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           WHITE STATION 2013-2014        

 

White Station at Battle on the Border in Little Rock, Ark. 2013

               

        One of the most successful high school programs in the last seventeen years, not only in Memphis but statewide with five TSSAA state championships and four TSSAA state runner ups respectively since 1996. That is an awesome 53% ratio of just not being in the TSSAA state tournament but in the championship game within a span of seventeen years, 'yes the championship game'! Coach Jesus Patino (former Venezuelan basketball Olympian) in his ninth year at the helm garner one of the strongest senior classes in the state with 2 players ranked in the Top 50 of ESPN 100, definitely a major feat alone. Thirty two players that have played and graduated from White Station under Patino's tenure, twenty two have gone on to play Division 1 basketball, great numbers to know when picking schools.  Last year the Spartans had a limited bench but that is not the case this year at all with the development of key players already in house plus the top freshman in the state.  At the same time a major transfer from Craigmont (Ladarius Coleman) will bolster a very solid bench in the crowded Division AAA vying for a sixth gold ball.

      At the same time, the best overall player in the state is senior Leron Black (6'7 - 210 lbs., espn #36 Illinois commit) who will lead the Spartans alongside with Florida commit Chris Chiozza (6'0 - 165 lbs., espn #39). Black's overall game with his physical down low play and very much improved jump shot especially from mid range area will make him a very difficult opponent to guard. He rebounds extremely hard and runs the floor exceptionally well. With his solid frame and moves in the middle come with strong fashion and finesse in accordance.

 

       Last year this time MemphisHoopers.com staff stated the best overall point guard in the state with national recognition growing everyday was then junior Chris Chiozza (6'0 - 175 lbs., rivals # University of Florida commit) had a stellar 2013 summer circuit with Team Thad with offers from Richmond, UMass, & VCU to name a few until Billy Donovan came to Biloxi off assistant coach John Pelphrey's recommendation: the rest is history. Hear are the excerpts: Hoopers staff has not seen a kid like this with his "hands of magic", in a long time. Chiozza has a great ability to know everybody's location at the present time and seemingly future spots with laser passes in stride, double teams, fast breaks, and all the other tangibles of running a horse race team. Chiozza and Smith are one of the best one and two duos in the state and nationally as well thereof. His father (Chris Chiozza) attributes his exceptional passing ability and basketball to years of baseball where little Chiozza was an extremely great baseball player but let baseball go after his freshman year at Bartlett High School. I graduated with big Chiozza at Trezevant High School in 1986 and he made a name for himself at Trezevant under then head coach who went on to start the White Station tradition, legendary Terry Tippet. Little Memphis high school basketball trivia at hand, lolll!!

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       Senior Davell Roby (6'5 - 200 lbs., espn # St. Louis University commit) solid overall game is the best on the team with Roby strong frame, excellent ball handling skills, and great outside shooting from all over the court who also had a great summer circuit with Team Penny   Dynamic, offensive scorer junior Nick Smith (5'10 - 175 lbs., espn #) who can play the 1 and 2 extensively on both sides of the ball in the most utmost crucial junctures of any game. Smith can score a bunch in spurts in full court and half court sets accordingly. Senior Curtis Phillips  (6'6 - 195 lbs.,  rivals #) had an very impressive summer circuit season and his stock has risen due to hard work and commitment. Phillips is the best offensive rebounder on the team with good ball handling to go along with solid shooting from long range and especially from mid range.

     Senior Ladarius Coleman (6'5 - 200 lbs., rivals #) who was one the major transfers this high school off season from Craigmont will definitely work into the starting lineup with his aggressive and strong play around the rim and runs the court exceptionally well. Highlight reels on the way all season long with Chiozza at the helm.   

    

       White Station will participate in several high profile tournaments and classics all high school basketball season long from all around the country. This is exactly what happens when you have high profile players on your ball club. The host two Hall of Fame games with the first one against MUS on November 14, 2013 and the other against Houston on November 19, 2013. December 3, 2013 they play a Division AAA rival in Ridgeway High school. They travel up to Kentucky for the much anticipated and nationally recognized Marshall County Hoop Fest December 7, 2013 for a matchup against SMU bound Emmanuel Mudiay. Last time the Spartans went to this tournament was when Joe Jackson was a freshman and they return this year to the prestigious Iolani Christmas Tournament in Hawaii from December 16-22, 2013. Another cross town Division AAA matchup with transferred out and depleted  Melrose High School on January 13, 2014. The Wildcats have a complete roster turnover since coaching change in effect and not one of past years that sent many players to Division 1.

     The traveling and marquee schedule is still not over with another trip to Springfield, Missouri for the Bass Pro Tournament whom the Spartans have won numerous times in the past. They finish off the rugged schedule with a Penny Hardaway Classic appearance January 25, 2014 and the event will be held at Dyer County for the second year in a row.

        Senior Derrick Dandridge (6'6 - 210 lbs., rivals # Delta State commit) will play a lot of minutes and help out in the middle with his long reach and good defense altering and blocking shots. Dandridge shots the ball well from mid range and patience on offense is a virtue.

     Sophomore Dillon Mitchell  (6'1 - 170 lbs.,  rivals #) will be one of the first players off the bench and don't be surprise if you see this young man start in a couple of games during the season with his do it all capabilities. Freshman Blake Williams  (6'1 - 170 lbs.,  rivals #) crafty ball handling, solid slashes to the goal, and a top 10 recruit from middle school will solidify an very reliable bench that will be tested early in the high school season.

College Coaches: Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the radar prospects via Division 1 potential, (college coaches click here).

White Station Hoops

Recap 9-20-2013

By: Harold Rivera

Players:

Leron Black 6'7 Illinois
Chris Chiozza 6'0 Florida
Davell Roby 6'5 St. Louis
Derrick Dandridge 6'5 Delta State
Curtis Phillips 6'4 Senior
Ladarius Coleman 6'5 Senior
Nick Smith 5'11 Junior
Dillon Mitchell 6'0 Sophomore
Blake Mitchell 6'1 Freshman
   
     
     
     

 

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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.

TTaking 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.br>
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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