Out of the 2013 recruiting class for Memphis, four of them are enrolled in school and are participating in the summer workouts. As for Kuran Iverson and Pookie Powell, they are faced with the possibility of becoming ineligible for the 2013-2014 season. At first, the fans would have known something about them in July. Now, the fans will not know anything until early August.
Iverson, the awesome 6-9, 210-pound shooting guard from Windsor, Conn., and Powell, the quick 6-1, 160-pound point guard from Orlando, FL., have not met the NCAA requirements for student-athletes. Coach Josh Pastner has said before and still says that he remains optimistic that both players will qualify but said the process is likely to stretch through the summer.
“There’s a slight chance to get them here for Summer 2 (which begins July 9), but the probability would be that it’s going to be a full summer situation, sort of like sophomore forward Damien Wilson last summer,” said Pastner. “That’s OK. The NCAA allows some extra courses throughout the summer and other opportunities to increase the sliding scale area.”
The NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Sliding Scale is pretty reasonable to be honest. They combine Division I student-athletes’ grade point average with their ACT or SAT scores. If the student-athlete has a below-average GPA, he/she can bounce back from that with a high ACT or SAT score. This basically gives the student-athletes some room to mess around but handle business at the same time.
“They’re doing everything they can, but it’s a great lesson for everybody,”said Pastner. “I tell kids all of the time, ‘What you do starting your freshman year in high school, every class counts. It just doesn’t happen your senior year. The way it’s set up, every single class that you take matters.’
“I have tremendous belief and optimism that they’ll both be here. Whether they’re here for Summer 2, I just want to get them here for the start of the fall. Will they be a little behind? No doubt. But we’ll be able to catch ‘em up. They just gotta get here.”
Memphis has three senior guards in Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, and Geron Johnson. All three will definitely see the floor a lot this upcoming season. Also, Missouri transfer Michael Dixon will be playing a lot of minutes, but the NCAA still has to decide his fate as a college basketball player. As for Powell, there is no way he will play a lot minutes with the talent of guards on the roster for Memphis.
Iverson is in a better situation than Powell. He will compete for playing time on the wing with Wilson and freshmen Nick King.
GARDNER IS ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS CAMPUS NOW
Jason Gardner, the new assistant coach for Memphis, arrived in Memphis on Saturday after his hiring was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Gardner, who was an All-American at Arizona, mentioned that he is looking forward to working for the Memphis Tigers Basketball Team. Also, he likes the fact that the city of Memphis thrives off of college hoops.
“I’m extremely excited,” said Gardner. Gardner spent his last two seasons as an assistant coach for Loyola University of Chicago. His job at Memphis will be specializing in player development.
“Working for coach Pastner, he’s young in the profession and he’s doing a phenomenal job. He’s already over 100 wins in four seasons and he’s getting great talent. He’s a great guy to learn from. I hear so much about the city as far as the love and the excitement they give you. I just think that’s a great feeling that you have all that support behind you.”
OPEN HOUSE FOR SEASON TICKETS
The University of Memphis Scholarship Fund will be hosting an open house on Sunday and Monday at the FedEx Forum. This is a great opportunity for the fans to buy season tickets for the 2013-2014 season.
Sunday’s open house will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. It is open to TSF donors by level. Monday’s open house is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This particular open house is for all individuals looking for season tickets in the donation sections. Donations will range from $25-$260 for the Terrace Level seats and $775-$2,625 for Club and Plaza Level seats.
The Tigers’ 2013-2014 home schedule will include some of the top schools in the country. They will have home games against Louisville, Cincinnati, UConn and Temple as well as a non-conference match-up against Gonzaga in February.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.