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      MemphisHoopers.com will be the first one tom say Hoopers staff missed out on W.E.B. Dubois Lions and bid Olive Branch not high enough in early preseason rankings. W.E.B. Dubois is a school that comes around in cycles and are extremely fun to watch with anyone stepping up on any given night, they feel each other ten fold! The kid that transferred from Olive Branch to East was not such a good move for that young man after viewing him in a couple of early season games. Arlington, Houston, and Mitchell are legitimate preseason contenders but Hoopers staff had them too high. Haywood County, Hoopers staff had to low in the rankings also.

Live Final 2015-20165 High School Rankings are out, click here

      The 2016 summer circuit basketball season is over with the  volatile month of July just ending as hectic as ever. Memphis teams did not fare well on a national level accordingly to Memphis standards With the final MemphisHoopers.com Summer Circuit Poll in the books for 2016 it's time to gear up for nationally recognized Memphis High School Basketball. One of the toughest districts in the country, District 16-AAA once again heralds the No. 1 preseason team in the city with Memphis East at the top for the second straight year in a row and probably more to come in coming years respectively. With the TSSAA Division AAA Champions coming out of Memphis 10 out of the last 11 years it is easily said, "Memphis runs basketball in the state of Tennessee," Respectively and Hands Down! Memphis East brings back still and can still say an relatively young team that won the gold ball of last years TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro 2016. The Mustangs will be led by juniors T.J. Moss and Alex Lomax plus sophomore sensation Chandler Lawson.

    On the other side in District 15 AAA you have the Cordova who make the MemphisHoopers.com Preseason Top Ten Poll for the second straight year at No. 2. They would always make the poll late in the season finishing strong and with one of the largest enrollments in the city, you still don't know what you might get to walk thru the them doors at the last minute. The Wolves roster have two of the most exciting players in the city in juniors Tyler Harris, who had a outstanding summer on the Under Armour Association Grassroots Basketball Circuit plus, "can do it all" Roderick Brown. Both players garnered double digit offers from some of the top programs around the country. At the No. 3 spot, CBHS resides and their highest ranking since the 2014 season only losing one game that entire year. Coach Luckett with over 25 years coaching experience has the Number 1 player in the city and arguably the state in William Douglass whose play resembles another Memphis great and you will definitely hear a lot from this young man all high school basketball season and the most consistent team in the private school sector over the last decade plus some.

    For the second year in a row at the No. 4 spot we have another school  in the suburbs in District 14-AAA in the preseason rankings and a regular for the last 4 years, Arlington Tigers who will be a postseason contender with high expectations. Senior Luke Wiseman is one of the best overall point guards in the city with a nice frame who sees the whole court with great vision and shot selection is very much on tap. Sophomore Garrett Golday is solid around the paint and can rebound with the best in strong form. Number 5 spot we have the Mustangs of Houston occupying that position and with a relatively young team that will make some serious noise not only this high school season but seasons to come respectively.  Senior transfer Carlos Sandifer will help shore up their guard situation plus a pair of athletic 6'5 real live underclassmen ball players in Ryan Boyce and Bruce Guy.

2014 (Haywood County) TSSAA State Championship Team    

Haywood County High School claims the No. 6 position with Coach Dancy doing an awesome job being a regular in many polls with solid results the last 4 years that includes a state championship in the books and a couple of TSSAA state appearances as well. An experienced team that has been together since their freshman days and experienced a little bit of it all, the highs and the lows that include sharpshooter from all over the court in strong fashion Dedric Boyd, who has committed to Eastern Kentucky are equipped to make another Murfreesboro run while already being pegged as one of the state favorites. No. 7 spot we have Southwind High School an relatively young group and are always very competitive in rugged Division AAA with a gold ball and numerous state appearances. A regular in MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten every year and with only one senior Carlos Marshall, who has committed to UT Martin leading the way on the roster. Another player to watch is dynamic junior guard Mark Freeman who is a tough kid that garners serious attention and with the Jaguars attending a major high school Christmas tournament on the schedule in the prestigious Hawaii tournament this year. 

    Olive Branch High School holds the No.8 spot coming off a good 2015 season with Coach Rombaugh having a very young team that includes sophomore sensation D.J. Jeffries ranked No. 4  player in 2019 ESPN 25 respectively plus all starters are sophomores. This team has the ability to make some serious noise during the season going into postseason action with a strong schedule on tap and look out for Calvin Temple and Joe Cooper. At the No.9 spot we have Kirby a consistent Division AAA participating high school team in the rugged East Memphis corridor of large high schools being absent from the poll since the 2007-2008 return ack to the polls. Senior Desmond Johnson in Hoopers staff is the best overall senior point guard in the city of class 2017.

