Catching Up on the Commitments



Tis the time of year as our seniors start to come off the board in a major way. Let's catch up on the commitments from the past couple of weeks.


Bryan College continues a monster recruiting haul with their point guard of the future, Dion Fair (Bearden). The diminutive Fair helped his Bulldogs advance to the finals of the Class AAA state tournament and will called upon to grab the starting reigns the moment he walks on campus. The Lions were not done adding Tee Steinmetz (Oakdale), a shooter from East Tennessee to their burgeoning roster.


Another set of Lions grabbed two more recruits this week as Freed-Hardeman hit their target audience and snatched up Mark Brown (Station Camp) and Orlando Bass (Fayette-Ware). Brown is a 6'4 wing who can knock down the outside shot, while Bass will play some point and is an outstanding and tough defender.


On the other side of the state, King College kept their target very close to home signing Class A state tourney hero Nathaneal Hughes (Hampton). A tough as nails competitor, venerable Coach George Pitts will love the toughness and skill level of the 6'2 combo guard.


Staying on I75, the Flames of Lee University went to the Nashville to snatch up Evan Forhetz (Ravenwood). The school's second all-time leading scorer, Coach Tommy Brown will look to Forhetz to play some point guard and add another outside scoring threat to the mix.


Activity is abuzz in the ranks of the junior colleges with several signees within the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA). Barry Griffin (Howard) strays a bit from home and will suit up for Coach Lee Cigliano and the Cougars of Cleveland State.


Second year mentor Jerry Nichols went into his hometown of Memphis and grabbed a couple of players including one of the city's best kept secrets in Raul Tutton (Houston). At 6'6, Tutton had a great senior campaign and will continue to improve his overall skills under Nichols. The Bucks also welcome the scoring touch of Sean Gardner (Collierville).

Kyle Carter (LaVergne) parlayed an outstanding senior season into a chance to play on the next level as the point man will attend Columbia State Community College. Carter will be asked to immediately give Coach Jay Joyner some minutes out front.


Roane State kept their efforts close to home signing big man Tres Palmer (Powell). Steadily improving in his conditioning and his skill level, a couple of years with Coach Randy Nesbit and the newest Raider could move on to bigger and better things.


Walter's State already has a small slew of new ballaz heading to Morristown but could not pass up the chance to sign 6'4 wing prospect Chase Buckner (Union County). Buckner has length, can handle and shoot the ball and is strength away from becoming a contributor for the Senators.