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Landers Nolley Eligible To Play For Memphis This Season

Aug 29, 2020 1:30 AM

The NCAA approved Landers Nolley's transfer request, making him eligible to play for Memphis this upcoming season.

Nolley averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds as a freshman last year at Virginia Tech.

Nolley was ranked as the top sit-out transfer for last spring by ESPN.


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Moussa Cisse Commits To Memphis

Jul 16, 2020 1:47 AM

Moussa Cisse, the No. 24 ranked prospect in ESPN's Class of 2020, committed to the Memphis Tigers on Wednesday.

"Every time I talk to Precious [Achiuwa] he was always real with me. He always says how good Penny is. How he trained him to make his game develop. That's why I decided to come to Memphis," said Cisse.

Cisse picked Memphis over KentuckyLSUFlorida StateGeorgia and Georgetown.

Cisse was named Tennessee's Mr. Basketball DII-A for last year.  

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Mike Miller To Leave Memphis Tigers After Two Seasons

Jun 4, 2020 1:38 AM

Former Memphis Grizzlies player Mike Miller announced that he will leave the Memphis Tigers' coaching staff after two seasons to spend more time with his family.

"The past two years have been amazing, and I have so many people to thank: Coach Hardaway for believing in me, all our players for their commitment, the University of Memphis and its incredible fans, my wonderful wife and kids, and the entire city of Memphis for everything you have done for me and my family. All of you made this opportunity possible for me, and I'm truly grateful," tweeted Miller.

Miller, hired by Penny Hardaway, was known as one of the best recruiters in the country.

Mason Miller, Miller's son, is considered a high-profile prospect for the class of 2021. 

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Penny Hardaway: It's A Recruiting War When It Comes To G League Pathway Program

May 21, 2020 9:04 PM

Penny Hardaway has spoken candidly about how the NBA's program allowing elite high school players to sign with a G League pathway program will impact college basketball recruiting.

"It's going to have a huge impact, because it's just a recruiting war right now when it comes to that," Hardaway said. "But I think it's going to affect us because we're recruiting a bunch of five-stars."

The NBA's initial designs last year called for players to receive offers of $125,000. But contracts for players in the G League's yearlong developmental program will now reportedly reach as much as $500,000.

"When they took the money from a smaller level to a larger level, then that's fair," Hardaway said. "That's definitely more appealing to a certain group of guys as we saw this year."


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Penny Hardaway Compares G League Recruitment Of Prospects To 'Tampering'

May 1, 2020 3:01 PM

Penny Hardaway believes the NBA's new use of the G League is detrimental to college basketball as they are actively recruiting prospects who have already committed to schools.

“For me, I didn’t think the G League was built – and I could be wrong – to go and recruit kids that want to go to college out of going to college,” Hardaway said. “I thought they were going to be the organization that was going to be, if you want to go overseas or you absolutely did not want to play college 100 percent, that this would be the best situation for you before you go into the NBA.

“But taking guys out of their commitments (or) they’ve already signed and continuing to talk to their parents, it’s almost like tampering. I really don’t agree with that.”

Jalen Green had committed to Memphis, while Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix backed out of their commitments to Michigan and UCLA respectively.

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Precious Achiuwa Leaving Memphis For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 24, 2020 3:54 PM

Precious Achiuwa is leaving Memphis for the 2020 NBA Draft.

"I've decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft and hire an agent," Achiuwa said. "This is the next step in my journey and career as a basketball player. I'm really excited for it."

Achiuwa is the No. 12 prospect in ESPN's Top 100 for the draft. Achiuwa won American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.

"I'd summarize my season as spectacular. Even though a lot of things were thrown at us early and we had a lot of ups and downs, we found a way to be successful," Achiuwa told ESPN. "I think I was able to show NBA teams my versatility on defense and that I am able to adjust to whatever role that is given to me and still find a way to be successful. We all had to adjust to different roles because of the uncertainty that was thrown at us early in the season. It was sad the way it ended because of the COVID-19."

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Landers Nolley Commits To Memphis

Apr 21, 2020 1:28 AM

Former Virginia Tech forward Landers Nolley committed to Memphis.

Nolley was ranked as the top sit-out transfer this spring, according to ESPN.

Nolley averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds last season.

He has two years of eligibility remaining. The NCAA is expected to meet next month to discuss a one-time transfer waiver for all college players. 

Nolley would be eligible immediately if the rule passes. 

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