PREP NOTEBOOK: Memphis trio provides Hotbed star power

BasketballBy Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

The 23rd Annual Hotbed Classic is scheduled for Saturday at New Albany Middle School.

The event has hosted its share of future NBA players and top college coaches, and while this lineup may not look on paper like some of those in the past, there is plenty of star power.

The top Mississippi player is Joniah White from Grenada. White, a 6-foot-11 center, is ranked by ESPN as the No. 2 senior in the state. The Chargers take on Gadsden City, Ala., at 6:30 p.m.

In the 8 p.m. finale, host New Albany gets a look at three of the most hyped freshmen in the nation. The Bulldogs host defending Tennessee state champion Lausanne Collegiate. Lausanne, the alma mater of Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, has three of Tennessee’s best players, all freshmen.

Six-foot-5 PF James Babb is a 3-star and No. 4 freshman in the state, 54th best freshman in the country, according to Future 150.

SG Camren Taylor, 3-star, is ranked the seventh best freshman in the state and No. 68 in the country. Isaiah Stokes, the brother of Tennessee junior Jarnell Stokes, is the biggest star, a 5-star rated as the No. 2 freshman in Tennessee and the 10th best freshman in the nation.

Hotbed Schedule

10 a.m., West Union vs. New Site

11:15 a.m., East Union vs. Booneville

12:30 p.m., Myrtle vs. Kossuth

2 p.m., Ingomar vs. Marshall Academy

3:30 p.m., North Pontotoc vs. Tupelo

5 p.m., West Lincoln vs. Biggersville

6:30 p.m., Grenada vs. Gadsden City, Ala.

8 p.m., New Albany vs. Lausanne, Tenn.

Journal’s Fantasy 5

If you were playing Northeast Mississippi Fantasy basketball, these are the five boys and girls you would have won with last week.

Stats taken from games played from Jan. 16-22, called in to the Daily Journal, as well as from MaxPreps.

Check back next week for an update.


1. Ismael Ruedas, 5-11, Sr, PG, Blue Mountain: 26 ppg

2. Harrison Fancher, 6-1, Jr, G, Belmont: 73 total points, 24 ppg, 4 3s per game, 3.67 steals per game

3. Duke Upshaw, 5-11, So, G/F, Baldwyn: 23 ppg

4. Rashad McWilliams, 6-2, Jr, G/F, New Albany: 22 ppg

5. Jonathan Waycaster, 6-2, Jr, F, Hatley: 19 ppg, 13 rpg


1. Breanna Williams, Sr, G, Falkner: 27 ppg

2. Julianna Garner, Sr, G/F, West Union: 24 ppg, 30 of 32 FTs including 20 of 20 vs New Albany, 6 rpg

3. Morgan Burroughs, Sr, Walnut: 24 ppg, 5 3s per game, 2.5 spg

4. Jaleigha Polk, Jr, G, Tupelo: 22 ppg, 4.5 spg

5. Adallice Young, Fr, Booneville: High scorer of the week with 83 points in 4 games to help Booneville win Prentiss County Championship

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