TOP TEN PRESEASON
RANKINGS: 2018 - 2019
2018 - 2019 high school season at the half way mark and
postseason district action just a little over 30 days
away during the first week of February.
MemphsiHoopers.com Top Ten has made adjustments and
definitely additions that local papers, media outlets
and so on have gravely overlooked. Remember Hoopers
staff goes to a game every night in the Memphis
tri-state area and definitely knows Memphis Basketball
Mechanics Ten Fold!
As mentioned in earlier preseason
media stories, Division AAA was going to be a
heavyweight battle between and Memphis East and Bartlett
High Schools respectively to the wire unless an
Germantown type scenario from three years ago.
2018 summer circuit
basketball season is in the books
the TSSAA Division AAA Champions coming out of Memphis
13 out of the last 14 years, it is easily said, "Memphis
runs Basketball in the state of Tennessee," Respectively
and Hands Down Ten Fold! Division AA in Memphis is
definitely on the rise.
- 2019 Preseason Top Ten rankings always keeps you on
your P's and Q's with "Memphis
Basketball", the heart of Memphis Sports. In the
state of Tennessee, Memphis runs high school basketball
and football is still mid to east side of the state
action but the grip is loosening. Memphis city iconic
won the larger of the classifications in
Division AA n AAA last year bringing home gold balls to
their respected schools. AA Division has definitely
taken over as the better overall division with Division AA in a 5 horse race with
at the top of their respected divisions as the rest of the teams under
them fighting for bragging rights.
Four of your
top five entries in this years preseason poll are big
division schools with two schools coming from our
neighbor Desoto County, Mississippi respectively.
with a MemphisHoopers.com Preseason Top Ten
record, 'fourth year in a row' as the preseason overall
No. 1, start the season to go along with the
players in the country in ESPN James
comes in at
and fields a strong senior oriented team at a
near record setting 12 seniors as these two top AAA
teams are definitely expected to be TSSAA state
contenders in March.
Tennessee Prep Academy
commit Antavion Collum will
definitely meet in postseason action with a bittersweet
gathering for Collum with a wasted year
Olive Branch Conquistadors
and a regular the last couple of years come
in at the
position and the defending Mississippi state
They have broken the south part of Mississippi
postseason voodoo handily and are favorites again this
commit D.J. Jeffries leading
Final 2017-2018 High
School Rankings are out, click here
One of the top ACT/Academic, big boy football dynasty in the
making high school in the city. TSSAA football state appearances every
year of this decade in strong fashion with multiple
titles at hand is TSSAA state runner up from last year
losing to Memphis East in championship game
who come in at
No. 4. They have one of the top juniors
Matthew Murrell who had a very strong summer on
the circuit with Team Thad gathering
many offers including Memphis, Florida and others. The
spot with a solid group
High School claims the
position with seniors Skylar Forest and
Cam Sims leading the way with a very
solid underclassmen group and probably the best in the
city. Landing at the
spot we have
High School a regular in the poll and will be led by
twin seniors Mike Rice Jr. and
Mikell Rice respectively.
High School holds the
spot after coming off a TSSAA state appearance in
Division A and a 30 plus win season.
spot we have
High School with a high enrollment and one of the top
guards in the region in Calvin Temple.
finishes out the top ten in the
in this years preseason poll. The Pharaohs will be lead
by senior Devontae Williams and junior
Quintarius Bailey plus a very deep
bench probably the deepest in the city.
SUMMER CIRCUIT BREAKDOWN
The 2015 summer circuit
basketball season is over with the volatile
month of July just ending as hectic as ever.
Memphis teams did not fare well on a national
level accordingly to Memphis standards and past
seasons Bottomline!!! Looking at
MemphisHoopers.com Summer Circuit Poll the usual
entries from the region fared below expectations
and standards. Everyone asked why is
MemphisHoopers.com at the No. 1 spot in Final
Poll. Isn't that bias well the facts are stated
below and everyone else will have their own
2 championships nationally at Midwest Shootout n
St. Louis April 19, 2015 & Big Foot Hoops n
Houston April 26, 2015
Kingwood Classic Platinum bracket in
championship game win over T.J. Ford Elite. The
other local teams neither garnered a
championship of any sort all season long other
than Team Thad in Knoxville Vegas Event April 3,
2015. 1 championship locally with a win over the
powerful Team Thad 16's in that championship
game @ Lemoyne Owen College April 1, 2015
at the start of the summer circuit basketball
season. Championship game loss in
Session 1 in Atlanta, GA. April 10, 2015. Final
Four appearance in Adidas Memorial Day Classic
in New Orleans, LA. losing to Texas D1
Ambassadors 99-98, hell of a game compadres!!!!
