The school year is fast coming to a close and commitments are flying off the shelves like bread and milk at the hint of snow.
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Walter's State continues to pile up signees, so add to the mix a couple of dandies in Zach Garland (David Crockett) and Leland Robinson (Southside). Garland, a 6'11 post, who has some major upside, will have to learn to adjust to the speed of junior college basketball. Robinson is a scoring machine from out in West Tennessee and will love the quick tempo of the JUCO game. He can score from outside or off the dribble and if he works will move on when his time is done in Morristown.
Coach Randy Lambert has assembled a stable of standouts for his Scots program and his efforts are not concluded with three more signings. Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah), Will Amos (Silverdale Academy) and Oscar Butler (Siegel) join an all-star cast for the upcoming season of Scots basketball. Griffin is a scoring machine who will thrive under the tutelage of the venerable Lambert. Amos brings toughness and hustle to the mix and Butler is the type of athlete that the folks in DIII rarely get the chance to behold. He could leave Maryville as an all-time great if he works at his craft.
In Athens, Coach Mike Poe and the Bulldogs of Tennessee Wesleyan welcome the talents of 6'4 wing Wesley Richey (Ooltewah). Richey can shoot from the perimeter and is a strong athletic kid who can bang and score off the dribble or offensive board.
Over at Lee University, Tommie Brown always has things under control and it looks to stay that way with the addition of Chad Lee (McCallie). Lee has outstanding size and can really shoot the rock from deep.
Assembling players from Tennessee is priority one for Bryan College mentor Don Rekoske and he continues to brings good players into the fold adding sharp-shooting guard Tylor Skidmore (Meigs County).
Staying in the Cleveland area, the Cougars of Cleveland State snare two of the Chattanooga area's finest players in Nick Ross (Red Bank) and Travis Jones (Tyner Academy). Ross led all the area scorers with a gaudy 23 point per game scoring average and will be a major weapon for Coach Lee Cigliano next season. Jones is a tough defender with a strong build who can play the point and lead a team, he and Ross will make a formidable backcourt in the near future.
In the West, a trio of junior college signees make the grade with Jelan Taylor (West Creek) taking his talents to Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Wesley Brown (Sycamore) heading to play for Coach Rusty Melvin at Volunteer State community College and finally Marty Wilkerson (Cordova), who will play his college basketball at Dyersburg State Community College.
Bethel University welcomes a couple of in-state players into their program with Woody Correll (Creek Wood) and Trevor Moore (Montgomery Central) ready to contribute. Correll had a nice senior season, scoring and controlling the glass, while Moore was one of the top scorers in his district and region this past season.