     Mitchell comes in at No.10 in this years preseason poll with 3 straight TSSAA State titles. The Tigers will attempt a four peat with this being there last year in Division A. Senior Tyran Davis will lead the Tigers.


Week 1 (Nov.10)

Top Ten Preseason Poll (Sept. 1, 2015)

1. East (0-0)

A solid December       Last Week 0

2. Cordova (0-0)

Definitely the                                                                                Last Week 0

3. CBHS (0-0)

A senior laden ball club who all have been together since the 9th grade and the time has come for them to perform accordingly.         Last Week 0

4. Arlington (0-0)

The Tigers in tough District 14-AAA this year will battle Cordova for district honors.    Last Week 0

5. Houston  (0-0)

A very young team that will upset some teams and take some bruises themselves.    Last Week 0

6. Haywood County  (0-0)

Another strong team this year for Coach        Last Week 0

7. Southwind (0-0)

The most                                          Last Week 1

8. Olive Branch (0-0)

Coming off a       Last Week 5

9. Kirby (0-0)

The                   Not Ranked

10. Mitchell (0-0)    

    the best.  Not Ranked

Dropped Out:        

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Updated 8-18-15




Others receiving votes:    Ridgeway (0-0), Briarcrest (0-0), Trezevant  (0-0),   Covington (0-0), Dyer County (0-0), West Mem. Ark. (0-0), Central (0-0), Brighton (0-0),  BTW (0-0),, Kingsbury (0-0), Oakhaven (0-0),  Southaven, MS. (0-0),  Bartlett (0-0), Desoto Central (0-0), Kirby (0-0),  Olive Branch, MS. (0-0),  Wooddale (0-0),  City University (0-0), Overton (0-0), Carver (0-0),  Horn Lake, MS. (0-0), Bolton (5-5),  Raleigh Egypt (0-0),  St. George's (0-0),  Hernando, Ms. (0-0), Mitchell (0-0),  MUS (0-0),  St. Benedict (0-0), Haywood County (0-0), Union City (0-0), Fayette Ware (0-0), Millington (0-0), Harding Academy (0-0), Desoto Central (0-0), F.A.C.S. (0-0),

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Other Teams of Interest: Catholic (0-0), Fairley (0-0), Frayser  (0-0), Hamilton (0-0),


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     The 2015 summer circuit basketball season is over with the volatile month of July just ending as hectic as ever. Memphis teams did not fare well on a national level accordingly to Memphis standards and past seasons Bottomline!!! Looking at MemphisHoopers.com Summer Circuit Poll the usual entries from the region fared below expectations and standards. Everyone asked why is MemphisHoopers.com at the No. 1 spot in Final Poll. Isn't that bias well the facts are stated below and everyone else will have their own opinion comapdres.

     MemphisHoopers.com claimed 2 championships nationally at Midwest Shootout n St. Louis April 19, 2015 & Big Foot Hoops n Houston April 26, 2015 Kingwood Classic Platinum bracket in championship game win over T.J. Ford Elite. The other local teams neither garnered a championship of any sort all season long other than Team Thad in Knoxville Vegas Event April 3, 2015. 1 championship locally with a win over the powerful Team Thad 16's in that championship game @ Lemoyne Owen College April  1, 2015 at the start of the summer circuit basketball season. Championship game loss in www.ontheradarhoops.com Session 1 in Atlanta, GA. April 10, 2015. Final Four appearance in Adidas Memorial Day Classic in New Orleans, LA. losing to Texas D1 Ambassadors 99-98, hell of a game compadres!!!!

     Your regular shoe company sponsored teams; Team Thad (Under Armour), Team Penny (Nike), & Memphis Magic (Adidas) all had different routes in front of them per say. M33M Let it Fly is associated with Reebok but Reebok is just there these days. Other teams of significance are MemphisHoopers.com that mostly deals with unsigned seniors, Memphis Bulls who have made a name for themselves the last couple of seasons.

    Iconic Team Thad n Team Penny had rough seasons this year. With both ball clubs needing help from players that were not going to be there all season from jump to just help them make it to their respected shoe company end of the year events the championships and finals of each accordingly. Memphis Magic didn't qualify for the Finals in Atlanta but got one of the 8 at large bids to participate.

    Team Thad made the biggest impact with LaGerald Vick coming from nowhere and almost signing with UT Martin and Western Kentucky to wining a gold medal with Kansas in Seoul, Korea. Nick Marshall at Memphis with plenty of playing time on the horizon due to transfer in mid stream. M33M Let it Fly plays a very soft schedule early in the season with no hype at all but will criss cross the country in July. A solid showing in the last week of July @ Big Foot Hoops before falling in Sweet 16 action in Platinum Elite Bracket losing to Norcal Black.

