AAA, Region 8, District 16
Record: 6-1 (0-0)
Principal Eric Harris
Memphis, TN 38111
First year coach
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
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
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
(6'0 - 170 lbs.,
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
(6'5 - 190 lbs.,
versatile play all over the court plus his offensive
skills around and toward the rim will contribute heavily
all season long. Sophomore
in and outside play will give other teams major matchup
problems plus his good rebounding defensively and
offensively. Another sophomore in
(6'3 - 190 lbs.,
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
(6'5 - 225 lbs.,
rivals #), and
(6'2 - 185 lbs.,
will contribute respectively throughout the season and
come off the bench accordingly in important situations.
(6'7 - 205 lbs.,
from Raleigh Egypt will compliment anything East does
for that reason.
Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the
(college coaches click here).
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
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