Penny continues to bring in talent, lands Louisville transfer
Penny Hardaway has transformed the Memphis Tigers basketball program in months. Literally.
Enter former Louisville Cardinal, Lance Thomas.
New Chapter 🤞🏾‼ pic.twitter.com/iO5FZ07efK
— Lance Thomas (@Lancegreek) June 1, 2018
A former top-150 recruit in the Class of 2017, the 6-foot-8 forward never got settled in with the Cardinals as he only played in 50 minutes during his freshman season.
Although NCAA rules normally force transfers to sit out a season if they haven’t graduated, Thomas plans on filing for a waiver that would allow him to play as early as next season, according to a report from Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Thomas is arguing that his freshman season at Louisville changed after head coach Rick Pitino was fired before the season even started.
If the waiver is granted, it would completely change the dynamic of the Memphis frontcourt and heavy minutes should be available to the soon-to-be sophomore.
Since taking over the Memphis program a few months ago, Hardaway has landed a quality six-man recruiting class that includes three four-star guards. By getting Thomas, the Tigers bring in a frontcourt piece with some upside to compliment the group of freshman guards.
Thomas has three years of eligibility remaining — regardless of what the NCAA rules with a potential waiver — so Hardaway and his staff will have plenty of time to work with him over the next several years.
The Memphis program has gone from a middle-of-the-pack team in the American Athletic Conference to a front-runner in less than a year.