Will AJC’s Mr. Basketball and Jelan Kendrick be teammates again at Memphis?

Memphis has an outside shot at raiding Georgia for its top two senior basketball prospects.

Wheeler’s Jelan Kendrick, who was the state’s lone representative in the McDonald’s All-America game, has already signed with Memphis. Earlier this week, Memphis offered a scholarship to the AJC’s Mr. Basketball, Westlake’s Marcus Thornton.

Could Memphis raid Georgia for its top two senior basketball prospects? Yes, if Jelan Kendrick has his way (AJC photo)

Could Memphis raid Georgia for its top two senior basketball prospects? Yes, if Jelan Kendrick has his way (AJC photo)

Kendrick and Thornton have a history: They were teammates at Westlake two seasons ago, before Kendrick transferred to Wheeler for his senior year.

And guess who highly recommended Thornton to the Memphis coaches last weekend? Yes, it was Kendrick.

“I just said Marcus was a great player,” Kendrick told the AJC, “and that we played together in high school. I let them know that we played very good off each other, and complimented each other’s game. I told my coaches (at Memphis) we could continue that in college, too.”

Thornton, who has been besieged by offers since gaining his Clemson release last week, was unavailable for comment. He is one of college basketball’s hottest free agents, with his offer list including Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia Tech and UGA.

At Memphis, the 6-foot-7 Kendrick is projected to play one of the guard positions. The 6-8 Thornton will play small forward or power forward at the next level.

“I mean, the guy is huge,” Kendrick said of Thornton. “All I had to do was throw it down low, clear out, and let Marcus do his thing. Or he would kick it back out. Marcus tried to feed off me, and I tried to feed off him. I enjoyed playing with him in  high school.”

For basketball observers who are unaware of Thornton’s abilities, Kendrick said the best thing about his former — and hopefully, future — teammate was his attitude. “We have the same mentality about basketball, and that would be winning. That’s the most important thing, rather than any individual goals.”

Thornton had a monster senior season, averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds, while leading Westlake to the championship game in Georgia’s largest division. The two remain friends, although they haven’t spoken in a few weeks.

What advice would Kendrick give about recruiting? “I’d definitely tell Marcus to take his time, do what is best for him, go to a school where you can get a good education, and pick a basketball system that is the best fit in the long run … And I would also tell him to choose Memphis.”

Kendrick talked while he was munching on dinner in New York. He was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic, which will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday in Madison Square Garden (ESPN2-TV). Wheeler coach Doug Lipscomb is an assistant with Kendrick on the East team.

Kendrick is one of the most prolific basketball recruits in Georgia prep history. He attracts attention wherever he goes, and recently spoke to the AJC to address many of the misconceptions about his career, including the reasons behind playing at three different high schools in four years:

My transition from the summer (of 2008) averaging 30 points … to the summer of this year, averaging way more than that in scoring and all different categories — this year people thought I fell off, as far as my high school season (17 ppg. at Wheeler), when I really didn’t. I was just taking a different perspective to the game. I wanted to get my team more involved so we could win. That’s my whole purpose in playing basketball, to win. And my team this year didn’t need me to score as much as they did in the prior years. Another thing, people always have something to say about my attitude, being where I’m from or whatever the case may be. But you can ask any of the high school coaches who have coached me and they have nothing bad to say about me. I dedicated my time to basketball, and they’ve seen my hard work. I think they were glad to see how I took the game of basketball and evolved with it. And you know, people always ask me why did you move around so much? It was not my decision. I would’ve loved to have stayed at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy with my coach, but he left to go to a college team. My mom and dad decided that I needed to go to a different school. Last year, around summer time, I wanted to (finish at) Westlake so badly but my mom and dad decided that I needed to go to another school. People always thought I was making my own decisions, but it was my mom and dad’s decision. I’ve never questioned their decisions because their decisions have helped me so much in life.

For the rest of the interview, click here.

