Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pre-Season Show Off Camp Thank You

Its a great feeling to be able to provide the young ladies in the Memphis area an opportunity to Show Off their skills during the fall NCAA evaluation period. GreatJob2Day! The talent level of this event has increased tremendously over the past 4 years. I appreciate all the players and coaches that have continued to support this event. You are helping to establish the foundation for Memphis to be a location that coaches must come to during the fall period. The Pre-Season Show Off Camp is one of the biggest secrets right now. Boy does the future look bright! I will be working hard over the next couple of weeks writing evaluations, recaps, and putting up videos.. I love it!!! ----Patosha Jeffery

Friday, September 28, 2012

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 28, 2012

Albertus: Women’s Basketball to Play at the Brand New Barclays Center
Iowa: Kat Peschel Finds '2nd Family' in Iowa City
Kentucky: UK Hoops turning to '40 Minutes' mantra to deliver on lofty expectations
Lipscomb: Where are they now? Beth Bradley
Tennessee: Eight With UT Ties In The WNBA Playoffs

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 27, 2012

Alabama: Six Women's Basketball Games to air on Regional or National Networks
LIU Brooklyn: Members of Women's Basketball Team Have Successful Trip to South America
Purdue: Women's Basketball Hires Assistant Coach, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton
Rogers State: Long Releases Hillcats 2012-13 Schedule
Santa Clara: Women's Basketball's Katie Hawkins Talks About Her New Lifestyle as a Bronco
Texas: UT Athletics invites local schools to the 40 Acres this November

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Central High's Nina Davis, two-time Best of Preps top player, commits to Baylor

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The University of Memphis put on a full-court press — including a meeting with school president Dr. Shirley Raines — in an attempt to secure the services of Nina Davis. But ultimately an offer from the defending national champions was just too good to turn down.

Davis, the two-time Pepsi Best of the Preps player of the year from Central, verbally committed to Baylor Tuesday afternoon, choosing the Bears over the Tigers and Vanderbilt. She will make her choice official during the early signing period, which begins Nov. 14.

“Everybody thinks I picked Baylor just because they won the national championship,” said Davis, a 6-1 wing who is ranked 52nd in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.

“That is a plus but I really bonded with coach (Kim) Mulkey and the players. At the end of the day, it was Baylor that had me the most.”

As excited as she is to be a Baylor Bear, the decision was also a gut-wrenching one for Davis. She’s good friends with current Tiger guard and former Arlington star Ariel Hearn and Lady Warriors coach Niki Bray said the U of M was hoping to make Davis the face of its program as it moves into Big East Conference play after this season.

Davis said she didn’t come to her final decision until early Tuesday morning and then had to call and break the news to U of M head coach Melissa McFerrin.

“That was the hardest phone call I’ve ever had to make. I heard (McFerrin’s) voice crack. I was still torn until 7 o’clock this morning. It’s not like there’s anything bad about either school and it makes me feel good to know that (Memphis) said they will support me regardless.”

Despite her national profile, Davis said she still has doubters and she aims to prove them wrong at the next level.

“I’ve always had people doubt me wherever I went,” she said. “They (Baylor) had a drawing board with the players on it and there’s one other girl that plays my spot. If I go in and outwork her, I can be in the starting line-up.”

Said Bray, “She’s got to get stronger. They see her as being a 3-4ish type of player. They feel like she can create mismatches. And she can rebound the ball so well, you saw that all summer long going up against bigger girls. She’s just a very efficient player.”

And they’ll be getting a player who’s even better off the court than she is on, according to Bray.
“She’s been the rock of our program,” Bray said. “I’ve had teachers tell me they’ve rolled out of bed (especially) to see Nina play. She’s been our leading scorer since she was a freshman but it’s the intangibles that set her apart. She is so humble ... she’s just a special child. What you see is what you get with her.”
Davis, who averaged 19.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for the Lady Warriors last season, is the second high-profile Memphian to commit to Baylor in the last week, joining White Station class of 2014 standout LeRon Black.

