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Memphis earns No. 1 class with recruit Achiuwa



Five-star senior Precious Achiuwa announced his commitment to Memphis on Friday, giving Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers the No. Achiuwa, who is Memphis' fourth commitment in the last week, chose the Tigers over Kansas, although he also took an official visit to North Carolina.

Achiuwa, a 6-foot- 9 forward from New York who attends Montverde Academy (Florida), is ranked No. 17 in the ESPN 100. He slots in as the No. 5 power forward in the country, but he likely will play small forward at the next level.

He is a high-level athlete with long arms, agile feet and good positional size. He has tremendous value on the defensive end of the floor, where he's capable of guarding the pick and roll, moving his feet laterally on the perimeter and even providing a secondary rim protector. On offense, he's most effective in transition, where he runs the floor extremely well, is quick off his feet as a finisher and can play through contact without a problem.

Achiuwa earned McDonald's All-American honors this season, and he was the most productive player in March's game with 22 points and nine rebounds in 1

7 minutes off the bench. He also averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds for New Heights on the Under Armor Association circuit last spring and summer.

Hardaway now has the No. 1 recruiting class in his first full recruiting cycle as Memphis' head coach. Achiuwa joins a loaded group that includes No. 1 overall prospect James Wiseman, five-star forward D.J. Jeffries (No. 25), ESPN 100 four-stars Rejean "Boogie" Ellis (No. 38), Lester Quinones (No. 81) and Malcolm Dandridge (No. 100), and local four-star prospect Damian Baugh. [19659002] Memphis also landed Little Rock graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker, who was ranked No. 2 in ESPN's transfer rankings.

The Tigers are now likely out of scholarships for the 2019-20 season, but they were in the mix for elite guard RJ Hampton (No. 5) and five-star forward Trendon Watford (No. 19.

ESPN recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein contributed to this report.


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