Cakes and Cuppycakes owner Tina Shirelle Moore creating an unlikely media buzz

Tina1Mid-South-area entrepreneur Tina Shirelle Moore has witnessed her business venture emerge as a continuous success within the past year.

So much so that the Cakes and Cuppycakes owner is starting to create an unlikely media buzz.

To her credit, Moore has managed to build a solid rapport with an array of friends and close acquaintances, many of whom routinely chasten to her assortment of mouth-watering desserts as if it is must-see television.

Cakes and Cuppycakes owner Tina Shirelle Moore

Cakes and Cuppycakes owner Tina Shirelle Moore

Speaking of television, this Greenwood, Mississippi native will appear later this week on Memphis’ Local 24 morning broadcast for a brief appearance during which she will put on display her thriving, booming business before this always sweet-tooth-craving Bluff City.

Once again.

“What’s special about the media buzz is that Cakes and Cuppycakes is the Guinness and passion that lies behind the business,” Moore told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “My biggest supporters are the repeat customers. They continue to order and I am referred to new customers.”

Aside from bringing satisfaction to returning consumers, among other reasons for the rapid growth of Cakes and Cuppycakes is that Moore strives earnestly to remain innovative.

In a nutshell, she customarily devises ways to add to and enhance her dessert repertoire, of sorts.

Tina2Tina7For instance, amongst her slew of newly-launched desserts are sweet potato pies, caramel donuts, monkey bread, not to mention mini monkey bread with cream cheese and chocolate chip filling with glazed brown sugar and butter mixer blanketed by walnut toppings (or “Yummers” as she calls them).

Tina8In addition, Moore has come up with a new dessert exclusively for adults: Her strawberry and lime margarita Cuppycakes.

Tina3As she tells it, her keen ability to become creative has, by all accounts, given way to, well, her ability to keep being creative.

Not bad for this small Mid-Southerner whose baking uniqueness is such that she appears destined to build a baking refreshment empire, something about which even the media is starting to embrace.

“With the creativeness that God has blessed me with, I’m sure that some new desserts will be created,” said Moore, who is a little more than a year removed from having earned her doctorate degree in Environmental Science from Jackson State University.

Tina6As for whether she has contacted local retailers and businesses in hopes of having her variety of desserts displayed on their shelves, Moore acknowledges she hasn’t ruled that out. In fact, she admittedly welcomes the notable concept, much like consumers savor her assortment of delectable desserts.

Given the rapid success of Cakes and Cuppycakes within the past year, surely, anything is possible with regards to this evolving business venture.

“I absolutely love baking; it is my passion,” Moore said. “It is therapy for me. I get to be creative and have fun with it. Thanks to all of past and present customers. I look forward to meeting and connecting to future customers. It is a pleasure doing business.”

Tina5A welcoming trend that is starting to create an unlikely media buzz.

For more information about Cakes and Cuppycakes, call Tina Shirelle Moore 901-493-8523 or email her at cakesandcuppycakes@gmail.com.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki applauds Golden State’s record; relishes his latest milestone

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MEMPHIS — In the wake of the Golden State Warriors having carved out more history Tuesday night, among the NBA players who congratulated the world champs was Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

DYNAMIC DIRK --- Even in the wake of the Mavs’ 110-96 loss at Memphis Tuesday night in FedExForum that resulted in Dallas’ second straight defeat, Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki had no idea he had reached yet another milestone to his Hall of Fame career when he became the 17th player in NBA history to record career 1,600 three-pointers.  (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

DYNAMIC DIRK — Even in the wake of the Mavs’ 110-96 loss at Memphis Tuesday night in FedExForum that resulted in Dallas’ second straight defeat, Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki had no idea he had reached yet another milestone to his Hall of Fame career when he became the 17th player in NBA history to record career 1,600 three-pointers.
(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

“They have a heckuva team,” Nowitzki, the 18-year veteran, told MemphiSport.com following the Mavs 110-96 loss at the Memphis Grizzlies. “I mean, they have everything you need. They have length. They have shooters. They have defenders. They’re really, really deep.”

Not to mention a team that erased a record that stood a little more than two decades.

With Tuesday’s 111-77 lopsided win against the Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland, the Warriors became the first team in NBA history to start the regular season by reeling off 16 consecutive wins, a feat that eclipsed 15-0 starts by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

What’s even more astounding is that the Warriors’ remarkable early-season display was highlighted by a 50-point drubbing of a Grizzlies team that has advanced to the postseason five consecutive seasons.

“You know, they’re a good team,” Nowitzki said. “Steph (Curry) is playing unbelievable basketball. But not only him. Like I said, they have a great, deep team and they defend. They have lineups to switch up everything.”

GOLD RECORD --- In the wake of the Golden State Warriors carving out more history Tuesday night, among the NBA player who congratulated the world champs was Nowitzki.  “They have a heckuva team,” Nowitzki said. “I mean, they have everything you. They have length. They have shooters. They have defenders. They’re really, really deep.” (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)

GOLD RECORD — In the wake of the Golden State Warriors carving out more history Tuesday night, among the NBA player who congratulated the world champs was Nowitzki.
“They have a heckuva team,” Nowitzki said. “I mean, they have everything you. They have length. They have shooters. They have defenders. They’re really, really deep.” (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)

As for which team will pose as a threat and deal the Warriors their first regular season setback since a 103-100 loss April 7 at the New Orleans Pelicans capped a two-game winless streak is anybody’s guess.

That’s because four of Golden State’s next five games are against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year, meaning the team that could likely end the historic streak is the Toronto Raptors, who host the defending champs Dec. 5.

