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Athlon Bell @ Bartlett







       MEMPHIS YOMCA 2011                    


     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 Jevonte Holmes under the second year program director Dujuan Taylor. Taylor takes over for William Anderson as he became the head coach at Lemoyne College in 2009. 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 juggernaut junior Jarnell Stokes (6'8 - 225 lbs., rivals #8 - Memphis Central ) whom should play the entire year with this ball club and none with the Atlanta Celtics per say from last years actions. Junior Athlon Bell (6'3 - 185 lbs., rivals # - Bartlett) solid overall play at the guard position and is probably the best shooter on the ball club that can also bang  down low to compliment strong flashes to the rim. Shaq Goodwin (6'9 - 215 lbs., rivals #13 - Southwest Dekalb - Decatur, GA.) versatile inside game to go along Stokes man child ability with very good hands. Sophomore Sam Craft (5'10 - 180 lbs., rivals # Memphis Craigmont) has emerges as an really good point guard that is very strong with great ball handling skills. At the same time will look to score when opportunities arise and can be the one to put the ball in his hands near the end of the game, doesn't turn the ball over in critical times. Another strong sophomore is Jonathan Williams (6'9 - 180 lbs., rivals # Memphis Southwind) the younger brother of Johnny Williams (George Mason) will contribute major minutes behind the number rivals # 3&4 respectively in their position.

      Memphis YOMCA has a strong schedule every summer and this summer is no different with BOO Williams in Hampton, Virginia, Real Deal in the Hill in Little Rock, Ark., Nike Memorial Tournament, The Nike League (EBYL) in sessions all over the country from Dallas to Los Angeles, Calif.. The top 16 teams qualify for the prestigious Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina, Super Showcase, and AAU Nationals finishing in Orlando, Florida. On a another note Memphis YOMCA joined the Real Deal in the Rock Tournament April 15, 2011something they never participate in to maybe keep Stokes from playing with the Atlanta Celtics, mmmmmm. Just throwing it out there. At the same time the Y turned the tables on the Celtics from last years notes getting one of their top players to play with them. What goes around comes around, does that analogy go with this scenario!!! You know it's big time when a program from another city comes in and gets your best, unwritten rule, catch 22, pandora's box, whatever you want to call it.

      Sophomore sensation Nick King (6'7 - 220 lbs. rivals # 20 Memphis East) and junior Kodario Fleming (6'5 - 220 lbs. rivals # Memphis Ridgeway ) round out an very solid overall ball club that has all the pieces. The only thing I see that they may lack in is outside shooting. When their big men can't get it done and their will be a time when they cross that bridge. Will the supporting cast step up and shot the ball in great form.

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

ESPN Article (click here)

Recap 5-20-2011


Memphis YOMCA capturing AAU State 2011







Jarnell Stokes 6'8 Junior Memphis Central multiple
Kodario Fleming 6'5 Junior Memphis Ridgeway  
Athlon Bell 6'3 Junior Bartlett  
Martavious Newby 6'4 Junior Memphis BTW  
Devonte Hampton 6'2 Junior Memphis Melrose  
Blake Johnson 5'10 Junior Memphis Central  
Nick King 6'7 Sophomore Memphis East  
Markell Crawford 6'4 Sophomore Memphis Melrose  
Sam Craft 6'0 Sophomore Memphis Craigmont  
Jonathan Williams 6'9 Sophomore Memphis Southwind  




Shaq Goodwin 6'8 Junior Southwest DeKalb multiple


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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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