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Memphis lands first 5-star recruit of Penny Hardaway era in D.J. Jeffries

Memphis lands first 5-star recruit of Penny Hardaway era in D.J. Jeffries
Published On: Sat, Oct 27
Nov 21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Memphis Tigers running back Sam Craft (11) runs the ball against the Temple Owls during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Penny Hardaway landed the first five-star prospect of his Memphis tenure on Saturday morning, as top-25 forward D.J. Jeffries announced his commitment to the Tigers.

Jeffries, who decommitted from Kentucky in late July, chose Memphis over a final list that also included Mississippi State, Alabama and Ole Miss.

Hardaway coached Jeffries on the AAU circuit two years ago, and the two sides maintained a strong relationship.

Jeffries originally pledged to John Calipari and the Wildcats in March and remained committed even after Hardaway arrived at Memphis. However, he reopened his recruitment after the July live period, and Memphis and Mississippi State immediately moved to the front of the pecking order. Jeffries took official visits to all four of his finalists this fall and went to Memphis a number of times unofficially.

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