Penny Hardaway's Son Jayden Commits to Play for Father at Memphis

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2018

Southwind guard Christian Jones (3) drives past Memphis East guard Jayden Hardaway (15) during the first half of the Tennessee Division I AAA boys' high school basketball championship game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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Jayden Hardaway—the son of new Memphis head men's basketball coach Penny Hardaway—announced Tuesday he will play for his father at Memphis.

Hardaway made it official with the following Instagram post:

The younger Hardaway played for his father at Memphis East High School (Tennessee) before spending the 2017-18 season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Hardaway is his father's first commit, and he explained the rationale behind his decision to Mark Giannotto of the Commercial Appeal: "I'm able to obviously trust my dad. I know he cares for me. I know he's going to push me to be my greatest. There just wasn't a better situation for me than to go there."

He also told Giannotto that UNC Greensboro, Delaware and several Ivy League schools offered him scholarships.

Hardaway, who is not rated by 247Sports, averaged 4.8 points in the Nike EYBL last year, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello.

The 6'4" guard's father was hired in March to replace Tubby Smith.

Penny enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Memphis before spending 14 seasons in the NBA and becoming a four-time All-Star.

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