Andre Whitehead's Middle Tennessee February/March Recap
February saw the end of the regular season that transitioned into the district, region and sub-state games, as teams from all four classifications qualified for the state tournament next week on the campus of MTSU. Let's break down all the action leading up to state.
Jett Montgomery (Independence) continues to raise his stock. The talented junior guard was enormous as the playoffs began dropping 31 against Summit and culminating with a 25-point effort against Hillsboro in the region final including the game-winner. To top that, the Eagles will be headed to the state tournament next week.
Tyler Tanner (Brentwood Academy) is on top of the world. The junior lead guard helped lead his squad to another state title berth and he claimed MVP honors along the way. Tanner dropped 25 against MUS to get the Eagles to state and then proceeded to make the event his own. He led with 24 in the semi-final win over Knoxville Webb and then added 22 additional as the gold ball came back to Brentwood.
Jarred Hall (Lebanon) put the finishing touches on a storied career here in the Volunteer state. Hall finished up his prep campaign with a 31 spot against Mt. Juliet, a 25-point effort against Hendersonville and finally a 27 burger against Cookeville. Thanks for the memories.
Kai’Seanne Brasher (Spring Hill) had a memorable opening round of the playoffs scoring 40 points in a win over Tullahoma.
Calvin Goliday (Hillwood) finished off a very successful prep campaign with a 31-point effort against Central Magnet and a 29 spot against Hume Fogg.
Isaac Power (Page) put the stamp of approval on the closing bell of his sophomore season. Power dropped a slick 26 against Spring Hill and then added 28 against Tullahoma.
Here are some additional big-time scoring efforts for Middle Tennessee as the season came to a close including the district, region and sub-state games.
Matthew Bilbrey (Stone Memorial) 30pts vs. Livingston Academy
Jack Medalie (Franklin) 27pts vs. Independence
Tucker Miller (Livingston Academy) 27pts vs. Cumberland County
Keaton Arms (Clay County) 26pts vs. Red Boiling Springs
Jordan Davis (Columbia Central) 26pts vs. Summit
Keimarian Flair (Springfield) 26pts vs. Clarksville
Ayden Glenn (Zion Christian) 26pts vs. Franklin Classical
Jayce Mangrum (Greenbrier) 26pts vs. White House
Dylan Anderson (Pickett County) 25pts vs. Clarkrange
Bryston Bilbrey (York Institute) 25pts vs. Cascade
Landon Bryant (LaVergne) 25pts vs. Antioch
Cooper Johnson (Valor Prep) 25pts vs. Hillwood
Jaylen Jones (East Nashville) put the finishing touches on one of the most outstanding high school careers ever in Metro Nashville. The Tennessee State signee was magical as the season came to a close scoring 28 against LEAD Academy and becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. Jones started the district action off with a bang dropping 28 against White’s Creek and another 25 against LEAD Academy, again. The Eagles fell to Pearl Cohn in the region dropping them from repeating as state champs and Jones will attend the ceremonies as he is once again nominated for the coveted Mr. Basketball award in Class AA.
Maddux Bodenhammer (Riverdale) rose to the occasion in his junior season closing the season with some strong efforts including a 26-point effort against Rockvale and moving past the 1,000-point barrier for his burgeoning career.
Mason Brown (Central Magnet) was outstanding down the stretch as he helped lead his squad to a sub-state game. Brown dropped 26 against Glencliff and moved past the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Mays McCoy (Fairview) has been a staple on this list throughout the high school season. The junior guard helped his team advance to the state tournament and along the way etched his name into school folklore moving past the 1,000-point barrier for his career.
Marcel Reed (MBA) is a name you will hear on Sundays in the near future. The Texas A&M football signee was a dawg on the hardwood as well. Reed forever left his mark at MBA scoring his 1,000th point late in the season.
Brandon Sanders (Smyrna) ended his high school career on a high note with a 30-point effort against Stewart’s Creek and along the way moving past the 1,000-point mark for his basketball life.
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Aaron Mattingly (Green Hill) emerged on the scene as a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. The 6-foot-5 sophomore wing closed strong with a 26-point effort against Wilson Central and put the area on notice for his future endeavors.
Jacion Coffey (Giles County) is reaping accolades in his portion of the Volunteer state. Coffey was instrumental in helping lead the Bobcats back to the state tournament. His late-season heroics included a large 28-point effort and consistent scoring throughout the district, region and sub-state action.