Memphis Shotblocker Stays in State

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A great coach once told me, "At the end of the game when everyone is tired and holding their shorts, this kid is still 6'9".

Profound words to say the least.

Size is a premium and athletic size is even more coveted, so it comes as no surprise when the Bison of Lipscomb made Charles Smith (Southwind) their second recruit in the Class of 2012 and the sixth in the state.

Smith does not have gaudy stats as his offensive game is still a work in progress but he does have length, athleticism and seems to grasp his role quite nicely. A sound shot blocker, Smith could reach 6'11 by the time he matures.

Smith, who played with the vaunted Memphis YOMCA this summer, saw limited playing time behind a couple of potential pros yet caught the eye of several coaches with his length and potential skill level.

Smith joins John Ross Glover as the second commitment from the Class of 2012 to pledge for Coach Scott Sanderson and Atlantic Sun participants.

Smith is now the sixth member of the Class of 2012 in Tennessee to pledge D1.

Ole Miss Snares Memphis Guard

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The Memphis YOMCA without a doubt had what everyone would call a very fine summer.

Winners of the Real Deal in April runner-up for the EYBL Peach Jam and the 17 and under AAU Nationals, the YOMCA continues to be one of the elite programs in the country.

Martavious Newby (BTW) was the catalyst for much of this success. A strong and powerful guard who can score from the outside or in transition, Newby played his best in the big games and for his efforts will play in the SEC next season with the Rebels of Ole Miss.

Newby is a killer defender with strength and size, he plays with passion and determination and has a strong will to win. He is a player who coaches refer to as a guy who does what it takes and helps you win championships. Simple as that.

Newby becomes the fifth member of the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.

“The Natural” Goes Ivy

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When the Ivy League makes an inquiry you always need to listen. After a solid early July period, Jack "The Natural" Montague (Brentwood) was entertaining interest from a host of schools including Lipscomb, Belmont, Columbia and others.

 

The Bulldogs of Yale pulled the trigger and became the first to offer the young man and after some deliberation he will become a member of the Ivy League staple.

 

Yale is coached by James Jones.

 

Montague, who ran this session with the Tennessee Contenders, is a quintessential point guard who has a pass first mentality and is very adept at running a team. He has the ability to score off the short jumper and will take his man to the basket for a nice finish or a timely dish to a very happy teammate.

 

Montague becomes the fourth member of the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.   

Chowbay Chooses Bruins

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"If you ain't first, your last", a quote from a good movie starts the 2012 recruiting season as the Bruins of Belmont break the ice and grab the first recruit from the Class of 2012.

 

Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet) decided to end all speculation and pledge his services to the Atlantic Sun stalwarts.

 

Chowbay, who can currently be seen playing for the Mid-State Ballerz East squad, is a point guard with excellent vision, plays with an outstanding tempo and can really knock down the outside shot.

 

He will be a welcome addition for Coach Rick Byrd and his newly assembled staff.

 

As we mentioned Chowbay is the first player from the Class of 2012 to pledge D1.

More Signings for the Class of 2011

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One of the most beautiful college campuses in the entire Southeast sits atop Mont Eagle Mountain and is known to the locals as the University of the South. Sewanee under the leadership of Bubba Smith is becoming a formidable opponent in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

 

The Tigers secured the services of two of the mid-state areas best unsigned players with the signings of Robert Veal (Ravenwood) and Wes Grace (Red Boiling Springs).

Veal, the all-time leading rebounder at Ravenwood, brings determination and the desire to improve to the Sewanee program. He is a capable scorer who will see immediate time with his hustle.

 

Grace, his school's all-time leading scorer at over 2,000 points, was an all-state selection and will be asked to put points on the board for the Tigers.

 

Sit back and enjoy as the Tigers from Sewanee continue to move ahead and march up the ladder as a team to be reckoned with in D3.

 

Across the state, same D3 conference, different area of the state, Ryan Van Hoeck (St. Benedict) will take his game and play for the LYNX of Rhodes College.

