Even though the college basketball recruiting landscape will look incredibly altered this year, there are still many coaches scrambling to add the key piece to a recruiting class or snag the best player on the transfer market. Here we will keep up with the rumors surrounding who Memphis and Coach Penny Hardaway are looking to sign for the 2020 class.
I’m starting this post up in late March of 2020 and will put a date stamp each time new information is added.
5/24/20: Cisse has shared that he will reclassify to the class of 2020 and said he will announce his decision next week. The likely one and done center averaged 18 points, 15 rebounds and 9 blocks last season at Lausanne per ESPN.
5/1/20: Cisse drops his top 6 list which includes Memphis.
4/12/20: Cisse, a 5-star big man currently playing at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, lists the Tigers in his top ten. Many speculate that he could potentially reclassify to 2020 or follow Jalen Green and go the G-League route.
5/27/20: McClung Mania was short lived as he announced today that he will be transferring to Lubbock to play for Chris Beard at Texas Tech.
5/21/20: Georgetown transfer guard Mac Mcclung puts Memphis in his top 7 along with Wake Forest, Auburn, BYU, Texas Tech, Arkansas, and USC. In his sophomore season, McClung averaged 15 points and 2 assists in 21 games for the 15-17 Hoyas.
5/15/20: Williams has chosen to attend Memphis should he not seek selection in the NBA draft.
5/3/20: As of today, Williams is still looking towards the NBA draft, but keeping college options open as well. His finalists for college choice are Memphis, Arkansas, Baylor, and Kentucky should he go that route.
4/23/20: According to Stockrisers, Williams is focused on entering the NBA draft, but will keep his options open for if he decides to return to college.
4/21/20: According to Stockrisers, Memphis is one of the schools that has reached out to Evansville transfer and rising sophomore Deandre Williams. In 19 games last season – he missed time due to a back injury – Williams averaged 15 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game in only 27 minutes per game. The 6-9 forward was a crazy efficient scorer with an EFG% of 69.5% and PER of 31.9
5/7/20: Perez commits to Marquette.
5/3/20: Per Stockrisers, Perez has Memphis in his final six along with Iowa State, Marquette, Georgia Tech, and Illinios.
4/27/20: Perez, a 6-5 sophomore guard transfer from Gardner-Webb, averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game last year. He is being recruited by Cody Toppert on Hardaway’s staff.
4/28/20: Jeffress verbally commits to Pittsburg according to 247Sports.
4/23/20: Per his Twitter account, the 4-star forward will make his college decision public on Tuesday, April 28th at 11 am EST. Currently 247Sports has crystal balled Jeffress to Pitt.
4/9/20: The 6’7″, 4-star forward has Memphis in his top 10 and will make a decision soon.
4/24/20: Via a social media announcement, Brown announces that he has chosen to stay home in Texas and play for Shaka Smart and his Longhorns. He was the last uncommitted top 10 player in the class.
4/11/20: Brown reveals via social media that he will announce his commitment on Friday, April 24th at 2pm cst.
4/9/20: Tipton Edits shares that Auburn may be making a strong push for one of the few 5-star recruits still on the market.
3/26/20: We have just under a month remaining until the forward from Austin, Texas announces where he will attend college, his father told 247Sports. Most analysts predict that he will either stay at home in Texas or come to Memphis. It seems his relationship with Longhorns coach Shaka Smart is very strong and if he remains the coach at Texas, they are front runners to land Brown – one of the few 5-star players still on the board for 2020.
4/21/20: The former Purdue center leaves Memphis off his potential list of schools per 247Sports. The Tigers were in his top 6 but Penny Hardaway’s team has been cut and is not in the final 3 schools recruiting Haarms.
4/11/20: The 7-3 center from Purdue who is in the transfer portal told 247Sports that he has Memphis in his top ten. He will be able to play in the fall as a graduate transfer. Last season Haarms averaged 8.6p/4.6r/2b per game.