Still, whichever team manages to disrupt the Warriors’ impressive undefeated streak, it will have to play arguably its best game in some time against a team that plays this Run-N-Gun, high-powered brand of basketball the sports world hasn’t witnessed in some time.

“They can adjust to every stone that’s thrown at them,” Nowitzki said of the Warriors. “And that’s why they are the champs. They’re very deep and very good.”

DIRK REACHES ANOTHER MILESTONE

Even in the wake of the Mavs’ loss at Memphis Tuesday night in FedExForum that resulted in Dallas’ second straight defeat since reeling off a season-best five consecutive wins, Nowitzki had no idea he had added yet another milestone to his illustrious Hall of Fame career.

With 7:53 remaining in the fourth, a running 3-point jumper off an assist from Raymond Felton allowed Nowitzki to become the 17th player in NBA history to record 1,600 career three-pointers.

According to the 37-year-old German, he acknowledges such a feat comes during time in which he feels he’s playing efficient basketball.

Nowitzki, who entered Tuesday’s game leading the NBA in 3-point efficiency at 53.3 percent, connected on 2 of 5 from outside the arc against the Grizzlies.

“You know, it’s been a long ride,” Nowitzki, the Mavs all-time leading scorer, said of his latest accolade. “This is season 18 and, fortunately, I’ve been healthy. You know, there were actually years where I wasn’t shooting the ball as well as I wanted to. And this year, I’ve been having a decent rhythm and hopefully I can keep it up. You know, 1,600 threes, that’s a lot of threes, and hopefully there’s a few more to come.”

 

AndreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

Floor general Caleb Jackson making his presence felt at Memphis KIPP Academy

At approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Clayton Jackson took to his Facebook page.

He wanted the entire social media universe to know just how resilient and assertive his rising young offspring is, particularly when he appears out of commission.

Caleb2Said Jackson in a rather intriguing post: “I hate when he’s not feeling well. Off to Dr. Sweeten we go. It amazes me that he’s like dad, if she gives me something to make me feel better, (he’d come back and say) ‘You think you can take me to school so I can play tonight?’ #basketballjunkie”

The “basketball junkie” to whom he’s referring is his son, 11-year-old Caleb Jackson, a rising point guard phenom for Memphis’ KIPP Academy Middle School.

A brilliantly gifted amateur athlete who first began playing competitive basketball in this hoops-crazed city when he was just six years of age, Caleb Jackson has made a strong case that he could very well become a fixture in the coming years, provided he continues to do the essential things to improve his mechanics.

REMEMBER THE NAME: A brilliantly gifted amateur athlete who first began playing competitive basketball in this hoops-crazed city when he was just six years of age, Caleb Jackson has made a strong case that he could very well become a fixture in the coming years, provided he continues to do the essential things to improve his mechanics.

REMEMBER THE NAME: A brilliantly gifted amateur athlete who first began playing competitive basketball in this hoops-crazed city when he was just six years of age, Caleb Jackson has made a strong case that he could very well become a fixture in the coming years, provided he continues to do the essential things to improve his mechanics.

Long before Caleb was allowed to partake in competitive hoops per Tennessee rules, he had shown flashes as a speedy, athletic kid who possesses the skills and mechanics to play against the area’s stiffest of young talent.

HOOP SMARTS --- To Caleb’s credit, his basketball IQ, coupled with his attractive team-first persona essentially caught many area recreational coaches by surprise.

HOOP SMARTS — To Caleb’s credit, his basketball IQ, coupled with his attractive team-first persona essentially caught many area recreational coaches by surprise.

Having spent a majority of his competitive hoops tenure playing against older athletes, Caleb wasted little time finding his niche, having steadily evolved into the kind of point guard who was mostly regarded as a floor facilitator as opposed to a floor general who was aiming to pile up on points.

To Caleb’s credit, his basketball IQ, coupled with his attractive team-first persona essentially caught many area recreational coaches by surprise.

No one, it seemed, was as giddy as his pops.

“He’s been playing basketball since he was in the first grade,” Clayton Jackson told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson. “When I really started to notice that Caleb would be a success in basketball, words can’t explain how excited I was. I was thinking this kid has the opportunity to get an academic scholarship and an athletic one.”

The more Caleb had become acclimated to hoops — sometimes before jam-packed gymnasiums throughout the city — one favorable thing ultimately led to another.

It wasn’t long thereafter that this kid had been thrust into Memphis’ tradition-rich hoops limelight, which has enabled him to demonstrate time and again that he could very well emerge as one of the area’s big name players in the coming years.

At least, his father — whose Facebook page is blanketed by photos of his son in action — certainly thinks so.

WE ARE FAMILY --- Caleb acknowledges the presence of his parents is second to none.  “My mom and dad have been really supportive because they come to all my games and I have a lot of them,” he said. “My mom is always telling me to have fun when I'm playing basketball. I love how when I'm not having a good game and I spot my dad in the stands, he’s telling me to play my game that helps me out a lot. My parents and coaches are always telling me to do my best and most of all have fun.”

WE ARE FAMILY — Caleb acknowledges the presence of his parents is second to none.
“My mom and dad have been really supportive because they come to all my games and I have a lot of them,” he said. “My mom is always telling me to have fun when I’m playing basketball. I love how when I’m not having a good game and I spot my dad in the stands, he’s telling me to play my game that helps me out a lot. My parents and coaches are always telling me to do my best and most of all have fun.”

“He actually made KIPP’s Middle School team in the fifth grade because their middle school was fifth through seventh at the time,” Clayton Jackson explained. “He couldn’t play because Tennessee rule states that you have to be in the 6th.”

Still, while Caleb was held out of action as a fifth grader, all wasn’t lost for an athletically talent kid who boasts lofty aspirations of playing collegiate basketball someday.

