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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.

                                                     Chris Crawford (Sheffield)

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.


Recap 8-27-2008  

Area News:

MemphisHoopers.com 17's has another player ranked in the Top 30 in the last three years. Remarkable milestone especially when the last player was overlooked by Memphis John Calipari, pretty similar as the first player until the end. YOMCA doesn't run shit in this area esses and forward the past McDonalds All Americans from the YOMCA program. You know in today's world you have to go out there and get your respect.  Remember Kat Williams with the quote, "Move a little faster esse".  Seriously do you think Calipari would of overlooked a player ranked #30 in the nation. What is that saying, %$&@ Happens or just not paying attention to local talent. Not trying to be mean but back in the day Memphis could field a nationally competitive team against anyone in the country, especially any team from New Jersey or New York. With those standards in place you would think Memphis would notice the local talent or they just don't trust local talk. I know National rankings carry a lot of weight but *$%&. When Memphis assistant Josh Pastner was at Arizona, they recruited Buckner as a high priority. Hell Lute Olsen was at a Hoopers game at 8:00 in the morning. Are you going to a function 8 in the morning unless it is fruitful. Joe Jackson is the only player ranked in the TOP 20 for the immediate future. More detail on present ranking situation is viewable as we speak compadres......  

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera


Recap 8-25-2008  

Area News:

Memphis CBL Action

Memphis CBL First Weeks Action was definitely a prelude to the upcoming Memphis CBL season. First Weeks action was very interesting to start the season as some of the areas top players make claim to 'who is the best on the hardwood'. Adonis Thomas at 22 points and Chris Mason with 19 points for the (Bulls) while the Heat was led by Ronald Brown (Heat) 24 points and 14 rebounds, Finoy Perkins notched 15 boards and points respectively. Anthony  Jones  (Timberwolves) placed 18 points and 4 assists, Joe Brady also of Raleigh Egypt at 18 points, Tim Flowers (Timberwolves) was team high at 20 points in a win over the Knicks led by Chris Jones  26 points and 8 rebounds, Walter Davis and Daryl Humphreys added 10 apiece, two players at each. The Pistons with Jamal Conley 23 points and Chris Crawford with 22 points on solid outside shooting plus 12 rebounds in the cause with a win over the Lakers  who were led by Westwood's Dominique Shaw and Ridgeway's Boo Marshall at 13 apiece.   By

Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Recap 8-18-2008  

Area News:

Memphis CBL Draft

Memphis CBL Draft was held today at Melrose High School with all CBL Coaches present. It was packed with the Top talent in the area. Link above will take you to the detailed rosters with more information to be added on a daily basis. The draft was really enjoyable with coaches you have dealt with in the area for the last 10-15 years.


                        Recap 8-17-2008  


Todd Mayo to join brother O.J. in Memphis





HUNTINGTON To Todd Mayo, basketball has always been business.

He goes to work every day in a three-piece suit jersey, shorts, sneakers and puts in long hours to exceed his goals.

However, now entering his junior year, he wants to learn the business end in more detail from brother O.J., who is now in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.

For that reason, Todd has decided to join his family in moving to Germantown, Tenn., a town just 21 miles outside of Memphis. He will play basketball for Houston High School this fall.

Hes definitely one of the reasons I wanted to move down here, Mayo said. Hes taught me a lot this summer. Im more serious about basketball now.

Todd said he and O.J. have grown extremely close as the two have worked out together the entire summer.

He learned several things about life as a basketball player from his brother, and said the more he learned, the more he liked what he saw. 

Now, he will continue to learn. The difference is he will be within miles of an NBA franchise and one of the top college programs. It all will help him prepare for his future as a basketball player, he said.

O.J.s been putting me through a lot of workouts and showing me different things, Mayo said. Im just more focused on what it is that I am about to do.

Things werent always so clear for Todd Mayo this summer.

As the summer was coming to a close, Todd had a decision to make. His family was moving to Germantown and he could either go to Mountain State Academy or move with them.

He said no matter what, due to his familys move, he would not have been at South Point this year.

I thought about going to Mountain State, but I didnt want to leave my family by themselves, Mayo said. O.J. is going to be staying closer to downtown with the players, so I wanted to be there with them.

Mayo said that Houston High School is much like South Point in that it is considered a football school right now. He said he hopes to change that quickly though.

