Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Memphis Girls Basketball Fall Fest Flyer

*Fall Exposure League Registration is Open  Registration Deadline This Sunday September 1
*Pre-Season Show Off Camp Registration is Open
*Fundamental Intensity Camp Registration is Open 

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 30, 2013

Connecticut: Stokes Emerging As Dual Threat
Florida Atlantic: FAU Women's Basketball Hires Sophia Witherspoon as Director of Operations
Georgia Tech: Women's Basketball Gives Back
Grand Valley State: Women's Basketball Duo Reflect on Study Abroad Experience
Hartford: Rizzotti to be Presented Leadership Greater Hartford Polaris Award
Marshall: Hamilton's Homecoming Welcome for Herd
Oakland: Coach Tungate Speaks at Mid-Michigan Leadership Forum
Tennessee: Lady Vol Hoops Report - 8.29.13
Tennessee: Summitt Headed To Yankee Stadium

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 29, 2013

Auburn: Behind The Scenes: Auburn Women's Basketball Picture Day
Cincinnati: Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Schedule
Davidson: Aleksandravicius Signs With Lithuania Team in EuroLeague Women
Florida State: FSU Women's Hoops Releases 2013-14 Schedule
Georgia Tech: Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 ACC Schedule
Houston: Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Schedule
Indiana: Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Schedule
Iowa: Big Ten Announces 2014 Women's Hoops Schedule
Memphis: Three Memphis Appearances on ESPNU Highlight First American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Schedule
Michigan: Wolverines Finish Foreign Tour with Perfect 3-0 Record
Michigan: Wolverines Reveal Full 2013-14 Schedule
Missouri: Pingeton Announces Staff Changes
North Carolina: Carolina WBB Schedule Released
NC State: Announces Competitive 2013-14 Women's Hoops Schedule
Northwestern: Big Ten Unveils 2014 Women's Basketball Conference Schedule
Notre Dame: Announces 2013-14 Women's Basketball Schedule
Penn State: Lady Lions Reveal Big Ten Conference Slate
Pitt: Women's Basketball Debuts Inaugural ACC Schedule
Rutgers: Alex Alfano Joins Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team
SMU: New Era For SMU Women's Basketball Begins In December; First Game In Moody Coliseum Is Jan. 4
Syracuse: Women’s Hoops First ACC Slate Announced
Texas at San Antonio: Lubomyr Lichonczak named head women's basketball coach on Wednesday
Tulane: A Look Back At The Tulane 2012-13 Women's Basketball Season
UCONN: Women's Hoops Finalizes 2013-14 Schedule
UCF: Women's Basketball to Host Some of Nation's Best
Virginia: 2013-14 Virginia Women's Basketball Schedule Released
Virginia Tech: Announces 2013-14 ACC schedule
Youngstown State: Brandi Brown to Play Professionally in Sweden
Wake Forest: Announces 2013-14 Schedule

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

University of Memphis Releases 2013-14 Women's Basketball Schedule

Three appearances on ESPNU and eight games against five different teams that made the 2013 NCAA tournament highlight the University of Memphis women’s basketball team’s first-ever American Athletic Conference schedule released, Wednesday.

Memphis will appear on ESPNU in road games at Louisville (Jan. 26) and Temple (Feb. 9) and will host Louisville in a home game on ESPNU (Feb. 16). The three appearances on one of the ESPN networks mark the first Tigers’ appearance on the network since 2001 and marks the first season the Tigers will have multiple games played on an ESPN channel.

The Tigers will play eight regular season games against five teams that appeared in the 2013 NCAA tournament, including home-and-home contests against both teams from the 2013 NCAA Championship game, Connecticut and Louisville, and a home-and-home conference series against USF, an NCAA second round participant last season. In non-conference play, Memphis will face Texas A&M and Syracuse (both NCAA teams) and will play two non-conference road games at foes who appeared in their respective conference’s tournament championship games (at UALR, Nov. 22, and at Tennessee Tech, Dec. 14).

“This is probably the most challenging schedule in our history of Memphis women’s basketball,” Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. “But with that challenge, also comes great opportunity. It gives us an opportunity to show our young team what the elite of women’s basketball looks like, and over time, we will rise to meet that challenge.”

Journey to Memphis' Next Top Baller Episode 17

We finished up the last training session for August on Monday.

Monday's development session felt special to me. It was special because the training went from being about basketball to being beyond basketball.

There were 15 young ladies in the gym ranging from my 6 year old niece to 10th graders. The players were having fun competing, they were assisting each other during the drills, and they were encouraging each other.

Speaking of my 6 year old niece...Before each training session begins, I have the young ladies introduce themselves to the group of players. It's an opportunity for the players to learn each others name but also an early introduction to public speaking. My niece always hides behind me during this time. Well on yesterday, she was the first one ready to introduce herself. I'm so proud of her!

