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      TEAM THAD (17's) 2013    

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Team Thad 17's runner up in Biloxi April 26 - 28, 2013 at Gulf Coast Hoop Fest

Team Thad - AAU National Runner-up

Team Thad ranked No. 8 at Five Star Basketball  


     One of the top 17 Under programs in the country coached by second year coach Norton Hurd who compiled an 55-4 first year record. Team Thad will be one of the top Under Armour teams under the Under Armour brand with all preseason national polls having them in the Top 5 respectively. Coming off an very strong 55-4 (2012) campaign that included 6 championships in national marquee tournaments from Real Deal on the Rock to Peach State in South Carolina. The roster consist of 5 kids ranked in Top 150 of all national polls and 1 kid named to the USA Basketball Team.



Leron Black @ White Station

Team Thad ranked No. 7 at Five Star Basketball 

     Leron Black (6'8 - 215 lbs. White Station, espn #11 & Future 150 #1) had an very impressive high school season at White Station High School (22-6) plus showings at all major national camps from Adidas Nations and coming away with top 5 ranking. Black is one of seven sophomores invited to the Lebron James camp and one of ten sophomores invited to the NBA camp. He has taken his game to another level with his strong and savvy inside game to compliment his mid range jump shot that can be consistent to his long ball that is just as good, to go along with his very good ball handling. Down low he can battle with anyone in the country with nifty moves but at the same time are just as strong as anyone else in the country with his sturdy body frame. This kid is going to be very special compadres and when his high school career ends he will be an Top 10 kid in the rankings!!!! Junior C.J. Anderson (6'5 - 185 lbs. Arlington, rivals #) is one of those players that can do a little bit of everything and with his long reach and tall frame he contributes in many ways and you will hear about this kid all summer circuit season long. Junior Chris Chiozza (5'11 - 170 lbs., Future 150 # 55) who is one of the best guards Hoopers staff has seen in years from the days of Andre Allen, Tony Harris of Memphis East, and Youl Banks of Ridgeway. This kid has a gift for handling the basketball and that doesn't come very often in great form. Hoopers staff calls him "hands of magic".

Junior Riley Norris Albertville, Alabama

     Junior Riley Norris (6''7 - 195 lbs. Albertville, Alabama Future 150 #37) joined Team Thad for this highly anticipated summer circuit season. Norris is enormously fundamental and can nail the jump shot from anywhere on the court plus he plays above the rim in fast break motion.

Special From Jason Pratt @ www.future150.com 

When you think about the current AAU player of today, you think athletes who can run, jump and like to play in a fast pace game. The game of basketball today has changed drastically over the past twenty years, and the amount of skilled players in the game are dwindling. With that being said, the #1 player in the state of Alabama, small forward Riley Norris, is breaking that mold. Norris is a 6-foot-7 inch, 190-pound combo forward who is highly skilled, athletic, and plays with a high basketball IQ. Some of his best attributes might be his ability to put the ball on the floor, shoot the mid range, finish at the rim through contact, and knock down the three-point shot with regularity. A good player comparison for him would be Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward, who played in the national championship game with Butler a couple of years ago. With offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Murray State, UAB and Stanford, and high interest from Baylor and Florida, the Alabama product is only getting better every time we see him play.


Jason Pratt

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The big fellas that battled in the middle all summer long together, showcased what they have learned ten fold are Marcanious Hymon (6''7 - 205 lbs. Whitehaven, Future 150 #50) who jumped into the national rankings and this kid is going to be very good. K.J. Bates (6' - 210 lbs., Raleigh Egypt - rivals #) from hte Hoopers staff to not mention earlier, Sorry compadres!!! has been the most impressive new player to Team Thad and was a travestyTo go along with junior Fattod Lewis (6'8 - 210 lbs., Raleigh Egypt - rivals #) whose left hand moves are very solid with an very improved outside shot from long range. Another teammate is junior Jerry Johnson (6'3 - 195 lbs., Houston - rivals #) who does it all in great fashion and big guard frame is going to jump shots on the ball club.


       Team Thad will have a strong schedule participating on the Under Armour summer circuit schedule starting in Birmingham, Alabama at the Future 150 Main Event Showcase. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at UA Pitt Jam Fest April 19-21, 2013. They head to to Biloxi, Mississippi for the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest featuring some of the top teams in the country. The month of May they travel back up north to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the competitive Indy Spiece Showdown May 3rd - 5th, 2013. They stay home the following week for the Memphis Classic that runs May 10th - 12th, 2013. They finish  the month of May in Dallas, Texas from the 24th-27th for another Under Armour summer circuit event th UA Invitational.

     They finish out the summer circuit season with trips to Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 9th -13th, 2013. The last prestigious event on the Under Armour summer circuit schedule is the NY2LA Summer Jam in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that runs July 17th - 21st, 2013. For the final showing for Team Thad will be a trip to the beautiful state of Florida and the granddaddy of them all the Super Showcase / AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida from July 25th - 29th, 2013.

C.J. Anderson (Whitehaven  High School)

       Freshman Jalen Fisher (6'1 - 175 lbs. Bolton Future 150 #0) who can play on the higher level will be another long line of great guards to come out of Memphis. Senior Jeremy Hemphill (5'9 - 150 lbs. rivals # FACS) will be one of the fastest guards on the circuit with his cat quick ball handling moves.  The only thing I see that they may lack in is outside shooting at first but they have addressed that issue and all the players have step up in that department when their big men can't get it done and their will be a time when they cross that bridge. The supporting cast can step up and shoot the ball in great form and will make notice all summer long.

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

ESPN Article (click here)

Recap 4-01-2013

By: Harold Rivera







Leron Black 6'8 Junior White Station multiple
Chris Chiozza 6'0 Junior White Station multiple
Marcanious Hymon 6'7 Junior Whitehaven multiple
C.J. Anderson 6'5 Junior Whitehaven multiple
Fattod Lewis 6'8 Junior Raleigh Egypt multiple
Jerry Johnson 6'3 Junior Houston multiple
Riley Norris 6'7 Junior Albertville, Alabama multiple
Jaqueze Parnell 6'7 Junior Raleigh Egypt  
K.J. Bates 6'1 Junior Arlington  
Jalen Fisher 6'1 Freshman Bolton  


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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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