Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pat Summitt foundation to fund Alzheimer's programs

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and her son, Tyler, have formed a foundation that will fund grants in support of Alzheimer's programs.

The pair announced the creation of The Pat Summitt Foundation at halftime of the Lady Volunteers' 76-67 loss to No. 1 Baylor on Sunday. They're accepting tax-deductible donations for the foundation at


Girls Basketball Scores - November 29, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

4th Annual Granny's Girls Basketball Camp Recap

On November 19, 2011, over 30 players participated in the 4th Annual Granny's Girls Basketball Camp. Players from all over the Mid-South including Pine Bluff, Arkansas participated. They learned how to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G., various agility, ball handling, passing, defensive, shooting drills and more. This year's camp raised 512 individual bottles of Ensure. Thank you to all players that participated and all donations.

Granny's Girls Basketball Camp is a free fundamental camp for girls ages 8 - 14. The camp is in honor of Patosha Jeffery's grandmother, Mattie Woods, who passed from lung cancer in 2008. Participants are asked to donate 2 six packs of Ensure. The Ensure is then donated to the American Cancer Society - Memphis Chapter. Over 1700 individual bottles have been raised since the 1st camp.

Girls Basketball Scores - November 28, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Monday, November 28, 2011

Nike Zoom KD IV Preview

Click for more information

adidas adiZero Rose 2 Wolverine Preview

Click here for more information

2011 Tennessee Turkey Jamm Recaps

Future Prospects Blue Star Media

A Few Teams, A Few Thoughts  Blue Star Media

Tennessee Turkey Jamm Player Watch 2012 Blue Star Media

Lady Raiders Roll in Memphis, Top USA Today Poll Bolingbrook Patch

Seniors star in Turkey Jamm spotlight Hoopgurlz

Central girls suffer second-straight loss in Turkey Jamm Classic Commercial Appeal

Pachiyanna Roberts' long buzzer-beater powers No. 13 McEachern Hoopgurlz
Pachiyanna Roberts hit a 60-foot shot at the buzzer Saturday night to help No. 13 McEachern (Power Springs, Ga.) to a 64-61 victory over No. 11 Memphis (Tenn.) Central at the Turkey Jamm in Memphis, Tenn.

The 6-foot-1 forward, a Syracuse signee, finished with 42 points.

"I had no idea it was going in until it got to the rim," Roberts said of her shot. "And (42) I didn't even know I had tha many. We needed points in a bad way. I just wanted to help my team."

McEachern, which beat Overton (Memphis, Tenn.) in its opening game of the tournament, improved to 4-0. It already owned a victory over No. 32 Norcross (Ga.) this season.

Memphis Central won its first game of the tournament, 64-61, over No. 14 Twinsburg (Ohio) on Friday night.

Morgan Tuck's 40 lifts No. 8 Bolingbrook Hoopgurlz

Morgan Tuck, ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz as the No. 15 prospect in the 2012 class, scored 40 points on Friday night as No. 8 Bolingbrook (Ill.) beat No. 15 Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 72-68 on Friday night at the Turkey Jamm in Memphis, Tenn.

Junior Tyisha Perry led Riverdale with 25 points.

Tuck's Raiders also beat No. 14 Twinsburg (Ohio) 50-47 on the second day of competition.

McEachern knocks off Overton in Turkey Jamm Classic Commercial Appeal

Day 1 Tip Sheet Girl Powher Basketball

Day 2 Tip Sheet

Day 3 Tip Sheet

2011 Tennessee Turkey Jamm Final Scores

Friday, Nov. 25
St. Benedict 66, Stone Mountain-Ga. 54
North Little Rock 59, Clyde C. Miller-Mo. 51
Jackson County-Tenn. 47, H.W. Byers-Miss. 44
Hoover-Ala. 68, East Central-Okla. 49
Faith Baptist-Fla. 76, Knoxville Webb 65
McEachern-Ga. 70, Overton 57
Bolingbrook-Ill. 72, Murfreesboro Riverdale 68
Central 74, Twinsburg-Ohio 73 (OT)

Saturday, Nov. 26

Faith Baptist-Fla. 58, MHEA 55
Murfreesboro Riverdale 48, Hoover-Ala. 37
Bolingbrook-Ill. 50, Twinsburg-Ohio 47
Knoxville Webb 67, Stone Mountain-Ga. 33
Clyde C. Miller-Mo. 56, Jackson County-Tenn. 54
Overton 52, East Central-Okla. 49
North Little Rock 66, Incarnate Word-Mo. 62 (OT)
McEachern-Ga. 64, Central 61.

