Coach Pastner and assistant coach Robert Kirby were hoping that Leron Black would consider the University of Memphis as the destination for his collegiate basketball career. Well, they will not get their wish as Black cuts Memphis from his list of schools. He gave this information to the Commercial Appeal on Wednesday.
His mother, Tola Black, mentioned that he will now focus on Illinois, Baylor, and Tennessee. He also knocked Florida off of his list.
“I just feel like I need to leave the city,” said Black on Wednesday. “Just to grow up as a person. And I feel like if I leave I’d be more focused.”
Black has scheduled visits to Illinois and Baylor for the weekend of Labor Day and Sept. 7.
No dates have been set for his visits to Indiana and Tennessee.
Black and his entire family took an unofficial visit to Memphis on Saturday, said Tola Black. She had enjoyed the visit on the Memphis campus, but she always wanted her son to leave the city and play elsewhere.
“I believe he needed to leave,” said Tola. “Some children, they can stay home and inundated with the surroundings and influences. He needs to get away and be able to experience a new situation and be able to decide who he wants to be for himself.”
During his recruitment, Black was scoping out Memphis along with Illinois, Baylor, Tennessee, Florida, and Indiana.
The Tigers honestly didn’t start going after Black until Pastner hired Robert Kirby over the summer. Kirby was head-over-heels for the 6-7, 215-pound forward when he was an assistant at Georgetown and LSU. The U of M staff attended majority of Black’s AAU games.
Black confirmed that the decision to eliminate the Tigers was not easy.
“It was real tough,” he said. “I didn’t wanna do it, but at the same time, I just didn’t want them to recruit me knowing I’d leave the city, me knowing I’d be wasting their time.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.