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VOL. 130 | NO. 120 | Monday, June 22, 2015

Former Memphis Tigers Plan Alumni Basketball Game

By Don Wade

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Look back to look ahead. That’s what former University of Memphis basketball players Jeremy Hunt and Willie Kemp are trying to do with the first alumni game, scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, 495 Zach Curlin St.

Former White Station High School and University of Memphis standout point guard Joe Jackson is one of about 25 players committed to participating in a U of M alumni game.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

“I’m so excited for this game,” said Hunt, who graduated from Craigmont High School and made the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2003. “We just reached out to everybody. I know the guys all love the city of Memphis and the fans and their support.

“I just wanted to get the fans excited about Memphis basketball. We didn’t maybe have a great year at Memphis this year, but I feel like with the recruits coming in, it’ll get back to like it was.”

Hunt, who most recently has been playing professionally in Greece, said he was yet to hear from former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, who played one year at Memphis under former coach John Calipari. But many players have committed to participating, including Penny Hardaway, Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, D.J. Stephens, Darius Washington, Joey Dorsey, Antonio Anderson, Will Coleman, Chris Crawford, Wesley Witherspoon, Elliot Williams and Tarik Black.

In all, about 25 players have committed to the game, and former Tigers Elliot Perry, Andre Turner and Detric Golden are slated to coach. Hunt was also holding back a fourth “surprise” coach that is presumed to be former Tigers legend Keith Lee, who has been scarce at University of Memphis basketball events.

General admission tickets are $10 and on sale through the University of Memphis Athletics ticket office, located within the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame, and online at gotigersgotix.com. A maximum of four tickets per person may be purchased. Reserved seats for $25 are scheduled for availability as well.

All fans, including students, must have a purchased ticket; there will be no free/comp admission.

A portion of proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.

All ticket-holding fans will enter the Elma Roane Fieldhouse through the main entrance, on the southwest side of the building adjacent to the Rose Theater. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and any remaining tickets will be on sale at the box office.

Parking will be available for $5 in the Zach Curlin Garage, adjacent to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Hunt, 31, says he can’t believe how long ago his college career was, adding that he tells current players to enjoy the moment.

“I tell everybody to take advantage of it,” he said. “That time goes by so fast.”

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