Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Memphis Area 2018 Class Signings

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Alexis Acoff (Kirby) - signed with Grayson College
Katie Blackman (Olive Branch) - committed to Itawamba CC
Annaliese Burnett (MHEA/TN Glory) - committed to Tenn State University
Jasmine Carson (Whitehaven/AR Banshees) - signed with Georgia Tech
Gabby Crawford (Munford/TN Flight) - signed with  Alabama
Elizabeth Dixon (Ridgeway/AR Banshees) - signed with Georgia Tech
Surina Dixon (TPA/Lady Mambas) - Signed with Jackson State
Zareia Ector (Memphis Catholic) - Signed with Springhill College
Kymbriah Eugene (Craigmont) - Signed with Southwest
Kayla Freeman (East/Memphis Elite-Daniels) - Signed with CBU
Tyriana Gilbert (Olive Branch) - signed with Northeast CC
Carnessia Griggs (BTW) - Signed with Jackson State
Lauren Gross (Northpoint/Memphis Elite Daniels) - signed with North Florida
Gazmyne Herndon (Douglas/Walters State/-signed to Memphis
Sade' Hudson (Trezevant/Team Slink) - signed with UT Martin
Derrinesha Jackson (BTW) - Signed with Walters State
Dyrianda Johnson (MLK Prep) - signed with Southwest TN CC
Shay Johnson (Byhalia/Memphis Elite Daniels) - committed to Central Arkansas
Taylor Lattimore (Arlington/Lady Mambas) - Signed with Jackson State
Gigi Lewis (MHEA/TN Glory) - committed to Blue Mountain
Kira Lowery (Southwind/Memphis Select Girls) - signed with Dyersburg State CC
Danyell McAdams (Hamilton) - signed with Lane College
Tye Metcalf (Southaven/Lady Mambas) Signed with EMCC
Brittni Moore (White Station/Memphis Elite Daniels) - signed with UT Martin
Jessica Neal (Craigmont) - Signed with Lewis and Clark
Serena Shipp (Olive Branch) - signed with Rust College
Johne' Stewart (Central) - signed with Jacksonville
Carria Smith (Memphis Catholic) - signed with Clarendon College
Alexis Taylor (Collierville/Memphis Magic) - signed with Blue Mountain
Jada Taylor (Collierville/Memphis Magic) - signed with Blue Mountain
Lauren Taylor (Collierville/Memphis Magic) - signed with CBU
Mahogany Vaught (Olive Branch/Team Slink) - signed with South Alabama
Lindsey Vaughn (MHEA/Team TN Glory) - signed with Mississippi College
Jireh Washington (Central/Team Slink) - signed with Arkansas State
A'Mya Washington (Desoto Central) - signed with Itawamba CC
Jade Wells (Northpoint/Memphis Elite Daniels) - signed with Blue Mountain
Darry'l White (Hamilton) - commited to Harris-Stowe University
Ronni Williams (Raleigh-Egypt) - committed to MS Valley State
Kealy Wilson (Horn Lake) - signed with Itawamba CC

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bartlett girls basketball passes coaching torch from Lynn Whitfield to Jasmine James

 image/article from Commercial Appeal

Basketball took Jasmine James from Memphis to a standout career at Georgia, then on to the WNBA and countries like Brazil, Israel and Germany. But home was always special.

Now she's in a position to make Bartlett basketball special for the next generation.

The 26-year-old has been named coach of her alma mater replacing Lynn Whitfield, who is stepping down after 27 seasons at the school and 37 altogether. James served as an assistant under her old coach this past year.

"I figured out my freshman year of college that I wanted to coach," James said. "I always thought it would be in college ... (but) Bartlett has a special place in my heart. Honestly, it's a dream come true. It's a community that means the world to me."

Said Whitfield, "I'm so proud of J.J. She understands what Bartlett basketball is all about and she loves the tradition."

James played a huge part in creating that tradition. She ranks 16th all-time among Shelby County scorers with 2,378 points and is one of only three players to win The Commercial Appeal's Best of the Preps player of the year award three times.

Bartlett's new coach also played a big role in her old coach's success. Whitfield's 611 victories rank her second all-time among Shelby County coaches, trailing only Derek Hunter of Mitchell.

Whitfield said it was hard to call it a career but knowing she'd be passing the torch to James made it easier.

"There were pros and cons," she said. "But I knew J.J. would be the (best) one (to take over). I feel comfortable knowing who the job has been left to.

"It's hard. I played at Memphis for Mary Lou Johns and basically have been coaching since I graduated. I'm going to miss the relationships with the kids. I'm old-school; I'm more about teaching the game, seeing where you start and where you end up."

James said the year working with Whitfield has given her a leg up heading into her first summer with the team.

"The main thing I learned was patience," James said. "She told me, 'This isn't a pro team. This isn't a college team.' It's high school and there's a whole spectrum of skill levels and I had to get used to that."

Monday, April 16, 2018

Memphis Area 2019 Class Signings

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Ya'Taria Coleman (Southwind/Memphis Lady Mambas) - committed to North Carolina A&T
Jayla Hemingway (Houston/TN Flight) - committed to Mississippi State

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Commercial Appeal All-Metro Girls Basketball Team

Nominees for girls basketball player of the year, which will be announced at the Commercial Appeal Sports Awards on June 5.

First Team

Gabby Crawford
Munford, Sr.
Position: Guard

Why chosen: Crawford averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists while leading the Cougars to a 22-10 record and a spot in the Class AAA sectionals for the second consecutive year. She'll play her college ball at Alabama.

