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Memphis takes over the No. 1 recruiting class in 2019

Penny Hardaway has overtaken John Calipari on the recruiting circuit… for now, at least.

This afternoon, 2019 five-star forward Precious Achiuwa announced his commitment to Memphis, moving the Tigers up to the No. 1 recruiting class on ESPN, 247 Sports, and Rivals.com.

Following today’s news, Memphis now holds commitments from James Wiseman (No. 1), Achuiwa (No. 17), DJ Jeffries (No. 25), Boogie Ellis (No. 38), and Lester Quinones (No. 81) in the class of 2019. Arkansas-Little Rock graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker has also committed to Memphis, and will be a Tiger if he decides to withdraw from the NBA Draft and go back to college for one more season.

According to 247 Sports’ Class Calculator, however, a commitment from five-star forward Jaden McDaniels would push Kentucky back to the top spot in 2019, giving them a final ranking of 70.43 overall compared to 70.11 for Memphis.

This is where the entire class of 2019 stands now:

Hardaway is doing a phenomenal job on the recruiting trail in his first full offseason as the team’s head basketball coach. It’d be a shame if he didn’t know how to put it all together when the season actually starts this fall.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Memphis takes over the No. 1 recruiting class in 2019



  1. Maverick45
    1:33 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Kansas not in top 15?!…What’s going on out there?!



  2. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    1:33 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Mark it down now, Keion brooks is the most overrated recruit in the ESPN 100. Number 35 is a joke! Hes UKs best pro prospect next year.



  3. RealCatsFan
    1:40 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    He had this class made by the fact that he coached Wiseman in AAU. The real test will be if he can keep recruiting like this without those connections, as well as if he doesn’t make it to at least the Elite Eight.



  4. sharpshooter81
    2:22 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Memphis better make a deep run in the NCAA tournament with this team. I gonna say right now they won’t.

    Penny has this class bc of his past relationship with Wiseman but next year he won’t get these type of recruits.



  5. 2Dogs
    2:27 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    I think these 5 young men just want to get a jump on the NBA. And by that I mean an early exit in the NCAA tournament.



    • syrin23
      2:41 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yep. Trae Young, Ben Simmons, etc.



  6. VirginiaCat
    2:37 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Lets be honest, we would be overjoyed with the recruiting success that Hardaway is having at Memphis. While it’s true that he could underachieve, it’s also true that he could become a a force to be reckoned with in college basketball.



    • wyatts1
      3:18 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

      Aside from Wiseman I wouldn’t trade our current class with Memphis. Missing on Wiseman hurt, might’ve cost us the championship but I don’t see Memphis and coach penny being able to do what coach Cal could’ve done with such talent. They’ll have a great record and get a good seed in the tourney but only cause their conference is cup cake city. The moment the lights start shining come March, I believe the inexperience of penny will be obvious to everyone and all future recruits.



  7. syrin23
    2:40 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    I am on record saying they won’t make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Unproven coach who will not get these guys to play championship level defense in the same stretch of time Cal does every year. I was also on record as early as November saying Duke wouldn’t make it to the Final Four this year.



    • ukcamel
      6:43 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

      I’d say it’s somewhat likely they miss the tournament and don’t win a single game if they do. People don’t realize that Cal’s (and also rat face) recruits are not just top-level talent, but guys that by-and-large accept coaching, play hard on both ends, and play for each other. Penny just took everyone with a mixed tape – except Wiseman, he is legit.



  8. UKLugo
    3:30 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    No where to hide now. Lets see what he can do with all that talent.



  9. Fitz
    4:01 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Wow! Memphis is going to be a interesting watch this coming season. It’s fascinating to me that so much talent decided to play for a coach who’s only coaching experience was one year at the muffle school level. It seems to me they just wanted to extend playing AAU style basketball. Roll out the ball Penny and let the blue chips do their thing!



  10. Han
    4:06 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Memphis fans talking about how all those guys (Tucker if they get him) will be their starters.

    They’re about to find out exactly how hard Cal works to get his freshmen able to play major minutes, play together and play well all season.



  11. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:53 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    We’ll now we know where Kansas’ bag man went. Congrats Penny.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:55 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

      What the heck autocorrect. We’ll.



  12. plumloopy
    5:03 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Yes. A shame.



  13. neat1ky
    5:14 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    He only has this class because wiseman and Jeffries were on his AAU team and they r from Memphis. Let’s see after they leave if he gets those kind of recruits next yr.



  14. UK Maine-iac
    7:48 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Who knows, Penny might blow it out of the water and then there will be talks he’ll be Cal’s heir apparent.