Im just going to work out and get better and we are going to see what can happen down here, Mayo said. Its exciting to think about. Its going to be fun.

Mayo said that despite the junior year being a big year in the recruiting circles, the recruiting benefits did not factor into the decision because several schools have already offered.

Marshall University coach Donnie Jones was the first to offer Mayo a Division-I scholarship last year.

Playing for the Pointers in his sophomore year, Mayo averaged 22.6 points per game and shot 47 percent from the field. He led South Point to an undefeated regular season at 20-0 and its first Ohio Valley Conference title since 1990.


Recap 8-11-2008  

Area News:

The first week of Memphis City Schools and the Hoopers staff wants to know what kids are here and there. Here is a small breakdown of 2008-2009 teams bio. Manassas had a top 3 recruiting class to return to the state championship game with the additions of Joe Northington and Tevin Cox  to go along with Ole Miss signee and Top 100 Rivals Reginald Buckner. Both top sophomores in the state. Southwind with the addition of Darren Gray from Overton will  make some serious noise and has a strong chance of making a run for district honors. Craigmont and Trezevant will be better than I originally anticipated. Bolton has a nice nucleus led by John Dunavant (2010) but Germantown will be some where in the hunt. Mitchell picked up a great coach but will Madrakus Wade Stay and what players will come to Mitchell immediately, if not it will be a long year. Wooddale is going to have a long year also with the loss of Gray and LeMelvis Davis (Wooddale) will hurt. Hillcrest increased their postseason opportunities enormously with the addition of Davis (Wooddale) and Denero Wash. BTW will have a down year, Carver will make a strong run, will they go farther than the Regionals. Can Central advance further than a first round regional loss? Raleigh Egypt in maybe Coach Adams last year will make a solid run for state honors and have just a good chance as any other AAA Memphis strongholds in White Station and Ridgeway. Sheffield fields a strong starting five and is preseason 16_aa favorites, Westwood will surprise a lot of opponents with senior Dominique Shaw's play . Fairley with Sylvester Ford in over 30 years of coaching will be competitive as year in and year out, plus the transfer of Anderson Cunningham (Cordova) will solidify another strong line up in one of the strongest Districts in the State 16-AAA. Ridgeway again will make a run with eligible Boo Marshall who will make a claim to be one of the top guards not only in the city but the state, Tarik Black (6'8 - 195 lbs.) had a monster summer on the circuit and Cordero Maclin (6'8 - 205 lbs.) White Station will make a lot of headlines in the local paper especially with the prep sports editor a alumni of White Station, can you blame him, NO. Joe Jackson and Farrakhon Hall will lead the way with the younger group very promising in Marvin Williams and Andre Boone. Olive Branch, Ms. Melrose had a top 5 recruiting class and offensive scoring threat Chris Jones had a awesome summer on the circuit to lead an already loaded squad. Hamilton, Northside and East will all have a long year. Kingsbury will surprise many opponents and field some of the top athletes in the city. Cordova and Collierville will need to address their basketball programs with their enormous enrollments and horrible basketball results, Houston with addition of O.J. Mayo's little brother will need more help as football prevails at that school. Memphis Home School Eagles have three really good players on their team that will represent well in the postseason. ECS will be the strongest private school member over early season favorite Briarcrest. CBHS and MUS will not be as strong as teams past, maybe MUS a little bit better.


By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

 Recap 8-07-2008  

Area News:

Memphis CBL  will conduct registration Saturday at Mississippi Boulevard church at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Kater Jones at 859-3275.                                                                                                         Tony Smith (Treadwell) and another member of 2008 MemphisHoopers.com 17's signs with Connors State, Oklahoma.

Recap 8-04-2008  

Area News:

Another member of the 2008 Hoopers John David Little has committed to MTSU, making 2 players on the 2008 squad to commit to date.

Memphis CBL will conduct registration Saturday at Mississippi Boulevard church at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Kater Jones at 859-3275.

Recap 8-01-2008  

Area News:

Coaches said I was crazy to go to Las Vegas, NV. with 7 players and not one of them were ranked in the Top 1000. I adhere to rankings because that is part of what I do in the Memphis area but if you see talent and I call it pieces to a puzzle. 2 big men 6'7 or bigger to ward off the other teams with big men, a point guard that can facilitate and not turn the ball over, a proven scorer like 20 or more a game, a player that has a consistent 8 to 14 points a game and can at times score 20 points or more. Like what a old man told, "a little bit of this and a little bit of that and that is what you get".

