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Week 4 (Dec.15-28, 2009)

Rankings are out, scroll down

      This year for the first time since the 2000-2004 seasons, several teams especially in Division AAA are loaded with talent and harness deep benches going as deep as 9, 10 and  even 11 in rotation. Very different from teams in recent memory and clarifies the talent in Memphis has reloaded from 5 years ago. White Station, a juggernaut with 5 state championships and 2 runner-ups since the 1999-2000 season will lead the way at Number 1 in MemphisHoopers.com 2009-2010 Preseason High School Rankings Poll.  Melrose at Number 2 is the other frontrunner battling White Station as both teams are nationally ranked respectively. Division AAA is loaded with 7 to 8 teams that will field deep rosters having rotations of 9 players or even more. Southwind, Ridgeway, Central, and Germantown are in the middle of the pack in Division AAA with Craigmont going to bolt into that entry sometime during the season. Ridgeway has more experience than any of these clubs but will they turn that into postseason advancement. Raleigh Egypt should make it to the Regionals but that should be as far as they advance than past years teams success. Memphis East will make some noise this year but will they be deep enough to contend with the other Division AAA schools this year after getting their basketball program back on the map after a hiatus. Wooddale, Whitehaven and newly added Mitchell during reclassification will fall short this year. Don't forget about Liberty Tech they seem to always be there near the end of the season. Division AAA is going to be the most competitive in recent years especially on the 16-AAA side with Melrose and White Station battling for state honors and 15-AAA right in the mix. Division AA is gong to be the less talented in memory. Original strongholds BTW and Mitchell to Division AAA fall dramatically. Sheffield and new addition Manassas will battle for Division AA honors with Hillcrest in the jumble. Westwood's first year in Division A might be a banner year for the Longhorns but will it translate into Murfreesboro bound.    

      Division 2 had a nice run from 2003-2007 that ranks as mediocre compared to Memphis standards but at the same time will fall off contagiously in the upcoming basketball school year. Briarcrest, ECS, and St. George's will fall off in Division 2 with CBHS being the only bright spot in Division 2. Olive Branch, MS. should run the Northern section of Mississippi handily but will stumble when it comes to playing the southern section of the state in postseason action. Simple answer to that question is play more stronger  teams from Memphis but then they get intimidated that players will bolt for Memphis. so therefore when they play Lanier, Provine, Murrah and the other city teams they always lose, CATCH 22 isn't it. Memphis Central has received some of the best talent in the city recently and will it payoff in 2010?

       Hold up before anyone says anything, BCS, AP, ESPN all have their rankings formulas depending on many variables and strength of schedule is right at the top. That being the point, can anyone blame the Hoopers staff. If not, then everyone that reads this article what about the Memphis Tigers. Do you think they will be ranked that high playing Southwest, Northwest. Okay done deal!!!!

    Transitional periods are always hard and conforming into policies take time relating to basketball measures.


12-14-09 Weekly Breakdown

    White Station maintained the Number 1 spot with a nail biter versus Southwind. Melrose blew out all opponents by an average of 45 points. Germantown is making a believer of everyone and don't take them lightly at Number 3. Central moved up one with 2 big wins. Southwind falls but they will be in the mix all year with their talented team. A slow week for East but they creped up a spot to 5. Olive Branch, Ms. moved up a slot at 9-0. Craigmont was the major faller in the polls with a major loss to Mitchell that might haunt them all year. BTW and CBHS jumped into the Top Ten poll for the first time this year.     


Week 4 (Dec.22)

Week 3 Results (Dec. 8-Dec.21)

1. Melrose (14-0) 

40+ victories over Carver, Hamilton and H.W. Byars from Mississippi
Last week 2

2. Southwind (13-1)

Big district win against Germantown 98-90, Houston and Millington and also including win over private school Bishop Byrne. 
Last week 3

3. Ridgeway (7-1) 

Solid win over previously unbeaten White Station and rival Kirby plus another big win on the road against Fayette County, Georgia.    Last week 9

4. Germantown (12-3) 

Wins over Wooddale and ECS.                                                             Last week 4

5. White Station (8-2)           

Win over ECS but 18 point loss to Ridgeway drops White Station from the Number 1 slot.                                                                           Last week 1

6. Olive Branch, MS.  (10-0)

8-0 but has not played a top team yet but are undefeated
Last week 7

7. Craigmont (7-2)

Impressive wins over Manassas and Millington.                               Last week 8

8. Central (10-2)

A low scoring lost to Covington, Kentucky 45-40 plus another loss to another Kentucky team by 2 points to Clark County but two wins against McEachern, Ga. and Shelby County, Kentucky keep the Warriors in the poll.
Last week 5

