Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: Recruiting

Black Chooses the Fighting Illini

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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

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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

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 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.

 

Roby Chooses the Billikens

Another one comes off the board and that makes two for the Spartans of White Station as versatile swing man Davell Roby (White Station) chose St. Louis as his college destination this past week.

The 6'4 Roby, who toils with Team Penny in the EYBL during the summer months, will be a welcome addition for Coach Jim Crews and the Billikens.

St. Louis, a member of the Atlantic 10, was ranked throughout the college basketball season last year finishing at 13-3 in conference and 28-7 overall and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Roby has the size and athleticism to be a steal for the Billikens and hopefully a magical senior season will help him on his way to collegiate success.

Gators Take Spartan Sparkplug

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With the first commitment of the Class of 2014 in the state of Tennessee, the Florida Gators select Chris Chiozza (White Station).

 The sensational little guard was a shining star in April and decided to end all speculation and chose to play for the SEC stalwart and national championship coach Billy Donovan and the Gators.

 Chiozza had a slew of offers but chose to go where the guards seem to be the main attraction down in sunny Gainesville.

 Chiozza, who plays his summer basketball with the vaunted Team Thad crew, will be visible in July and looking to help his teammates secure their futures as well.

 Unfinished business will be the mantra for the Spartans of White Station and Chiozza as they will look to venture down to Murfreesboro this season and show they are the best team in the BluffCity.