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 25, 2012

Duke: Blue Devil Women’s Basketball Turns to iPads
Kansas: Bonnie Henrickson Hosts Free Coaching Clinic
Stanford: The First Day Of Class For Freshman Hoopsters
St. John's: Second-Annual Dribble For The Cure To Air Live Via STJ-TV
Tennessee: Bashaara Graves loves her hometown, and Lady Vols

Thursday, September 20, 2012

2012-2013 Shelby County Middle School Schedules

Womens College Basketball Scholarship Offers Breakdown

The environment surrounding recruiting is continually influenced by many different entities, each having their own agenda. The NCAA has an impact through legislation, knee jerk reactions and vision…or sometimes a lack thereof. College coaches can alter the landscape through their methods, ethics and style. It’s difficult for athletes, their families and coaches to effect change as most pass through the process once and move on. However, there are situations where recruiting decisions on their end results in changing recruiting trends. Three separate conversations in the past week convinced me to set aside another topic I was writing on and address a theme that seemingly needs attention time and again. The topic du jour is “offers”.

Let’s get the simplest aspect out of the way first, that being the role that a scholarship offer plays in an athlete’s decision. It’s a given that, unless she’s planning on walking on, there has to be an offer on the table for a recruited prospect to choose a particular school. That part is obvious, but it’s not in the “decision” aspect of the process where offers are creating some unnecessary detours and speed bumps. It’s the role they play in the “recruiting” part of the process that leads prospects and programs alike to rush, alter and even compromise their approach.

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Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 20, 2012

Arizona State: Sun Devil WBB to Recognize 40th Anniversary of Title IX at 2012-13 Season Opener
Baylor: Lady Bears to Make Five ESPN Appearances
Baylor: Griner and Sims on 'Wade Watch' list
Bucknell: Women's Basketball Releases 2012-13 Schedule
Depaul: Anna Martin Named to the Preseason Wade Watch List
Fairfield: Women's Basketball Completes 2012-13 Schedule With Announcement of MAAC Slate
Georgia Tech: Getting To Know: Breana McDonald
Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech proudly unveils state-of-the-art McCamish Pavilion
Jacksonville: Twelve Home Games Highlight JSU Women's Basketball 2012-13 Schedule
Kansas: Kansas WBB Lands Three FSN Games
Kentucky: A'dia Mathies Named to Preseason `Wade Watch' List
LATech: Lady Techster Welcome Back Supper Set for Oct. 8
Louisville: Shoni Schimmel is One of 25 Players Named to the Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List
St. Bonaventure: Jessica Jenkins Signs With Keflavik Club of Iceland
Loyola: Women's Basketball Announces 29-Game Slate
Maryland: Alyssa Thomas Named to Wade Watch List
Ohio State: Tayler Hill Named to Preseason Wade Watch List
Niagara: MAAC Releases Women's Basketball Conference Schedule
Notre Dame: Skylar Diggins Named To 2012-13 Wade Trophy Watch List
Oregon State: Women's Basketball Announces Remainder Of 2012-13 Schedule
UMass: Cerie Mosgrove Continues Professional Career In Luxembourg
San Diego: A women's basketball blog by Brittany Conger.
Siena: Complete Siena Women's Basketball Schedule Unveiled
Stanford: Chiney Ogwumike Highlights Preseason Wade Watch List
Texas: Texas will make a national appearance on FSN at least five times during the upcoming season.
Texas: Chassidy Fussell named to 2012-13 preseason `Wade Watch' list
UAlbany: Women's Basketball Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson Receives Contract Extension Through 2016-17
West Virginia: Five Women's Basketball Games to Air on FSN
Vermont: UVM Women's Basketball to Appear on ESPN3 During America East Slate
UConn: Dolson, Hartley & Mosqueda-Lewis Named to Preseason Wade Watch List

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cheridan Burroughs Class of 2014 Recruiting Update

Received an email from forward Cheridan Burroughs' (Houston/Memphis Lady Bobcats-Harris) AAU Coach,  Dexter Harris. Cheridan has drawn interest from Chicago State, Northwestern State and North Alabama.

