Memphis earns No. 1 class with recruit Achiuwa

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Five-star senior Precious Achiuwa introduced his dedication to Memphis on Friday, giving coach Penny Hardaway and the Tigers the No. 1 recruiting class within the nation.

Achiuwa, who’s Memphis’ fourth dedication previously week, selected the Tigers over Kansas, though he additionally took an official go to to North Carolina.

A 6-foot-9 ahead from New York who attends Montverde Academy (Florida), Achiuwa is ranked No. 17 within the ESPN 100. He slots in because the No. 5 energy ahead within the nation however will doubtless play small ahead on the subsequent stage.

Achiuwa is a high-level athlete with lengthy arms, agile ft and good positional dimension. He has super worth on the defensive finish of the ground, the place he’s able to guarding the pick-and-roll, shifting his ft laterally on the perimeter and even serving as a secondary rim protector. On offense, Achiuwa is handiest in transition, the place he runs the ground extraordinarily effectively, is fast off his ft as a finisher and might play via contact.

He earned McDonald’s All American honors this season and was the best participant in March’s recreation with 22 factors and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. He additionally averaged 14.5 factors and eight.1 rebounds per recreation for New Heights on the Under Armour Association circuit final spring and summer season.

Hardaway now has the No. 1 class in his first full recruiting cycle as Memphis coach. Achiuwa joins a loaded group that features No. 1 total prospect James Wiseman, five-star ahead D.J. Jeffries (No. 25), ESPN 100 four-stars Rejean “Boogie” Ellis (No. 38), Lester Quinones (No. 81) and Malcolm Dandridge (No. 100), and native four-star prospect Damian Baugh.

Memphis additionally landed Little Rock graduate switch Rayjon Tucker, who was ranked No. 2 in ESPN’s switch rankings.

The Tigers are actually doubtless out of scholarships for the 2019-20 season, however they’d been within the combine for elite guard R.J. Hampton (No. 5) and five-star ahead Trendon Watford (No. 19).

ESPN recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein contributed to this report.


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