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Memphis East (TN) will receive a lot of attention this high school season and a large part of the reason why is James Wiseman. In case you didn’t know, Wiseman was widely regarded as the number player in the class of 2019. This is also a big year for the Mustangs as it’s their first year without Penny Hardaway as their head coach. Jevonte Holmes is set to take over and lead the talented group against some of best in the nation. Last year, they finished with an outstanding 31-3 record so expectations are high for this team. They lost some talent from last year, but are still more than capable of making a big impact on the national scene.
According to multiple outlets, the Mustangs will have the biggest star out of any team this high school season in James Wiseman. Wiseman is ESPN’s number one ranked player for a reason. Standing at 7’0 he has excellent mobility, is a great athlete and has an advanced skill set. The combination of his physical tools and ability on the court makes him one of the most talented big men we have seen in grassroots basketball in the past couple of years. Memphis East definitely has it’s a star and it probably is the best star to have.
Wiseman has a solid supporting cast around him for this upcoming season. The first name that comes to mind is Memphis commit Malcolm Dandridge. Dandridge, who suited up with Wiseman in grassroots basketball for the Bluff City Legends, is a physical specimen who does serious damage in the paint. The 6-foot-9 big man is very active on the boards and completes Memphis East’s frontcourt nicely. Class of 2019 Bradley commit Antonio Thomas, senior Dee Merriweather and sophomore Tadarius Jacobs will highlight their backcourt this year. With guys like Alex Lomax graduating, they have big shoes to fill but look like they are ready for what will come their way this season.
This is a huge year for Memphis East for many reasons. Will they continue to be one of the top programs in the country post-Penny Hardaway? The NBA legend consistently put together great seasonsm and it will be interesting to see if Jevonte Holmes can continue that with this year’s group. They have a lot of talent this year, but maybe not as much depth as usual. What will set them apart from other teams is their elite frontcourt in Wiseman and Dandridge. If these two do what they are capable of on the court, then they have a chance against anyone. A lot of eyes will be on Memphis East this season.