Blazers are Golden as Memphis Guard Commits

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Bell Renewes Memphis Pipeline to Fayetteville

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"Reviving the pipeline", one of the first orders of business for next Arkansas Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson when he accepted the position earlier this year.

 

That pipeline we are referring to is obviously the Memphis to Fayetteville connection that brought so many great players from the Bluff City into the fold during the "Forty Minutes of Hell" era in the 90's under Coach Nolan Richardson and his trusted assistant...yes you guessed it Mike Anderson.

 

Phase started this week as the SEC member received a commitment from Anthlon Bell (Bartlett).

Bell, who played this summer for the vaunted Memphis YOMCA squad, was devastating during the hot months, scorching the nets from Orlando to Las Vegas and several places in between.

 

He was a perfect scoring option for the powerful inside game of the YOMCA and got noticed by all the big boys during their phenomenal run in July.

 

Bell becomes the 9th player from the Class of 2012 to join the ranks of D1.

Howard Commits to Purple Aces

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Playing your senior season of high school basketball is a tough chore for any rising senor who has aspirations of playing on the next level.

 

A great deal of player tend to make their college decision before the season starts so as to not have to worry about this while they try to advance their prep squad to new heights during their tenure at the school.

 

David Howard (MBA) has joined this elite group. The 6'8 rising senior decided to end his recruitment and chose to play for Purple Aces of Evansville next season.

 

Howard, who played his summer basketball with the Nashville Celtics, showed marked improvement at times and is ever improving his skills on the interior.

 

Evansville is coached by Marty Simmons and the Purple Aces toil in the Missouri Valley Conference.

 

Howard becomes the 8th member of the Class of 2012 to pledge his wares to D1.