Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Memphis Big Chooses the Rebels


 With July fresh upon us a few players feel the need to get their college decision behind them so they can concentrate on making the most of the hot months in front of their future college coaches.

Marcanvis Hymon (Whiteheaven) falls into that scenario as the rising senior ended his recruitment pledging for the Ole Miss Rebels and coach Andy Kennedy.

Hymon becomes the third player from the Class of 2014 to cast his wares and the second member of the vaunted Team Thad crew to commit to D1.    

Hymon chose the SEC school over offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi State and Auburn.

Hymon is a workhorse on the glass and has a motor that will allow him, albeit a bit undersized, to compete night in and night out on the glass in the SEC.


Roby Chooses the Billikens

Another one comes off the board and that makes two for the Spartans of White Station as versatile swing man Davell Roby (White Station) chose St. Louis as his college destination this past week.

The 6'4 Roby, who toils with Team Penny in the EYBL during the summer months, will be a welcome addition for Coach Jim Crews and the Billikens.

St. Louis, a member of the Atlantic 10, was ranked throughout the college basketball season last year finishing at 13-3 in conference and 28-7 overall and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Roby has the size and athleticism to be a steal for the Billikens and hopefully a magical senior season will help him on his way to collegiate success.

Gators Take Spartan Sparkplug


With the first commitment of the Class of 2014 in the state of Tennessee, the Florida Gators select Chris Chiozza (White Station).

 The sensational little guard was a shining star in April and decided to end all speculation and chose to play for the SEC stalwart and national championship coach Billy Donovan and the Gators.

 Chiozza had a slew of offers but chose to go where the guards seem to be the main attraction down in sunny Gainesville.

 Chiozza, who plays his summer basketball with the vaunted Team Thad crew, will be visible in July and looking to help his teammates secure their futures as well.

 Unfinished business will be the mantra for the Spartans of White Station and Chiozza as they will look to venture down to Murfreesboro this season and show they are the best team in the BluffCity.


Catching up on Commitments


Catching up with commitments has proven to be a full time job these days. Lets see what we have.

 On the east side of the state the Scots of Maryville College have secured a number of commitments from all over the area. Clark McCall (Maryville) will remain close to home and play for venerable mentor Randy Lambert and the Scots. McCall was instrumental in helping lead the Rebels to a spot in the Class AAA state tournament this past year. Joining him from East Tennessee will be Jack Rase (Powell). A vital cog in the Panther machine that made some noise this season, Rase is a shooter and lead guard who will enjoy the Maryville College system,

 Moving to the middle of the state the Scots have landed high scoring point guard Austin Gee (Ezell-Harding) and Austin Mullinax (Waverly Central). Gee was a 1,000 point scorer in high school and will be counted to provide some back-up for the Scots this season. Mullinax is a combo forward who can score in a multitude of ways, he will be eased into the rotation as he learns the college game.

 Staying on the DIII track, Tom Kasier (MBA) will attend the University of Dallas for his college choice. Dallas plays in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

 Over in DII, Lee's McRae announced the signing of Chase Arnold (Sullivan North). A prolific scorer and rebounder in high school, Arnold will hope to make an immediate impact for coach Steve Hardin and the Bobcats.

 Junior colleges move to the forefront this time of the year as they are scooping up players to fill their respective rosters.

 Staying in state, Cleveland State and coach Lee Cigliano went hard and heavy in the local area securing four commitments to play for the Chargers this up coming season. Marcellus Roberts (KnoxvilleCentral), Matt Whitmire (Bradley Central), Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) and Ethan Hayes (Anderson County) will all head down to Cleveland for their next level of basketball.

 Trey McPherson (Macon County) will stay relatively close to home as the shooting guard will attendVolunteer State Community College in Gallatin. Vol State is coached by Rusty Melvin.


Eric Darrett (Maplewood) has chosen to leave the state and he will attend Rend Lake Junior Collegein Illinois.

 Itawamba Junior College in Mississippi welcomes one of the top scorers in the Memphis prep ranks the past couple of seasons Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant).

 The top scorer in Memphis this past season, Zamarlus Griffin (BTW) will also head to Mississippi for his college career. Griffin has signed with Mississippi Delta Community   College.

State Champion Memphis Southwind will send another player into the college ranks as wing forwardDeckie Johnson (Southwind) is headed to Angelina Junior College in Texas.

 Remaining in Texas, Darrius Brown (Northeast) will also venture South and attend Odessa Junior College.

Adams, Butler and Calvin Sign D1 Scholarships


The late signing of players has become common place for many schools. Good for the players who waited till late to make their college choices.

 Will Adams (Science Hill) takes his game over the mountain to Presbyterian College in South Carolina. The Blue Hose welcome the 5-10 guard who will compete for playing time at the point guard position. Presbyterian plays in the Big South Conference and is coached by Gregg Nibert. Adams, who played last summer for the Tennessee Chosen Few, is a defensive specialist who has improved his shooting stroke and will be a welcome addition in any locker room.

 Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) concluded a superb senior season with a commitment to Southeast Missouri University (SEMO). The Redhawks are a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and are coached by venerable mentor Dickey Nutt. Calvin brings a point guard skill level with the ability to score from anywhere on the floor with his deft shooting touch and quick first step. Calvin is the 24th member of the Class of 2013 to sign with a D1 school.

 Matthew Butler (Memphis East) held on to the end and for his waiting he will sign with the Rams of Rhode Island. Rhode   Island plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference and is coached by Danny Hurley.Butler was very good in helping lead East to the state title last season.

 In another quick note two former Tennessee prep stars made their way to the junior college ranks and have signed with D1 schools for the upcoming season. Jaleel Querry, former Maplewood star, took his skills to Lawson State Junior College and will sign with Tennessee State for this upcoming season.

 Dre Matthieu, former Knoxville Central star, went out West to do his damage at an Arizona Junior College and had a remarkable season landing himself on the 1st team all-junior college list and a recipient of a D1 scholarship from  new Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino.