Friday, June 29, 2012

Memphis Girls Basketball Fundamental Friday: Keep Getting Better

Here is an AWESOME video of current George Washington University Assistant/former Riverdale Baptist Head Coach,  Coach Diane Richardson. She breaks it down in a very entertaining way that you have to continue to get better. Each level of basketball, middle school - high school - college  and above, gets tougher.. You have to watch this!

2012 Battle in the Boro Schedule


2012 Michael T White Fila Nationals Schedule//Results


2012 Big State Flava Jam Schedule


Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 29, 2012

Appalachian State: Monique Govan joins women's basketball staff
Arizona: Women's Basketball Adds McEntire to Staff
Baylor: Women's Hoops Represented in 20th ESPY Nominations
Boston: The four newcomers hail from Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Ireland
Bowling Green: Emily London named assistant coach for BG basketball
Cincinatti: NBA and international roots inspire Bearcats assistant women's basketball coach Aaron Swinson
Louisville: Former Cardinal Great Angel McCoughtry Has Been Nominated for an ESPY
Stonehill College: Shannon Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Stonehill
Stony Brook: Chikilra Goodman, Teasha Harris and Latasia Ward to join Seawolves in fall 2012
Tulane: NCAA Unveils 2013 Women's Final Four Logo In New Orleans

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ashley Earley Joins Virginia Women’s Basketball Staff

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I am a couple of months late on this.. I did not know we had a former Memphis Girls Basketball player in college coaching. Briarcrest's Ashley Earley. Here is part of the press release.

Virginia women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle announced Wednesday (April 25) that Ashley Earley has been hired as an assistant coach with the Cavalier program.

At Virginia, Earley will mentor the post players and assist in all recruiting efforts. "I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this staff at the University of Virginia," Earley said.

"I believe that excellence is a habit and the University of Virginia is the epitome of this. UVa's tradition both in the classroom and on the court is unparalleled. Upon meeting Coach Boyle and her staff I was immediately impressed with their vision and excitement about the direction of the program and wanted to be a part of their future successes. I look forward to what we will accomplish at Virginia."

Earley arrives in Charlottesville after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette, where she served in a similar capacity developing the Golden Eagle post players. Marquette finished 24-9 in her first season in 2010-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 27, 2012

Arizona: Manning Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Bethany College: Gamboa signs with Bethany
Bloomfield College: Banneker point guard Rodriguez headed to Bloomfield
Central Florida: Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope Bracket Unveiled
Iowa Lakes: ILCC women's basketball signs two St. Louis preps
Northern Arizona: Women’s Basketball Alum, Coach Dinkins Hired by Idaho State
Memphis: Women's Basketball Adds Keila Whittington to Staff
Northern Illinois: Women’s hoops names alum Debbie Whitman as director of basketball operations for Bennett
Stevens Institute of Technology: Megan Haughey Named Head Women's Basketball Coach
South Carolina: Staley looking to build on team's success
Temple: Meg Barber Joins Women's Basketball Staff as an Assistant Coach
Tennessee: Pat Summitt supported during tournament
Tennessee: Summitt Aids Cause With Golf Tourney
Wisconsin-Oshkosh: Former UW-Parkside assistant chosen as new UWO women's basketball coach
Wheelock College: Adeduntan Named Head Women's Basketball Coach

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mississippi Girls Track AOY: Erika Sisk

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Last week, a dedicated ESPNHS team announced the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

Oxford's, Erika Sisk (Memphis Elite), was selected from Mississippi. She demonstrated that you can excel in not 1 sport but 2 sports while maintaining good grades in the class room.

THE WINNER: Erika Sisk


School: Oxford (Miss.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Jumps/sprints
Height: 5-foot-5


Athletic achievement: Sisk soared 40 feet, two inches to win the triple jump and captured the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, four inches at the Class 5A state meet, leading the Chargers to the championship as a team. She also ran the lead leg on the victorious 4x400-meter relay team and finished fourth in the 400-meter run.

Academic excellence: Sisk has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a basketball standout, she has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives and youth sports programs.


“Erika is one of those special athletes who has a positive impact on the team as a whole,” said Oxford coach Jamie Perkins. “She hasn’t had the type of training specifically for jumping, but she has been blessed by God with such natural talent.”

