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Men's Basketball Signing Day Central
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Men's Basketball Signing Day Central

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men’s basketball head coach Brian “Penny” Collins announces the athletes joining his second recruiting class due to join the Tigers for the 2019-20 season.

The following student-athletes will accompany early signee, Mark Freeman, a guard hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, who signed during the early period.

Follow along throughout the day for updates of the new members for Big Blue.

9:43 a.m.

Amorey Womack | 6-1 | 185 | Guard | Freshman in 2019-20
Webster Groves, Mo. | Webster Groves HS

  • Named 2019 McDonald’s All-American finalist
  • Selected First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District as a senior
  • Helped Webster Groves to the Class 5 State Championship as a junior and was named All-Conference Honorable Mention
  • Played alongside early signee Mark Freeman for the Bluff City Legends (formerly Team Penny) in the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) summer circuit
  • Ranked 18 in Missouri by Max Preps


“The constant word you will hear in this recruiting class is culture, and Amorey Womack is another young man who is going to continue to promote a culture of urgency, teamwork, accountability and the 'Deserve to Win' attitude here at Tennessee State. He’s an exciting player who can play both guard positions. He’s an excellent shooter and fantastic defender. He’s coming off of a really good year at Webster Groves where he was named a McDonald’s All-American finalist. I can't wait to coach him for the next four years.”

Shakem Johnson | 6-7 | Forward | JUCO Transfer
Youngstown, Ohio | Navarro College (Southwest Tennessee CC)

  • Ranked No. 50 in’s top 100
  • Led the region in field goal percentage(18th in the nation), shooting 65.7 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range
  • Helped Navarro to a 21-5 record as a sophomore, finishing 24 in the final NJCAA Poll while being  named All-Region Second Team
  • One-of-six at Navarro to average double figures with 12.2 points per game, adding 5.3 rebounds per game
  • Played alongside Michael Littlejohn and Carlos Marshall, Jr. under the direction of Jerry Nichols at Southwest Tennessee as a freshman, helping the Salukis to a 24-5 record and a ranking of 18 in the final NJCAA Poll
  • Averaged nine points and five rebounds as a freshman at Southwest
  • Attended Warren G. Harding High School where he averaged a double-double, 10 points, 10 rebounds under Andy Vlajkovich
  • Interest from Seton Hall, FIU and Grand Canyon


 “I’m very excited about Shakem as we’re adding another quality front-court player to our roster. Shakem comes from the Texas-junior college league where he led the conference in field goal percentage. He’s a great defender with an electric style of play that will be exciting to watch. With such great experience, we expect him to come in and contribute immediately.” 

4:13 p.m.

Ravel Moody | 6-7 | 210 | Guard | JUCO Transfer
Denver, Co. | Northeastern Oklahoma

  • Led NEO in scoring averaging 13.9 points per game, helping the team to a district championship title and an appearance in the NJCAA tournament
  • Named conference tournament MVP and to the All-Tournament Team
  • Earned First Team All-Conference
  • Placed on the NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention list
  • Ranked 37th in the nation in steals with 65 on the season
  • Registered double figures in 22 games, and double-doubles in 10
  • As a freshman at NEO averaged 11.6 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game
  • Played at Thomas Jefferson HS averaging 15.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds as a senior,


“Ravel Moody is another high-character, culture guy. He’s coming off a banner year of leading his team to the conference championship and NJCAA tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was the runner-up for conference player of the year, placed on both the First Team All-Conference and conference All-Tournament team, named conference tournament MVP and was most recently named NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention. At 6’7”, he has the ability to score the ball on all three levels. I’m very excited to add a player of his caliber with his leadership qualities to the program.”

Mason Green | 6-10 | 220 | Forward | JUCO Transfer
Ellenwood, Ga. | Georgia Highlands/Mercer

  • Averaged 8.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game
  • Appeared in 16 games for the Bears, logging 58 total minutes on the season, averaging 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds per contest
  • Averaged 11 points in his senior campaign at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy while tallying seven rebounds per game, 4.6 blocks per game and three assists per game
  • Led the Chargers to finish 21-7 buoyed by a 12-game winning streak in the heart of the season
  • Interest from Nicholls State, Lamar, Radford and NC A&T


“Mason Green is player who has the championship-level character every coach wants on his roster. He’s a transfer from Mercer, playing under Bob Hoffman as a freshman, who spent his sophomore year at Georgia Highlands. At 6’10” his ability to run the floor, change shots on defense and shoot mid-range jumpers are qualities that we need. He is an elite communicator on defense and is really good at blocking shots and guarding in the post. He’s the exact guy we want at TSU to help us contend for championships.”