The city of Memphis can finally breathe fresh-air now. The students, fans, and coaching staff at the University of Memphis can sit back and enjoy the remainder of the summer. It is now official; Kuran Iverson has been cleared academically by the NCAA on Monday. People will now get a chance to see the 6-9 forward in action come next season.
Iverson, a Windsor, Conn. native, is the second-highest rated player in the 2013 recruiting class that is ranked No.3 in the nation by ESPN.com and Rivals.com. The Tigers now have five of their freshmen enrolled in school. Iverson (ranked No. 28 by Rivals.com), Austin Nichols (rated No. 17), Nick King (No. 46), Markel Crawford (No. 59), and Dominic Woodson (No. 80) are all ready for preparation of next season.
“We’re glad to be able to get him in,” said coach Josh Pastner on Monday of Iverson.
“He’s a legit 6-8, 6-9 and can play ton of positions on the floor,” said Pastner. “The biggest thing, though, is he is going to be a freshman. He’s got to get better in certain areas. He’s not a finished product. He’s going to continue to get better. But the bottom line is he’s got a lot of tools to work with.”
Iverson will begin classes on Tuesday and be cleared to participate in workouts with the team once he’s passed a physical.
As a senior last season at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., Iverson averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Last summer he transferred to Fishburne from Northwest Catholic High in West Hartford, Conn., to focus on schoolwork. He had an outstanding junior season by averaging 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. He led the Indians to Connecticut’s Class L state-championship game.
“He’ll contribute immediately at Memphis, but more importantly what I expect is him to be a good citizen, a hardworking student both on and off the court and do everything that’s asked of him,” said Fishburne coach Ed Huckaby Jr. “He did everything that was asked of the cadets here at Fishburne and everything asked of him by Tigers assistant coach Aki Collins and coach Pastner in terms of going to class every day and being on time.
“He’ll be successful at Memphis because he accepts structure and discipline and he wants to be held accountable. A lot of kids with his talent don’t want that. Coach Collins played a phenomenal role in terms of this kid staying focused. He never promised the kid anything or allowed the kid to make excuses or cut corners. He always demanded that this kid do the work and work as hard as he could.”
Now since Iverson is out the way, Memphis is still waiting on another top recruit Pookie Powell from Orlando, Fla. Rivals.com has him ranked No. 95 overall in the 2013 class. He has to make the grades to become academically cleared by the NCAA. Pastner mentioned that he will not know anything about the status of Powell until later this summer.
Michael Dixon is another player who has to be cleared by the NCAA, but his situation is not associated with grades. His status remains uncertain, but hopefully things will go great for him. Dixon is an excellent guard, who was named to the 2012-2013 preseason second-team All-American selection by Sporting News.
Dixon has been working out with the team and he hopes that his time with the Tigers will not be short-lived. The only thing he needs is a waiver granted by the NCAA. Memphis has yet to submit the waiver request on Dixon to the NCAA.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.