Shown Leads a Host of Commitments



With all the hoops taking place in early April we got a bit behind with our commitment for the senior class that just finished up this season, let's see where some of our guys will be playing their college hoops next season.

Matt Shown (Alcoa) parlayed a solid senior campaign into a ride down I40 to Greeneville. The 6'7 big man will spend the next four seasons at Tusculum College. The Pioneers are a proud member of the South Atlantic Conference and are coached by second year mentor Mike Jones. Shown will be joined by fellow Knoxville hoopster Anthony Lewis (Knoxville Carter) on the Pioneers roster next season. Tusculum is a member of the NCAA Division II.

The junior colleges had a field day as the other levels close down business for the summer. The Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA) loaded up with players from the Volunteer state.

Roane State welcomes a pair of guards into the program as Cleveland Davidson (Rockwood) and DeQuan Wright (Bearden) join Coach Randy Nesbit's program for the next couple of seasons.

Venerable mentor Bill Carlyle brings one down from Middle Tennessee as Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) will suit up for the Senators next season.

Cleveland State head man Lee Cigliano welcomes Chattanooga native Trey Suttles (Tyner Academy) into the Cougars program.

Coach Jay Price was a busy man on the recruiting circuit these past few weeks inking a slew of incoming freshman including Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane), Demetrius Kitchens (Brainerd), Caymon Dial (LaVergne) and Devin Robinson (Ravenwood).

Up on the mountain, the University of the South, Sewanee Tigers bring a couple of outstanding young shooters into the fray with the signing of Leo Born (Baylor) and Will Downey (Ensworth). Coach Bubba Smith welcomes the shooters as his Tigers surged to a 13-13 finish in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference of DIII.

Garrett Mullinicks (McEwen) had a fantastic senior season and for his reward the 5'8 scoring machine will take his talents to NAIA powerhouse Faulkner University. The Eagles are coached by Jim Sanderson and play in the always tough Southern States Athletic Conference.



Scots Keep Bringing in Tennessee Talent



Another NCAA appearance, another stellar season for venerable head coach Randy Lambert has the future gleaming for the Scots of Maryville College.


The Scots finished the 2011-2012 campaign 18-10 falling in the opening round of the NCAA DIII National Tournament.


Replenishing the troops is what makes this program one of the tops in the nation in their division year after year and this season appears to be more of the same.


The Scots welcome four Tennessee high school hoopers and a former Tennessee player and D1 transfer into the fold for next season.


Spencer Shoffner (Oak Ridge) brings his above average athleticism into the Scots fold next season. The guard/wing player will be a major contributor from the jump with his ability to score from inside or out. Shoffner was an all-district and all-region player at oak Ridge capturing the player of the year honors after his final campaign this season.


Staying in the East Tennessee area, Coach Lambert welcomes sharp shooting combo guard Tanner Torres (Anderson County) into the program after a solid senior season at Anderson County High School in Clinton. Torres was the Mavericks leading scorer and assist man and garnered numerous all-district and all-region honors throughout his career.


Still in the Volunteer state but in the opposite direction the Great South Athletic Conference stalwarts grab 6'5 power forward Logan Brewer (Polk County). Brewer was his area's player of the year and will be a welcome addition for a squad losing some inside force.


Venturing down to Middle Tennessee the Scots secure the services of another sharp shooter in Cameron Tuck (Dickson County).  

Finally former Gatlinburg-Pittman star Jose Agosto, who signed with D1 Canisius out of high school, will make his way back to East Tennessee and play with the Scots and his former head coach and current Maryville College assistant coach Raul Placeres.


Another solid effort from Coach Lambert and his very capable staff.


Blazers are Golden as Memphis Guard Commits


With the district playoffs right on top of us a great of the seniors in the Class of 2012 are feeling the pressure of where they will be spending their college careers.

The action usually starts to heat up at this time of the year and with the 12th commitment in the Class of 2012 the Blazers of UAB select Cameron Golden (Rdigeway).

The talented guard has been at his best this season proving he can run the point and has focused his game on more than just scoring from the guard position. He has become a more well rounded player and his overall statistics show this trend.

UAB is coached by former Indiana head man Mike Davis and the Blazers play in Conference USA.

Golden will now take on the task of leading his Roadrunners into a spot at the Class AAA state tournament come March in Murfreesboro.

Lewis Chooses Rams……First Player in 2013 to Commit

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The vaunted Class of 2013 has been talked about extensively by recruiting pundits all over the country.

