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      The MemphisHoopers.com 2017 Preseason Top Ten rankings are going to have a different twist in early predictions from past polls with the most even across the board in all division teams in the past 8 to 10 years respectively with one exception, Memphis East the unorthodox 800 lb. gorilla in Division AAA. Who at the same time are rewriting not only the local record books but statewide TSSAA rules books retrospectively.
Division AA has definitely made strong claims as the tougher division from the hands of AAA with 16-AAA, no more a power horse district overall and especially if you take East out of the equation.
Hamilton and Raleigh Egypt will vie for title but Craigmont, Mitchell
, and always Sheffield will be in the mix. Cordova has the most electrifying guard in the state, region, etc. - Tyler Harris "hands down" who comes from a long line of Memphis family basketball that includes historic moves and will go down as one of the best guards to ever come out of local Memphis high school basketball. With a banner July month under his belt on the Under Armour Association Grassroots Basketball Circuit displaying his very strong offensive skills in strong confidence leading Team Thad to the championship game respectively. Compadres at the prestigious Fab 48 in Las Vegas, he seemed to have A - This For Real Folks mentality!!! With Iowa State, Florida, Memphis, and many more big boy schools on hand is very entertaining to watch.

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    The 2017 summer circuit basketball season is over and with some Memphis teams that were supposedly predicted highly in many regards to clamor much national attention while others are not just under rated but truthfully disrespected LADIES & GENTLEMEN. Instead terrible historic endeavors were recorded for the first time with local programs as for not qualifying for their respected shoe league qualifiers and prestigious nationals (Team Penny no go to Peach Jam or capturing any other major events) especially with rosters that were put together with a nice penny I bet. While other ball clubs made noise all summer long on the court respectively as Team Thad going 37-5 during the very overall competitive and nationwide schedule recording national tournament championships and victories in abundance. District 16-AAA once again heralds the No. 1 preseason team in the city with Memphis East at the top for the second straight year in a row. With the TSSAA Division AAA Champions coming out of Memphis 12 out of the last 13 years it is easily said, "Memphis runs Basketball in the state of Tennessee," Respectively and Hands Down Ten Fold!

    We have a school entry from Mississippi, differ from past polls that hold the No. 2 spot in this years poll - Olive Branch who the Hoopers staff mentioned in earlier recaps as for marking them to low but won't make that mistake this year. The Conquistadors field a roster of young men that have played together on a high school level together since freshman intro excluding summer activity in accordance and their is high expectations for this ball club. Coach Rombaugh in his twelfth year at the high school (7 head boys coach) will have the services of D.J. Jeffries, a first for the school  McDonald's All American candidate. Coaches keep a eye on Joe Cooper and Cameron Matthews all season long as well.

   On the other side in District 15 AAA you have the Cordova Wolves who make the MemphisHoopers.com Preseason Top Ten Poll for the second straight year in the top 3 coming in at No. 3. They seem to always make the poll and Regionals late in the season finishing strong possessing one of the largest enrollments in the Shelby County School . Don't know what you might get to walk thru  them doors at the last minute, like Tyler Harris did two years ago. The Wolves roster is different from years past but they will be there at the end of the season as opposing teams will double and triple team Harris so someone else will have to step up in certain situations or postseason will be short lived. Seniors Derrick Craig and Cobe Powell will definitely have their opportunities all year long to prove that point precisely.

   At the No. 4 spot Southwind a regular in the Top Ten Poll resides and senior Mark Freeman one of the toughest guards in the city who had a solid summer playing for M33M will lead the Jaguars. Kam Jones will contribute accordingly.

   An iconic high school right down the street from the second busiest house in the country (Graceland) and known for football Whitehaven respectively with 2 state championships in the last 3 years come in at No. 5. The basketball team has taken form with third year Coach Fajari Phillips at the helm in rugged Division AAA and will make some serious noise this year while making the poll for the first time in MemphisHoopers.com Preseason Top Ten history. Newly committed D1 Cameron Jones will lead the Tigers.

2014 (Haywood County) TSSAA State Championship Team


    Raleigh Egypt High School claims the No. 6 position with alumni Coach Maurice Miller in his third year as head coach. The pharaohs are back in the poll for the first time since the 2010 season have a very strong overall schedule with high expectations in Division AA. Senior Jadakiss Williams and junior Devonte Williams, are they related? These young men will garner major attention "ten fold" all season long. Landing at the No. 7 spot we have Ridgeway High School with the most tenured high school coach in the city with veteran Wes Henning with over 20 years respectively. A regular in MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten every year, the roadrunners will be led by  Antwan Bean and Brandon Mason

    Lausanne High School holds the No.8 spot coming off a state championship run last year and are favorites for this year as well. This team has the ability to make some serious noise during the entire season going into postseason action with a strong schedule on tap and look out for juniors Skylar Forest and Ashton Smith. At the No.9 spot we have Bartlett High School with a high enrollment and a consistent Division AAA competitor and a solid coach in 3rd year head coach Dion Real and one of the best x's n o's guy around. Sophomore Rodney Mason and Jefferson Walker are to keep eyes on with junior Jaylen Cincore tethering with a break out year.

     Hamilton rounds out the top ten at No.10 in this years preseason poll since their state championship in 2014. Hamilton a regular Division AAA participant is now in Division AA and probably have the best guards overall in a strong division respectively. A senior laden team led by alumni and head coach Will Smith and look out for some seniors Montrel Brooks, Kevon McMahon, Jordan Johnson, and Julian Woods that are going to make some serious noise.


