Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting

Mocs Get West Tennessee Guard

 

When it rains it pours my friends. The commitment caravan is alive and well and the vaunted Class of 2013 has not disappointed thus far.

Jonathan Starks (Munford) becomes the latest member of the D1 family as the slick point man ends his recruitment pledging to spend four years with the Mocs of Chattanooga.

Starks, who ran this summer with Team Thad, made the most if his opportunity this past April and July and parlayed his success into a D1 offer.

The Mocs are a charter member of the Southern Conference and are coached by 8 year veteran mentor Jon Shulman.

The folks at McKenzie Arena will enjoy the quickness and hard nosed approach of Starks. He can score in transition and is an unselfish player as well.

Starks, who transferred from Brighton, will attend Minford for his final prep year in Tennessee.

Starks becomes the 13th member of the Class of 2013 to commit thus far.  

 

Maryville College Snares Four Commitments

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The Scots of Maryville College have had a long history of winning. Coach Randy Lambert is one of the true icons in the state of Tennessee and his teams continuously improve and play for championships.

 

The Scots have combed the East Tennessee landscape for many years and have had magnificent success in the area; the 2011 haul keeps this long standing tradition alive.

 

Cory Conard (Cosby), Spencer Peake (Bearden), Phillip Stephens (Knoxville Catholic) and Joey Boedwig (Knoxville Catholic) make up a very nice haul for the Scots in the upcoming recruiting class.

 

Conard, who was the 1A District MVP, brings a polished offensive game and great footwork to one of the area's top big men coaches.

 

Peake, whose Bulldogs will tangle with Morristown East in their sub-state game tomorrow, is a smart player who can knock down the open shot and has the size to play three positions.

 

Stephens is a hard-nosed competitor who has improved every season during his high school career and will be a benefactor of the Scots inside-outside system.

 

Boedwig has a world of potential and with his size and dexterity will be a strong player for many years in Maryville.

 

The local flavor continues and the Scots just keep on rolling.

 

Oldham to Become a Skyhawk

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Good things always seem to happen to those who wait.

After leading his squad to an improbable Class AAA state tournament appearance senior guard Dee Oldham (Wilson Central) made the most of his opportunity.

The 6'3 senior ended all speculation and will sign this Wednesday with the University of Tennessee-Martin.

UTM plays in the Ohio Valley Conference and is coached by Jason James.

Oldham becomes the 15th member of the Class of 2012 to pledge for D1.

Anthony the Next Spiderman… Richmond That Is

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A huge summer for a "big" little dude caught the eye of nearly every coach in the Southeastern portion of the country.

Sure he's not very big, but he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he WINS!!!!

Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) parlayed a fantastic July into a commitment to NCAA tournament participant Richmond this past weekend.

Anthony, who starred this summer for the Nashville Celtics, proved he could compete on the highest level and the Atlantic 10 powerhouse, whose 26 wins last season was a school record, could not resist the allure of having him in the backcourt for the next four seasons.

Richmond mentor Chris Mooney gets a high level defender and scoring point with a winning mentality of the highest caliber.

Anthony will now focus on getting his Crusaders of Liberty Tech back to the Class AA state tournament after a crushing loss to Bolivar Central in the state title game.

Anthony becomes the sixth member of the Class of 2011 to pledge his wares to a D1 school

Mays and Sullivan……Add Their Names to the D1 List

 

Two of the late blooming stars in the Memphis area got to live their hoops dreams this past week signing D1 scholarships and becoming the 21st and 22nd players in the Class of 2011 to join this elite club.

 

Phillip Mays (Wooddale) and Kadorian Sullivan (Southwind) added their names to D1 equation signing with Air Force and Florida International respectively.  

 

Mays, who averaged around 21 points per game this past season, had an outstanding senior campaign highlighted by his selection as the MVP of the ever tough 15AAA district.

 

Mays was an exemplary young man both on and off the court for Wooddale and will bring a players mentality into the Mountain Conference for the surging Falcons coached by Jeff Reynolds.

 

Sullivan helped Southwind to an outstanding season and will bring athleticism and a bright future into the fold for the Panthers and Coach Isiah Thomas, a former NBA great.

 

The Panthers play in the very tough Sun Belt conference.