Elizabeth Dixon
Ridgeway, Sr.
Position: Post

Why chosen: The 6-4 Dixon was a Miss Basketball finalist in Class AAA after averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. She became the first girl from Memphis selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game and has signed with Georgia Tech.

Jayla Hemingway
Houston, Jr.
Position: Guard

Why chosen: Several Power 5 schools are clamoring for Hemingway's signature after she led the Mustangs to a 28-6 record and a runner-up finish in Class AAA. The three-year starter averaged 21.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the floor.

Sadé Hudson
Trezevant, Sr.
Position: Guard

Why chosen: Hudson averaged 22.9 points while leading the Bears to the Class AA SCIAA championship and a 21-7 record. She has signed to play her college ball at Tennessee-Martin.

Lanetta Williams
Arlington, Jr.
Position: Post

Why chosen: The 6-3 junior led Arlington to a 27-8 record and a spot in the Class AAA state tournament, averaging 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the floor.

G: Lauren Gross, Northpoint, Sr.
G: Akeria James, Craigmont, Jr.
G: Jireh Washington, Central, Sr.
G: Destinee Wells, Houston, So.
F: Jade Wells, Northpoint, Sr.

G: Se'Quoia Allmond, Whitehaven, Fr.
G: Derrenishia Jackson, Booker T. Washington, Sr.
G: Savanna Owens, Briarcrest, Sr.
G: Johne' Stewart, Central, Sr.
F: Brittni Moore, White Station, Sr.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 AAU Team Tryout Information

February 8 & 15 | Woodz Elite Girls | 6pm (5/6th grade) | Tyronza (AR) Gym | Spencer Harston @ 870-919-7318 or Brandon Young @ 870-351-0676

February 10 | Lady War Eagles | 9am (5/6th grade), 10:15am (7/8th grade) | Memphis Catholic

February 10 | Life Changers | 4pm (8th grade) | Capleville United Methodist Church | Coach Taylor

February 10 | The Way | 10:30am (5th grade) | St. Louis Catholic Church | Dr. Carl "Buddy" Flinn @ 901-484-3705 or

February 11 | Arkansas (Mid South) Banshees | 2pm (7/8th grade) | St. George's Independent School (Collierville Location) | Contact Mario Strickland @ 901-277-9492 or Burl Woodhouse @ 901-574-8286

February 11 | Woodz Elite Girls | 7th | 3pm-5pm | Rivercrest High School (AR) | Gregory Turner @ 870-824-9035 or  Dustin Osment @ 870-740-1757

February 13 | The Way | 7pm (6/7th grade) | Second Pres Church | Dr. Carl "Buddy" Flinn @ 901-484-3705 or

February 15 | The Way | 7pm (8th grade) | Second Pres Church | Dr. Carl "Buddy" Flinn @ 901-484-3705 or

February 17 | Memphis Future Stars | 9am (6th grade), 10:30am (7/8th grade) | Ridgeway Baptist Church |

February 17 | Team Journey| 9am (5/6th grade) | Hutchison School |

February 17 & 18 | Memphis Elite | 2019/20 & 2021/22 | February 17 (10am) / February 18 (3pm) | Highland Oaks Middle

February 18 | Life Changers | 6pm (9th grade) | Capleville United Methodist Church | Coach Taylor

February 24 | Arkansas Bandits| 9am (5th grade), 10am (6th grade), 11am (7/8/9th grade) | Nettleton Fitness Center (AR) | Contact or 501-827-1016

February 24 | JB Lady Ballers | 9am (7th grade), 10:15am (5th grade), 11:30am (8th grade), 1:15pm (4th grade) | Temple Baptist Church (Jonesboro, AR) | Travis Woodruff at 870-897-6027

February 24 | Lady Tarheels | 12pm (2nd-4th grade), 1:15pm (5/6th grade), 2:15pm (7/8th grade) | KIPP Middle School | Contact Rachel Dorsey @ 901-502-5628

March 3 | Memphis Elite | 8th-11th grade | 10am | Rhodes College | Greg Stewart 901-830-0360; Eric Daniels 901-830-2271

March 3 | Memphis Select Girls | 10am (8th/9th grade &10th/11th grade) | Lester Prep | Contact Curtis Jones 901-406-9737 or Tavis Rutherford 901-647-8055

March 4 & 5 | Woodz Elite Girls | 9th | March 4: 2pm-4pm @ Valley View JR High (AR); March 5: 5pm-7pm @ Brookland High (AR) | Mikie Slater @ 870-761-2916 or Dustin Osmet @ 870-740-1757

March 10 | Lady War Eagles | 2:30pm (9/10/11th grade) | Quest Center | 901-574-1781

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Lanetta Williams Fans' Vote for Basketball Players of the Week

From Commercial Appeal

Lanetta Williams of Arlington and Kam Jones of ECS are this week's winners of The Commercial Appeal fan poll for high school basketball player of the week.

Williams, the Tigers' Class of 2019 standout, had 53.06 percent of the total after finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six blocks in a victory over District 14-AAA rival Bolton. Southwind's Ya-Ya Coleman took second with 44.72 percent of the vote.

Trezevant star Sade Hudson was third while Division II-A Miss Basketball finalist Savanna Owens of Briarcrest finished fourth.

Jones garnered 53.84 percent of the boys vote after averaging 26.5 points in victories over FACS and USJ. Briarcrest's Cedric Henderson, a Mr. Basketball finalist in Division II-AA, was second with 27.75 percent of the vote.

Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist Tyler Harris of Cordova, who leads the city in scoring at just over 30 points per game, was third while Antavious Buford of Douglass finished fourth after leading the Red Devils to a victory in the SCIAA Class A county championship game last week.