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   Moving up to Division AAA in TSSAA basketball, the Crusaders of Liberty Tech will make serious noise all season long. Playing a very strong schedule that includes numerous trips to the Bluff City will benefit in the postseason. Liberty Tech guards are summer circuit tested in senior Charles Holt (6'0 - 185 lbs., diamond in the rough) and junior Ricky Williams (6'0 - 165 lbs., diamond in the rough). Two state championship rings under there belts definitely help as for experience and will bolster their chances tremendously.

    That first class of Liberty Tech Basketball consisting of  Brandon Evans, Jewon Long, Josh Saine, Devon Harris, Antoine Long to name a few will be 10-15 years in the making, they don't come along that frequent and were definitely a special group. All these players mentioned went on to Division 1 with scholarships on hand.

     Sophomore Tarius Johnson (6'4 - 175 lbs., diamond in the rough), junior Marlin Dotson (6'1 - 190 lbs.) and Cordarius Greer (6'2 - 175 lbs., (6'0 - 185 lbs., diamond in the rough) will round out the other offensive weapons on the team. Senior Kirby Tritt (6'7 - 210 lbs.) also will play a major part in the middle with an relatively undersized squad.

     No where the type of schedule from last year that included games against Oak Hill, Dematha High, Arby's Classic and so on. Coach Dexter is getting this group of young men prepared for the rigorous road in AAA during postseason which goes thru Memphis 80% of the time state wide.

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

Recap 11-28-2007


Charles Holt 6'1 Senior
Jay Greer 6'4 Senior
Teriuos Johnson   Senior
Rickey Williams 6'0 Junior
Marlon Dotson   Junior
Cordero Williams   Sophomore
Kirby Tritt   Senior
Rickey Parks   Sophomore
Jawan Cain   Sophomore



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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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