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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

The Commitments Continue to Accumulate in Tennessee


The school year is fast coming to a close and commitments are flying off the shelves like bread and milk at the hint of snow.


Before we start if you know of someone we have omitted and overlooked please email me at andre@tnprephoops.com and let me know so we can get them into a commitment story.


Walter's State continues to pile up signees, so add to the mix a couple of dandies in Zach Garland (David Crockett) and Leland Robinson (Southside). Garland, a 6'11 post, who has some major upside, will have to learn to adjust to the speed of junior college basketball. Robinson is a scoring machine from out in West Tennessee and will love the quick tempo of the JUCO game. He can score from outside or off the dribble and if he works will move on when his time is done in Morristown.


Coach Randy Lambert has assembled a stable of standouts for his Scots program and his efforts are not concluded with three more signings. Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah), Will Amos (Silverdale Academy) and Oscar Butler (Siegel) join an all-star cast for the upcoming season of Scots basketball. Griffin is a scoring machine who will thrive under the tutelage of the venerable Lambert. Amos brings toughness and hustle to the mix and Butler is the type of athlete that the folks in DIII rarely get the chance to behold. He could leave Maryville as an all-time great if he works at his craft.


In Athens, Coach Mike Poe and the Bulldogs of Tennessee Wesleyan welcome the talents of 6'4 wing Wesley Richey (Ooltewah). Richey can shoot from the perimeter and is a strong athletic kid who can bang and score off the dribble or offensive board.

Over at Lee University, Tommie Brown always has things under control and it looks to stay that way with the addition of Chad Lee (McCallie). Lee has outstanding size and can really shoot the rock from deep.

Assembling players from Tennessee is priority one for Bryan College mentor Don Rekoske and he continues to brings good players into the fold adding sharp-shooting guard Tylor Skidmore (Meigs County).


Staying in the Cleveland area, the Cougars of Cleveland State snare two of the Chattanooga area's finest players in Nick Ross (Red Bank) and Travis Jones (Tyner Academy). Ross led all the area scorers with a gaudy 23 point per game scoring average and will be a major weapon for Coach Lee Cigliano next season. Jones is a tough defender with a strong build who can play the point and lead a team, he and Ross will make a formidable backcourt in the near future.


In the West, a trio of junior college signees make the grade with Jelan Taylor (West Creek) taking his talents to Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Wesley Brown (Sycamore) heading to play for Coach Rusty Melvin at Volunteer State community College and finally Marty Wilkerson (Cordova), who will play his college basketball at Dyersburg State Community College.


Bethel University welcomes a couple of in-state players into their program with Woody Correll (Creek Wood) and Trevor Moore (Montgomery Central) ready to contribute. Correll had a nice senior season, scoring and controlling the glass, while Moore was one of the top scorers in his district and region this past season.

Mocs Get West Tennessee Guard


When it rains it pours my friends. The commitment caravan is alive and well and the vaunted Class of 2013 has not disappointed thus far.

Jonathan Starks (Munford) becomes the latest member of the D1 family as the slick point man ends his recruitment pledging to spend four years with the Mocs of Chattanooga.

Starks, who ran this summer with Team Thad, made the most if his opportunity this past April and July and parlayed his success into a D1 offer.

The Mocs are a charter member of the Southern Conference and are coached by 8 year veteran mentor Jon Shulman.

The folks at McKenzie Arena will enjoy the quickness and hard nosed approach of Starks. He can score in transition and is an unselfish player as well.

Starks, who transferred from Brighton, will attend Minford for his final prep year in Tennessee.

Starks becomes the 13th member of the Class of 2013 to commit thus far.  


Maryville College Snares Four Commitments


The Scots of Maryville College have had a long history of winning. Coach Randy Lambert is one of the true icons in the state of Tennessee and his teams continuously improve and play for championships.


The Scots have combed the East Tennessee landscape for many years and have had magnificent success in the area; the 2011 haul keeps this long standing tradition alive.


Cory Conard (Cosby), Spencer Peake (Bearden), Phillip Stephens (Knoxville Catholic) and Joey Boedwig (Knoxville Catholic) make up a very nice haul for the Scots in the upcoming recruiting class.


Conard, who was the 1A District MVP, brings a polished offensive game and great footwork to one of the area's top big men coaches.


Peake, whose Bulldogs will tangle with Morristown East in their sub-state game tomorrow, is a smart player who can knock down the open shot and has the size to play three positions.


Stephens is a hard-nosed competitor who has improved every season during his high school career and will be a benefactor of the Scots inside-outside system.


Boedwig has a world of potential and with his size and dexterity will be a strong player for many years in Maryville.


The local flavor continues and the Scots just keep on rolling.


Oldham to Become a Skyhawk


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


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