Summer basketball gets underway in alot of places in the coming weeks so now is the time to profile some of the top teams in the state in this age group.
Always near or at the top of the list this group of Bluff City youngsters is no exception. Running in the backcourt for the YOMCA, Chris Jones (Melrose), Steve Kaspars (ECS), Kerell Davis (Hillcrest) and Micah Givens (ECS). Jones was outstanding this season, his first as a high school player, leading Melrose to a surprise finish on the season. Davis is one of the most talked about youngsters in the city and will get to showcase his talents along the way. More backcourt help will come from the likes of John Lynn (Germantown), Brandon Bullock (White Station) and Denzel Hardy (Southwind).
On the wing the Y looks to Andre Hollins (White Station). The talented newcomer was a vital cog in The Stations run at state and looks to be a key for this squad during it's summer run.
Inside the Memphis crew will look to big Wayne Martin (Mississippi), John Ingram (Treadwell), Cameron Rias (Hamilton) and Nino Johnson (Melrose) for scoring and heavy board work. Martin is a top flight talent who is being courted by all the major programs at this tender age. Rias is loaded with ability and Johnson may become the best of the bunch when it's all said and done.
Depth is always a staple of these Memphis squads and this one appears to have plenty of that. You will see an abundance of talented players from 1-12 giving effort and getting themselves better for their coming years.
Mr. Jimmy has the ball rolling again with a very talented young group of players led by one of the state's best in the Class of 2011, Kendren Johnson (Marshall County). Johnson was instrumental in helping lead the Stars to the 15 and under title at this past weeks Riverdale Classic.
Johnson will be joined by a talented group of players including Terrence Dixon (LaVergne). The 6'0 point man made his impact felt on his high school squad this season starting alot of games in crunch time. His best ball is certainly ahead of him.
On the interior the Stars welcome 6-7 post Cedric Williams (Riverdale) and Oscar Butler (Siegel). Both players will be looked upon to provide steady boardwork and score meaningful points in the paint.
One of the most talked about players for the Stars thus far has been 6'1 animal Tre' Darius Geoff (Columbia Central). Don't let the size mislead you this young man is a beast. His effort is unparallelled and he gets to balls most others cannot. A pleasure to watch on the floor.
Guard play will be the highlight for the 2011 version of the Nashville Celtics. Small but quick and nasty in the backcourt Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) and Janeal McDonald (Riverdale) will give opposing guards fits on both ends of the floor. Anthony, whom we've dubbed Ant2, for his striking resemblance to former Liberty point guard Anthony Sampson, is a bundle of energy and is quickly learning the right way to play the position. McDonald is also quick and seasoned after some valuable varsity this season for the Warriors.
Depth in the backcourt will be key with Class of 2012 up and comer Austin Blackwell (MBA), Levi Randolph (Alabama) and Jamar Pope (Alabama) all prepared for a ferocious summer.
Liberty Tech continues to pump out good players, this time talented 6'2 wing Joevantae Arnold will be the latest Coach Williams player to show what he can do.
Inside the Celtics will rely on decent size and skills led by 6'5 Cade Johnson (Alabama), Cole Robinson (Hillsboro), and Robert Veal (Ravenwood).
New organization trying to get their feet wet in the world of summer hoops. Players who may not be household names as of yet, but will be before to long. In the backcourt the SEI will feature Bre Hughes (Hillsboro), Robert Duncan (McGavock), Brandon Crowder (MLK), Cordarius Burns (Mt. Juleit) and Brian Hilton (Maplewood).
On the wing and inside the squad is led by talented Frank Lebasco (Station Camp). The 6'4 wingman will be someone who surprises everyone this summer with his skill level and effort. Joining Lebasco will be Justin Perry (Overton), Aaron Booker (East Literature) and 6'5 post Darryl Clack (Maplewood).
Part two fo the 15 and under squads will post sometime tonight and feature the Memphis Stallions, Tennessee Travelers, and East Tennessee Force.