Great Recruiting Classes?
Memphis has had its share
After a dominant career at Memphis East,
7-footer James Wiseman stayed at home to
play for the University of Memphis.
Last year, the basketball
recruiting crop out of Memphis
was one for the ages. Or, at least,
one of four for the ages.
Grind City has pumped out four
classes in the last decade that
rank among the best the city's
ever offered, with the Class of 2019
arguably the best.
And now the Class of 2021—
headlined by Lausanne's Moussa
Cisse, Briarcrest Christian's
Kennedy Chandler, Trezevant's
Jalen Brown, Houston's Alden
Applewhite and Wooddale' s
Johnathan Lawson—is shaping up
to be another bumper crop.
Here's how the recent recruiting
classes stack up.
CLASS OF 2019: ONE WISEGUY, AND A
BUNCH OF TALENT
Headlined by James Wiseman,
the nation's top recruit, the Class
of 2019 might go down as the
best in the city's illustrious hoops
history. Wiseman, a 7-foot center
out of Memphis East, boasted
a .9999 composite ranking from
24/7 Sports , rising to the top of
an impressive class that also
included North Carolina-bound
Cole Anthony and Washingtonbound
Wiseman chose to stay home
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along with two other of Memphis'
top prospects—East teammate
Malcolm Dandridge and Tennessee
Prep's Damion Baugh. The city's
basketball talent didn't just end
there, though, as Wooddale's
Chandler Lawson headed west,
way west, to become an Oregon
Duck and Tennessee Prep's
Antavion Collum stayed relatively
close to home as an Ole Miss Rebel.
CLASS OF 2015: LAB WAS FAB, BUT A
DEEP GROUP OVERALL
Kentucky-bound Skal Labissiere
was one of the best recent recruits
in Memphis memory, a 6-foot-10,
200-pound lithe athletic monster