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Record: 6-1 (0-0)
      Principal Eric Harris    Shelby County
3206 Poplar
Memphis, TN 38111
 

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        EAST 2011-2012                                                      

     First year coach Sam Bachelor and one of the rising young coaches in the city takes over a program with alot of history and prestige respectively. Also former MemphisHoopers.com 17's with Reggie Buckner (Ole Miss) in 08 coach Eric Harris who is in his second year at East as principal will make a smooth transition in athletic affairs and definitely a very fair and academic stern individual. Coach Bachelor inherits an awesome group of young men and for the first time since the 2005 they are pegged favorites to win their respected district which in the Hoopers eyes is the toughest in the state hands down. What coach would not like to take over a group of athletes like this as for a first year coach. East has always produced some of the best athletes from neighboring communities in basketball and football from former MemphisHoopers.com player Cassius Vaughn  (Ole Miss - Denver Broncos) 2005 will harbor a tall and talented squad overall. East will field a very young team and definitely one of the best if not the best point guards in the city respectively in junior Alex Anderson (6'0 - 170 lbs., rivals #) whom has the overall package respectively with great ball handling, mid and long range jump shooting, captain skills to name a few of the attributes. Another junior Ervin Morris (6'5 - 190 lbs., rivals #)  versatile play all over the court plus his offensive skills around and toward the rim will contribute heavily all season long. Sophomore Nick King (6'6- 205 lbs. rivals #) in and outside play will give other teams major matchup problems plus his good rebounding defensively and offensively.  Another sophomore in Matthew Butler (6'3 - 190 lbs., rivals #) has showed his good offensive skills in the CBL after not being known at all beforehand will notch major minutes all season long in the rotation.

    The Mustangs will take part in the Tennessee - Kentucky Battle of the Borders where East will play a Top 5 team from Kentucky to be named at a later date on December 11, 2010. Also East will attend Lausanne Classic at Lausanne High School on December 18, 2010 featuring some highly ranked high schools on the slate this year. East will participate in the annual Memphis-Atlanta Classic in Atlanta, Georgia that has turned into a formidable tournament in it's short existence. East will not travel to Carbondale, Illinois on the beautiful campus of Southern Illinois for the Annual Carbondale Christmas Tournament that have attended for the last 5 years.

    Other young players that will be vying for some major playing time are juniors Christian Clarke (6'5 - 225 lbs., rivals #), and Nick Wilson (6'2 - 185 lbs., rivals #) will contribute respectively throughout the season and come off the bench accordingly in important situations. Transfer Tavin Askew (6'7 - 205 lbs., rivals #) from Raleigh Egypt will compliment anything East does for that reason. 

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

Recap 9-25-2010

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

Players:

Alex Anderson 5'10 Junior
Ervin Morris 6'4 Junior
Nic Wilson 6'2 Junior
Nic King 6'6 Sophomore
Matthew Butler 6'1 Sophomore
Christian Clarke 6'5 Junior
Tavin Askew 6'7 Junior
     
     

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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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