It has been an interesting past few weeks in the world of Memphis Tigers basketball recruiting, and it appears things are just getting started. On Thursday, Boogie Ellis – who as late as November had Memphis listed in his top 5 schools – de-committed from Duke, requesting out of his LOI. Ellis is a 4-star combo guard from the state of California.
We can assume that the decision by Duke point guard Tre Jones to return to school for another season under the esteemed coach K played a part in Ellis’ decision. Another likely factor is the recent Duke commitment of fellow California guard Cassius Stanley – an ESPN top 30 recruit.
Is Memphis a contender for Boogie the second time around?
Have enough guards?
This is not the only game changing news that has come across our timelines this week. A few days ago, R.J. Hampton – a 5-star point guard originally in the class of 2020 – re-classified to the class of 2019 after saying he felt he had nothing else left to accomplish in high school. Memphis was already at the top of his potential school list and seems to have retained their spot among those competing for his enrollment. For Tigers fans, the thought of adding Hampton, and him immediately playing alongside top recruit James Wiseman and co., is tantalizing.
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Right now, Coach Hardaway has a pair of returning guards in local Memphis guys Alex Lomax and Tyler Harris. He also has already signed Damion Baugh, a 4-star guard from Team Thad and TN Prep Academy. Is there room to add two additional high level recruits to the backcourt of this roster? I know now we are just being greedy – but hey…you never know!
Rod Hampton isn’t writing off this possibility. Things could get very interesting for Memphis as Penny assembles what is likely to be the most talented roster that Tigers fans have seen in ages.
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This weekend, Ellis is playing in the Ballislife All-American game in Long Beach, California. Other Memphis targets participating in the game are Precious Achiuwa and Trendon Watford.
Zak (@BarnBurnerBro) is a native Memphian who covers the Memphis Grizzlies, Tigers, and St. Louis Cardinals for The Barn. He spends his free time exploring breweries, restaurants, and leading the Ivan Rabb stan club.