Your regular shoe company sponsored teams;
Team Thad (Under Armour),
Team Penny (Nike), &
Memphis Magic (Adidas) all had
different routes in front of them per say.
M33M Let it Fly is associated
with Reebok but Reebok is just there these days.
Other teams of significance are
that mostly deals with unsigned seniors, Memphis
Bulls who have made a name for themselves the
last couple of seasons.
Team Thad n Team Penny had rough seasons this
year. With both ball clubs needing help from
players that were not going to be there all
season from jump to just help them make it to
their respected shoe company end of the year
events the championships and finals of each
accordingly. Memphis Magic didn't qualify for
the Finals in Atlanta but got one of the 8 at
large bids to participate.
Thad made the biggest impact with LaGerald Vick
coming from nowhere and almost signing with UT
Martin and Western Kentucky to wining a gold
medal with Kansas in Seoul, Korea. Nick
Marshall at Memphis with plenty of playing time
on the horizon due to transfer in mid stream.
M33M Let it Fly plays a very soft schedule early
in the season with no hype at all but will criss
cross the country in July. A solid showing in
the last week of July @ Big Foot Hoops before
falling in Sweet 16 action in
Platinum Elite Bracket
losing to Norcal Black.
Memphis Bulls had good performances all season
long in great events and made a good run at AAU
Nationals in Orlando amking it to the final
four. With the final MemphisHoopers.com Summer
Circuit Poll done another season in the Books!!!
MUS Summer Classic 2015
Stat click here
Peters MUS Summer Classic was another success with some
of the best teams in the city and surrounding areas.
Since it's inception since 2000 it has made national
acclaim as one of the best high school summer events
with good team basketball all weekend long.
Click here for stats.
(Number 1 Preseason Poll)
came away with a 3-1 mark and it's only loss came to
private school powerhouse
in a close affair. A very young Mustangs team led by
will make noise all year long plus freshman sensation
went 4-1 with impressive performances and double digit
wins over top teams.
Coach Hubie Smith
has done a great job this summer after coming off an
state championship and favorites to repeat accordingly.
Players that stood out to the Hoopers staff over the 3
day event and the top player at the event was
T.J. Moss, who
has elevated his game to another level. His jump shot
from all over the court is solid, basketball moves are
full of basketball IQ and very fluid. Junior
is a very solid overall hard nosed point guard,
Oatsvall does it
all in strong fashion from shooting the ball from any
part of the court, drives are solid, and defense a plus
from this young man.
also was very impressive with his overall play and this
young man is going to be special compadres n will
contend for one of the top players in the Memphis area.
One of my favorite high school coaches of all time
Bubba Luckett CBHS will make another
run at the state after going 29-1 last year losing their
only game in the championship game, Tough One!
(MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten)
with an enrollment of over 2,000 students will always
field good teams and head coach Paul Edwards
does a great job year in and year out acco rdingly. The
jaguars have a young
team led by 6'5 junior
and 6'6 freshman
with a great body frame to go along with his dribbling
and dynamic moves
anywhere on the court.
Ripley both went 5-1 with
Ripley coming off a TSSAA state appearance and advancing
to the semifinals for the first time in over 30 years.
Both ball clubs should make MemphisHoopers.com Preseason
Top Ten for the first time in MemphisHoopers.com history
MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten)
has played good
basketball all June long and will make noise all season
long and should advance in postseason action with a
senior laden team. Senior
and Jonathan Bins
and the red devils when playing aggressive teams seem to
have problems responding and needs addressing.
(MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten)
senior point guard
after viewing at MUS for the first time caught the
Hoopers staff eyes off the wham and is rock rock solid
compadres. Like some folks it can be junior, junior
junior like in Friday's movie! Some schools that will
garner attention depending on play during regular season
because they will have short leashes - BTW, Center Hill,
Hamilton, Mitchell, & MUS.
Remember compadres and
let's not get ahead of ourselves where
MUS Summer Classic
is sometimes for showcase where kids have no intention
on going to that school but fiddle faddle. Let's see who
enrolls where when school starts August 4, 2014, it's
always a story somewhere on who is where and not.