ALL IS WELL NOW --- At approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Clayton Jackson took to his Facebook page.  He wanted the entire social media universe to know just how resilient and assertive his rising young offspring is, particularly when he appears out of commission.  Said Jackson in a rather intriguing post:  “I hate when he's not feeling well. Off to Dr. Sweeten we go. It amazes me that he's like dad, if she gives me something to make me feel better, (he’d come back and say) ‘You think you can take me to school so I can play tonight?’ #basketballjunkie”

ALL IS WELL NOW — At approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Clayton Jackson took to his Facebook page.
He wanted the entire social media universe to know just how resilient and assertive his rising young offspring is, particularly when he appears out of commission.
Said Jackson in a rather intriguing post: “I hate when he’s not feeling well. Off to Dr. Sweeten we go. It amazes me that he’s like dad, if she gives me something to make me feel better, (he’d come back and say) ‘You think you can take me to school so I can play tonight?’ #basketballjunkie”

This youngster instead worked intensely on his fundamentals, sticking with the keen strategy of assuming the role as a pass-first point man instead of one who aims to shoot first then pass second.

All of which at times, he points out, caused opposing defenders to disregard him.

“I love when people look over me because it makes me stay in the gym to get better,” Caleb said in assessing his game. “I love when the crowd is screaming because I just made a good pass to one of my teammates or hit a big shot.”

As for the tireless parental support, Caleb acknowledges the presence of his parents is second to none.

“My mom and dad have been really supportive because they come to all my games and I have a lot of them,” he said. “My mom is always telling me to have fun when I’m playing basketball. I love how when I’m not having a good game and I spot my dad in the stands, he’s telling me to play my game that helps me out a lot. My parents and coaches are always telling me to do my best and most of all have fun.”

All while putting on display his finesse, team-first persona in the process.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Colonial Middle’s Ananias Bennett savoring athletic success through parents’ guidance

Who knows better than mom?

Ana1Asking Sherrell Bennett-Miller to assess the athletic skills of her sons is like a reporter interviewing a coach.

Take, for instance, Miller’s critiquing of the athletic prowess of her son, Colonial Middle School dual-sport athlete Ananias Bennett.

To her credit, if one didn’t know any better, they would sense that Bennett-Miller is a coach more so than a mother who has devoted an integral portion of her life to ensuring that her boys enjoy success through academics and sports.

“My son, Ananias, started playing football at the age of nine,” Bennett-Miller told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson. “My overall reaction was like, ‘This tiny little boy is tackling like he’s was around 12 years old.’”

Fortunately for Bennett-Miller, Ananias has evolved into a marquee player for Colonial Middle’s football and basketball teams. And, given the favorable strides he’s made as a rising amateur athlete, it’s safe to assume he appears destined to put his athletic skills on display throughout Shelby-Metro’s tradition-rich prep athletics landscape in the coming years.

The oldest of Bennett-Miller’s two sons who attend Colonial Middle, Ananias has flourished into an efficient basketball player as he occupies the point guard small forward positions, often switching to shooting guard when need be. When on the gridiron, he’s utilized mostly at wide receiver and quarterback.

WE ARE FAMILY --- As far as Ananias Bennett is concerned, among the grandest reasons he and his brothers have managed to stay devoted to athletics while simultaneously sustaining high marks in the classroom is that their parents don’t just make regular financial investments to ensure they remain active in sports.  Rather they are visibly seen at virtually each of their sporting events, cheering them on. Win, lose, or tie.

WE ARE FAMILY — As far as Ananias Bennett is concerned, among the grandest reasons he and his brothers have managed to stay devoted to athletics while simultaneously sustaining high marks in the classroom is that their parents don’t just make regular financial investments to ensure they remain active in sports.
Rather they are visibly seen at virtually each of their sporting events, cheering them on.
Win, lose, or tie.

Or wherever the Rosedale, Mississippi native is needed to ensure he’s demonstrating solid leadership skills and good sportsmanship — key attributes that, in some cases, could be easily displaced, particularly for youngsters in his age bracket.

“I love the sports,” Ananias said. “I (participate in athletics) because of the bonds that are made, the game itself, and the life lessons that come along with them.”

Given the success Ananias and his siblings have enjoyed in their brief time since their parents thrust them in the athletic limelight, they have managed to become fixtures in their own right on this always competitive Memphis-area youth sports landscape.

Ananias’ younger brother, Shyheim Brown, also plays basketball for Colonial Middle. His younger brother, Derrick Miller, Jr., is a multi-sport athlete at Memphis Promise Academy.

As far as Ananias is concerned, among the grandest reasons he and his brothers have managed to stay devoted to athletics while simultaneously sustaining high marks in the classroom is that their parents don’t just make regular financial investments to ensure they remain active in sports.

Rather they are visibly seen at virtually each of their sporting events, cheering them on.

Win, lose, or tie.

“My family members are very much supportive by showing up for my games and helping me raise money when needed,” Ananias explained. “My mother is my biggest fan and sideline coach. She’s always most definitely there to give me great advice when I need it the most.”

And given his well-documented success as a rising, multi-sport athlete, many whom have witnessed Ananias and his brothers on the Mid-South-area sports circuit don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

Ana3Especially their mom, arguably their No. 1 fan.

And coach it seems.

“I was happy for him when he came across a coach that took him out of his game, yet he didn’t give up or quit,” Bennett-Miller said. “Ananias is a student-athlete with high academics with no attitude and will take criticism with no problem.”

All of which is why she says the sky’s is the limit for son.

“Education and your attitude will take you a long way,” Bennett-Miller said.

No one, it seems, knows that better than mom.