Aysha Harris Class of 2014 Recruiting Update

Received an email from guard Aysha Harris' (Houston/Memphis Lady Bobcats-Harris) AAU Coach and Father, Dexter Harris. Aysha has drawn interest from Kennesaw State, North Alabama, UT Martin, Cincinnati, UT Chatt, Southern Miss, George Mason and Norfolk State University and making plans to visit 3 schools next month.

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 19, 2012

Duquense: Atlantic 10 Releases Women's Basketball Conference Schedule
Evansville: Epps hopes to change opponents' image of UE's women's basketball team
Fordham University: Announces 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule
George Washington: GW Women's Basketball Unveils 2012-13 Schedule
Holy Cross: Women's Basketball Announces 2012-2013 Schedule
Kansas: Wade Watch List Includes Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich
Memphis: Brittany Carter Inks Professional Contract to Play in Israel
Penn State: Lady Lions' Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas Named to Wade Watch List
St. Bonaventure: Bonnies A-10 Schedule Announced, Look To Defend Title
Saint Joseph's: Women's Basketball Announces 2012-13 Schedule
Temple: Temple Announces 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule
Vanderbilt: Christina Foggie on Wade Watch List
UMass: A-10 Women's Basketball Schedule Revealed
Xavier: Women's Basketball Completes 2012-13 Schedule with A-10 Slate

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kaylan Pugh gets love from Peach State Basketball recently released their recap of their July event, Real Deal in the ‘Ville. This is what they had to say about St. Mary's sophomore Kaylan Pugh.

Kaylan Pugh (Collierville, Tenn.) — Team Arkansas Elite Jr. — 2015
One of the quickest combo guards that we saw at this event was 5-9 Kaylan Pugh. She is equipped with crafty handles and the ability to get to the rim with her explosive first step. Pugh has the ability to run the show from the point guard position, but is more effective off the ball where she attack from the extended elbow. Pugh is definitely one to watch in the near future.

Click here for the complete recap

Marisa Knox Class of 2014 Recruiting Update

Received a text from point guard Marisa Knox (Center Hill/Memphis Bobcats-Harris). The following schools are showing interest in her: Auburn, Austin Peay, Brown, Colgate, Illinois State, Kansas, Lehigh, Memphis, Mount St. Mary, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Southern Miss, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.

2012 Fall Exposure League Week 1 Recap

The 2012 Fall Exposure League kicked off on Saturday. The talent level in Memphis and the surrounding area is extremely good. This year's event offer a variety of talent and players representing public schools, private schools, home schooled, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. It is a great event for young and old girls basketball fans to see.

Sweet Home Alabama
Camillia Carter
It says alot about a parent and player to travel over 3 hours to participate in a basketball event weekly. Camillia Carter, a senior shooting guard from Hueytown, AL, is on a mission to get her name out, display her talent and secure an athletic scholarship in basketball. She is a member of the Alabama Twisters summer program and academically has made an ACT score of 19. During her week 1 game, she showed her ability to be a very aggressive on the ball defender and a guard with 3 point shooting range.

Hard Knox Life
I was very impressed with Marisa Knox's (2014/Center Hill) performance on Saturday morning. There was just something different about her demeanor. She played with much energy and aggressiveness. She is definitely a pure point guard-always looking up the court to get the ball to an open teammate and looking to pass in the half court set. She doesn't look to score much but she likes the elbow shot and penetrates to the basket with intent.

Long and Tall
Certain body types just stick out on the court and Ineashia Claybrook (2014) and Amber Braxton (2014) has the body type. Both are extremely slim with extremely long arms. Ineashia Claybrook is from Gates, TN and plays the guard position for Halls High. Today she showed her energy, ability to slash and get to the basket for buckets. Amber Braxton at 6'0 has a very mild demeanor on and off the court. But don't let it fool you. On the court, she will score on the perimeter and in the paint.

