Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Spiders Catch Memphis Guard in Their Web


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.


Commitments, Commitments and More Commitments


The commitments just keep on pouring in.


Carson Newman announced the signing of Andy Barnett (Pigeon Forge). The Eagles, coached by Chuck Benson, added the dynamic shooting guard this past week. Carson Newman is a member of the South Atlantic Conference. They play in the NCAA DII ranks.


Down in Cleveland, Tennessee Lee University coach Tommy Brown is ultra pleased with a nice pair of commitments he garnered over the weekend. Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) and Logan Ramsey (Livingston Academy) will suit up for the Flames next season. Lee plays in the Southern States Conference and is a member of NAIA. The Flames finished 20-9 this past season and made a trip to the National Tournament.


Staying in the general vicinity, Tennessee Wesleyan received a nice commitment as Preston Russell (Tellico Plains) will spend his college career down in Athens playing for venerable Coach Mike Poe and the Bulldogs. Wesleyan finished 24-10 last season and are a charter member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference in NAIA.


Veering slightly up in a geographical sense, Bryan College announced the signing of two players from the state of Tennessee. Brandon Arnold (Chattanooga Christian) and Jeff Long (Hendersonville) bring their talents to play for Coach Don Rekoske. Bryan is a member of NAIA and plays in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.


Moving towards the middle of the state, Coach Sam Harris announced the signing of two Volunteer state players in Isaac Harris (Hunter's Lane) and Jordan Bedwell (White House-Heritage). The Torjans of Trevecca-Nazarene welcome these two fine additions to their roster for next fall. Trevecca is a member of the NAIA and play in the TransSouth Conference. They finished this past season with 22 wins.


Fitzgerald Hopkins (Lincoln County) was a name that everyone who kept up with our scoring lists saw on a weekly basis. Hopkins will play his college basketball in Henderson as Coach Jason Shelton and the Lions of Freed-Hardeman welcome the dynamic lead guard to the fray. Freed plays in the NAIA and is a member of the TransSouth Conference. They finished this past season with a nice 21-11 record.


Finally venturing out of state, Justin Ragsdale (Silverdale Academy) makes the trip up North to play at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. The Trolls are a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and are coached by second year mentor Brandon Nicol.


Eagles Land Maplewood Standout


And the hits just keep on coming.

Robert Wade (Maplewood) became the fourth player in the Class of 2010 when he gave his commitment to Donnie Tyndall and the Eagles from Morehead State.

Wade, who ran this summer with Team Nashville, has really come a long way with his demanor on the court and his game seems to be following that path as well.

Next level athletic with improving skills, Wade could be a nice inside/outside player for the OVC school in the coming years.

Morehead State finished last season 20-16 and made an appearance in the NCAA tournament, winning the play in game before fallin to #1 seed Louisville.

Wade chose the Eagles over interest from other OVC and SunBelt schools.


Gatlinburg-Pittman Power Heading to the East Coast


Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) came to the mountain of East Tennessee a couple of years ago with a dream to play basketball on the next level.

Today his wish was granted when the 6'5 combo forward committed to play his college basketball at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

Canisius plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and is coached by Tom Parrota.

The Griffs are getting a tough minded player who can score off the block and create some opportunities with his outside shot and ability to put the ball on the floor and finish.

Agosto becomes the 20th player in the Class of 2011 to sign D1.

Agosto led the Highlanders to one of the finest seasons in school history. They were ranked as high as #2 in the A.P. polls and finished the season in the regional semi-finals.

A great young man we wish him nothing but the best in his college experience.

Applewhite Chooses SEC School


Andre Applewhite (Memphis Central) had no doubt a strong performance at the state tournament could vault him into a high major scholarship offer.

As it goes he was certainly correct.

The 6'6 wing forward will take his game to Starkville and play for the Bulldogs of Mississippi State and first year head coach Rick Ray.

Applewhite was simply a man among boys at this years state tourney. He averaged over 20 points per game and grabbed over 10 boards per contest leading Central to the title game loss against Memphis East.

Big Dre has a college ready body and will be asked to play some on the perimeter; as well as, on the block where he can excel also.

Applewhite becomes the 15th player in the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.