Sunday, Nov. 27
MHEA 52, Fairley 33
East Central-Okla 55, White Station 40
Manassas 61, Faith Baptist-Fla 64
Central 54, Incarnate Word-Mo 65
Southwind 48, H.W. Byers-Miss 45

Girls Basketball Scores - November 27, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Thursday, November 24, 2011

2011 Tennessee Turkey Jamm Schedule at Central High School

November 25th
10:30 am Stone Mountain (GA) vs. St. Benedict (TN)
12:00 pm North Little Rock (AR) vs. Clyde C Miller (MO)
1:30 pm Jackson County (TN) vs. Hw. Byers (MS)
3:00 pm East Central (OK) vs. Hoover (AL)
4:30 pm Faith Baptist (FL) vs. Knoxville Webb (TN)
6:00 pm McEachern (GA) vs. Overton (TN)
7:30 pm Riverdale (TN) vs. Bolingbrook (IL)
9:00 pm Twinsburg (OH) vs. Memphis Central (TN)

November 26th
10:30 am Faith Baptist (FL) vs. MHEA
12:00 pm Hoover (AL) vs. Riverdale (TN)
1:30 pm Bolingbrook (IL) vs. Twinsburg (OH)
3:00 pm Knoxville Webb (TN) vs. Stone Mountain (GA)
4:30 pm Clyde C Miller (MO) vs. Jackson County (TN)
6:00 pm Overton (TN) vs. East Central (OK)
7:30 pm North Little Rock (AR) vs. Incarnate Word (Mo)
9:00 pm McEachern (GA) vs. Memphis Central (TN)

November 27th
11:00 am MHEA (TN) vs. Fairley (TN)
12:30 pm East Central (OK) vs. White Station (TN)
2:00 pm Manassas (TN) vs. Faith Baptist (FL)
3:30 pm Memphis Central (TN) vs. Incarnate Word (Mo)
5:00 pm Southwind (TN) vs. HW Byers (MS)

Girls Basketball Scores - November 23, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 MLK Girls Semi Finals on Friday at Melrose High

3:00pm Whitehaven vs Manassas
4:30pm Hillcrest vs Southwind

Girls Basketball Scores - November 22, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Jasmine James Named SEC Player of the Week

image from Georgia Athletics site
Georgia's Jasmine James (Bartlett) was named SEC Player of the Week by the league office in Birmingham on Monday after averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals during a trio of Lady Bulldog victories during the previous seven days.

James, a 5-9, junior guard from Memphis, Tenn., scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor in Georgia's 68-49 win over Georgia Southern on Nov. 15. On Nov. 17, she flirted with a triple-double with game-high tallies of 17 points, seven assists and six steals – while also grabbing eight rebounds – in a 73-48 victory over College of Charleston. James led the Lady Bulldogs with nine rebounds and six assists and played all 40 minutes in a 67-60 win over No. 23 Southern Cal on Nov. 20.

Click here to read complete Georgia Athletics story

Girls Basketball Scores - November 21, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Monday, November 21, 2011

Central ranked #11 in POWERADE FAB 50 Preseason Hoopgurlz ESPNHS Rankings

The Powerade Fab 50 Preseason Rankings were just released. Central is #11 and will be hosting the Tennessee Turkey Jamm this week. I've highlight all ranked teams participating in the event. Click here for Turkey Jamm schedule

