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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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Tags: Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League

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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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Tags: Precious Achiuwa, Memphis Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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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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Tags: Landers Nolley II, Memphis Tigers, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

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Execs Still View James Wiseman As Likely Top-Five Pick

Feb 14, 2020 12:10 PM

James Wiseman is taking a unique path to the NBA after playing just three games in college before leaving Memphis to prepare for the 2020 draft.

"Most executives league-wide see (Wiseman) as a likely top-five pick, and as one of the favorites to end up in the top-three," reports Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.

Wiseman could drop further depending on how the lottery plays out.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks possibly filled their need at center at the deadline, which puts their interest in Wiseman into question. The Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks have young centers already in place in Karl-Anthony Towns and Mitchell Robinson.

The Golden State Warriors are difficult to predict, but are expected to consider trading the selection depending on who becomes available on the market. 

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Tags: James Wiseman, Memphis Tigers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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James Wiseman Signs With Excel Sports

Dec 27, 2019 9:57 PM

James Wiseman has signed with Excel Sports for his professional representation.

Wiseman's agreement officially ends his college career after three games with Memphis.

Wiseman is expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2020 draft.

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James Wiseman Leaves Memphis To Begin 2020 NBA Draft Preparation

Dec 19, 2019 2:59 PM

James Wiseman has left Memphis and will sign with an agent to begin preparing for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Wiseman began informing Memphis coaches in recent days about his decision to leave school.

Wiseman received a 12-game suspension from the NCAA and was scheduled to be eligible again in January.

Wiseman is expected to be a top-five pick in the draft.

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Lakers, Clippers Remain Interested In Andre Iguodala

Dec 15, 2019 9:04 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers remain interested in acquiring Andre Iguodala.

Iguodala currently remains in limbo with the Memphis Grizzlies as they attempt to trade him.

The Clippers, unlike the Lakers, can trade a first round pick in a trade.

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Tags: Andre Iguodala, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Tigers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Wiseman Suspended For 12 Games, Will Return Jan. 12

Nov 20, 2019 7:12 PM

James Wiseman has been suspended for 12 games by the NCAA and will return on Jan. 12.

Memphis announced that it will appeal the NCAA's decision based on "case precedent, the circumstances of this case and other mitigating factors."

"We expect a more fair and equitable resolution, and we will exhaust all avenues on James' behalf. James will not compete in this evening's contest," the school said in a statement.

Wiseman's mother accepted $11,500 from Penny Hardaway in the summer of 2017.

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Tags: James Wiseman, Memphis Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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James Wiseman Unlikely To Have Draft Stock Significantly Impacted If He's Out For 19-20

Nov 15, 2019 2:26 PM

James Wiseman could be forced to sit out the remainder of his freshman season at Memphis due to eligibility issues, but NBA executives don't believe it will have a dramatic impact on his draft stock.

“Will him sitting the year impact him a spot or two? Maybe,” one high-ranking team official said. “But it isn’t impacting his financial base. He is known as a talent.”

Wiseman is widely considered the best big man in 2020 NBA Draft and has been a candidate to be selected first overall.

Sources tell The Athletic that Memphis is optimistic Wiseman will miss fewer than nine games. Wiseman intends to re-file his lawsuit against the NCAA and Memphis if his season is not saved.

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James Wiseman Withdraws Lawsuit, Waits For NCAA Ruling

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James Wiseman Scores 17 Points After Judge Issues Stay

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James Wiseman Ruled Ineligible By NCAA

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Memphis To Hold Pro Day For NBA Teams On October 7th

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