THE FUTURE: Sisk has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Murray State College this fall.

More Erika Sisk Accomplishments

Miss Track & Field: Sisk drawn to craft at early age
Sisk named female Athlete of the Year
Sisk earns ‘Pop Star’ Award

Womens College Basketball Daily News: June 25, 2012

Army: Emily Garner Named Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Auburn: Ty Evans Completes Women's Basketball Staff
Central Florida: Brett Fink Named UCF Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Depaul: DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto a trailblazer in women's sports
Eastern Illinois: Swickrath Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Ferris State: Excitement builds with hiring of Lamoreaux-Tate as Ferris women's basketball coach
Florida: Law's legacy apparent for UF women
Georgetown: Georgetown Women's Basketball Helps Celebrate Title IX  
Lipscomb: Brown tabs Wild for assistant coach position
LSU: Women's Basketball Signs Top JUCO Player, LaQuinta Jefferson
Tennessee Tech: Search back to three finalists,Kiley Hill,Jim Davis, Jeff Osterman
Misericordia: Allison Kern Named Women's Basketball Coach
Mount Marty College: MMC Women Sign Iowa Scorer
Northern Illinois: Whitman named NIU director of basketball operations for women's hoops
Oklahoma: OU lesson still extremely important
Thiel College: Ex-Allegheny men's basketball coach Clune hired to lead Thiel women
Tri-County: Tri-County Women’s Basketball Team To Hold Try-Outs June 27 And 28
UC Riverside: Women's Basketball Completes Coaching Staff Adding Shaw And Mendiola

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Womens College Basketball Daily News: June 21, 2012

Buoyed by Title IX, women's college sports have come a long way
Enterprise News
With a stroke of President Richard Nixon's pen, women's college athletics forever ... State ending in 1971 and a women's basketball coaching career at Stonehill ...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Auriemma says lawsuit won't be Olympic ...
The Times Herald
U.S. women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday the Olympic ... COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Auriemma says lawsuit won't be Olympic distraction ...
US women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma says lawsuit won't ...
Washington Post
CROMWELL, Conn. — U.S. women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday the Olympic team should not be distracted by an employment ...
The next hurdle: Women coaching men's teams
Oneonta Daily Star
It took a woman to bring men's rugby back to Ithaca College. ... Lin Dunn, 61, is the coach of the Women's National Basketball Association Indiana Fever ...
Gordon College adding women's basketball
Men's golf will still be offered, as will women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, softball, baseball and men's basketball.
Kentucky women add top-flight junior-college transfer
Lexington Herald Leader
Junior-college transfer Jelleah Sidney, a power forward, signed with the University of Kentucky women's basketball team and will have three seasons of ...

Lexington Herald Leader
Title IX at 40: Lobo had equal-rights law behind her -- and a strong ...
Ct Post
From UConn to playing in the WNBA to becoming an ESPN women's college basketball analyst, Lobo can point to Title IX as a key to that success, going all the ...
Nyack College Basketball Forward to Trasfer
Nyack College women's basketball coach Dave Julien has announced that Rachel Burnett, a 6-foot forward, is transferring from St. Leo's University in Florida to ...
Kalamazoo College hires head coach for first varsity women's ...
Women's lacrosse will be the first new varsity sport at Kalamazoo College ... Former Kalamazoo Central basketball standouts offer help at old stomping grounds ...
Notre Dame, NU lead way in APR scores
Chicago Tribune
Related; 'Consensus' reached on four-team college football playoff · Low ... DePaul women's basketball, meanwhile, earned a perfect score of 1000 as well.
College of Charleston Women's Basketball Coach Adair Announces ...
Beach Carolina Magazine (press release)
College of Charleston women's basketball Coach Adair announces 2012 signing class.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: 10 hoop teams receive postseason bans
San Angelo Standard Times
League officials will now have to adapt the new college basketball landscape. ... In football and women's basketball, the one-year numbers both increased ...
Bowlers vie for women's title - under Reno Arch
Reno Gazette-Journal
Then college basketball played on the deck of an aircraft carrier. ... Reno, five women will look to do the same under the Reno Arch in the U.S. Women's Open.
Former player named Hastings women's basketball coach
Lincoln Journal Star
Former Hastings basketball player Carrie Hofstetter has been named the new women's basketball coach at Hastings College.
College basketball locals: Barron grad Hawley to play professionally ...
Naples Daily News
Barron Collier graduate Michaela Hawley is adjusting to a new role for the Florida Southern College women's basketball team this season. After the best season ...
New CSU womens' basketball coach Ryun Williams adjusting to ...
Rocky Mountain Collegian
New CSU women's basketball coach Ryun Williams started his college basketball career in 1988 on the Carolina blue and gold floor of the Bruce Hoffman ...

