"The Memphis Tigers are excited to invite NBA teams to our 2019 pro day," Hardaway said. "They will find a wide range of players with different specialties. We would like for front offices to get a firsthand look at our student-athletes before the season to become familiar with our roster and track their improvements throughout the 2019-20 season."
The pro day will be held at the Tigers' practice facility, with a format similar to the NBA draft combine, including measurements, athletic testing, shooting drills and an hour of live 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmages. Memphis will also open practice the next day for NBA scouts.
The Tigers have one of the most attractive teams in college basketball for NBA scouting purposes, featuring two players currently projected as top-10 draft picks in freshmen James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa. ESPN recruiting experts ranked Memphis' incoming class as No. 1 in college basketball, as it also features D.J. Jeffries (No. 25 in the ESPN 100), Boogie Ellis (No. 39), Lester Quinones (No. 84) and four-star point guard Damian Baugh, who impressed during the team's trip to the Bahamas last week.
Ol Penni figures ain't no need to fake the funk. Ain't like he brought them there to go to school. This likely helps his recruiting efforts.
People will be all upset about it until Coach K does the same dang thing. Then folks'll be all, "Ooh lookit Coach K. So innovative."
Also, just so you know, @jamalllo. We're just waiting for the day when you lobby for us to draft L'melo Ball to play over Trae. It's all part of your 'nobody's untouchable' mentality. We know it's coming.