Hardaway signs Precious Achiuwa to Memphis’ packed class
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Penny Hardaway has his second five-star recruit at Memphis with forward Precious Achiuwa signing his national letter of intent, giving the Tigers the No. 1 overall recruiting class.
Memphis announced Saturday that Achiuwa, who verbally committed to the Tigers on Friday, had signed his letter of intent.
The commitment from the 6-foot-9 Achiuwa bumped Memphis up to the top-rated recruiting class in the 247Sports’ composite rankings after Hardaway’s debut season as head coach at his alma mater. Achiuwa is the 14th overall player in 247Sports’ composite rankings and joins a class that also features top-rated James Wiseman.
Achiuwa, a McDonald’s All-American, joins a former teammate, Lester Quinones , in Memphis’ recruiting class. They played together at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey before Achiuwa played his senior season at Montverde Academy in Florida. Hardaway’s recruiting class also includes former Duke commitment Boogie Ellis, Damion Baugh of Tennessee Prep, D.J. Jeffries and Malcolm Dandridge.
Hardaway, the former NBA star, went 22-14 in his debut season at Memphis.