NO. 23 MEMPHIS EAST
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
Preseason Rank: 23
2017-18 record: 29-3
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: 4
Gone is head coach Penny Hardaway, the former NBA star off to bring his alma mater University of Memphis back to glory after leading the Mustangs to a third straight TSSAA state title. So too is Chandler Lawson, off to play for his father at nearby Wooddale after initially transferring to national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) over the summer.
But the cupboard is hardly bare, and that’s because Chosen 25 center James Wiseman is still here to make things miserable for everybody in the Volunteer State. An ALL-USA Third Team selection and Tennessee Player of the Year last winter, the 6-foot-11 Wiseman averaged 18.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks to help lead East to its third straight Class AAA state title.
Alongside him in the post will be 6-foot-8 senior Malcolm Dandridge, Hardaway’s first commitment for the Tigers – and who knows, maybe Wiseman will be joining him. Together, whatever the Mustangs lost from last year, they perhaps more than make up for with arguably one of the nation’s most imposing frontcourts.