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 January 2010 Issue:



Arby's: Melrose hangs on for title
By http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/

BRISTOL — It was one of the greatest fourth-quarter comebacks in the history of the Arby's Classic championship game.

But, it didn't change the final result.

Memphis Melrose held off a hard-charging Greater Atlanta Christian 55-51 to win the championship of the 27th annual tournament at Viking Hall.

Melrose built a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans roared back with a chance to tie with 12 seconds left. Malcolm Brogdon's shot wouldn't fall for Greater Atlanta and after gaining possession the Wildcats' Chris Jones iced the game on the other end. With the victory, the Wildcats (16-0) joined Briarcrest Eads as the second Memphis area team in the last three years to win the Arby's title.

Tournament MVP Jones, who had missed a pair of free throws that would have given Melrose a victory over eventual state champion White Station in last year's Tennessee Class 3A tournament, was determined to hit the game-clinching foul shots.

"I've been working in the gym, shooting 1,000 free throws a day," said Jones, who ended with a team-high 12 points. "I wasn't going to miss any free throws."

Still down by 10 points with four minutes left, the Spartans (10-1) went on a 10-1 run, capped off by a steal and basket by Paul Dawson. After the Wildcats' Bobby Parks hit a pair of free throws with 47 seconds left to push the lead back to three, the Spartans were still just a long-range basket away from tying the game.

They got the shot they wanted with a double screen, freeing Brogdon at the top of the key. But, his shot bounced off the rim and into the hands of Jones.

"That's all you can ask for, to give yourselves a chance," Greater Atlanta head coach Eddie Martin said. "We executed the play. If the shot goes in, who knows how it would have turned out."

Each team made runs in the first half, but neither could hold the advantage for long. Greater Atlanta struck first with a 12-0 run to go up 15-5 before a 3-pointer by Jones cut the margin to seven points at the end of the opening quarter. It was Melrose's turn in the second quarter with an 11-2 burst to pull ahead 21-19. The teams stayed within a possession of each other the rest of the half with Brodgon hitting a 3-pointer to tie the game at 26-apiece at the intermission.

Melrose opened with a 16-3 run to start the third quarter and headed into the final period with a 45-32 lead. On the opening possession of the fourth quarter, they upped the margin to 15 points on an alley-oop pass from Jones to Adonis Thomas.

After trading baskets, the lead was at 15 around the six-minute mark. It wasn't long, however, when Melrose found itself battling to hang on to the title.

"They're a really good team," Wildcats head coach Jermaine Johnson said. "We needed a game like that against a team that's disciplined. We needed that game to test ourselves."

Johnson, who said he's patterned the current Melrose team a lot after the George Pitts-coached Science Hill teams of the 1990s, met with Pitts hours before the game where they spent time going over plays, particularly the Rick Pitino-style fast breaks. It was meaningful for Johnson to have his team join those Science Hill teams as tournament champions.

"This is a special group to be a part of," Johnson said. "It means a lot to have your name etched in that (program) book as one of the 27 (champions)."

Besides Jones, Thomas gave the Wildcats a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Dawson was the leading scorer for GAC with 16 points. Brogdon and Trent Wiedemon each posted double-doubles of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Third-place game

New Rochelle, N.Y.      60

Fayetteville, Ark.      58

Steve Whittingham hit a 12-foot jumper off an assist from Antoine Mason and Mason then blocked Kikko Haydar's winning 3-point attempt on the other end to lift the Huguenots (8-1) over the Bulldogs (10-4).

It was the culmination of a frantic finish. Haydar purposely fouled New Rochelle's Craig Dorn with 19 seconds left and Dorn missed both free throws. Fayetteville's Adam Nobel was fouled as he grabbed the rebound, but he also missed both of his attempts, setting the stage for the final couple of plays.

"The kids fought through the adversity for sure," Huguenots head coach Billy Murphy said. "The emotions and all, I never will forget this game."

Mason led New Rochelle with a 24-point effort and A.J. Burton added 14 points. Haydar posted 21 points in a losing cause for Fayetteville. Nobel scored 14 points and Taylor Cochran added 10 points.

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Recap 12-28-2009

Memphis - Atlanta Classic: Southwind behind Darren Gray's 22 point average per game in tournament defeats undefeated Atlanta Tucker High and 10-2 Chamblee, Georgia.

Christmas Tournament Recaps:  Memphis Central advances to finals in Jefferson City, Missouri. Bartlett in a slight upset beats Memphis East at Carbondale, Illinois. Briarcrest and ECS advance respectively in their games. Kirby finds the winning touch in Northwest Mississippi Classic in Coldwater winning three games in a row. White Station splits a pair in Houston, Texas. Germantown loses to Wossman, La. Wooddale notches a victory at Centralia. Illinois.



