Memphis Rumors & News

  • Christian Kessee transfers to Memphis

    Baltimore Sun "Memphis has signed former Coppin State guard Christian Kessee as a graduate transfer. Kessee, who led the Eagles with 14.6 points per game and scored in double figures 25 times this past season, will be able to play for the Tigers in 2016-17. The 6-foot-2 guard made 88 3-pointers, shot 39.5..." May 21

  • Memphis star Dedric Lawson returning to school next season

    The Score "New Memphis coach Tubby Smith got some great news Thursday, as star freshman Dedric Lawson is set to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school for his sophomore season. Lawson's father, Keelon, who holds a support role with the Tigers basketball program, confirmed the news to CBS Sports..." May 19

  • Christian Kessee commits to Memphis as grad transfer

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Tubby Smith picked up his first commitment as the University of Memphis' new head coach Thursday, getting a verbal pledge from Coppin State graduate transfer Christian Kessee, a 6-foot-2 guard from Las Vegas who will be eligible immediately next season. Kessee, who made an official visit to..." May 13

  • Memphis' Tubby Smith reassigns assistant Keelon Lawson

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "After a few days of uncertainty, it now appears the University of Memphis men’s basketball program will have its top two returning players — and their father — in the fold for next season under new coach Tubby Smith. Smith told The Commercial Appeal on Monday that former Tigers assistant coach..." April 26

  • Memphis pushed Josh Pastner to seek other jobs

    CBS Sports "I sat with Keelon Lawson two years ago, inside a coffee shop two miles from the Memphis campus, and we talked for a while about his sons, his dreams, and how his sons could maybe help him reach his dreams. It was mid-afternoon. And what was clear to me by the end of that conversation was that this..." April 22

  • There may be more to Dedric Lawson's draft flip flop than just indecision

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Just eight days ago, Dedric Lawson announced he was returning to Memphis for his sophomore season. Then on Wednesday afternoon, reported the freshman forward is planning to test the waters again. It's possible Lawson is merely experiencing some indecision. It seems more likely this..." April 21

  • Butler lands Memphis transfer Avery Woodson

    Indianapolis Star "Butler has landed a coveted — and needed — graduate transfer. Memphis' Avery Woodson has committed to Butler, IndyStar has confirmed. He'll be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer and provides the Bulldogs needed experience and production in the backcourt. Woodson averaged 9.6..." April 19

  • Memphis hires Tubby Smith away from Texas Tech

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you thought that Tubby Smith going to Texas Tech as basketball coach was a retirement job, you guessed wrong. is reporting this morning that Smith has agreed to terms to replace Josh Pastner as coach at the University of Memphis. Gary Parrish wrote: "Smith, 64, was offered..." April 14

  • Reports: Georgia Tech nearing deal with Memphis’s Josh Pastner

    SI "Georgia Tech is nearing a deal with Memphis head coach Josh Pastner to fill its head coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports. CBS Sports’s Gary Parrish reports Pastner is in the process of negotiating a buyout with Memphis. The Yellow Jackets parted ways with Brian Gregory after five..." April 08

  • Tigers' assistant Damon Stoudamire reportedly leading candidate for Pacific

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "University of Memphis basketball assistant Damon Stoudamire is reportedly the leading candidate for the head coaching job at Pacific and is currently on the school's campus,'s Jon Rothstein tweeted this morning. Stoudamire, who has spent three seasons as an assistant in Memphis,..." March 16

  • Connecticut 72, Memphis 58

    The Sports Xchange "After missing out in 2015 and not having the chance to defend their 2014 championship, the Connecticut Huskies are headed back to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies (24-10) dominated for most of the game, five players scored in double figures, to win the American Athletic Conference title,..." March 13

  • Memphis 74, Tulane 54

    The Sports Xchange "Tulane needed to win the American Athletic Conference Tournament in order to make the NCAA Tournament. And Memphis probably faced the same situation. The sixth-seeded Tigers, who have endured an up-and-down season, kept their tournament hopes alive with a 74-54 victory over the 10th-seeded..." March 12