50 comments Add your comment

harold

April 15th, 2010
9:27 pm

THIS KID DOESN’T WANT TO GO TO A PROGRAM LIKE GEORGIA, THAT IS NOT COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL. HE NEEDS TO PLAY FOR A PROGRAM LIKE TENNESSEE AND A GREAT COACH LIKE BRUCE PEARL GEORGIA DOESN’T HAVE IT!

Worm

April 15th, 2010
9:32 pm

How’d Memphis fare in the NCAA tourney?..Probation to follow.

hind tit

April 15th, 2010
9:35 pm

if i remember correctly i believe uga beat tenn. one time this season and almost twice.

Home boy

April 15th, 2010
9:46 pm

no need to write articles about players that could have gone to UGA or Tech and jumped ship to go play for some out of state school after getting their education and training from Ga tax payers money. why do you continue to do this ajc? There are plenty of players remaining in state to write about not some disloyal turncoat (age doesn’t matter) like da rick, maya moore. kendrick, etc. if a player is not offered by a in state school then God bless him he can go anywhere.

Home boy

April 15th, 2010
9:51 pm

harold where in tenn do you live? if you live in that depressed state then speak your mind. if you live in Georgia then just shut up. If you were born and raised in Ga and pull for an out of state school then shut up and move to that state and SHAME ON YOU YOU INGRATE

Bama Bill

April 15th, 2010
9:51 pm

His explanations are rubbish – recruiting by Wheeler has been the rule for years ! Wheeler should be booted form high school leagues and just admitted to some sort of AAU travel ball year around.

Trae Golden Fan

April 15th, 2010
9:54 pm

Oh please … Trae Golden wipes his butt with Jelan Kendrick paper. That’s a TRUE Mr. Basketball!

djc

April 15th, 2010
9:54 pm

Memphis won 20 games even with Coach Cal taking all of their recruits with him to Kentucky this past season. They have the top recruiting class coming in next season and a young, energetic coach who can win. These kids want to play ball where they can get the most exposure to help their draft stock. Memphis will give them that, UGA can not at this time.

cdog

April 15th, 2010
10:05 pm

GEOGIA HAS A TERRIFIC BASKETBALL PROGRAM.TREY THOMPKINS AND LESLIE ARE COMING BACK, MARCUS THORNTON WOULD BE WISE TO SIGN WITH GEORGIA.THIS TEAM IS UP AND COMING ESPECIALLY WITH THE SIGNING CLASS.PLUS THE POLEE KID IS COMING ABOARD.THORNTON WOULD BE A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL HERE AT UGA

Buzz

April 15th, 2010
10:16 pm

I dont see him coming to GT, now that Memphis is in race too.

WheelerFan #2

April 15th, 2010
11:03 pm

lol at the Golden comment…trae is good but hes not on jelans level

Richard Lane

April 15th, 2010
11:08 pm

As a Memphis fan living in Georgia, I can understand why a great player like Thornton would choose Memphis over Georgia. Memphis is a school where basketball is #1 and plays in an NBA arena that is almost always packed with greater than 18,000 fans. The program has a history of numerous NCAA appearances and has been to the final 4 three times. The new coach has one year under his belt and pulled off a miracle winning 24 games with only 4 scholarship players available when he arrived, only 1 a starter. While doing this he has signed what is considered the #1 recruiting class in the nation with Jelan Kendrick being a big part of it but with one other Jordan Brand All American and another McDonald’s All-American. The future looks very bright there and the City of Memphis worships its basketball team.

I have all the respect in the world for Coach Fox and he has several great players but basketball will always be second fiddle to Football at Georgia, as it is at every other SEC school except UK.

I hope he takes his time and makes the right decision for him, but I also hope to see him suit up as a Tiger because with him Memphis might make a run at the NC next year.

Tdawg

April 15th, 2010
11:19 pm

djc BS. The only way Memphis or any team from Tennessee would ever and I emphasize “ever” win anything, is if they raid the best talent from other states. Don’t give me that crap about coming to Memphis or Tennessee and winning anything. When has Memphis or Tennessee ever and their is that word “ever” again won a BB national championship. NEVERNEVERNEVER that is unless you count the lady Vols. Don’t think that he wants to play for them though. Come to think of it the only reason the lady Vols ever win it is because they also go outside the state for their star players.