Recap 12-28-2009

Arby's Classic, Bristol, TN.: Melrose starts the game off down 12-0 to New Rochelle High from New York when senior Jermaine Holliman comes off the bench to spark the Wildcats to win 68-54 Arby's Classic. (click here). Memphis area teams fared well as Craigmont, Germantown, Ridgeway advance in their respected tournaments around the country.



Recap 12-27-2009

Memphis - Atlanta Classic: Memphis schools dominate this years classic as Ridgeway and Southwind cruise to wins.Germantown thumps Jonesboro High in West Monroe Hoops Classic behind Todd Mayo at 23 points and Austin Hollins at 20 points.



Recap 12-26-2009


Arby's Classic, Bristol, TN.: Memphis Melrose beats Science Hill, TN. 58-43 in first round action at Arby's Classic behind Adonis Thomas 19 points - 9 rebounds, Chris Jones 18 points and Nate Rucker's 14 points.



Recap 12-19-2009

Jack Jones Christmas Classic: Memphis Melrose runs over H.W. Byars while East beats Mitchell handily by 20.


Recap 12-17-2009


Reginald Buckner (Ole Miss) with Manassas coaches Gerald Harris and Jerry Anthony at UTEP vs. Ole Miss game 12-16-09

Recap 12-16-2009

              DeAgelo Riley, Terico White, Reginald Buckner


UTEP vs. Ole Miss

Talk about a get together , family reunion, whatever you want to call it, 8 Division 1 players on 2 major nationwide respected programs from the same city. This is something that doesn't happen just locally but on a national level. Definitely a special event and to prove that point in comparison for a national program that actually experienced these events. For example the ones that remember the days of Memphis State it would jolt your memory. Memphis State would field a team full of players from 12 of the 15 would be from the Memphis area and the others from not that far away as St. Louis or Grand Junction. Not saying that the team needs to be all pro Memphis just mix it up due to the talent level right here in our back yard. Programs all over the country have scurried to Memphis to evaluate the players and garner some talent.

     Ole Miss has done just that by getting some of the best talent out of Memphis from Terico White (Craigmont), Reginald Buckner (Manassas), DeAngelo Riley (Kirby). On the other side UTEP has dipped into Memphis more than any other program in the country due to Toni Barbee's tenure as assistant coach at Memphis and viewing players different than former John Calipari who overlooked many Memphis players for more nationwide players. Very understandable but when you let TOP 100 players go else where and not really pursue them as really wanted just going thru the motions makes all difference in the world. UTEP boast Randy Culpepper (Sheffield), Arnette Moultrie (Raleigh Egypt), Myron Strong and Jeremy Williams both from (Hamilton) and Gabriel McCulley (Craigmont).

    Readers remember this event with rosters of these type because this does not happen very often. Another issue that really was heartbreaking was the small turn out for this special event. As looking over the stands you could see some people from Memphis but definitely not the numbers you would assume and support to be at this major event especially with Ole Miss ranked #20 in the country. UTEP is picked to be one of the frontrunners in Conference USA.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 12-15-2009

WMC-TV5 Brings Germantown vs. ECS High School Basketball to the Internet


(Memphis) WMC-TV5 has launched the “Internet Game of the Week,” a live weekly broadcast of high school sporting events. The weekly sports presentations began in September with high school football and will continue throughout the end of basketball season. WMC-TV5 is partnering with Play On! Sports and the University of Memphis to present the games.


The broadcasts are presented live each week on WMCTV.com and are archived on the station’s website so that they can be viewed anytime. Play On! Sports developed a unique equipment package and production method that makes these broadcasts possible.


The University of Memphis is the station’s other partner on this project. Students from the university’s College of Communication and Fine Arts are producing the broadcasts, working with Executive Producer Mark King from WMC TV-5. “The student-interns are so appreciative of the opportunity,” King said. “They work very hard and make these broadcast's possible every single week.”


This week the Germantown Red Devils will take on the Evangelical Christian School Eagles in a heated match up at Hutchison School. This game is part of of the Jack Jones High School Christmas Classic.  It is a two day event featuring several games starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday night and continuing Saturday night starting at 3:00 p.m.


The game will be presented LIVE Friday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will then be archived on the stations website for people to watch 24 hours a day until the end of basketball season.


“This is great for grandparents who live in another part of the country to be able see their grandchildren in action,” King said. “Earlier this year, a dad serving in Iraq watched his son play his high school football game.”



Recap 12-14-2009

Jack Jones High School Christmas Classic

Come check out some of the areas best high school basketball teams at
the Jack Jones Christmas Classic December 18th-19th at Hutchison
in Memphis, TN.  This event will feature Melrose Boys who are
currently ranked #11 in the country and HW Byers Girls who were the
Mississippi State Champs in 2008. Preps to watch are Adonis Thomas
(Melrose), Bobby Parks Jr. (Melrose), Cedrick McAffe (Melrose),
Austin Hollins (Germantown), Todd Mayo (Germantown), John Ingram
(Mitchell), and Jarekious Bradley (East).

