According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, one of the candidates to join Penny Hardaway’s coaching staff at Memphis is UK assistant Tony Barbee.
Barbee was an assistant at Memphis under John Calipari before embarking on his own head coaching career, then returning to Calipari’s staff at Kentucky. Barbee is also the lead recruiter on D.J. Jeffries, who committed to UK for the class of 2019 last week and played for Hardaway’s Team Penny squad on the Nike circuit last summer. Barbee is not recruiting any of UK’s 2018 signees or any of the Cats’ remaining targets from that class.
Memphis fired Tubby Smith last week and is expected to name Hardaway its next head coach.