It would be nice if Marcus were to stay in state and not follow his traitor friend to Memphis. For crying out loud, how many players can sign with Memphis? Crap they already have 6 commits. I thought that their was a limit as to how many scholarship player’s a school can have. Is Wheeler a Georgia high school? Not sure as so many of the Wheeler kid’s bolt for the out of state schools. Where is their head coach from? Not Georgia I’d wager. Man I just love it when schools like Memphis and Tennessee and Kentucky get on here and brag about their BB programs when they all know that if they had to win with home grown talent they’d suck to high heaven.

Taco

April 15th, 2010
11:25 pm

Memphis? Are you freaking kidding me? What a joke. That is an awful town and only second in the nation to Detroit in violent crime per capita. Come on kid get real, ride around Memphis for a few hours and wear a darn bullet proof vest. The ATL is like Disney compared to that place. If you want to be a gang banger and do some good drugs when you have free time, Memphis is the place to be!

World Wide Wes

April 15th, 2010
11:27 pm

Personally, I don’t think the Tigers need Thornton to make a run. I think Thorton could help but I think Memphis with Coleman, Garcia, Witherspoon, Joe Jackson, Kendrick, Barton are six really good players. If you throw in a couple of specialist like Crawford, Hippo, Black, and Sallie I think that is going to be a really tough team to beat.

Kentucky fans keep drooling over Kanter but Garcia may be the best kept secret in college basketball right now.

Lastly I think that Memphis’s run and gun style of play is a style that Thornton would excel in. The kid needs to make the best decision for him but he needs to pick a coach that can develop him and care.

Tdawg

April 15th, 2010
11:30 pm

Richar Lane with him Georgia might just make a run with him also. You won 24 games last year. Your schedule was a joke. Let’s see Ohio State, Texas, Olkahoms, Brigam Young, West Virgina, Flordia to name a few. Theses teams seem to field a pretty good BB team year in and year out, so don’t give me that crap about beinging second fiddle playing at a football first school. We Georgia fans root just as hard for our dawgs as you do for your tigers.

WheelerFan #2

April 15th, 2010
11:31 pm

“no need to write articles about players that could have gone to UGA or Tech and jumped ship to go play for some out of state school after getting their education and training from Ga tax payers money. why do you continue to do this ajc? There are plenty of players remaining in state to write about not some disloyal turncoat (age doesn’t matter) like da rick, maya moore. kendrick, etc. if a player is not offered by a in state school then God bless him he can go anywhere.”

is that a joke? by saying that then you’re a hypocrite since GA schools recruit outside their state- stafford, knowshon, chris bosh etc etc all from other states…who are you to say where any kid can choose where they want to go to college and play a sport?

tdawg- why is it so hard to believe kids leave the state? they go to schools where they want to go, and where basketball is more important, as in the case of Athens, or they just want to be with a better coach, as in the case of Hewitt….no one cares about basketball in athens, so why on earth would a top recruit go there when they could play at UK or Duke or UNC or any other school where basketball is more important

World Wide Wes

April 15th, 2010
11:33 pm

Memphis is a fine place to live and a great school. There is a lot of support. I have a sibling down in ATL, so we visit frequently. They are basically the same city, just one has more gays and it ain’t Memphis.

Memphis has some seriously talented kids coming through the high school system right now over the next four years. Go check the rankings if you don’t believe me. You have Thomas next year, Stokes, Black, Williams etc.

Jason

April 15th, 2010
11:35 pm

He is not going to Memphis or UGA…he’s going to Georgia Tech.

World Wide Wes

April 15th, 2010
11:41 pm

Tdawg Memphis barely enough players to field a squad last year. You had players playing out of position. You had a completely new system. Angel Garcia tore his ACL before the season started. Memphis played extremely well last year considering the obstacles in their way.

Memphis will be back in the spotlight next year. As much as some of you guys hate this, Memphis isn’t going anywhere.

ButlerDawg

April 15th, 2010
11:56 pm

Thornton is a Georgia boy and should suit up for his home-state Dawgs! He would be a HUGE piece in Fox’s efforts at building an elite program! Athens wants you, Marcus!

