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Memphis, TN 38134

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       BARTLETT 2010-2011                                                      

     With enrollment down from usual numbers the past couple of years the enrollment is back on the rise as well as the basketball team. Third year Coach David Owen has put together one of the best junior classes in the city and a solid AAA foe that can beat anyone in the city on any given night. Last year the question was can they advance in the crowded AAA postseason scene, this year it is a totally different answer. Probably the largest junior class in the state with 11 juniors on the roster it definitely will be one of the best junior classes in the city. The Panthers will be led by junior Athlon Bell (6'3 - 180 lbs. rivals #) with his knowledge of the game combined with his athleticism, he will be a player to look out for in the near future and with an strong summer under his belt which will play off ten-fold. Bell is also an 3.1 g.p.a. student on the academic side making him with the whole package. Junior teammate  Marquarius Boddie (6'1 - 1800 lbs. rivals #) strong overall playmaking skills and aggressive play around the rim makes him a special player. Point guard Jeffrey Dockett (5'10 - 165 lbs. diamond in the rough) will play the position running the team with his good passing and very quick ball handling skills, Coach Owens states, "Dockett is quicker with the ball than without the ball. Juniors Latrell Cunningham (5'9 - 165 lbs. diamond in the rough) and Kirby Franklin (5'9 - 165 lbs. diamond in the rough) will notch major minutes all year long and contribute accordingly.

     The Panthers will travel back to Carbondale, Illinois for the 48th Annual Carbondale Holiday Tournament to defend their championship from last year when the Panthers started to make notice in the basketball world. One of the oldest tournaments in the country that has produced many Division 1 players turned a lot of heads with Bartlett winning. Before Illinois they will participate in the Arlington Turkey Shootout on November 23rd, 2010. A very solid and strong junior nucleus class you will definitely hear from these Panthers this year and near future also. Remember in 2000 when they came out of nowhere and won the whole thing behind Ole Miss signee Jonathan Loe and Ben Madlock. 

     Freshman Chris Chiozza (5'10 - 170 lbs. rivals #), will start some this season due to his high level knowledge of the game and extensive summer experience will pay off for this young man tremendously. Transfers in senior Cory Hopkins (6'4 - 185 lbs. diamond in the rough) and junior Heber Arnold (6'4 - 180 lbs. diamond in the rough) with garner valuable minutes  throughout the season and make the difference in certain important games. respectively.

College Coaches: Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the radar prospects, (college coaches click here).

Recap 9-20-2010

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

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Players:

Corey Hopkins 6'3 Senior
Kirby Franklin 5'9 Junior
Marquarius Boddie 6'1 Junior
Athlon Bell 6'3 Junior
Latrell Cunningham 5'9 Junior
Gene Nolan 6'0 Junior
Jeffrey Dockett 5'9 Junior
Jonathan Withers 6'0 Junior
Tim Clayborn 6'1 Junior
Heber Arnold 6'3 Junior
Chris Chiozza 5'10 Freshman
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

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Recap 8-25-2005

BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS

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

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

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

Something happened on the way to the gym.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS

 

 
 

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