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Sunday / November 18.
  • Memphis lands former Kentucky commit D.J. Jeffries

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    D.J. Jeffries, the 6-foot-7 small forward from Olive Branch (MS) High School and onetime Kentucky pledge, committed to Memphis on Saturday.

    According to 247Sports, Jeffries is ranked as the No. 47 overall player in the Class of 2019 and the No. 1 player from the state of Mississippi.

    Before committing to Kentucky in March, Jeffries was also considering Mississippi State and Alabama. With Penny Hardaway as the new head coach at Memphis, the Tigers were expected to be in strong consideration.

    Jeffries joins 6-8 power forward Malcolm Dandridge in Memphis’ 2019 class.

    James Wiseman, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2019 and an AAU teammate of Jeffries, is also considering Kentucky and Memphis among his top schools. Wiseman takes his official visit to Memphis this weekend.

    Memphis also remains in the hunt for Matthew Hurt, Trendon Watford, Boogie Ellis and Jahmius Ramsey.

    “It’s always a positive as Trendon needs to have other good players surrounding,” Ernest Watford said. “We believe a player(s) of DJ’s caliber can only enhance Trendon’s overall game. It allows Trendon to showcase his point/forward skill set, which allows him to play positionless basketball. We like the commitment.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.