Middle School Top (10-21-2014)

 

Cordova State Title or Bust!
Cordova State Title or Bust!

 

Is that most wonderful time of the year, well it’s not December yet so it must be about the hooping. Middle School basketball starts this week on Friday with a benefit game between White Station and Bellevue followed by Jamboree all day….they the question is, what teams will you want to see play on Saturday and when the season tips? It’s early but I’ve had a chance to watch a few teams and some teams, you just know are going to be pretty good this season.  Lets start the ultra talented, long and intimidating Cordova Middle. This is the favorite to win the state title easily and they have everything you need to do so and not only win it but go undefeated and do it as well. This team is led by 4 top 100 players in the country in 2019 at the head, Joe Cooper, DJ Jeffries who has grown to 6’6 and Shemar Brown who is 6’5. I still haven’t talked about Sky Forrest who is injured right now but will be back soon for this group to complete what maybe the most talented middle school since the days of Cameron Golden and that Craigmont team years back. It’s easy to see why this team is number 1 and will remain that way for the season.

Caleb London (Kate Bond)
6’2 G/F Caleb London (#4 Kate Bond)

 

White Station Middle won state last year but did lose a lot however, Coach Mcclain is very optimistic about his team this year with a nice trio of guards and good young group that will make them still be in the hunt late. Expect nice years from Ashton Smith,  Ryan Dortch and 6th grader Willie Foreman who is considered by some as the best 2021 player in the city.

Coming in at number 3, the Stallions of Schilling Farms Middle and Toby Taylor. Takori Rooks is 6’3 closing in on 6’4, great size and touch to the free throw line and will man the low block for them scoring off put backs and point black baskets. Jacob Jones will be his running mate on the other block. At 6’2, Jones has some handle to him and good feel for what to do in tight spots. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him be a 3 in the future but right now, he’s better than what some may think. This group should be pretty good and lead their league all year.

Kate Bond has a new Coach and new attitude and the Kodiaks are a team that people should watch closely through out the season because they will get better and better.  Their guard play is good and they have inside presence in Kenny Payne, a 6’2 big body who has nimble feet but they will be led by Caleb London who should lead them in scoring, rebounding and be their leader. I think he is a top 10 player in the city, this year is the year he shows it.

At 5, American Way has a really young group, 3 6th graders will play a lot of minutes along with a 7th grader in Deebo Coleman but they will be led by the best 8th grader in the city and one of the top 10 players in the country in 2019, Chandler Lawson. Lawson is nightmare matchup for most teams, extremely versatile, long, he can play every position on the floor and guard most of them, even some  point guards with his length. I think at times he can be to unselfish but at his talent level, he can flip the switch and go to a different level if needed. Dee Merriwether will give them shooting and another ball handler as well Donte Horne, a wiry 8th grader who will be able to help them in some games this year.

There you have it, 901PrepScoop’s Top 5 teams in Middle School and with just a few days away till the tip of the season, the fun is just beginning!!!

 

Where Are They Now? (2018)

Will TJ Moss Have An Impact As A Freshman?

 

Two weeks in, with still some movement going on in the city in other classes, the freshman class is finally settling in to their new schools and new journeys as they try adjust to the high school life. Who will have the biggest effect? TJ Moss at East High or his teammate Alex Lomax? Mark Freeman at Southwind? With the new addition of Lucky Cheatham, he will definitely play minutes but maybe not the minutes that were expected with some what surprise of a point guard who has played in the toughest district in the city or what was that. What about some of the better point guards in that class, Carlos Sandifer, Quentin Williams, Jordan Johnson, will they have a say in their teams success? It really depends on what’s their at their position and if they can overcome or compete with that person for that spot. Some teams may not necessarily need a freshman to step in right away but more or less bring them along through out the season so that maybe they can have an impact late in the season. Below is a look at where some of 2018 went and the type of impact that they could have at their new school.

