the Future 150 in Atlanta, Georgia May 20. 2013. (left to right) Head
Rivera, director of
Rivera, Kennedy McKinney (Germantown), Justin
Benton (Houston), James
Kilpatrick (Cordova), DeSean
Dockery (Ridgeway), Marcanvis
Hymon (Whitihaven), Tim
Sanders (Wheeler High School, Georgia), Rodarius
Johnson (Millington), Greg
Pryor (Ridgeway), assistant
MemphisHoopers.com unsigned senior squad has been a very
successful program since 1999 but since 2006 has been
very strong and triumphant at the same time with over 87
young men to go on the next level on many levels
achieved. Presently 20-4 with burly showings from
the offset of the season going 4-1 at Memphis Classic
Tournament back on April 6, 2012 respectively.
Greg Pryor (Ridgeway),
signs with UT-Chattanooga. Pryor is
the best guard in the city behind Chris
Chiozza arguably who
committed to Florida!
(6'5 - 180 lbs.
rivals #) is one of the
best scorers in the city and has recently qualified and
will definitely be a major steal for a Division 1 school
respectively. In St. Louis during April 13, 2012 at the
Midwest Shootout hosted by Terrell Ramey Basketball
where they won their first championship of the season
going 4-0 accordingly with solid wins.
(6'5 - 195 lbs.
in the Hoopers eyes in the best overall player out of
Class 2012 not to be signed to this date with every
major juco in the country with a offer on deck but is a
for sure Division A player. His extra strong play in the
paint to go along with good mid range shooting a plus.
You will hear about this kid all summer circuit season
(6'2 - 185 lbs.,
came to the Hoopers program in late May and Hoopers
staff wished he came a lot earlier respectively. This
kid has played the entire game at stretches at the 1
guard spot and has handled it with solid confidence and
showcasing his talents respectively with big wins over
Atlanta Celtics, Team Breakdown to name a few. This kid
you will definitely hear about the remainder of the
summer circuit season and next season during high school
At the shooting guard position it is very solid with the
(6'1 - 175 lbs.
who can play the 1 or 2 in strong fashion but is a flat
foot sharp shooter and one of the best in the city. His
(5'10 - 170 lbs.
will contribute all season accordingly with his overall
play. Eddie Middlebrooks
(6'3 - 190 lbs.
Brighton, rivals #)
strong overall play from the outside and this young man
will go down low and battle with the best
Another teammate is
(6'3 - 185 lbs.,
rivals #) who will play at
the guard spot and is one of the better mid range shooters
in the city and handles the ball extremely well and
slashes to the goal in strong fashion.
Champions April 2014
like all other summers will go test the waters with
these young men in the best tournaments available. The
Memphis Classic April 6-8 where they went 4-1
respectively and losing to Arkansas Hawks by 2 points in
overtime. Next on tap is The
in St. Louis, Missouri April 13-15
where they captured the first championship of the early
summer circuit season. Another marquee tournaments will be
Real Deal on the Rock
in Little Rock April 27-29. AAU Sub State and AAU State
will proceed in May but the Hoopers will not participate
due to seniors on the roster and definitely Division 1
off the wham but just overlooked in the early part of
the summer circuit season. July is no exception with major
events all the way across the board with The Adidas
Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana July 11-15 and
Metro Sports Classic in Kansas City, Missouri July
18-22 and Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas from July 25-29
to end an very strong summer schedule.
(6'5 - 210 lbs.,
and Jeffrey Dockett
(5'9 - 160 lbs.,
) round out an very solid overall ball club that has all
the pieces for winning tournaments all summer
long. Teammates will have to step up and
crash the boards with tenacity which will pay off ten
fold. Also control their turnovers accordingly and they
can compete nationally. Will the
supporting cast step up and play within their parameters
and make smart decisions and limit their mistakes where
that will be crucial department all season long.
Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the
(college coaches click here).
ESPN Article (click here)
Southern, Norfolk St., TSU.
Grambling, Central Arkansas
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
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
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
Once again a funny thing happened on the way to
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
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 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
BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF
TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS