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Penny Hardaway effect on SEC Basketball Recruiting
« on: April 29, 2018, 09:48:49 am »

5-star Olive Branch commit D.J. Jeffries claims he is not swayed by Penny

Hometown legend and former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway, Jeffries’ former AAU coach, is now the head coach at the University of Memphis, and the whole city is abuzz.

Tigers wanted Penny, in large part, because of his connection to elite players through his years running a Nike AAU program and coaching a three-time state championship high school team. Recruits are already started to flock to Penny and Memphis, but Jeffries says he won’t be one of them —

“[Penny Mania] is crazy. I hear it and stuff, but I just try to ignore it, ... I hope the best for Penny,” said Jeffries, a 6-foot-7 small forward...

But could Wiseman really turned down the coach who has become his mentor? For whom he left an exclusive private school in Nashville and moved with his mom to Memphis to play high school ball?

“It’ll be really tough, because him and Penny are really close,” Jeffries said. “But that’s life. You gotta make hard decisions sometimes.”

Jeffries was happy to get his decision out of the way early — Wiseman said his is coming in the next 2-4 months — so that he can focus on improving his game, competing for a Peach Jam championship on the Nike circuit and enjoying his senior season in high school.

“James is so quiet and laid back, so you really never know [what he’s thinking]. He don’t show no emotions,” Jeffries said. But he doesn’t buy Wiseman’s recent insistence that other schools, like Kansas and North Carolina are involved. “I think Memphis and Kentucky are his top two.”
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 11:39:18 am by jbcarol »


Re: Penny Hardaway affect on SEC Basketball Recruiting
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2018, 08:35:44 pm »


Good friends with James Wiseman.

First decommit for Calipari at UK.

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Re: Penny Hardaway affect on SEC Basketball Recruiting
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 06:25:37 am »

Penny Hardaway is a threat on the recruiting trail - and potentially, to the college basketball establishment

I was blown away by Hardaway’s presence on the recruiting trail these past few weeks. And I truly believe that he could end up as a thorn in the side of the Calipari’s and Coach K’s of the world, if not an outright, equal competitor.

To fully explain what I mean, let’s go back to two weeks ago at the Adidas Summer Championships near my home in Los Angeles. When I got there, I fully expected to see Hardaway in the building and milling around –


Re: Penny Hardaway affect on SEC Basketball Recruiting
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2018, 09:49:38 pm »


Gary Parrish lives in Memphis, and is doing his part to help Memphis where he can. He might as well be on the Tiger staff, because he is helping Memphis recruit. He is a huge tiger fan.


Re: Penny Hardaway effect on SEC Basketball Recruiting
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2018, 11:40:38 am »


Memphis mentioned as a top program riding a wave of momentum entering the fall evaluation period.
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