2019-20 Shelby County High
Schools Basketball Team Previews
The Overton Wolverines already had a solid core of
returning veterans, but they got one important one
back with the return of Anterrio Jeffries. Head coach
Shelvie Rose lost Jeffries to Melrose before, but the
forward has come back for his senior season after
playing AAU ball for the Bluff City Legends Gold
team in Memphis. Jason Coleman, Marquon Dean,
Johnathan Burns, Eli Sandridge and Avionne Suttle
are also back for the Wolverines.
POWER CENTER ACADEMY
One of the newest programs in Memphis, Power Center
Academy has blossomed into a respectable squad.
Eric Robinson has turned things around in short order,
helping his team to a solid 17-10 record last year.
Robinson will have to make do without team leader
Justin Borders, who transferred to Cordova. Emerging
junior forward Christian Cummings, who stands 6-5,
165 pounds, will be a player to watch this year.
Raliegh-Egypt lost head coach Maurice Miller to
Arlington, then lost Christopher McKnight to Arlington
and Ricky Lofties to Bartlett, as well. So... not a good
offseason. Miller, a former Raleigh-Egypt and Georgia
Tech point guard, led his alma mater to a 25-7 record
last season, and a loss to Fayette Ware in the Class
AA regional quarterfinals. The Pharoahs also lose 6-5
center Jamarcus Jackson, 6-3 guard Brandon Johnson,
6-2 guard Deovaunta Williams and guards Kadrian
Boyce and Quaterious Boyland. With 6-5 sophomore
Keyron Crawford coming into his own and 6-5 rising
senior Quintavious Bailey a breakout candidate,
have some talent to build around.
Longtime Ridgeway head coach Wes Henning has
been on the good side and bad side of wins and
losses—mostly wins, as his four state titles will attest
—easy layups and missed threes, transfers in and
difference-makers out. This year, he’ll have to replace
Cameron Donegan, who left for Tipton Rosemark,
and Karlon Cox, who transferred to Wooddale. The
Rdrunners also lose a host of seniors, but Henning
has dealt with just about everything in his career,
so they’ll adjust.
Clyde Delamar’s Sheffield Knights have fallen on
tough times in the last two years after a surprising
run to the 2017 Class AA state tournament. Delamar
has consistently been regarded as one of the best
coaches in Memphis, and sometimes his teams
surprise, like they did three years ago, when they won
15 of 17 midway through the season. Can this year’s
group go on a similar run? Don’t put it past Delamar.
Last year, Paul Edwards and the Southwind Jaguars
had to replace Mark Freeman, a Class AAA Mr.
Basketball finalist. The Jaguars were up to the task,
even if they did fall from the clouds a bit after a
remarkable 2017-18 campaign. This season, they’ll
have to make due without shifty 5-9, 170-pound guard
Ashton Smith, who graduates after spending less
than one year in the program following a transfer.
After losing ESPN top-60 prospect Jalen Brown to
Wooddale and Kris Smith to Whitehaven, Trezevant
Bears second-year head coach Idris Harper will have
to rely on senior Jordan Johnson to lead the way. Is
Johnson up to the task? His 14.2 points, 3.9 rebounds
and 2.7 assists suggest he’s ready. Devion Lewis and
Darion Banks will be threats as well as the Bears
look to continue on the upswing. Trezevant went
12-13 in Harper’s first year, and the next step is
getting over .500.
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