Andrew joins the PrepHoops Network with six years of experience covering basketball recruiting, largely for Rivals.com as both Publisher and Contributor. With connections ranging from Illinois and Ohio to Texas and Tennessee, he is able to call upon many of the great minds in the college, AAU, and high school game.
Mr. Force digs in to the evaluation process with vigor. His emphasis on athletes sincerely devoted to academic success resonates throughout his coverage.
Andrew is based in Nashville and maintains strong AAU ties with Memphis and Chattanooga players, as well. As the city of Nashville booms, the investment in basketball at all levels is surging, resulting in more college-ready players. PrepHoops.com/Tennessee is the place to follow their aspirational journeys.
He can be reached @PrepHoopsTN and @AndrewForce8.
Mykal Matthews is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. While at Whitehaven High School, Matthews ran cross country, played Junior Varsity basketball, and played one season with the soccer team. Matthews did not have the opportunity of playing collegiate basketball, but he had the chance of interning for the Athletic Video Department during his junior and senior years. He helped with broadcasting, video recording, and setting up cameras and cables. Right now, Matthews enjoys filming and editing anything that revolves around basketball: workouts, games, player interviews, and highlights. As for journalism, this is Matthews' first opportunity in the journalism field, but he is looking forward to making a breakthrough.
Courtney Smith grew up in a sports family, and decided to pursue a career in journalism. He attended the University of Memphis, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Fine Arts. While in college, Courtney started off with a blog on the show “Secret Life of An American Teenager” before making a second blog on the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball team. From there, he would work for Fansided as a sports editor and be a staff writer for The Daily Helmsman newspaper on campus and intern for Rivals. In the spring of 2014, Courtney graduated from Memphis and landed his first paying job at The Ledger Independent newspaper in Maysville, Kentucky covering high school sports. He spent a year with the publication, then made his way back home to cover Ole Miss for The Rebel Walk Magazine from 2015 to 2018.