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Youth athlete Derrick Miller Jr. learning life lessons, excelling on Memphis sports circuit

Derrick2For Sherrell Bennett-Miller, she is downright ecstatic that her son, Derrick Miller, Jr., hasn’t given up on sports.

How else to explain her constant enthusiasm and dedication she exhibits whenever she’s sitting from the stands at football games or cheering from the bleachers in gymnasium whenever she’s witnessing her son put his talents on display?

“I enjoy watching my son play every game,” Bennett-Miller told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I was very happy he stuck to (sports).”

To get a thorough understanding of why Bennett-Miller and Derrick’s father, Derrick Miller, Sr., are both overjoyed in their son’s athletic accomplishment, look no further than the continuous strides this Promise Academy student athlete has manufactured in his brief time since making his debut on the Shelby-Metro-area athletic circuit.

For starters, Miller, Jr. has blossomed immensely into a gifted, versatile multi-sport athlete, having garnered a variety of awards while making his presence felt against the stiffest of competition in the process.

Add to the fact that he continues to acquire an assortment of valuable life lessons as an emerging young athlete, and it’s no wonder the eight-year-old Miller, Jr.’s parents undoubtedly believe the sky’s the limit for an athlete whose best days are well ahead of him.

So remember the name: Derrick LaWayne Miller Jr.

MAKING STRIDES --- To get a thorough understanding of why Bennett-Miller and Derrick’s father, Derrick Miller, Sr., are both overjoyed in their son’s athletic accomplishment, look no further than the continuous strides this Promise Academy student athlete has manufactured in his brief time since making his debut on the Shelby-Metro-area athletic circuit.

MAKING STRIDES — To get a thorough understanding of why Bennett-Miller and Derrick’s father, Derrick Miller, Sr., are both overjoyed in their son’s athletic accomplishment, look no further than the continuous strides this Promise Academy student athlete has manufactured in his brief time since making his debut on the Shelby-Metro-area athletic circuit.

“His coaches have been very helpful and I thank them for sending him out to explore different positions,” Bennett-Miller explains in assessing her son’s overall progress a multi-sport athlete. “He’s a student athlete who has high academics (performances) with no attitude, and one who’s willing to listen. I tell him all the time, ‘You can go and be the best you can be.’ The sky is certainly the limit for him.”

What’s even more intriguing about Miller, Jr.’s rise as an emerging athlete is that he is only a few months removed from having debuted in football.

Four months to be exact.

However, it would be hard pressed for anyone to realize that he’s a virtual newcomer to the gridiron, given the rapid progress he has enjoyed since he first put on shoulder pads, helmets, and cleats.

In other words, as his teammates go, so goes Miller. Jr.

“I enjoy running touchdowns and blocking for my teammates,” the happy-go-lucky, vibrant Miller, Jr. says while flashing his signature smile. “My parents have never missed a practice or game.”

Derrick3Interesting enough, this gifted kid doesn’t shy away from the notion that in order to reap the benefits of his resilient work, it is essential that he continues to embrace the assortment of life lessons — on and off the field.

“(My parents) are always correcting me when I have messed up in a game,” Miller, Jr. explains. “And they always tell me to go hard no matter what. They always tell me to continue to stay focused not only on the field but in the classroom.”

Now we know why.

That’s because his parents, unlike never before, are downright ecstatic that he hasn’t given up on sports.

So remember the name: Derrick LaWayne Miller Jr.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Former Mid-South multi-sport athlete Jessie Blake making moves as a rising entrepreneur

COLORADO, SPRINGS, Colorado — Those who have witnessed their dreams become shattered, displaced, left for dead and never to be found or rediscovered again, Jessie Blake has a few reassuring words for you.

Jess3“We all have to pay it forward, for it is essential,” Blake said. “Someone out there needs a little ounce of hope that they, too, can succeed no matter what obstacles have hindered or stalled their dreams.”

During a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Blake, a longtime accountant in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area, not only shared what she sensed were thought-provoking wisdom about which many from various walks of life can strategically apply daily to their everyday living, but the Tampa, Florida native revealed a number of business-related projects on which she’s currently executing.

STAR WATCH --- During a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Williams, a longtime accountant in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area, not only shared what she sensed were thought-provoking wisdom about which many from various walks of life can strategically apply daily to their everyday living, but the Tampa, Florida native revealed a number of business-relate projects on which she’s currently executing. (Photos submitted by J. Williams)

STAR WATCH — During a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Jessie Blake, a longtime accountant in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area, not only shared what she sensed were thought-provoking wisdom about which many from various walks of life can strategically apply daily to their everyday living, but the Tampa, Florida native revealed a number of business-relate projects on which she’s currently executing. (Photos submitted by J. Williams)

While the accounting industry undoubtedly is that about which she’s passionate the most, the 36-year-old Blake admittedly has arrived at a point in her well-established professional career whereby she aspires to launch what she describes as her “own brand.”

AIM TO PLEASE --- Also a professional accountant consultant and aspiring actress, Williams is preparing to launch her very own lingerie line, something she believes will evolve as an instant success, especially because of the forthcoming holiday season and Valentine’s Day in the coming weeks.

AIM TO PLEASE — Also a professional accountant consultant and aspiring actress, Blake is preparing to launch her very own lingerie line, something she believes will evolve as an instant success, especially because of the forthcoming holiday season and Valentine’s Day in the coming weeks.

In a nutshell, this University of South Florida graduate and former multi-sport athlete — Blake was a high school basketball, track and field, and softball standout — is destined to embark upon a compelling venture from which many across the globe can benefit.

Also a professional accountant consultant and aspiring actress, Blake is preparing to launch her very own lingerie line, something she believes will evolve as an instant success, especially because of the forthcoming holiday season and Valentine’s Day in the coming weeks.

