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Friday / September 24.
  • With Emoni Bates And Jalen Duren, ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ For Penny Hardaway And Memphis, AAU Coach Says

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    James Johns has what Penny Hardaway wants: a championship coaching Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren on the same team.

    Johns was the head coach of the Team Final AAU team that won both the Southern Jamfest in Hampton, Va., in May, and the prestigious Nike NKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. in July.

    The 6-foot-9 Bates played with the 6-10 Duren on the team that won the Southern Jamfest, but did not play with Team Final at the Peach Jam because he was back with his father’s Bates Fundamental team, although Bates did support his former teammates by sitting behind the bench.

    Now that both Duren and Bates have reclassified and committed to Memphis for the 2021-22 college basketball season — something I wrote three weeks ago in this space was expected — Johns believes “the sky’s the limit” for Hardaway’s team, which will be seeking much bigger titles than those found on the grassroots circuit.

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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.