Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

He Will Become a Spartan


It's like an avalanche of commitments once the first decision has been breached here in Tennessee for the Class of 2010.


Cody Henegar (Marion County) became the 13th member of the class to pledge his future college plans. The 6-9 rising senior has ended his recruitment and will take his improving game to UNC-Greensboro.


Henegar, who played this past summer for the Nashville Celtics, burst onto to the national scene with some outstanding play in the hot months of the scouting scene.


A slight built youngster, Cody can shoot the mid-range shot and is added strength and confidence away from becoming a very effective player on the interior when called upon.


He showed marked improvement at times this summer with his aggression on the boards and his shot blocking prowess, which could be a staple for him with his tremendous length.


Henegar chose the Southern Conference School after serious interest from Tulane and others.


The Spartans, coached by Mike Dement, will play their upcoming games in the vaunted Greensboro Coliseum.


With his college decision now behind him Henegar can concentrate on leading his Marion County squad deep into the playoffs and get himself on track for a fine senior campaign and a potential nomination for the coveted Mr. Basketball award in Tennessee.


Good luck to you Cody.



Golden Gophers Land Spartan Star


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


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.