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Memphis lands 2019 forward Malcolm Dandridge

NCAA First Round -  North Texas v Memphis

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 16: NBA player Anfernee Hardaway alumni of the Memphis Tigers watches his team against the North Texas Mean Green during round one of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 16, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Memphis landed a local product on Wednesday night as top-150 Class of 2019 forward Malcolm Dandridge pledged to the Tigers.

The Memphis East product is regarded as the No. 119 overall prospect on Rivals in the national rankings as the 6-foot-9, 220-pound Dandridge is a great start to head coach Penny Hardaway’s recruiting in that class. Dandridge played for Hardaway for Team Penny and at Memphis East as he’s currently putting up 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for the Bluff City Legends in the Nike EYBL this spring.

Hardaway has already landed six players as the new head coach -- including five players in the Class of 2018. With four of them being from Tennessee, Hardaway has certainly emphasized local recruiting in the early stages of his coaching career.

With three of his former Memphis East players committed, Hardaway is hoping the program’s state-title success in the high school ranks translates to a return to glory for the Tigers.