November 1-3 Report

November 1-3 Report

It sure is nice to have hoops back. I’m still in preseason form here so it might take me a little while to get going. The stats listed are unofficial but a close to what the players accomplished on the court (mostly because I run my mouth too much and don’t pay the closest attention the entire game).

This report will cover the following games or events: Jumpertown at Hickory Flat and the Ken Ross/Diane Washington Cancer Classic from Grenada HS.

Thursday November 1, 2018

Jumpertown vs Hickory Flat

From Hickory Flat HS

Hickory Flat, MS

(B) Jumpertown Cardinals 1-0 (1A Booneville, MS) 47

Hickory Flat Rebels 0-1 (1A Hickory Flat, MS) 37

Notes: Hickory Flat came out hot and played a tough game. Jumpertown didn’t find their grit and passion until halftime. Austin Geno (6-0 ’19 G Jumpertown) didn’t have the stat line that Vincent Gillespie (6-3 ’19 F/C Jumpertown) did and Austin had an absolutely horrible first half but Jumpertown goes as Austin goes. It was really great to see Geno back on the court after sustaining a potentially career ending injury in an accident earlier this year. It took him a little while to get going but he found his way. Gillespie was all over the place with his play. He is one to keep an eye on to see how he progresses this year. He could possibly turn into a JUCO target. Another one for Jumpertown I was really impressed with was Matthew Beene (5-9 ’22 G Jumpertown). Coach Mason told me he had a kid I was going to like and he was right.  Wesley Green (5-10 ’20 G Hickory Flat) caught my eye for Hickory Flat. He played hard and even figured out how to stay on the court with a bleeding and bloody forehead. He wisely maneuvered his way around the officials to make sure he was able to stay in and help his team.

Hickory Flat (home)


Ty McGregor 5-11 F 6 pts 5 reb 2 ast


Jonah Baker 5-11 G/F 5 pts 7 reb 2 ast

Lane Gordon 5-11 G 6 pts 4 reb

Wesley Green 5-10 G 5 pts 2 reb 4 ast 3 st


Drew Wilson 5-7 G 12 pts 4 3’s 4 reb 1 blk 1 st

Jumpertown (traveled 36 miles)


Dylan Davis 6-0 G 11 pts 7 reb 2 st

Vincent Gillespie 6-3 F/C 8 pts 8 reb 7 ast 7 st 2 blk


Tyler Riccardi 6-2 4 pts 7 reb 2 ast

Skyler Johnson 5-10 G 4 pts 3 reb 2 ast 1 st 1 blk


Matthew Beene 5-9 G 6 pts 2 reb 1 ast 1 st 1 blk

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Austin Geno


6-0 ’19 G

12 pts 4 reb 1 ast

Saturday November 3, 2018

Ken Ross/Diane Washington Cancer Classic

From Grenada HS

Grenada, MS

(B) West Tallahatchie Choctaws 1-0 (2A Webb, MS) 86

J.Z. George Jaguars 0-1 (3A North Carrollton, MS) 73

Notes: Where to begin here? I’m not sure because the notebook is FULL. The game was a game of momentum. We can start with J.Z. George. Coach Childs started a rebuid last year and Coach Dale has taken that and ran with it, literally running. He has these guys running all out on both ends of the court. This is a different JZ team. You can no longer pencil that “W” in by them on the schedule now. They are solid and will hit that 15-20 win range this year. Individually, Chris Rias (6-3’19 F JZ George) is listed as 6-3 but he is built and plays like he’s 6-6. Next onto West Tally. They are very solid and will have a chance to make some noise in 2A. They are a very fast defensively and swarm to the ball. Radarious Moss (6-3 ’22 G West Tallahatchie) is an upcoming stud that has high potential. Markese Lewis (6-3 ’20 G West Tallahatchie) was all over the court on both ends. He took advantage of every opportunity he could get with the ball and plays with a high motor. Travien Woodson (6-6 ’19 F/C West Tallahatchie) is a sleeper. The strong big was in foul trouble most of the game and didn’t put up the big stats but he needs to be seen by JUCO Coaches.

