Can Penny Hardaway beat Kentucky for No. 1 player in 2019?

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — When John Calipari or Mike Krzyzewski walks into a high school or grassroots game, people take notice.

Lately, it’s the presence of Penny Hardaway that is turning heads. The new Memphis coach has the Tigers involved with a long list of heavy hitters.

The biggest target is James Wiseman, the No. 1 player in 2019. Despite Wiseman saying he plans to cut his list to eight schools, no one believes he’s considering more than two. On Sunday, during the championship game of the Peach Jam event, Wiseman said Memphis and Kentucky were his top two.