In the video, you will see a drill I used to work on speed, defensive slide and back pedaling. This drill got pretty competitive on Monday because the players were racing against each other. The last drill in the video is call line jumps. It helps the plays develop feet quickness. Check it out!

My trainings will be held on Mondays in September. If you have plans to try out for the school team this year or have an interest in working on development or your game for the upcoming season, learn more about my skill development sessions at

Also don't forget that the Memphis Girls Basketball Fall Fest will kick off on September 7 with the Fall Exposure League

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 28, 2013

Auburn: SEC Announces Women's Basketball Schedule
Colorado State: Rams announce premium partnership with Ehrlich Nissan, Volkswagen and I-25 Kia
Dayton: WOMEN'S Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Schedule Released Georgia: Lady Bulldogs Announce 2013-14 Schedule
Illinois State: Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule Lipscomb: Bowers back with Lady Bisons in new role
Nebraska: Huskers to Play 20 Games in Arena's First Season
Ole Miss: Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Schedule
Ohio State: Big Ten Announces 2014 Conference Schedule
Penn State: Lady Lions to be Featured on ESPN's Big Monday
Tennessee: Warlick Announces Women's Hoops Schedule
Virginia: Kim McNeill Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Xavier: Waugh Adds Garry Horton To Women's Basketball Staff

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 21, 2013

Davidson: Wildcats Play a Trio of ACC Schools, Host Rutgers as Part of Women’s Basketball 2013-14 Schedule
DePaul: Women's Hoops Announces 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule
Duke: Summer Update with Coach P - Part II of III
Florida Gulf Coast: @FGCU_WBB Unveils Challenging 2013 Non-Conference Schedule
Georgetown: Women's Basketball Releases 2013-14 Non-Conference Opponents
Michigan: Women's Hoops Euro Trip Day One Blog
Minnesota: Hoops Scramble Proves Successful Again
New Hampshire: Women’s Basketball Unveils 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule
Northern Iowa: NCAA Announces Top 30 For Woman of the Year Award
Penn State: VIDEO: Meet the Lady Lion Newcomers - Infinity Alston
Rice: Amber Cunningham Returns To Rice As WBB Video Coordinator
Santa Clara: EYEBRONCO: Catching Up with Iman Scott
UNLV: Keeping Up With Briana

Journey to Memphis' Next Top Baller Episode 16

I'm back in the gym after a short break for the summer. Twelve young ladies joined me in the gym to kick off August training on Monday, August 19.

It felt good to get back in the gym and work on agility and quickness with the ladder, speed dribbling and basic shooting technigue.

I also introduced the players to a reaction drill using racquetballs. We also worked on left and right hand development using the racquetballs.

My trainings will be held on Monday's throughout August and September. If you have plans to try out for the school team this year or have an interest in working on development or your game for the upcoming season, learn more about my skill development sessions at

Also don't forget that the Memphis Girls Basketball Fall Fest will kick off on September 7 with the Fall Exposure League.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 20, 2013

Boston: Cashman Named Assistant Coach at UMass Lowell
Boston College: Women's Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule
Buffalo: Rickan and Bradley Join Women's Basketball Roster
Davidson: Wildcats Play a Trio of ACC Schools, Host Rutgers as Part of Women’s Basketball 2013-14 Schedule
Iowa: The Next Chapter
Loyola Chicago: Loyola Races Past All-Star Vicenza, 100-56
Loyola Chicago: Meet The Newcomers: Taylor Nazon
Loyola Marymount: Inside the Lions: Getting to Know Jade Cheldelin
Northern Colorado: Oosdyke signs contract to play professionally in Iceland
Sacred Heart: Pioneer Pick Up Win No. 3 in Ireland 78-51 Over DCU Mercy
South Alabama: Fowler Adds TSU Transfer Donyeah Mayfield To Jaguar Roster
Southern Illinois: Defense comes first for Mercedes Griffin
Southern Illinois: The two sides of Dyana Pierre
UNLV: Lady Rebels Announce 2013-14 Slate
Utah State: USU Women's Basketball Names Ebony Haliburton Director of Operations
Vermont: Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Announced
Vermont: Pilypaitis Helps Canada Win Super Four International Tournament

2014 Houston Forward Alise Parker gives verbal to Providence College

Houston forward, Alise Parker, committed to Providence College over the weekend.

She had offers from UNC Wilmington and UNC Greensboro. Austin Peay, South Alabama, Mississippi Valley were also showing interest.
Alise Parker in the air

Alise chose Providence College because of the academics, the opportunity to play for a Wade Trophy winner in Susan Robinson and the opportunity to play in the powerful conference, Big East!

