Tigers build their roster
Memphis basketball adds Jones, Maurice
Less than a month into his new job, Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway is quickly turning predictions about his potential power on the recruiting trail into reality.
Hardaway pulled off a Sunday night stunner, reeling in another top 100 recruit and a former Kansas State big man to round out his initial roster with the Tigers.
Shooting guard Antwann Jones, a former Texas A&M signee, and South Plains (Texas) Junior College forward/ center Isaiah Maurice each committed and signed to play at Memphis, Hardaway announced on Monday afternoon.
Both prospects were on campus for official visits this past weekend. News of their commitments emerged on Sunday night.
Jones, a consensus four star recruit in the class of 2018, received a release from his national letter of intent at Texas A&M. He visited Memphis on Sunday and announced his commitment on Monday morning.
Jones is ranked among the top 100 2018 prospects in the country by every major recruiting service. He played at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Fla., this past season and appeared on Nike’s EYBL circuit last offseason with E1T1.
Jones originally committed to Oklahoma State in September before decommitting two weeks later when an Oklahoma State assistant coach got fired in the wake of the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.
Jones then decided to sign with Texas A&M in November. It’s unclear at this point exactly why Jones got a release from his national letter of intent at Texas A&M.
Listed at 6-feet-6, Jones is a bigger guard who can play multiple positions on the floor and finish at the rim thanks to his college-ready frame. He’s also a
capable ball-handler and shooter, and should be able to contribute to the Tigers immediately.
Maurice, listed at 6-10, also took an official visit to Memphis this past weekend. He had previously been committed to play at New Mexico next season.
Maurice spent two years at Kansas State, redshirting his first season before averaging 8.8 minutes and 3.0 points per game as a redshirt freshman during the 2016-17 campaign. He was then dismissed from Kansas State last June due to a violation of team rules.
The Durham, N.C., native averaged 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and shot 48.5 percent from 3-point range during his only season at South Plains, who won this year’s NJCAA national championship.
Hardaway’s first recruiting class now ranks among the top 30 in the country with the addition of Jones and Maurice, according to 247 Sports and Rivals.