Fifty 3rd-9th graders travelled from North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama and parts of Tennessee to participate in the Southeastern Elite Exposure Basketball Camp and Combine event in Nashville, TN.
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.
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.
The Showboat Fall Classic is the upperclassmen league. All high schoolers with a few 8th graders having the opportunity to participate.
As an 8th grader, it is quite an adjustment to play with high schoolers mentally and physically. However, three 8th graders did not get that memo. Unfortunately, it is rare in high school ball to see a player pull up for the short jumper. You either will see players shoot the 3 or attempt to go all the way to the basket. SG Alindsey Long (Colonial MS) is one of those players you will see pull up mid range with the prettiest shot and making a high percentage of them. Speaking of pretty shots. SG Kennedy Claybrooks (Arlington MS) is going to shock many with her offensive abilities.