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Live Final 2014-2015 High School Rankings are out, click here

      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 With the final MemphisHoopers.com Summer Circuit Poll in the books for 2015 it's time to gear up for nationally recognized Memphis High School Basketball. One of the toughest districts in the country, District 16-AAA once again heralds the No. 1 preseason team in the city with Memphis East at the top. With the TSSAA Division AAA Champions coming out of Memphis 9 out of the last 10 years it is easily said, "Memphis runs basketball in the state of Tennessee," respectively and hands down! Memphis East brings back an relatively very young team that made it to the semifinals of last years TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro 2014. The Mustangs will be led by junior T.J. Moss and freshman sensation Chandler Lawson. On the other side in District 15 AAA you have the Cordova Wolves who make the MemphisHoopers.com Preseason Top Ten Poll and come in at No. 2 for the first time in school history. They would always make the poll late in the season finishing strong and with one of the largest enrollments in the city, you still don't know what you might get to walk thru the them doors at the last minute. At the No. 3 spot, the Red Devils from Germantown reside and their highest ranking ever in school history also. Senior Derrick Brown with offers from Tulsa and many others will need help from his teammates on this senior laden group. This group of young men have been together since the ninth grade and it's time to yeah or nay before you look around and your high school career is over.

    At the No. 4 spot we have another school  in the suburban District 14-AAA  in the rankings and a regular for the last 4 years, Arlington Tigers who will be a postseason contender with high expectations. Senior Nathan Hoover possesses one the deadliest jump shots in the state and region respectively and will lead this ball club with another senior at the helm in DeMonte Person who is very strong on both sides of the basketball at the guard spot respectively. Number 5 spot we have the Jaguars of Southwind  occupying that position and with a relatively young team that will make some serious noise this high school basketball season and surprise many teams in the process and don't be surprised of their advancement in postseason action.

    Houston High School claims the No. 6 position and is another one of those upcoming suburban school programs that has made some serious noise and a regular in the local polls for the last couple of years. The cougars have senior Justin Benton who is a player coaches need o keep an eye on with an 30 on ACT and a 3.8 gpa. which translates into high basketball I.Q. on the court naturally. A regular in MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten every year where they come in this year at No.7 and the most consistent team in the private school sector over the last decade plus some. The Purple Wave is still going strong at CBHS. They will be led by a special kid in junior William Douglass whose play resembles another Memphis great and you will hear a lot from this young man all high school basketball season.

    No.8 spot we have Ripley High School coming off a 2015 TSSAA state tournament appearance and their first appearance ever in MemphisHoopers.com Preseason Top Ten Poll. The Tigers are back in the mix and they will be a strong contender again this year in TSSAA Division AA. TSSAA Division AA doesn't have any legitimate competing teams out of Memphis this year so the west side of Tennessee is wide open. On this note let me make record accordingly, one thing about Memphis basketball -  you never know -  because you can get an out of the left field team at the last second to hit all cylinders at the right time at the right place in reverse especially with no 800 lb. gorillas on the horizon!

    Fayette Ware comes in at No.9 in this years preseason poll. The Wildcats will display one of the better shooters in the state and region in Mykkel Norment. With Division AA weak in Memphis this years, schools outside of Memphis have great chances to advance far in this years postseason. For the record it's not like Memphis wins state championships in Division AA anyway, very seldom. The last spot in MemphisHoopers.com poll No.10 goes to the Wildcats of Bolton with heralded Jaylen Fisher the highest ranked player in the state of Tennessee respectively!  

    With the merger between Memphis City Schools into Shelby County Schools now completed with all schools under one umbrella, the old county schools are making noise claiming three spots in the MemphisHooper.com Top Ten Poll. The poll has changed a little in the last couple of weeks


Week 1 (Nov.10)

Top Ten Preseason Poll (Sept. 1, 2015)

1. East (0-0)

A solid December with victories over Arlington, Mitchell, and Corinth, Mississippi without an injured Leron Black.      Last Week 0

2. Cordova (0-0)

Definitely the surprise team of the early season with a 13-2 clip. Jumped 6 spots to land at Number 2 with district action starting this week.                                                                                       Last Week 0

3. Germantown (0-0)

A senior laden ball club who all have been together since the 9th grade and the time has come for them to perform accordingly.         Last Week 0

4. Arlington (0-0)

The Tigers in tough District 14-AAA this year will battle Cordova for district honors.    Last Week 0

5. Southwind (0-0)

A very young team that will upset some teams and take some bruises themselves.    Last Week 0

6. Houston (0-0)

Another strong team this year for Coach Buford and with a mixture of veterans with youth and it will mesh good together.          Last Week 0

7. CBHS (0-0)

The most consistent private school over the last decade plus some and the Purple Wave will be at it again with a great coach in Bubba Luckett.                                                         Last Week 1

8. Ripley (0-0)

Coming off a TSSAA appearance to the semifinals last year, the Tigers of Ripley can go back again this year and make some noise.       Last Week 5

9. Fayette Ware (0-0)

The Wildcats ranked for the first time in MemphisHoopers.com history are ranked to go along with Ripley Tigers who are both Division AA, Wake Up Memphis!                   Not Ranked

10. Bolton (0-0)    

    the best.  Not Ranked

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Updated 8-18-15




Others receiving votes:    Ridgeway (0-0), 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),  Olive Branch, MS. (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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