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American Stories: Top Recruiting Class Brings Championship Hopes to Memphis

It didn't take Penny Hardaway long to show what he can do as a recruiter. Now, a talented Memphis team has its sights set on championship hardware

by Dick Weiss for

Penny Hardaway may not yet have the coaching pedigree of a John Calipari of Kentucky or Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, but he is on the fast track to become one of the best recruiters in the country.

Hardaway was an iconic legend Memphis long before he became the head coach at his alma mater two years ago.