Traveling Team: Tennessee Travelers

The Tennessee Travelers are a good program on a solid foundation. Year in and year out, Charlie Benson connects high school players with college programs. This year he's got some stars and some sleepers, a few of which have size.

Charlie Benson, the head coach of the Tennessee Travelers, will shoot you straight. He loves his role as a guy who puts talented kids in front of college recruiters. Benson thinks there will be plenty of guys to be evaluated on his roster this season and they might even win a few games along the way.

"Based on one practice, I'm really excited about them," Benson said last Wednesday. "They're all great kids. That means my job is a lot easier. As far as individual talent goes, that's of no real concern to me because I don't have scholarships to offer. I'll leave that up to the guy who have scholarships."

The Travelers should be a good draw for college coaches because they've got a few big names and a few lesser known prospects who are big kids.

"We're big, real big," Benson said. "I think it's an advantage of the kid, I don't know about the team. Size gives you one up."

Though not household names, guys like forwards Matthew Dotson, Daniel Puckett and Tyler Webb bear watching. On some level they are Division I guys and spring is the time to see where they fall.

Guys like Jamont Gordon, Jonathan Adams and David Palmer are already national names. However, Gordon seems to be the prospect with the most room to grow right now nationally. Time will tell.

"I've never seen him play against people who can sit down in front of him and frustrate him," Benson said of Gordon. "He's going to see that soon and how he handles that will determine how good he'll be." The scuttlebutt about Gordon is that he'll be a Top 25 kid in the junior class. He'll also run some point for the Travelers.

"I've got a bunch of big kids who can run and I think there's a chance that there could be some surprises from this team."

Tennessee Travelers (Newport, Tenn.)

Head Coach Charlie Benson

Assistant Coach Ian Andresan

Top Prospect SG/PG Jamont Gordon

Projected Starters SG/PG Jamont Gordon (6-4/215, JR), PF David Palmer (6-8/230, JR), SG/SF Jonathan Adams (6-5/200, JR), PF Matthew Dotson (6-8/210, JR), SF Daniel Puckett (6-7/210, JR)

Others PF Tyler Webb (6-8/220, JR), PG Dequan Twilley (5-10/155, SOPH), SF Micah Williams (6-4/210, SOPH), SG Stephen McClellan (6-1/165, SOPH), SG Rushawn Reeves (6-1/190, JR), SG Logan Johnson (6-4/170, JR), SG Verice Cloyd (6-3/170, JR), C Rob Bledsoe (6-10/190, JR), PG Zach Ferrell (5-10/155, JR)

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