1. Terrence “TJ” Moss 6’4 Combo/ Wing (East High School) With a already pretty good young group, adding him to the team adds another piece that could make this team a serious threat to be a top 3 team. His ability to play 2 or 3 spots will add versatility to the line up and he could be a day 1 starter, uncommon to a lot of freshman in this class. He will be asked to score double digits and rebound at the 1 and the 2 position and will have to do that on a every game basis. He’s more than capable and if so, he could turn out to have the biggest impact of all the freshman in the city. Prediction: Starter

2. Ryan Boyce 6’5 Wing (Houston High School) Really like this young player upside as I think he’s just scratching the surface of how good he could be. Along with Moss, he’s another that could be a starter bringing athleticism but will be relied upon to contribute immediately defensively but maybe not as much on the offensive side with Marlon Hunter being their go to scorer but I could see him having to contribute some nights and being able to give them a few points. Prediction: Starter/ 20 plus minutes

3. Antwan Beans 5’10 PG (Kingsbury High School) Beans is a scoring point guard kind of in the mold of the point guard they already have (Demonte Person) but I can see them playing some together in backcourt with both having the ability to score the ball and being able to play off the ball some in their district. Don’t be surprised to see him score 17-20 points some games. Prediction:Rotation/Part time starter

4. Alex Lomax 5’10 PG (East High School) Had a strong end to his summer and will  be looking to carry that over after he gets off the football field onto the basketball court. Defensively, he’s an impact player from the jump and a true point guard, will find his way into minutes but with 2-3 point guards already there, finding consistent minutes could be hard. Their new coach loves to play a lot of guys so I really don’t see that as a huge problem but ALO  as he is called will find his way on the floor. Prediction: 10 Man Rotation (10-15 mins a game)

5. Mark Freeman 5’10 PG (Southwind High School) Like Lomax, Freeman is a point guard not a “points” guard so Coach Edwards will have a valuable piece to spell Lucky when he needs a break but with Leiland Kirkendoll and Tyler Brewer being there, they will have something to say as well about that as well but I see Freeman being a player who you will have to find time for. Prediction: Rotation (7-10 man rotation)

6.Tyler Harris 5’10 PG (Ridgeway High School) Tyler’s ability to shoot it would be valuable for anyone in high school but really may have found a great spot for himself with Coach Henning because he will be needed. He like Moss, I think starts and would be surprised if he didn’t along side Javion Hamlet. Prediction: Starter

7. Carlos Sandifer 5’11 PG (White Station High School) There with two of the better guards in the city so seeing a lot of minutes will be minimal but just being able to gain that valuable experience against both in practice will suit him well going forward into next year and when his name is called this season and it will be. Prediction: Rotation

8. Braxton Winford 6’2 SF (White Station High School) Interesting because I’m not sure what position he plays as of right now and that’s the adjustment to high school for him. With a new team, the time will be there to be had and that’s good for him and other freshman over in Spartan land. Prediction : Rotation

9. Allen Hatchett 6’2 SF (Ridgeway High School) Hatchett is in another good position because Ridgeway will need some young players to step in and make himself a valuable contributor. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Hatchett getting big minutes. Prediction: Rotation

10.Trey Davis 5’11 PG (St.Benedict) They have found their point guard for the next 3-4 years and will likely be heavy minute getter this year and next year, a probable starter. Prediction: Rotation

11. Roderick Brown 6’4 SF (Cordova High School) New name to remember in Memphis but definitely a high level prospect to keep an eye. At my first glance of him, he put me in the mind frame of Adonis Thomas as a 8th grader, really bouncy, long and motor on top of motor. Don’t be surprised to see him in the top 5, he’s that kinds of player.

 

Here are a few more of the 2018 players and where they are now

1.Brandon Mason 5’11 PG Central High School

2.John McBride 6’5 PF MUS

3.Zachary Street 6’0 PG MUS

4.Nick London 6’6 SF/PF Hamilton

5.Jordan Johnson 5’10 PG Overton

6.Calvin Temple 5’11 PG White Station

7.Garrett Golday 6’5 PF Arlington

8.John Anderson Jr 6’0 SG Arlington

9.Dequarius McCord 6’6 PF Kirby

10.Keshun White 6’1 SG Manassas

11.Rashad Williams 6’2 SG Lausanne

12.Quentin Williams 5’10 PG Bartlett

 

 

 

 

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