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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tigers Talking With Tyreke Evans

Tigers talking to Evans

Posted by Dan Wolken

According to Adam Zagoria of the Herald News in New Jersey, John Calipari had an in-home visit with Tyreke Evans yesterday. Evans, who is probably a one-and-done type player, is ranked No. 6 by Rivals.com in the class of 2008. Louisville and Villanova have been perceived as Evans’ top two choices for awhile, but people began mentioning Memphis as a strong contender once this article in GQ detailed Evans’ relationship with William Wesley. Evans is scheduled to visit Memphis in November.

Evans will probably be the key to whether Memphis lands a top-10 recruiting class or not. Though St. George’s guard Elliot Williams is visiting in October and has kept his intentions very close to the vest, most people in town believe he will not end up with the Tigers. Beyond Williams and Evans, there probably isn’t an elite guard out there for Memphis. Though there is a next tier of players Memphis could look at, it’s very possible John Calipari will simply move on to 2009 if they miss on both players.

Whatever happens with the guard situation, my suspicion is the Tigers will certainly sign another frontcourt player after losing the Morris twins. Wesley Witherspoon would certainly be a nice recovery. Since the twins were obviously never going to come to Memphis in the same recruiting class with Angel Garcia, you have to think of the 2008 class in terms of Garcia and (Witherspoon or ??) vs. Morris and Morris. That’s the choice Memphis had to make. We’ll see how it plays out in the coming months.

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 at 11:35 am

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