Recap 7-25-2008  

Area News: Below is a excerpt of a article from an incident from Hoopers daily summer functions, every year it is a different player with a different story and after a while you seem to hear all reasons of all types. his one

This one really bothers me when you try so hard to help local kids get into school. Like I tell them over and over, scholarships don't fall out of the sky. So when you get to that point don't hesitate especially if you haven't had one period at all. We won't say names but a kid played on the Hoopers team in the Battle on the Bluff and had a great tournament where 4 Division-1 schools were inquiring and two were ready to offer. Just like they were there for two other kids and made their mind up watching them and they were going to offer, it's a process but a quick one at times, especially in July. The following week the Hoopers go to the Nike Main Event in Las Vegas with these now 11 schools (Division-1) looking for this kid from all the promoting the Hoopers staff does for the local kids, phone calling, emailing and of the sort. Not saying all 11 were solid interested but the fact you are in a venue to showcase your talents in front of coaches, D-1 at that. How are they going to know if they don't see you play. Instead this kid goes to New York for a tournament, not even NCAA sanctioned, for older men, a semi-pro type league for some games. Not one Divisio-1 coach in the house. He tells me it was a free trip. Remember everything in life that is free is not good. Please remember that line. I had two players on the team that made the trip and only paid $50.00. That's all they had and that is where  the Hooper staff comes in and takes care of the rest thru sales and traffic from this site. Remember you can go to the gym, community center and play for free and all the time. The parent seems to not care at all or some cheese seems to have slipped off his cracker. I hope those Division-1 schools will come to your high school and watch and see if you are legitimate but that is too late, they all have offered to other kids. It's just now up to the kids to take their offers. Hoopers was trying to get you noticed. Recruiting has definitely changed maybe from the days when the parent was in school. You love it I like it. Every year I have something like this to happen in some shape or form. I tell the kids and parents to go right but they go left and have never been in this situation before. Listening to someone that never even been to school before. The truth is strong and please don't waste the Hoopers time because Hoopers time is just as valuable as anyone else's time. Then the player steals my shorts, what more can I say,. Enroll to read more.          

Recap 7-22-2008  

Nike Main Event News: 

MemphisHoopers.com first day of competition in the Nike Main event was very successful as all Memphis area team fared well in the first day. (Click Here for Schedule and Results at Nike Main Event)  Hoopers 17's started off a little slow but got their game together to overcome a stubborn Oklahoma Elite team. On the second day of competition the Hoopers 17's defeated YBA out of Texas handily to set up a game of two undefeated teams in pool play. The opponent is Cecil Kirk out of Baltimore, Md.  sity of  

Recap 7-21-2008  

Area News: Wayne Weedon, MCS Athletic Director was replaced by Smokey Gaines former coach of Lemoyne College, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters Hall of Fame, and was assistant coach under Dick Vitale at the University of Detroit.


Recap 7-18-2008  

Area News: MemphisHoopers.com 17's prepare for another trip to the west visiting sunny Las Vegas, NV. Practicing everyday for about 2-3 hours in rare form with area top trainer Tavis Rutherford to ready fro the level of talent the Hoopers will be facing respectively.


Recap 7-12-2008


Area News:

Battle on the Preview:  Click for the latest update and news.                  

Memphis Stallions win the 16 Under Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio. Adonis Thomas (Melrose) had a stellar tournament performance and was named MVP respectively. Other member that contributed were Chris Crawford (Sheffield), Marvin Williams (White Station), Darius Page (Southwind), and Ray Parks (St. George's).


Recap 7-09-2008  

Area News:

Nike Main Event Preview: As the Hoopers ready for another trek (5th year in a row)  to the desert for an annual visit. This year the Hoopers will participate in the Nike Main Event rather than the Adidas Super 64. On board is the Battle on the Bluff which has become one of the marquee tournaments of the July circuit and has taken local players to the next level.

Recap 7-03-2008  

Area News:

Battle on the Preview:  Click for the latest update and news.

Mitchell hires Treadwell Coach Sorenstan Valentine. A great choice and a great coach. Congratulations Valentine. What players will Valentine have coming to Mitchell to keep the recent Mitchell basketball success.

