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MPS talks with White Station’s Assistant Coach Kevin Caraway

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White Station High School wins the 2013 ‘Iolani Prep Basketball Classic Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The ‘Iolani Classic is one of the premier high school tournaments for boys and girls in the nation. It annually features sixteen boy teams and 8 girl teams. The history of the tournament dates back to 1983.

Head Coach Jesus Patino

Head Coach Jesus Patino

Assistant Coach, Kevin Caraway, has a rich background in basketball and a strong background as a coach. With his athletic history dating back to his high school days at St. Benedict of Memphis, TN and his college days at Delta State in Mississippi, Caraway has been involved in this profession for quite some time. His 9-year-old resume in coaching includes Bartlett, Germantown, and of course White Station. With only 2 years under his belt at White Station, he has helped Jesus Patino manage a team that is ranked #4 nationally and has a 12-0 record.

Aside from being the champions of such a regal tournament such as the ‘Iolani Classic, White Station offers some nationally ranked players as well. Leron Black is ranked #41 on ESPN’s recruiting nation. The power forward will be graduating this spring and has had offers from numerous colleges but has committed to Illinois. Then, ranked #42 is Chris Chiozza. The point guard has also had a lot of offers to choose from but signed with the Florida Gators.

“Our goal is prepare the players for the next level. We are fortunate to have a lot of talent on the team, but personal development is our focus as well,” says Caraway.

Caraway named a couple of other outstanding players such as Davell Roby who is committed to St. Louis, Curtis Phillips who accepted an offer from Campbell in North Carolina, and Ladarius Coleman, who is still undecided but has offers from prestigious colleges such as Vanderbilt.

The boys are gearing up for the Bass Pro Tournament where they will compete against the #1 team in the nation. “We are looking forward to great finish and are hoping to be holding that championship trophy in Murfreesboro, TN at the end of the season,” said Coach Caraway.

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