Alise plays AAU for Team Memphis Elite Williams.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Danielle Ballard (Central) Led LSU in Win over France

Click here for complete story

2013 Fall Women’s NCAA Certified Events by State

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 15, 2013

Alabama A&M: Randall adds late signee to recruiting class
Auburn: Women's Hoops Announces Non-Conference Schedule
Auburn: Stewart Hired As Director Of Basketball Operations
Colorado State: CSU women's basketball releases non-conference slate
Connecticut : Banks On Her Way Back To The Court
Dayton: Women's Basketball Tops Vicenza All-Stars
Duke: Summer Update with Coach P - Part I of III
Florida State: InternatioNOLES: Blog from Lake Como
Georgia State: Announces 30-Game Regular Season Schedule
Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets Win Third Straight on Foreign Tour
High Point: Panthers announce 2013-14 women's basketball schedule
Idaho: State Women's Basketball Opens Slate with Three Home Games
Illinois State: Foley Receives Garrett Endowed Scholarship
LSU: France All-Stars Hold Off Lady Tigers, 67-64
LSU: Ballard, Defense Key Lady Tigers Win Over France
Loyola Chicago: Loyola Kicks Off Italy Tour With 58-41 Win Over All-Star Italy
Memphis: Ramses Lonlack Joins Cameroon National Team For Pair of Tournaments
Northwood : Jenna Anastos Named Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Northwestern State: Lady Demons add Kasondra Foreman to coaching staff
Ole Miss: Former Rebel Yolanda Moore Named Women's Basketball Coach at LSU Eunice
Sacred Heart: Pioneers in Ireland: Day 1
Tennessee: Meet The Rookies: Jordan Reynolds
UNC: Tar Heels To Host Lady Vols On ESPN2
UNLV: Keeping Up With Denali
USC: Trojan Great Cherie Nelson Is Making An Impact In LA
Wagner: Getting To Know Your Seahawk Newcomers: Lyndsay Rowe
Xavier: Women's Basketball To Announce Non-Conference Schedule Via Twitter

Monday, August 12, 2013

Aaliyah Whiteside (Central) leds Georgia Tech in scoring in First Two Barcelona Exhibition Games

Read Yellow Jackets Fall Short to AMW France All-Stars

 Read Yellow Jackets Leave Barcelona with a Win

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 12, 2013

Dayton: Women's Hoops Dominates In Italy Exhibition Game
Eastern Washington: Ojeda Named To Puerto Rican National Team
Florida State: Day 3: InternatioNOLES Blog
Florida State: Day 2: InternatioNOLES Blog
Georgia State: Women Add JUCO All-America Center
Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets Leave Barcelona with a Win
Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets Fall Short to AMW France All-Stars
Illinois State: Seberger Interns with Home Sweet Home Ministries
Loyola Chicago: Swoopes Elected To National Basketball Retired Players Association
Loyola Chicago: VIDEO: Swoopes, Loyola Administration Discuss Detail Foreign Tour
Middle Tennessee State: Women's Basketball announces 2013-14 schedule
Northwestern: Wildcats Announce 2013-14 Nonconference Schedule
Notre Dame: #EUROTRIP13: Tradition Lives In Barcelona
Savannah State: Baker Adds Five To Women’s Basketball Roster
Tennessee: Meet The Rookies: Mercedes Russell
USC: Women of Troy Add Two Transfers For 2013-14

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Torri Lewis, Kaylan Pugh Strong Showing at 2013 Nike Nationals

Full Court released their list of 2015 players that stood out at the 2013 Nike Nationals. Torri Lewis (MHEA) and Kaylan Pugh (St. Mary's) made their list. This is what they had to say.

Torri Lewis, 5-9 shooting guard, Tennessee Flight Silver - 15U Nike Nationals/MHEA (MS) [home schooled]
On first glance, Lewis looks like your classical zone-busting spot-up shooter of average athleticism. The surprise is that she runs well and can guard a better athlete more than would be expected. She plays in a home-schooled league, something that has been growing in recent years.  In a few years, she will probably play in a more well-known league, one something of the level of the SEC if she so chooses.

Kaylan Pugh, 5-10 forward, Tennessee Flight Silver - 15U Nike Nationals/ St. Mary's Episcopal High School
Taking a charge on a Pugh drive would be a good excuse to leave the court. Strongly built, she likes to drive going hard right. In the paint, Pugh is very willing to hit the boards, playing taller than her height. Adding some shooting range would make her a lock for a BCS future.

You can check out the full article here.

