This article is part of our Recruiting Recap series.
In just his second season as the head coach at Memphis, Penny Hardaway is already blazing through the recruiting trail. Despite striking out top-5 prospect R.J. Hampton – who had an offer from the Tigers but elected to play overseas this season in New Zealand – Hardaway still cranked out the consensus top recruiting class in the country.
As a result, Hardaway will likely be starting at least three freshmen to open up the 2019-20 season, and those three freshmen could make for one of the most talented, daunting frontcourts in all of college basketball.
It has been six years since Memphis made the NCAA Tournament and 10 since the program made a Sweet 16, but it's clear that a new era of Memphis basketball is upon us, and it starts with this trio of lengthy and athletic freshmen.
James Wiseman, C, 7-0, 230 pounds
Wiseman was the consensus No. 1 high school prospect from the 2019 class, and given the big man's skill set, it's easy to understand why. Boasting a 7-foot, 230-pound frame and a 7-foot-4 wingspan, Wiseman has the physical tools and skills that teams crave in a center for the modern game.
Offensively, Wiseman has proven he has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor, but the big man is going to be most effective and efficient around the rim. While most of his shots in the paint will likely finish with a thundering dunk over the defender, Wiseman has shown to have