Over the course of the weekend, there were several high level 2020 prospects who took to Twitter to announce the narrowing down of their list of potential colleges or to reveal future commitment dates.
As far as current Tigers, James Wiseman is making waves in the media and the potential top NBA draft pick appeared on Andy Katz’s watch list for March Madness.
Let’s start off with the bad news first.
On Friday, 5-star guard out of Texas, Cade Cunningham – currently ranked as the #2 player in the class of 2020 – posted his list of top five schools. Included on this list were Florida, Kentucky, Washington, Oklahoma State, and North Carolina.
Noticeably absent from this list was Memphis.
Several months ago, Cunningham’s older brother was hired as an assistant on the Oklahoma State staff, essentially shutting the door for other schools to have a chance with Cade. Now Memphis fans will be spared the misery of being strung along until signing day.
This summer, Cunningham tore up the NIKE EYBL circuit, averaging 23.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game for Texas Titans.
One prospect who has been heating up as of late is Ziaire Williams, a 6’7″ SF who recently announced that he is transferring for his senior year to prep powerhouse Sierra Canyon. There he will join recent Kentucky commit BJ Boston for his senior year of high school.
Williams is a top ten player in the class of 2020 and recently told Stockrisers that he will be cutting his list of potential schools to 6 in the upcoming weeks. Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are included in the list of schools who are after the rising star.
In good news, Memphis has made the top 5 list for top 15 class of 2020 big man Isaiah Todd.
It was reported recently that several coaches, including Memphis coach Penny Hardaway were under the impression that Todd had committed to UNC, but Todd dispelled that rumor and now Memphis is back in the hunt.
Todd is right in UNC’s backyard and played for Trinity Academy previously, but in the fall will transfer to John Wall’s former school – Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, NC.
Last season, Todd was the ALL-USA Player of the year out of North Carolina. He is a 6’10” big man who is versatile and plays with heightened energy. In the very likely case that Memphis will lose multiple front court players to the NBA draft, Todd would be a great guy to add. It does seem like an uphill battle between his connections to both UK and UNC, but never rule out Penny.
Also, I found some pretty interesting discussion on the Todd recruitment HERE.
A top 3 player in the class of 2020, Jalen Green, shared on his Twitter Sunday evening that he would announce his college commitment on….Christmas Day 2019.
Jalen Green is a combo guard who played his grassroots ball with Team WhyNot, who were runners up on the EYBL circuit this summer.
Green is an incredibly impressive player who could end up being the top guy in his class once everything is said and done.
Along with James Wisemans, Green visited Memphis back in 2018, but said in July that he will take another visit to Memphis. The combo guard is projected as a top 10 draft pick and will be a huge part of any program that is able to recruit him.
Thor (feels awesome to type that) is a 5-star PF who recently told Stockrisers that he will transfer from Huntington Prep to Norcross High School in Georgia. In addition to transferring, he will also reclassify from the class of 2021 to 2020.
Currently, Thor is listed as the 12th best prospect in his former class. The 6’8″ prospect said that his recruitment is wide open, but he did list Memphis as one of the schools that he has been in touch with. I can’t find where Penny has offered the forward a scholarship, but the fact that he felt compelled to mention Memphis means something.
Uniquely, we won’t have to wait long to find out where Thor will play in college, as he also explained he will announce his commitment on August 26th, even though he has yet to take any visits.
These Dudes Are LEGIT!!
Just in case you needed a little bit of a push to get hype for the upcoming season:
Andy Katz declares Wiseman a name to watch for in NCAA tournament
Let’s keep the Tigers hype train rolling!
On Friday, NCAA basketball correspondent Andy Katz published 16 names you’ll be hearing during March Madness — and why.
You don’t have to be a hardcore hoops fan to know who Memphis big man James Wiseman is and why he made this list.
Here is what Katz had to say about Wiseman:
Wiseman will lead an all-freshmen starting five for Penny Hardaway and spark a revival in the Home of the Blues. His presence will be felt at both ends of the paint, scoring inside and becoming the top rim protector in the AAC. Basketball will once again be a happening event in Memphis as the Tigers capture a conference title and Wiseman cements himself as the top pick in the 2020 draft.Andy Katz
Other star players to make this list include Cole Anthony of North Carolina, Kerry Blackshear JR of Floriday, and Cassius Winston of Michigan State.
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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.