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Class AAA, Region 8, District 16
            Record: 3-0 (0-0)              Principal Michael Bates
 1363 Person Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

Memphis City Schools

K.J. Lawson 


Hamilton tight defense on Thaddeus Young in 2006 matchups


HAMILTON 2012-2013      


Hamilton warming up against Mitchell December 8, 2005 (101-100 Mitchell wins). Best   high school game Hoopers staff ever seen in person.  

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        Last time the Tigers had a winning season was in 2008 when nationally ranked Nathan Garth (New Mexico St. commit - Steve Alford first year at the school) from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas moved to Memphis and enrolled at Hamilton and Coach Lawson's last year at the school and winning season. Coach Keelon Lawson is back at the high school where the enrollment is back in high numbers at 1,200 students where he went undefeated in 2006 at a 39-0 mark. Only the second time in Memphis history a team went undefeated the entire season. Coach Lawson brings a major boost to a school that has a lot of basketball tradition in his  nationally ranked kids in K.J. Lawson and Deadrick Lawson. Hamilton is back in the mix and a top three contender for 16-AAA where I definitely had  had them at the bottom of District 16-AAA. At the same time the wildcats have only two seniors on the roster and are the youngest team in the city respectively.

       Sophomore K.J. Lawson (6'7 - 195 lbs., rivals #21) is going to be very special kid with his great ball handling skills, court vision, and plays all positions with great skill set. He is just an all around player who everyone in Memphis will hear about all season long in the toughest district in the state hands down (District 16-AAA).  His brother freshman Deadrick Lawson (6'8.5 - 205 lbs., rivals #8) is right behind the older brother and will contribute tremendously all season long with his great all around game with solid inside post moves and good rebounding respectively. Junior Chris Sean Brown (6'1 - 180 lbs., rivals #) will play at the 1 spot and should be able to handle all defenses that will brought against him from district counterparts.


     Other freshmen that will make their debut early in the season is  Romero Hill (6'3 - 185 lbs., rivals #) is a good spot up shooter from all over the court and also can hit the boards in strong fashion while playing the guard position at times in many ball games. Demonte Pearson (6'0 - 185 lbs., rivals #) is going to play the combo guard in different situations relentlessly with Pearson playing the guard position also. That is going to be the million dollar question with Hamilton is they going to be able to handle the guard turnover ratio in their favor all season long.

     Hamilton will play in the MLK Tournament that will probably be at Hamilton High School this year if the school can host the event accordingly and if not they will play in the Ridgeway Classic. December 1st they will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas and play Little Rock Hall who has #18 ranked and University of Arkansas commit 6'10 Bobby Portis. They will participate in the 5th Annual Memphis - Atlanta Classic that has turned into one of the top holiday events in the country that draws college coaches from all over the country to our city.  The wildcats will travel to Starkville, Mississippi and play in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk Tournament. December 31st they will play Southwind at Southwind in a classic type of environment.

      Two seniors that will get plenty of opportunities and their time will increase as the season moves along with their experience are Chris Burks (6'2 - 185 lbs., rivals #) whose athletic and stocky build who will play the 2 & 3 positions. The other senior is Josh Crutcher (6'3 - 190 lbs., rivals #) whose slashes to the goal are as good as anyone in the city and can play multiple positions in accord.


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

Recap 9-15-2012

Winning MLK Tournament at Melrose and start of their undefeated season 39-0 and TSSAA State AAA championship



2012 Players:

Chris Burks 6'2 Senior
Josh Crutcher 6'3 Senior
Chris Sean Brown 6'1 Junior
K.J. Lawson 6'7 Sophomore
Deadrick Lawson 6'8.5 Freshman
Romero Hill 6'3 Freshman
DdeMonte Pearson 6'0 Freshman

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Recap 8-25-2005


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

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


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