December 18-19, 2009
Jack Jones High School Christmas Classic

Tournament Schedule
***Session 1***

Friday, December 18th @ Hutchison School:

4:30 Germantown vs ECS (G)
6:00 Germantown vs ECS (B)
7:30 Melrose vs. Lausanne (G) 

***Session 2***
Saturday, December 19th @ Hutchison School:

3:00 Overton vs. Lausanne (B)
4:30 Millington vs. HW Byers (G)
6:00 East vs. Mitchell (B)
7:30 Melrose vs. HW Byers (B) 


Recap 12-12-2009

Friday Night Run Down: Melrose blasts Carver behind balanced scoring to go 10-0, Germantown down by 22 battles back and takes lead against Southwind but falls short 98-90, Manassas outlast City University, Fairley stays winless against Whitehaven, Cordova beats Raleigh Egypt, Ridgeway thumps Houston, Westwood squeaks by Kingsbury, Sheffield dumps Mitchell and Oakhaven upsets East.

Recap 12-11-2009

Germantown (90) @ Southwind (98)

       Two Division AAA teams that will battle to advance out of Memphis to the TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro, TN. squared off in a very important district matchup. Southwind jumped out on the Red Devils 12-4 before Germantown called their first timeout with 5:48 left in the first quarter to slow down the hot shooting Jaguars. Southwind shot 70% on 14-20 shooting in the first quarter to lead 34-15. The lead swelled to over 20 points during the first half and Southwind went into halftime up 57-40. Every time Germantown made a run, the Jaguars would thwart their attempts with some great outside shooting and outrebounding Germantown 19-13 in the first half.

     Second half was a whole different story as Southwind maintained a double digit lead throughout the third quarter. After a timeout with 2:34 left in the third quarter and with Germantown down by 22 points they went on a 15-2 run to narrow the lead under double digits on a Todd Mayo three (3rd for the quarter) for the first time since early in the first quarter. Mayo finished the game with a game high 37 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals  in a stellar performance and was very impressive with his solid ball handling and strong quick drives to the goal with strong finishes. Mayo showed he can drive on either side of the goal and has strong upper body strength.

     The player of the game was Southwind senior Darren Gray's overall outstanding game attributes. Gray recorded a team high 29 points from all over the court showcasing his versatile play. He hit 3's, shots from the elbow, layups, stick backs, the kid did it all to go along with 11 boards. Senior Nic Mason formerly of Fairley and boy do they miss him notched 26 points on some outstanding outside shooting in a solid and strong performance with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. This game helped Southwind shrug off the one point loss to White Station last week.

     Germantown had three other players in double figures: Minnesota signee Austin Hollins at 14points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Senior Jordan Hulsey at 16 points and 6 rebounds and will be needed to garner more rebounds in future games especially against the other taller Division AAA teams. Senior guard Chris Pollard added 10 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals in the cause.

    Southwind senior Montez Fifer contributed 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Freshman Jonathan Williams added 10 points and 8 rebounds but stayed in foul trouble majority of the night but this kid is going to be special. He is very fluid in his moves, shoots way above average for a kid his size and he just needs to gain weight and more upper body strength which will come in due time.

Key Points of The Game: Starting the game off and falling into a high double digit deficit just makes it that much harder to win the game, not saying you can't just don't put your self in that position.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

       Recap 12-08-2009

City University (71) @ Carver (58)

       Bottom line, it is extremely difficult to win any games when you turn the ball over 33 times as Carver did against City University in a regular season game. You have to give it to City for the aggressive and tenacious defense Division A member City applied to the turnover prone Cobras.  City sweeps the season series, home and away meetings between the two schools. City in it's 3rd year of existence will make some noise in Division A during the season and postseason. Carver led after the first quarter 13-9 before City went on a 26-15 run to go into the half up 35-28.

     Carver outrebounded City 21-14 in the first half but that stat didn't matter as City scored layup after layup on Carver miscues. Junior Tevin Cox who traveled with MemphisHoopers.com 17 Under Travel club two years ago as the only freshman on the team to Las Vegas that produced 6 Division 1 players led City with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 10 steals, and 6 assists in a stellar performance. Senior Brandon Pack added 12 points and 5 rebounds for City respectively.

     City maintained a lead over Carver that ballooned to 13 points in the second half before Carver made one final run at City. Carver got within 3 points on several occasions in the fourth quarter to only commit crucial turnovers on errant passes that nullified the Cobras rally and watch City come away with a 71-58 victory on the road.

     Carver had only one player in double figures and that was senior Colin Glover at 15 points in the cause.

