A few weeks ago, there was a guy who did a ranking based on Memphis players in the 2019 class ( freshman class) and there was an uproar of some sort. Now, I don’t know him, never heard of him honestly and still don’t know who he is even after going on social media and announcing that he was real after some said it was a fake guy doing rankings. More power to whomever it may be but welcome to Memphis basketball and as you know, some were not happy about it. There were long facebook post on the subject, some upset, some saying the guy didn’t know what he was talking about, the rankings are “crap” and they don’t mean anything. This player is better, my guy isn’t ranked but that’s okay because it doesn’t matter because your not big time like “ESPN” are many of the things I heard after the rankings. Some even brought in the 2020 class saying that no one talks about this class at all which to me was directed towards myself because I’m the only person who has done any sort of ranking on the class. I will say to that, no one talked about the 2019 class till last year either for you see, most don’t even look at middle school players until their 8th grade year to see how well they play. I remember years ago, I really didn’t know who was who until they hit 8th grade because on their teams as 6th and 7th graders, the “8th” graders overshadowed them. I’ve tried to do better since then, getting some names to keep an eye as younger players and those who would pop up out of no where because of big growth spurts or ones who would move in the area.
Doing rankings has always been something tough to do and honestly, this is why, I stopped doing rankings after 2009 because of how it does people and how it makes people change on you. Some people I called friends, after I did rankings, they didn’t speak anymore or barely spoke, and some even tried to confront me based on my “opinion” of their son. You can never be right, you can’t please everyone even though you try to be objective in your opinion about young players. Some think that you purposely don’t talk about their children because for some strange reason, you just don’t like them or the parents which is crazy but trust me, I’ve heard it. Even when I think I’ve done a great job of putting together a good list, someone is going to feel slighted and it bothered me for awhile because I’ve always thought I was fair. You only rank Team Penny guys, you only rank Team Thad guys or whoever the big organization that has all the players. Even when guys have talked bad about me, yes I know you have but you still cool with me, I’ve still shown their players and children love because I don’t have it in me to hurt a kid by not ranking them based on my opinion of the parents or who their coach may be. I’ve received countless you don’t know what you talking about emails over the years and it made me say, man, it’s not worth the hassle to rank so I simply stopped.
From time to time, I would put together a list of players, not ranking them and people would still go crazy over the notion that their son was not mentioned on the list. This is or was just a list mentioning some of the best players in whatever class and it was still a problem. Me and a good friend of mine were talking one day about who the best players were and he said to me, man you have a good idea, why don’t you do rankings anymore? I told him my reasons why and he said man I understand but people need to know, people want to know who you think the best players are, your opinion carries a little clout. Well I thought about, I’ve been in this game for a long time, 7 almost 8 years now with website stuff, watching players and honestly, I’m getting old but never the less, I love this. I’ve seen guys come and go, some showed a lot of promise young and they faded, some weren’t great young and ended up being pretty good later on. I worked hard, thousands of pictures, hot gyms, you name the gym, I’ve been there and I’ve parlayed it into becoming a national scout with a great friend of mine, Spencer Pulliam (PrepInsiders) who is revered in the youth grassroots basketball. I started to think, maybe my opinion is valued some what and when you love something and your passionate about it, you don’t give it up or stop talking about an aspect of it just because of how it may make 1,2 3 or 50 people feel. At the end of the day, ladies and gentlemen, these are just opinions, nothing more, nothing less.
There is no dislike for any groups, teams, coaches although some may feel that way but still, there isn’t any on my end. I can only speak for me but never the less, I have nothing against anyone. When I talk basketball, it’s all coming from a basketball stand point, nothing personal. If you don’t like my opinion on the game or your son or daughter, it’s very easy, this website may not be what you want to read and there are others you can go to and browse but based on the thousands of hits each month, I would say someone is reading it and reading it a lot. If I haven’t spoken on your son, keep them working and I will have no choice but to see them if they are producing. When people start to talk about kids, believe me, I will want to see them for myself. Some may say, well Middle School is to young to watch, I beg to differ because the same guys you watching now, will be some of if
not all the ones you watching in High School. If I haven’t seen you yet, charge it to me being only person in this outfit as opposed to a website which may have 5-10 writers covering. I’m just a guy that wears glasses that loves the game, catch me with my backpack on, I’m not the most outspoken person in the gym and I don’t talk much but one thing I do love, is the game of basketball and I love Memphis basketball and as long as I can, I will continue to try and do the best I can to cover it here.