Sunday, April 16, 2006
2006 Prep Derby Class Played Tonight in Louisville
In Order from left to right - Tre'Von Willis (Washington jersey), Willie Kemp (Memphis jersey) and Pierre Niles
From Hoop Scoop (ed. - Memphis signees noted in color)
[Here are the] rosters for this year's Derby Classic, which promises to have the most talent since the spring of 2000. This year's game, which will be played on April 15th at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY will feature five McDonald's All-American's in 6'5 Javaris Crittenton from Atlanta (Southwest Atlanta Christian) GA, 6'5 Gerald Henderson from Merion Station (Episcopal Academy) PA, 6'11 Brook Lopez from Fresno (San Joaquin Memorial) CA, 6'11 Robin Lopez from Fresno (San Joaquin Memorial) CA, 6'0 D.J. Augustine from Sugar Land (Hightower) TX; two more players who should have been McDonald's All-Americans in 6'9 Derrick Caracter from Fitchburg (Notre Dame) MA and 6'7 Duke Crews from Hampton (Bethel) VA; and 13 more players who are ranked in the 25-61 range nationally by the HOOP SCOOP in 6'9 Stanley Robinson from Birmingham (Huffman) AL, 6'7 Quincy Pondexter from Fresno (San Joaquin Memorial) CA, 6'3 Edgar Sosa from New York (Rice) NY, 6'8 Pierre Niles from Lenoir (The Patterson School) NC, 6'6 Marques Johnson from Ft. Wayne (Snider) IN, 6'1 Willie Kemp from Bolivar (Central) TN, 6'4 Derrick Jasper from Paso Robles (H.S.) CA, 6'7 Antonio Pena from Oakdale (St. Thomas More) CT, 6'3 Tre'Von Willis from Fresno (Washington Union) CA, 6'4 Jodie Meeks from Norcross (H.S.) GA, 6'9 Perry Stevenson from Lafayette (Northside) LA, 6'10 Marreese Speights from Chatham (Hargrave Military) VA, and 6'9 Wayne Chism from Bolivar (Central) TN. We also think it's worth noting that there is not one player from the state of Kentucky in the game (yes, the talent level in the senior class in the state is that bad), but the game does still have a local flavor, as three players (Jasper, Stevenson, and Meeks) have already signed with the University of Kentucky and two players in the game (Caracter and Sosa) have already signed with the University of Louisville.
Note: Tre'Von Willis lost in the semifinals of the Derby Classic dunk contest held last night.