Penny Hardaway grabs commitment from 4-star guard, gives Memphis No. 1 recruiting class in 2019

Ryan YoungYahoo Sports Contributor
Four-star guard Boogie Ellis, a former Duke commit, committed to Memphis on Monday — which gives Penny Hardaway the top-ranked recruiting class next fall. (Ian Johnson/Getty Images)
Four-star guard Boogie Ellis, a former Duke commit, committed to Memphis on Monday — which gives Penny Hardaway the top-ranked recruiting class next fall. (Ian Johnson/Getty Images)

Penny Hardaway is on a roll this offseason.

Hardaway, who is entering his second season as Memphis’ head coach, picked up a commitment from four-star guard Rejean “Boogie” Ellis on Monday, and now has the top-ranked recruiting class for next season.

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Ellis — a San Diego, California, native who is Rivals.com’s No. 37 player in the 2019 recruiting class — marks Hardaway’s seventh addition for next season, and gives him the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Ellis initially committed to Duke in November, but was granted a release from his national letter of intent earlier this month, per the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The Tigers have already signed 7-foot center James Wiesman, a Memphis native who is the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class. Hardaway also landed four-star center Malcolm Dandridge and four-star guard Damion Baugh, who are also both from the Memphis area. He signed four-star guard Lester Quinones, forward D.J. Jeffries and picked up graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker earlier this week, too.

Hardaway went 22-14 in his first season with the Tigers last year, his first at the helm after replacing Tubby Smith. With the way he’s recruiting, it looks as if Hardaway is well on his way to reviving Memphis’ once-great basketball program — and has real potential to make the NCAA tournament next year for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

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