Elite 32 Session II welcomed a bevy of Tennessee teams into the fold including Team Thad and the Tennessee Chosen Few-Knoxville in the 17 and under division and the Chosen Few in the 15 and under portion of the event.
The format of the event was more showcase games than an actual tournament but the action was heavy and good.
Team Thad got their July off to a fast start finishing 5-0 at the Elite 32 including an 82-68 statement win over CP3.
Nick Marshall (Lexington) continues his meteoric rise up the national charts with four double digit rebounding efforts and a big 23 point effort against nationally ranked big man Diamond Stone.
Terrence Davis (Mississippi) garnered a great deal of the national attention with his effort while it seems like LaGerald Vick (Douglas) is back to his early April form which had him on the minds of college coaches around the Southeast. Vick played well in Atlanta and garnered a Cincinnati offer for his efforts. More are certainly yet to come.
Jermiah Martin (Mitchell) and Naba Echols (Mitchell) continue to be the lynchpins for Team Thad with their consistent play and scoring effort and ability.
Team Thad will remain in the Georgia area for the Under Armour Tournament which commences this weekend.
The Tennessee Chosen Few-Knoxville made the most of their trip to Atlanta coming away with two big wins before meeting nationally ranked Southern Stampede.
Undersized to a fault, the Chosen Few rely on perimeter scoring and defense to create scoring chances and opportunities.
Brady Nease (Union County), Jordan Bowden (Carter) and Kelvin Jackson (Carter) provided the outside scoring that kept the TCF alive in their two victories. Bowden was especially good in the two wins as was Nease who knocked down several shots from deep.
Running the show for the TCF, Devin Stuart (Dobyns-Bennett) and Gage Spence (Stone Memorial) both had their best tourneys of the summer showing leadership and making things happen on both ends of the floor.
Coaches were quick to talk about the inspired play of Yosmond Fenderson (Fulton) who gave his best showing of the summer as well. The rising senior showed his scoring ability and played consistent the entire event. Stanley Valentine (Hampton) also drew praise from his coaches for his effort and desire on both ends of the floor.
In the 15 and under division the Tennessee Chosen Few turned quite a few heads finishing 4-0 at the Elite 32.
The TCF opened with a tough 56-50 win over the South Carolina Elite. Ayden Gist (Alcoa) led the way with 18 points and 9 caroms followed closely by Markese Sheely (Fulton) who finished with 9 markers.
Victim #2 saw the TCF dispatch of the Chattanooga Elite to the tune of 74-39 with rising sophomore Quincey Sibley (Karns) leading the charge with 15 markers. Isaiah Keeter (Karns) added 10 in the win.
TCF disposed of the Southern Stampede 61-55 to move to 3-0 behind 10 points from Gist, Sheely and JaQuez Johnson (Fulton).
The Jaguars Elite would feel the final wrath of the TCF as they succumbed to the boys from Knoxville to the score of 86-71. Sibley led the charge with 15 markers followed closely by Sheely with 11. Aaron Dykes (Hardin Valley) played his best game of the event scoring 9 points and grabbing 6 steals on the day.