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 8, 2013

Art U: Women's Hoops Goes Big To End Off-Season
Auburn: Meet The Newcomers: Melinda Brimfield
Baylor: Opens Big 12 Play at Kansas State
Boston: Agboola, Gallo Participate in Summer Internships
Boston College: Six Women's Basketball Players Named to the All-ACC Honor Roll
Bowling Green: Roos Adds Leah Bolton to Falcon Fold
Colorado: CU Buffs promote Jonas Chatterton
Connecticut: Hartley Is Back On Her Game
Dayton: Women's Basketball To Tour Italy
Drexel: Wootton Joins Drexel Women's Basketball Staff
Duquesne: WBB Releases 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule
Florida State: Day 1: InternatioNOLES
Georgia: Mitchell, Cross Join Lady Bulldog Basketball Staff
Kentucky: UK Hoops Reveals 2013-14 Nonconference Slate
Louisville: Getting to Know Emmonnie Henderson
Loyola Marymount: Inside the Lions: Getting to Know Alyson Lock
Michigan: Checking In With Siera Thompson
Northern Arizona : All-Access with Jamie Shadian at the Maccabiah Games: Final Blog
Northwestern State: NSU announces Learie Sandy as new assistant coach
Notre Dame: #EUROTRIP13: Bidding Farewell To London
Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Roll To 101-54 Victory In #EUROTRIP13 Opener
Penn: Women's Basketball Introduces Five In Class of 2017
Princeton: Former Women's Basketball Captain Brown '10 Awarded Fullbright Scholarship
Rice: Women's Basketball Releases Schedule
Tennessee: Holly Warlick given extension, raise
Tulsa: Women's Hoops Announce 2014 Conference USA Schedule
Vanderbilt: Women's basketball hosts youth for community service event
Wayne State: Women's Basketball Concludes Elite Post Camp

Journey to Memphis' Next Top Baller Episode 15

I couldn't wait to put this episode up. Here is video from training on July 27, 2013.

This video gives you an example of what training sessions are about. We work on fundamental basketball skills like ball handling, shooting, and agility. But in the beginning of the video, you get to see an example of how we work on this in a creative way where the players get to have fun and compete against each other.

Basketball also involves quick hands, quick reaction and hand-eye coordination. The last two drills in the video show a way I use to develop the three skills.

Individual skill development sessions will be held on Mondays in August and September. If you are interested in attending a training session, click here. Also don't forget to check out the events for the Memphis Girls Basketball Fall Fest held on Saturdays in September.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

3 Academic Resources for Girls Basketball Players

By Patosha Jeffery, The Girl's Basketball Trainer

School is now in session in Memphis. Last week I provided 4 Academic Success Tips today I want to provide 3 Academic Resources.

These resources can help you get an advantage in certain subjects like math and science by acting as a personal tutor and even help you with ACT and SAT test preparation.

Check out the video:

Team Tennessee Glory 2014 wins 2013 Basketball on the Bayou Copper Division Championship

The Team Tennessee Glory 2014 ends there club basketball careers with 4 wins and the Championship title of the Mardi Gras Copper Division at Basketball on the Bayou in New Orleans, July 22-25. All players have received several Div.1 interest. Congrats to all these veteran Glory athletes. Best wishes and all the success in your college careers.. GO GLORY!!

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 6, 2013

Georgia Tech: Women's Basketball Swarms Europe
Kentucky: Gold-medal winner Harper ready to bring international experience to UK Hoops

Thursday, August 1, 2013

4 Academic Success Tips for Girls Basketball Players

By Patosha Jeffery, The Girls Basketball Trainer

August is here which means school is right around the corner. August 5th to be exact for Memphis. To help you kick off the school year on the right note, I wanted to share with you 4 tips to help you maintain good grades.

You know that I love the game of basketball. But most don't know that I am equally passionate about academics. Being a STUDENT-Athlete was very important to me.

I graduated from junior high school with the highest GPA in the 9th grade class. I graduated from high school with the second highest GPA as co-salutatorian with my teammate. I graduated from college in the top 10% of my College of Business class.

Before you take what I just said the wrong way or discount your abilities to accomplish what I did, understand that I was not the smartest person at the school. I just knew what I wanted and did what I had to do to get it. I was not even trying to accomplish the things I mentioned.

Watch the video to see what I really was trying to do and how you can too.

In the video, I refer to other videos, lessons, and tips. You can find them at the MVP Roadmap.

Womens College Basketball Daily News - August 1, 2013

Boston College: Q&A With Karima Gabriel
Colorado: Women's basketball: Ky Weston leaving CU Buffs
Connecticut: Huskies Recognized by President Obama With Trip to the White House
Fairfield: Announces Contract Extension For Head Coach Joe Frager
Hawai Pacific: Women’s Basketball Adds Former Husky/Cornhusker
Northwestern State: Former NSU standout named to Trinity Valley CC Hall of Fame
St. Bonaventure: @BonniesWBB Names Nabrizny Director of Basketball Operations
South Carolina: Women's Basketball 2013 Summer Blog - Week 9
Tennessee: Taylor Joins Tennessee Staff
UIC: Forty Flames to Follow' for 2013-14: Rachel Story
UNLV: Lady Rebels Giving Back To The Community
UNLV: Keeping Up With Alana