Coach Hardaway Adds Staff And Players To First Season Team

Coach Hardaway Adds Staff And Players To First Season Team
University of Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway added the fourth and fifth signees to his first recruiting class.
He also added additional players and staff in recent weeks.
Hardaway announced Monday that 6-6 guard Antwann Jones, a four-star recruit from Orlando’s Oak Ridge High, and Isaiah Maurice, a 6-10 forward/center from South Plains (Texas) Junior College, have signed.
Jones was a consensus Top 100 prospect in the 2018 class and Maurice helped lead South Plains to the NJCAA national title last season.
The additions of Jones and Maurice give the Tigers five newcomers since the late national signing period began April 11. They follow earlier signees Alex Lomax, Jayden Hardaway and Tyler Harris.
Jones is ranked the No. 18 shooting guard in the nation and the No. 80 player overall. He is a consensus Top 100 prospect in the 2018 class. . . . ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports list him as a four-star recruit. . . . Jones led Oak Ridge to the Orange County Class 9A state championship. Oak Ridge won its first state title with a 71-60 victory over Wellington in the championship game in early March. Oak Ridge finished 30-4. . . . In the state semifinal against West Orange, Jones finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks. . . . Jones is ranked the No. 18 shooting guard in the nation and 80th overall. . . . He missed the first part of the season after fracturing a bone in his right hand in October. He returned to the court in December. . . . Jones is a former Texas A&M signee.
Maurice spent two years at Kansas State. . . . He spent the 2015-16 season as a redshirt and averaged 8.8 minutes and 3 points per game as a redshirt freshman during the 2016-17 season. . . . During a four-game stretch in March of his redshirt freshman season, Maurice made 12 of 16 shots. . . . At South Plains last season, he averaged 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and shot 48.5 percent from 3-point range. . . . Helped lead South Plains to the NJCAA national championship.
The Tigers added Cordova High point guard Tyler Harris, one of the top scorers in Memphis high school basketball history and a 30.3 scorer during the 2017-18 season.
His addition followed the announcement that East High guard Alex Lomax and IMG Academy shooting guard Jayden Hardaway, the coach’s son, signed with the Tigers.
Harris won the 2018 Class AAA Mr. Basketball Award. . . . He led the city in scoring by averaging 30.3 points per game. He also averaged 6.1 assists. . . . The four-star recruit is ranked among the top 150 players in the country. . . Harris was a first-team all-state pick by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and a finalist for Commercial Appeal Player of the Year. . . . The leading scorer in Cordova High history, he is one of only 12 players in Memphis high school basketball to score more than 2,500 career points. His 2,647 career points ranked 11th all-time . . . He led Cordova to a 23-8 record during the 2017-18 season and a trip to the state sectionals. . . . He was the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017 and an all-state selection in 2016, 2017 and 2018. . . . Harris was selected the District 14-AAA Player of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2018. . . . He is a 2018 McDonald’s All-American nominee. . . . Coupled with the signing of Alex Lomax, he gives the Tigers and Hardaway’s first recruiting class the top two ranked prep players in the city.
Lomax played for Hardaway last season at East and led the Mustangs to a state championship, their third straight. Hardaway played for the 2017 East High state championship team before spending last season at IMG Academy in Florida.
Lomax, a point guard, is listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN. . . . He was named TSSAA Class AAA Mr. Basketball as a sophomore and junior at East High. . . . He helped East High to three straight Class AAA state championships and was twice named tournament MVP. . . . Lomax was named MVP of the 2018 state tournament and scored 14 points in the 72-50 title-game victory over Whitehaven High. . . . He signed a National Letter of Intent with Wichita State in November, but was released from the NLI by coach Gregg Marshall when Hardaway became Memphis coach. . . . During his career, Lomax scored more than 1,700 points with more than 800 rebounds and 800 assists. . . . In Lomax’s four seasons at East High, the Mustangs went 122-18.
Jayden Hardaway spent last season as a player for IMG Academy’s post-graduate team in Bradenton, Fla. . . . . During the 2016-17 season, he played at East High for his father and contributed to the Mustangs’ 2017 TSSAA Class AAA state championship. . . . Also attended Miami Palmetto High School before transferring to East High. As a junior at Palmetto, he averaged 12.1 points per game. . . . He wore jersey No. 1, the same number his father wore playing for the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
Coach Hardaway also added a familiar member name to his first Tiger basketball staff.
Hardaway announced that former Memphis Grizzlies swingman Mike Miller will be added as an assistant. He joins former Tiger guard Tony Madlock on the staff.
Miller, 38, will begin his coaching career under Hardaway after spending one year away from basketball.
Miller, a native of Mitchell, S.D., played 17 seasons in the NBA, including seven with the Grizzlies. His first stint with the Grizzles lasted six seasons (from 2002-03 to 2007-08) and included setting several franchise records.
During a game against the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 21, 2007, Miller set the Grizzlies’ single-game scoring mark with 45 points. A month earlier, also against the Warriors, he set a franchise record with nine 3-pointers. Following the 2005-06 season, he was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
His second stint with the Grizzlies came during the 2013-14 season, one in which Miller played in all 82 regular-season games and shot 45.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Miller, who played at the University of Florida, also had NBA stints with the Magic (who drafted him in the first round in 2000), Timberwolves, Wizards and Heat. With the Heat, he was on back-to-back NBA championship teams in 2012 and ’13.
Earlier this month Hardaway has added two more members to his initial staff.
Hardaway announced that former Tiger basketball player Dwight Boyd and former Tennessee State assistant basketball coach Rodney Hamilton, both Memphis natives, will join the staff. Boyd will become Director of Player Personnel, and Hamilton will serve as Director of Operations.
Boyd, an M Club Hall of Fame inductee, comes to the basketball program after nearly six years working in the University of Memphis athletic department. He joined the department in 2012 as Director of the M Club and eventually moved into the Tiger Scholarship Fund as Assistant Athletic Director/Community Relations. Before working at the UofM, Boyd spent 22 years with Pepsi-Cola.
As a player, Boyd scored 1,249 points – 23rd on the Tigers’ career list – during his four-year career (1984-88). He was a member of the 1984-85 Final Four team and appeared in two other NCAA tournaments. The Tigers went 105-30 during his career, including 62-5 at home.
As a senior, Boyd averaged 15.2 points and helped the Tigers reach the second round of the NCAA tournament. He scored 20 points in the Tigers’ 76-60 victory over Baylor in a 1988 Midwest Region first-round game.
Hamilton spent six seasons (2012-13 to 2017-18) as an assistant at Tennessee State, where he was involved in recruiting, player development, scouting and academic assistance.
Before arriving at Tennessee State, he served as the women’s basketball coach at Indiana Tech for three seasons (2009-12). Additionally, he spent time as an assistant coach at Crichton College (2005-07) and Southeast Missouri State (2007-09). At SEMO, he was the program’s recruiting coordinator and was involved in scheduling, player development and scouting.
Hamilton’s first coaching job came in 2001 when he was named head coach at Westside High. He served in that position until 2005 when he joined Crichton College in Memphis.
Hamilton attended Whitehaven High and played collegiately at Georgia State. When he graduated, he was Georgia State’s career leader in points (1,515), assists (535) and steals (212) and the program’s most accurate free-throw shooter (83.8 percent).
At Georgia State, he earned All-Atlantic Sun Conference first-team honors twice and was a two-time academic All-A-Sun selection.
Before beginning his coaching career, Hamilton played professionally in Europe for three seasons with stops in Sweden, Switzerland and Hungary.

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