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Hardaway’s latest recruit committed Friday when Lester Quinones, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound shooting guard from IMG Academy, chose the Tigers over Indiana during an announcement on Long Island. He also considered LSU, Maryland and Michigan.
Quinones visited Memphis in March for the AAC Tournament and maintains a strong relationship with head coach Penny Hardaway and assistant Mike Miller.
“I feel like my relationship with coach Penny and Mike is stronger than any other school that’s recruiting me,” Quinones said by phone. “I felt I just fit in the best there.”
A big guard and strong shooter, Quinones is ranked No. 81 in the ESPN100. Playing for the IMG postgraduate team, he averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field and 39 percent from deep. His commitment gives Memphis ht No. 5 recruiting class nationally, per 247Sports.com.