“Competitiveness is indigenous to my character,” Blake explained.

Not only that, this rising entrepreneur acknowledges that her competitive drive as a former athlete, among other things, is what essentially fueled her desire to jump start her own lingerie line.

Add to the fact that her notable career as an accountant consultant has afforded her time and again to put her professional skills on display all across the country, thus work alongside the likes of renowned actor Forrest Whitaker, among others, and it’s no wonder Blake appears destined to see that her business ventures match the success of her illustrious professional career.

This rising entrepreneur acknowledges that her competitive drive as a former athlete, among other things, is what essentially fueled her desire to jumpstart her own lingerie line.

This rising entrepreneur acknowledges that her competitive drive as a former athlete, among other things, is what essentially fueled her desire to jumpstart her own lingerie line.

In other words, given her immense track record as a professional accountant and consultant, it’s safe to assume that Blake hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Who can blame her?

Not with so much success at stake.

“I love interacting with people and giving them a sense of financial freedom,” Blake said. “My personal mission is to provide financial literacy.”

And then there is her notable acting line of work.

“On the acting side, I love connecting with people across the world,” she said. “To place a smile on their faces is what I enjoy the most. I have worked on both the East and West coast with major actors.”

All of which has given way to what is shaping up to be a stiff, yet efficient itinerary for this vibrant, veteran accountant in the foreseeable future.

According to Blake, not only is she amongst a cast that is working on a major movie project in California, but as she completes the essential steps to starting her latest business venture, she plans to host a fashion show for her newly-establish lingerie line.

SHE SAID IT --- “I love interacting with people and giving them a sense of financial freedom,” Williams said. “My personal mission is to provide financial literacy.”

SHE SAID IT — “I love interacting with people and giving them a sense of financial freedom,” Blake said. “My personal mission is to provide financial literacy.”

As for those who have witnessed their dreams become shattered, displaced, left for dead and never to be found or rediscovered again, Blake has a few more reassuring words for you.

“Someone out there needs a little ounce of hope that they, too, can succeed no matter what obstacles,” she said.

Especially with so much success at stake.

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: University of Houston among AAC schools eyeing Cedar Hill’s Xavier Hall

CEDAR HILL, Texas — In case you don’t know him, allow Xavier Hall to introduce himself.

For starters, Hall is senior middle linebacker for a perennial power Cedar Hill team that is amongst the finest in Texas.

STAR WATCH --- As arguably one of the Cedar Hill's most efficient and durable pass rushers who has built a reputation for providing fits to the opposition, Xavier Hall has gone to great lengths to boost his recruiting stock, considering he is currently ranked as the 14th best high school linebackers in Texas, according to Maxpreps.com. (Photos submitted by J. Hall)

STAR WATCH — As arguably one of the Cedar Hill’s most efficient and durable pass rushers who has built a reputation for providing fits to the opposition, Xavier Hall has gone to great lengths to boost his recruiting stock, considering he is currently ranked as the 14th best high school linebackers in Texas, according to Maxpreps.com. (Photos submitted by J. Hall)

As arguably one of the Longhorns’ most efficient and durable pass rushers who has built a reputation for providing fits to the opposition, Hall has gone to great lengths to boost his recruiting stock, considering he is currently ranked as the 14th best high school linebacker in Texas, according to Maxpreps.com.

Add to the fact this resilient athlete — the nation’s 91st overall player for the Class of 2016 by Maxpreps — has improved immensely in the offseason, and it’s no wonder that Hall appears well on his way to signing a National Letter of Intent less than three months from now.

National Signing Day is February 3.

As Hall, 6-foot, 195-pounder tells it, given he has been afforded the golden opportunity to put his skills on display for a tradition-rich Cedar Hill program is amongst the greatest factors that has given way to his drawing rave reviews from a host of college scouts and recruiters.

“My family always says don’t be scared to go after what I want and I should know how to get it on my own,” Hall told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “Being a football player is exciting. It keeps me busy and there is never a dull moment, especially having my own decorated locker and being a part of an (animated) locker room.”

While establishing camaraderie with teammates has contributed mightily to his success on the field, whether his final prep season ends with a state championship or not, Hall doesn’t shy away from the notion that playing football on Saturdays around this time next year is undoubtedly his No. 1 priority. Hall3

After all, as far as he’s concerned, he senses he’s done the necessary things to sway colleges to extend to him a full ride scholarship.

“(Football) was the first sport I played and found a liking for it,” Hall said. “And also I felt it would be my gateway out of what people call the hood. My family has been very supportive of me and my choice of playing football. They always push me to my limit and tell me to strive for excellence.”

Fortunately for Hall, it’s safe to assume that a few colleges have discovered the true talent he has become since bursting on the high school scene four years ago.

That’s because according to Hall, the University of Houston, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Langston University, Lamar University, and Cisco Jr. College are amongst the schools that have expressed interest in him as his prep career draws near.

SUPER MOM --- Among Hall’s biggest supporter is his mother Jontil Hall, who has become a fixture at virtually each of her son’s games. In assessing her son’s career at Cedar Hill, Jontil Hall acknowledges she’s mostly impressed at how well-disciplined he’s been in what undoubtedly is a pivotal season for Xavier.

SUPER MOM — Among Hall’s biggest supporter is his mother Jontil Hall, who has become a fixture at virtually each of her son’s games. In assessing her son’s career at Cedar Hill, Jontil Hall acknowledges she’s mostly impressed at how well-disciplined he’s been in what undoubtedly is a pivotal season for Xavier.

Cedar Hill (9-1) plays Carroll (8-2) Friday night at 7:30 in the second round of the Texas Class 6A playoffs.

