AAA, Region 7, District 15
Record: 13-1 (2-0)
Principal Susan Vaughn
7900 East Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Adonis Thomas @ Melrose
The third year high school
will have seniors on it's basketball team for the first
time in it's history. Coach Paul Edwards, former
Southwind Middle coach who recorded 5 straight state
middle championships and a 78 game winning streak has
summative probably the deepest team in Division AAA. A
lot of people will argue but the Jaguars will be a force
to reckon with during the season and especially
postseason with a trip to Murfreesboro a reality. This
team has all the parts with size in freshman
(6'9 - 200 lbs. diamond in the rough)
and sophomore Charles
(6'8 - 200 lbs. diamond in the rough).
One of the best guards and scorer in the city in junior
(6'0 - 175 lbs. diamond in the rough)
to go along with his brother one of the best defenders
in the city in Derious
(5'10 - 180 lbs. diamond in the rough)
will have a solid backcourt. Southwind has some of the
best seniors in the city, to start with
(6'5 - 200 lbs. diamond in the rough)
is a very versatile player that can score from anywhere
on the court. High flying seniors
(6'4 - 185 lbs. diamond in the rough)
and Donovan Humphries
(6'3 - 180 lbs. diamond in the rough),
both of these kids can jump out the gym will contribute
handily all season long.
The Jaguars will
participate in several tournaments and classics all
season long to start with the the Sonic Thanksgiving
Shootout in Martin, Tennessee playing Westview and Union
City on the campus of UT Martin. December 4, 2009 they
play White Station on ESPN in the Penny Hardaway
Classic. December 19, 2009 they will play in the Chubby
Andrews Classic in Memphis. Off they go to the Memphis -
Atlanta Round Ball Christmas Classic in Atlanta, Georgia
that boast some of the best talent in the country.
(6'1 - 175 lbs. diamond in the rough)
and Denzell Hardy
(6'0 - 180 lbs. diamond in the rough)
will field one of the strongest rotations in the city.
Junior Cordicon Sullivan
(6'6 - 205 lbs. diamond in the rough)
will notch major playing time. Only question for
Southwind is will they be tough enough to answer the
other Division AAA counterparts. Academic accolades go
to Nic Mason
and Walter Davis
who are ranked in the Top 50 at Southwind High School
Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the
(college coaches click here).
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