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Memphis grabs four-star 2019 wing D.J. Jeffries

Penny Hardaway

FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway talks about his new job in the school’s basketball offices in Memphis, Tenn. Hardaway finally can turn his attention to basketball with the Memphis Tigers hitting the court Tuesday, Sept. 26, to start fall practice. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)


Memphis landed another quality prospect on Saturday morning as four-star Class of 2019 wing forward D.J. Jeffries pledged to the Tigers.

The 6-foot-7 Jeffries has been a known national prospect since his freshman year of high school as he’s the No. 48 overall prospect in the Rivals national Class of 2019 rankings. A native of Olive Branch, MS, Jeffries often found himself playing with Memphis-area grassroots programs, as he’s a familiar face when it comes to Memphis recruiting.

A solid athlete with some skill, Jeffries should be able to come in and potentially impact the Memphis rotation right away. Previously committed to Kentucky, Jeffries is a huge grab for head coach Penny Hardaway as it now gives the Tigers a second four-star pledge in the Class of 2019 as he joins four-star forward Malcolm Dandridge. Considering how Hardaway has done with recruiting the spring Class of 2018, and now with the Class of 2019, he’s done a great job of quickly bringing in local and regional talent to restock the Memphis roster.

Now that Jeffries is committed, the big focus will turn to Class of 2019 five-star center James Wiseman. Considered by some to be the No. 1 prospect in the class, Wiseman is a Tennessee native who played for Hardaway at Memphis East High School. Memphis is a finalist for Wiseman along with Kansas, Kentucky, Florida State and Vanderbilt.