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          Record: 11-2 (2-0)          Principal Gregory McCullough
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     Senior Tulsa signee Tim Peete (6'4 - 190 lbs.) will lead this team and surely far into postseason advancement. Favorites to win District 16 - AAA the past couple of years will change with Melrose's resurgence and White Station's placement into District 16-AAA. Coach Applewhite in his 7th year of coaching at the historic mid town school boast some of the best young talent in the city. Senior Maceo Harmon (5'10 - 165 lbs., diamond in the rough) who has a lot of summer circuit experience will be one of the best true point guards in the city. Sophomore Jarnell Stokes (6'8 - 205 lbs.) ranked in the top ten by www.rivals.com  is one of the best big men not only the city but in the country. Stokes will ease the loss of big man Tyler Stone (Missouri) and Harmon with the loss of sharp shooter Chris Carr-Sledge (UTC) will make that transition easier. Two other sophomores that will contribute handily are Andre Applewhite (6'4 - 195 lbs., diamond in the rough) and Dee Shorrell (6'5 - 165 lbs., diamond in the rough) with their versatile inside and outside play notching valuable playing time.

    The Warriors have a nice travel schedule for this year but will blossom more as Stokes is demanded at all the major tournaments around the country in the next 2 years. The New Madrid Shootout will start it off for the Warriors. To Kentucky they travel twice in one month with first the Battle of Borders Classic in Bowling Green, Kentucky against nationally ranked Covington Holmes. They finish December in Louisville, Kentucky at the prestigious King of Blue Grass Christmas Tournament that bolster 4 teams that are nationally ranked.

    Freshmen Frank Harris (6'5 - 185 lbs., diamond in the rough) and Josh Jones (6'2 - 175 lbs., diamond in the rough) will be asked to play major minutes due to their depth which other Division AAA schools support. Will this be the year the Warriors advance past the Regionals?

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

Recap 11-21-2009

Players:

Tim Peete 6'4 TULSA
Maceo Harmon 5'10 Senior
Dee Shorrell 6'4 Sophomore
Andre Applewhite 6'4 Sophomore
Blake Johnson 5'10 Sophomore
Jarnell Stokes 6'8 Sophomore
Josh Jones 6'2 Freshman
Frank Harris 6'5 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.

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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