Here you will find a wide range of recruiting rumors related to the University of Memphis and Coach Penny Hardaway’s 2021 recruiting class.
I’m starting this post up in late April of 2020 and will put a date stamp each time new information is added.
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5/27/20: Camden is a 4-star forward for Archbishop John Carroll high in Pennsylvania. Based on the highlights on Twitter, Camden is known for his range from three. Coach Hardaway has extended him an offer.
5/23/20: Patterson is a 4-star forward in the class of 2021. He published his top 10 list recently and Memphis made the cut. He is being recruited by Penny and Topper and he had this to say in an interview with Stockrisers: “Coach Penny also said, that I reminded him of himself as a player because of my ability to play like a guard and grab rebounds, and start the break.”
5/15/20: In a 247Sports article based on the below video interview, Holmgren mentions that Memphis is one of the schools after him hard. Holmgren is currently ranked as the #2 player in the class of 2021. The seven footer has good handles and can shoot from the outside. He said he watches a lot of Kevin Durant film and models his game after him.
5/12/20: The 4-star guard plays for Keelon Lawson, his father and former Memphis assistant, at Wooddale High School in Memphis. Lawson has offers from over 10 other schools, including Oregon, where his brother Chandler plays. Last season, Lawson was the TN Gatorade Player of the year and averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds per @ChuckLawson901. He is currently ranked 115th in the class of 2021 in the 247Sports composite rankings.
According to an interview with Stockrisers, “Penny Hardaway talked with him on the phone last night and will now begin recruiting him.” On his local ESPN radio show, host John Martin said that “Keelon Lawson thinks an offer is coming from Memphis for Johnathan Lawson.” Martin also reported that the Memphis staff is working on setting up a Zoom call with the Lawsons.
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.
4/30/20: Chandler releases a top 5 list that includes Memphis, Duke, Tennessee, Kentucky, and UNC.
4/27/20: The Briarcrest point guard will announce his final five schools this week. Though a local Memphis prospect, the 5-star player seems to be drawing most of his interest from schools outside of the 901, including Duke and Tennessee. He holds offers from all of the blue blood schools as well.
4/29/20: Banchero cut his list to six and it does not include Memphis.
4/27/20: According to Stockrisers, Banchero will cut his list to six this week. Banchero is a 5-star forward ranked in the top fice of the 2021 class. He is from Seattle and right now Washington owns all of the crystal ball predictions. Not much has been connecting Banchero and Memphis lately.
4/27/20: Late last week, the Tigers extended an offer to 4-star point guard Carter Whitt. The 6-3 junior is a top 75 player in the class of 2021 according to the 247 Composite rankings. Whitt will play his summer ball with local Memphis group Team Thad of the EYBL circuit.
4/27/20: Adam Zagoria reports that the 4-star small forward from New Jersey has stayed in contact with Memphis. He does hold an offer from the Tigers.
4/17/20: Hardy lists Memphis in his top 12 (247Sports)
5/1/20: On the “High School Basketball Happenings” podcast, Kuminga said there is a 50/50 chance he will reclassify to the class of 2020.
4/14/20: Kuminga, the top player in the class of 2021 who has Memphis in his top ten, told multiple sites that he will be cutting his list to five soon.