Among Hall’s biggest supporter is his mother Jontil Hall, who has become a fixture at virtually each of her son’s games. In assessing her son’s career at Cedar Hill, Jontil Hall acknowledges she’s mostly impressed at how well-disciplined he’s been in what undoubtedly is a pivotal season for Xavier.

“I wasn’t surprised to know he would play in high school because he played in middle school and also throughout pop warner (recreational league),” Jontil Hall said. “Words can’t express the happiness I feel for my son. Being a single mother hasn’t been easy, but very well worth it. I thank God that my son has kept a level head throughout all the struggles and cards he has been dealt.

Also, I’m proud to say that I’ve never had to go to school for any class skipping, disruptions, or fighting. My visit to school has only been for football. That’s a blessing.”

A blessing that, fortunately for Xavier Hall, appears likely to continue on Saturdays around this time next year.

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Horn Lake OL Nikolas Dean’s sights set on National Signing Day

WAR EAGLE --- Horn Lake High senior linebacker Nikolas Dean’s parents, Byron and Neketta Dean, said that while their son has endured his share of challenges during the course of his high school career, they are mostly impressed by how he has gone about assuming the businesslike approach for a player who’s auditioning for a full ride athletic scholarship. (Photos by N. Dean)

WAR EAGLE — Horn Lake High senior offensive lineman Nikolas Dean’s parents, Byron and Neketta Dean, said that while their son has endured his share of challenges during the course of his high school career, they are mostly impressed by how he has gone about assuming the businesslike approach for a player who’s auditioning for a full ride athletic scholarship. (Photos by N. Dean)

Although the 2015 season did not turn out the way Nikolas Dean had envisioned, the Horn Lake High offensive lineman nnow has his sights set on something that could very well set the tone for his young life for the next four years.

National Signing Day.

A 6-foot, 230-pound senior, Dean enjoyed a stellar career for the Eagles, although his final prep season ended with Horn Lake limping to a 2-10 finish.

Still, during a high school stint whereby Dean enjoyed success virtually on both sides of the ball for coach Brad Boyette’s squad, he’s confident he will fulfill his long-waited dream of putting his football skills on display at the collegiate level.

According to Dean, who is ranked as the 105th best player in tradition-rich Mississippi according to Maxpreps.com, he has generated interest from several schools, most notably Mississippi State, Jackson State, Grambling State, University of Memphis, and Ole Miss, among others.

National Signing Day is February 3.

When asked to assess his career his Horn Lake, Dean, a Carbondale, Illinois native, said he senses he had done enough to persuade college coaches to grant him the opportunity to play next Fall.

STELLAR AUDITION --- A 6-foot-1, 270-pound senior, Horn Lake's Nikolas Dean enjoyed a stellar career for the Eagles, although his final prep season ended with Horn Lake limping to a 2-10 finish.  Still, during a high school stint whereby Dean enjoyed success virtually on both side of the ball for coach Brad Boyette’s squad, he’s confident he will fulfill his long-waited dream of putting his football skills on display at the collegiate level. (Photos submitted by N. Dean)

STELLAR AUDITION — A 6-foot-1, 270-pound senior, Horn Lake’s Nikolas Dean enjoyed a stellar career for the Eagles, although his final prep season ended with Horn Lake limping to a 2-10 finish.
Still, during a high school stint whereby Dean enjoyed success virtually on both side of the ball for coach Brad Boyette’s squad, he’s confident he will fulfill his long-waited dream of putting his football skills on display at the collegiate level. (Photos submitted by N. Dean)

“I love football because it’s a sport that has always come naturally to me,” Dean told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I love the contact of the sport. I really know the sport and I have passion for it.”

Dean’s parents, Byron and Neketta Dean, said that while their son has endured his share of challenges during the course of his high school career, they are mostly impressed by how he has gone about assuming the businesslike approach for a player who’s auditioning for a full ride athletic scholarship.

Byron and Neketta’s son, Nakobe Dean, is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound freshman linebacker for Horn Lake.

“I’m happy because he’s happy,” Neketta said of Nikolas Dean. “It’s been challenging, but I’ve always told him to keep God first and that he can do all things through Christ and to remember that he’s a champion and not a contestant. He was born to succeed and he possesses the heart and passion (for football).”

RAVE REVIEWS --- According to Dean (nO. 71), who is ranked as the 105th best player in tradition-rich Mississippi according to Maxpreps.com, he has generated interest from several schools, most notably Mississippi State, Jackson State, Grambling State, University of Memphis, and Ole Miss, among others.

RAVE REVIEWS — According to Dean (nO. 71), who is ranked as the 105th best player in tradition-rich Mississippi according to Maxpreps.com, he has generated interest from several schools, most notably Mississippi State, Jackson State, Grambling State, University of Memphis, and Ole Miss, among others.

All of which is why the Deans believe the possibility exist that they will be watching their son play football on Saturdays around this time next season.

As Nikolas’ mother’s tells it, her son’s body of work as an efficient athletic speaks for itself.

“Nikolas began playing football at the age of five,” Neketta Dean explains. “I was excited about his enthusiasm, energy, and love for the game. Every weekend was and is monopolized with games, events, and activities surrounding football. It was tiresome, especially working full time up to 50 hours-plus a week at times and having to attend the games. Nevertheless, our presence was a highlight for him and encouraged him to play harder.”

Now with National Signing Day a little more than two months away, Nikolas Dean and his family are now waiting with great expectancy to see which school will ultimately extend to him an offer to suit up in a college football uniform next fall.

Let alone set the tone for his young life for the next four years.

“My parents have always encouraged and supported me to strive at being successful in everything I do,” Nikolas Dean said.

