It's that time of year again. The Memphis Girls Basketball Fall Fest kicks off tomorrow with the 4th Annual Fall Exposure League. I don't know about you but I am super excited about this year's event. I can tell that the young ladies of our community are just as excited to be a part of this event also.
New for 2014 was the opportunity for the players to put together their own team. I believe players are more relaxed and perform better when they are playing with someone they know. I guess the young ladies felt the same way because the majority of the teams where created by the players. I only had to add a piece here and there.
Also new this year, every player received their own profile website. It's something I've been thinking about doing for a while and I decided to make it happen this year. It's another form of exposure and a tool the players can use to share what they are doing with college coaches, family and friends in Memphis and outside of Memphis. You can check out the profiles by clicking on a player's name at http://patoshajeffery.com/fall-exposure-league/
We are 60 strong in this year's league and I mean strong. This is going to be a highly competitive league. The league features only six 12th graders. However, 8th, 10th and 11th grades are represented by 11 players each and the monster 2018 class is 18 deep. I don't want to forget the babies of the group. There are three 7th graders in the mix. This is definitely the event to see the future stars of Memphis and the surrounding area.
Never before have I had this much height in one of my events. There are 15 players 5'9 or taller including 7 players who are over 5'11. The post match ups are going to be quite interesting.
Veterans to keep an eye on are: MGBB 30/40 Club members MHEA/Ole Miss commit 5'10 Shooting Guard Torri Lewis (2015), Lewisburg's 5'11 Forward Destiny Gardner (2015), Bartlett's 5'11 Forward Charity Savage (2016) and Commercial Appeal's Best of Prep team members Fayette Academy's 5'9 Forward Kayli Skelton (2016) and Rossville Academy's 5'6 Shooting Guard Taylor Robertson (2015).
Eighth grader Jayla Hemingway set Memphis on fire when she arrived in the city as a 6th grader already 5'7ish and unafraid of the older competition. She is already a veteran of the league and a well known name in Memphis Girls Basketball. I have a strong feeling that several players are going to rise above the competition and make a name for themselves during this year's league.
Come check out the games starting at 9:45am at Ridgeway Baptist Church. You can see team rosters and get the complete schedule at http://patoshajeffery.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/fallleague20145.pdf .