1 (NR) Nazareth Brooklyn, NY 29-3
2 (NR) Saint Marys Phoenix, AZ 26-2
3 (NR) Riverdale Baptist Upper Marlboro, MD 28-5
4 (NR) Spring Valley Columbia, SC 29-0
5 (NR) Saint Johns College Washington, DC 33-2
6 (NR) Hoover Birmingham, AL 33-4
Almost everyone is back, including Chardonae Fuqua, from last year's powerhouse, and additions include transfers Marques Webb, one of the country's top juniors, and Kara Rawls.
7 (NR) Mater Dei Santa Ana, CA 34-1
8 (NR) Bolingbrook Bolingbrook, IL 29-2
This team had major losses, including PG Ariel Massengale (Tennessee), but UConn-bound Morgan Tuck is a superstar centerpiece for a team that will dash around on defense and get out on the break, as usual.
9 (NR) St. Mary's Stockton, CA 29-2
10 (NR) MacArthur Irving, TX 35-2
11 (NR) Memphis Central Memphis, TN 29-9
The talented team that made a storybook run to a state title is all back and led by top senior prospects Aaliyah Whiteside (No. 23) and Danielle Ballard (No. 24) and junior Nina Davis (No. 58).
12 (NR) Clarksville Clarksville, TN 32-4
13 (NR) McEachern Powder Springs, GA 25-7
14 (NR) Twinsburg Twinsburg, OH 27-0
15 (NR) Riverdale Murfreesboro, TN 34-2
Another ultra-talented Tennessee team has toughness in Shacobia Barbee (Georgia) and creativity and long-distance shooting from PG Alexa Middleton, one of the country's top sophomores.
16 (NR) Wesleyan School Norcross, GA 31-2
17 (NR) Buford Buford, GA 30-3
18 (NR) M. X. Shabazz Newark, NJ 34-1
19 (NR) Good Counsel Olney, MD 29-5
20 (NR) Potter's House Christian Jacksonville, FL 36-2
21 (NR) Holy Cross Kensington, MD 22-6
22 (NR) Archbishop Carroll Radnor, PA 23-8
23 (NR) McKinley Canton, OH 25-1
24 (NR) Dr. Phillips Orlando, FL 31-2 A
25 (NR) North Little Rock N Little Rock, AR 28-1
With All-State selections Sandy Jackson and Lexus Williams returning for their senior seasons, the Charging Wildcats started their season with a 58-35 win over Central Arkansas Christian.
26 (NR) Cicero-North Syracuse Cicero, NY 22-3
27 (NR) Princeton Cincinnati, OH 23-1
28 (NR) Clear Springs League City, TX 33-3
29 (NR) Portland Central Catholic Portland, OR 29-4
30 (NR) St. Joseph's Academy Saint Louis, MO 27-5
31 (NR) Marion County Lebanon, KY 19-6
32 (NR) Norcross Norcross, GA 29-3
33 (NR) Trenton Catholic Trenton, NJ 31-4
34 (NR) Whitney Young Chicago, IL 26-4
35 (NR) Providence Day School Charlotte, NC 28-4
36 (NR) DeSoto DeSoto, TX 32-5
37 (NR) Hopkins Minnetonka, MN 30-2
38 (NR) Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC 25-5
39 (NR) Incarnate Word Academy Saint Louis, MO 26-4
Purdue-bound Taylor Manuel is a very talented post player who plays with skill and power, which her team will need in order for them to advance in the Nike TOC.
40 (NR) Germantown Academy Ft. Washington, PA 23-5
41 (NR) Regis Jesuit Aurora, CO 17-8
42 (NR) Montini Lombard, IL 36-1
43 (NR) Edison Huntington Beach, CA 29-4
44 (NR) DuPont Manual Louisville, KY 33-5
45 (NR) Detroit Country Day School Beverly Hills, MI 23-1
46 (NR) Hollywood Christian School Hollywood, FL 31-1
47 (NR) Konawaena Kealakekua, HI 33-1
48 (NR) Lincoln Dallas, TX 29-5
49 (NR) Eden Prairie Eden Prairie, MN 25-5
50 (NR) Edgewater Orlando, FL 24-2

This Week in Memphis Girls Basketball

2011 Martin Luther King Invitational @ LeMoyne Owen College/Melrose High
November 21 - 26
Click Here
Commercial Appeal
May be some changes in the middle school schedule

2011 Tennessee Turkey Jamm @ Central High
November 25-27
Click Here

Virginia stuns Tennessee Lady Vols

There's nothing like a reward to reinforce that hard work is paying off.

