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Pierre Henderson Niles Opens Up About Career At Memphis In An Open Letter To Fans: From MemphisRoar.com

There is a new (new to me) authority in town when it comes to everything University of Memphis Tigers. For the past couple of weeks, via twitter and their very impressive website www.MemphisRoar.com, I have been able to keep up with all the happenings surrounding the legitimate University of Memphis athletic programs (basketball). From injury updates to game previews, from recruiting news to very exclusive content like the above mentioned, www.MemphisRoar.com is now the place to go if you want to know the real deal surrounding the University of Memphis and its athletics.

Attached below is an open letter written by former University of Memphis forward Pierre Henderson – Niles that was provided exclusively to www.MemphisRoar.com. Knowing “P”, I have some doubt that he penned this open letter himself (thats an opinion before someone pegs it as hating), but never the less it shows a side of the often troubled basketball player from the City of Memphis that few rarely if ever saw during his playing days at Ridgeway High School and the University of Memphis. Allow this to serve as just a little preview of what fans can expect from the website/ fan forum. Enjoy

What’s up Tigers fans? This is Pierre Henderson-Niles, and I have to get this off my chest. Coming out of high school I always knew I wanted to be a Tiger and stay home. I wanted to play for Coach Cal because I used to go to the practices and loved what I saw, and he made me feel comfortable.

My freshmen year, I hurt my knee and it kind of set me back. I really didn’t get to have a great college career liked I planned. I really didn’t play too much the first two years I was there, but my last two I played a lot more. I only wish I had my body in better shape when Derrick Rose was there. I would probably be in the league with him the way he makes his teammates better, but I’m not. LOL, oh well.

After he left, Tyreke Evans came in, and I got to play with another great guard but didn’t do what I had to do. I got tired of that, so I got with our strength coach, Richard Hogans, the following summer and he stayed on me like I was his son – getting me better and getting my body right, and I did just that.



I came out my senior year with Josh Pastner and showed flashes of what I could do. Playing for Josh and Cal was totally different. Cal was the coach who was going to get on your butt and yell at all times. LOL. With Josh, he was so much different. He didn’t curse, scream or none of that. He was a very laid back coach that really cared about you as a person. Not saying Cal didn’t care about his players, but Josh was so different with it.

We could go talk to coach about anything personal. At the end of the season, I think I may have done that too much. I was having off-the-court problems along with on-the-court problems, as well as trying to graduate. It all came around the same time and me and coach didn’t see eye to eye on things. So, I felt the best thing for me was to leave the team, which I really regret.

I still went to the games and supported my teammates, but it was really hard being there and not playing. Josh and I got everything squared away and there aren’t any problems between the two of us. He wanted me to stay in school and graduate and that’s what I did. So after all the ups and downs, I really appreciated Coach for staying on me.

Well I’m going to wrap it up. I just wanted to share that with the fans and get it off my chest. I’m over in Japan now playing and it’s ok. It’s just so much different than home, but I’m enjoying myself. I hope everyone forgives me. I still bleed blue. Also y’all can follow me on twitter @phn101. Go Tigers!

You can make it better if you want-

Pierre

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November 15, 2010 Posted by | Coaches, Commerical Appeal, Jason Smith, John Calipari, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, Memphis Tigers Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, Other Media, Twitter | 1 Comment

Adonis Thomas Finally Signs With The University of Memphis. Coach Pastner Stops By To Share His Thoughts

Memphis Prized Recruit Adonis Thomas (Middle, In Black Memphis Tigers Hat) Signs His Official Letter Of Intent To Play Basketball At The University Of Memphis Starting In 2011. Thomas Is The #1 Player In The Class Of 2011 (According To Sporting News). Photo Provided By http://www.MemphisRoar.com

Its officially, official now. The University of Memphis Men’s Basketball program got their prized recruit, Adonis Thomas, yesterday morning when he signed his Letter of Intent to play for Coach Josh Pastner and the Tigers next year. Thomas, who is the Number 1 ranked high school basketball player in the Class of 2011 according to www.sportingnews.com, gave his verbal committment to the Tigers on October 28th, choosing to stay home in Memphis over taking his talents to South Beach, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, or UCLA. Thomas’ signing with the hometown team marks a significant achievement for Coach Pastner as he is now 2 for 2 when attempting to land the City of Memphis’ top basketball prospects. This year it was Thomas, last year he convinced Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, and sharp shooter Chris Crawford to stay home and help him sure up a young Memphis squad.

Following yesterday’s official signing of Thomas, Coach Pastner made a visit to The Chris Vernon Show to share his jubilance with our listeners and talk about other news and notes surrounding the team as they prepare to open the 2010 – 2011 Season Friday November 12 against Centenary. Click Here for audio of  Coach Josh Pastner’s interview on The Chris Vernon Show.