  • Memphis 89, Tulsa 67

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman forward Dedric Lawson had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help sixth-seeded Memphis upset third-seeded Tulsa 89-67 on Friday night in the second round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Senior guard Ricky Tarrant Jr. scored 21 points for..." March 12

  • Memphis 83, East Carolina 53

    The Sports Xchange "East Carolina went toe-to-toe with Memphis for the first 13 minutes Sunday, but the Tigers' offensive firepower was too much for the visiting Pirates, who were trounced 83-53 at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C. Guard Avery Woodson scored 20 points to lead three other Tigers in double..." March 06

  • Temple 72, Memphis 62

    The Sports Xchange "Temple clinched a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 72-62 victory over visiting Memphis Thursday night at the Liacouras Center. Temple, winners of 11 of its last 14 games, received double-figure scoring from five different players, was led by senior Jaylen..." March 03

  • Memphis 92, Tulsa 82

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman forward Dedric Lawson toyed with a triple-double and fellow forward Shaq Goodwin celebrated Senior Day with a game to remember as the Memphis Tigers ran past the Tulsa Golden Hurricane for a 92-82 win on Sunday afternoon at FedExForum in Memphis. Lawson went nine of 17 from the..." February 28

  • Moore comes through as No. 24 SMU tops Memphis

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS -- SMU guard Nic Moore did not have his best game Thursday night, but he came up big when it mattered most, hitting a runner with 38 seconds left to help secure a 69-62 win over Memphis. The No. 24 Mustangs (23-5, 11-4) are now tied with Temple for the first place in the American..." February 25

  • South Florida 80, Memphis 71

    The Sports Xchange "Nehemias Morillo scored 19 points and South Florida pulled away from Memphis for a 80-71 win Saturday afternoon at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Morillo, a senior guard, went 6-for-9 from the field and scored another six points from the foul line, while the Bulls also got 17 points from..." February 20

  • Memphis 73, Central Florida 56

    The Sports Xchange "Memphis held Central Florida to 15 first-half points and cruised to a 73-56 victory on Wednesday night in an American Athletic Conference game at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. The Tigers held the Knights to 28 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes and blocked four shots...." February 17

  • Memphis coach Josh Pastner sounds off on local columnist

    The Score "Memphis is struggling through another disappointing season under Josh Pastner, and with pressure mounting from critics around the program, it seems the coach has reached his breaking point. After posting 24 wins or more in each of his first five seasons with the Tigers, the program has..." February 16

  • Tulane 94, Memphis 87

    The Sports Xchange "Tulane scored 14 points in overtime and the Green Wave upset Memphis 94-87 on Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans. The Green Wave (10-16, 3-10 American) trailed most of the second quarter and tied the game 80-80 when guard Cameron Reynolds sank a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left...." February 13

  • Memphis' Shaq Goodwin to sit out game after tripping South Carolina player

    Sporting News - NCAAB " Looks like Reggis Ball isn't the only Memphis player with discipline issues. Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin will miss Tuesday's game against Nicholls State after tripping a South Carolina player in an 86-76 loss Saturday." January 05

  • Four-star point guard Charlie Moore commits to Memphis

    SI "Four-star recruit Charlie Moore has committed to Memphis, he announced Thursday. Moore, a 5'11" point guard from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, is rated No. 57 overall in the 2016 class by He chose Memphis and head coach Josh Pastner over California and VCU. The Tigers were..." November 16

  • Memphis adds freshman guard to help ease possible loss of Kedren Johnson

    CBS Sports "In a move that could help ease the possible loss of starting point guard Kedren Johnson to season-ending shoulder surgery, Memphis has accepted a commitment from former Texas A&M recruit Raquan Mitchell, a source told CBS Sports on Monday. Mitchell tweeted this weekend that he "would be going..." October 13

  • Southwest Tennessee small forward Jimario Rivers commits to Memphis

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Southwest Tennessee Community College small forward Jimario Rivers has committed to the University of Memphis, a source told The Commercial Appeal today. Rivers, 6-foot-8 and 195, made an official visit to Memphis last weekend and was also considering Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas, Missouri and..." October 08

