In his sixth year at the helm of
Dyer County, Coach Derek McCord has the Choctaws in a
great position to advance far with postseason
advancement as top priority. Ever since
powerhouse in the early 00's sub state game they have
been contenders every year respectively. An overall
solid group of young men with the veterans have played
in major marquee matchups. Their top player is junior
(6'5 - 200 lbs.,
where every SEC has offered this young man accordingly.
Hubbs can do it all from all over the court from ball
handling, rebounding with the best, and has a smooth
jump with range unlimited.
are favorites in District 13 and Region 7 with
postseason advancement a very serious reality this
basketball season for both ball clubs.
(6'3 - 185 lbs.,
has made a name for himself as one of the best defenders
in his class with his strong and aggressive in your
face, stop the ball lock down on the serious tip.
also does everything else a coach
could ask for
with his in the right place for
rebounds, bring the ball up against stingy defense, get
a steal when needed, nail down an important shot in
clutch action and you will hear from this young man all
basketball season long. Senior counterpart
(6'4 - 190 lbs.,
will provide great outside shooting and is one of the
best shooters in the state hands down. His solid play
will be counted on all season long. Another player that
will make an impact will be senior lefty
(6'3 - 185 lbs.,
whose versatile play will contribute heavily during the
season. Senior Cedarius
Taylor (6'0 - 175 lbs.,
will share valuable minutes at the guard position in a
facilitation mode and should handle all pressure
directed toward him respectively.
will participate in several high major events this
season starting with the Christian County Queen City
Shootout that runs the Monday right before Christmas in
Kentucky. Then they are off to the prestigious Beach
Bash Tournament the Beach Bash challenge some of the
beat talent in the country and a great event to gauge
the teams position for postseason advancement.
They will also participate in the Hardaway Classic in
Memphis, Tennessee to face off against a very good team
Junior Jamal Ahmad
(6'3 - 180 lbs.,
the little brother of Justin Blake who was a all star
for the Choctaws and
Lamarcus Mosley (6'2 -
will round out a very nice rotation for the men in
Malik Pugh (6'0 - 180
is one of the best sophomore ball handlers in his class
and this young man knows how to create his shot.
Two other juniors that will provide valuable time on the
floor are Bubba Bostic
(6'0 - 180 lbs.,
and Carl Jones
(6'4 - 180 lbs.,
who will provide some inside muscle accordingly.
Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the
(college coaches click here).
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
In 2007 - 2008
BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD
OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS
It was the best
of times, it was the worst of times. I think there is a
book that starts off that way, but I digress.
The anticipation of the upcoming AAU or summer campaign
was alive and kicking all over the country in May of
2005, especially in Memphis.
The expectations seemed enormous, having finished second
in the 17 and under nationals last season as 16's the
Memphis YOMCA seemed primed for the ultimate run.
Something happened on the way to the gym.
It was apparent the Bluff City faithful were not the
only parties interested in getting a piece of the star
Adidas wanted to get a foothold in the ever burgeoning
Memphis hoop scene and this seemed to be the initial
move to start this particular ball
So the YOMCA was no longer in the loop and the Memphis
Pump-N-Run were officially born.
Taking a peek at the roster one could not blame Adidas
for their bold move. Thaddeus Young, Willie Kemp, Wayne
Chism, Pierre Niles and Brandon Powell made up a nucleus
that would surely lead Team Memphis to the promised
The summer campaign started with a most interesting
scenario as the "PNR" lost a game to the Mid-State
Ballerz, who ironically had Willie Kemp running the
show. This was an illusion that would soon change, as
shortly thereafter joined the PNR.
With all their ducks in a row, the PNR set out to
establish themselves and put a benchmark on the national
attention that would follow.
The Real Deal on the Hill, the first major tournament of
the summer that coaches could attend. The pundits pined
for the impending matchup between Team Memphis and the
defending mythical goliath The Indy Spiece Heat. The
Heat were led by the consensus top player in the class
Greg Oden and numerous other high level prospects who
could actually match the
PNR with name recognition.
The reputation was established and the aura of the PNR
was created as the boys from Memphis soundly defeated
the Heat and made a huge cry across the land as the best
summer squad in existence.
Another funny thing happened on the way to their future
For some inexplicable reason the PNR did not suit up for
any of the Memorial Day festivities and was sparsely
seen until the Adidas Super 64 in Atlanta, following the
The aforementioned players participated in various high
level exposure camps and the three major shoe camps and
kept their names on the tongues of coaches nationwide.
After achieving individual success at these various
camps, the boys got back together with the purpose of
putting the finishing touches on a grand and final run
through the top programs the country had to offer. They
added Ridgeway jumping jack Ernest Fields and ECS
powerhouse Tim Johnson to the fold and things looked
Once again a funny thing happened on the way to the gym.
The time off and the lack of continuity played havoc on
the chemistry of the PNR and they bowed out early in
Heading to Las Vegas for the final big time event of the
summer, the PNR seemed poised and ready to achieve.
After dominating pool play the lack of chemistry once
again reared it's ugly head and some resentment among
the players seemed to end this summer campaign on a sour
This team had the potential to be one of the best of all
time. It is truly unclear what precipitated these events
that grounded this team for much of the latter portion
of May and June, but it truly had it's effect on their
None the less these kids are part of the best class of
seniors to dot the Tennessee landscape in many years.
The decision to completely disassociate themselves with
organization that they grew up playing for in retrospect
now seems like a mistake. The YOMCA will continue on
with quality younger teams and what to make of the
Adidas affiliation with the Bluff City at this juncture
BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD
OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS