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When Penny Hardaway was hired as the head coach of the Memphis basketball program, it was done so with recruiting in mind. Hardaway, a Memphis legend, was brought in to steal back some recruiting ground from John Calipari and Kentucky. Ground they haven't owned since, well, John Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky. 


Only a few months on the job and Hardaway is already beginning to accomplish what he was brought in to do. Despite being committed to Calipari and Kentucky since March, 5-star recruit D.J. Jeffries opened up his recruitment again in July. Saturday he announced that he would be joining Memphis as a part of Penny Hardaway's first class and his first 5-star recruit.   

Jeffries is the 21st ranked overall player in ESPN's top 100 and the fourth-ranked power forward. Hardaway coached Jeffries in AAU two years ago and was able to foster that relationship into a commitment. 


Hardaway isn't done yet though, he has his sights set high with his other targets. His big prize is James Wiseman (No. 1), but the Tigers are also in pursuit of Matthew Hurt (No. 6), Precious Achiuwa (No. 10), Trendon Watford (No. 23), Jahmius Ramsey (No. 28) and Boogie Ellis (No. 40).


It's rare to see college coaches come in and have this much success in recruiting almost immediately, but Hardaway was supposed to be different and he's already proving people right.


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