Memphis Tigers coach Penny Hardaway isn’t looking to massively overhaul his college basketball team while big man James Wiseman is out with a case of being ineligible.
Following an easy victory on Saturday, the man tasked with overseeing the program discussed how he’s handling the entire situation until it is resolved.
“We don’t want to change too much because we know he’s (James Wiseman) going to be back earlier than later,” Penny Hardaway said after moving Precious Achiuwa into the center spot vacated by Wiseman. “The guys can just slide over. They already understand the rotations. They understand the offensive side and the defensive side of what we want. We’re not going to change too much.”
On Saturday, to be fair against iffy competition, it worked, as Achiuwa had 20 points. Lester Quinones added 21 points and 10 rebounds; though he admitted the current loss of the big man is a tough pill for the Memphis Tigers to swallow.
“His presence is huge. Seven-footer in the paint. His dominance obviously wasn’t felt,” Quinones said of not having the 7-foot-1 James Wiseman. “I feel like other guys stepped up.”
“We understand James is not playing right now,” Achiuwa added, “which hurts the team in a way because he’s a big part of the team. But this is an opportunity for other guys to play.”
As a college basketball loving nation waits to see what the NCAA does with the Memphis Tigers, Penny Hardaway and company improved to 3-1 on the season.
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