Observations, News and Notes Volume III

The holidays bring lots of action to the prep scene with events all over the Tennessee landscape. Teams are venturing into district play and things are heating up as conference titles and playoff position is being realized. Lets see what's going on around the state.






Its impossible to predict the future and I for one do not like to make predictions and such but here are five teams from each classification of the state who will be a factor in deciding who goes to state or who simply makes the trek themselves.


Class A


Clay County

Perennial participant in the March madness this group is young but has the ability to make some noise in this classification. Sophomore Grant Strong (Clay County), a 6'4 guard is one to watch. Inside they lean on senior post Jake Ashlock (Clay County).


Lead Academy

Unblemished in district play, this group will make some headlines as the stakes get higher. Ben Underwood (Lead Academy) is a 6'9 post, new this year, who will become a popular name among coaches as the season winds down.



They won the gold ball a few years back and return one of the most dynamic players in the state, 5'10 senior point guard Amari Young (Loretto). Well coached and determined, they will be heard before it is all said and done.



One of the top dawgs in this classification in the Western portion of the state. They play fast and hard led by a trio of seniors including Charterrio Porter (BTW), JC Johnson (BTW) and Mikhael Garrett (BTW)  



David Dixon (MAHS) might be the best player nobody has heard of in the state. Big and talented at 6'7  he leads this group who will make some noise before things settle down.


Class AA


Jackson Southside

The other unbeaten squad in the state and the only one in their classification. This perennial state tournament participant is once again thick with athletes including Brandon Maclin (Jackson Southside)



Dangerous team is well coached and hungry to make some noise this season, Collin Gore (Upperman) is a dynamic floor general while inside the Bees turn to Alex Rush (Upperman) and Filip Bobic (Upperman)



Arguably the top team on that side of the state, The Green Devils feature a dynamic duo of talented sophomores in Reid Satterfield (Greeneville) and Jacoby Gillespie (Greeneville).


Pearl Cohn

Dangerous squad headlined by a pair of talented seniors including Tennessee State signee Marcus Fitzgerald (Pearl Cohn) and Mr. Basketball finalist Tyrone Marshall (Pearl Cohn).



Talented and determined squad from the West ready to represent. Trevonte Powell (Covington), Brandon Alston (Covington) and Tyjuan Smith (Covington) are a trio ready to make their way to the 'boro.


Class AAA


Science Hill

Well coached and methodical, this group plays hard and smart and will be a handful for an unprepared opponent. Jake Matherne (Science Hill) and Keenan Cutlip (Science Hill) are among a handful of contributors for the Toppers.



I think its actually illegal to have a state tournament without the Blaze. Another well coached group led by seniors Jalen Page (Blackman) and Tusculum signee Ray Tyler (Blackman).



Dangerous group with athletes all over the floor. Tre Carlton (Summit) steers the ship while a host of talented players provide the fireworks including the dynamic sophomore twins Destin Wade (Summit) and Keaton Wade (Summit).



Skill, talent, size are dangerous combinations and this Houston squad is chock full of all of the above. Mason Miller (Houston), T.J. Madlock (Houston) and Alden Applewhite (Houston) are nationally known names.



Another perennial state tournament participant, the Bruins again are a disciplined group led by junior guard John Windley (Brentwood). This squad is capable of causing some serious havoc in anyone's state plans.





Joe Anderson (Maryville)

Huge week for the Furman signee as he corrals a Mr. Basketball nomination and becomes the all-time leading scorer in Rebel basketball history passing the great Lee Humphrey. Congrats Big Joe.


Trey Morrow (Scott)

Only a sophomore, Morrow surpassed the coveted 1,000 point barrier recently. Could he challenge for the schools all-time leader, we think yes.


Luke Burrows (Polk County)

Young man forever etching his name in school folklore achieving the 1,000 point barrier for his district leading squad.


Nathan Bowling (Oneida)

His squad goes into the district tournament as the top seed and he scribes his signature in the schools lexicon dropping his 1,000 point.


Jonathan Lawson (Wooddale)

This has been a monumental month for the rising junior with the high level pedigree. He grabbed a Mr. Basketball finalist nomination, he dropped a 50 spot in a game against Hamilton and he also recorded one of the only quadruple double we have ever seen statewide with 23 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks.


