Hardaway Put Memphis On-Top
Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo
MEMPHIS-I am sure most of us as a kid has been told the old rhyme, “see a penny pick it up and all day you’ll have good luck.” It seems for the Memphis Tigers they are well on their way to having more than a days luck with Head Coach Penny Hardaway. Even with a resume and being the hometown kid Penny has been there were plenty of skeptics that weren’t sure if Hardaway would live up to all the hype and expectations when they hire him.
Fast forward a year later and it looks like things are paying off for the Tigers in a big way. The Tigers have officially landed five- star forward Precious Achiuwa. Achiuwa set the college hoops to world ablaze on Friday when he made his formal announcement that he was committed to being a Tiger.
With the addition of Achiuwa Memphis now stands at the head of the recruiting table with the No.1 recruiting class in the Country. Hardaway and his Tigers edged out Coach Cal and the Old Wildcats for the coveted #1 spot.
The 6’9, 215 “Small Forward” ( Yes that is not a typo) out of Montverde Academy (Montverde,FL) is the 14th ranked prospect overall in the 2019 recruiting class. The Tigers had 8 new players for the upcoming season. Arciuwa joined notable “Top 100” prospects James Wiseman, Boogie Ellis, D.J. Jeffries, Lester Quinones, Damion Baugh, Malcomn Dandridge, and Arkansas -Little Rock grad transfer Rayjon Tucker.
The commitment of Achiuwa, the Tigers have used their 8 allocated scholarships for the upcoming season. So the stage looks to be set and oh what an interesting storyline this will be turning to over the off-season.
It looks like Pennies are more precious than diamonds and gold in Memphis hoops in 2019. It is clear that Hardaway is making his own way and looking to take the Tigers all the way under his leadership and from the looks of things they are off to a hell of a start. But as always it won’t be till this team takes the court if they won’t have the rookie jitters.
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Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo is a Senior Editor and writer for Main Event Sports. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist, NFL Network content writer, and Brown University, graduate. She loves good cigars, good games and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ Misskyus2011