Something about which several college scouts have already taken into account.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Here’s 41 sporting moments as sports journalist Andre Johnson turns 41

AndreDALLAS — For the past three-plus decades, sports have played a majestic role in my life.

In fact, sports, for me, have become a way of life.

MOM AND MJ --- In November 2002, I passed up the chance to watch Hall of Famer Michael Jordan play in his next-to-last NBA season when the Washington Wizards played at the Memphis Grizzlies. I felt compelled to pass the pair of tickets to my mother, who said to me after that game, “I can always say I had a chance to watch (Jordan) play.” (Getty Images Photo)

MOM AND MJ — In November 2002, I passed up the chance to watch Hall of Famer Michael Jordan play in his next-to-last NBA season when the Washington Wizards played at the Memphis Grizzlies. I felt compelled to pass the pair of tickets to my mother, who said to me after that game, “I can always say I had a chance to watch (Jordan) play.” (Getty Images Photo)

A lifestyle, of sorts.

A trend that, in assessing the overall landscape of my life, practically personifies the person I’ve become.

Sports, this inspiriting, galvanizing movement that customarily inspire athletes to become empowered through dedication, accountability, and leadership, are what immeasurably fueled my desire to engage in a rather competitive industry whereby I would be afforded the opportunity to meet and interact with athletes from various walks of life.

Fortunately for me, my dream, thanks in large part to sports, has come full circle, a fantasy that has given way to an assortment of memories, most notably personal ones during which I’ve savored throughout the course of professional sportswriting career.

That said, as I commemorate my 41st birthday on Saturday, I share with you 41 memorable sports moments, according to yours truly.

 

  1. Passing up the chance to watch Hall of Famer Michael Jordan play in his next-to-last NBA season when the Washington Wizards played at the Memphis Grizzlies. I felt compelled to relinquish the pair of tickets to my mother, who said to me after that game, “I can always say I had a chance to watch (Jordan) play.”
  2. Wrapping each wall in my bedroom with magazine photos of NBA players as a junior high schooler in the late 1980s. I knew at the time that someday I’d interview those same players.
  3. Witnessing the San Francisco 49ers thoroughly dispatch the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl 19, 38-16.
  4. Owning my very first authentic NFL football as my mom handed it off to me like a quarterback to running back on my 10th birthday.
  5. Fielding arguably the worst whipping of my life when, on my 15th birthday, I caught the wrath of my mom for throwing a temper tantrum and ripping apart my nightstand. Surely, this isn’t a sports moment in any shape or form. But in a way, it certainly seemed like it, considering I ran around our three-bedroom apartment like an Olympic gold medal sprinter while trying to elude mom’s extension cord.
  6. Watching Michigan edge Seton Hall in overtime in the 1989 NCAA Men’s Basketball championship game as Glen Rice embraced the ball at game’s end and unleashed tears of joy.
  7. Watching Joe Montana’s game-winning touchdown pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining in Super Bowl 23.
  8. Watching the 49ers race to a 27-3 halftime lead and completely dismantle the Denver Broncos, 55-10, in Super Bowl 24.
  9. Witnessing sentimental favorite and the No. 11 seed Loyola Marymount basketball team pulverize Michigan, 149-115, in the second round of the NCAA tournament following the death of Hank Gathers.
  10. The Buffalo Bills losing four consecutive Super Bowls.
  11. The 1984-85 Memphis State men’s basketball team advancing to the school’s second Final Four.
  12. “Never Nervous” Pervis Ellison and Louisville upsetting Duke in the 1988 NCAA championship game.
  13. Anfernee “Penny” Hardway and Treadwell High versus Anthony Douglas and cross-town rival East.
  14. The 1986 New York Mets.
  15. Watching the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series with my paw paw, Edward Johnson, Sr.
  16. Watching Dallas’ World Class Championship Wrestling at the break of sunrise every Saturday with grandpa.
  17. Watching Memphis’ Championship Wresting every Saturday morning with my paw paw and uncles.
  18. Witnessing the Memphis State basketball team win the Metro Conference basketball championship in 1987 against Louisville in the always hostile Freedom Hall.
  19. Witnessing pro wrestler Jerry Lawler become world champion for first time in his illustrious career on May 9, 1988 over Kurt Henning.
  20. The Kansas City Royals’ 11-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series.
  21. Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers losing four times to the Cincinnati Bearcats during the 1991-92 season.
  22. Penny Hardaway losing his final college game where his NBA career began (in Orlando).
  23. Steve Young engineering the 49ers to a 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl 29.
  24. The scene of Michael Jordan crying on the locker room floor while blanketing the game ball after winning his first NBA title following the death of his father.
  25. Len Bias’ shocking death two days after the 1986 NBA Draft.
  26. Magic Johnson announcing his retirement from the NBA on November 7, 1991 after learning he had acquired the AIDS virus.
  27. Attending Monday night wrestling virtually every week with my uncle, Darryl Crawford.

    H-TOWN --- How can I forget when I covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in what was my third full season of covering the league?

    How can I forget when I covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in what was my third full season of covering the league?

  28. Covering my very first sporting event as a sports intern for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper in May 1996.
  29. Partaking in my second sports internship for The Commercial Appeal in May 2000.
  30. Assuming a full-time job a sports reporter for The Commercial Appeal in August 2000.
  31. Interviewing Laila Ali during her fight in the Mid-South in June 2002.
  32. At the request of Jerry Lawler, meeting the Hall of Fame wrestler over lunch in March 2010 for an exclusive interview that lasted more than two hours.
  33. Covering Kobe Bryant on the night he became the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading scorer in March 2010.
  34. Covering the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
  35. The 2007-08 Memphis Tiger basketball team.
  36. John Calipari vacating Memphis for Kentucky or, as he said, “the Notre Dame of college basketball.”
  37. Mario Chalmers breaking the hearts of Tiger fans with a game-tying 3-pointer that forced overtime in the 2008 NCAA final.
  38. The Los Angeles Clipper’s historic comeback from 27 points down to shock the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA playoffs.
  39. The Grizzlies reaching the Western Conference Finals the following year.
  40. Relocating to Dallas in April 2014 to cover Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.
  41. Thanking God in advance for allowing me to stick around to witness and savor more sporting moments.

