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MemphisHoopers.com winning the Future 150 in Atlanta, Georgia May 20. 2013.  (left to right) Head Coach: Luther Rivera,  director of media/recruiting: Harold 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 coach - Greg Pryor 

 

    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-ChattanoogaPryor is the best guard in the city behind Chris Chiozza arguably who committed to Florida! 

 

     Dontavious Sears (6'5 - 180 lbs. Manassas, 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. Marvin Smith (6'5 - 195 lbs. Ridgeway, rivals #) 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 long. Greg Pryor (6'2 - 185 lbs., rivals # Ridgeway) 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 basketball season. 

    At the shooting guard position it is very solid with the addition of  Montrez Gary (6'1 - 175 lbs. Westwood, rivals #) 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 brother  Terrance Gary (5'10 - 170 lbs. Westwood, rivals #) 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 wholeheartedly. Another teammate is Anthony Cole (6'3 - 185 lbs., Arlington 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. 

Future 150 Champions April 2014     

MemphisHoopers.com  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 Midwest Shootout in St. Louis, Missouri April 13-15 where they captured the first championship of the early summer circuit season.  Another marquee tournaments will be the  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 with the 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.

      Jay Witherspoon (6'5 - 210 lbs., Overton rivals #) and Jeffrey Dockett (5'9 - 160 lbs., Bartlett rivals # ) 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.

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

ESPN Article (click here)

Recap 4-10-2012

Players:

NAME

HT

CLASS

HIGH SCHOOL

OFFERS

Dontavious Sears 6'5 Senior Manassas Southern, Norfolk St., TSU.
Marvin Smith 6'5 Senior Ridgeway Grambling, Central Arkansas
Greg Pryor 6'2 Junior Ridgeway  
Jay Witherspoon 6'5 Junior Overton  
Anthony Cole 6'3 Senior Arlington Several jucos
Jeffrey Dockett 6'7 Senior Bartlett  
Terrance Gary 5'10 Senior Westwood  
Anthony Cole 6'3 Senior Arlington Several jucos
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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