Rocky Mountain Collegian
Auriemma sued; woman says she spurned advance
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL. News | Scoreboard ... Hardwick said Auriemma tried to kiss her during a 2009 basketball trip to Russia. She said he ...
UA assistant hired as NAU women's coach
Arizona Daily Sun
During her coaching career, Darling has coached at every level of women's basketball -- high school, junior college, college, and professional. She has been a ...
MCC hires new women's coach
Billings Gazette
MILES CITY -- Cathy Hanek of Youngstown, Ohio, has been hired as the women's basketball coach at Miles Community College. Hanek replaces Lindsay ...
Three players to join Malone women's basketball program
... Malone University women's basketball program during the recent NCAA Div. ... College…5'8 guard…four-year varsity letter winner…2010 3A State Player of ...
Iona's Goal Club Honors Six Hall of Fame Inductees
Talk of the Sound
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College Athletic Department held its 31st Annual ... at Iona College as the first captains of the women's basketball program - the ...

Talk of the Sound
U.S. women's basketball seeking 5th straight gold medal
The U.S. women's basketball team dominated the Beijing Games, winning by close to 38 points per game while ... Stony Brook in the College World Series ...

MSSU women's basketball team adds two transfers
Joplin Globe
MSSU women's basketball team adds two transfers ... had 48 points, 41 assists and 30 steals in 29 games as a freshman at Neosho County Community College.
Iowa Scene: Division III wrestling, Drake women's basketball
Cornell College associate director of athletics Dick Simmons has been appointed chair of the ... Iowa Scene: Division III wrestling, Drake women's basketball ...
Duke Blue Devils women's hoops show set for 2012-2013
As the summer heat starts to kick in, so does the offseason promotional work in preparation for the upcoming season for Duke Blue Devils women's basketball in ...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2012 Memphis Melissa Mcferrin Hoops School Team Camp Schedule

University of Memphis Team Camp Schedule for June 22-23, 2012
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Jamila "Mimi" Ajanaku transfers to Memphis

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 The University of Memphis women's basketball team added another local talent to the roster Tuesday as Central High School alum Jamila "Mimi" Ajanaku has decided to transfer back to the Tigers from Middle Tennessee.

Ajanaku played in 38 career games at Middle Tennessee, where the 6-1 guard went to three straight NCAA tournaments (2010, 2011, and 2012). In 2012, Ajanaku appeared in 13 games, making two starts, averaging 1.3 points and 0.6 rebounds, while helping Middle Tennessee to a 26-7 overall record.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Surina Dixon, Former Southwind Coach, Now Jackson State Head Coach

Jackson State University has named Surina R. Dixon – a seasoned basketball coach with over 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels – as the university’s head women’s basketball coach.

Dixon, a Mississippi native, comes to Jackson State from Southwind High School in Memphis where she compiled a 67-20 overall record over three seasons as head basketball coach. From 2005 to 2007, Dixon was the head coach for Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. Under her leadership, Lane’s Lady Dragons achieved a school record by scoring 119 points in a single game while holding the opponent to only 36 points. Lane’s women’s basketball team was competitive in the classroom as well as on the court. During Dixon’s tenure, the Lady Dragons posted one of the highest grade point averages and most wins in over a decade.

Prior to Lane College, Dixon spent four seasons as the head coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). While at UMES, she recorded three straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament first round wins, and her Lady Hawks teams graduated at a 99 percent rate.

