Georgia JUCO point guard Jeff Newberry took Memphis off of his list earlier this week and has named his top five schools. His schools are UConn, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and LSU. There are no set dates on when he will take official visits to the schools. Coach Pastner has yet to make a comment on the situation concerning why Newberry decided not to take a visit to the University of Memphis. His decision came after Dominic Magee committed to Memphis on Sunday morning.
Memphis Moves Up In King’s Rankings
The Memphis Tigers have moved up in Jason King’s updated version of the top 25 poll for the 2013-2014 basketball season. During the summer, King had Memphis at No. 15 in the country. With all of the recruits finally in and Michael Dixon being cleared by the NCAA to play in his final season, Memphis now moved up to No. 14 in the poll. This is pretty good news if you are a fan of the Tigers. It is good to be in the top 15, but the team has to prove themselves as an elite contender going up against the heavyweights in college basketball. I expect Memphis to compete at a high level and give teams like Louisville, Florida, UConn and Oklahoma State pure hell because of their athleticism. Pastner, like many have said, will be under pressure this upcoming season due to the talent around him. He will have four senior guards in Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson and Dixon. Let’s not forget to mention George Washington graduate transfer David Pellom, who’s a rebounding/scoring machine. Sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin lost 30 pounds over the course of the summer, so hopefully he will be able to give the Tigers a big effort on the offensive end. It will definitely be interesting on how Pastner will use the most talented squad he has had since he’s been head coach at Memphis.
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