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The East Tennesee report from Andre Whitehead

16, Jan 2024

The East Tennesee report from Andre Whitehead

Our first offering of the season will encompass action from the tip of the season to after the wrap up of the holiday. Top players, efforts and milestone from East, middle and West Tennessee in this report.

East Tennessee


Shane Cherry (Austin East) has all eyes on him in the East Tennessee landscape. The junior guard is setting the scorebooks ablaze with his exploits which include a 39 point effort against Oak Ridge and a 27 point gem against Knoxville West.

Ty Glasper (Gatlinburg Pittman) has emerged as a big time prospect. The junior guard has been the talk of the East Tennessee basketball scene with his scoring efforts. Glasper went for 60, yes 60 against Pigeon Forge, he had 28 against defending state champion Fulton, added a 27 spot against Eagleton and went for 26 against McMinn Central.

Caden Windle (William Blount) dropped 38 points in a tough loss to Hamilton Heights and the senior guard captured the school record for points along the way. Not to be outdone he has managed scoring efforts of 35 against McMinn County, 32 against Campbell County and finally 28 against both Heritage and Alcoa.

Kyle Cloninger (Morristown East) is a gem. If you follow me you know I love this kids game. The senior guard is making headlines for his play so far and leading his team to a rousing start, lets take a peek at some of his efforts. . How about 40 against McMinn County, 34 against both Science Hill and Hardin Valley, 32 against Farragut and 30 against University.

Scoring Exploits

Reese Frazier (McMinn County) has come out the gates a blazing with a couple of strong scoring efforts including a 36 point drop against Meigs County and a 35 point bomb against Boyd Buchanan.

Dre Jackson (Chattanooga Christian) prepared us this summer what would be a stellar senior season. The precocious lead guard got the new season off to a bang with a 43 point explosion and followed up with a 30 spot against Bradley Central. More to come from this talented prospect.

Aaron Layne (Kingston) had a monster game in one of the top match-ups in East Tennessee. The Kingston junior guard put up 35 points against Class A powerhouse Harriman.

Trey Thompson (Greeneville) lets talk about him, shall we. The sophomore wing has become must see hoops on this end of the state. Thompson has been nothing short of brilliant with his scoring which includes a  41 point barrage against Goose Creek (SC), 30 against Tennessee High and a 26 point effort against Dobyns Bennett.

Justin Nordin (Bearden) is so much fun to watch. The tough sophomore lead guard has an old school soul with the new age swagger, simply love this kid. He is off to a large start including a 28 point effort against Carter and a 26 point spot against Fulton.

Jahvin Carter (Alcoa) has battled some early season injuries but is slowly rounding in form for the conclusion of his final prep campaign. The Penn State signee had some early scoring highlights including 35 against Knoxville West, 28 against Maryville, 27 against Hardin Valley and 26 against Morristown East.

Here are some additional big-time scoring efforts for East Tennessee as the season progresses into the new year.

Dylan Spradling (McMinn Central) 39pts vs. CAK

Harrison Rollins (King's Academy) 38pts vs. Grace Christian

Ethan Jones (Oliver Springs) 33pts vs. Jellico

Jackson Simmons (Unicoi County) 33pts vs. John Battle (VA)

Jayden Capshaw (Loudon) 32pts vs. Tellico Plains

Hassani Jackson (East Ridge) 32pts vs. Chattanooga Central

Parker Robison (McCallie) 31pts vs. Pope Prep

Houston Torres (Cumberland County) 31pts vs. Clarkrange

Kamani Samuels (Hamilton Heights) 30pts vs. Christian Heritage (GA)

Aiden Hale (Soddy Daisy) 28pts vs. Silverdale Academy

Javon Barger (Oliver Springs) 27pts vs. Tellico Plains

Kaden Carroll (Union County) 27pts vs. Grainger

Brandon Dake (Anderson County) 27pts vs. Scott

Chandler Gamble (Knoxville Halls) 27pts vs. Seymour

Nathan Thompson (South Doyle) 26pts vs. Carter

Chris Alford (Sweetwater) 25pts vs. Maryville


Jason Britton (North Greene) has been extraordinary on his end of the state thus far. The senior guard moved past the vaunted 2,000 point mark and solidified himself as the all-time leading scorer in Greene County history. His efforts included a 49 point barrage against Jellico and a cool 28 against Claiborne.

Garrett Giles (Oak Ridge) has made an immediate impact with his new team. The talented junior wing has adapted to this higher level of hoops and along the way found time to move past the 1,000 point barrier for his burgeoning career.

Rodney Henderson (Tyner Academy) continues to be one of the best kept secrets on the East Tennessee landscape. The junior guard will now forever be known as a member of the vaunted 1,000 point club for the Ramily (Ram Family).

Maguire Evans (Cleveland) has burst upon the scene this season and will now become a member of the 1,000 point club for the Blue Raiders.

Reed Ownby (Sevier County) has always been among my favorites players to observe. The talented junior wing recently put his name on the Smokey Bear lexicon dropping his 1,000 point.

Cameron Soulgas (Seymour) was one of our surprise players in the Rocky Top Fall League and he has carried that momentum into this season. The senior guard dropped 42 in a game against Claiborne and added 32 against Knoxville Halls, along the way he also found time to add his name to the 1,000 point club.

Grady Robertson (William Blount) has been tough as his senior season has gotten underway. The 6'5 wing dropped 29 against McMinn County and has forever etched his name into Governor lore moving past the 1,000 point barrier for his career.

Andre Whitehead
State Editor

Andre Whitehead is the longtime editor of Tennessee Prep Hoops. He is the director of the Rocky Top High School Fall League, Rocky Top D-League and the Tennessee Prep Hoops Best in State.