Key Points of The Game: I would rather shoot the ball from half court or further then to turnover over the ball. It doesn't even go as a shot attempt or nothing. Turnovers are the death of any ball club in any game they face. 33 turnovers for Carver is not a good sign not only for the season but sounds like they will have a short season at hand. Not trying to sound mean it's just the facts, I didn't make the rules, hold on to the $%^ ball.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 12-07-2009


Area News:          2009-2010 Week 2 Rankings and Results  

Recap 12-06-2009

Area News: Melrose is trying to be the 800 pound gorilla in Memphis Basketball with the transfer of Cedric McAfee from Craigmont. This transfer really hurts the Chiefs as for regular season and especially postseason advancement. What more can I say on Melrose but win that Division AAA gold ball, they have all the parts for an awesome team that has the opportunity to go undefeated in the process.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 12-05-2009

2009  Whitehaven Classic:

Area News : Begins today at Whitehaven High School with Hillcrest, Fairley, Whitehaven, Westwood to name a few.

Recap 12-04-2009

2009  Penny Hardaway Classic:

Area News: In one of the best games of the early season White Station squeaks by Southwind 92-91 behind Joe Jackson's 35 points and Marvin Williams 16 points. Jaguars were led by Darious Page at 24 points and Darren Gray's 21 points. Melrose shell shocked Liberty Tech by 30. Craigmont got by Ridgeway in a low scoring affair 42-39.

Recap 12-02-2009

Area News: 2009 -2010 District Predictions are out and viewable now.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 12-01-2009

Ridgeway (102) @ Raleigh Egypt (83)

       A Division AAA game between two schools that fell out of preseason rankings with early season losses match up and should meet in Regionals. Ridgeway came out the gate pumped up on the road against the Pharaohs 16-4 before Raleigh Egypt had to call timeout at 4:59 of the first quarter.  A turnover is a turnover but when the other team scores on the turnover real quick it really hurts. Raleigh Egypt guards succumbed to the Roadrunner defense with the team committing 18 turnovers converting to 38 points for Ridgeway. Hard to win unless you are shooting over 70% and still not a guarantee. Tarik Black (Memphis) 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks dominated the middle and especially came thru when they fed him the ball to squander Raleigh Egypt's run as 'for sure' buckets. 32-16 after the first quarter but Raleigh Egypt cut the lead to 6 points at 36-30 with 3:47 left in the half. Ridgeway went on a 13-8 run into the break 49-38.

     Ridgeway had 5 players in double digits; Marterrance Brock 20 points, Cameron Golden 15 points - 7 assists, Kris Brewer 14 points - 3 assists, and Corieon Pearson 11 points - 5 assists to go with some solid guard play was very impressive. Ridgeway recorded 21 assists off some very good passing, unselfish play and aggressive defense. A very good supporting cast with Black anchoring the middle.

     Raleigh Egypt started the third quarter on a 13-2 run to close the gap 53-51 and the closest the Pharaohs would ever get to Ridgeway. Coach Henning called a timeout at 5:11 mark of the third quarter and Ridgeway responded with a 8-0 run of their selves. Foul trouble to Alan Morris 5 rebounds and 5 blocks hurt Raleigh Egypt. Senior Ronald Brown 22 points and 11 rebounds to go along with junior Diere McElroy's 20 first half points to finish with a team high 29 points were not enough.

     Raleigh Egypt out rebounded Ridgeway 25-16 and Ridgeway will have to do better in that department for postseason advancement. Jeremy Whitmore 11 points for Raleigh Egypt.

Key Points of The Game: Raleigh Egypt has a good 1-2 guard combination and definitely will have to utilize that asset because that will put a lot of pressure on the frontline to score. The Pharaohs are not as deep as from the last couple of years teams.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera


Area News: Melrose behind Adonis Thomas 22 pts. and Jermaine Holliman's 20 pts. win over Kirby, Cordova beats Mitchell, Whitehaven in a upset get by Sheffield, Westwood over Houston, Germantown thumps Briarcrest, and Craigmont rocks Northside,

Recap 11-29-2009

Area News: 2009-2010 Week 1 Rankings and Results


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  Former MemphisHoopers.com DeMarco Stepter at University Texas at San Antonio where he is excelling in his senior 2009-2010 year.

Number 1 recruiting class in the country for 2010: Tarik Black, Joe Jackson, Jelan Kendrick, Will Barton, and Coach Pastner


MLK Championship Game

Recap 11-28-2009

Melrose (94) @ Sheffield (70)

       Sheffield Knights hung with the mighty Wildcats of Melrose for 2 quarters. Even with Memphis signee Chris Crawford picking up his second foul with 3:47 left in the first quarter, the Knights still managed a 5 point advantage at the 2:54 mark left in the first half. Forty seconds left before halftime Melrose regained the lead 26-25 before going into the break up 28-27 as Melrose could not get untracked. Rebounds were about even at the half  with Melrose 15, Sheffield 14. Due to little rebounds in second half as Melrose nailed shot after shot from the perimeter. Difference in the game was Melrose unselfishness as Telvin Wilkerson of Melrose dished out 10 assists before Chris Jones caught fire in the second half finishing with a game high 27 points (13 in 4th), 6 assists, 3 steals, and 4 boards to be named Tournament MVP.

