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HIGH SCHOOL TOP TEN 2009 -2010
(Feb.17, 2009 - Mar.01, 2010)
Rankings are out, scroll down
This year for the first time since the 2000-2004
seasons, several teams especially in Division AAA are
loaded with talent and harness deep benches going as
deep as 9, 10 and even 11 in rotation. Very different from
teams in recent memory and clarifies the talent in
Memphis has reloaded from 5 years ago.
a juggernaut with 5 state championships and 2 runner-ups
since the 1999-2000 season will lead the way at Number 1
in MemphisHoopers.com 2009-2010 Preseason High School
at Number 2 is the other frontrunner battling
White Station as both teams are nationally ranked
respectively. Division AAA is loaded with 7 to 8 teams
that will field deep
rosters having rotations of 9 players or even more.
are in the middle of the pack in Division AAA with
going to bolt into that entry sometime during the
has more experience than any of these clubs but will
they turn that into postseason advancement.
should make it to the Regionals but that should be as
far as they advance than past years teams success.
will make some noise this year but will they be deep
enough to contend with the other Division AAA schools
this year after getting their basketball program back on
the map after a hiatus. Wooddale, Whitehaven and newly
added Mitchell during reclassification will fall short
this year. Don't forget about Liberty Tech they seem to
always be there near the end of the season.
Division AAA is going to be the most competitive in
recent years especially on the 16-AAA side with Melrose
and White Station battling for state honors and 15-AAA
right in the mix. Division AA is gong to be the less
talented in memory. Original strongholds BTW and
Mitchell to Division AAA fall dramatically. Sheffield
and new addition Manassas will battle for Division AA
honors with Hillcrest in the jumble. Westwood's first
year in Division A might be a banner year for the
Longhorns but will it translate into Murfreesboro bound.
Division 2 had a nice run from 2003-2007 that ranks as
mediocre compared to Memphis standards but at the same
time will fall off contagiously in the upcoming
basketball school year. Briarcrest, ECS, and St.
George's will fall off in Division 2 with CBHS being the
only bright spot in Division 2. Olive Branch, MS. should
run the Northern section of Mississippi handily but will
stumble when it comes to playing the southern section of
the state in postseason action. Simple answer to that
question is play more stronger teams from Memphis
but then they get intimidated that players will bolt for
Memphis. so therefore when they play Lanier, Provine,
Murrah and the other city teams they always lose, CATCH
22 isn't it. Memphis Central has received some of the
best talent in the city recently and will it payoff in
Hold up before anyone says anything, BCS, AP, ESPN all
have their rankings formulas depending on many variables
and strength of schedule is right at the top. That being
the point, can anyone blame the Hoopers staff.
If not, then everyone that reads
this article what about the Memphis Tigers. Do you think
they would of been ranked that high playing Southwest,
Okay done deal!!!!
periods are always hard and conforming into policies
take time relating to basketball measures.
3-01-10 Weekly Breakdown
Ridgeway reclaims the Number 1
slot after 3 solid showings. Melrose moves up a slot
with impressive wins over Germantown, Central, and White
Station. Southwind drops from the Number 1 spot.
Craigmont keeps rolling thru district action with
significant wins Bolton, Brighton, and Cordova handily.
in it's gamesfor the 4th week in a row
takes claim as Number 1 with 3 district games remaining.
Craigmont takes the 2 slot (highest of the season) keeps
winning with a new player making contributions every
night. At 3 Central notches three victories with an
impressive win over Melrose. White Station 12-2 mark
since the Jan.1 is the best in the state especially the
caliber of teams they have played comes in at 4. Melrose
drops from the 2 slot to 5 after evaporating a double
digit lead over Central. Southwind loses by 1 point to
district newly created rival Ridgeway and still loom for
that signature win finds itself at 6. Horn Lake
continues it's dominance in Northern Mississippi and
stayed the same with win over Senatobia. Sheffield is
playing the best ball of the year and moves up a spot to
8. CBHS loses a close one to MUS and falls to 9. Cordova
creeps back in the TOP TEN with a blowout of Bartlett
and win at Arlington.
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
Week 8 Results (Feb.
08 - Feb. 15)
Impressive wins over Germantown, Central, and White
Wins over East and Overton but a loss to
Melrose keeps them put, sounds country Lol.
3 strong wins versus some of the best in the
city at Overton, Southwind and Memphis East.
State bound and a state championship is in
the realm of reality as the Purple Wave led
by Mr. Basketball Finalist Frankie Brougher
send St. Bendict home.
Two big wins against Central and Germantown but
a bad loss to Ridgeway knocks them from the
number 1 spot.
Bolton, Brighton, and Cordova are the latest
The Knights are definitely gelling with victories
over Carver, Hillcrest, and Northside.
Another loss to the Chiefs but wins over
Raleigh Egypt and Munford move them up a
2 serious losses in the final week of the
season send the highly expected Warriors
home early and their postseason fallout
University (22-6), BTW
(7-6), Union City
Harding Academy (0-0),
Desoto Central (12-2),
Other Teams of
(0-0), and West
Memphis High, Ark.
(0-0), will be
added at later date.
Division 1 inquiries.
of 2006 is gone and another class with that type of nationwide clout
will be another 10 - 15 years in the making.
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
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
BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD
OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS
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