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Josh Pastner’s monster 2013 recruiting class officially coming together on Signing Day

Nov 14, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

Josh Pastner

Memphis coach Josh Pastner is stockpiling talent for his program’s move to the Big East next season, and it’s all beginning to come together on National Signing Day.

In all, Pastner and the Tigers have five commits from the Class of 2013, four of whom are Top-100 prospects, plus highly recruited local product Markel Crawford.

Memphis has already officially recognized the signings of Kuran Iverson and Pookie Powell via the team’s Twitter account and others are expected to sign this week.

According to John Martin of the Commercial Appeal, five-star forward Austin Nichols and Memphis native Nick King are expected to sign Friday. Crawford is expected to sign later today.

The key to Pastner’s class is not only the talent he’s been able to reel in, but where he is getting that talent from. In 2013, he managed to grab the Tennessee natives King, Crawford, and the keystone, Nichols.

It continues the local success that he has had, which includes current Tigers Adonis Thomas, Chris Crawford, Joe Jackson, and Tarik Black.

As the signatures keep flowing in for 2013, Pastner and his team are 1-0 this season and play again Saturday against Samford.

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

  1. namriverrat69 - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Josh Pastner is developing into a great coach. He already was a great recruiter, a role he rexcelleld in at his alma mater and my team, Arizona. It was with great sadness to see him leave Arizona but I will root for and support any time he coaches. He had spent years there looking to hopefully replace Lute Olson. Things don’t always work out the way you want them to but they always work out for the best. He has my total respect and admiration. This should be his break out year wtih Memphis. Surprise everyone and win it all Josh.

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