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EAST 2015 - 2016 



Coach Rocky (East)

    The Number 1 Marker in this years MemphisHoopers.com 2015 - 2016 Preseason Poll is Memphis East another Memphis City iconic high school that is rich in Memphis basketball tradition. The Mustangs reside in 16-AAA, one of the toughest districts not only in the city but in the country "Hands Down". that has produced over 60% of the state titles over the last decade starting with the undefeated Hamilton 39-0 in 2006. East made it to the TSSAA Final Four last year with a extremely young team and are still very young going into this year's high school basketball season accordingly. Second year coach Rocky Johnson hit the scene and made serious noise  last year as a new coach on the block and went from unknown to semifinals in 2015 TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His tenacious play calling, defensive schemes, right place at the right time scenarios all season long and No. 1 - the kids believed in him front Day 1 compadres!! He will be helped by Memphis iconic legend Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and this team will be a junior junior 800 lb. gorilla this year and a real live 800 lb. gorilla next year.

     This is a team that can be very very special for the next several years in strong fashion with a great mixture and recipe in the making for a record breaking stint in Memphis area high school basketball historically. From hard nosed tough veterans in seniors Courtney Carter and Robert Washington to go along with a phenom freshman in Chandler Lawson. Some of the toughest sophomores T.J. Jones and Alex Lomax in the region and are valuable parts to East as for engine like material in the sense, "They make it Go"!.   




     Sophomore T.J. Moss (6'4 - 170 lbs., espn - 2016 - #) had a great summer circuit season with Team Penny with a lot of potential still on the horizon with this extraordinary young man. Moss play is silky smooth, very nice and fluid in transition with mesmerizing moves while in traffic at any speed which give defenses nightmares. His jump shot is solid from all over the court and can stop on the drop of dime with his shot selection meshed with his high basketball I.Q. and great court vision! Alex Lomax (5'10 - 170 lbs., espn - 2016 - #) also had a good summer circuit season with his strong leadership and displaying his overall super toughness in every aspect of the game. Lomax bulky build and solid ball handling skills translates into strong drives to the goal with assist, high on his record at the right time or can take it all the way. Coach Johnson states, "he is the heart an soul of the team!".


     Freshman phenom Chandler Lawson (6'9 - 200 lbs., espn - 2017 - #) already early in his high school basketball career is following his two older brothers foot steps and might surpass their talent level as well according to insiders say so across the board. A very athletic young man with a very long reach that will give the other team trouble after trouble on defense and offense as the season goes progresses especially going into postseason action. Lawson skill set is off the charts to be at such an early age and will do nothing but get better as the season moves along. Senior Courtney Carter (6'1 - 175 lbs., espn - 2017 - #) is another one of those super tough Binghampton players that will not back down from any situation brought before him on the court. Carter is East best defender with a high level of energy at all times and sets the tone for the Mustangs also with great leadership skills displayed in strong fashion.

     We have two brothers and let's start with senior Robert Washington (6'6 - 190 lbs., future150 #) who will play in the middle majority of the game with his low post moves that are getting better everyday as the season moves right along. His mid range shot around the elbow plus surrounding areas are solid, runs the floor really good, and his shot blocking will be a major attributor on defense in clutch games all season long. The other brother is sophomore Ladarius Washington (6'4 - 190 lbs., rivals #) is another high energy player who plays with a lot of emotion especially around the rim that turns into garbage points that are very valuable in the box score. Washington has very quick hands, awesome court vision while running the floor that gives defenders the blues and  he is considered one of the best defenders not only on the ball club but in Division 16-AAA respectively.

      Memphis East will not participate in any Hall of Fame, Classics or tournament games respectively or it's usual calendar event, The Martin Luther King Tournament. December 5, 2015 they will participate in Scales Lupus Classic at Cordova High School. They finish their out of district schedule with a game in The Penny Hardaway Classic and will be pitted against TBA.

    Junior Nike Merriweather (5'9 - 150 lbs., future150 #) who is the son of late Coach Desmond Merriweather who had many accolades while at East. Merriweather who is a true point guard with lightning quick speed that is very deceptive, makes great court decisions in transition and in half court offensive sets as well and is one of the hardest workers around "Bottom Line". Freshman Malcolm Dandridge (6'8 - 190 lbs., future150 #) with his super height but has point guard vision and is ho is new to the Memphis basketball scene and is slated to make a big impression with his


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Recap 9-15-2015

By: Harold Rivera

 2015-16 Roster Players:

Courtney Carter 6'1 175 Senior
Robert Washington 6'6 185 Senior
Kobe Freeman 5'7 150 Senior
Nike Merriweather 5'9 145 Junior
T.J. Moss 6'4 170 Sophomore
Alex Lomax 5'10 170 Sophomore
Ladarius Washington 6'4 190 Sophomore
Chandler Lawson 6'9 190 Freshman
Malcolm Dandridge 6'8 200 Freshman




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Class of 2006 is gone and another class with that type of  nationwide clout will be another 10 - 15 years in the making.