The students at the University of Memphis are gearing up for the second session of summer school. It will officially begin on Tuesday of this week. Also, let’s welcome back power forward Shaq Goodwin. He is returning from the tryouts for the USA Basketball’s Under-19 World Championship team. But, something is still missing when it comes to the Memphis Tigers Basketball team. Wait……I got it now. The two freshmen Kuran Iverson and Pookie Powell.
The question is still lingering around the city of Memphis on when these two recruits will finally step onto the U of M campus. The fans, players, and coaching staff are hoping for an positive outcome for these two players. Iverson and Powell are one-third of the recruiting class that is ranked third in the nation by ESPN.com and Rivals.com.
As of right now, Iverson and Powell are still trying to meet the NCAA requirements for student-athletes. If either player wants to work out with their teammates, then they will have to be cleared by the NCAA and enrolled at Memphis this week. If this scenario doesn’t take place, then they will have to wait until the fall semester.
“I’m hoping we’ll have some more clarity sooner than later,” said Pastner on Sunday about the eligibility status of Iverson and Powell.
“Nothing’s changed. They’re doing all that’s necessary and required to be eligible per Division I rules.”
Iverson, the explosive 6-9, 210-guard from Windsor, Conn., averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists as a senior last season at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va.
Powell, the quick and smooth 6-1, 190-pound guard from Orlando, Fla., averaged 28 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals as a senior at Dr. Phillips High School.
As for the other freshmen at Memphis — Austin Nichols, Nick King, Markel Crawford, and Dominic Woodson — they have all participated in the first four weeks of workouts.
After a long week off the court, the Tigers will be back in attack mode with summer workouts Tuesday.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.