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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting News

Recent Commitments…..

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Recruiting and player signings often work in a trickle down effect. Once the D1 schools have moved on to the next class then the next phase of commitments and signings begins to heat up.

 

Here are some of the new ones we have been privy to, please feel free to email me if you have more commitments/signings to report for the Class of 2013.

 

King College stays close to home to grab 6'9 post man Jonathan King (Sullivan East). The Tornadoes are coached by venerable mentor George Pitts and play in NCAA DII.

 

Just down the road, Milligan head man Bill Robinson welcomes Will Robinson (Elizabethton) into the Buffalo family. Robinson was instrumental in helping the Fighting Cyclones advance within one game of a state tournament appearance.

 

Moving down the interstate, Maryville College snatches up a trio of newcomers including Wes Murray (Hampton), Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah) and Tyler Spicer (Dickson County). The Scots are coached by legendary head man Randy Lambert and are a charter member of NCAA DIII. The Scots play in the South Atlantic Conference.

 

Down in the Chattanooga area, the great folks at Lee University bring in a pair of gems in Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County) and Stedman Ford (Notre Dame). Could these two be the backcourt of the future for Coach Tommy Brown and the Flames as they begin their ascent into DII.

 

Jahmahl Johnson (Cleveland) takes his enormous potential out of state. The 6'5 athlete will suit up for Dan Sparks and one of the top junior college programs in the country in Wabash Valley CC located in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

 

Staying in the region, D'Monta Smith (Hixson) will stay close to home and play for Coach Mike Poe and the Bulldogs of Tennessee Wesleyan. Wesleyan is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and plays in the NAIA.

 

Moving to the mid-state, Chance Bouldin (FRA) ventures to the Great White North and will attend Dominican College in New York. The Chargers are coached by Joe Clinton and are a member of the NCAA DII.  

 

Further West, Marvin Smith (Ridgeway) makes the longest journey from home as the 6'5 inside player will play his college basketball for the T-Birds of Cloud County Community College in Concordia Kansas.

Schmidt Makes Delta State his Future Home

 

Sometimes coaches see players who they like, sometimes coaches see players who they love but rarely do coaches find guys who are perfect for their system.

Players can be taught the nuisances of a particular offensive or defensive scheme but to find a player who fits exactly what you do is a blessing to say the least.

Coach Jim Boone has been in the business for many years. The current Delta State mentor has been at several D1 programs and most recently coached at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Devin Schmidt (Sevier County) is Coach Boone's kind of player. Tough, active, strong, skilled are just a few of his many attributes but best of all he is the perfect player for the system employed by the Statesmen of Delta State.

Delta State, who plays in the Gulf South Conference of NCAA DII, was certainly overjoyed as the 6'3 Schmidt declared he would spend his college experience in Cleveland, Mississippi and be one of Coach Boone's guys.

Schmidt, who ran this summer with the Tennessee Chosen Few, made big waves this summer with his versatility and overall understanding of the game. An injury kept him under the radar for the early portion of his high school experience so expect big numbers during his final campaign.

Schmidt, who was selected as the MVP of the Rocky Top High School Fall League this past fall, had interest from several schools before choosing to make Delta State his future home.

Golden Eagles Make Johnson Their Man

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Known for their guard play, the Golden Eagles of Marquette were in search of another back-court staple to continue the long line of outstanding players who have graced the court for the Big East stalwart.

Coach Buzz Williams would look no further than Memphis and secure the services of JuJuan Johnson (Southwind).

Johnson, who ran this summer with the Bluff City Legends, is a long and athletic stroker who will fit in nicely with the up-tempo guard oriented style of the Golden Eagles.

Johnson becomes the 20th member of the Class of 2013 to pledge his commitment.

Johnson will now try to help his Southwind mates make a run to the state playoffs and secure his spot in the Mr. Basketball voting with a record setting senior campaign.

Owens Charges to the Gulf South

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Kip Owens (ECS) made the most of his summer experience playing with the talented Team Nashville.

The 6'8 wing/power forward was a mainstay for the successful Mid-State bunch playing tough on the defenisve end of the floor and knocking down shots when his opportunity came along.

For his exploits the ECS star will take his game to Alabama-Hunstville next season and play for the Chargers.

Alabama-Huntsville finished in the Elite Eight last season after winning the Gulf South Conference and finishing the season with a gaudy 29-4 mark.

The Chargers are coached by Lennie Acuff and participate in NCAA DII.

J3 to the SEC

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18 is the count as this vaunted Class of 2013 continues to churn out the D1 commitments at an alarming rate.

Johnathan Williams III (Southwind) becomes the 18th member of the Class of 2013 to pledge to D1 as the 6'8 wing will venture next door to the newest member of the SEC, the Tigers of Missouri.

Always strong on the Memphis scene, Missouri won 30 games last season and will be primed to be an immediate factor in the SEC race.

The Tigers are coached by Frank Haith.

Williams, who ran this summer, when he was healthy, with the Bluff City Legends, is a wiry wing who can score from inside or on the perimeter. He has ball skills and once his strength catches up with him he could be a big factor on the next level,.

Now J3 can concentrate on helping get Southwind down to Murfreesboro in March.