Sam Ayomide Commits to Memphis and Penny Hardaway

Center Sam Ayomide announced his commitment to the University of Memphis on Tuesday night. Ayomide is ranked as a three/four star on most recruiting services. The 6’11 big man will serve as a replacement center for the likely one-and-done Moussa Cisse who will be playing for Memphis this season.

Penny Hardaway continues his hot streak on the recruiting trail with his third commitment in the last two weeks — and fourth in the class of 2021. Following the commitment of Sam Ayomide, 247Sports bumped Memphis’ 2021 recruitment class up from #11 to #3.

Ayomide ultimately chose the Tigers over other schools like Illinois, Kansas, Providence, and Seton Hall.

GoTigers247 has a great breakdown on this commitment with several interviews with Ayomide.

Ayomide is from Nigeria and recently moved in with the family of fellow Tiger commit John Camden. He started playing organized basketball when he was 14 years old. Ayomide currently attends The Phelps School in Pennsylvania where he averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks last season.

In an interview with ZagsBlog, Ayomide had this to say about why he chose Memphis:

“I already developed a great relationship with the coach and I talk to Penny [Hardaway] pretty much every day,” he said. “I talk to [assistant coach] Cody [Toppert] and they let me know what my role would be. We talk about a lot of stuff on and off the court. I’ve developed a great relationship with them and I feel like I can trust them. That’s why I made my decision.”

Sam Ayomide in an interview with ZagsBlog

Despite what many would consider underachieving last season, there is a lot of hype surrounding the future of the Memphis basketball program. As long as Coach Hardaway can recruit high-level players and built top tier recruitment classes, fans will be on board and stay excited. For this particular class, it seems that Penny has really chosen to focus on guys who can all play together in specific roles and has gone after multiple guys that should be around the program for several years.

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