Coach Pastner has lost out on a number of recruits in the past two months. Leron Black from White Station High School has committed to the University of Illinois. JUCO player Cinmeon Bowers committed to Florida State earlier this week and then announced his decision on his twitter page. Now, the Memphis Tigers have lost out on Quentin Snider.
Snider, a four-star point guard from Louisville, has committed to Illinois. At first he had committed to Louisville but changed his mind during the summer. When Pastner heard about Snider, he quickly moved into the sweepstakes to recruit him. But it didn’t work. On Thursday of this week, he verbally committed to Illinois. He will join Black and Michael Finke for the 2014 class.
Now what’s next for Memphis?
Memphis now has to move forward and focus on the rest of the recruits that are available. Cliff Alexander and Zylan Cheatham will attend Memphis Madness next month. That’s a good sign for Memphis but if they do not commit, then it would have been a waste of time for the basketball program.
The Texas point guard Robinson is still on Pastner’s radar for the 2014 class, but do we really need another guard?
I think not.
Memphis will be just fine. People are thinking that something is wrong with the coaching staff just because they lost out on recruits. People have to remember one thing, all schools lose out on players. For example, Kentucky lost out on Andrew Wiggins for the 2013 class. People thought for sure that Wiggins was going to commit to the Wildcats.
Coach Pastner and the coaching staff at Memphis will find a way to recruit well and Memphis will have another top five class for next season.