Recap 6-29-2008  

Memphis Select Tournament Championship Game: In the championship game pitting the YOMCA Memphis Bulldogs (16's) versus the Memphis Stallions (15's) was a very interesting contest.  The Stallions came out with a victory 74-71 behind Marvin Williams 12 rebounds to go along with 11 points, Darius Page (Memphis Southwind) ended with 22 points respectively. Manassas Reginald Buckner is close to committing and Ole Miss and UTEP are the frontrunners to date. He was ready to end the recruiting battle after an impressive camp at Ole Miss earlier in the month. 

Recap 6-27-2008  

Area News: Memphis Select Tournament had some of the best talented young teams in the Memphis area. 17's consisted of Memphis Select Blue, Memphis Select Black, Memphis Stallions, YOMCA Memphis Bulldogs, Arkansas Bulls, Sports Center Academy of Atlanta, GA. Players of Notice: Chris Crawford  (Memphis Sheffield) - great outside shooter-knows how to find his shot-arms span of a 6'8 man, Marvin Williams (Memphis White Station) strong fundamentally-reminds me of Dwight Stewart-plays the middle with authority and knows how to score and rebound with the best, Darren Gray (Memphis Wooddale) - very athletic and great move to transfer to Wooddale.   

Recap 6-23-2008  

MUS Team Camp Breakdown:  Raleigh Egypt went 6-0 and looked very impressive. At first I thought this was going to be a down year for the Pharaohs but Coach Adams has an experienced squad overall with a lot of summer circuit action under their belt.

Coach Valentine of Treadwell is the frontrunner in the head coaching job at Mitchell High School.

Recap 6-20-2008  

MUS Team Camp & News:  A  great opportunity to cover all area teams under one roof at MUS Summer Classic. This was probably on of the strongest since the conception of Vegas events on the same date of the July dates. All area top players were accounted for and newcomers were definitely noticed. Crowds were large for majority of games and especially for the Saturday night match up between Melrose and White Station. White Station prevailed behind Joe Jackson's 40 points in a solid performance. Players of Notice: John Dunavant  (Memphis Bolton) awesome long range shooter, Jordan Husley (Germantown TN.) nice size with good hands, Austin Hollins (Germantown TN.) aggressive around the rim and shoots mid range jumper with ease.

Recap 6-17-2008  

Fellowship of Christian Athletes & Local News:  Coach Jerry Johnson formerly of Mitchell High School has taken the job at Wooddale High School. District 16 -AAA will have a Hall of Fame coaches list. Fellowship of Christian Athletes held it's second annual team camp at it's beautiful church site in Millington, Tennessee. Camp participants included  Bolton, Tipton-Rosemark, Mitchell, Melrose, Hamilton, and West Memphis, Ark., on the boys side. The girls side included Arlington, Brighton, FBC, Hamilton, Tipton-Rosemark, White Station, and Hillcrest.

Recap 6-15-2008  

AAU State Recap:  MemphisHoopers 16's advance to championship game against Memphis Select. Memphis Select captures AAU State with a victory over the Hoopers 89-81 behind Cedric McAfee's 22 points respectively.

Recap 6-07-2008  

AAU State Recap:  Ole Miss held it's Elite Camp at Tad Smith Coliseum and click on the link below for the camp breakdown from the area players that participated in this event.  Talking to Mr. McDonald at AAU State back on June 30, 2008 at Bishop Byrne. He stated Leslie would make a choice before the end of June so Leslie can concentrate on the upcoming busy second half of the busy July summer circuit and the Argentina trip with the Junior Olympic team.

Ole Miss Elite Camp: (click here)

Recap 6-05-2008  

AAU State Recap:  Manassas beats Melrose on a last second shot by junior Shaquille Walker in the semifinals. In the finals they beat West Memphis,  Ark. with another stellar performance by Reginald Buckner with a triple double.

Recap 6-01-2008  

AAU State Recap:  

AAU State Championship

Recap 6-03-2008

Mid State Ballerz (55) @ YOMCA (46)

       The Ballerz jumped on the favorite YOMCA in the first couple of minutes of the contest. Commanding a double digit lead and maintaining it for majority of the game, the Ballerz fought off a late rally by the YOMCA in a 55-46 victory for the Ballerz and AAU State Championship honors. YOMCA was without highly touted Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest) due to injury. Coach Schulman had the Ballerz well prepared and coached for this tournament. Turmoil on the YOMCA bench between coaches was a distraction for the players.

