The news Wednesday that Tubby Smith would not be the head coach at Memphis next season led to a few more predictions in favor of the Tigers on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class.
The assumption is that former Memphis star Penny Hardaway, the head coach of Memphis East High School and leader of Team Penny on the Nike circuit, will be the next coach of the Memphis Tigers.
Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward, originally from Nashville — plays for both of the teams that Hardaway coaches. Until the Hardaway-to-Memphis rumors started heating up recently, Kentucky was the unanimous choice on Wiseman’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page. He was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from John Calipari and has clearly emerged as UK’s No. 1 target in the class.