South Florida basketball saw one of its top prospects announce his commitment to the University of Memphis Saturday.
That being St. Andrews forward Josh Minott, who chose the Tigers over 14 other schools, including Baylor, Florida State and Texas. At 6-foot-9, Minott’s ultimate decision was heavily influenced by the opportunity to be coached by NBA star Penny Hardaway, who he shares similar traits with.
“Coach Penny Hardaway is probably one of the biggest factors that went into my decision,” Minott told 305Sports minutes after announcing his commitment. “The fact that he’s a successful basketball player and plays the position I want to play, same size and build that I kind of have right now and seeing how he was successful at my position was a big factor in my decision.”
Memphis, home to potential 2020 NBA Draft lottery picks James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa, made it clear to Minott that they have what it takes to take the 2021 commit to the next level.
“They were able to relate everything that they were showing me to the next level [the NBA],” Minott said.
The four-star recruit comes off a successful junior season, posting 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, leading the Scots to a 26-5 record and capturing a 3A state title. With over a year left to continue developing his skill, the sky’s the limit for 247Sports Composite’s No. 100 prospect in the 2021 cycle.
In an IHoopsFL interview, Memphis assistant coach Cody Toppert noted how important it is for the Tigers’ staff to focus on player development, which Minott praises.
“I’m looking forward to the development most,” Minott claims. “I really like the facilities and all the things they have laid out for the players to get better.”
With getting players to the NBA being one of Memphis’ best characteristics, Minott is bought in on the coaching staff as they make sure to solidify him as one of their top priorities.
“I have a really strong relationship with the coaching staff,” he adds. “Coach Cody Toppert is one of the people I talk to the most. He is able to relate everything to the next level.”
Minott is the Tigers’ first verbal commit in the class of 2021, moving their 247Sports national ranking to No. 45 and No. 1 among teams in the American Athletic Conference (AAC).