      Melrose outscored Sheffield 36-22 to take command of the game in the third quarter and never looked back as Sheffield could never get the lead under 10 points. Sheffield had 5 players in double figures but their bench is undermanned and their starters will notch major minutes the entire season. They go 7 deep and that might be factor in the postseason. Senior Robert Schaeffer led Sheffield players with 16 points and 4 boards. Schaeffer will need to garner double digit rebounds to balance out the front line.

     Northern Illinois signee Nate Rucker dominated the middle with 22 points and 6 boards on 9-10 shooting. Monster dunks from Rucker were in showcase form for the sold out Trezevant gym as Memphis head coach Josh Pastner was in attendance. Junior sensation Adonis Thomas finished with 13 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, and 2 blocks accordingly.

     Sheffield handled Melrose press quit handily committing only 9 turnovers for the game as Sheffield's Calvin Rounds made some exceptional passes that slid off the Knight players but still ended with 6 assists respectively. Crawford added 5 assists to go along with 12 points.

Key Points of The Game: Anytime a key player picks up 2 fouls in the first quarter it is extremely difficult for him to get into his rhythm for the remainder of the game.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera


MLK Quarterfinal

Recap 11-25-2009

                                       Hamilton (73) vs. Carver (71)

Area News:  The most electrifying game of this MLK tournament so far took place at Carver today. The Blue Wildcats boys basketball team from Hamilton took on the mighty Carver Cobras. Carver kept a steady lead for most of the game and with four minutes left Carlos Denton picked up his 5th personal foul. Hamilton started to play with a since of urgency and Myron Johnson, Jeff Graham, and Mike Farley step up for Hamilton. With the game tied at 71 with 6 seconds to go Myron Johnson went the full length of the floor pass several Carver defenders to make a ten footer as time expired!!! This was the most exciting game of this early season so far and Hamilton is off to a good start this season under new head coach George Parker. Coach Parker has Hamilton playing with that same heart and passion as Coach Lawson did in that state championship season. Myron Johnson lead all scorers with 34pts, Carlos Denton 10pts 14rbds, Jeff Graham 12pts 8rbds, and Mike Farley 7pts 9rbds. Colin Glover lead Carver with 18pts and Reggie Bates finished 16pts. Good look to both team as the season is just starting.

Denton 10pts 14rbds
Jeff 12pts 8rbds
Myron 34pts
Mike Farley 7pts 10rbds

Colin Glover 18pts
Reggie Bates 16pts

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 11-24-2009

MLK Update


Area News: Craigmont thumps Wooddale despite Marquis Wilson's 22 points, Hamilton downs Carver behind sophomore Myron Johnson's 34 points, Manassas comes from behind to beat Kingsbury with help from the bench in Fred Cotton's 1o points and 11 rebounds.

Recap 11-23-2009

MLK Update

Area News: Jakarious Bradley will battle Joe Jackson for scoring title in Memphis this year after finishing 3rd in last years scoring race. Freshman Nic King added 25 points and 12 rebounds, Sophomore Alex Anderson  at 17 points and defense specialist Anthony Rhyme notched 10 points and shut down Joe Norhtington after Joe hit 6 three's in the first half. East will face Melrose who demolished Kingsbury. Kingsbury will face Manassas today at 3:00 p.m. at Manassas High School. Craigmont trounced Frayser, Melrose humiliated Kingsbury behind Jermaine Holliman's 20 points and suffocating defense plus five players in double figures, Carver slipped by Fairley, Sheffield past the century mark against Believer's Institute out of Milwaukee, Wooddale downs MLK, and Trezevant squeaked by Whitehaven.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 11-21-2009

Area News: Martin Luther King Tournament kicks off today and here is the lineup with all teams heading to Trezevant High School after years at Melrose High School.

High School Boys

Frayser vs. Craigmont 1:00 pm @ Craigmont

Whitehaven vs. Trezevant 1:00 @ Trezevant

East vs. Manassas 1:00 @ Manassas

Fairley vs. Carver 6:00 @ Carver

MLK (Nashville) vs. Wooddale 7:00 @ Wooddale

Milwaukee vs. Sheffield 7:15 @ Sheffield

Kingsbury vs. Melrose 7:30 @ Melrose



Recap 11-18-2009

Area News:          HALL OF FAME UPDATE - Melrose beats Covington 84-68 behind the solid play of Adonis Thomas and Chris Jones. Manassas handles Mitchell by 15 behind Contrell Peterson's  double double at 26 points and 20 rebounds accordingly and Joe Northington at 24 points. Craigmont demolishes Hamilton, Sheffield upsets Ridgeway behind Chris Crawford's 34 points and East thumps Wooddale

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera


Recap 11-14-2009


Area News: Enlarge this picture taken 3 years ago Sherwood vs. Raleigh Egypt, Sherwood first loss of the season. Look at the top players then and where they are now. Example of some of the material that can be viewed at MemphisHoopers.com  


Recap 11-12-2009


Area News: Here is a list of some top players plus some under rated players that are diamond in the rough keep track of these players throughout the 2009-2010 Basketball season.

