Memphis Tigers Basketball Jumps to No. 2 in ESPN 2013 Class Rankings

By Patosha Jeffery

Before coach Josh Pastner came to the Memphis Tigers program, he was well known for his recruiting skills. The Arizona Wildcats recruiting classes were among the best nationally in each of his six seasons as an assistant.

Check out some of his recruiting accolades during his time with the Wildcats:

In June of 2005,’s Chris Wallace named Pastner one of college basketball’s top 25 recruiters, writing, “Any list of top recruiters must include Pastner.”

In May 2008, rated Pastner as the No. 7 high-major recruiter in the country.

And just prior to taking the Memphis head coach position, Basketball Times named Pastner the No. 5 assistant coach in the country in the publication’s April 2009 issue.

Just because Pastner is now a head coach does not mean he has lightened up on his recruiting. Pastner’s recruiting skills along with Memphis’ move to the Big East has nationally ranked prospects interested in joining the program.

As of Nov. 5, the Tigers are ranked No. 2 for the ESPN Class of 2013 basketball recruiting.

Memphis currently has five commits including four ESPN 100 players.

The addition of No. 12 power forward Austin Nichols (Eads, Tenn./Briarcrest) pushed the Tigers from a Top 5 ranking to No. 2.

Nichols joins other ESPN 100 recruits, No. 27 small forward Kuran Iverson (Windsor, Conn./Fishburne Military School), No. 29 small forward Nick King (Memphis, TN./East) and No. 91 point guard Rashawn Powell (Orlando, FL./Dr. Phillips).

Shooting guard Markel Crawford (Memphis, TN/Melrose) rounds out the list of 2013 commitments.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery

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