Lester Quinones, who was one of the top 2019 prospects remaining on the board, tells Prep Circuit he has committed to Memphis. The IMG Academy (FL) standout was down to Memphis, Indiana, LSU, Maryland, and Michigan. Quinones feels that Memphis’ coaching staff and the idea of playing with a prospect like James Wiseman was too good to pass up.
“I’m choosing Memphis because I feel like it’s the best fit for me,” said Quinones. “I feel like I built a good relationship with Penny Hardaway and Mike Miller. These past couple of months we have been on the phone almost every other day so I feel like we’ve built a great relationship. I just feel like with those two and Sam Mitchell being on the coaching staff they can help me get to the NBA the fastest.
“On the court, playing with such a dominant big man like James Wiseman would make us a great duo,” he said. “He can kick it out to me and I can feed him the ball, which will make us really hard to stop. I feel like if we get the recruiting class we are going after, we can contend for a national championship.”
Quinones flew under the radar until he broke out his junior year of high school. Signing to a school like Memphis makes him appreciate all the hard work he put in the past couple of years.
“From going from an under-recruited guy to being in the gym every single day, I’ve seen results from the time I grinded,” Quinones said. “Signing with such a big program like this makes all of that time worth it. I just feel like I’ve earned it with everything I have put into this and I’m just ready to get onto campus.”
He now plans on continuing to heavily recruit his former high school and AAU teammate Precious Achiuwa along with four-star guard Boogie Ellis.
“For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been calling Precious almost every day,” said Quinones. “I’ve pretty much had my decision made so I’ve been telling him to join me and get it done. Now that I’m actually committed I can make it public so I’m really recruiting him and Boogie Ellis. If we land them, we can be a really special team and just dominate as a unit.”
Quinones thinks Memphis’ 2019 recruiting class will make Tiger fans very happy next year and thinks they are in a good position to land Achiuwa and Ellis.
“I feel like the fans should be really excited with our chances of landing those two,” Quinones said. “I feel like they deserve it because the fans are great. They deserve to have a great team and I feel like Penny is doing a great job building the program. I think this class can come in and make this team a special one.”
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