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Versatile 2013 forward Kuran Iverson reportedly commits to Memphis

Sep 25, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

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Kuran Iverson, an athletically gifted Top-30 forward, has committed to coach Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers, Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com is reporting.

The 6-8 Iverson chose Memphis over the Florida Gators.

The developmental ceiling for Iverson, with his size and length, is high, and in a system like Pastner’s at Memphis, he will have opportunities to thrive.

Pastner’s Tigers were 33rd in the nation in scoring last season, putting up over 75 points per game.

Iverson runs the floor well and should continue to do that at Memphis, able to rise up with ease and play above the rim.

With this commitment, it becomes clear that Pastner is stacking his deck for Memphis’ transition to the Big East, already having secured pledges from Nick King and RaShawn “Pookie” Powell, both Top-100 prospects, as well as Memphis native Markel Crawford.

The Tigers begin their final season in Conference USA this season before heading to the Big East, along with teams that include Central Florida, SMU, Temple, and Houston.

Memphis finished last season with an overall record of 26-9, including 13-3 in the C-USA. From the Class of 2012, Memphis brings in key signee Shaq Goodwin, a 6-8, 245-pound forward from Decatur, Ga.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. imforbigblue - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Josh can recruit some good players but he’s not a very good coach. I would think he would be on the hot seat and moving to the big easy next year will not get him a ton of easy withs like in C-usa

  2. dixiebullfrog - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    “…..can recruit some good players but he’s not a very good coach.” Sounds like King Kal a few years ago. With Kuran Iverson, Nick King, Markel Crawford, and Pookie Powell in 2013 class (so far), Coach Pastner will do just fine now and in Big East. Funny how a coach becomes “great” when surrounded by NBA draft picks.

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