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Tuesday / September 26.
  • Pastner to Memphis; Tigers Working on Ebanks, Harris

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    Pastner to Memphis; Tigers Working on Ebanks, Harris

    PastnerJosh Pastner will join the Memphis staff as an assistant coach and lead recruiter, according to various sources.

    Pastner recruited Tamir Jackson of St. Benedict’s to Arizona before Jackson ultimately chose UAB.

    Here’s what the Memphis Commercial Appeal had to say:

    The Arizona staff has been in a state of upheaval over the past year. Head coach Lute Olson took a leave of absence in 2007-08 but is returning next season and has subsequently reshaped his coaching staff. Last week, Arizona did not renew the contract of assistant Miles Simon. Earlier this week, Arizona hired Mike Dunlap as associate head coach. Pastner was hoping to be named to that position. After getting passed over, he decided to accept an offer to join John Robic and Rod Strickland on John Calipari’s staff.

    The Memphis staff lost two assistants last month when Chuck Martin took the head coaching job at Marist and Derek Kellogg landed the head job at UMass.

    We hear Memphis’ staff will now turn to trying to close out Devin Ebanks and work very hard on getting big man Rashanti Harris eligible for the fall. The 6-8 Harris out of Columbus (MS) New Hope) is an ’08 player who has already enrolled at The Patterson (N.C.) School under Chris Chaney. We hear it’s a long shot that Harris would be eligible but it could happen. Harris left two weeks ago for Patterson

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.