Man, Penny Hardaway really knows how to turn a middling program into a cocky villain.
In honor of Memphis’ freshly minted number 1 ranked recruiting class, Hardaway decided the best way to commemorate his crop would be to throw a parade centered solely around their prized recruit, James Wiseman. He even gave James a lot of the credit for helping to round out the class.
“You have to have some help and some luck,” he said Tuesday while discussing the Tigers’ recruiting class. “Of course James, getting James, him coming to Memphis, him playing for me, jump-started everything because the guys wanted to play with him as well.”
So about a month ago, local artist and Memphis supporter Melony Walker came up with the idea to put together an event thanking Wiseman for all he accomplished since moving to Memphis about two years ago.
The event involved Wiseman and his family cruising around town, all in separate Corvettes, with music blasting and fans lining the streets, culminating in a pep rally at Wiseman’s school.
Would something like this have taken place if Wiseman had chosen, say, Kentucky instead of Memphis?
“I don’t think so,” fellow Memphis signee and East teammate Malcolm Dandridge said.
I’ve gotta agree with Malcolm on this one. Getting a top ranked recruit around here looks less like a parade and more like your average Tuesday.