Players To watch:                                                                                                                                            Laterick Flowers (Memphis Kirby),                                                                                                                      Bobby Jones( Memphis Trezevant),                                                                                                                         Jarnell Stokes (Memphis Central),                                                                                                                          A.J. Cunningham (Cordova),                                                                                                                                    Alan Morris (Memphis Raleigh Egypt),                                                                                                                  Ronerio Lewis (Memphis Craigmont),                                                                                                                Jordan Hulsey (Germantown)

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 11-09-2009

Area News: Melrose comes in at Number 2.-    Adonis Thomas, Chris Jones, Nate Rucker, Telvin Wilkerson
Its now or never for Melrose. Chris Jones, and Nate Rucker will be gone after this season and Bobby Parks status will become clear next week. Melrose would definitely be Number 1 if Parks becomes eligible.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony


Recap 11-07-2009

Area News: As football seasons ends, players begin their basketball careers. Players to watch at Manassas off the football field Julius Parson, OC Brown, and Terrence Oliver (Manassas). Many schools depend on football players to beef up their team plus add aggressiveness and toughness. laye

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 11-05-2009

Area News: Who will come in at Number 1 this year in the Pre Season Rankings. Melrose or White Station? The answer is White Station and if Bobby Parks becomes eligible at Melrose then Melrose will be consensus Number 1 in the Pre Season Rankings. New players to watch will come out November 12, 2009.


Recap 11-02-2009

Area News:  Southwind comes in at Number 3.-Darious Page, Nick Mason, Johnny Williams 3, Montez Phifer, Darren Gray, Walter Davis, Donovan Humphries.
The deepest team in the city this year. Last season they got out muscled by a much bigger Melrose team. I still don't know if they will be tough enough to make it out of Memphis?

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 10-29-2009


Area News: Hoopers Staff has been canvassing the Memphis area high schools during Pre Season to gather all the coaches input. Definitely will be a very interesting high school basketball season especially in talent loaded AAA. AA is going to be even across the board with any one can win that division. Westwood's inception into Single A will be a boost for that school.


Recap 10-28-2009


Area News: Central comes in at Number 4.- Tim Peete, Jernell Stokes, and Maceo Herman. The lost of Tyler Stone and Chris Sledge will hurt but this team still has talent. I cant see them being a state contender because they seem to fold in the Regionals every year.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 10-24-2009

Area News: First day of practice for all TSSAA high schools this Monday (Oct. 25, 2009) and the season is here and Hoopers Staff will be canvassing all Memphis area high schools and talk to all coaches which already started at the coaches meeting several weeks ago at MIAA. 

Recap 10-20-2009


Area News 10-20-09:          

 Players To watch:                                                                                                                                            Sam Garrett  (Memphis Wooddale),                                                                                                                   Marvell Bryant( Memphis Fairley),                                                                                                                         Calvin Rounds (Memphis Sheffield),                                                                                                                      Virgil Davison (Memphis Hillcrest),                                                                                                                        Ervin Morris (Memphis East),                                                                                                                                  Terry Ayers (Cordova),                                                                                                                                                  Caryn Pearson (Memphis Ridgeway)

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony & Harold Rivera

Recap 10-19-2009


Area News: Class of 2010 and 2011 player rankings are finished and can be viewed at the link at the top of the page to the right.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 10-17-2009


Area News: No Repeat for Super 80 as the  CBL All Star Squad coached by Jerry Anthony defeat the Super 80 All Star Squad Chris Crawford, Terrence Durham, and Adonis Thomas led the CBL with Joe Jackson and Todd Mayo leading the Super 80.

CBL vs. Super 80 was another classic matchup with the top area players from all over the region meeting up and CBL prevailing handily over the Super 80 counterparts. As years past many kids were able to showcase their talent heading into the 2009-2010 high school year and to be tagged to be followed throughout the entire season and see what type of games and stats they performed

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 10-15-2009


Area News:  The addition of Bobby Parks Jr. definitely boast Melrose for the Pre Season Number 1. A sure slot at Ridgeway earlier in the year has changes to perennial power Melrose. Eligibility will surely be a issue in this case. The TSSAA Board will review the matter in early November and their should be no problems in him being able to play this year. He has followed all the rules in order to be eligible, so we will see shortly. One more thing on this issue, in the short three years Jermaine Johnson has been at the helm of Melrose he has changes the school just as much as any other coach has with star recruitments. Mitchell High School back in 2001 before Coach Jerry Johnson took over is a perfect example.


