<b>Scout.com –</b> From Todd Day to Penny Hardaway to Tony Harris, there always seems to be players coming out of Memphis. Well, the Class of 2006 is as loaded as ever.
We've looked at Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Philadelphia thus far. This week we take you to Memphis, where there's an abundance of outstanding prospects – especially in the junior class.
Memphis is an area that produced plenty of talent over the years – and the Class of 2006 may be the best in a while. With guys like Thaddeus Young, Pierre Niles and Willie Kemp, it's right up there with just about anywhere.
How Strong Is This Group? Fairly unimpressive.
J.P. Prince, 6-6, G, White Station
Lawrence Kinnard, 6-7, F, Raleigh-Egypt
Anthony Mason Jr., 6-6, F, Fairley
Desmond Yates, 6-6, F, Fayette-Ware
Calvin Williams, 6-8, F, Hillcrest
How Strong Is This Group? Potentially the best in the nation.
Thaddeus Young, 6-7, F, Mitchell
Pierre Niles, 6-6 ½, F, Ridgeway
Willie Kemp, 6-1, PG, Bolivar Central
Wayne Chism, 6-7 ½, BF, Bolivar Central
Brandon Powell, 6-4, WG, Mitchell
Joe Watkins, 6-7, BF, Hamilton
Marico Stinson, 6-3, WG, Kingsbury
Jeremy Williams, 6-7 ½, F, Hamilton
How Strong Is This Group? Solid group.
Maurice Miller, 6-1, PG, Raleigh-Egypt
Randy Culpepper, 5-9, PG, Sheffield
Ken Bingham, 6-2, WG, McNairy Central
DeAndre Bynum, 6-4, WG, White Station
Chris Walker, 6-5, WF, CBHS
How Strong Is This Group? Potential somewhat unknown.
Jason Jones, 6-3, G, Ridgeway
Derrick Mason, 6-4, G, Rideway
Tim Ware, 5-10, PG, Booker T. Washington
How Strong Is This Group? Who knows? Not much buzz yet …
Greg Wooten, 6-2, WF, Southwind
Wesley McDonald, 6-5, Southwind
Courtney Easterwood, 6-3, CBHS
Special thanks to Memphis area college coaches, summer-league coaches and others who have contributed.