Chelsea Shine and Virginia learned that on Sunday afternoon, outlasting No. 3 Tennessee in overtime to give new coach Joanne Boyle a big victory in just her fourth game as coach. Could be that a national ranking is just around the corner, too.

"This goes to show that the hard work and the program that we're buying into is worth it and it's real," Shine said after scoring 18 points, including a basket early in overtime.

"Everyone on this team is totally sold out on what the coaches want us to do."

The Cavaliers (4-0) came into the game allowing just over 42 points a game, and dictated the pace against a Lady Vols team averaging 90.5 points and accustomed to playing at a fast pace.

And in the overtime, it was Virginia that dominated, scoring 11 consecutive points to answer an opening 3-pointer by the Lady Vols' Taber Spani. With each turnover forced, rebound secured or added points to their tally, the crowd of 6,450 loudly expressed its appreciation.

Click here for complete story

Girls Basketball Scores - November 19, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Friday, November 18, 2011

Oklahoma State women's coaches die in Arkansas plane crash

The Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach and his assistant were killed when the single-engine plane they were in during a recruiting trip crashed in steep terrain in Arkansas, the university said today.

Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna died in the crash Thursday afternoon in the Winona Wildlife Management Area near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock.

The pilot, 82-year-old former Oklahoma state Sen. Olin Branstetter, and his wife, Paula, also died in the crash. There were no survivors.

"This is our worst nightmare. The entire OSU family is very close, very close indeed," OSU President Burns Hargis said at a news conference. "To lose anyone, especially these two individuals who are incredible life forces in our family, it is worse beyond words."

Click here for the complete Commercial Appeal story

Girls Basketball Scores - November 17, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2011 High School Jamboree Recap - Ridgeway

from Commercial Appeal

Central girls coach Niki Bray, her team fresh off an emotional run to the AAA title last year, said the focus had remained good through the first two weeks of practice. And the Warriors, despite not using LSU-bound senior Danielle Ballard for the exhibition, appeared to show their usual brand of defensive mayhem in a 27-13 rout of Manassas, led by Georgia Tech signee Aaliyah Whiteside.

But Bray was not happy with the effort. “We seemed to forget everything we worked on for two weeks on defense. We haven’t even gotten to offense yet,” she said.

Overton’s girls, who have been to the state tournament the past three years, think they may have found a big piece of their puzzle with the arrival of junior Kelsey Briggs, the star of the Lady Wolverines’ 27-11 rout of a rebuilding White Station team.

“She’s a big guard who can drive to the basket, but also hit threes. She’s a big addition to a team the team that basically came back this year intact,” Overton coach Lynn Smith said.

2011 MAM Winter Basketball League - Deadline Extended to Nov 23

Memphis Athletic Ministries' 2011 Winter Basketball League will begin December 3. Registration deadline has been extended to is November 23.

Click here for flyer

Girls Basketball Scores - November 16, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Jasmine Newsome scores 39 points in UT-Martin Victory

The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team had Conference-USA opponent Southern Miss on the ropes early, and sophomore Jasmine Newsome (Millington) delivered several knockout blows en route to a record-setting performance in an 88-69 Skyhawk victory at the Reed Green Coliseum this evening.

With approximately 15 of her aunts, uncles and cousins watching her every move in the stands, Newsome knocked down a school-record nine 3-pointers and ended the night with 39 points, just one shy of Mary Kate Long’s program record of 40 points against Troy State on Jan. 21, 1989. Once the smoke cleared, the Millington native successfully converted 14 of her 25 field goal attempts, adding eight rebounds and seven assists before departing the game late as the Skyhawks held a comfortable lead.

Newsome’s nine trifectas are just one shy of the single-game Ohio Valley Conference record, held by Tennessee Tech’s Stefanie Holbrook in the 2004-05 season. Her nine 3-pointers are the most any opponent has made inside the Reed Green Coliseum.

Click here for complete story

Kaitlin Murphy helps Furman win

Kaitlin Murphy (White Station) scored 15 points and helped ignite an early second half run that powered Furman past Presbyterian, 63-47, in women's basketball action Tuesday evening at the Templeton Center.