By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 10-12-2009


Area News: Ridgeway comes in at Number 5:  Ridgeway Tarik Black, Boo Marshall, Chris Brewer, Monte Brock, Cam Golden
Coach Henning is one of the top Coaches in the state so never count the roadrunners out.


Recap 10-11-2009

Memphis CBL Championship Game

Area News : Knicks demolish the Nuggets by 40 points, the Knicks roster consisted of Nate Rucker (Melrose), Terrance Durham (Craigmont), Anthony Green (Manassas), William Douglass (Manassas), Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose), Ivan Benson (MUS), Keonda Howard (Manassas).                   

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 10-09-2009


Area News: Major players that can make a significant impact will be transferring in the next 2-3 weeks. Schools that will benefit range from Melrose, Mitchell, Ridgeway, and White Station to name a few.     

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 10-05-2009

Area News: Manassas comes in at Number 6: Manassas Cartrell Peterson, Shaq Walker, Anthony Green, Joe Northington. Big lost in Reggie Buckner but Cartrell Peterson is the best big man in 2A so Manassas will be fine. Guard play is always a big factor and Manassas has 3 of the best

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Area News:  Mardrakus Wade of Hargrave Military Academy via Memphis Mitchell Update.

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Recap 10-02-2009

Area News:  Chris Crawford (Sheffield) commits to the The Memphis Tigers. Tigers snag local and a serious sharpshooter in Crawford. Before his career is over at Memphis he will go down as one of the best shooters to ever come thru the University of Memphis. Remember we are talking the likes of Phillip Doom Haynes,

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 9-30-2009

Memphis CBL Playoff Action

Area News: Lakers beat Heat 88-63, Lakers Chris Jones 29pts and Jermaine Holloman 21pts Melrose. Heat Jeremy Whitmore (Raleigh Egypt) 19pts.Knicks beat Celtics 83-81,Knicks Adonis Thomas 39pts 12rbds, Ivan Denson 12pts 5rbds, Telvin Wilkerson 12pts 6rbds, Nate Rucker 10pts, 10rbds. Celtics Alex Anderson 22pts 7ast, and Jarekus Bradley 27pts 13rbds, both from Memphis East High.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 9-29-2009

Area News:   Craigmont comes in at Number 7: Ced McAfee, Terrence Durham, Robert Houston
Coming off the bench for most of last season McAfee and Durham look to be the most explosive back court in the city. Transfers Edrick Bruce from Cordova and Brandon Roberts from Raleigh Egypt will strengthen Craigmont even more.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 9-28-2009

Memphis CBL Action

Area News:   Heat beat the Nuggets 74-62. Heat was led by two Craigmont players Edrick Bruce 24pts and Brandon Roberts 25pts. Nuggets Markell Crawford the super  freshmen from Melrose 15pts 8rbds a Boo Marshall Ridgeway 12pts 8ast.Lakers beat Caves 68-56. Lakers Chris Jones 36pts hitting 8 3-pointers. Cavs Joe Northington 15pts. Celtics beat t-wolves 74-58. Celtics Jarekus Bradley 27pts 9rbds and Alex Anderson 15pts both east T-wolves Darius White (Overton) 16pts. Knicks beat the Pistons 84-65. Knicks Adonis Thomas 26pts 8 rbds and 3blks Cartrell Peterson (Manassas) 23pts, 9 rbds, 4blks, Telvin Wilkerson 14pts 6 rbds 2blks. Pistons Rashard Harris held to just 7pts Andra Applewhite 13pts 5 rdbs.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 9-27-2009

Area News: Germantown comes in at Number 8: Austin Hollins, Todd Mayo
Automatic offense from Ian Clark is a huge lost but Todd Mayo will help them forget. Austin Hollins had a great summer playing with the Nashville Celtics and college coaches have took notice. Tubby Smith (Minnesota) has landed the services of Austin Hollins.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 9-21-2009

Memphis CBL Action

Area News:  Sheffield's Chris Crawford notched 46 points but came up short as the Lakers Chris Jones with a team high at 36 points defeated the Pistons, Cavaliers over T'wolves 65-51 behind Joe Northington's 20 points, Celtics over Heat 57-51 with Jarious Bradley (East) 19 points and Jeremy Whitmore (Raleigh Egypt) at 14 points. Knicks top the Nuggets 67-63 with Marcus Terrance (Kingsbury) 24 points and Drake House (Craigmont) at 14 points.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 9-21-2009

Area News:  Sheffield's Chris Crawford showed yesterday in CBL action that he is a major Div. 1 player. A solid player with a beautiful touch on his shot with perfect rotation, man this kid knows how to get his self open and can shoot. Coaches need to keep an eye on this kid, under rated by major ranking services.  