Ametri Moss (Northwest)

Clarksville native had a fine couple of weeks with scoring efforts including 29 against Montgomery Central and 25 against Kenwood. He also surpassed the 1,000 point barrier for his high school career.


Ryley McClaren (Eagleville)

If you read these reports every couple of weeks this name seems to take up quite a few lines. Recently securing a Mr. Basketball nomination he continues to pile up the points including game of 33 versus Cascade, 31 against Moore County, 30 against Summertown, 28 against Huntland and 27 against Fayetteville.


B.J. Edwards (Knoxville Catholic) and Akeem Odusipe (Knoxville Catholic)

As the only sophomore named a finalist for the coveted Mr. Basketball award in any classification, Edwards continued to pile up the accolades scoring his 1,000 point.


Akeem also surpassed the coveted 1,000 point barrier for the Irish as they prepare for the DII playoffs for the first time.


Braden Zapp (CPA) and Braden Moore (CPA)

How about a pair of teammate both surpassing the 1,000 point barrier in their respective careers. Zapp, a junior and Moore, a sophomore, are now task with helping lead the Lions deep into the playoffs.


J.J. Platt (Webb School)

Rising senior picked up the scoring slack for two-time defending Mr. Basketball Keon Johnson upon his injury and has been filling up the stat sheets. He dropped 42 against Columbia Academy, 39 large against MTCS and a cool 35 spot against BGA recently.


Ben Diamond (Sullivan South) and Trent Lovelace (Morristown West)

Congrats to both young men for etching their names into the schools scoring ledger forever each getting their 1,000 point recently. Good luck as the playoffs tip off this week.


Zach Ammonette (Pickett County)

Here's a sophomore putting up some big time numbers including 34 against Red Boiling Springs, 33 against Trousdale County and a quick 30 against Gordonsville.


Logan Goodman (Scott) and Harper Neal (Kingston)

Huge weeks for both young men. Goodman a senior has his squad poised for a run in the district playoff as he surpasses the coveted 1,000 point barrier for his career. Neal, only a junior, also moves into the 1,000 point club and forever links himself among the best to play at the school.