The win was the first of the season for Furman (1-1), which plays its home opener on Thursday against Troy in the first game of a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Murphy delivered a pair of baskets and assisted on a another to fuel an 11-2 Furman run over the first three minutes of the second half, helping the Paladins turn a 22-18 halftime deficit into a 29-24 advantage.

Click here for complete story

Ashley Winston going to CBU

With the early signing period upon us, Bolton High School standout; Senior point guard Ashley Alexis Winston signs on to be a Lady Buccaneer at Christian Brothers University in the 2012-2013 basketball season.

After juggling two other schools Alabama A&M and Steven F. Austin in Texas Ashely decided to stay in her hometown of Memphis Tennessee. Her decision was decided after receiving a very generous academic scholarship from CBU and then she was presented with an offer to play as a Lady Buc. Ashley states this was conformation for her.

Ashley is the starting point guard for Bolton High School and also for team Tri-State Elite under coaches Fred Elchols and Evelina Wilburn.

Ashley was joined by her parents Frank Winston Jr. and Sonya Williams as she signed her Letter Of Intent.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ranked Teams participating in 2011 Tennessee Turkey Jamm

Top Ranked Teams in Tennessee Turkey Jamm based on Max Preps

Tennessee Turkey Jamm will be  November 25-27, 2011 at Central High School. Click here for schedule.

3. Memphis Central (Tenn.) (29-9)
Nine losses is a lot of losses for a Top 5 team, but the Warriors battled through tragedy (the deaths of two teens close to the team) and a brutal travel schedule. With everyone back, including seniors Danielle Ballard and Aaliyah Whiteside, Memphis Central has the talent and the schedule to make a run at No. 1. And just winning in Tennessee won't be easy, as Riverdale (No. 11 below), Clarksville and Mt. Juliet are all very strong as well.

6. Bolingbrook (Ill.) (29-2)
The Raiders lost their point guard to Tennessee and a post to Illinois, but they're still Top 10 material thanks to the presence of 6-2 UConn-commit Morgan Tuck and 6-3 Illinois-commit Nia Moore. Cabriana Capers, a mere 6-1, will go to Auburn, and junior guard Kennedy Cattenhead is also a Division I-level player. In short, don't expect much of a dropoff from the Illinois champs.

8. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) (27-4)
The two-time defending Missouri Class 5 champions have three starters back, including 6-3 post Taylor Manuel, and two sterling sophomores in 6-2 McKenna Treece and 5-6 Nikiah Bell. The Knights will play in the Nike TOC as well as against Whitney Young of Chicago, but the really big games for Incarnate Word are against intracity rival St. Joseph's Academy.

10. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (34-2)
Riverdale is behind Memphis Central only because the Warriors lost to Memphis Central in the state finals last spring. But with four starters back, led by Georgia-bound Shacobia Barbee, no one would be surprised if Riverdale avenged that loss when the teams meet in preseason. And no one would be surprised if they play for the Tennessee title again in March.

11. Twinsburg (Ohio) (27-0)
With 6-4 post Malina Howard and high-scoring Ashley Morrissette on the wing, the Tigers are the preseason favorite in Ohio - but it's far from a done deal. Games against Bolingbrook, Shabazz and Detroit Country Day give Twinsburg a chance to prove itself nationally, but in-state rivals Princeton and Canton McKinley might be just as tough.

12. Hoover (Ala.) (33-4)
This is the year for the Buccaneers: They have four returning senior starters, and another Division I senior who came off the bench, so Hoover fans would have high expectations even if 6-1 junior post Marques Webb hadn't transferred in. The Buccaneers only have a few key intersectional games, though, and they need to win them to stay in the Top 15.

Girls Basketball Scores - November 12, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

Girls Basketball Scores - November 15, 2011

Click here for Commercial Appeal Box Scores

2011 MLK Invitational Girls Boys Brackets and Schedule

Click on the links below to access Brackets and Schedules for the 2011 MLK Boys Girls Middle School and High School tournament games. Click the 4 Arrows in the bottom right corner to expand.

Ann Jones, Freshman of the Week

University of Memphis women's basketball player Ann Jones (Liberty Tech) was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week.