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera  

Recap 9-17-2009

Area News: Sheffield comes in at Number 9: Chris Crawford, Robert Shaffer, and Calvin Rounds
They return almost every player from a 19-14 record and a state tourney appearance last season. I think Manassas and Sheffield will play for the 2A city title this season. Also with Newby going back to BTW that changes the complexity of everything in AA because he is a game changer.

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Sheffield's Chris Crawford showed yesterday in CBL action that he is a major Div. 1 player. A solid player with a beautiful touch on his shot with perfect rotation, man this kid knows how to get his self open and can shoot. Coaches need to keep an eye on this kid, under rated by major ranking services. Memphis, Mississippi State and Tennessee are his Final 3 schools with a visit to Mississippi State in the next week. Tennessee was the frontrunner but Memphis has made inroads in the past few weeks with Josh Pastner making a home visit and making a sound presentation to the area sharp shooter. Everybody in Memphis will love this recruit because he can flat foot play.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 9-15-2009

Area News: After careful review the Pre Season Rankings are rolling out and see who has the Number 1 Pre Season Ranking: Melrose, Ridgeway or White Station.        By MemphisHoopers.com

Also what player might transfer to Ridgeway and make a major splash. Present Olive Branch's Bobby Parks will transfer to Memphis Melrose, Ridgeway, and White Station in the next several weeks.

BTW and Melrose vie for the services of sophomore sensation Martavious Newby who is a solid left hand player that does it all in any game he is involved and can easily take over the game. He led BTW last year then transferred to Melrose during the offseason then started back at Melrose at the beginning of the school year. Will he practice with Melrose when the basketball season gears in.  

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 9-11-2009

Area News: One of the most dominate teams this year will be Olive Branch, MS. This team is loaded with top prospects such as Jalen Moore, Tevin Moore, and Memphis own Bobby Parks Jr. Look for big things as Bobby Parks will be featured on the big stage with 6A POWER Olive Branch. This will be NEW HEAD COACH NICK COLN 1st year at Olive Branch and he is none for bringing out the best in his players. I think Coach Coln will help Tevin Moore, Jalen Moore, and Bobby Parks Jr. add another dimension to their game.       

By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Will Olive Branch be facing two top teams out of Memphis this year?  Manassas and Raleigh Egypt.


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Recap 9-09-2009

Area News: Raleigh Egypt comes in at Number 10 in 2009-2010 Pre Season Rankings differ frolast yeaNo. 1 preseason. Lost Coach Jimmy Adams to Northwest and Coach Holmes. Gentry Hinds, Anthony Johnson, Reggie Fondren, Joe Brady, and Jeremy Holmes. That will be hard to recover from but Ronald Brown and Reshard Harris will get to be featured players now. Super 80 Results will be out tomorrow.   By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony

Recap 9-08-2009  

Area News: Rankings will be rolling out next month on October 1, 2009.

Memphis CBL Action

Area News 9-8-09:Two weeks in a row, three different players have been named CBL's MVP from one school. Week 1 Telvin Wilkerson and Chris Jones Co- MVP and week 2 Adonis Thomas MVP (Melrose). Knicks over Cavaliers 58-51, Timberwolves led by Martaviuos Newby (BTW) 12 pts. and Allen Farmer (Cordova) 10 pts. beat the Nuggets despite Cedric McAfee's 20 points 56-51. The Heat defeat the Lakers 62-53 with three players in double figures: Bruce (Craigmont) 14pts., D. Sorrell (East) at 15 pts and Albert Whitmore leading at 16 points, the Lakers were led by Jermaine Holliman (Melrose) 16 points and big man Darius Moore (Melrose) notched 14 points and this big man has an awesome soft touch from mid range.  By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony


Recap 8-30-2009  

Area News: Overton hires a veteran coach in former Hillcrest High John Anderson who just left the college ranks from Colorado and Northern Illinois. emphis CBL First Wee

Memphis CBL Action

Memphis CBL First Weeks Action was definitely a prelude to the upcoming Memphis CBL season. This is a great platform for area kids that are under the radar to get that much needed exposure. Every year kids that were relatively unknown start their journey to not only  a successful high school career but college the ultimate goal.  By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

CBL ACTION: First week action at CBL: Heat led by Neno Johnson (White Station) defeat Pistons, Lakers behind Chris Jones (Melrose) 22 pts. and Jermaine Holliman's (Melrose) 18 pts. beat the Celtics, and Knicks over the T'Wolves 59-57 behind Tevin Wilkerson's (Melrose) 22 points on some awesome outside shooting.      By Staff Writer Jerry Anthony            

CBHS standout Drew Barnham will walk on at Memphis after receiving a release from Southern Illinois. 

Chris Jones and Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose) CBL Co-MVPS in week 1 action.









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