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      Memphis basketball 2014-2015 is upon as we speak and just when you thought it was going to be an off year it takes a 180 degree turn. District 16-AAA with all its national prowess as one of the toughest districts in the country was supposedly on a down year with usual league leaders White Station and Hamilton losing a boat load (other word, Lolll) of national elite players to graduation and transfers. The main word in this sentence is transfer and Hamilton brothers deciding not to attend Arlington Prep out of Florida and staying home to pursue a state title. At the same time Dedric Lawson reclassifies to 2015 to come out with his brother K.J. Lawson.  while Dewas losing all big dogs then from high school basketball seems to always make national newsis always intriguing and this year is no different. This year is different from years past as like past preseason polls is dominated by inner city Division AAA schools but a truly major change is in the works and definitely the hardest to date preseason polls  . With the merger between Memphis City Schools into Shelby County Schools now completed with all schools under one umbrella, the old county schools are making noise claiming three spots in the MemphisHooper.com Top Ten Poll. The poll has changed a little in the last couple of weeks


Mitchell Summer Shootout 2014

       In it's first year, Mitchell Summer Shootout was a tremendous success with some of the top talent in the city and region at display accordingly. Coach Phillips coming off aTSSAA State Championship run and favorites to not only win in Memphis but repeat as state champs went undefeated in summer action. The Mitchell Tigers (No. 1 Preseason Poll) were led by juniors Kylan Phillips, Naba Echols, & Jeremiah Martin as the best three guard set in the state, hands down. Douglass will make some noise in Division AA with Mr. Basketball candidate LaGerald Vick leading the way for the iconic North Memphis high school. Manassas probably has the best sophomore class in the city and deep also plus the senior leadership from Marcus Nesby and will have a great run with that group of young men, TSSAA honors a great possibility in a couple of years. 

    Westwood (No. 10 Preseason Poll) is led by 6'8 Toriano Stokes and this young man is going to be special compadres and not only on the court, this young man has already made a 25 on the ACT. Ridgeway is Ridgeway and Coach Henning coming off to his standard a tough season will rebound with incoming freshman Tyler Harris who is going to be special compadres. Only three years ago Melrose was one of the  top programs in the country but that fortune has changed dramatically and will be many years if ever back at that level, seriously. Think this is a game just sit back and watch. Covington came down and proved they will make some noise in Division AA with Bobby Shanks leading the way and don't no one want to go on the road and play Covington in the postseason. Whitehaven will be ok and will sit in the middle of the pack of 16-AAA with a chance to make a move here and there. You have to give it to Coach Delamar of Sheffield, he does an extremely great job with the kids he gets every year respectively. The Knights will make some noise with some upsets in the works and possibly more as the season progresses.  

MUS Summer Classic 2014

        2014 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.  Click here for stats. Houston (Number 2 Preseason Poll) came away with a perfect 6-0 mark with good team basketball all weekend long. Senior Marlon Hunter will lead the Mustangs and  Justin Benton will make noise all year long. Memphis Central went also 6-0 but their opponents were not a strong as Houston, but still 6-0 after Hoopers staff had them as a cellar team in 16-AAA. Coach Ricardo Patton and Young have done a great job this summer.  Central's Darius Thompson and Antonio Gillespie will be good. Players that stood out to the Hoopers staff over the 3 day event and the top player at the event was Southwind senior Donte Dorsey, 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 that has grown ten fold. Dorsey is a high major prospect with offers from major universities on deck and is going to be a great player on the college level.

     Carter Sweat  (Center Hill - No.9 MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten) is as fluid as they come with his moves anywhere on the court in cohesion with player defense especially when attacking the goal.. His 6''4 frame with great ball handling at all times but will pull up on a dime anywhere on the court and can nail the shot in high confidence form. Jeremiah Oatsvall of Brentwood Academy played extremely well this week displaying his outside shot from all over the court. BA will be back in form and should have a great season, major hiatus since the Brandon Wright days. White Station Nic Smith is a scoring machine but the Spartans will need more to even break into The Hoopers Top Ten. Dyer County has solid core from last years group that made it to sub state action respectively. Seniors DeAndre Gilton, DeMichael Smith, and Ashton Mitchell and  all these young men are battle tested. ECS (No.5 MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten) enters the poll again with legendary Head Coach Terry Tippett n his final year of his illustrious career that spans 4 decades. Senior Skal Labisierre returns and will be a ESPN Top Ten Ranking 2015. Another TSSAA D-2 Championship is on the horizon for a total of 6 overall respectively. Briarcrest also looked good at the event with junior Micah Thomas displaying his athletic ability with that unorthodox shot but him jumping off the ground so high it and all his offensive moves are explosive.