Top Scorers
Game 1:
Maryland - Brynn Holden 19 points
Stanford - Breanna Cowans 8 points, Tori Doehring 8 points
Game 2:
UConn - Karnesha Trent 11 points
Duke - A'Queen Hayes 17 points
Game 3:
Baylor - Ineashia Claybrook 10 points
Notre Dame - Sydney Malone 14 points
Click here for complete list of Week 1 scorers

It's Showtime
After watching Week 1 games, It was decided that there was too much talent in the building to not record it. So from this point forward, the league games will be recorded. The recordings will be used for evaluation purposes. Also, a game of the week will be selected to watch on or

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 18, 2012

Davidson: Women's Basketball Takes Part in Davidson's Run for Green
Duke: Blue Devils Tabbed No. 3 Nationally by Lindy’s
Indiana: An inside look at the family atmosphere within Indiana women's basketball.
Tennessee: Meet the Lady Vols: Winning a 'pride thing' for Andraya Carter
Tennessee Tech: Golden Eagle women's basketball schedule for 2012-13 announced

Monday, September 17, 2012

Janeka Williams Class of 2013 Recruiting Update

Received an email from Janeka Williams' (East /Memphis Tri-State Elite) AAU Coach, Fred Echols, She  visit University of Texas-Arlington this weekend and next week she will visit UAB.

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 17, 2012

Drake: Ten best things about Drake women’s basketball
Elon: Women's Basketball Teaches Responsibility at Eastlawn Elementary
Georgia State: Maryam Dogo's journey from Africa to play basketball in America
Michigan State: Two MSU women's basketball players suspended 9 games, Kiana Johnson and Akyah Taylor
Notre Dame: Tough lineup should help Irish grow
Rice: Reem Moussa To Represent Egypt In FIBA Africa Tournament
San Diego State: Beth Burns Nominated for 2012 Woman of the Year Award
Siena: Jaques, new staff settle into routine after busy summer
Southern Miss: Women's Basketball Team Aids in Building Habitat for Humanity Home
Temple: Women's Basketball Alum Kristen McCarthy Signs With Faenza in Italy
Tennessee: Cierra Burdick brings hard-work mentality to Lady Vols
Tennessee: Hoops Rookie Adjusting Nicely Freshman Andraya Carter
Tennessee: Pat Summitt receives more honors
Texas Christian: Mittie Agrees to Contract Extension at TCU
UNLV: Nevada native Kalee Whipple joins UNLV coaching staff.
Utah State: Cristal Turner and Stephanie Bairstow played at the FIBA 3-on-3 World Championships

Friday, September 14, 2012

Aliyah Miller Class of 2013 Recruiting Update

Received an email from Aliyah Miller's (Southaven/Memphis Elite) AAU coach, Eric Daniels, she is visiting Providence this weekend officially.

Tiara Caldwell Class of 2013 Recruiting Update

Received an email from Tiara Caldwell's (Millington/Memphis Elite) AAU coach, Eric Daniels, she is visiting UT Martin this weekend officially.

Coaches’ in-home visits becoming less critical

Here is an article from the Memphis released on September 9, 2012. This article is primarily geared towards mens basketball recruiting so I’ve made notes in red to give you the womens basketball version. I believe it has some very useful information about how recruiting is transitioning because of technology.

There was a time when a Division I basketball coach’s dropping into a prospect’s living room was a big, formal event. Back then, in-home visits were part occasion and part presentation, and they almost certainly left an imprint on the prospect and family.

Nowadays, visiting a prospect at home is much less profound and can be one of the more campy components of recruiting, from University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner’s point of view, especially if the house guests have been courting the prospect for any length of time.

Click here for the complete article

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 14, 2012

Alabama A&M: Women's Basketball Releases 2012-2013 Schedule
Boston: Caroline Stewart Signs Contract to Play in Northern Ireland
Brown: Jean Marie Burr Announces Women’s Basketball 2012-13 Schedule
Louisville: Annual Women's Basketball Luncheon on Oct. 23 at the KFC Yum! Center at Noon
Notre Dame: Notre Dame Announces 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule
Old Dominion: Women's Basketball Releases 2012-13 Conference Schedule
Sagina Valley State: Cardinal Women's Basketball Seeking Students to Form 'Scout Team'
Tennessee: Hoops Hosting "Meet Your Seats" Sept. 18
Texas A&M: Women’s Basketball to Hold Walk-On Tryouts
Texas A&M: Aggies Cruise to 101-37 Victory Over FIP
Texas A&M: Texas A&M Downs Famila Schio, 105-48
Texas A&M: Aggies Roll Past All-Star Italy, 93-46
Texas A&M: Aggie Women Fall to All-Star Italy, 57-61
Texas A&M: Aggies Announce SEC Women’s Basketball Schedule
West Virginia: Women’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Monday

