Thomas, Jones @ Others Shine For Melrose

The city of Memphis has loads of talent, and one school in particular -- Melrose -- has a nice crop of prospects that college coaches are targeting.

Melrose high school in Memphis (Tenn.) is a popular stop on the recruiting trail these days.

Since college coaches could begin watching workouts in early September, a number of head coaches, including Roy Williams, Billy Donovan and Bruce Pearl have all dropped in to see one or a few of Jermaine Johnson's players.

His top prospect – Adonis Thomas – has received the most attention from college programs. After a solid sophomore season and a big showing on the AAU and camp circuit, Thomas has jumped into's top 10.

"Adonis gets stronger and stronger every game," Johnson told "He's got a great body. This kid just all of the sudden came out of the wood works and he's just been a winner all of his life."

To go with the interest from North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, Thomas has also had Arkansas, Ohio State, Duke, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Mississippi, Memphis and Kansas stop by to watch him during workouts.

Also on Johnson's squad is electrifying guard Chris Jones. Much like Thomas, the 6-foot, 160-pound lead guard parlayed a big turnout on the summer circuit into loads of interest from college programs.

"He's definitely blown," Johnson said. "He's actually gotten better since the summer. It's going to be scary because I think the type of the year that I think he's going to have, and with our national caliber type team, I think his stock will go up higher."

Already Jones has had schools like Mississippi, Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas Arizona State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State watch him during workouts at Melrose.

While Thomas and Jones are the top two prospects at Melrose, Johnson has a few other players in his program that are getting Division-I interest.

Despite being injured Nate Rucker has been visited Northern Illinois, Tennessee State, UT-Martin and East Tennessee State. All four schools have offered Rucker a scholarship. Darius Moore, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound sophomore is also receiving interest.

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