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Division II
       Record: 0-0 (0-0)       Principal Eric Sullivan
Shelby County
76 South Houston Levee Road
    Memphis, TN 38120

     

 

 

 

Austin Nichols @ Briarcrest in 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

Briarcrest Christian 

            BRIARCREST 2012-2013                      

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          Division 2 will be pretty strong this year with Briarcrest, CBHS, MUS, and ECS all going to make serious noise this year enroute to state title hopes. Hoopers staff gives the edge to the Saints in Division 2 with Memphis signee Nichols leading the way handily. Players like Nichols come in cycles and we are presently in the middle of one right now.

Austin Nichols

        With eight seniors going off to college from last years ball club that won over 20+ games respectively. Five players went to school with basketball scholarships in (DeMar Richardson and Sean Tuohy to Loyola/Maryland, Chris Jones to Paris College in Texas, Nelson Ollie to Three Rivers College, and two other players heading to school with baseball scholarships in (Bennett Hill and Michael Sillyman to Memphis). The Saints are back with Coach John Harrington in his 11th year at the helm and with hands down the best overall player in senior Austin Nichols (6'8 - 200 lbs. espn # 12- Memphis commit). Nichols in a short period of time has transformed into a serious comparison in the Hoopers eyes as an national elite level type of player accordingly, with some added weight to an already sturdy body frame the sky is the limit. When Nichols masters the jump shot from long range he will garner skills overall as he already best all other skill sets in accordance with great dominance and follow thru.

       Senior Donovan Spolls (6'1 - 175 lbs. rivals #) who came on in the second half of the season in strong fashion after an early season injury is an very athletic player who will contribute major minutes this year at the guard spot accordingly. Senior sharp shooter Chris Hodges (6'1 - 175 lbs. rivals #) will provide solid good outside shooting from all over the court while capitalizing on double teams directed at Nichols with the open shot that will be available on numerous occassions. Senior Nelson Jones (6'1 - 175 lbs. rivals #) "the best defender on the team", stated by Coach Harrington will garner valuable minutes all season long with his high intensity on the teams best offensive player. court and is very aggressive at all times.

       Senior Austin Powell (6'5 - 195 lbs. rivals #) will back up Austin Nichols in the middle as a very good rebounder and positions well on the boards at the same time. Another senior is Andre Admas (6'2 - 175 lbs. rivals #) who will be a very solid role player all season long in different situations. Junior transfer from South Dakota Austin Powell (6'3 - 185 lbs. rivals #) will automatically jump into the foray with his solid outside shooting abilities and will platoon at the guard position accountably.

      When you have a marquee player like Nichols  your high school team will travel all over the country traditionally. The Saints start off major and will travel to the nationally heralded early season high school event The Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton County, Kentucky November 30-December 1, 2012. Briarcrest will play against Number 1 player in the country in Andre Wiggins (6'7 - 195 lbs., espn #1) of Huntington Prep, West Virginia.  Then they travel across the country to Gilbert, Arizona for the 2nd Annual Christian Cup December 5-9, 2012. Last major trip of the holiday season is The Mater Dei Christmas Tournament. in Brees, Illinois for the 52nd Annual tournament that runs from Dec. 26-30, 2012. In January they stay home with the ARS/Penny Hardaway Classic January 10-12 with the first two games at Dyer County at White Station High School. They also participate in the Hot Bed Classic in New Albany, Mississippi in January to go along with a matchup against White Station High School also in the month of January.

     Sophomore Adam Pike (6'1 - 175 lbs. rivals #) will get opportunities at the guard spot in certain slots during the season. Freshman Mycha Thomas (6'5 - 185 lbs. rivals #) will get opportunities early in the season with his great overall  basketball play and before it's over will be a great player in the makings. Another freshman Maseo Wooddard (6'5 - 180 lbs. rivals #) brings a bright future for the Saints as Wooddard will help with good outside shooting for a formidable freshman class. The Saints after this year will be a very young team on the horizon to mettle with.

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

 

Recap 10-20-2012

Players:

Austin Nichols 6'8 Memphis
Chris Hodges 6'4 Senior
Donovan Spolls 6'1 Senior
Nelson Jones 6'1 Senior
Austin Powell 6'5 Senior
Andre Adams 6'2 Senior
Caleb Clark 6'0 Senior
Gus Cran 6'3 Junior
Carter Sweat 6'3 Sophomore
Adam Pike 6'1 Sophonmore
Mycha Thomas 6'5 Freshman
Maseo Woodard 6'5 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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