    Germantown (No.7 MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten) has played good basketball all June long and will make noise all season long and should advance in postseason action. Kipp Academy in Division A looked really good with some early transfers and will battle Mitchell for Division A honors in Memphis. For the second year in a row Waynesville High School from Missouri traveled south to play in event with nationally ranked big man Juwan Morgan and gave Southwind their only loss of the event.  Teams to watch and on the rise with a solid June under their belt were  Craigmont who garners one of the top scorers in the city candidate for this upcoming basketball season in Teverette Cain. Other teams on the rise are Collierville, Kirby, and MUS which all had good weekends but the high school basketball season will tell the tale for these ball clubs who are on the borderline. 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.

        Dyer County with 2 of the 4 returning starters #12 DeMichael Smith & #24 DeAndre Gilton



Last Year 2013-2014 Preseason Breakdown

      Memphis high school basketball is always intriguing and this year is no different. This year like past preseason polls is dominated by inner city Division AAA schools but a truly major change is in the works and definitely the hardest to date preseason polls  . With the merger between Memphis City Schools into Shelby County Schools now completed with all schools under one umbrella, the old county schools are making noise claiming three spots in the MemphisHooper.com Top Ten Poll. The poll has changed a little in the last couple of weeks with transfers complete like Ladarius Coleman from Craigmont to White Station, C.J. Anderson from Whitehaven back to Arlington. The emergence of Bolton with the rising of Jalen Fisher (espn #23) respectively and a Team Thad 17's summer circuit player.

     Once mighty powerful (16-AAA) district and arguably the toughest district in the state is presently on a down beat from the last 4 year run garnering 3 of the TSSAA state championships in White Station, Melrose, and Memphis East respectively. Southwind the other Shelby County Schools to win state and defending  their 2013 state championship makes the poll at the No. 7 slot.. Division 16 - AAA still holds that claim but barely with only Memphishoopers.com Preseason Top Ten Number 1 White Station and Preseason Top Ten Number 2 Hamilton are the only true contenders. Memphis Central under second year Ricardo Patton will battle to a point with East and Melrose rebuilding. Whitehaven will falter, maybe winning 17 games this year after their best team last year since the Julius Peppers days, going 24-12 last year. Whitehaven was once a Number 7 fall to 9 in Memphishoopers.com Preseason Top Ten with a probable Top 3 ranking until C.J. Anderson (Team Thad - UMASS)  and other rising sophomores and juniors like Trey Atkins (Catholic) transfer on top of star point guard probable season long hiatus.   

     The emergence of Charter schools/academies have had an adverse effect with the "numbers game" trickling into future athletic aspects conventionally. Division AA will be off this year with numerous schools changing their classifications from historic levels.  to Division A from Memphishoopers.com Preseason Poll Number 4 Mitchell, Hillcrest, Carver on the south side of the city. The north side added tangible Craigmont to Division AA from Division AAA and Kingsbury went up to Division AAA.

     Memphishoopers.com Preseason Top Ten have Arlington coming in at No. 3. Arlington and Houston (another Memphishoopers.com Preseason Top Ten at No. 6)  have legitimate chances of advancing far in postseason action. Especially with once mighty powerful (16-AAA) district the toughest district in the state on a down beat. Don't forget Ridgeway (No. 8) and Southwind (No. 7) to make noise and can beat any of these teams mentioned accordingly. With Jerry JohnsonMarlon Hunter, and rising sophomore Justin Benton coming to his own, Houston will for the first time in school history should make it to the Regionals and more. Arlington last year losing to Munford in the Regionals wouldn't of happened if Jonathan Starks from Munford and now starting point guard at Tulane said otherwise. Munford had a gift last year and better of enjoyed it becuae they will be like years past, district round go homes. Remember two years ago when Brighton had a Top 3 team in the state and lost to Bartlett on a last second shot from Athlon Bell (Arkansas) then all their players went to other schools and the school hasn't won 5 games in two years since then. This winning comes in cycles unless you are the big dogs compadres and keeping the flavor is a test of time!!!!