9. CBHS (12-2)

Major showing at Citizens Holiday Tournament with wins over Buckhorn, Metcalf and Franklin-Simpson schools from Kentucky. 
Last week 10

10. Oakhaven (10-2)

First time ever in poll creation since 2004, wins over East, Northside, Frayser, and River City.                                                                                            Not Ranked


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Updated 12-29-09




Others receiving votes:  Overton (11-1), Raleigh Egypt (11-3), Cordova (9-2), Memphis East (7-3),  Bartlett (10-1) BTW  (6-3),  Sheffield (6-3), Manassas (7-3),   Hillcrest (5-2),  City University (6-4),  St. George's (6-4),  Hernando, Ms. (7-6), Briarcrest (4-4),  Horn Lake, MS. (7-6),  Liberty Tech (5-3),  Mitchell (4-4),  Carver (3-5), MUS (4-4),  Wooddale (5-3),  Whitehaven (10-2), Kirby (4-8), St. Benedict (4-4), Hamilton (4-4),  Westwood  (6-4), Haywood County (7-6), West  Memphis Christian, Ark. (0-0), Fayette Ware (4-4), Fairley (0-6),  Union City (6-4),  ECS (5-3),  Harding Academy (0-0), Desoto Central (12-2)

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Other Teams of Interest: Catholic (0-10),  Bolton (0-0),   Millington (0-0), Frayser  (0-0), Kingsbury (0-0), F.A.C.S. (0-0),  and West  Memphis High, Ark. (0-0)will be added at later date.    


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Recap 8-25-2005


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I think there is a book that starts off that way, but I digress.

The anticipation of the upcoming AAU or summer campaign was alive and kicking all over the country in May of 2005, especially in Memphis.

The expectations seemed enormous, having finished second in the 17 and under nationals last season as 16's the Memphis YOMCA seemed primed for the ultimate run.

Something happened on the way to the gym.

It was apparent the Bluff City faithful were not the only parties interested in getting a piece of the star studded squad.

Adidas wanted to get a foothold in the ever burgeoning Memphis hoop scene and this seemed to be the initial move to start this particular ball

So the YOMCA was no longer in the loop and the Memphis Pump-N-Run were officially born.

Taking a peek at the roster one could not blame Adidas for their bold move. Thaddeus Young, Willie Kemp, Wayne Chism, Pierre Niles and Brandon Powell made up a nucleus that would surely lead Team Memphis to the promised land.

The summer campaign started with a most interesting scenario as the "PNR" lost a game to the Mid-State Ballerz, who ironically had Willie Kemp running the show. This was an illusion that would soon change, as Kemp
shortly thereafter joined the PNR.

With all their ducks in a row, the PNR set out to establish themselves and put a benchmark on the national attention that would follow.

The Real Deal on the Hill, the first major tournament of the summer that coaches could attend. The pundits pined for the impending matchup between Team Memphis and the defending mythical goliath The Indy Spiece Heat. The Heat were led by the consensus top player in the class Greg Oden and numerous other high level prospects who could actually match the
PNR with name recognition.

The reputation was established and the aura of the PNR was created as the boys from Memphis soundly defeated the Heat and made a huge cry across the land as the best summer squad in existence.

Another funny thing happened on the way to their future endeavors, nothing.

For some inexplicable reason the PNR did not suit up for any of the Memorial Day festivities and was sparsely seen until the Adidas Super 64 in Atlanta, following the shoe camps.

The aforementioned players participated in various high level exposure camps and the three major shoe camps and kept their names on the tongues of coaches nationwide.

After achieving individual success at these various camps, the boys got back together with the purpose of putting the finishing touches on a grand and final run through the top programs the country had to offer. They added Ridgeway jumping jack Ernest Fields and ECS powerhouse Tim Johnson to the fold and things looked bright.

Once again a funny thing happened on the way to the gym.

The time off and the lack of continuity played havoc on the chemistry of the PNR and they bowed out early in Atlanta.

Heading to Las Vegas for the final big time event of the summer, the PNR seemed poised and ready to achieve. After dominating pool play the lack of chemistry once again reared it's ugly head and some resentment among the players seemed to end this summer campaign on a sour note.

This team had the potential to be one of the best of all time. It is truly unclear what precipitated these events that grounded this team for much of the latter portion of May and June, but it truly had it's effect on their success.

None the less these kids are part of the best class of seniors to dot the Tennessee landscape in many years.

The decision to completely disassociate themselves with the
organization that they grew up playing for in retrospect now seems like a mistake. The YOMCA will continue on with quality younger teams and what to make of the Adidas affiliation with the Bluff City at this juncture is




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