Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting

Bearden Wing Headed for the Bruins

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Belmont captured their second Tennessee hoopster on this day when Blake Jenkins (Bearden) decided to end his college process and chose to play for Coach Rick Byrd and the Bruins of Belmont.

Jenkins, who helped Bearden into the 2009 state tourney, was a much improved player his enior campaign. Showing the hustle and dedication on both ends of the floor made his value skyrocket as the hoops season trudged along.

The 6'6 wing can score off the dribble, is very good in transition and has improved his outside shot to where it is a weapon as well.  

Jenkins joins Ian Clark (Germantown) as Tennessee hoopsters heading to the Atlantic Sun stalwart. 

The Bruins missed making the NCAA tourney this season after losing to ETSU in the league championship game. If you recall the Bruins were a missed shot away from besting heavyweight Duke in last years tourney.

Jenkins becomes the second Bulldog to pledge D1 as his running mate Dustin Craig (Bearden) did so earlier in the season. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glover Chooses Lipscomb

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Recruiting is a funny business, right after the first session of the July period many players make their college decisions and in Tennessee we are experiencing the same trend.

 

John Ross Glover (USJ) put to rest all speculation and will attend Lipscomb University next season.

 

Glover becomes the third member of the Class of 2012 to pledge D1 after his classmates Caleb Chowbay and Craig Bradshaw committed to play for conference rival Belmont.

 

Glover is a smart player who has the strength and skill level to create scoring opportunities for himself. He spends an inordinate amount of time at the foul line, knowing how to draw his defender into him and his physical prowess allows him to convert most of those scoring chances.

 

Glover is underrated athletically and will be a nice fit in the Bison system. "I felt this was the right place for me" says the rising senior. "My parents and I trust the coaches; love the school and the style of play".

 

Glover chose Lipscomb despite interest from the likes of Belmont, Princeton, Lehigh and Ciolumbia.

 

Lipscomb is a proud member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and is coached by Scott Sanderson

“Stat-Man” Excited to be a Terrier… Craig has Change of Heart

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The smile tells the whole story.

Stat is headed to the Southern Conference.

Nathan Parker (Bearden) knew this would be the most important decision of his young life. Thusly he deliberated and scoped out his options carefully,  but in the end decided playing for Mike Young at Wofford was what would make him happy. 

The Terriers of Wofford finished 16-14 last season, but a relatively young roster has huge plans for the near future.

Parker gives the Terriers a versatile athlete who can guard every spot on the floor and has the ability to score points in the paint, on the break or in the half-court. His position is not clearly defined but I like to call it..basketball player.

Give him minutes and he will be productive.

Parker will not be alone on the Terriers roster when it comes to the Volunteer state. Former Tennessee hoopsters Tim Johnson (ECS), a junior and Kevin Giltner (Harpeth), a freshman will welcome another of their bretheran with open arms. 

The commitment of Parker gives the Class of 2009 a total of 21 D1 signees. He joins his high school teammates Blake Jenkins (Bearden), who chose Belmont and Demonte Simpson (Bearden), who chose Florida Atlantic as D1 signees. 

 

 

Dustin Craig (Bearden) had pledged to attend the Air Force Academy ,but has since had a change of heart and has decided to stay closer to home and sign with Lincoln Memorial University. 

The Railsplitters under second year coach Josh Schertz are an up and coming powerhouse who plan on wreaking havoc on the South Atlantic Conference next season.

LMU plays in the NCAA DII and is located in Harrogate, Tennessee.  

Wooten Headed to Southern Conference

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The third member of the Briarcrest Christian triumvirate finally makes his college decision.

Greg Wooten joins his high school teammates, Johnny Williams and Leslie McDonald , who signed with George Mason and North Carolina respectively, as D1 signees. 

The 6'1 point guard decided to end all speculation and has committed to play for the Bulldogs of Samford.

Samford, who plays in the Southern Conference, is located in Birmingham and coached by Jimmy Tillette.

Wooten brings versatility and a great head for the game to the Dogs. He can score when called upon but his greatest asset for the next level will be his ability to adapt to whatever spot the team needs his services.

Good luck to Greg and I wish him nothing but success.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Aces Snag Memphis Guard

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A gem, a sleeper, whatever we are calling them nowdays are players who were basically under the radar for their high school careers, but got the attention of some college coaches be it from our site or a friend of a friend, regardless they finally got some notice.

Lewis Jones (Carver) was one of those players. Not playing in the summer for various reasons, the 6'4 guard was basically unknown on the national scene. His scoring exploits in high school were no mystery, as we featured him weekly on our list of top scorers and even named him West Tennessee Player of the Week one one occassion. 

No longer can Jones be under the radar as the Memphis guard has inked on the dotted line and will suit up next season for the Purple Aces of Evansville.

Coach Marty Simmons will welcome the steady and athletic big guard to the Missouri Valley program.  

The signing of Jones gives the Class of 2009 a cool 22 with at least three to four more pending.