      The Ballerz were patient on offense for good shots and ran when the opportunity arose. YOMCA was out of sync the first half and shot under 30% for the game. An 18-10 margin for the Ballerz at the end of the first quarter that ballooned to 34-16 at the break. Nathan Parker (Knoxville Bearden) was very consistent with his game high 18 points as 9 points were scored each half accordingly. 

     YOMCA came out in the third quarter with a strong rally led by Johnny Williams (Briarcrest) monstrous dunk with his left hand coming form the right side of the court. Showed great versatility with that move and ignited YOMCA to get the score under double digits.  

     The Ballerz Skylar McBee (Rutledge High) thwarted a Y rally with some long three pointers and at the right time to nullify the surge and end up with 14 points. The fourth quarter started off with a dunk from Farrakhon Hall (Memphis White Station) who ended with a team high 11 points for YOMCA respectively. .

      C.J. Crittenden (Dyer County) anchored the back court with some decisive ball handling against a stingy YOMCA defense. Ian Clark (Germantown) nailed some nice shots from long range.

Key Points of The Game: The Ballerz patience on offense and shooting over 58% for the game. The Ballerz big men balanced the size difference from the YOMCA and the Y's poor shooting was a hamper.  

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

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Mid State Ballerz vs. YOMCA. (click here).                         

Recap 5-30-2008  

AAU State Recap:  Mid State Ballerz North and YOMCA run thru pool play action at the AAU State Tournament 2008 at Bishop Byrne. Franklin Rage and Nashville Gators came in third and fourth place respectively. Idlewild and Nashville Stallions fall short in bracket action.

Recap 5-26-2008  

Area News:  Barry Wellington, another member of class 2006 and a former Hooper signs with Southern Illinois-Carbondale.  A first year school in a Division 1 conference. Raymond Hawkins (Hernando, Ms.)signs with East Community College. John David Little (Olive Branch, Ms.) has received a offer from MTSU.


Recap 5-21-2008  

Area News:   Former Hooper of class 2006, Demarco Stepter signs with Texas-San Antonio after finishing two years at Motlow St. Community College in Murfreesboro, Tn. Another local signing Adruw Jeffries (Manassas) - Lambuth. There are two schools in Memphis and one is on the North side and the other on the South side and both fine schools are scholarship mills for basketball athletic scholarships. Manassas with 5 and Mitchell with 3 respectively.


Recap 5-19-2008  

Area News:  Ole Miss, UTEP, Missouri, Georgia St., Baylor are vying for Buckner's services to name a few. Summer League at Central shows some of the upcoming talent in the Memphis area. The losers and winners coming up in the next week.

Recap 5-16-2008  

Mid State Ballerz Tournament:  MemphisHoopers.com 17's defeat Tennessee Heat 78-68 behind Reginald Buckner's 24 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 blocks, and 10 assists in a stellar performance on the Hoopers opening game. How fast it can go sour when Buckner twists ankle and is thru for remainder of weekend tournament.

Recap 5-10-2008  

Atlanta Celtics Classic:  MemphisHoopers.com 17's trounce Tennessee Thunder by 35 in the 1:00 p.m. game. The 7:00 p.m. game vs. Carolina Celtics with Clemson signee Devin Booker was a great matchup for the Hoopers but fall short in the end. A record six technicals for the Hoopers didn't help in the matter neither.

Recap 5-09-2008  

Atlanta Celtics Classic:  MemphisHoopers.com 17's have a blow out and get caught in 2 and a half hour of traffic going into Atlanta and forfeit another game against the Birmingham Raptors.

Recap 5-05-2008  

17 Under Sub State:   MemphisHoopers.com 17's lose to YOMCA 59-57 despite Everick Morris's 20 points and 11 assists. Area News: Past Hamilton players Jeremy Williams, Broderick Gilchrist, and Myron Strong have enrolled into Southwest Community College. All attended Division 1 schools accordingly.

Recap 5-02-2008  

17 Under Sub State:  MemphisHoopers.com 17's forfeit early morning game and throws the bracket all the way off. They rebound with a trouncing of the YOMCA 16's and Millington Stars. They fall to the YOMCA 17's 59-57

Recap 4-27-2008  

15 Under Sub State & Area News:  MemphisHoopers.com 15's play next Saturday for 3rd place in AAU Sub State. Hoopers 15's revenge earlier loss to Memphis Storm to claim 3rd place in AAU Sub State.

