Unaka's Chambers makes third team

from staff reports

   Thanks to Corey Brewer, Tyler Smith, Brandon Wright and Jamont Gordon, the 2004 Associated Press All-State team announced Tuesday has a dominant Middle Tennessee flavor.
   Brewer is the McDonald's All-American from Portland who has signed with Florida. The only repeat All-State player, Smith is a junior from Giles County who most schools in the country want to sign.
   Both Gordon and Wright play near each other with Gordon a junior at Glencliff who remains unsigned by any college, while Wright is a sophomore at Brentwood Academy already getting offers from everywhere.
   Only Courtney Pigram of White Station in Memphis kept Middle Tennessee from sweeping the first-team squad selected from nominations by member newspapers.
   Brewer, Class AA's Mr. Basketball, only averaged 28.6 points and 12.7 rebounds for Portland. He also averaged three steals and 2.7 assists per game. Smith also averaged a double-double with 23 1/2 points and 12 rebounds.
   Gordon is headed to Oak Hill Academy for his senior season, but he averaged 26.3 points, 16 rebounds and three steals a game for Glencliff. Wright averaged 22 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5 1/2 blocks for Brentwood Academy.
   A 6-foot guard, Pigram averaged 19.3 points, 2 1/2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals. He also shot 43 percent from 3-point range in helping his team win Class AAA title.
   The second team is headed up by a pair from East Tennessee in guards Justin Hare of Bradley Central and Jonathan Cook of Chattanooga Christian. West Tennessee weighs in with Reily Ervin of White Station, Brian Lake of Bolivar, Brandon Shane of Greenfield and center Thaddeus Young of Mitchell.
   Middle Tennessee is represented again on the third team led by Henry Harris of Stratford and Dickson County's Cory Pfleiger with Reginald Delk of Jackson North Side and Jody Fersner of Karns and Unaka's Rusty Chambers.
   Hare led Bradley Central with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Cook averaged 23.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.8 assists for Chattanooga Christian.
   Shane averaged a double-double with 21 points and 13.2 rebounds, and Lake was just off that mark with 16.2 points and 9 1/2 rebounds at Bolivar.
   A 6-9 sophomore, Young is considered the best underclassman in Memphis after he scored 20.3 points and grabbed 11 rebounds per game.
   Ervin was the Class AAA tournament MVP after he scored 26 points in the championship against Jackson North Side. He averaged 16 points and six assists in the tournament for a team ranked 11th in the country by USA Today.
   Harris has several scholarship offers because of his ball-handling skills, which helped him average 21 points and eight assists per game. Pleiger scored 25 points a game for Dickson County.
   Chambers led Unaka to the Class A title after he shot 89 percent from the free throw line and scored 20 points with 9 rebounds per game. He also handed out seven assists per game.
   Delk, nephew of Tony Delk of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, helped Jackson North Side reach the Class AAA title game before falling to White Station. Fersner led the Knoxville-area by averaging 25.2 points per game.
   Several players from Carter and Johnson County were named to the honorable mention list. Included were: Tim Whaley, Happy Valley; Judd Shoun, Johnson County; Cody Collins, Unaka; Robbie Tolley, Cloudland; Mark Byrd, Cloudland; Adam Miller, Hampton and Adam Turley, Elizabethton.
   Representing Carter County on the honorable mention list for the girls were: Rikki Baughman, Valnessha Redd, Elizabethton; Renee Ensor, Julie Roberson and Jessica Osborne Unaka.