Tech Fan

April 16th, 2010
12:49 am

Go to Tech. Better competition. Better chance of getting to the NBA. And if not, better education.

JUSTAFAN

April 16th, 2010
8:12 am

Tdawg,we are sittin’ here reading your blog and we’re betting on weather u r slow or r u a light retard.Tennessee has won as many BB championships as Georgia…none.Second,only an idiot would expect a major college or univ. to recruit from their state only. Name a major college or univ. that has won a major championship with local players exclusively.That is simply small minded. Now we can sit here all day and debate on who has better High School BB,Tennessee or Ga.but lets keep it real and admit that Georgia just came up as a high school “HOTBED”over the last 5 or 6 years and Memphis has been THAT since the middle 70’s.PLEEEEASE do not compare the Tennessee athletic program to Georgia’s program. YOU CAN’T WIN !!!There is a reason why these players flock to Knoxville.They have simply gotten tired of the “GOOD OLE BOY” system at UGA !!!

Gemini

April 16th, 2010
8:21 am

Taco, those are some of the most ignorant comments I’ve seen. I really hope you are not from GA. You are a complete embarassment to the state.

yellarjacket

April 16th, 2010
8:30 am

World Wide Wes – Do you guys still have Elliot Williams? I got to see him play before he transfered from Duke. That guy can jump out of the gym. If you guys land Thornton, then you’ll be the favorite to win Conference USA next year for sure. Hope he stays in state and picks Tech though. He’ll get to play right away, since we’re losing both Lawal and Favors. He’ll only have to compete with two redshirt freshman for playing time. Hopefully next year our more experienced guards will be able to get him the ball.

[...] In other recruiting news, apparently the Memphis Tigers have now entered the mix for Mr. Georgia Basketball player Marcus Thornton. [...]

Nolesfan

April 16th, 2010
9:52 am

TDawg- Are you that retarded to think a kid would not leave state. I am a Nolesfan, but why don’t you take a look at the Duke roster and tell me where there kids come from, because it is for the most part not North Carolina. Another point is that Josh Pastner first objective is to build a wall around Memphis as far as recruiting goes and have 3 of their recruits being local to the area (Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, and Chris Crawford).

You also speak as though Georgia has this great basketball tradition which they do not. Memphis has been to 3 Final Fours and has a very rich tradition. The Facilities are amazing with the Finch Center being their practice facility and playing games at the state of the art Fedex Forum. You are surrounded by pro players and the recruits love Beale Street.

Why would anyone want to play at Georgia Tech for a Lame Duck coach who is clueless about the X’s and O’s of basketball or play at Georgia when there are only a 100 people to come watch games and the Steg is not exactly a great Venue. I think Mark Fox is a really good coach, but until the Facilities are improved and the fan support is there, Georgia will not be able to recruit with the big boys.

World Wide Wes

April 16th, 2010
9:58 am

Elliot has declared for the draft. I think it’s a plus he is leaving slash stinks he is leaving. With him leaving it opens the door for one newcomers to get more playing. At the same time if he was staying we would have some experience out there(and a pretty good player). He will do well in the NBA. He works hard on getting better

JUSTAFAN

April 16th, 2010
10:55 am

Nolesfan, that was well said. I will say that players will always come to Ga.Tech just because it is Ga.Tech, because they continue to put players in the league year in and year out, and because of the lure of the city of Atlanta. I’m sorry, not to mention the value of an education obtained at G-Tech.

W/E

April 16th, 2010
10:57 am

Carvell- did you really just call Doug Lipscomb Todd Lipscomb? Between this, the constant mispelling of Jelan Kendrick’s name in your articles and the fact that you worship the ground that David Boyd walks on, methinks you have a vendetta against Wheeler.

