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2008 Season Predictions

Class AAA, Region 8, District 15
Record: 2-0 (0-0)
2009 Ridgeway Rd.
Memphis, TN 38119

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Thaddeus YoungThaddeus Young posted his second double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) at Vanderbilt last Saturday.






Kansas's Brandon Rush

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               RIDGEWAY 2007-2008          Message Board(click here)                                           

    Once again Ridgeway will be a contender in their respectable district. UTEP signee Jason Jones will lead the way and the million dollar question is whether Hamilton transfer Sampson Carter will be eligible to play at all this 2007-2008 season. A school with over 1,500 kids you always seem to find a unknown player to step up and contribute heavily. 

    Jason Jones will be a major force this year including some good guard play in Dominique Shellman and Chris Downey. Forward play will come from Cordero Maclin and a slew of young talent as year in and year out they seem to get some of the best talent across the board.

     Wes Henning once again will make some state tournament noise and maybe some hardware for the next couple of years to come. Every year Coach Henning is use to players transferring but he keeps rolling. The loss of Martino Brock to Nashville Christian Advancement will weigh heavily more early in the season but the adjustments will come as the season progresses.

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

Sampson Carter 6'7 Senior
Jason Jones 6'5 UTEP
Dominque Shellman 6'2 Senior
Chris Downey 6'0 Senior
Cordero Maclin 6'6 Junior
Marterious Brock 6'4 Sophomore
Tarik Black 6'7 Sophomore

Updated 11-22-2007

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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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