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MIAA rule sends message about academics

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Brian Tate is disappointed that he's not able to watch his son Kylan suit up for the Central High football team this fall because of Memphis City Schools' 2.0 rule. But he does think the right message is being sent.

"It's been a good lesson," he said. "His mom and I stress academics ... he's accepted it and now his focus is on improving his grades. He's an athlete and he plans to try out for the basketball team.
"They've taken the pass/play rule and they've upped the ante with it."

Kylan Tate, a sophomore who was expected to challenge for the Warriors starting quarterback job according to his father, would have been eligible under the old rule, which stated players had to pass five classes. But under the new rule, which states that players have to have a 2.0 grade-point average in the previous semester in order to play, he wasn't.

The rule became effective in March of this year and applies to all interscholastic activities.
And while it's too early to assess the full impact of the rule, school board member Betty Mallott said the message, an increased focus on academics, is getting across to students and parents.
"The purpose is to motivate the students to work harder academically," she said. "Too many young people involved in sports think that's their only avenue and they don't develop other aspects.
"It's a shift in values. Even if it gives them an excuse to go home and study just so they can stay on the team (that's a positive.)"

Shunice Herron Class of 2013 Recruiting Update

Received a phone call from Shunice Herron's (Bolivar) father, Jeff.--- Shunice committed to Tennessee Tech this past weekend.

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 13, 2012

Air Force: Senior Year...with Katie Hilbig
Austin Peay: Lady Govs basketball adds former Gov Jerome Jackson to staff
Coastal Carolina: 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule Announced
Georgia Tech: Getting To Know: Nariah Taylor
Nebrasak Omaha: Former Oklahoma State Guard Carolyn Blair-Mobley Joins Mavericks
Northeastern: Women's basketball announces 2012-13 conference schedule
Notre Dame: Notre Dame to join Atlantic Coast Conference
Purdue: Women's Basketball Will Hike for Hunger
San Diego: USD Women's Basketball Schedule Released
Troy: Rigby Announces First Women's Basketball Schedule
UMass: May Kotsopoulos Joins UMass Women's Basketball Staff
UMass: Minutewomen Announce Non-Conference Opposition
Youngstown State: YSU Releases 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kiandria "KiKi" Patterson Recruiting Update

Received an email from KiKi Patterson's (Columbus(MS)/Memphis Elite) father, Mark.--KiKi committed to Mississippi State University on September 3, 2012. She had offers from the following: Lousiville, Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Ole Miss, Auburn, Utah and others.

2012 Fundamental Intensity Camp Recap

The 2012 Girls Basketball Fall Fest kicked off last weekend with the 2nd Annual Fundamental Intensity Camp. 16 players participated in the middle school session representing Mt. Pisgah, MHEA, Schilling Farms, Woodward Academy, and Millington. The young ladies went through 3 hours of skills and drills focusing on 3 key areas, Agility and Power, Being a Balanced Player and Becoming an Offensive Threat. Check out some of the behind-the-scenes video:

Womens College Basketball Daily News - September 12, 2012

Albertus: JR Fredette Named Falcons’ Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Baylor: Lady Bear Welcome Back Supper
Davidson: Preseason WNIT Highlights Davidson Women's Basketball Schedule for 2012-13
Longwood: Longwood Announces 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule
Michigan: Catching Up With Nicole Elmblad
Mississippi State: Breanna Richardson commits to MSU women
Northern Iowa: UNI WBB Announces Conference Schedule
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville: SIUE Announces Women’s Basketball Schedule
UMass: Amber Dillon, Victoria Stewart Join Minutewomen Basketball Team