W/E

April 16th, 2010
10:57 am

Or just a complete disrespect for Wheeler

Nolesfan

April 16th, 2010
11:42 am

I could not agree more Justafan. Atlanta and GT will always get some great basketball talent as being in the Hip-Hop capital of the SE speaks for itself. If Hewitt were worth 2 cents this team would be a sweet 16 contender each and every year. If you had Mark Fox at Tech, then you would be able to see that. I feel he will do very well, but he needs facility upgrades and fan support. It has nothing to do with a school being a football school or not. Tennessee is in the Top 3 every year in Bball attendance with Pearl at the helm and UT is a football school. The same holds true for the support that Florida and Texas get for their basketball programs respectively.

Big Ern McCracken

April 16th, 2010
12:38 pm

I’m a huge UGA fan, born and raised in Memphis and still living here. Grew up living and breathing Tiger basketball, and grew to have the same passion for UGA athletics after going to school there. Went to hear Coach Richt speak here last night at the FCA banquet, for instance. Therefore, I feel fully qualified to speak on both sides of the issue.

Coach Fox is doing great things w/ the basketball program. But UGA basketball is not on par with Memphis basketball. To the diehard UGA fans on this blog, this analogy is appropriate: UGA football in Athens and greater Georgia is what Memphis basketball is to the Memphis community. UGA’s basketball stadium is esentially a converted rodeo/horse showplace arena. Their workout facilities, while gorgeous, are named after the former women’s gymnastic coach and are basically on loan from the women’s gymnastics program. How can does a recruit feel when they’re told, “Even though we have a lousy arena, we get to use these beautiful training facilities that were built for the women’s gymnastic team.” The GymDogs sell out more meets than UGA basketball. The basketball program there is a complete afterthought in a beautiful, wonderful, but small college town.

Contrast that with Memphis, where the greater Memphis area of roughly 1 million people basically shuts down for big games. They play in a lousy conference, but have tremendous talent and tradition. They play in an NBA arena with better attendance than the NBA team that plays there. And that’s even playing basketball superpowers like Rice, Marshall, UCF, Tulane, Southern Miss, and SMU. Their practice facilities are equally impressive, and they’re also named after a legendary player/coach from the program, a man born and raised in Memphis, TN, btw. They have a charismatic young coach in Pastner that has been just as impressive, if not moreso, than Fox over his first year. They will play deep into the 2011 NCAA tourney with the collection of talent they are bringing into the current top-ranked class. BTW, Tdawg, the nucleus of that incoming talent is coming from 3 Memphis HS players, all ranked in the top 75 players in the country.

I love the Dawgs, and I love the Tigers. But it’s as simple as this: If Thornton wants to play for an up-and-coming coach and program with lackluster fan support, against much better competition, with more playing time but a weaker supporting cast and slim chance of playing more than one game in the 2011 NCAA tourney, go to UGA. If he wants to play for an up-and-coming coach at an established national program against weaker competition with less playing time, but a top-flight supporting cast that will play deep into the 2011 NCAA tourney, go to Memphis. There’s pluses and minuses to each approach, but UGA is not even close to approaching what Memphis basketball is right now.

WWW, glad to see you’re still a big Memphis fan despite Cal leaving to go to UK. Go Dawgs. Go Tigers.

lkjlkj

April 16th, 2010
1:09 pm

Memphis is a far superior basketball program to Georgia, not even close. Fan support, tradition, facilities, talent — no competition.

I’ve lived in both Memphis and now here, and as passionate as UGA fans are, it’s only about football. If you recall, this past season UGA played a game in Gwinnett Arena, and I think I recall reading Illinois had more fans in the building than Georgia did.

JUSTAFAN

April 16th, 2010
1:10 pm

Nolesfan,can you imagine Bruce Pearl at Tech? OMG!!He had one McDonald All American (Scotty Hopson)and look how much he has gotten outta those players.Look at the playin’ time Kenny Hall(Redan) got this season.You don’t think Kenny either comes back to Georgia or texts his folks affiliated with AAU and or juniors lookin to go where they can play….HMMMMMM

Reasy

April 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

To TDawg:
Really? You must not know anything about West TN basketball..especially the Memphis area…get real.
Thats all we do is ball..