Landers Nolley II
4/20/20: Ding Ding! We have a winner! Nolley announced that he will be suiting up for the Tigers — hopefully as soon as this upcoming season. Over at The Athletic, John Martin did a Q&A with Nolley’s dad and he said that big draw for them was the fact that he would get to play as a large guard, similar to Penny Hardaway back in the day. Nolley should bring immediate pop and depth to the Tigers, who lost local guard Tyler Harris to the transfer portal earlier this week.
4/19/20: According to Stockrisers.com, Nolley will announce his decision on Monday, 4/20 at 2pm (time zone not listed).
4/17/20: Nolley lists Memphis in his final three with Ole Miss and Georgia. The NCAA is expected to take a vote soon on whether or not to allow a one-time penalty-free transfer for student athletes. If this passes, it would make Nolley immediately eligible and add some much needed experience and depth to Penny Hardaway’s team. Nolley averaged 15.5 points per game at Virginia Tech and that production would go a long way towards helping the lackluster Tigers offense we saw last year.
4/2/20: Nolley lists Memphis in his top eleven. Per 247sports.com: “Nolley’s top eleven schools consists of Alabama, Georgetown, Maryland, Memphis, NC State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Seton Hall, TCU, Texas Tech and UConn. Memphis’ staff has done a nice job of building a relationship with the former Hokie, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them in the shuffle until the end.”
4/14/20: Green will now announce his decision on noon CST Thursday instead of Friday. Multiple analysts from varying publications are saying that the pro option is the leader at this point.
4/10/20: Green reveals on social media that he will announce his commitment on April 17th at 11 am cst.
4/8/20: Memphis guard Boogie Ellis is doing his part to bring Penny Hardaway’s top target to the Bluff City.
4/6/20: According to Jon Rothstein, Memphis is interested in Holy Cross transfer guard Drew Lowder. In his lone season at Holy Cross, Lowder averaged 14 points and three assists while shooting 42% from beyond the arc on 5.8 attempts per game. He only played in 12 games due to injury.
Ahmad Rand – *Committed*
4/2/20: Unranked JUCO forward Ahmad Rand from USC Salk commits to Memphis for the 2020 season. The forward led the NJCAA in blocks per game with five and averaged 8.9 points and 9 rebounds as well. According to sources who have seen Rand in action, he is an athletic guy who can really muck things up on the defensive end. He is not so much of a scorer, as an athletic and defensive minded guy. Likely Hardaway has added him to the roster for frontcourt depth to replace a departing Isaiah Maurice, who struggled on offense, but showed glimpses of good defense. Coach Hardaway continues to make defense a priority for his teams and looks to continue that side of the ball as a point of emphasis. Last season, the Tigers had the third best defense in the country by KenPom adjusted efficiency measures.
4/5/20: Carlik Jones commits to Lousiville.
3/26/20: According to Stockrisers, the 6-1 graduate transfer has had schools like Louisville, UConn and Memphis reach out. In his redshirt junior seasion, he averaged 20 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 40% from three on 3.6 attempts per game.
4/8/20: O'”Connell announced via his social media that he is transferring to Creighton.
3/26/20: On March 21st, the Duke guard announced he would transfer away from the Blue Devils program. He was a top 75 recruit in his class, but has never averaged more than 15 minutes per game and 7 starts in a season. He is a 6-6 guy who was brought in as a shooter for Coach K, but his numbers from deep have declined in each of his three seasons at Duke.
3/26/20: Bruner, a 6-9 graduate transfer from Yale, earned 10.9 points and 9.2 rebounds last season in 32 minutes per game. He also averaged 1.7 blocks per contest. Bruner claimed the 52nd best defensive rebounding rate in the NCAA last season. According to Stockrisers.com, he is heavily considering going pro, but is not sure due to lack of workouts that would help to showcase his skills to NBA suitors.
4/12/20: Hardy commits to Oregon.