Region 8, District 15
Record: 13-2 (1-0)
Principal LeRoy McClain Shelby County
Memphis, TN 38114
It has been since
the 2006 season the last time the Vikings made the Hoopers Top Ten and with second
year Coach Shelvie Rose leading he program, the Vikings
are headed in the right direction. Last years ball club
went 16-11 but had many bright spots for this years ball
one of the fastest guards to come thru Memphis has
remarkable speed like local legends Andre Allen and Tony
Harris. His strong overall game has the whole package
from great court vision, good outside shooting, super
quick first step, just the whole package compadres and a
shame that this young man is not nationally ranked. An
senior oriented team that starts 4 seniors will make
serious noise this year with postseason advancement a
very much reality. Senior
(6'6 - 190 lbs.,
will play the middle and is one of the best players
under the radar and many schools would love to have this
kids services. Another senior to keep an very close eye
on is Darius McGoughy
(6'4 - 190 lbs.,
who plays as one of the shooting guards (shoots pretty
good also) likes to bang
down low for stick backs, blocks shots way above average
than regular guards but with his height and long reach
it makes a nice task to master.
transfer from BTW
(5'10 - 160 lbs.,
will start and his aggressive play will help an already
strong guard up tempo team, "that can run with anyone in
the state", as Coach Rose stated. Senior
(6'4 - 210 lbs.,
strong and aggressive inside play will help bolster the
line in crucial situations when rebounds need to be
secured and also has a soft left handed touch for put
(5'8 - 155 lbs.,
solid playmaking skills will help the guard rotation econd year
Coach Thompson will field a young team with unlimited
potential if they stay focused.
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