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

 

 

 

 

AAU Nationals Updates

 

 

Desmond Merriwether (Team Penny 2017)

 

 

From Little Rock to Orlando Florida, Memphis teams are in action trying for the end all of most summers, an AAU National Championship. In 2017, Team Penny coached by Desmond Merriwether has chance to tomorrow to win the programs first national championship against the Arkansas Wings.  They defeated another Wings teams today by, 70-60 to earn a spot in the title game but it almost seems fitting for this team. After a few summers of being on the cusp of something big, they won the Super 60 this summer and now this, a chance to call themselves national champions.

 

In 2018, tomorrow the teams come out of pool play in Orlando and Team Penny’s Black and White squads have both advanced into the championship bracket. Team Penny White led by Chris Adams won 2 games and lost 1 in pool play will play against a Team United team normally with good guard play but should they advance there, they will have maybe the toughest draw in the tournament, WACG and the best player in the country, 6’9 almost 6’10 Marvin Bagley Jr. Team Penny Black (Golden) will play a pretty good Florida Phenoms team with Emmit Williams, a 6’7 athletic forward  who’s among the top 40-50 players in the country and a host of other 6’5 forwards on this team. Of both Team Penny squads, I think they may have the tougher draw but this time of the tournament, mostly everyone you play will be good so it’s just win and advance in championship bracket. Team Thad will play against the CB Spiders out of the Carolina area. I’m pretty sure, they have quick attacking guards as always the case with teams from that area. Coach Frank Harris I think is coaching that team for the nationals and he has a tremendous track record and also getting a chance to coach his son, Tyler Harris who’s among the best guards in the country in this class.  The time is now for these teams, tomorrow, it’s gets real.

Summer Top 10 (High School)

Mitchell High Senior Point Guard (Naba Echols)

 

So, who are the best teams in the city in High School? Well, one can speculate right? Let me do that, here below are the top 10 high school teams in the city to 901PrepScoop.com. Please note, players will change schools, always happens, always will and you might have a team that’s not in the top 10 now, be there when the season begins. You may have a transfer that makes a team move from 10 inside the top 5. Enjoy…

1.Mitchell HS – Obvious reasons, state champs, return strong core, adding nice transfer in Lorenzo Hunt. No reason to believe they can’t repeat as state champs.

2. Germantown HS – Strong young group, you saw a glimpse into what they could be last year. Darrell Brown is coming into his own a point guard, they have good shooting in Mike Bamrick, who started at St Benedict as freshman who will take over Jake Millers role along with a host of good guards. Favorite right now in 15AAA over Southwind.

3. Overton HS – High for Overton, like the two teams above, they are returning 3 plus starters and a part time starter in Paris London Jr who’s getting better. Malik Smith, 6’6 F/C, Jerry Hurt and Keith Wilson along with talented duo of freshman guards, Jordan Johnson and John Anderson Jr. This will be the best Overton team since Sergio Kerusch left a few years ago.

4. Central HS – Coach Ricardo Patton has done a great job with this team over the years and he will see some benefits this year. Leading scorer Darius Thompson is back along with starting guard Antonio Gillesppie and they add Bradley Walker, Melrose leading scorer rebounder who reunites with Thompson from his Melrose days.

5. Westwood HS – Feature talented trio in Demarcus Johnson, a 6’3 guard, Kalvin Rush and big man, Toriano Stokes, a 6’7 D-1 prospect with physicality and some tools to be pretty good. They have about 3-4 other 6’5 6’6 players and maybe the biggest team in the city.

6. Southwind HS – Donte Dorsey will have to do it all this year but if he can have the type of year I think he can, Southwind will be like other years, pretty good. They need a big year from 6’7 Forward Julian Richardson as well along with contributions from Jacob Patten and freshman Mark Freeman.

7. East HS – This is a group that’s capable of finishing in the top 3 of the district or higher but they depending on a lot of young talent. It’s all over their roster in the Robert and Rodarius Washington, 6’4 freshman TJ Moss, Alex Lomax, 6’7 Justin Small, an athletic 4 who has had valuable experience playing high level basketball with Team Penny. They have the talent, will they put it all together this year?

8. Houston HS – After a great year, the Mustangs have lost a lot but they still have Marlon Hunter, a 6’3 guard who has offers on the D-1 level and a lot of interest from programs across the country. It’s his team along with Justin Benton,a junior guard who they will need to score this year and they will count of freshman Ryan Boyce to play good minutes this year.

9. Briarcrest Christian HS – 4 starters are juniors, one is developing into a High major prospect in Micah Thomas, an athletic 3-4, who can shoot the 3 along with Will Hrubes, Maceo Woodard and tough, Mark French at the point.

10.Arlington HS – Like Houston, going to be hard to replace what they lost (2 D-1 guards) so players will have to step up and play big one being Nate Hoover. He can get them at least 18-22 per game this year, best shooter in the city, feet set and with thim, senior Adarius Avery, who can score and will need to rebound a lot this year. Freshman Garret Golday reminds some of a younger version of Austin Nichols, big words to live up too but he’s talented. They will also need help from sophmore Luke Wiseman

 

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