The 6-3 post player from Liberty Tech High in Jackson, Tenn., averaged 5.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Tigers' victories over St. Louis and Belmont. Eight of her 13 rebounds on the weekend came off the offensive glass.

Inside LSU Womens Basketball - Within the Lines

I love these kinds of videos.. It just inspires me and gets me hyped up to get an inside look into top programs. It also gives me the opportunity to show you college programs preparation, work ethic and drills.

Inside Coaches' Meeting

Inside Practice

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



MaxPreps just released there Pre-Season Ranking and Central is in the TOP 3.
Check out the break down of the top 5:


1. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) (30-4 last season)
If you like size, you'll love the Crusaders. Start with 6-3 forward Jonquel Jones, an underrated high school All-American, if there is such a thing, add 6-0 wing Jennie Simms (West Virginia), 5-11 shooting guard Kelila Atkinson (Wake Forest) and 6-2 post Brittany Jenkins-Murray, and there's size everywhere. Point guard Auteoanna Jones is "only" 5-7, but since she's just a sophomore, maybe she'll grow some. Oh, and Riverdale Baptist has a tremendous schedule, so if the Crusaders can run the table, they are a no-doubt No. 1.

2. St. Mary's (Phoenix) (28-2)
The Knights finally have some seniors, which is pretty scary since last year, without any, their average margin of victory in the Arizona 5A playoffs was 25.7 points. And even though seniors Shilpa Tummala and Cortnee Walton are NCAA Division I players, it's generally conceded that the junior class is stronger, and that's scarier still. On top of that, they're at home for the Nike TOC. If the Knights win in Phoenix, they should roll through Arizona.

3. Memphis Central (Tenn.) (29-9)
Nine losses is a lot of losses for a Top 5 team, but the Warriors battled through tragedy (the deaths of two teens close to the team) and a brutal travel schedule. With everyone back, including seniors Danielle Ballard and Aaliyah Whiteside, Memphis Central has the talent and the schedule to make a run at No. 1. And just winning in Tennessee won't be easy, as Riverdale (No. 11 below), Clarksville and Mt. Juliet are all very strong as well.

4. St. John's (Washington, D.C.) (33-2)
Four starters return for the Cadets, who lost only to Riverdale Baptist and league rival Holy Cross, a team they beat twice. In addition, St. John's brings in 6-1 freshman Dejanae Boykins and gets Jade Clark back from an ACL tear. In short, the Cadets should be better, and they'll get to show just how much so at the Nike TOC.

5. Norcross (Ga.) (29-3)
Any roster that includes 6-1 senior Diamond Deshields (daughter of former MLB infielder Delino DeShields) is going to be pretty formidable, but coach Angie Hembree also has senior Tori Carter, junior Shayla Cooper and sophomore Bri Williams back from the 29-3 Georgia 5A champions. There are also a couple of D-1 senior posts to anchor the inside game, and a solid schedule - all of which adds up to a Top 10 preseason ranking.


Gazmyne Herndon scores 40

Last night, in an overtime thriller between Cypress and Geeter Middle Schools. Eight grader, Gazmyne Herndon of Cypress, put up 40 points. Cypress came away victorious with a score of 51 to 48. Cypress has started the season off with a bang. They are 3 and 0. Gazmyne is also a member of TEAM Tennessee Glory AAU organization.

Email middle school scores or reports to

Another Recent Committment

Wooddale senior Jeri Crane recently committed to Bethune-Cookman University. Jeri is a slender 6'0 and can play multiple positions on the wing or in the paint. She is a member of Team Memphis Elite - Wade AAU team. Bethune-Cookman is located in Daytona Beach, FL.

Hall of Champions basketball games This Week


4th Annual Granny's Girls Basketball Camp Preview

This Saturday, November 19, 2011, I will be hosting the 4th Annual Granny's Girls Basketball Camp. This camp is in honor of my grandmother, Mattie Mae Woods, who passed away on February 6, 2008 from lung cancer. The American Cancer Society also benefits from this event. The camp is free to attend, however, participants are asked to donate 2 six packs of Ensure shake.

