Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Oldham to Become a Skyhawk

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Good things always seem to happen to those who wait.

After leading his squad to an improbable Class AAA state tournament appearance senior guard Dee Oldham (Wilson Central) made the most of his opportunity.

The 6'3 senior ended all speculation and will sign this Wednesday with the University of Tennessee-Martin.

UTM plays in the Ohio Valley Conference and is coached by Jason James.

Oldham becomes the 15th member of the Class of 2012 to pledge for D1.

Anthony the Next Spiderman… Richmond That Is

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A huge summer for a "big" little dude caught the eye of nearly every coach in the Southeastern portion of the country.

Sure he's not very big, but he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he WINS!!!!

Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) parlayed a fantastic July into a commitment to NCAA tournament participant Richmond this past weekend.

Anthony, who starred this summer for the Nashville Celtics, proved he could compete on the highest level and the Atlantic 10 powerhouse, whose 26 wins last season was a school record, could not resist the allure of having him in the backcourt for the next four seasons.

Richmond mentor Chris Mooney gets a high level defender and scoring point with a winning mentality of the highest caliber.

Anthony will now focus on getting his Crusaders of Liberty Tech back to the Class AA state tournament after a crushing loss to Bolivar Central in the state title game.

Anthony becomes the sixth member of the Class of 2011 to pledge his wares to a D1 school

Mays and Sullivan……Add Their Names to the D1 List

 

Two of the late blooming stars in the Memphis area got to live their hoops dreams this past week signing D1 scholarships and becoming the 21st and 22nd players in the Class of 2011 to join this elite club.

 

Phillip Mays (Wooddale) and Kadorian Sullivan (Southwind) added their names to D1 equation signing with Air Force and Florida International respectively.  

 

Mays, who averaged around 21 points per game this past season, had an outstanding senior campaign highlighted by his selection as the MVP of the ever tough 15AAA district.

 

Mays was an exemplary young man both on and off the court for Wooddale and will bring a players mentality into the Mountain Conference for the surging Falcons coached by Jeff Reynolds.

 

Sullivan helped Southwind to an outstanding season and will bring athleticism and a bright future into the fold for the Panthers and Coach Isiah Thomas, a former NBA great.

 

The Panthers play in the very tough Sun Belt conference.

 

Golden Gophers Land Spartan Star

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Andre Hollins (White Station) put himself into a very enviable position. A superb student good enough to garner a great deal of interest from Harvard and Stanford, Hollins decided to make his college decision on the eve of high school basketball practice tipping off in Tennessee.

 

Hollins, who played his summer basketball with the Memphis Magic, chose to head to the Big Ten and venerable coach Tubby Smith and become a Golden Gopher.

 

Minnesota, who finished 21-14 last season losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Xavier, proved to have everything that excited the young Memphian and his decision to play for the Gophers as he chose them over interest from the aforementioned Harvard, Stanford, plus Mississippi and Auburn.

 

Hollins is the 16th player from the state to pledge his wares for D1 joining his high school teammate Marvin Williams, who committed to Lipscomb last month.

 

Hollins will now attempt to lead his Spartans back to the Promised Land after a state champion defeat at the hands of district and city rival Melrose last season.

 

Hollins was also a McDonald's All-American nominee this season.

 

Spiders Catch Memphis Guard in Their Web

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Seems like once the damn breaks, there is nothing to stop the flood of players making college commitments.

The Class of 2013 will prove to be one of the best classes we have had in Tennessee.

So let's chalk up another commitment, the 14th thus far as Josh Jones (Memphis Central) ends his recruitment pledging to play for the Spiders of Richmond.

Jones, who played some hoops this summer with M33M, is a big strong scoring guard who has range and the size to be ready to contribute immediately on the next level.

Richmond, who toils in the Atlantic 10 Conference, is coached by Chris Mooney and has always been Volunteer State friendly as a program.