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.
With Precious Achiuwa joining Memphis, the Tigers are now the No. 1 class in the country ? pic.twitter.com/Aczsu6Fxmc
— ESPN (@espn) May 17, 2019
Memphis actually moves to No. 1 in the @247Sports Team Rankings with the addition of Precious Achiuwa. A historic recruiting run for Penny Hardaway and the Tigers.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 17, 2019
With the addition of five star Precious Achiuwa, #Memphis strengthens their hold on the No. 1 spot in 2019 team rankings.
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) May 17, 2019
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.