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HIGH SCHOOL TOP TEN 2011 -2012
Week 1 (Nov.16,
2011 - Nov.23, 2011)
Rankings are out, scroll down
The 2011-2012 high school basketball season will have
some very evened teams all over the city accordingly.
Last year in Division AAA their were strong teams but
this year their are more teams in Division AAA that are
balanced across the board. Some teams still possess deep
solid benches but not near the total from last years
ball clubs. Teams that were in rebuilding mode as for
and Memphis East
are of many publications to win their district
respectively. e at the to
still possess deep benches
in rebuilding mode and especially
What happened at
last year comes in cycles and it will be a long time
before that cycle comes around again and with the Red
Devils in a coaching change, it might be quicker with
the new coach prior experience but we will wait and see.
labeled as the 800 pound gorilla last year will be the best team around
this year but not as strong as last
year with the loss of
signee Chris Jones and
big man Nate Rucker to
comes in at Number 1 in all major
publications around the country respectively and don't
forget Bobby Parks Jr. and Jermaine Holliman from last
years ball club that were major contributors all season
long. This will be the most volatile
season to recent memory as all TOP TEN will lose 5-10
games respectively with no one to lose no less than 5
games during the entire season respectively. Teams with
that profile will be
a juggernaut with 5 state championships and 2 runner-ups
since the 1999-2000 season will start the season at Number
in MemphisHoopers.com 2010-2011 Preseason High School
Rankings Poll. Division AAA has 4 to 5 teams
that will field deep
rosters having rotations of 9 players or even more.
Memphis Central, and
are teams that can win it all if they play their cards
deepest team in the city and maybe the state but will
that translate into a gold ball or even a silver ball.
AA it is really wide open as their are no real cut front
runners but you have to give it to
right behind them and with
dropping down to Division A where they will make serious
noise as Fred Horton of
will coach till his nephews
graduate and that will be another 5 years in the making.
They will still have to contend with
down the road and those schools have state championship
history more then there counterparts.
make some noise this year but will
East 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,
and newly added Mitchell during reclassification will
fall short this year with
Whitehaven being the better of these
young ball clubs. Hamilton falls off not only the local
scene but the planet.
Division AAA is going to be the most competitive
of all districts especially on the 16-AAA side with Melrose
White Station battling for state honors and 15-AAA
right in the mix. Division AA is gong to be the less
talented but trying to gain momentum from like years
past team favorites. in memory. Original strongholds BTW
Mitchell to Division AAA fall dramatically.
year in Division A should be a banner year for the
Longhorns after making the final four last year in the
TSSAA State Tournament but will it translate into Murfreesboro bound
and gold ball.
Division 2 had a nice run from 2003-2007 that ranks as
mediocre compared to Memphis standards. The private
school sector is definitely back on the rise after some
dismal years, with
and ECS senior
oriented team will contend with state honors and maybe
Coach Tippett's end to an illustrious career. Both of
those ball clubs will lead the pack for ball clubs, St.
George's, MUS, and Lausanne will field decent overall
teams but this will not be their year. 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. This part of the story
is easy because the same thing happens every year and
they seem fine with the results. Simple answer to that
question is play more stronger teams from Memphis
but then they get intimidated that players will bolt for
Memphis. 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
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 would of been ranked that high playing Southwest,
Okay done deal!!!!
periods are always hard and conforming into policies
take time relating to basketball measures.
3-01-10 Weekly Breakdown
Ridgeway reclaims the Num
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
Week 1 Results (Nov.
16 - Nov. 23)
Two wins over South Dakota teams in the snow, alot
Loses in championship game of Chick Fila to
Irmo, South Carolina. They go undefeated in
the Atlanta - Memphis Classic.
G7 Hoopz Holiday Invitational Tournament,
They beat Birmingham Midfield 87-45, MHEA 87-31,
Birmingham Parker 52-43, and
Ridgeway 53-52. Robnerius (Hotrod)
Lewis won MVP Award of the tournament.
44-42 win over Pulaski Academy
Defeat Hamilton and Whitehaven but turn around
and lose to Southwind.
In Arby's Classic they go 2-2 with wins over
Science Hill, and Hunter, North Carolina and
losses to Urspring, Germany and Mentor,
Goes 3-1 in Carbondale Holiday Tournament.
Enters the poll for the first time this year with an
important win over Craigmont and Bartlett also
earlier last week.
Handily defeats MUS in an important district
Impressive wins in G 8 in Missouri.
West Mem. Ark.
Desoto Central (0-0), Kirby
(7-6), Union City
Harding Academy (0-0),
Desoto Central (0-0),
Other Teams of
Division 1 inquiries.
of 2006 is gone and another class with that type of nationwide clout
will be another 10 - 15 years in the making.
BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD
OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD
OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS
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