Class AAA, Region 8, District 15
Record: 0-0 (0-0) Principal John
2009 Ridgeway Rd.
Memphis, TN 38119
a 28-2 campaign last year and being ranked for majority
of the year in the top 40 nationally. The Roadrunners fell short in
regional action in a disappointing loss to state runner
up Memphis Central. The
another strong senior group and Ridgeway Head Coach
Wes Henning states, "this group is guard
heavy", with one of the best guard combos in
and Jonathan Burroughs
who both possess a solid scoring and defensive
punch. Coach Henning
had 7 seniors graduate with
Adam Weary(High Point University)
, Cameron Golden(UAB), and
Koderio Fleming(Jacksonville State
Marvin Smith(Cloud County College)
respectively. Ridgeway still has a
very good chance to still win
District 15-AAA with Southwind the favorites in earlyseason predictions.
Another team to watch in District 15-AAA will be Houston
High which is on the rise with their basketball program.
- 175 lbs.,rivals
a great summer circuit with MemphisHoopers.com in the early
part of the season and finishing off with Team Thad 17's
accordingly. Pryor possess awesome ball handling skills,
good outside shooting and all his
moves are in strong fashion. The other guard spot is one
of the most explosive guards in the city in
- 175 lbs.,rivals
#) who can play both the 1
and 2 spot respectively. Burroughs
strong slashes to the goal, good outside shooting with a
very high vertical leap on his jump shot
makes him a very hard player to defend. Another senior
that will contribute tremendously is
- 185 lbs.,rivals
who can also nail down the jump
shot in strong fashion and good overall play at the 1,2,
and 3 positions is a plus.
A senior transfer from New
Orleans, Louisiana McKenzie
- 190 lbs.,rivals
#) brings his athleticism and
will garner valuable minutes as being one of the taller
players ready to notch number as the younger post
players are not quit ready for that type of level of
play yet. Junior Keon Peoples(6'0
- 170 lbs.,rivals
#) is another solid guard
will feature and will notch major minutes all season
host the Ridgeway Classic
which runs Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Schools in attendance this year are
and a couple of schools from the Nashville area.
will attend the St.
December 26-29, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri with great
talent on board. They will also face an opponent to be
named at later date in the Penny Hardaway Classic
in January 2012.
Penny Hardaway is
a sponsor of the school with some of the nicest uniforms
in the country.
(6'4 - 185 lbs.
will step up in many crucial games during the season
with his nice build and will help in the middle
(6'7 - 205 lbs.
will get plenty of opportunities in the middle and his
time on the court will depend on how he responds in
Coaches:Diamond in the Rough Team with
legitimate off the radar prospects, (college coaches click here).
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
What happened to
Arlington and Houston on the
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
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
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
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
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
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 gym.
The time off and the lack of continuity played havoc on
the chemistry of the PNR and they bowed out early in
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
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