Preps: CPA girls hoops star makes her college choice prior to senior season

Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 10:27pm

Lauren Thompson, a key component in Christ Presbyterian Academy’s run to the 2012 state championship, has committed to play college basketball at Belmont University.

“Ever since I spoke with them back in December and attended some camps there, I felt a real closeness at Belmont,” Thompson said. “I felt all along that was where I wanted to go, and I’m glad to get this behind me before my senior year starts.

“I met a lot of [Belmont’s] players and it seems like a great group that I believe I can fit in well with. Hopefully, I can come in … begin to prove myself and be able to contribute early.”

Thompson averaged roughly 12 points and seven rebounds per game last season as a junior.

The 5-foot-11 post was named the most valuable player in the Class AA state tournament and led the Nashville area with more than 100 blocked shots last season. She had game-highs of 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks in a 61-52 win over Obion County for the state title, the school’s first.

Her father, Tim Thompson, was a four-year letterman (1976-79) at Vanderbilt.

“I’m very excited for Lauren, and it’s a good fit for her,” he said. “She really likes Brittney [Ezell, the Belmont coach] and the Belmont girls.”

Thompson is not the only member of last year’s CPA team, which finished 36-3, looking ahead to college basketball.

Mallory Charpentier, a 5-foot-6 guard, earlier committed to Lipscomb and will be a freshman with the Bisons in the upcoming season. She was a member of the all-state tournament team.

Lauren Thompson said that CPA teammates and fellow rising seniors Faith LeGate and Meredith Roman have not made their choices.

• MBA lineman commits: Jashon Robertson made a decision with conviction and got this out of the way early – very early.

The Montgomery Bell Academy defensive tackle, a rising junior, announced last week he has committed to Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound star became the first 2014 commitment for the Commodores and coach James Franklin.

He also made visits to Cincinnati and Alabama before he made his choice.

“Everything at Vanderbilt is similar to everything at my high school,” he told Vandy247sports.com. “It’s an up and coming program, and I want to be a part of it. I love everything about Vanderbilt, and I felt at home.”

After a strong performance at Vanderbilt’s talent prospect camp, he got an offer [his first] from the Commodores. It took him about 10 minutes to accept.

“They offered me, and I went outside and called my mom, then I went back in and told them I was committed to Vanderbilt,” he told the website.

• BA baseball commitment: Brentwood Academy’s Will Haynie has committed to play baseball at Alabama.

The 6-foot-5 catcher/pitcher is a rising senior and will sign as a member of the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class. He hit15 home runs and drove in 37 runs last season.

He also received an offer from Vanderbilt.

• Tennis community mourns: Long-time Nashville tennis teaching pro Dave Anderson died last week at age 72 of pancreatic cancer.

He was the pro at Richland Country Club in the 1960s and served as the Montgomery Bell Academy coach for four years (1967-70). He also coached such All-Nashville stars as Rip Trammell and Dan Buttrey.

In recent years, he was an assistant pro at Westside Club in West Nashville.

• Wild to Lipscomb: John Wild, who has won state championships at three different high schools, is headed to Lipscomb.

A former basketball player under Don Meyer at Lipscomb, Wild will become an assistant coach under long-time friend Greg Brown.

Wild, 46, guided Riverdale High’s girls to the 2012 state championship after a runner-up finish a year earlier. He also coached state championship teams at Moore County (boys) in 1999 and Bradford (girls) in 2000. His career record as a high school head coach is 430-162.

• Softball coach hired: David Lipscomb hired Lexi Myers as its new softball coach.

She replaces Gary Davis who announced his retirement in April. Myers had been the assistant coach at Lipscomb Uuniversity under Kristin Ryman.

Board meeting moved: The TSSAA Board of Control, which was to vote on reclassification on July 12, has moved its scheduled meeting to July 16 due to a conflict with two of its members.

The meeting will take place at TSSAA headquarters.