  • Memphis PG Kedren Johnson might need season-ending surgery

    CBS Sports "Memphis senior Kedren Johnson is dealing with a shoulder injury that could require season-ending surgery, coach Josh Pastner told CBS Sports early Thursday. Johnson is not currently practicing, Pastner said. His options, according to Pastner, are to keep trying to rehab the injury and just..." October 08

  • Two Memphis players escape 'horrific' apartment fire

    Sporting News - NCAAB "A pair of Memphis basketball players are unharmed after escaping a fire at their apartment complex on Wednesday. Senior forward Trahson Burrell and sophomore guard Markel Crawford saw their on-campus apartment destroyed during the overnight fire, Memphis coach John Pastner said Wednesday..." September 30

  • Why did Memphis cancel Calipari tribute? Heartbreak and cowardice

    Fox Sports "There is holding a grudge, which is something every human being who has ever walked this earth has done. And then there is the vicious and long-held hate the University of Memphis basketball community holds toward the greatest coach who has ever graced (and who will ever grace) the birthplace..." September 12

  • Memphis President Says School Will Not Honor John Calipari, Apologizes For “Embarrassment”

    College Spun "Earlier this week, the University of Memphis announced it would be honoring former men’s basketball coach John Calipari in late December. Calipari, who coached the Tigers from 2000-09, is getting inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this week. The Tigers honoring Calipari is something..." September 11

  • Ar'Mond Davis says he's reopening his recruitment five days after committing to Memphis

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Five days after committing to the University of Memphis, four-star College of Southern Idaho shooting guard Ar’Mond Davis announced on Twitter today that he is reopening his recruitment. “I have decided to open my recruitment and go on my other visits that I’ve already planned to,” Davis..." September 10

  • Memphis announces it plans to honor former coach John Calipari

    CBS Sports "Kentucky's John Calipari tweeted Wednesday night that he appreciates Memphis "deciding to honor" what he was "able to accomplish" -- just a few hours after Memphis president Dr. David Rudd announced the school will celebrate its former coach in December. "UMass gave me my first opportunity and..." September 10

  • Top junior college shooting guard Ar’Mond Davis commits to Memphis

    College Basketball Talk "In late August it was reported that College of Southern Idaho shooting guard Ar’Mond Davis had scheduled official visits to Memphis, Texas A&M and Alabama, with the Tigers hosting the Tacoma, Washington native this weekend. And on that trip Davis has verbally committed to Josh Pastner’s program,..." September 08

  • Former Memphis forward Austin Nichols transferring to Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Less than two weeks after Memphis loosened the transfer restrictions placed on former forward Austin Nichols, the first team all-AAC selection has found a new home. According to a report from 92.9 FM in Memphis, Nichols has decided to transfer to Virginia. After sitting out the 2015-16 season..." July 27

  • Craig Randall Jr. becomes Memphis' eighth 2015 commitment

    Fox Sports "With Austin Nichols' announcement that he's transferring, the Memphis Tigers suddenly had an opening in their 2015 class. Sunday afternoon, it was announced that 6-foot-4 guard Craig Randall Jr. has committed to Memphis and will join the program this upcoming season." July 20

  • Amid controversy, Memphis removes all conditions from Austin Nichols’ transfer

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The University of Memphis has reportedly removed all conditions from Austin Nichols’ transfer, making the star forward free to transfer to the University of Virginia. Nichols received a conditional release from his scholarship at Memphis, but the school would not allow him to leave for any..." July 14

  • Memphis transfer Austin Nichols eyes Virginia, but Duke a favorite

    CBS Sports "Memphis transfer Austin Nichols would like to play for Virginia, but Memphis isn't likely to alter its initial release, sources told The Tigers blocked four schools -- Virginia, Iowa, Providence and Tennessee -- on Nichols' release last week in addition to any program in the..." July 14

  • Report: Austin Nichols hires lawyer Don Jackson to fight transfer restrictions

    College Basketball Talk "Austin Nichols and his family have hired high-powered attorney Don Jackson to help them fight the restrictions that Memphis placed on the player’s ability to transfer, according to a report from ESPN. Late last month, Nichols, the best player in the Tiger program, requested a release from the..." July 14