     Division AA is also off a tidbit this year with No. 4 Mitchell no longer in that field, going down to Division A. No. 5 Manassas resides in the north division and will have a tougher road with upcoming Douglass High School who might just have the leading scorer in SCIAA in LeGerald Vick. Raleigh Egypt will battle with big men Fattod Lewis and Junior McGee respectively. Trezevant had their best team in years last year but is in rebuilding mode, that group is gone.  went up in classification to Division AAA, Trezevant had their best chance in years last year and might go thru the last cycle to get in, 6 years hiatus. Manassas will be led by Rayford Albright, Courtney Smith and a host of newcomers from one of the best incoming freshmen class in the city



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2013-2014 Hoopers Top Ten Seventh Week Breakdown




    MemphisHoopers.com Top Ten Poll (Week 7 ) & Penny Hardaway Classic results have the White Station Spartans holding on to the Number 1 spot for all seven weeks respectively. TheSpartans participated in the No. 1 Attended High School Basketball Tournament in America in Springfield, Missouri at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions. White Station in the first game defeatedWesleyan Christian of High Point, North Carolina 64-50 with Nic Smith and Ladarius Coleman at 16 points apiece, Leron Black at 12 pts. In the second game Ladarius Coleman had a game high 24 points to lead the Spartans 65-50 over the defending 2013 Bass Pro Champions Fairfax Paul Vl Panthers. White Station ranked thenNumber 3 in USA Todays high school rankings lost in the championship game to Number 1 in USA Today's poll Montverde Academy from Florida. They beat Sunrise Christian Academyranked Number 25 on a buzzer beater by Leron Black 56-55 on Thursday night (Jan. 23). Hamilton moves up to the Number 2 slotwith wins 3 wins over District 16-AAA opponents East, Melrose, andOverton. The Wildcats fall to Oak Hill Academy Friday night (Jan.24) 79-66 heading into a matchup Saturday night (Jan.25) against district counterat White Station, three times in 2 weeks will be a test for both ball clubs respectively at Dyer County on ESPNU. Arlingtonmoves up to Number 3 with solid wins over then Number 5 Bolton,Kingsbury and Germantown accordingly. UMASS signee C.J. Anderson of Arlington has been on a tear averaging 21 points, and 8 rebounds during the stretch.






   Chris Crawford & Markell Crawford (Memphis) watch their old high schools play each other at Sheffield as they beat Melrose handily.



Defending TSSAA Division AAA state champions Southwind creep into the Number 4 spot with large margin wins over Craigmont and Wooddale. The Jaguars slip with a lost to Ridgeway 85-84 on a last second three by Terrance Smith who scored a game high 31 points to compliment new transfer Khalil Spencer who added 25 point and are positioning theirselves for a post season run. Manassas had a strong week with a 86-68 victory over Raleigh Egypt and Rayford Albright notching 40 points and averaging 28 pts a game since his return and move into the Number 5 position. Houston falls to Number 6 after losing to upcoming Germantown with Jake Miller at 25 pts, and Tim Shaw at 21 pts., but in return thump Kirby, then the next night demolish Wooddale by 27 points 87-55 with Marlon Hunterhitting 31 points in the win. 





Clarence Quinn & Randy Porterfield have Sheffield in first place in 16-AA  and the surprise team in all of Memphis



BTW keeps rolling thru district play undefeated with solid double digit wins that averaged 31 points over CarverMiddle College & Kipp Academy. Seniors JaMarcus Franklin & Angelo Smith, with sophomore Chance Blakely are making noise in Division A. In theNumber 8 slot Douglass improves their record to 18-3 with district wins over Number 5 Manassas and Trezevant and are tied for first place in District 16-AA at 7-1. LaGerald Vick and Freddie Williamsof Douglass are the best 6'5 overall combos in the city hands down.  




   LaGerald Vick & Freddie Williams at Douglass

are the best 6'5 overall combo sets in the city!   




   Onle private school in the Hoopers Top Ten and overcoming a six year hiatus from the Top Ten from the Elliott Williams & Lawrecne Bowers days. For the second week in a row, the Gryphons have moved up a slot to the Number 9 position and St. George's also holdis the best overall record in the city at 19-1 respectively. They handled Sacred Heart of Jesus and Fayette Academy handily. Then in a tough battle with CBHS they beat the Purple Wave 74-65 with Justin Wertner scoring 25 points on accurate shooting from all over the court. Coach Jeff Ruffin has done a great job early in the season with this squad. 


