Carson Newman Snags a Pair of Tennessee Hoopsters


The Eagles of Carson Newman got off to an early recruiting start inking two Tennessee high school hoop stars as part of the 2014 class.

Mason Bates (Cookeville) made quite the impression on the staff at the Tennessee Prep Hoops Exposure Showcase last month. The 6'4 shooting guard was at his best the entire day and caught the eye of the Eagle staff; as well as, other college coaches in attendance. (See guys it pays to come to the showcase!!!)

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CPA Star Headed to the Big South


Braxton Bonds (CPA) wasted no time in ending his recruitment as the CPA point man and heart and soul of the two-time defending state champions will attend Liberty University next fall.

Bonds, who ran this summer with the Nashville D13 Elite, becomes the seventh player in the Class of 2014 to pledge D1.

Liberty plays in the Big South Conference and is coached by Dale Layer. They participated in the NCAA Tournament last season falling in the play-in game for the field of 64.

Bonds will now seek to capture that elusive third championship ring for the Lions as the season is right around the corner.

Colonels Enlist Clarksville Shooter


Daniel Norl (Kenwood) is headed to the OVC.

The Clarksville shooting star ended his recruitment this Sunday with a pledge to attend Eastern Kentucky University.

The Colonels are a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and are coached by Jeff Neubauer.

They finished 25-10 last season.

Norl, who played for Nashville D13 Elite, this summer, is a fantastic shooter with a smooth game. He is a very good defender and can score off the dribble as well.

Norl is the sixth member of the Class of 2014 to commit D1.

Black Chooses the Fighting Illini


And the top dawg is off the board.

Leron Black (White Station) ended his much ballyhooed recruitment today choosing the Fighting Illini of Illinois.

Black, who we have ranked as the top player in the state, chose the Illini over Indiana, Tennessee and Baylor.

After a summer filled with some injuries, Black remained on the consciousness of the recruiting world closing very strong with his Team Thad crew in Orlando in July.

Black will now have the luxury of concentrating on his senior campaign possibly littered with Mr. Basketball nominations, all-district, region and state accolades and hopefully a trip to Murfreesboro for his talented Spartan teammates at White Station.

Black becomes the fifth member of the Class of 2014 to commit D1.

Illinois is coached by John Groce and are a charter member of the Big Ten Conference.

“Big Rob” Heading to the Sun Belt


This is the time in the basketball calendar, just before school gets underway, where players weigh their options and decide if they wish to pursue some of the offers that came their way after a productive summer.

Some choose to play out the high school season and attempt to move up while others will take the best offer and play worry free for their final prep campaign.

Rob Marberry (FRA) chose to do the latter. The 6'8 forward ended his recruitment with a commitment to the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky this week.

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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.