    More commitments from the area include Armoni Burditt (Mitchell), Jarvis Jones (Mitchell) - ETSU, Daryl Neal (Mitchell) - Walters State.

Recap 4-25-2008  

15 Under Sub State:  MemphisHoopers.com 15's fall to Memphis Storm and YOMCA in pool play. Hoopers come back with a victory over Collierville Dragons in double overtime.

Recap 4-19-2008  

Area News:  MemphisHoopers.com 17's defeat Dallas SW Mavs (81-57) to win their pool handily. First game of bracket action in the Gold division paired the Hoopers against Team Louisiana and controlled the game from the jump. The late night game vs. Team Alaska whom won the pool against Houston Elite was a test but the Hoopers prevailed and ran away with the game in the second half.  travel to Houston for the Houston Kingwood Classic and face off in first game with

Recap 4-18-2008  

Area News:  MemphisHoopers.com 17's travel to Houston for the Houston Kingwood Classic and face off in first game with Alabama Terriers. Hoopers come away with a impressive victory (90-74) after deterring a fierce Alabama rally.

Recap 4-12-2008  

Area News:  MemphisHoopers.com 17's unsigned seniors play in Dorsey Sims Classic at Melrose High School with convincing wins accordingly. Hoopers Players from 2007 squad that have signed are Derrick Richards (Manassas) - Southwest Community College, Eric Atkins (Manassas) - Chattanooga State, Shawn Kearney (Manassas) - Chattanooga State, Roy McFagdon (Manassas) - Chattanooga State, and Tre Payne (Manassas) - Walters State.

Recap 4-09-2008  

Area News:  Memphis YOMCA 16's and 17's represented well in the Annual Boo Williams Tournament in Hampton Virginia. Reginald Buckner (Manassas) stepped up in major proportions for the 17's making a nationwide name for himself with some outstanding abilities. Reginald Buckner Breakdown: super quick off the floor, blocks shots with any hand , dribbles above average for a gig man, doesn't force anything, great one on one moves with the other teams big man but finishes strong on either side of the rim. Shots missed off the rim he gets just as good as any 6'9 player in the country with National TV replay authority.  it's not his jumps shot is non existent or not any good, he just doesn't shoot as much as he needs to. That will come in time and when he does he will be totally unstoppable on this any level. Work ethic will have to better and with him being relatively young will change sooner than expected. He is taking the sudden success and attention very well and is taking the leadership/captain position seriously.


Recap 4-05-2008  

 Hoopers 17U 2008 Schedule:


Kater Jones Local Tour.

April 11-13th

West Memphis, Arkansas


Nike Kingwood Classic

April 18-20th 

Houston, Texas


King of the South

April 25-27th

Nashville, Tennessee


AAU Sub State

May 2-4th

Memphis, Tennessee


Wallace Prather /  Adidas Celtics Invitational

May 9-11

Atlanta, Georgia


Ballerz Invitational

May 16-18th

Nashville, Tennessee


AAU State

May 30-June1st

Memphis, Tennessee


New York Gauchos Tournament

June 27-29th

New York, New York


MemphisHoopers Classic

July 6-8th

Memphis, Tennessee


Battle on the Bluff

July 11-13

Memphis, Tennessee


Nike Peach Jam

July 11-13

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Las Vegas Invitational

July 18-20th

Las Vegas, Nevada


Nike Main Event

July 22-26th

Las Vegas, Nevada


Adidas Super 64

July 22-26th

Las Vegas, Nevada


AAU Nationals

July 26-August 1st

Orlando, Florida


Recap 4-01-2008  

Area News:  MemphisHoopers.com 17 Roster

Reginald Buckner 6'9 Junior Manassas
Lewis Jones Jr. 6'3 Junior Carver
John Milewski 6'1 Junior ECS
Terrance Stringfellow 6'8 Junior ECS
John David Little 6'3 Junior Olive Branch, Ms.
Everick Morris 5'10 Junior Olive Branch, Ms.
Gentry Hines 6'1 Junior Raleigh Egypt
Dinero Wash 6'3 Junior Hillcrest
LeMelvis Davis 6'0 Junior Wooddale
Reggie Brown 6'4 Junior Desoto Central
Tony Smith 6'2 Senior Treadwell
Cantrell Peterson 6'7 Sophomore Treadwell

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