L-R (Cathey, Payne, Thomas)

Bellevue, Cordova and American Way Capture City Titles

In their first meeting during the MLK tournament, Bellevue took home a narrow victory but on Monday night, there would be no dramatics as they cruised to a 59-37 win over A Maceo Walker. The trio above of Isaiah Cathey, Jessie Payne and Omari Thomas along with other contributions from teammates including 7th grader Eric Jacobs was to much for A Maceo who was down their biggest player, Cedric Davis….

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“Us vs Them” (Part 2 Of The Memphis Mentality)

In every gym that I walk in, you can almost feel it, different conversations in each little corner and not all but some are filled with animosity and negativity. Towards who? Well, let’s see, teams, high school and middle school, different summer travel or AAU organizations. In the first segment of the “Memphis Mentality”, I spoke on that and how different organizations talk down on other organizations which creates that…

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Omari Thomas (Bellevue M.S.)

The “Prep” Poll (Final Regular Season Poll)

  1. Bellevue Middle ( 19-1) Quality Wins- American Way, Cordova, A Maceo Walker. First loss of the season, I won’t count it against them to much because they have been so good all season but now everything about be favorites in Small School is about to come to light. I still think they are the team to beat but there are those who may feel they can beat them….

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The Memphis Way

  I love my city, I’ve been to a lot of places in my lifetime but Memphis has some of the nicest people in the country. I might be a little bias however, if your a native Memphian and been to other states/cities, sometimes there is a little difference like in just speaking and saying how you doing. I love my city because of it’s personality, it’s like each part…

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MAM Champions (White Station Middle)

MAM RECAP & MORE

  The Spartans came, they saw, they conquered and won the MAM tournament to which no one really should be surprised. My predictions were wrong however I did say, this was a very dangerous team very capable of not only winning it all (MAM) but winning the Large School sectional. They defeated American Way in the championship game leading pretty much the entire way with a 6 to 10 point…

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MAM Holiday Classic

MAM Elite 8 Predictions

    We are down to 8, let’s take a look at the games today and my predictions on the outcomes of each. MAM Elite 8 Match Ups A Maceo Walker vs Briarcrest Middle – This is an interesting game because the point guards involved, Antwan Smith and Kennedy Chandler.  The 2021 guard is coming off a 16 point performance but for those who think it’s just him, his two…

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MAM Holiday Classic

    The biggest middle school tournament of the year is back and once again, it includes the city’s elite all on one stage. Large Schools, Small Schools and Private for a chance at bragging rights and the chance to say that they are the best team in the city. Now now, I know that Bellevue isn’t in but, going through this, whoever comes out on top could theoretically make…

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Is There Something Wrong On The Grassroots Level?

  Memphis basketball is special because of the fanatical way that people view it here.  Years ago, when I started covering youth basketball, mostly high school, it took me just one game, just one game to fall in love with middle school basketball. Why middle school? Well for one, the parents are much more involved, more participation, the kids are playing harder and while it maybe a prima donna or…

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And The Best Player In Middle School Is?

 In last few years, we have seen some great middle school players come through the city. Each different in their own way but never the less, great young players that everyone knew about. Every year is different with a different set of players, new teams emerging, star players being star players and then there is one that really stands out among them  and puts himself out in the fore front…

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Jessie Payne (Bellevue)

The Prep “Poll” (Middle School 12/6/2015)

    1. Bellevue Middle School (10-0) After their MLK title, they proved to everyone who doubted them that they are the real deal but this week, they have another challenge on Thursday as they travel to American Way and face the Eagles. Is Omari Thomas the best big in Middle School? After the championship game performance, Isaiah Cathey the best guard overall? The player who may not get the…

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