Kuran Iverson cleared academically, ensuring him a chance to back up his memorable boast

As Memphis awaits word on the status of incoming freshman Rashawn Powell and transfer Michael Dixon, the Tigers did receive good news Monday about one of their other highly touted newcomers.

Forward Kuran Iverson, cousin of former NBA all star Allen Iverson, has met the NCAA's minimum academic standards and will be eligible to play for Memphis next season, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. The 6-foot-9 Iverson was Rivals.com's No. 28 recruit in the Class of 2013.

Iverson's eligibility is good news for a Memphis team that needs him to help overcome the early departure of Adonis Thomas and contend in its first season in the new American Athletic Conference. Not only will Iverson be able to make an immediate impact at Memphis with his length, athleticism and ability to attack the rim, he'll also now have the chance to back up his memorable boast from last month.

Even though Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class has been called the best since the Fab Five, Iverson insisted it may not even be next season's best.

"Everybody talking about Kentucky hype, but there ain’t really gonna be no Kentucky hype," Iverson told told SNY.tv. "There’s gonna be some Memphis hype." Asked if that meant he thought Memphis' class would turn out to be the better of the two, Iverson didn't back down, telling SNY.tv, "Yeah, way better. Way better. They talented, we work hard."

The Memphis class would have a better chance to validate Iverson's bravado if Powell is also able to get eligible, but it's unlikely the 6-foot-1 guard finds out one way or the other until next month. It will also be a while before the NCAA decides whether to grant a waiver to Dixon to play right away because the Commercial-Appeal reports Memphis hasn't even filed its petition yet.

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