Boys state basketball tournament primer

Boys state basketball tournament primer

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Boys state basketball tournament primer

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* Site: Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center

* Admission: $10 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; $12 Saturday

PREDICTIONS

Class A: Mr. Basketball finalist Alex Fountain (23.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg), a 6-foot-7 forward, gives second-ranked Wartburg a good chance to win, but the Bulldogs may face a tough semifinal hurdle against No. 3 Mt. Pleasant. Watertown, making its first state tournament appearance, could make it to the final from the other side of the bracket, led by forward Ty Jobe (14.1 ppg).

Class AA: With 60 straight wins against in-state opponents, top-ranked Christ Presbyterian Academy is the clear favorite to repeat. But first the Lions must get by Mitchell in a quarterfinal rematch of last year’s championship. CPA’s starting lineup boasts four college prospects in Jalen Lindsey, Jake Allsmiller, Braxton Bonds and Braxton Blackwell. No. 3 Jackson South Side, led by Mr. Basketball finalist A.J. Merriweather (14.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg), is a likely finalist.

Class AAA: Top-ranked Blackman is in a tough bracket, where it probably will face No. 3 Southwind in a semifinal on Friday. Memphis-area teams have won 12 of the last 13 titles. With Darius Thompson at point guard, Blackman could bring the championship back to Middle Tennessee. Dyer County could make it to the final if it can beat Siegel in the semifinals.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Robert Hubbs, Dyer County, Sr., G: The 6-5 Tennessee signee is averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. The Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist is shooting 62.2 percent from the floor and 73.2 percent from the free throw line.

Jajuan Johnson, Southwind, Sr., G: The 6-4 Marquette signee is averaging 20.3 points, and shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, including 51 3-pointers. He forms a potent inside-outside combination with 6-8 Missouri signee Johnathan Williams (18. 9 ppg, 9.5 rpg).

Jalen Lindsey, CPA, Jr., F: The 6-7 Class AA Mr. Basketball finalist is averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. A major college prospect with 18 offers, he is CPA’s career scoring leader with 2,406 points.

Mason Ramsey, Livingston Academy, Sr., F/G: The 6-6 Class AA Mr. Basketball finalist is averaging 19.7 points, 13.5 rebounds and four assists. The District 8-AA MVP has scored over 2,000 career points and led the Wildcats to a 107-35 record that includes three state tournament appearances.

Darius Thompson, Blackman, Sr., PG: A 6-4 major college prospect, he is averaging 16.3 points, 6.4 assists and 2.4 steals. The Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist is shooting 56 percent from the floor, including 55 3-pointers.

SCHEDULE

CLASS AAA

Wednesday

Southwind (31-6) vs. Oak Ridge (28-5), 10 a.m.

Brentwood (29-4) vs. Blackman (30-0), 11:45 a.m.

Dyer Co. (29-3) vs. Hillsboro (26-7), 1:30 p.m.

Maryville (27-7) vs. Siegel (28-5), 3:15 p.m.

Friday

Southwind-Oak Ridge winner vs. Brentwood-Blackman winner, 10 a.m.

Dyer Co.-Hillsboro winner vs. Maryville-Siegel winner, 11:45 a.m.

Saturday

Championship, 2 p.m.

CLASS AA

Thursday

Gibbs (25-8) vs. Livingston Acad. (28-8), 1:30 p.m.

Mitchell (23-7) vs. CPA (34-2), 3:15 p.m.

East Nashville (27-7) vs. Howard (27-5), 5 p.m.

Fulton (24-8) vs. Jackson South Side (26-3), 6:45 p.m.

Friday

Gibbs-Livingston winner vs. Mitchell-CPA winner, 5 p.m.

East Nashville-Howard winner vs. Fulton-South Side winner, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday

Championship, 6 p.m.

CLASS A

Wednesday

Watertown (30-3) vs. Lake Co. (8-23), 5 p.m.

Knox Grace (23-10) vs. Richland (28-6), 6:45 p.m.

Thursday

Mt. Pleasant (25-3) vs. Humboldt (26-6), 10 a.m.

Wartburg (27-4) vs. Clarkrange (18-16), 11:45 a.m.

Friday

Watertown-Lake Co. winner vs. Knox Grace-Richland winner, 1:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant-Humboldt winner vs. Wartburg-Clarkrange winner, 3:15 p.m.

Saturday

Championship, 4 p.m.

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