To give you some insight on how important the camp is to our local community. Last year, while I was delivering the Ensure shakes from the camp, I was told that the American Cancer Society had just ran out of Ensure. I had over 400 individual Ensure shakes in my vehicle. The previous 3 Granny camps have provided over 1200 individual bottles of Ensure shakes to Cancer patients.

This is the hardest and most emotional event I run each year. It gets very difficult for me to prepare for this event. I must take time to thank my family and staff for helping me put on this camp. I would also like to give a special thanks to Ridgeway Baptist Church. They allow me to host this event in their facility -- absolutely free.

If you would like to donate Ensure, feel free to visit Ridgeway Baptist Church at 2500 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis, TN 30119 during the camp hours of 10am-12pm.

Massive Changes to NCAA Rules

Author: by JC Kibbey of NCSA Athletic Recruiting

The governing body of college sports passed some of the most sweeping reforms in its history today.

Scholarship Awards

First, individual conferences may now elect to allow adding $2,000 “full cost-of-attendance” awards to schools’ athletic scholarships (no conference has yet had a chance to vote). Athletes’ busy schedules don’t allow much time to work, so it can be difficult for them to meet expenses that aren’t covered by their scholarships – food, books, gas, etc. The stipend is targeted at easing that burden, though some studies have shown that the average athlete pays as much as $4,000 annually in out-of-pocket college costs.

The new rules will also allow schools to offer athletes multi-year scholarships. The current model requires schools to dole out athletic scholarships one year at a time – critics of that arrangement charged that it left athletes susceptible to being dropped if they were injured or the coaching staff changed. The new arrangement aims to give athletes a more secure position from which to pursue higher education.

Read complete article here

2011 Pre Season Show Off Camp 2016/17 Class Evaluations

One thing I can say about the younger players of the camp. They were not intimated by the upper classmen.

Brianna Bullock (White Station) - 5'0 PG. Only 7 grader participant. Did very well against upper classmen competition. Displayed abilities to feed ball to the post. Has 3 point shooting range.

Chynna Ewing (Pulaski Heights (AR)) - 5'5 scoring guard Extremely confident player. Great ball handler, can get into paint, looks for teammates. Always trying to be involved on offense. Can go coast to coast in transition.

Daisha Jiles (ECS) 5'2 Shooting Guard

Emily Lytle (MHEA) 5'11 Three point Shooting Guard

Emily Ridgell (Pulaski Heights (AR)) - 5'5 scoring guard. Confident player. Can hit open jumpers.

Alexis Tolefree (Conway bob Courtway (AR)) 5'4 Smart PG, Good 1 on 1 defender, great entry passer, strong arm, confident, 3 point shooter

Monday, November 14, 2011

Erica Burgess leads Murray State to Victory

image from Murray State athletics site

After sitting out last season due to transferring from Southeastern Louisiana, Erica Burgess (Central) has come into this season on fire.

The Murray State women's basketball team opened the 2011-12 season with a 76-61 win over Evansville at the CFSB Center. The win marked the third-straight season that the Racers (1-0) have been victorious in their first game of the year and the second-straight to do so at home.

MSU was led by red-shirt sophomore Erica Burgess. In her first game with the Racers, Burgess tallied a team-best 18 points and nine assists, while shooting .500 (7-of-14) from the floor.

Read complete Racers story

Adrienne Pratcher gets second career start in Texas A&M win

Texas A&M used the starting lineup of Adrienne Pratcher (East), Sydney Carter, Tyra White, Adaora Elonu and Kelsey Bone. It marked the first start of Bone's Aggie career, the second career start for Pratcher, 55th for Carter, 72nd for White and 75th for Elonu

Tyra White scored 22 points, Sydney Carter added 14, and Adaora Elonu had 11 points and eight rebounds to lead defending national champion Texas A&M to an opening 83-58 win over Lamar on Saturday night.

White, Carter and Elonu are the three of 10 returning players from last year's 33-5 team that won the program's first NCAA title.

The No. 6 Aggies shot 47.5 percent from the field (29 of 61), outrebounded their smaller opponents 42-35 and generated 34 points off 28 Lamar turnovers.

Kalis Loyd scored 20 to lead the Lady Cardinals (1-1), who shot 35 percent from the field (20 of 57) and went 1-for-9 from 3-point range.