2014-2015 Final High School Rankings
TSSAA State Tournament Action & Championship
The finishing to the newsletter story is below:
/ Memphis -
Mitchell goes into postseason action looking for
a repeat of the gold ball respectively. A senior
laden basketball team that has played together
for all four of their high school seasons and
are a very poised group of young men
accordingly. Led by
(Louisiana Tech), &
(MVSU) the Tigers defeated
69-40 in quarterfinal action to face Knoxville
Grace Friday in semifinal action at TSSAA
Left to right
all seniors Naba
Echols, Jeremiah Martin, Devonte Shipp, Kylan
(32-2) boasts one of the most talented teams in
the tournament and also a senior laden ball club
who won MVP honors in regional action. Also
their is another Delk from that fine family of
basketball players in senior
probably possesses the most dynamic and
explosive guard in the state in
who can do it all in strong fashion at the 1 & 2
can also light it up from all over the court and
scores points in bunches.
Regional Champions @ Covington High School 2015
MemphisHoopers.com will say it again, the 800
Wildcats should roll thru early state action and
did with a quarterfinal game thumping
55-34 and a Friday meeting with Blackman. A
rematch against district rival
seems very realistic with
The Mustangs beating
68-57 and facing Brentwood Friday in semifinal
action. You have a former McDonald's All
American in Head Coach
coaching the only other Hamilton player to ever
This only happens in cycles that come far and
few apart with 10-15 year interval at the least.
The finishing to the newsletter story is below:
ECS since he came to this country in the 7th
grade from Haiti and played under a legendary
coach Terry Tippet. MemphisHoopers.com
interviewed coach Tippett after they won TSSAA
State in 2010 championship with Walter Weaver
(Hooper for Life), & Steve Casper, he stated,
"he wasn't going to retire until probably the
best player he ever had graduated and sometime
he evidently seen from a iconic coach". Well
that would of been this year and
MemphisHoopers.com isn't scared compadres. All
the flim flam, wishy wash, mumbo jumbo and
limited playing in controlled environments
definitely raises red flags. Bottomline we will
see in the near future and you can email me at
any time to make notes. COACHES, NATIONAL
RANKINGS CAN &*^% YOU OFF BOTTOMLINE!!!!, w
a short three years, Coach Jermaine Johnson has Melrose
in the record books with a astounding victory over the
defending state champions White Station Spartans.
Melrose deeply talented team was too much for the
Spartans who missed two of their top scorers from
scoring in double digits and much needed if any chance
of winning. Tournament MVP
(35 points and 5 steals) proved why he is a Tennessee
commitment with his savvy ball handling, outside
shooting when needed, and strong drives to the goal when
shot 95% from the free throw line on 18-19 shooting and
57% from the field in another stellar performance. The
game was a back and forth contest the entire game with
10 lead changes and 9 ties that started with the score
being tied 16 all at the end of the first quarter.
White Station led majority of the first half after
Melrose being patient on offense scored first but the
Spartans started the game with a 8-0 run after Melrose
shot extremely well 47% from the field and snatched a
game high 13 rebounds to go along with 19 points in a
double double performance. Melrose finally took the lead
in the second quarter with a 1 minute left using full
court pressure that rattled the Spartans a little.
Melrose went into the break up 35-33. White Station was
killing Melrose on the boards (19-10 first half
advantage) due to Melrose big man and Northern Illinois
breaking his ankle in the previous quarterfinal game
against Bearden. Melrose caused 11 first half turnovers
but controlled the ball to only commit 3 turnovers to
nullify the rebounding disadvantage. Melrose had a 5-2
ratio on steals at the break also.
White Station usually brings a nice crowd with them
every year but Melrose's Orange Mound was definitely in
the house as the Golden Wildcats were in force new and
old. The Wildcats extended their lead as high as 8
points in the third quarter at the 2:01 mark of the
third with Coach Jesus Patino of White Station trying to
find a solution to his team poor offense with multiple
substituting to gain momentum to no avail. Melrose
closed the third quarter up 55-50 and in solid control
for the time being.
You know having Mr. Basketball, McDonald's All American
and Memphis signee
(22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals) was not
going to let that happen just laying there. He is a
warrior and showed why he received all the postseason
accolades, Jackson sat out only 6 seconds of the entire
game in the fourth quarter at the 5:00 minute mark after
picking up his 4th foul.
Another senior who has been their since the first day
with Jackson is Missouri State football signee
(12 points on 50% shooting and 3-3 from long range).
White Station William
notched important minutes and played strong coming off
the bench in supporting roles. White Station tried to
rally by getting the score down to 3 points (63-60) and
the closest they would ever get with each time
snubbing out the effort and with
in the wing.
Key Points of The Game:
scoring only 4 points each. At least Johnson grabbed 10
rebounds in the cause respectively.
awesome free throw shooting down the stretch and the
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
Posted 3-13-10 7:02 p.m.