    Memphis Bulls had good performances all season long in great events and made a good run at AAU Nationals in Orlando amking it to the final four. With the final MemphisHoopers.com Summer Circuit Poll done another season in the Books!!!


MUS Summer Classic 2015  Final Stat click here

    2015 Jack Peters MUS Summer Classic was another success with some of the best teams in the city and surrounding areas. Since it's inception since 2000 it has made national acclaim as one of the best high school summer events respectively with good team basketball all weekend long. Click here for stats. East (Number 1 Preseason Poll) came away with a 3-1 mark and it's only loss came to private school powerhouse Brentwood Academy in a close affair. A very young Mustangs team led by sophomores T.J. Moss & Alex Lomax will make noise all year long plus freshman sensation 6'8 Chandler Lawson. Brentwood Academy went 4-1 with impressive performances and double digit wins over top teams. Coach Hubie Smith has done a great job this summer after coming off an state championship and favorites to repeat accordingly.

      Players that stood out to the Hoopers staff over the 3 day event and the top player at the event was T.J. Moss, who has elevated his game to another level. His jump shot from all over the court is solid, basketball moves are full of basketball IQ and very fluid. Junior Jeremiah Oatsvall is a very solid overall hard nosed point guard, Bottomline! Oatsvall does it all in strong fashion from shooting the ball from any part of the court, drives are solid, and defense a plus from this young man. CBHS junior William Douglass also was very impressive with his overall play and this young man is going to be special compadres n will contend for one of the top players in the Memphis area. One of my favorite high school coaches of all time Bubba Luckett CBHS will make another run at the state after going 29-1 last year losing their only game in the championship game, Tough One! 

     Southwind (MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten) with an enrollment of over 2,000 students will always field good teams and head coach Paul Edwards does a great job year in and year out acco rdingly. The jaguars have a young team led by 6'5 junior Carlos Marshall and 6'6 freshman Antavion Collum with a great body frame to go along with his dribbling and dynamic moves anywhere on the court. Fayette Ware and Ripley both went 5-1 with Ripley coming off a TSSAA state appearance and advancing to the semifinals for the first time in over 30 years. Both ball clubs should make MemphisHoopers.com Preseason Top Ten for the first time in MemphisHoopers.com history since 1999.

    Germantown (No.5 MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten) has played good basketball all June long and will make noise all season long and should advance in postseason action with a senior laden team. Senior Darrell Brown will definitely need help from Rodney Williams and Jonathan Bins and the red devils when playing aggressive teams seem to have problems responding and needs addressing. Center Hill (MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten) senior point guard Job Vernor after viewing at MUS for the first time caught the Hoopers staff eyes off the wham and is rock rock solid compadres. Like some folks it can be junior, junior junior like in Friday's movie! Some schools that will garner attention depending on play during regular season because they will have short leashes - BTW, Center Hill, Hamilton, Mitchell, & MUS.

   Remember compadres and let's not get ahead of ourselves where MUS Summer Classic is sometimes for showcase where kids have no intention on going to that school but fiddle faddle. Let's see who enrolls where when school starts August 4, 2014, it's always a story somewhere on who is where and not.



2014-2015 Final High School Rankings

 1. Hamilton (18-15)
2. Haywood County (35-2)
3. Mitchell (32-6)
4. St. George's (28-4)
5. CBHS (29-1)
6. Southwind (24-5)
7. Bolton (21-9)
8 Briarcrest (24-10)
9. Houston (21-9)
10. Union City (33-4)



 TSSAA State Tournament Action & Championship Preview 2015   

The finishing to the newsletter story is below:

Dedric Lawson (Hamilton / Memphis - McDonald's All American)

TSSAA State Bracket


Division A: Mitchell goes into postseason action looking for a repeat of the gold ball respectively. A senior laden basketball team that has played together for all four of their high school seasons and are a very poised group of young men accordingly. Led by Jeremiah Martin (Louisiana Tech), & Kylan Phillips (MVSU) the Tigers defeated Columbia Academy 69-40 in quarterfinal action to face Knoxville Grace Friday in semifinal action at TSSAA BlueCross Championship.


Left to right all seniors Naba Echols, Jeremiah Martin, Devonte Shipp, Kylan Phillips


Division AA Haywood County (32-2) boasts one of the most talented teams in the tournament and also a senior laden ball club led by Jordon Varnado who won MVP honors in regional action. Also their is another Delk from that fine family of basketball players in senior Alandis Delk. Ripley probably possesses the most dynamic and explosive guard in the state in Chad Culbreath who can do it all in strong fashion at the 1 & 2 spots. Senior Shaq Halloway can also light it up from all over the court and scores points in bunches.


