Matthew Murrell Crosses Stateline

The second best junior in Tennessee ventured west yesterday for his first official recruiting visit. He will probably not take another in 2018 though he is permitted five before June.  The official schedule is currently thin. “Only one – he is currently at University of Arkansas,” shared Whitehaven Head Coach Faragi Phillips.  Arkansas has not[…]

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PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine Recap: Part XVIII

MURFREESBORO- Muscle definition tends to separate high school players from starters.  Sure there are slender, underdeveloped high school starters, but many physically invested players commit in the weight room too.  Josh Livingston (2019), the most powerful guard in Blackman’s gym for the Fall Combine, is emblematic of the strength required to dominate beyond high school.  Livingston[…]

The Top 250 Expo Junior Rankings

The Prep Hoops evaluators from around the nation filled our sites with words on the thousands of participants.  Who are the Top 250 2020 prospects from the Expos that colleges should look into?  Here they are.    https://www.prephoops.com/top-250-expo-player-rankings-2020/

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The Top 250 Expo Senior Rankings

Thousands of players participated in the several Top 250 Expo events held around the nation in the early fall.  Who are the players colleges should be calling?  Here is our rankings of the top 250 seniors that attended the Expo events.    https://www.prephoops.com/top-250-expo-player-rankings-2019/

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5 bench players that could have a successful season

Being in the starting lineup on your high school basketball team is a great accomplishment. It means you outplayed the competition. It means your head coach saw the need to put you on the floor to start the game. It means you’re a valuable piece to your team’s success. But what about the players coming[…]

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Keon Returns from The Auburn Visit

Sunday the family of Keon Johnson (PrepHoopsTN 2020 #1) is back home after a homecoming-like visit to Auburn.  From Friday morning to Sunday morning Auburn hosted Keon and his family for an official visit. Auburn is always going to be a major player in the college recruitment of Keon Johnson after Keon’s mother Conswella Johnson (Sparrow)[…]

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Bayron Matos Looking at Bulldogs

September first Dominican Bayron Matos (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy) added a Mississippi State offer.  Later this month Mississippi State Bulldog Head Coach Ben Howland will get Matos on campus for an official visit. Mississippi State University official visit October 25-28 🐶🐶🐶🐶🤫🇩🇴 I am very excited for my great visit to the University of Mississippi State💯🔥🦍🙏💪🏾[…]

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PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine Recap: Part XVII

MURFREESBORO- Speed kills.  In basketball speed kills defenses.  It kills structured traps.  The benefits of speed are many, if only the player’s in possession of this killer attribute utilize it efficiently. Kingston Gardner, Todd Lark II, and Donovan Jackson drove their feet at rapid rates and ultimately earned some of the top sprint times of[…]

PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine Recap: Part XVI

MURFREESBORO- Between the two players in this article much development is on the horizon.  Both LaDarrius Chigano and Kenny Allgood feature some tantalizing assets and some raw, unrefined skills.   LaDarrius Chigano (2020) is a player to watch.  He is a true 6-foot-6+ forward with some raw skills worth refining.  A member of the East TN Kings[…]

Jacobi Wood Recruiting Buzz

Recruiting buzz persists from Cleveland High as point guard Jacobi Wood attracts more an more buzzing bees to the honeycomb.  Coming off a wonderful WHBH 16u AAU summer, Jacobi Wood became a noteworthy name for Tennessee-area college recruiters.  September was a nice month of evaluations.   October now represents a nice stairstep up the flight.[…]

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The 5 best jump shooters from open gym workouts

A basketball player, at any position, has to be able to shoot the basketball. There’s no other way to put it. Guys have to have a jump shot in order to have a long basketball career. Power forwards and centers are as athletic and versatile as guards, with a jump shot. I have had the[…]

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Prep Hoops Roundtable Discussion: Who is America’s #1 Senior?

Who is America’s top senior talent?  Every place you look there seems to be a different answer.  At Prep Hoops our experts made a case for the five most deserving candidates.   The case for James Wiseman.  When you ask college coaches at the major conference level who the top prospect in the the 2019 class[…]

PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine Recap: Part XV

MURFREESBORO– Of the 70 players to attend the Above the Rim Gym/ PrepHoopsTN Fall Combine many, MANY were point guards or wing guards.  Tony Farrar was one of the best.  The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (HHCA) backup point guard thrived in the combine, the drills portion, and the open floor fullcourt games. Two point guards[…]

PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine Recap: Part XIII

MURFREESBORO– Two players included below shared their shooting gifts with the combine.  Though the two could and did hit open shots they did not get into their shots with the same preamble.  Riggs Abner was and is a wonderful pick-and-pop style shooter.  His mid-range is an area of strength.  As he increases his mobility away[…]

PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine Recap: Part XIV

MURFREESBORO- No skill is in more demand in the modern game than shooting and the two featured players below demonstrated their shooting acumen Sunday at the fall combine. Isaac Rankhorn (2020) is a quality shooter with wonderful length on the wing.  Considering his height Rankhorn can incorporate some intriguing dribbles into the shot.  Jabahri Mastin (2021) is[…]

PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine Recaps: Part XIV

MURFREESBORO– Brandon Miller (Cane Ridge), Omar Robinson (Franklin County), and Brennon Marsh (Siegel) each excelled in their own way at the PrepHoopsTN / Above the Rim Gym Fall Combine.  Brandon gave coaches a glimpse of an elite tall guard.  Omar, the senior, knocked down open shots almost every opportunity he created.  Brennon Marsh impressed several[…]

PrepHoopsTN / Above The Rim Gym Fall Combine: Part XIII

MURFREESBORO– The Class of 2021 certainly dominated the Above the Rim Gym/PrepHoopsTN Fall Combine with their depth and high-end talent.  One of the most impressive participants was Class of 2021 wing Matthew Schneider (EAB 15u/Siegel High).  Schneider proved he can and will make the difficult assimilation to wing guard from young forward.  Too often high school[…]

Prospect Spotlight: Javontay Rollings (2019)

Javontay Rollings is known throughout Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The Class of 2019 guard did pull down four rebounds in Riverdale High School’s Class AAA state quarterfinal game in March. Can Javontay expand his impact beyond middle Tennessee?  He intends to. “Looking to prove a lot this year,” shared Javontay Thursday night.  Instead of returning to Riverdale[…]

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PrepHoopsTN / Above The Rim Gym Fall Combine: Part XII

MURFREESBORO- Kamarie Coffey, Jakai Brooks, and Jacob Anderson enjoy the featured spotlight in this Fall Combine recapture article.  Coffey is a lean, exceptionally mobile wing forward.  Jakai’s game is evolving from spot-up shooter to a more well-rounded combo guard.  Jason Anderson showed off punishing slashing mixed with unrelenting passion. Take a longer look into the[…]

PrepHoopsTN Fall Combine: Part XI

MURFREESBORO– Many Murfreesboro-based athletes understandably competed at the first annual Above the Rim Gym / PrepHoopsTN Fall Combine, including two Riverdale-connected players in this article.  Kai Crawford suited up for Riverdale’s team last season and so did Javontay Rollings.  While Javontay transferred to Stewart’s Creek, Crawford is one of six returning seniors attempting to return[…]