2017 Arlington High School Play Day

High School regular basketball season is right around the corner in Memphis which means it is Play Day and Jamboree season. Arlington High School Play Day has been on my must-attend list for several years now and this year was no different. However, this one felt slightly different to me with the amount of players that was not participating or arrived late. But, they had good excuses: It was the first day of Peer Power’s ACT Prep series. A player was on a visit at a university. Then you had some out due to injuries which is not good. My favorite quote is “be prepared for an opportunity, than have an opportunity and not be prepared”. So with players missing- it gave others the opportunity to see some action, gave coaches an opportunity to evaluate different lineups and gave me an opportunity to see players I may not have seen otherwise..

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2017 Barret’s Chapel Middle School Play Day

Coach Natasha Perkins, Barret’s Chapel

Barret’s Chapel’s basketball coaches, John and Natasha Perkins, hosted their 2nd Middle School Play Day. This dynamic husband-wife coaching duo is super dedicated to the sport of basketball and to the players that they coach. At Barret’s Chapel, they are sharing the sideline in a different format with John coaching the boys team and Natasha coaching the girls. I’ve known these two for quite some time. I am so, so super grateful for the support and faith they had in me during my early days of running camps and hosting training sessions.

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Tennessee Prep Academy Inaugural Season

There’s a new high school girls basketball team in Memphis called Tennessee Preparatory Academy aka TPA. TPA is actually 3 years old but this is the first year for the girls program.


The team is led by well-known Memphian, Rodney Newsom. He is no stranger to success on the boys/mens side of basketball. He was a member of a Hamilton High School squad that won a State Championship. He then took his talents to then Memphis State University were they had several trips to the NCAA tournament and went as far as the Elite Eight.

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Power5BBall Inaugural Mid America Exposure Camp

My first introduction to Coach Cliff Coleman was at his Inaugural Last Chance Evaluation event in 2016. I was very impressed with the amount of players in attendance for the skill development portion of the event, which was separate from the competition session. Coach Coleman is an AAU veteran and a popular trainer in the Nashville area. He has a unique training style that translates into his Power5BBall events. The format is fundamental intensive, game speed, and progressively competitive based.

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