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       MEMPHIS YOMCA 2010                                                      

     The granddaddy of them all as for summer travel teams not only in Memphis but in the country. This organization was started in 1983 under Bobby Dodd who still runs AAU respectively and is a icon in the basketball world hands down. This years squad will be coached by Dujuan Taylor who takes over for William Anderson who took over the helm at Lemoyne College this past year. Another strong ball club who normally gets the top kids in the area, year in and year out. This years squad will be led by junior Kedorina Sullivan (6'6 - 205 lbs., rivals #Southwind) versatile inside play and modest outside jump shooting, will be one of the top area players in 2011. Kerrel Davis (5'10 - 175 lbs., rivals #Hillcrest) definitely is one of the top true point guards in the city with his nifty ball handling and court vision separates him from the rest. Steve Kaspar (6'2 - 180 lbs., rivals #ECS) a strong sharp shooter and for real this kid can really shoot from all over the court with great form, range, and release. His wirey form will cause matchup problems all season long. Junior Dominique Harris (6'5 - 220 lbs., rivals #Southaven, Mississippi) rugged inside play with a quick and accurate release especially in the middle is hard to defend.

      Memphis YOMCA has a strong schedule every summer and this summer is no different with BOO Williams in Hampton, Virginia, Next Level in Dallas, Texas, Nike League in Los Angeles, Calif., Memorial Tournament, Nike Peach Jam, Super Showcase, and AAU Nationals finishing in Orlando, Florida.

      Sophomore defensive specialist who does it all in Fred Yarbrough (6'1 - 180 lbs. rivals # Dyer County) and junior Telvin Wilkerson (6'3 - 190 lbs. rivals #Melrose) all around play and good outside shooting anchors a strong overall team that will garner valuable experience over the summer months heading into another interesting high school campaign.

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

 

Recap 6-20-2010

Players:

NAME

HT

CLASS

HIGH SCHOOL

OFFERS

Kedorian Sullivan 6'6 Junior Memphis Southwind  
Kerrell Davis 5'10 Junior Memphis Hillcrest MTSU
Steve Kaspar 6'2 Junior Memphis ECS  
Dominique Harris 6'4 Junior Southaven, MS.  
Telvin Wilkerson 6'3 Junior Memphis Melrose  
Fred Yarbrough 6'1 Sophomore Dyer County  
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

 

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Recap 8-25-2005

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 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
rolling.

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
unclear.
 

BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS

 

 
 

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