East Tennessee

Dillon Stakely (Sequoyah) 46pts vs. Meigs County

Dylan Bartley (Sullivan East) 37pts vs. Johnson County

Nate Brackett (Rockwood) 36pts vs. Wartburg Central

Kaleb Meredith (University) 36pts vs. Johnson County

Eric Rivers (McCallie) 34pts vs. Sunrise Christian

Joe Anderson (Maryville) 33pts vs. Hardin Valley

B.J. Edwards (Knoxville Catholic) 32pts vs. CAK

Luke Burrows (Polk County) 31pts vs. Meigs County

Micah Simpson (Morristown East) 31pts vs. Cocke County

Edward  Lacey (Fulton) 30pts vs. Scott

Dalton Greer (Karns) 29pts vs. Campbell County

Kendrick Holland (South Doyle) 29pts vs. Austin East

Lucas Phillips (Johnson County) 29pts vs. University

Jacobi Wood (Cleveland) 29pts vs. Soddy Daisy

Ben Diamond (Sullivan South) 28pts vs. Sullivan East

Coly Layne (Sullivan South) 28pts vs. Johnson County

Wes Maples (Sevier County) 28pts vs. Morristown West

McHale Bright (Tennessee) 27pts vs. Volunteer

Jack Neizgoda (Hardin Valley) 27pts vs. Farragut

Akeem Odusipe (Knoxville Catholic) 27pts vs. Greeneville

Nolan Wishon (Tennessee) 27pts vs. Cherokee

Joe Anderson (Maryville) 26pts vs. Lenoir City

Nate Brackett (Rockwood) 26pts vs. Coalfield

Ashton Maples (Maryville) 26pts vs. Heritage

Isaiah Pruitt (Sullivan North) 26pts vs. North Greene

Joe Anderson (Maryville) 25pts vs. Farragut

Jack Brown (Maryville) 25pts vs. Alcoa

Caden Cupp (Gibbs) 25pts vs. Carter

Tarel McClurkin (Ooltewah) 25pts vs. Cleveland

Caleb Millen (Polk County) 25pts vs. McMinn Central

Jack Neizgoda (Hardin Valley) 25pts vs. Heritage

Abiah Releford (Dobyns-Bennett) 25pts vs. Daniel Boone

Jonathan Stewart (Oak Ridge) 25pts vs. Clinton


Middle Tennessee

Mason McKnatt (Grace Christian) 46pts vs. FRA

J.J. Platt (Webb School) 42pts vs. Columbia Academy

Mason McKnatt (Grace Christian) 40pts vs. Columbia Academy

J.J. Platt (Webb School) 39pts vs. MTCS

Will Pruitt (Mt. Juliet) 38pts vs. Beech

Reed Kemp (Franklin) 37pts vs. Centennial

Daniel Loos (Clarksville Academy) 36pts vs. Davidson Academy

Josh Scretchen (USN) 36pts vs. Ezell-Harding

Garrett Hollis (BGA) 35pts vs. CPA

J.J. Platt (Webb School) 35pts vs. BGA

Montre Street (McGavock) 35pts vs. Hillwood

Jaylan Washington (Kenwood) 35pts vs. Rossview

Zach Ammonette (Pickett County) 34pts vs. Red Boiling Springs

Jeremy Dotson (Santa Fe) 34pts vs. Mt. Pleasant

Asher Wolthers (Merrol Hyde) 34pts vs. STEM

Zach Ammonette (Pickett County) 33pts vs. Trousdale County

Kamarie Coffey (West Creek) 33pts vs. Clarksville

Taylor Groves (East Robertson) 33pts vs. White House

Ryley McClaren (Eagleville) 33pts vs. Cascade

Alex Rush (Upperman) 33pts vs. Cannon County

Grant Slatten (White County) 33pts vs. Warren County

Willie Walton (Lipscomb Academy) 33pts vs. Ensworth

Gage Wells (Mt. Juliet) 33pts vs. Gallatin

Braydee Brooks (Macon County) 32pts vs. Smith County

Brandon Miller (Cane Ridge) 32pts vs. McGavock

Ben Singer (DCA) 32pts vs. Friendship Christian

P.J. Smith (Goodpasture) 32pts vs. MJCA

Reed Kemp (Franklin) 31pts vs. Independence

Andrew Mathis (Frienship Christian) 31pts vs. Davidson Academy

Ryley McClaren (Eagleville) 31pts vs. Moore County

Zach Ammonette (Pickett County) 30pts vs. Gordonsville

Clayton King (Waverly Central) 30pts vs. Fairview

Devin Kline (LaVergne) 30pts vs. Smyrna

Ryley McClaren (Eagleville) 30pts vs. Summertown

Peyton West (Monterey) 30pts vs. Clay County

Reed Kemp (Franklin) 29pts vs. Dickson County

Ametri Moss (Northwest) 29pts vs. Montgomery Central

Jaylen Pegues (Hillsboro) 29pts vs. Cane Ridge

Thomas Seaman (Page) 29pts vs. Ravenwood

Montre Street (McGavock) 29pts vs. Antioch

Amari Young (Loretto) 29pts vs. Perry County

Baylee Brooks (Macon County) 28pts vs. Watertown

Marvin Hughes (McGavock) 28pts vs. Hillsboro

Ryley McClaren (Eagleville) 28pts vs. Huntland

Derek Murphy (Nashville Overton) 28pts vs. Hillwood

Grant Slatten (White County) 28pts vs. Stone Memorial

Asher Wolthers (Merrol Hyde) 28pts vs. Jo Byrns

Savon Wykle (Smyrna) 28pts vs. Riverdale

Braden Zapp (CPA) 28pts vs. Columbia Academy

Quanterrious Hughes-Malone (Watertown) 27pts vs. Macon County

Connor Johnson (Macon County) 27pts vs. Smith County

Jalen Jones (East Nashville) 27pts vs. MLK

Chaz Lanier (Ensworth) 27pts vs. Lipscomb Academy

