Penny Hardaway to become next Memphis basketball coach

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A person familiar with the situation says Memphis will announce Penny Hardaway as its men's basketball coach Tuesday.

Tennessee reported Hardaway's expected hiring Thursday. The announcement will be broadcast live on WMC Action News 5.

The four-time NBA All-Star whose career was cut short by injuries will replace the recently fired Tubby Smith, according to an ESPN report. His Memphis East High School team won its third straight Class AAA state championship over the weekend.

Hardaway, 46, became an enormous star at Memphis in the early 1990s and was ultimately taken third by the Golden State Warriors in the 1993 NBA Draft before being dealt to Orlando in exchange for Chris Webber. Hardaway has ties to several top-100 2019 recruits because he also runs the high profile Memphis-based AAU program, Team Penny. Tubby failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament during his tenure there.

Hardaway is not a coaching novice.

Memphis finished with a 21-13 record this season but missed the postseason for the fourth straight year. In the article, Parrish quotes Brown as saying, "Penny is one of my favorite guys of all time".

Hardaway, a Memphis native, starred at the school from 1991-93 before moving on to a successful National Basketball Association career.

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