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.

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