Sly Stone

April 16th, 2010
3:49 pm

Georgia’s basketball heyday was back when Dominique was playing. Making a Final Four appearance the year after her left. That’s been a long time ago. Hugh Durham was a pretty good coach back then, but Memphis basketball is on another level. And the area High Schools in Memphis put out more D1 players than you can ever imagine. Pearl has been trying to get players out of there for years (finally has Chris Jones coming in 2011). As for Jelan, he had and opportunity to play with several Memphis kids during the summer in the AAU ranks. They ruled the Las Vegas tourney last summer running everybody out the gym. His relationship with Tarik Black and Joe Jackson is just one of those reasons he signed with Memphis. All this whinning over him leaving Ga is crazy. As for Thorton he would be a welcome addition to an already #1 recruiting class at Memphis. But if he doesn’t come I wish him well and look forward to seeing him on TV.

Matt

April 16th, 2010
5:39 pm

Hey Worm, your mom is a skank. Go Tigers! I think she stole $50 from me last night after we were finished.

Memphis10

April 16th, 2010
5:55 pm

TDawg………What are you talking about Memphis is one of the most talented basketball cities in the country.. Ever heard of Afernee Hardaway?? We have the #1 overall recruiting class…and you know why?? because our local players stepped up and commited.. i.e Black, Crawford, and Joe Jackson the #3 PG in the country. IF you even bothered to look at Memphis born players playing arouund in the NCAA you’ll see them at such schools at Tennessee (JP Prince), UTEP (culpepper- CUSA player of the year& Jeremy Williams), OLE Miss (Terrico White, who is ballin!), Saint Johns, San Franciso, Mizzou…and more coming enxt year with Hollins going to Minnesota and OJ mayo’s lil bro going…wherever he decided to go…. I can keep going all day… but why try to argue with someone as ingorant as you! Check up on your facts Tdawg before you talk some smack… because you just made your self look like a fool!!!

ksdksdksd

April 16th, 2010
6:54 pm

RE: Worm

How’d Memphis fare in the NCAA tourney?..Probation to follow.
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Memphis is not under probation. The NCAA knew they made a mistake when they cleared a player (twice) and then sent the notice to his home while he was away at college and playing in the tournament. They are changing some of their policies as a result.

And for Tennessee, no matter how good the basketball team does it will always be a football school. Besides, Bruce selfishly asked Tyler Smith to come back when he was a lottery pick and now he is playing in Europe. Scotty Hopson was ranked higher than Elliott Williams (came in averaging 4 points) and now Elliott is favored for the 1st round and Hopson has disappeared.

If Thornton works hard, can play, maintains the right attitude he will prosper at Memphis. And they play Georgetown, Kansas, Tennessee, Gonzaga, Syracuse, LSU, and Butler as their non-conference schedule next year.

ksdksdksd

April 16th, 2010
7:02 pm

RE: Taco
Memphis? Are you freaking kidding me? What a joke. That is an awful town and only second in the nation to Detroit in violent crime per capita. Come on kid get real, ride around Memphis for a few hours and wear a darn bullet proof vest. The ATL is like Disney compared to that place. If you want to be a gang banger and do some good drugs when you have free time, Memphis is the place to be!
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Sure, Memphis has it share of problems. However, playing in a most;y African-American city makes a big difference to a kid versus playing in Knoxville, Lexington, etc. Also, Memphis always has the top ten home attendance in the NBA arena along side a NBA team. The basketball facilities are top notch with FedEx paying for everything. Bottom Line- Memphis has produced a 1st rounder four out of the last five years and a total of seven players drafted.

memphistiger

April 16th, 2010
8:50 pm

I’m a memphis alumni fan that married a georgia alumni fan.. Memphis has the #1 recruiting class coming in this year and if he joined, it would move memphis from top 8-9
to top 1-3 i would think.. It may be difficult for all that talent to mesh, but Memphis has a young on fire coach, that was trained under lute olsen and won a championship as a player/asst. coach type..
butlet did it this year with a young coach, memphis will do it next year with a young coach..he is only 30.. plus, memphis plays brand new nba arena and sells out every game.. excellent training ground for the next level.. memphis fans dont boo, if we dont make the final four like kentucky fans do and we support the players and coaching staff 100%… i will say the current coach we have doesnt recruit thugs either, only kids with good character, because it will take sharing playing time, to be on such a talented team.. all the kids that play for the tigers were awesome from the high schools they played at, but its different when you play in front of 20,000 screaming fans every game and on tv all the time, it can be alot of getting used to, i hope he chooses memphis, he could be part of something special… memphis will finish the job they couldnt three years ago with a coach that was a great recruiter but not an X and O guy…