Penny Hardaway Classic Breakdown from actual games Hoopers staff watched in person. White Station defeated Hamilton 76-71 on national TV (ESPNU) and play them Monday night (Jan.27) again - 2 times in the next 2 weeks. A preview of state tournament bound teams from District 16-AAA with the regular high school basketball season coming around third heading into district play. Leron Black notched a game high 25 points in an outstanding shooting performance at 11-16 (69%). Mitchell is one of those teams that you can't never forget and won't go away. After a rough start to the season, the Tigers have won 11 games in a row in strong fashion. With 5 seconds left on the clock against Jackson South Side (who will also battle for Division AAhonors), junior Naba Echols nails a three pointer and is fouled to make it a four point play and the Tigers win 64-60. Junior Jaremiah Martin led all scorers at 22 points a clip. South Side had two players at 20 apiece and are definitely great ball players in senior Jalen Braford & Chris McNeal. Oak Hill Academy clobbers Houston 84-51 behind senior Cody Martin's (N.C. State) 17 points and 11 rebounds. Also MVP of the game, junior Terrance Phillips (Brandon Jennings little brother) adds 12 points and 12 assists. With the score at the half 30-25 Oak Hill up, a 5 point third quarter by Houston and two ESPN thunderous dunks kill the Mustangs demeanor & hope immediately as the season goes into a tailspin. 


By Staff Writer Harold Rivera






2013-2014 Hoopers Top Ten First Week Rankings

Week 1 (Nov.16)

Week  1 Results (Nov. 18 - Nov. 25, 2013)

1. Hamilton (0-0)

A solid December with victories over Arlington, Mitchell, and Corinth, Mississippi without an injured Leron Black.      Last Week 2

2. Mitchell (0-0)

Definitely the surprise team of the early season with a 13-2 clip. Jumped 6 spots to land at Number 2 with district action starting this week.                                                                                       Last Week 8

3. Houston (0-0)

Only loss to nationally ranked Mentor, Ohio but a solid win over Christ School out of North Carolina in Arby's Classic.    Last Week 4

4. ECS (0-0)

Losses to Number 1 nationally ranked Highland Lone Peak and Long Beach California but a sounding win over Hamilton stops the fall accordingly.     Last Week 1

5. Southwind (0-0)

Capture the Martin Lions Club Tournament at Martin Westview High School.      Last Week 7

6. Overton (0-0)

Host school only played one game but was very impressive in win.          Last Week 8

7. Germantown (0-0)

Two losses at City of Palms drop the Jaguars from the Number 1 slot. All three losses are to Top 10 teams in the country but you still need to beat one of them.                                                           Last Week 1

8. Westwood (0-0)

Good wins over Mitchell and ECS but a tough last second shot to  Marist, Georgia to lose 50-49.                                  Last Week 5

9. Haywood County (0-0)

Capture the The Mater Dei Christmas Tournament. go 6-0 during that stretch.                    Not Ranked

10. Douglass (0-0)

Idle over the holidays but a good start ot the early season. These are the games you are suppose to win to be the best.  Not Ranked

Dropped Out:       Sheffield (7-3), Memphis East (2-5), Trezevant (5-5), Whitehaven (7-3),  

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Others receiving votes:    Ridgeway (15-3), Briarcrest (19-4), Trezevant  (13-5), Southwind (15-5),  Covington (16-3, Dyer County (18-2), West Mem. Ark. (14-3), Central (19-5), Brighton (18-5),  BTW (-0),  , Kingsbury (14-6), , Oakhaven (10-4),  Southaven, MS. (23-6),  Bartlett (13-3,  Memphis East (9-7), Desoto Central (0-0), Kirby (0-5),  Germantown (8-8),   Olive Branch, MS. (13-6),  Wooddale (5-3), City University (0-0), Overton (2-4), Carver (3-5),  Horn Lake, MS. (0-0), Bolton (5-5),  Raleigh Egypt (19-11),  St. George's (6-4),  Hernando, Ms. (0-0), Mitchell (1-7),  MUS (4-4),  St. Benedict (4-4), Haywood County (7-6), Union City (2-6), Fayette Ware (4-4), Millington (0-0), Harding Academy (0-0), Desoto Central (0-0), F.A.C.S. (0-0), Covington (16-6),

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Other Teams of Interest: Catholic (0-10), Fairley (0-6), Frayser  (0-0), Hamilton (2-6),


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