Read complete Jackson State University News Room article

2012 Memphis Elite Camp Recap

I had the opportunity to check out part of the 2012 Melissa McFerrin Hoop School Elite Camp.  Some of the Memphis area players that I recognized were Laka Blache (Whitehaven/Memphis Elite-Holmes), Leigha Conley (Ridgeway), Khadejah Stevens (Trezevant/Memphis Bobcats), Janeka Williams (East/Tri State Elite), Erin Wilson (Southwind/ Memphis Bobcats), Amber Holmes (Southwind/Memphis Elite-Holmes), and Shandricka Sessom (Byhalia/Mississippi Glory).

During a position skill session, Amber Holmes looked very comfortable using both her left and right hand. She also shocked me with her strength and ability to get out of a trap of 2 huge post players during a 5 on 5 session. The first impression when you watch Shandricka Sessom is her slender build and her ultra athleticism. However, you will be equally impressed with her fundamental skills and I love her step back move. I haven't seen Khadejah Stevens play since before she entered high school and she played in the post. However, this summer I have seen her 3 times, including this camp, and she has been on the perimeter. With long arms and a slender build, I think it is a nice transition for this athletic lefty.   I have always enjoyed watching Laka Blache energy during games. But today was the first time I have actually stood next to her and she is huge. She already has a college ready body. I finally got to see H W Byer's Justice Martin (Mississippi Glory) and I like what I saw. If you leave her wide open, she will knock down the 3. She looks strong and is very aggressive. But what I liked most about her, was how vocal she was on the court.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Nina Davis, Cornelia Fondren receive BOP Awards

Central's Nina Davis is just a junior, but took home her second girls basketball player of the year award after averaging 19.4 points and nine rebounds per game. Overton's Cornelia Fondren, who will be heading to Syracuse in the fall, received the Athlete of the Year Award for MIAA and Harding's Ki'ana Christy received the award for Private Schools. Click here for a list of all winners

Friday, June 8, 2012

Nikki McCray's career was time well spent

Nikki McCray's (Collierville) sense of time didn't foreshadow her sense of timing.

The first definitely was a deficiency, requiring the forceful suggestion of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt and the generosity of a family member. When McCray arrived at UT as a Prop 48 freshman in 1990, Summitt advised her, "You're going to need a watch." McCray's aunt responded by giving her niece the timepiece off her wrist.

"I had no sense of time," McCray said. "I was late, late, late. That wasn't acceptable."
She wasn't tardy, however, for the explosion in women's basketball that coincided with the 1996 Olympics. In fact, she couldn't have plotted the arc of her career any better to take advantage of the opportunity.

"We talk about the timing of everything," McCray said. "The thing I've prided myself on is the people I've associated myself with."

She'll be in good company this weekend as a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2012. McCray, an assistant coach at South Carolina, will be inducted along with five others, including South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.

The induction ceremony is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bijou Theatre.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Blair Lansden, Former U of M coach to lead Hutchison girls team

Former University of Memphis women's basketball coach Blair Lansden has been named the head coach at Hutchison. The 10th-leading scorer in Arkansas history, Lansden was the head coach at Memphis from 2005-2008. At the time, she was just the third coach in Lady Tigers history. Lansden replaces Nikki White, who coached the Sting for the last three seasons.

2012 Summer Women’s NCAA Certified Events by State


Memphis Girls Basketball Off Season: Tony Wroten Workout

I personally love this video because Washington's Tony Wroten is a lefty. I'm not a lefty but I think lefties have the prettiest shot....but anyway...This work out demonstrates Wiz Khalifa's song "Work Hard, Play Hard". Just look how hard Tony goes through the drills.. He does not go through the motion slowly. He is aggressive and explosive. I Love It!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pepsi Best of the Preps awards show is coming June 8th

The Commercial Appeal's Pepsi Best of the Preps awards show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.

Memphis Girls Basketball Off Season: Fab Melo Work Out

Basketball is not one dimensional. Having the ability to score with counter moves is an awesome asset to have. What is a counter move? Its when the defense adjusts and stops you with you first move, then you come with another one. If you play the center position, this video is for you. Watch the variety of counter moves from Syracuse's Fab Melo workout.

Pat Summitt gets Medal of Freedom

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