The Aggies led by 24 at halftime and by as many as 30 in the second half. They'll get tougher tests soon enough.....

Read complete Aggie story

Womens College Basketball Opening Weekend Recap


Arkansas upsets Florida St. on Sarah Watkins' 3-pointer

Image from Arkansas Athletic site/Story from

Junior center Sarah Watkins (Houston) hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to give Arkansas a 55-52 win over Florida State (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) in the Women's Basketball Invitational Tipoff on Sunday.

Watkins led the Razorbacks (2-1) with 15 points and nine rebounds. C'eira Ricketts had 13 points and Lindsay Harris added 10.

Chasity Clayton scored 15 points for FSU (2-1) and Cierra Bravard added 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. But the Seminoles lost the battle of the boards, getting outrebounded 44-26 by the Razorbacks.

There were six lead changes and three times when the score was tied in the second half.

Bravard made a layup with 43 seconds left to tie the game at 52.

The Seminoles had a possession after Watkins' 3-pointer. Tay'ler Mingo had a shot knocked away. FSU retained possession, but Mingo's inbound pass was picked off by Arkansas' Calli Berna as time expired.

Click here for ESPN Box Score

This Week in Memphis Girls Basketball

High School Jamborees
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ Ridgeway
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ Hamilton

Middle School Games This Week
Select Sport (Basketball)->Level (Middle School) -> Gender (Girls)
Click Here

Granny's Girls Basketball Camp
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Alicia "Red" Payne signes with UT-Chatt

The early signing period for basketball started this week and runs through November 16. There have been several signing events around the city of our Memphis Girls Basketball players. Below is a picture of White Station senior point guard and Team Memphis Elite - Daniels member, Alicia "Red" Payne, signing her letter of intent to play at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Please email signing event images to

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Memphis Women's Basketball Inks Highly-Regarded Six Player Class

The University of Memphis women's basketball team announced the signing of six women's basketball players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The class has already been called the No. 2 Recruiting class by what's Hoopgurlz classifies as Mid-Major programs, and that was without the addition of a junior college signee to bring the class to its total of six players.

The Tigers went around the country to put together a signing class that features two four-star guards, a junior college forward, a Memphis guard and two more three-star forwards from the prep ranks.

"The 2012 recruiting class is historic in terms of quantity, but more so in terms of quality," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "This group of six young ladies brings impressive individual credentials to the table. However, it is their collective focus on winning championships at the University of Memphis that excites me the most. For a second-consecutive year we add a local Memphis-metro product to our program in Ariel Hearn. We are also excited to welcome Asianna "Asia" Fuqua-Bey, Courtney Powell, Devin Mack, Jaymie Jackson, and Mooriah Rowser from the talent-rich states of Illinois, Maryland, and Ohio."

Click here for complete Tigers Athletics story

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pre Season Show Off Camp 2015 Class Evaluations

Brynn Holden (Briacrest) 5'9 Hard working Shooting Guard. Nice Size. Can handle basketball and make buckets.

Bailey Wilkes (MHEA) 5'7 Smooth Point Guard.. Gets into paint, Left/right hand. Looks up the court in transition.. 3 point shooter.

Christin Rogers (Conway High East) 5'9 Forward

Ciara Douglas (Southwind) 5'5 Extremely Athletic Guard. Excellerates in open court. Great at deflecting passes.

Destiny Henderson (Southwind) 5'5 3 point shooting Guard

Elise Holden (Briarcrest) 5'9 Hard working Shooting Guard.. Nice Size. Can handle basketball and make buckets.

Jada Walding (MHEA) 5'5 Forward

Jasmine Suggs (Southwind) 5'5 Guard..Nice body size and strength. Can handle the basketball

Julianne Bryson (Briarcrest) 5'5 Guard.. Knows how to move on offense without the ball..3 point shooter

Kayla Jones (Germantown) 5'3 Guard..Extremely quick feet..Knows how to run floor to get buckets

Micaela Norment (Conway High East) 5'9 Combo Forward can handle basketball. Play strong in post as defender and get buckets.

Phenica Howard (Munford) 5'3 Shooting Guard

To learn more about the Pre-Season Show Off Camp, visit .