 

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Former U of M receiver Keiwone Malone shifting focus on earning pro roster spot

MaloneWhen asked recently to assess her son’s collegiate stint, Sheila Malone deemed it necessary to allude to a super hero.

“He is and always will be Superman,” Malone said of her son, Keiwone Malone. “He has filled many roles on the team and has excelled at all them. He received the punt and made spectacular moves, scoring touchdowns and broke the high school records in Tennessee. He kicked the extra points and covered (opposing team’s) receivers. Using what gifts God has given him, he is my Superman.”

To grasp a full understanding of why Malone has dubbed her son arguably the most decorated super hero of all time, look no further than his slew of accomplishments in recent years, most notably during what was a remarkable tenure at the University of Memphis.

A native of Rosedale, Mississippi, Keiwone Malone emerged as arguably one of the best football players in the history of Memphis Mitchell High, considering he blossomed into one of Shelby-Metro’s most sought-after recruits for the Class of 2010.

Widely regarded as an “athlete” because of his versatility on both sides of the ball, Keiwone Malone was the catalyst of a Mitchell team that had become a fixture in the Class 5A playoffs for the better part of his tenure with the Tigers.

GAME CHANGER --- To his credit, Keiwone Malone is amongst the biggest reasons the Memphis program --- a doormat while enduring years of futility --- has emerged as a national standout in recent years, considering he was one of Tiger quarterback Paxton Lynch’s best options. (Photos courtesy of Memphis Athletics)

GAME CHANGER — To his credit, Keiwone Malone is amongst the biggest reasons the Memphis program — a doormat while enduring years of futility — has emerged as a national standout in recent years, considering he was one of Tiger quarterback Paxton Lynch’s best options. (Photos courtesy of Memphis Athletics)

Add to the fact that Alabama’s Nick Saban was amongst the high-profile college coaches who inquired about Keiwone Malone’s services as a four-star recruit, and it’s no wonder this do-it-all athlete still believes he possesses the skills to — what else? — do it all at the professional ranks.

Less than one year removed from having completed his eligibility at the U of M, the 24-year-old Keiwone Malone doesn’t shy away from the notion that his primary focus now is to earn a spot on a professional football roster.

“If given a chance to play professional football, I will give it my all for the (organization) every day,” Keiwone Malone told MemphiSport during a recent interview. “I’ve always had dreamt at being the best at what I do, and I want to prove to people that size doesn’t matter.”

At 5-foot-11 ½ and 168-pounds, Keiwone Malone had proven time and again that his slim frame didn’t prevent him from enjoying success while playing major college football.

To his credit, he is amongst the biggest reasons the Memphis program — a doormat while enduring years of futility — has emerged as a national standout in recent years, considering he was one of Tiger quarterback Paxton Lynch’s best options.

After transferring from Alabama to Memphis to be close to his ailing grandmother, Keiwone Malone enjoyed a stellar career for the Tigers, given his numbers progressed considerably in each of his four seasons with the program.

MOM KNOWS BEST --- When asked recently to assess her son’s collegiate stint, Sheila Malone deemed it necessary to allude to a super hero.  “He is and always will be Superman,” Malone said of her son, Keiwone Malone. “He has filled many roles on the team and has excelled at all them.

MOM KNOWS BEST — When asked recently to assess her son’s collegiate stint, Sheila Malone deemed it necessary to allude to a super hero.
“He is and always will be Superman,” Malone said of her son, Keiwone Malone. “He has filled many roles on the team and has excelled at all them.

He was especially resilient as a senior for a Memphis team that finished the 2014 campaign with seven consecutive wins (10-3), including a 55-48 double overtime win over Brigham Young in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Keiwone Malone led the Tigers in yards receiving with 45 catches for 555 yards and four touchdowns, while averaging better than 12 yards per receptions — surpassing his 44 receptions for 476 yards and three scores he registered as a sophomore.

All of which is why Lynch, a Heisman candidate who’s projected as a Top 10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was extremely high on Keiwone Malone during his time with the Tigers.

All of which is why this former Tiger standout, who had proven to master major college football, believes he stills possesses the skills and mechanics to earn a paycheck at the professional ranks.

“I’m sure every mom feels their son deserves a chance, but I feel (football) is his ministry,” Shelia Malone said. “He is not complete if he is not playing football. I am his coach at home, so I am constantly giving him pep talks and keep us both prayed up. I am also constantly trying to put him in positions that can get him that chance he deserves.”

Without question, many — including Lynch — who have followed Keiwone Malone’s rise from Mitchell to appearing on a major college football stage believe he’s armed with the finesse to perform for a pro team.

The biggest question at this point is will his golden opportunity come to fruition.

Just as he played his way to earning to scholarship to play at tradition-rich Alabama, Keiwone Malone isn’t ruling out hope.

“I’m dedicated,” he said. “I work hard and I’m not one to give up or half-ass. I’m open-minded to leaning new techniques and ways of winning. I have a great sense of humor. I’m a people person. I’ve never had a coach or player since pee-wee football dislike me or my play or actions on the field. I interact well with others, and I’m a very respectful man that knows how to motivate a team to win.”

Key attributes “Superman” prays pro scouts and general managers will take into account in the foreseeable future.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.