 

Meanwhile over in the TJCCAA, Columbia State and Roane State gathered a couple more in-state players.

 

Jay Joyner from Columbia State stayed close to home snatching up two from Summertown, Bubba Clifton (Summertown) and Eli Matthews (Summertown).

 

Over in East Tennessee, Coach Randy Nesbit welcomes two from Harriman into the Raiders den, Dimitrique Inman (Harriman) and Darius Gallaher (Harriman).

Chargers Bolt to East Tennessee for a Pair of Signees

 

Second year Columbia State mentor Jay Joyner is not a person to shy away from hard work.

 

If that means going from one end of the state to the other to find players that is exactly what the Chargers mentor will have done.

 

Joyner, who's Chargers finished in the #2 spot in the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA) this past season with an overall record of 16-10, knew precisely where the core of his players were coming from in this recruiting class.

 

An unlikely source maybe, not so much anyone, of course we speak of East Tennessee.

 

Columbia State took the drive down I40 and secured the services of two of the state's best athletes not residing in the 901 area code, JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) and Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman).

Williams, who helped lead the Rebels in the Class AAA state tournament, is a pogo stick with solid skills that is consistency away from being a very good player on the next level.

 

"The Butcher" is a long, sleek athlete who makes plays because of his athleticism and will be a handful when his basketball skills catch-up.

 

Both young men have a bright future and are outstanding kids in their own right and will be coached up by the aggressive and talented Joyner.

 

Bryan College Lions Double Up in Tennessee

 

The Lions of Bryan College announced the signing of two important pieces to their recruiting puzzle with the additions of Will Winton (Bearden) and McCoy Polk (Memphis Overton).

Coach Don Rekoske welcomes the talented Winton who helped lead Bearden to back to back state tournament appearances including a championship game loss this past season.

 

Winton will become a fan favorite at the Summers Gymnasium with his athletic skills and slashing ability to the bucket.

 

Polk will entertain the Lion faithful with his hustle and relentless pursuit of the basketball. Undersized inside player makes up for his size with an all out hustle and determination.

 

The Lions play in NAIA and are a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and finished last season at a respectable 21-9.

 

Winton and Polk join previously signed Alan Holt for a Tennessee three-ring contingent.  

Lions Grab Nashville Shooting Star

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DeBrell McLemore (Franklin) proved this year he was one of the better guards in the Mid-State area.

Now the 5'11 scoring machine takes his game to the next level and will suit up for the Lions of Freed-Hardeman University.

Freed-Hardeman plays in the Trans-South Conference and is coached by Jason Shelton.

The Lions finished this regular season at 22-11 and have a date at the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City next week.

McLemore will enjoy the freedom of the Lion system and will be an immediate asset with his ability to score the ball.

Flames Nab Sweetwater Scoring Sensation

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Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) wanted to make a decision on his college future, opportunities arose for the all-time leading scorer at Sweetwater High School but in the end the lure of winning and playing close to home; as well as, playing for an outstanding coach and a very successful program got the nod.

Billingsley will take his game to Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee next season and will be a welcome addiition for Coach Tommy Brown and the highly successful Flames.

Lee plays in the Southern States Athletic Confeence of the NAIA and currently stands at 17-4 on the season.

Billingsley, who moved past the 2,000 point barrier earlier this week, is a lefty guard who has good size and can score in bunches from outside or off the dribble.

He is an outstanding young man and I wish him nothing but success on his new venture.

JMac Chooses the Lee Express

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The old adage if you work hard and do the right things, good things are coming your way was never more true in the case of Jon McCroskey (Gatlinburg-Pittman).

The 6'2 senior guard is playing the best basketball of his young life and academically he's a bonafide star.

McCroskey will take his talent down I75 to Cleveland and attend Lee University next season.

The Flames play in the DI level of the NAIA and are coached by Tommy Brown and are a powerhouse in their respective division.

McCroskey brings high level basketball IQ, a much improved outside stroke and a winners mentality into the fold for the fiery Coach Brown.

Congrats to you Jon.