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While the other mid-major classes on this list are impressive in their own right, Memphis’ is the crowned jewel.
In fact, the Tigers’ class stacks up with anyone else in the country not named Kentucky.
Memphis is adding five prospects next season, one of which is 5-star stud Nick King.
King is the prototypical small forward in today’s versatility-driven basketball world. He is incredibly strong, stands at 6’6” and weighs 210 pounds, is athletic enough to get to the basket or out in transition and has a reliable perimeter jumper.
King will be joined by four 4-star players. Rashawn Powell and Markel Crawford shore up the backcourt, while Austin Nichols and Kuran Iverson add size and length to the frontcourt.
Powell is the type of floor general that can score or set up teammates—something that all coaches covet. Throw him in with the high-scoring Crawford, and Memphis is set at guard.
Nichols is the Tigers’ prize for a hard-fought recruiting battle. He is a local kid that is versatile on the court and can score and defend. Frontcourt mate Iverson is the type of stretch-forward that can score from the outside or post.
Memphis will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come in the new American Athletic Conference thanks to this class (assuming King stays for a while).