Click Here For Audio Of Memphis Tigers Head Basketball Coach Josh Pastner’s November 10th Interview On The Chris Vernon Show (Click Here)

November 11, 2010 Posted by | Adonis Thomas, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Commercial Appeal, Commerical Appeal, High School, High School Recruiting, Interviews, Jason Smith, Jason Smith, Josh Pastner, Melrose High School, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Sports, Other Media, Prep Sports, SEC Basketball, Twitter, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Home Body: Melrose High School 5 Star Basketball Star Adonis Thomas Chooses Memphis

For the 2nd year in a row, University of Memphis Head Basketball Coach Josh Pastner pulls off a feat that often eluded his predecessor John Calipari, by convincing Tennessee’s Top High School Basketball Recruit to stay and play his college career in Memphis. Last year it was #18th ranked Joe Jackson who starred at White Station High School before joining the Tigers this past summer. This year Pastner wooed Melrose High School 5 Star Forward Adonis Thomas, the #15 ranked recruit in the nation, with the skills and gift of gab that has seen him rise up the college coaching ranks over the last couple years.

To gain the committment from Thomas, Pastner and staff with the help of University of Memphis fans and other notable alumni like Penny Hardaway, made a huge pitch that would have been hard for anyone to turn down during “Memphis Madness” (Click Here To See The Video Which Aired During Memphis Madness). When Thomas was asked by ESPN’s Paul Biancardi if the video helped him make a decision, Thomas responded “It did impact my decision,” “It was a privilege to listen to Penny Hardaway talk about what the city of Memphis and the University of Memphis meant to him.”

Thomas chose the University of Memphis over Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas and UCLA. Since Thomas has a 4.0 (G.P.A)and might very well end up the Valedictorian at Melrose High School eligibility should not be an issue for the 6’6″ Small Forward/ Power Forward. If all goes according to plan Thomas will more than likely join the Tigers during the summer of 2011 and replace some of the talent they are expected to lose to the NBA Draft following this upcoming season.

If you can’t quite wait to see Mr. Thomas play in a Tigers uniform, catch him during his senior year at Melrose (Click Here For Link To Melrose High School Full 2010 – 2011 Mens Basketball Schedule)

Earlier today Jason Smith, the Commercial Appeal Memphis Tiger’s Beat Writer, stopped by The Chris Vernon Show following Thomas’ announcement to talk about what this meant for the Memphis Tigers Basketball Program and what other big recruits the Tigers might be landing soon (Click Here To Hear Audio of Hour 2 of The Chris Vernon Show Thursday October 28, 2010).

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Adonis Thomas, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Commerical Appeal, High School, High School Recruiting, Jason Smith, Josh Pastner, Melrose High School, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Sports, Other Media, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Memphis Tigers Guard Drew Barham Gets Rewarded For Hard Work

Drew Barham Photo Courtesy Of David C. Minkin/ In Focus Sports Photography

 I think its safe to file this under “Never Would Have Happened If John Calipari Was Here”. On Tuesday afternoon University of Memphis Head Basketball Coach Josh Pastner extended a full athletic scholarship offer to second year guard Drew Barham. Barham, who averaged just 4.8 minutes per game last season as a walk on for the Tigers, has put in much work during the off-season. Improving his already above average shooting, improving his defense, but most importantly adding weight to his 173 lbs frame that will better prepare him for play during the NCAA College Basketball Season.

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August 25, 2010 Posted by | Coaches, Commerical Appeal, High School, High School Recruiting, Jason Smith, Jason Smith, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Sports, Prep Sports | Leave a comment

Memphis Prep Football Opening Weekend Results

The prep football season kicked off in Memphis Friday night and gave spectators in attendance much to cheer about all weekend long. Some nail bitters, some blow outs, and some surprises were the headlines of the weekends games. All but 3 of the Commercial Appeal’s Dandy Dozen were scheduled to play either Friday or Saturday, but due to weather conditions in the Mid-South 5 of the teams ended up being inactive this weekend with the #1 team in the area, Whitehaven, having their matchup vs: Hamilton rescheduled for Monday night. Weather was not only an issue at the Whitehaven Classic, as game temperatures of more than 104 degrees caused numerous game starts to be delayed until later in the evening due to new TSSAA regulations.

Scores from most of the Memphis Prep games this weekend can be found below (Click Here For Scores)

Click Here For Scores and Stories On Individual Games

August 22, 2010 Posted by | Chris Vernon Show, Commerical Appeal, Dandy Dozen, High School, High School Football, High School Recruiting, Jason Smith, Jason Smith, Melrose High School, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, Prep Sports, Scores | Leave a comment