Posted On: 08/12/19 2:31 PM


Tennessee State University Head Coach Penny Collins continues to work towards building the program’s identity locally and regionally. 

To that end TSU and Coach Collins hosted their Elite Player Camp on August 10th. Most of the campers will ultimately graduate in Class of 2021 or Class of 2022. 

A theme throughout the attendees was certainly Nashville Metro Schools.  As Tennessee State Head Coach, Penny Collins is tasked with setting the recruiting tone.  

Will Metro be a distinctive area of recruiting or were these merely the easiest guys to get to camp?   Some of both? 

Considering Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, and Trevecca hardly even scan Nashville Metro rosters, it would be wonderful if TSU and Fisk make these players and teams a priority.

Below three campers and their games are detailed.

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Gioppino Basketball clip artMarcus Fitzgerald Jr.

Fitzgerald Jr. is almost certainly transferring this season.  Pay atrention, as his inclusion will impact several districts.  Easily the best passer at the camp, Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. donned his blue TSU basketball shorts (verbally committed to TSU).  The lefty put on some upper body muscle in the last couple months.  His feet are as quick as ever and the court vision is tremendous.  Fitzgerald Jr. is slightly bouncier and able to finish in the paint more successfully because of it.  

Gioppino Basketball clip artTyrone Marshall (Pearl-Cohn)

Endlessly aggressive.  Already confident in his handle back in winter 2018, Tyrone is following up a strong junior season with a fantastic summer of development.  Of the players attending the TSU Camp, Marshall is one of the latest bloomers.  His potential is still much higher, as he continues to develop his agility and handles to match the other guards.  Marshall is a bulldog on the glass, and offensive rebounds are his until someone prove’s him wrong.  Just beginning to see how great he can be.

Gioppino Basketball clip artJaylen Pegues (Hillsboro)

Jaylen’s shooting is even better.  Long range is his favorite flavor of ice cream.  AAU coaches kept sharing how much improved Jaylen was in the last six months.  They were not wrong.  Pegues is now one of the best point guards in the city.  Feeling better about his top 20 state ranking after this evaluation.  

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