You want a title? Go West. Champions Crowned in Cookeville
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COOKEVILLE, TN –
won his final high school game, 59-48. He deserved it.
Fittingly, it was Isaiah’s endurance that allowed him to dominate the D2 State Championship Game, after he already endured the injury, the recovery, and the comeback.
West missed most of his junior season with a torn ACL injury. Once ranked #1 overall with @PrepHoopsTN, West was unable to return to AAU in 2022 April, May. July looked increasingly unlikely. His injury was costing him his final AAU season, which was pivotal. He needed to prove that he could play basketball with the same athleticism before any colleges would offer, right? Shockingly, West circumvented the traditional recruiting path entirely and verbally committed to Vanderbilt in June. They stuck with him the entire time and he rewarded them with his verbal commitment, which then matured into a signed National Letter of Intent (NLI).
An accomplishment to be sure. Saturday he earned another fantastic accomplishment. Two-time State Champion.
“Incredible,” said Goodpasture Head Coach Adam Sonn. “Great senior leadership. Great resilience.”
finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
blocked with a left hand approximately ten feet above the ground. The singular play spoke to the moment in a way that few predicted. Goodpasture is a team composed of wonderful Nashville-area basketball players with an excellent coach and a recent track record of extreme success. Notre Dame was not the favorite. And yet Cole denied the future college star, current high school superstar , perhaps saying without saying ‘We are here.’ And the Irish played the first quarter like they belonged in the game. Sixteen points in the first six minutes against GHS was a fantastic accomplishment.
Midway through the second quarter,bounded the ball up to his left-hand and whipped a left-handed sling pass 20′ to a backdoor-cutting . Insanely risky, the pass worked and Jayden nudged himself into double figures with a soft banked layup. Seconds earlier West caught a lob pass from to dunk home a two-handed jam.
returned to his sophomore form, playing with his back-to-the-basket instead of the rangy wing he morphed into out of developmental necessity during AAU and his senior year. Notre Dame lacked answers defending the post, especially because Goodpasture featured both and Carter.
McCormick tied the game at 38 points apiece in the final minute of the third quarter. Then, Goodpasture overwhelmed the Fighting Irish.
2023 Division II-A Boys All-Tournament Team
, Clarksville Academy – Goodpasture
– Notre Dame
– Notre Dame
– Goodpasture (MVP)
– Notre Dame
#2 Kenny Hammond*
#10 Benjamin Houston*
#11 * (2025)
#24 * (2024)