Ballin' in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - With the season still five months away, Ole Miss basketball players Terrance Henry and Reggie Buckner are getting a jump start on the season by participating in the Bluff City Classic in Memphis.

The Bluff City Classic (BCC) started in 1981 and has served as a venue to showcase some of the top local and national basketball talent in Memphis. The Classic ran until 2002, but was revived last year with the help of former Memphis Tiger great and NBA star Penny Hardaway.

Henry and Buckner have joined with former Ole Miss guard and Memphis native Terrico White to form a team (the Cavs) in the BCC.

The Cavs took on the Lakers, who consist of Memphis Tiger players Antonio and Will Barton and the Memphis Grizzlies' second round draft pick from 2011, Josh Selby, in a game Thursday night. The Cavs were beaten by the Lakers but received solid contributions from Buckner, Henry and White.

White, who was limited in his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons due to a fractured right foot he suffered in the preseason, led the Cavs with 25 points. White's point total included some of his impressive, power dunks.

Henry finished the game with 13 points and showed a good shooting touch from beyond the arc. Henry said he is enjoying his time back on the court with his former teammate.

"It feels good to be playing with (Terrico) again," Henry said. "He has all that athletic ability and he got it back after he broke his ankle. It just feels good to play with him again."

Terrance Henry
Buckner echoed Henry's sentiments.

"It's amazing to be with him cause he's a star," Buckner said. "You never know what he's going to do."

The game exhibited an up and down pace, and fans rarely saw the 30 second shot clock reach below 20 seconds. The pace made it difficult for Buckner to find a rhythm.

Still, Buckner finished with six points and four emphatic blocks.

Buckner said that playing in the BCC is a great experience for him and has been beneficial in his conditioning this summer.

"(It helps me with) working on my wind and getting in better shape," Buckner said. "I am working out to get stronger and doing a lot of running, trying to play more minutes."

The BCC is loaded with talented players at the college and professional levels. Notable participants include Selby, Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, Philadelphia 76ers guard Thaddeus Young, former Arkansas Razorback and Toronto Raptor Sonny Weems and a host of other elite college athletes.

Despite the star-studded names participating in the tournament, Henry said he is not worrying about competing against them, but rather on using the tournament to prepare him for the upcoming season while enjoying the game.

"I am just looking forward to getting out here and playing against everyone I can play against," Henry said. "It's just playing against some good competition, coming out here and getting into game shape and just having fun."

White, Henry and Buckner return to action Tuesday July 5th in Memphis.

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