Doesn't it seem like its been so long since there has been any hoops.
Turn the corner and ...BAM...July is here and the Tennessee Travelers will once again be circling the globe to find the best and most competitive places to showcase their players.
Jalen Steele (Fulton) is keeping his July skills keen by dropping mad game at my Pilot Rocky Top League these past few weeks. The slick rising senior is the highest scorer among the five high school players in the event and had a cool 20 in the game on Monday night. Steele will be the focus for everyone the Travelers take on so his game will be ratcheted up a notch come next week.
If those opponents insist on focusing their game plan on Steele, they are gonna get a massive dose of a man called Hood. Tyler Hood (Lenoir City) has been a great player in the PRTL and his confidence is high as he prepares for a July that should make his phone reach the maximum potential minutes it can hold, from all the coaches calling of course.
Brandon Herman (Grace Christian) leads a host of guards who are prime for a summer of success. Brandon Lopez (North Carolina) and Devin Jackson (Knoxville West) should get valuable minutes at either guard spot.
Dwight Tarwater (Knoxville Webb) leads a pack of inside ballers who will make a great showing in front of the sheer mass of coaches that will be in the gym. Linwood Holloway (Knoxville Central) will see minutes at numerous positions as his forte this summer will be steady and hardnosed defensive efforts.
Look at a pair of 16's who have been called up to the big club to see some extensive minutes as well. Lester Wilson (Knoxville Carter) and Tres Palmer (Powell) give the Travs a pair of young players who can play multiple positions on the floor.
Hoosier Shootout-Indianapolis (July 6-9)
Triple "S" Harley Davidson Hoop Group Shootout-Morgantown (July 14-16)
AAU 17U Super Showcase-Orlando (July 23-27)
Chopper Classic-Kansas City (July 27-31)