How ironic is this little fact.
In the two biggest most prestigious Memorial Day tourneys the 15 and under squads from the Bluff City came home sporting silver.
As previously reported the M33M Ballerz grabbed the silver at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions losing in the final to the very tough Ohio Basketball Club.
Down in Nashville the Memphis YOMCA 15's did themselves proud finishing 5-1 on the tourney before falling to a tough Houston Hoops squad in the title game.
The wins give the Y a 17-2 mark on the season and project them as one of the top teams in nation. Shining throughout this past weekend were Chris Jones (Melrose), Wayne Martin (Mississippi), Andre Hollins (White Station) and Nino Johnson (Melrose).
Jones is stone cold demon on the floor hitting shots from everywhere and has not one ounce of fear in his game. Hollins continues to make a push for the top player in this class with his hustle and hihg basketball IQ. Martin is a pure powerhouse and already a coveted prospect.
The talk from onlookers was the emergence of the 6'6 Johnson. Getting better with every game this youngster has put himself on the recruiting lists of most schools in the Southeast.
Down in the 16 and under division the YOMCA finished 2-2 after playing in an extremely tough pool. Coaches praised the play of a relative unknown Montez Pfeiffer (Southwind). Look for major action and traffic jams on the road leading to Southwind in the next couple of seasons. Steady is what Julian Burton (White Station) is known for. Running the show and getting everyone involved is job #1 for the precocious point man.
Special mention to the efforts of Rashad Harris (Raleigh-Egypt), who is ready to explode on the scene and the steady contribution of my man Nicholas Mason (Fairley).
In the 17's the YOMCA finished 2-2 after being shacked up with Athletes First in pool play. Ian Clark (Germantown) continues to turn heads with his efforts from the outside. His stock is on the rise so mid-majors it looks like a good time to buy.
Also drawing praise for their efforts include Leslie McDonald (Braircrest Christian), Farrahkon Hall (White Station) and Cordario Macklin (Ridgeway).