Achiuwa arrives Wednesday night, ending concerns about his status

By Updated: June 12, 2019 10:53 AM CT | Published: June 12, 2019 10:53 AM CT

Five-star forward Precious Achiuwa will report to the University of Memphis later Wednesday night, head coach Penny Hardaway confirmed Wednesday morning, ending speculation about the recruit’s status with the Tigers.

Achiuwa committed to the Tigers over Kansas and North Carolina in May. Memphis locked up the No. 1 class in the nation with his commitment. He did not initially report along with the rest of his teammates at the beginning of June, causing concern among the Tigers fanbase.

“Precious will be in tonight and (Thursday) we’ll fully have everybody,” Hardaway told the press Wednesday morning. The Memphis coach added that there were some complications with “minor things” but the issues are resolved.

The 6-foot-9 forward became the seventh and final commitment of Hardaway’s Class of 2019. Memphis has one more scholarship to use if they choose after graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker elected to stay in the 2019 NBA Draft. There are graduate transfers and reclassification possibilities or a walk-on could earn the scholarship.

Both No. 1 overall prospect James Wiseman and Achiuwa are ranked as five-stars by 247Sports. It’s the first time since 2010 the Tigers have signed multiple five-star prospects in the same class. Memphis is one of two teams to sign five or more four-star recruits in 2019.

Achiuwa arriving in Memphis means the Tigers will add seven freshmen to six returning players from last season’s roster. Only one of the Tigers top five scorers are returning to school. Despite that, Memphis is projected to be a Top 10 team by some early season rankings.

The Tigers failed to make the NCAA Tournament in Hardaway’s inaugural season. Memphis hasn’t made an NCAA Tournament since the 2013-14 season.


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Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan was born and raised in Memphis, graduated from the University of Memphis and has covered the Memphis Tigers for three years. When he's not writing, he enjoys golfing and eating barbecue.

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