Campus of Memphis University School & FedEx Forum
Fourth Annual Jack Jones Shootout Returns to Memphis and the FedEx Forum
High school associations around the country are wrapping up their respective seasons with state championship tournaments. That means it’s almost time for postseason all-star games to take center stage. New games pop up nearly every offseason, but a few resonate more than others. In Memphis, nothing can compete with the prestige of the Jack Jones Shootout, which has hosted some of the best talent from this area and beyond. Three years ago, virtually the entire incoming Memphis recruiting class—Antonio Barton, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford and Hippolyte Tsafack—participated in the festivities. Only Will Barton and Joe Jackson, who participated in two other all-star games and thus could not play in a third without damaging their collegiate eligibility, were absent.
This year, Memphis once again has a large class, with high profile local talent. Markel Crawford, Nick King, Austin Nichols and RaShawn “Pookie” Powell are all scheduled to appear and play together for the Memphis team. Only Kuran Iverson won’t appear. Tennessee signee Robert Hubbs, III will also be there.
The Jack Jones Shootout is known around the country, though, for the amount of nationally recognized talent it attracts, and in its fourth year of existence, that hasn’t changed a bit. Names like Benas Griciunas from Findlay Prep (Auburn commit), Devon Hall (#17 point guard, #77 overall according to Rivals, Virginia), Memphis-area standout Josh Jones (Richmond) plus Cullen Neal (#34 point guard on Rivals, St. Mary’s) also dot the rosters. So far, 15 of the 19 confirmed prep standouts in this year’s event are committed to D-I basketball programs, and a 16th holds a Division II basketball scholarship.
Additionally, two of the most respected coaches in the country will roam the sidelines of the event: Findlay Prep’s Todd Simon will lead the National Team, while Patrick Washington from Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas, TX will take the reins of the Memphis Team. That means Memphis-area media and fans are invited to come out and see four-fifths of Josh Pastner’s current 2013 recruiting class, while national media outlets can view 15 D-I prospects in one of their last opportunities to showcase their talents before heading off to the colleges of their choice. Either way, you want to be in attendance! The all-stars will practice at Memphis University School on Thursday, March 21 and play there on Friday the 22nd. The 3-Point Shootout starts Friday at 6:00 p.m., Dunk Contest at 6:30, and the Jack Jones Shootout Game tips off at 7:30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door at MUS. There are youth games on Saturday at the FedEx Forum; to enter, you must have a ticket to that night’s Grizzlies-Celtics game.