  • Former San Diego State signee Brodricks Jones trims list to four

    College Basketball Talk "In late June forward Brodricks Jones, who was expected to be a key piece down the line for San Diego State, surprised some people when he requested to be released from his National Letter of Intent. Jones, a four-star 6-foot-9 power forward, hasn’t lacked for attention since reopening his..." July 13

  • Memphis grants conditional release to junior forward Austin Nichols

    CBS Sports "Austin Nichols has been granted a conditional release from the University of Memphis, the school announced Thursday. "I spoke with Austin Nichols this morning and informed him the University of Memphis will grant to him a conditional release from his National Letter of Intent," said Memphis..." July 09

  • Memphis shouldn't hold transfer against Austin Nichols, father says

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Memphis forward Austin Nichols has decided he's ready to move on from the Tigers program. Unfortunately, though, the program isn't ready to let him just yet. Nichols, the Tigers' leading scorer last season, reportedly informed the coaching staff at Memphis last week about his intention to..." July 08

  • Austin Nichols leaving Memphis, Tigers denying transfer request

    CBS Sports "Junior forward Austin Nichols is leaving the Memphis basketball program, his father, Mark Nichols, told on Tuesday afternoon. "He will not return," Mark Nichols said. Austin Nichols averaged 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season before suffering a season-ending..." July 07

  • Report: Memphis transfer Kuran Iverson immediately eligible at Rhode Island

    College Basketball Talk "Rhode Island received some encouraging news on Monday as forward Kuran Iverson will be eligible to play right away. The NCAA got rid of hardship waivers, but Iverson transferred into Rhode Island before the rule was changed, so he was allowed to apply to play right away. The news of Iverson’s..." June 02

  • Memphis commit reclassifying to 2015, will enroll next month

    College Basketball Talk "With Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols returning and brothers K.J. and Dedric Lawson due to enroll this summer, Memphis had some solid front court options lined up for the 2015-16 season. On Wednesday it was reported by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that head coach Josh Pastner has added another..." May 28

  • Damon Stoudamire will leave Arizona to rejoin Memphis Tigers' staff

    CBS Sports "Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire has reached an agreement in principle to leave his alma mater and return to Memphis as an assistant on Josh Pastner's staff, a source told on Monday. reported earlier that Stoudamire has already informed recruits. Despite..." May 19

  • La Salle lands transfer from Memphis "POOKIE POWELL, a 6-1 guard from Orlando, Fla., and a borderline top-100 recruit out of high school, will transfer to La Salle after playing one season at Memphis. Powell averaged 4.3 points while shooting 37.7 percent overall and 28.8 percent from three-point range last season. He had 72..." May 12

  • Nick King transferring to Alabama

    ESPN "Memphis transfer Nick King is headed to Alabama, he told King, a 6-foot-7 forward, will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season. He chose the Crimson Tide over SEC rivals Ole Miss and Arkansas, while UNLV, Miami and others were also in the..." April 27

  • Alabama transfer Ricky Tarrant picks school

    Alabama "Alabama is in pursuit of a Memphis transfer, preparing to host ex-Tigers small forward Nick King on an official visit this weekend. Memphis, meanwhile, has added to its roster with a transfer from Alabama. Point guard Ricky Tarrant told ESPN 92.9 FM in Memphis Monday that he will transfer to..." April 20

  • Nick King, Pookie Powell both transferring out of Memphis

    CBS Sports "Nick King and Pookie Powell are both transferring out of the Memphis program, coach Josh Pastner told early Wednesday morning. The school subsequently announced the news. "Nick and Pookie are fine young men and in good academic standing at the university," Pastner said. "We..." March 25

  • Memphis' Austin Nichols expected to miss conference tournament

    CBS Sports "Memphis forward Austin Nichols will not play this week or next week for the AAC tournament, but could return for the NCAA tournament, coach Josh Pastner said Tuesday, per the Commercial Appeal. Nichols, who is averaging a team-high 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 27 games this season, was..." March 03

  • Memphis F Austin Nichols (ankle) could be out for rest of season

    CBS Sports "Hopes for any sort of postseason run just got tougher for Memphis. Already dealing with inconsistencies on the court, especially following a Saturday's loss to Tulsa, the Tigers might be without forward Austin Nichols for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, accrding to the Commercial Appeal...." March 01