This could be the best class we have had in the state of Tennessee since 2006 when we saw the likes of Branden Wright, Thaddeus Young, Wayne Chism and many more.

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) is a member of this special class.

The 6'1 rising junior guard has decided to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia in the fall of 2013.

Lewis is the first member of the Class of 2013 to commit thus far.

VCU, who is coached by Shaka Smart, was a final four participant last season and made waves with their play throughout the month of March.

The Rams play in the Colonial Athletic Conference and are currently riding an 11 game winning streak and stand at 22-5 on the season with the conference playoff just around the corner.

Southland School Snatches Spring Hill Guard

Lucky #13 for Keilan Blanks (Spring Hill) as the senior guard inked to play his college basketball at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Blanks is the 13th member of the Class of 2012 to pledge to a D1 school.

His Raiders currently sit among the state's top schools in Class AA sporting a guady 18-1 record.

Lamar is coached by former Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight, the son of legendary mentor Bobby Knight.

The Cardinals compete in the Southland Conference.

Memphis Guard Headed to the OVC


Now there are 12.

Alex Anderson (Memphis East) became the 12th memeber of the Class of 2012 to pledge his commitment as the talented point guard will take his game to Jackson ville State next fall.

Anderson is back to his old stomping grounds at East and has the Mustangs playing at a high level and right on the cusp of the state rankings in Class AAA.

With his decision out of the way, Anderson will now set his sights on the omnipresent battles that will represent the war in District 16AAA.

Jacksonville State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and is located in Jacksonville, Alabama.

They are coached by James Green.

McCallie Guard Takes His Strengths to SEMO


C.J. Reese (McCallie) knows how to play this game.

The senior guard has led his squad to the state's top ranking in the polls and has his sights set on bringing a gold ball back to Chattanooga.

In the meantime, the powerful point guard found time to make his college selection as Reese will attend Southeast Missouri State University next fall.

SEMO competes in the Ohio Valley Conference and are coached by venerable mentor Dickey Nutt.

Reese becomes the 11th player in the Class of 2012 to pledge his commitment to D1.

King College Snares East Tennessee Guard



Staying close to home can be a burden for some players who are looking to get away and start anew or it can be a blessing as James Scales (Cherokee) thinks that it is.


Scales, who balled this summer with the Tennessee Travelers, ended his recruitment early and will attend King College in the fall.


King College is coached by legendary Tennessee coaching icon George Pitts and plays its hoops in the Conference of the Carolinas in NCAA DII.


The Tornado love to play at a fast pace and press the ball which will be a perfect fit for the tough minded Scales.


With his decision in the rearview mirror, Scales can now concentrate on getting his squad to make a deep run in the playoffs and bring home some gold for the folks at Cherokee.

Brooks Becomes an Eagle



Making that ever tough decision on where to spend the next four years of your life is usually the first big decision a high school player has to make should he or she be fortunate enough to command the attention of the college basketball coaches.


Carson Brooks (Knoxville West) is such a fortunate young man.


After a good summer which saw Brooks compete with the Tennessee Travelers, the 6'5 power/wing forward decided to end his recruitment and stay close to home.


Brooks will attend Carson Newman College just up the road in Jefferson City next season.


The Eagles are coached by Chuck Benson in his second season at the helm. The Eagles are in NCAA DII and play in the South Atlantic Conference.


Brooks, who helped lead his West Rebels to a Class AAA state berth last season, is primed and now with his decision out of the way, ready to take another step towards realizing his goal of a state title.


Clarksville Phenom Heading to the Bluegrass



The rich continue to get richer.


Arguably the top player in the state scheduled a press conference for this afternoon to announce his college choice.


Alex Poythress (Northeast) ended one of those classic recruiting battles today with his announcement that he will attend the University of Kentucky.


Poythress, who is ranked as one of the top 20 players in the nation by every major service, chose the Cats over serious interest from Florida, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Duke.


A big time player who is a potential McDonald's All-American this season can now concentrate on his senior season at Northeast.


Poythress becomes the 10th player in the class of 2012 in Tennessee to commit and the third player to pledge for a school in the SEC, with Anthlon Bell earlier having chose Arkansas and Martavious Newby choosing Ole Miss.


Poythress, who played this summer with the Georgia Stars, made his mark in April but solidified his offers and garnered the big ones with his work in Orlando in July.


A superb young man who will represent our state well in the Commonwealth.