Week 1 (Nov.10)

Top Ten Preseason Poll (Sept. 1, 2017)

1. East (0-0)

A solid December       Last Week 0

2. Olive Branch  (0-0)

Definitely the                                                                                Last Week 0

3. Cordova (0-0)

A senior        Last Week 0

4. Southwind (0-0)

The.    Last Week 0

5. Whitehaven  (0-0)

A very     Last Week 0

6. Raleigh Egypt

Another       Last Week 0

7. Ridgeway (0-0)

The most                                          Last Week 1

8. Olive Branch (0-0)

Coming off a       Last Week 5

9. Bartlett (0-0)

The                   Not Ranked

10. Hamilton (0-0)    

    the best.  Not Ranked

Dropped Out:        

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Updated 8-18-15




Others receiving votes:    Briarcrest (0-0), Trezevant  (0-0),   Covington (0-0), Dyer County (0-0), West Mem. Ark. (0-0), Central (0-0), Brighton (0-0),  BTW (0-0),, Kingsbury (0-0), Oakhaven (0-0),  Southaven, MS. (0-0),  Bartlett (0-0), Desoto Central (0-0), Kirby (0-0), Wooddale (0-0),  City University (0-0), Overton (0-0), Carver (0-0),  Horn Lake, MS. (0-0), Bolton (5-5),  Raleigh Egypt (0-0),  St. George's (0-0),  Hernando, Ms. (0-0), Mitchell (0-0),  MUS (0-0),  St. Benedict (0-0), Haywood County (0-0), Union City (0-0), Fayette Ware (0-0), Millington (0-0), Harding Academy (0-0), Desoto Central (0-0), F.A.C.S. (0-0),

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Other Teams of Interest: Catholic (0-0), Fairley (0-0), Frayser  (0-0), Hamilton (0-0),


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     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 opinion comapdres.

     MemphisHoopers.com claimed 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 www.ontheradarhoops.com 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 MemphisHoopers.com that mostly deals with unsigned seniors, Memphis Bulls who have made a name for themselves the last couple of seasons.

    Iconic 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.

    Team 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  Final Stat click here

    2015 Jack 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 respectively with good team basketball all weekend long. Click here for stats. East (Number 1 Preseason Poll) came away with a 3-1 mark and it's only loss came to private school powerhouse Brentwood Academy in a close affair. A very young Mustangs team led by sophomores T.J. Moss & Alex Lomax will make noise all year long plus freshman sensation 6'8 Chandler Lawson. Brentwood Academy 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 Jeremiah Oatsvall is a very solid overall hard nosed point guard, Bottomline! 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. CBHS junior William Douglass 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! 

     Southwind (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 Carlos Marshall and 6'6 freshman Antavion Collum with a great body frame to go along with his dribbling and dynamic moves anywhere on the court. Fayette Ware and 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 since 1999.

    Germantown (No.5 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 Darrell Brown will definitely need help from Rodney Williams and Jonathan Bins and the red devils when playing aggressive teams seem to have problems responding and needs addressing. Center Hill (MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten) senior point guard Job Vernor 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

 1. Hamilton (18-15)
2. Haywood County (35-2)
3. Mitchell (32-6)
4. St. George's (28-4)
5. CBHS (29-1)
6. Southwind (24-5)
7. Bolton (21-9)
8 Briarcrest (24-10)
9. Houston (21-9)
10. Union City (33-4)



 TSSAA State Tournament Action & Championship Preview 2015   

The finishing to the newsletter story is below:

Dedric Lawson (Hamilton / Memphis - McDonald's All American)

TSSAA State Bracket


Division A: 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 Jeremiah Martin (Louisiana Tech), & Kylan Phillips (MVSU) the Tigers defeated Columbia Academy 69-40 in quarterfinal action to face Knoxville Grace Friday in semifinal action at TSSAA BlueCross Championship.


Left to right all seniors Naba Echols, Jeremiah Martin, Devonte Shipp, Kylan Phillips


Division AA Haywood County (32-2) boasts one of the most talented teams in the tournament and also a senior laden ball club led by Jordon Varnado who won MVP honors in regional action. Also their is another Delk from that fine family of basketball players in senior Alandis Delk. Ripley probably possesses the most dynamic and explosive guard in the state in Chad Culbreath who can do it all in strong fashion at the 1 & 2 spots. Senior Shaq Halloway can also light it up from all over the court and scores points in bunches.


Haywood County Regional Champions @ Covington High School 2015


Division AAA: MemphisHoopers.com will say it again, the 800 lb. gorilla Hamilton Wildcats should roll thru early state action and did with a quarterfinal game thumping Hillsboro 55-34 and a Friday meeting with Blackman. A rematch against district rival Memphis East seems very realistic with The Mustangs beating Oak Ridge 68-57 and facing Brentwood Friday in semifinal action. You have a former McDonald's All American in Head Coach Todd Day coaching the only other Hamilton player to ever be named McDonald's All American in Dedric Lawson. This only happens in cycles that come far and few apart with 10-15 year interval at the least.



Dedric & K.J. Lawson 2015


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








White Station @ Melrose

       Recap 3-20-2010

White Station (70)  @ Melrose (75)                                            Box Score

       In 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 Chris Jones (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 called upon. Jones 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 scored.  Adonis Thomas 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 signee Nate Rucker 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 Joe Jackson (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 Julian Burton (12 points on 50% shooting and 3-3 from long range). White Station William Woodfork and Rodriguez Tucker 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  Jones snubbing out the effort and with Thomas in the wing.

Key Points of The Game: White Station Andre Hollins and Nino Johnson scoring only 4 points each. At least Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds in the cause respectively. Chris Jones awesome free throw shooting down the stretch and the entire game.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera                          Posted 3-13-10 7:02 p.m.





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