Daniel Loos (Clarksville Academy) 27pts vs. Ezell-Harding

Ryley McClaren (Eagleville) 27pts vs. Fayetteville

Grant Slatten (White County) 27pts vs. Rhea County

Reed Kemp (Franklin) 26pts vs. Page

Brandon Miller (Cane Ridge) 26pts vs. Hunter's Lane

Harper Neal (Kingston) 26pts vs. Scott

Hrishi Saliri (Independence) 26pts vs. Ravenwood

Isaiah Shaw (Davidson Academy) 26pts vs. Friendship Christian

Grant Slatten (White County) 26pts vs. Cookeville

Brayden Smith (MTCS) 26pts vs. Columbia Academy

Montre Street (McGavock) 26pts vs. Cane Ridge

J.J. Wheat (Clarksville) 26pts vs. Rossview

Kevan Blankenship (Station Camp) 25pts vs. Wilson Central

Ty Bryant (Spring Hill) 25pts vs. Centennial

Jaime Hernandez (Page) 25pts vs. Dickson County

Jalen Jones (East Nashville) 25pts vs. White's Creek

Reed Kemp (Franklin) 25pts vs. Page

Mason McKnatt (Grace Christian) 25pts vs. Providence Christian

Ametri Moss (Northwest) 25pts vs. Kenwood

Jaylen Pegues (Hllsboro) 25pts vs. Cane Ridge

Robbie Rusciano (McEwen) 25pts vs. Bruceton

Derrion Shannon (East Robertson) 25pts vs. White House

Asher Wolthers (Merrol Hyde) 25pts vs. Lead Academy

Braden Zapp (CPA) 25pts vs. BGA



West Tennessee

Jonathan Lawson (Wooddale) 50pts vs. Hamilton

Harmonta Griggs (Fayette-Ware) 40pts vs. Bolivar Central

Jonathan Lawson (Wooddale) 34pts vs. Sheffield

Bobby Parks (Harding Academy) 31pts vs. Memphis Nighthawks

Jamari Jackson (Power Center Academy) 30pts vs. Bluff City

Hayden Burgess (ECS) 29pts vs. USJ

Tyler Byrd (Memphis Central) 29pts vs. Memphis East

Vincent Thomas (Southwind) 29pts vs. Kirby

Jonathan Lawson (Wooddale) 28pts vs. Craigmont

Josh Parker (Soulsville) 27pts vs. Manassas

Bobby Parks (Harding Academy) 27pts vs. Northpoint

Duane Posey (Memphis East) 27pts vs. Haywood

Takeqavion Rounds (Wooddale) 26pts vs. Melrose

Kendall Thomas (Ridgeway) 26pts vs. Collierville

Darvell Williams (MLP Prep) 26pts vs. Hamilton

Amauri Abreu (White Station) 25pts vs. Memphis Overton

Kalib Brooks (Freedom Prep) 25pts vs. Fairley

Jamari Jackson (Power Center Academy) 25pts vs. Oakhaven

Daveonne Winfield (Kirby) 25pts vs. Houston





The playoffs are upon us and the accolades come pouring in for the top players in the state. Here are the finalists for Mr. Basketball in each classification along with some insight on their status.



Ryley McClaren (Eagleville)

Freed-Hardeman signee who is among the leading scorers in the state.

Dalton Marsh (Red Boiling Springs)

Missouri Western signee is also the schools all-time leading scorer

Lucas King (McKenzie)

Led his boys to the state tournament last season and is among the favorites to pull it off again



Jonathan Lawson (Wooddale)

Defending state champions and among the most improved players in the state, look for a monster playoff run

Tyrone Marshall (Pearl Cohn)

Undefeated regular season will only be satisfying if capped off with a trip to the 'boro...again

Edward Lacey (Fulton)

Dynamic lead guard will have the Falcons poised for another trip to the state



Joe Anderson (Maryville)

Furman signee has become the schools all-time leading scorer now his legacy will be to lead the Rebels to state

Jacobi Wood (Cleveland)

Belmont signee pilots the only AAA unblemished squad, the stakes are high but he will rise to the occasion

Will Pruitt (Mt. Juliet)

Lipscomb signee leads the top squad in the mid-state, another trip to the Murphy Center is eminent



Alex Anderson (Tipton-Rosemark)

South Alabama commitment is poised for a return trip to the Lipscomb gym, a state championship is all that eludes him

Mousee Cisse (Lausanne)

He is a sight to behold with his overall skill level, can he help lead the Lynx to the promised land

Dante Harris (Lakeway Christian)

Georgetown signee completed an outstanding high school career and will be a Hoya in the fall.



Kennedy Chandler (Briarcrest Christian)

On the radar of every major college in America, first things first, winning the state (again) is priority one

B.J. Edwards (Knoxville Catholic)

The only sophomore up for the coveted award, Edwards now focuses on leading the Irish to a state title

Chaz Lanier (Ensworth)

Rising senor had a fantastic final campaign and will be instrumental in helping his squad make a run to state