VOL. 133 | NO. 150 | Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Jeffries De-commits from Kentucky Giving Memphis Shot at Top Recruit
By Don Wade
The University of Memphis would appear to be in prime position to land Top-50 recruit D.J. Jeffries after he announced he is de-committing from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.
A 6-foot-7 forward from Olive Branch High School, Jeffries said in a Twitter post that decommitting was a “hard choice” but the “right decision.” Jeffries played for Memphis coach Penny Hardaway’s AAU team in the summer of 2017 and played for the same program this year after Hardaway had left.
Jeffries is the No. 46-ranked prospect in the Class of 2019, according to Rivals.
At one point, Jeffries had told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he grew up a fan of UK and former Memphis coach John Calipari and “always dreamed” of playing for him in college.
Jeffries has been an AAU teammate of James Wiseman, the top prospect in the 2019 Class. Kentucky and Memphis are considered the leaders for Wiseman, who transferred from Nashville’s Ensworth School to attend and play basketball at East High School where Hardaway formerly coached.