West Tallahatchie (traveled 47 miles)


Jarvis Horton 5-10 G 21 pts 5 reb 3 st 1 charge taken

Travien Woodson 6-6 F/C 10 pts 8 reb 1 st 1 charge taken


Markese Lewis 6-3 G 21 pts 9 reb 4 st


Anthony Williams 6-3 G/F 5 pts 5 reb

Jalen Skipper 6-5 F/C 4 pts 8 reb 1 ast

J.Z. George (traveled 21 miles)


Devontae Smith 5-8 G 9 pts 4 reb 1 ast 4 st

Ceasa Glenn 5-11 G 16 pts 4 3’s 8 reb 1 ast 3 st

Chris Rias 6-3 F 3 pts 3 reb 4 blk


Malik Branch 5-8 G 18 pts 4 reb 1 ast 5 st


Keldrick Glover 6-0 G/F 9 pts 9 reb 1 st


Jordan Normal 5-9 G 9 pts 6 reb 3 ast 5 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Radarious Moss

West Tallahatchie

6-3 ’22 G

18 pts 5 reb 5 ast 2 st

(B) Yazoo County Panthers 1-0 (3A Yazoo City, MS) 91

Coldwater Cougars 0-1 (1A Coldwater, MS) 23

Notes: Hey guys, Yazoo County is for real. They looked like a well-oiled machine that is in March form. They move defensively like they are on a string when in a zone. They really bring the pressure and create chaos. Emon Washington (6-6 ’20 G/F Yazoo County) should be a high target for next level coaches. One that really impressed me was Kejuan Frierson (5-5 ’21 PG Yazoo County). He picked his spots wisely and attacked when he needed to. How about much improved? That would go to Lakevion Dixon (6-3 ’21 G Yazoo County). He has made a huge jump since last season and should be on next level Coaches radars too. Coach Lockhart will have a squad the next few seasons if these guys stay together. For Coldwater, Carlous Robinson (5-8 ’22 G Coldwater) is a solid put together young player that will be one to watch develop.

Yazoo County (traveled 93 miles)


Martarious Burrell 6-1 G 8 pts 5 reb 5 ast 1 blk

Hunter Barron 6-1 G/F 12 pts 2 3’s 7 reb 3 ast

John Lewis 5-10 G 4 pts 2 reb 5 ast 5 st 1 blk


Lakevion Dixon 6-3 G 22 pts 3 reb 3 ast

Kejuan Frierson 5-5 PG 15 pts 4 reb 2 st

Coldwater (traveled 70 miles)


Kaleb Taylor 5-10 G/F 13 pts 2 ast


Carlous Robinson 5-8 ’22 G 3 pts 4 reb 2 ast 3 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Emon Washington

Yazoo County

6-6 ’20 F

23 pts 6 reb 4 st

(B) Grenada Chargers 1-0 (5A Grenada, MS) 68

Germantown Mavericks 0-1 (5A Madison, MS) 49

Notes: I really missed Grenada in the preseason projections. I didn’t even have them making the playoffs this year and they will have a chance to compete for the division title. They are very athletic with good reach and depth. Jahmeir Johnson (5-11 ’19 PG Grenada) is a steady point that doesn’t try and do too much. He just plays solid basketball. The driving force for Grenada will also be the”big 3″ of Markyel Pittman (6-4 ’19 F/C), Takias “TK” Hall (6-3 ’19 G/F) and Jamal Hemphill (6-2 ’19 G). These 3 will be hard to slow down with Johnson and the athletic cast surrounding them. Pittman is a long and lanky player that has a high motor. Hall is about as automatic as it comes with his jumpers. He’s just a gifted scorer that doesn’t have to. Hemphill is an all-around player that has a high skill level. All 3 of these need to be looked at for the next level.

Grenada (home team)


Jahmeir Johnson 5-11 PG 4 reb 3 ast 1 st

Markyel Pittman 6-4 F/C 8 pts 14 reb 1 ast 1 st 1 blk

Takias “TK” Hall 6-3 G/F 14 pts 11 reb 3 st

Keshawn Conley 5-10 SG 4 pts 3 reb 2 ast 1 st

Jaquarius Watson 6-1 F 7 pts 6 reb 1 st 1 blk

Germantown (traveled 93 miles)

Kameron Elmore 6 pts 4 reb 2 ast 1 st

Devin Floyd 6 pts 3 reb 1 ast


Hayes Crumpler 6-2 G/F 14 pts 3 3’s 5 reb 3 ast 3 st


Jaylin Hughes-Reed 6-3 G/F 4 pts 5 reb 1 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Jamal Hemphill


6-2 ’19 G

24 pts 2 3’s 8 reb 4 ast

Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class

The best players in their respective classes that I saw during this time period based on stats or performance.

2019: Vincent Gillespie

6-3 F/C Jumpertown

2020: Emon Washington

6-6 F Yazoo County

2021: Lakevion Dixon

6-3 G Yazoo County

2022: Radarious Moss

6-3 G West Tallahatchie

Magnolia Hoops Starting 5

The top five players that I saw during this time period based on stats or performance.

Lakevion Dixon

6-3 ’21 G Yazoo County

Radarious Moss

6-3 ’22 G West Tallahatchie

Emon Washington

6-6 ’20 F Yazoo County

Markese Lewis

6-3 ’20 G West Tallahatchie

Vincent Gillespie

6-3 ’19 F/C Jumpertown

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