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       WHITEHAVEN 2007-2008                                                      

      Whitehaven will be a middle of the pack player in 16 AAA. Coach Luckett will have a better year than last year, not by much. His team will have size and speed but the question is at the guard position, who will step and answer. tough year after 70 percent of his scoring has graduated. This school which has one of the largest  enrollments in the city year in and year out seems, to not get the better ball players for what reason, someone tell me.

      Junior Terry Leakes (6'5 - 195 lbs., diamond in the rough) is a workhorse. and should lead the squad in major categories all season long. Senior Marvis Rucker (6'3 - 180 lbs.) and Roosevelt Jordan will be tested early at the guard spot. Junior Nicholas Ollie is (6'1 - 175 lbs.) brother of 2005 Nathen Ollie will add some outside shooting. Nicholas Mason transfer from Fairley will get many minutes at the 3 spot. Coach Luckett's coaching experience will land more wins as the district will not be as strong as in seasons pass. The district will be more evenly balanced.

     Cari Mcfagdon at 6'4 and 175 lbs will contribute also. The Tigers will play in the MLK Thanksgiving Tournament plus another Christmas tournament to be determined at a later date.        

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

 

Updated 11-17-2007

Players:

Roosevelt Jordan 5'10 Senior
Marvis Rucker 6'3 Senior
Terry Leakes 6'5 Junior
Nicholas Ollie 6'1 Junior
Cari Mcfagdon 6'4 Junior
  5'10 Sophomore
  5'8 Sophomore
     
     
     
     
     

 

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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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