Cary Williams

April 17th, 2010
1:21 am

Sounds like sour gapes to me.let the kid or any kid make their own choice.if they decide too stay home or go some other place,let them and their parents make the best decision for him.I know in your heart you wants them too stay in their home state,but we have no control over that.bottom line.STOP calling them traiters,it is not Good sportsmanship.It’s childish

HE SHOULDN"T BE MR GA...who??

April 17th, 2010
2:20 pm

TRAE GOLDEN IS WAYYY BETTER!! HE DOES EVERYTHING AND CARRIED MCEACHERN THIS YEAR. THEY DIDN’T HAVE A POST PLAYER TALLER THAN 6′4 ON THE ROSTER…BUT STILL THEY KILLED THEIR WEAK REGION…

gr8 mase of the burg

April 17th, 2010
2:58 pm

why is there so much whining….There is enough in state talent even with the big names going else where…..truth is, uga basketball is terrible, and the stars do not want to go there….tech has potential…got talent, but clearly gets out coached…..and needs a point guard…(believe it or not)…..butlers coach would have been a great fit 4 tech, and uga should have hired bob knight to bring the school back to potential……

jmac

April 18th, 2010
6:58 pm

williams will be missed in memphis, but like everyones saying we have arguably the number one class coming in, and to whoever said how many scholarships we have well when u only have 5 or si scholarship players the year before and two graduated and one to the draft thats leaves about 9 or 10 left including walk ons.. Jacksons got the keys to our offense at point, will bartons the best shooting guard in the country, kendrick is our next douglas roberts, but maybe better at this point in playing in high school, tarick’s a beast and hippo can be our next dorsey.. will colmans back and he already plays like dorsey but better offensive ability, and we keep forgetting wesley he was perhaps our best player at most points last year and now he’s got mad talent around him with no pressure on the wing.. Thornton would be a big addition, and if rumors are true, todd mayo oj’s brother who people says a better shooter than oj is thinking memphis then we’re bring a powerhouse back to memphis.. great coach, great support, and i think this will be the year memphis goes under the radar back to the top like we did with rose, roberts, anderson, dorsey and dozier.. and more importantly, I think we have a great chance at making runs for years, because i don’t see any one and dones coming in and with an nba lockout possibly next year, wesley will come back.. can’t wait for the season to start up again, tigers baby!!!

Ncrdbl1

April 19th, 2010
12:37 am

If Marcus Thornton wishes to come on up to Memphis we will welcome him at part of Tigrnation. If by chance he wishes to go elsewhere then we will wish him the best. At Memphis he will be given a chance to earn playing time and the chance to get an education. No promises of success, just a equal chance to earn that success. Personally i think he will be better off coming on up just to get the chance of enjoy real BBQ for once in his life. Good .luck Marcus where ever you end up.

Michael

April 19th, 2010
11:28 am

A few people have said, “if memphis gets Marcus will be the fav for C-USA”. Memphis already has the lock on the C-USA tourny. We’ve got a solid shot now at the Elite 8…maybe with Thornton on board our run could be deeper.

Just cross your fingers and hope that CJ Leslie and Marcus dont both sign with Kentucky. Thatd be the worst!

:-)

Michael

April 19th, 2010
11:37 am

Oh! Also to clear up… you get 7 scholarships to give out. Memphis was done, untill Elliot declared for the draft and opened up another slot. I’m eager to see who Pastner grabs.

Michael

April 19th, 2010
11:45 am

Or excuse me, Memphis had 7 scholarships to give out since they have a few guys already on ride with the team. (Witherspoon, Coleman, exc)