Next season, the Memphis Tigers will lose seniors Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Michael Dixon Jr., Geron Johnson and graduate student David Pellom. Those players make up five of their top seven scorers, with the exception of Austin Nichols and Shaq Goodwin. If Nichols or Goodwin surprise everyone and declare for the NBA Draft, this team could be in rebuilding mode.
Coach Josh Pastner has recruited and signed four players who he hopes to bring in and make an immediate impact.
Dominic Magee is rated as the No. 15 point guard in the nation, according to ESPN. The four-star, 6-foot-3 guard will take the place of Joe Jackson, by all indication. He currently plays at Helen Cox High School in Gretna, Louisiana.
Junior college transfers small forwards Chris Hawkins and Trahson Burrell as well as shooting guard Avery Woodson make up the rest of next year’s class.
With junior college transfers, it will be especially interesting to see if Pastner’s recruiting strategy of getting more experienced players with less years of eligibility will pan out to success in the long run.
Losing all of the pieces to the current roster, as noted above, the Tigers will need to get a lot out of these four new recruits if they expect to contend for a AAC title in 2014-15. In my opinion, it will take some great coaching from Josh Pastner to make that happen. But, depending on the impact of the junior college transfers, you never know what can happen. He might have found a diamond in the rough — or three.