Celtics, Tigers and Magic Battling at the Bluff

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The summer is rolling right along and Memphis is the place to be right now with the Battle of the Bluff in full effect.

The Nashville Celtics, Tennessee YOMCA Tigers and Memphis Magic are rushing through pool play getting hyped for bracketology today.

The Celtics cruised through pool play 3-0 behind the skills of Jon Hood (Kentucky), Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) and Drew Barham (CBHS).

Prather has continued to impress with his physical attributes while Barham has been consistent in his stoke.

Chris Reaves (Bolivar Central) showed out the first couple of days knocking down threes and proving his mid-major status among coaches in attendance.

Ricky Williams (Liberty Tech) has also played well scoring and leading the team.

The Tigers are more than happy with the return of John "Silk" Jenkins (Station Camp). The Vandy commit has energized the troops and they seem to be playing at another level. Jenkins has been the consistent scorer during their 2-1 pool play run scoring 27, 25 and 16. Gary Pope (Ensworth) helped the damage scoring 17 in the first contest while Zaccheus Mason (CPA) dropped 14 and 16 in the second and third contests.

Taverres Jefferson (Ensworth) and Hunter Miller (CPA) have been consistent scorers in the double digit range.

The Memphis Magic (Pacers) made some very interesting additions to their squad and are one of the top teams at the event. Joe Jackson (White Station) leads the Magic along with fellow Class of 2010 backcourt mates Tim Peete (Memphis Central) and Mardracus Wade (Mitchell). The name that keeps coming up among coaches in attendance is Tarik Black (Ridgeway). The young man has went from gangly prospect with limited skills to one of the more intruiging big men in the Class of 2010. A rising star in the rising junior class.

Over in the 16 and under division the Nashville Celtics welcome back "King" Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro). The rising junior is more than anxious to get back in the flow of the game and has played well thus far according to coaches and onlookers. Also playing well for the Celtics the usual suspects Ish Sanders (Cleveland), Mitchell Hill (Cookeville), Meiko Lyles (NCA) and Jay Murphy (Bolivar Central).