M33M Ballerz, becomes the 21st member of the fantastic Class of 2013 in the Volunteer state to commit.

As previously mentioned Nichols is listed in the Top 20 of nearly every major recruiting service national rankings.

The Tigers will compete in Conference USA this season.