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          Record: 0-0 (0-0)          Principal Gregory McCullough
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               CENTRAL 2010-2011                                                      

     Central will boast one of the tallest teams not only in the city but the state, at the same time will probably have the biggest skilled big men and guards overall but not a true point guard in the fold. Last year players that went on were Tulsa signee Tim Peete, Maceo Harmon to Columbia St., and Allen Farmer to East Oklahoma will definitely be missed. 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 (Grambling and Texas Southern) in his 10th year of coaching at the historic100 year mid town school boast some of the best young talent in the city with two players nationally ranked by rivals and the only other school to hold that note is Melrose where both ball clubs are in the same district. Senior Cameron Clear (6'7 - 255 lbs., rivals #142) not in basketball but football will anchor the middle as strong as any other player in the nation. Clear has offers from all the major football schools as Alabama, Auburn to name a few.  He also has a lot of summer circuit experience which will benefit him tremendously. Junior Jarnell Stokes (6'8 - 225 lbs., rivals #9) ranked in the top ten by www.rivals.com  is the best big man not only the city but maybe in the country. Stokes game has improved ten fold to go along with his ball handling where he can bring the ball all the way up the court with regular. He plays like a man amongst kids and his game resembles a Carlos Boozer type to an extent. Junior counterpart Andre Applewhite (6'4 - 195 lbs., rivals #) an academic All American that holds a 4.0 g.p.a. and his high knowledge of the game to compliment his size. Applewhite outside shot, ball handling and strong inside play are major pluses (is that a word but sounds good, Lol) where we will hear about all season long. Derius Sorrell (6'6 - 205 lbs., rivals #) will contribute in many different ways, especially from the inside that will garner valuable playing time. Blake Johnson (5'10 - 185 lbs., rivals #) will play the point guard position and will direct this very talented team all season long. Guard play will be very vital to Central success and a tall order to sustain.

     Warriors travel schedule for this year have them heading toward the east coast and playing in the prestigious 9th Annual Chick-Fil-A in Blythewood, South Carolina. Hamilton won the 4th Annual Chick-Fil-A (click here for results) Classic II when it was in Columbia, South Carolina. To Kentucky they go with a Battle on the Border matchup in West Central, Kentucky with a top 3 team from Kentucky on December 11, 2010. District counterpart White Station will make the trip to Kentucky also. A showdown with future regional implications the Warriors play the Jaguars of Southwind at the Fed Ex Forum in the annual Martin Luther King Classic. West Memphis High will come across the bridge and play the Warriors and a great way for West Memphis to get their program back on track from the glory days.

    Sophomore Frank Harris (6'6 - 205 lbs., rivals #) and Josh Jones (6'3 - 185 lbs., rivals #) will be asked to play major minutes due to their depth which other Division AAA schools support as Division AAA will not be as strong as last year but will still be very competitive as always.. Freshman Tim Shaw (6'0 - 165 lbs., rivals #) will play guard and notch major minutes at that position. Will this be the year the Warriors advance past the Regional's?

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

Recap 11-20-2010

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

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Players:

Cameron Clear 6'6 Senior
Jarnell Stokes 6'8 Junior
Andre Applewhite 6'4 Junior
Blake Johnson 5'10 Junior
Derius Sorrell 6'6 Junior
Josh Jones 6'3 Sophomore
Frank Harris 6'6 Sophomore
Tim Shaw 6'0 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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