Haywood County Regional Champions @ Covington High School 2015


Division AAA: MemphisHoopers.com will say it again, the 800 lb. gorilla Hamilton Wildcats should roll thru early state action and did with a quarterfinal game thumping Hillsboro 55-34 and a Friday meeting with Blackman. A rematch against district rival Memphis East seems very realistic with The Mustangs beating Oak Ridge 68-57 and facing Brentwood Friday in semifinal action. You have a former McDonald's All American in Head Coach Todd Day coaching the only other Hamilton player to ever be named McDonald's All American in Dedric Lawson. This only happens in cycles that come far and few apart with 10-15 year interval at the least.



Dedric & K.J. Lawson 2015


The finishing to the newsletter story is below:

ECS since he came to this country in the 7th grade  from Haiti and played under a legendary coach Terry Tippet. MemphisHoopers.com interviewed coach Tippett after they won TSSAA State in 2010 championship with Walter Weaver (Hooper for Life),  & Steve Casper, he stated, "he wasn't going to retire until probably the best player he ever had graduated and sometime he evidently seen from a iconic coach". Well that would of been this year and MemphisHoopers.com isn't scared compadres. All the flim flam, wishy wash, mumbo jumbo and limited playing in controlled environments definitely raises red flags. Bottomline we will see in the near future and you can email me at any time to make notes.  COACHES, NATIONAL RANKINGS CAN &*^% YOU OFF BOTTOMLINE!!!!, w








White Station @ Melrose

       Recap 3-20-2010

White Station (70)  @ Melrose (75)                                            Box Score

       In a short three years, Coach Jermaine Johnson has Melrose in the record books with a astounding victory over the defending state champions White Station Spartans.  Melrose deeply talented team was too much for the Spartans who missed two of their top scorers from scoring in double digits and much needed if any chance of winning. Tournament MVP Chris Jones (35 points and 5 steals) proved why he is a Tennessee commitment with his savvy ball handling, outside shooting when needed, and strong drives to the goal when called upon. Jones shot 95% from the free throw line on 18-19 shooting and 57% from the field in another stellar performance. The game was a back and forth contest the entire game with 10 lead changes and 9 ties that started with the score being tied 16 all at the end of the first quarter.

     White Station led majority of the first half after Melrose being patient on offense scored first but the Spartans started the game with a 8-0 run after Melrose scored.  Adonis Thomas shot extremely well 47% from the field and snatched a game high 13 rebounds to go along with 19 points in a double double performance. Melrose finally took the lead in the second quarter with a 1 minute left using full court pressure that rattled the Spartans a little. Melrose went into the break up 35-33. White Station was killing Melrose on the boards (19-10 first half advantage) due to Melrose big man and Northern Illinois signee Nate Rucker breaking his ankle in the previous quarterfinal game against Bearden. Melrose caused 11 first half turnovers but controlled the ball to only commit 3 turnovers to nullify the rebounding disadvantage. Melrose had a 5-2 ratio on steals at the break also.

     White Station usually brings a nice crowd with them every year but Melrose's Orange Mound was definitely in the house as the Golden Wildcats were in force new and old. The Wildcats extended their lead as high as 8 points in the third quarter at the 2:01 mark of the third with Coach Jesus Patino of White Station trying to find a solution to his team poor offense with multiple substituting to gain momentum to no avail. Melrose closed the third quarter up 55-50 and in solid control for the time being.

     You know having Mr. Basketball, McDonald's All American and Memphis signee Joe Jackson (22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals) was not going to let that happen just laying there. He is a warrior and showed why he received all the postseason accolades, Jackson sat out only 6 seconds of the entire game in the fourth quarter at the 5:00 minute mark after picking up his 4th foul. Another senior who has been their since the first day with Jackson is Missouri State football signee Julian Burton (12 points on 50% shooting and 3-3 from long range). White Station William Woodfork and Rodriguez Tucker notched important minutes and played strong coming off the bench in supporting roles. White Station tried to rally by getting the score down to 3 points (63-60) and the closest they would ever get with each time  Jones snubbing out the effort and with Thomas in the wing.

Key Points of The Game: White Station Andre Hollins and Nino Johnson scoring only 4 points each. At least Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds in the cause respectively. Chris Jones awesome free throw shooting down the stretch and the entire game.

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera                          Posted 3-13-10 7:02 p.m.





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