Tubby Smith’s Memphis tenure now includes three commitments, with the Tigers securing another on Friday afternoon.
Power forward 2017 prospect Victor Enoh cancelled a weekend visit to Mississippi State and made the decision to commit to Memphis, according to Phil Stukenborg of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
A Decator, Ga.-based recruit, Enoh ranked as ESPN.com’s No. 42 power forward prospect, and Memphis beat out the likes of Mississippi State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Georgia State for the 6-foot-8 talent’s services. While he’s obviously not bound to the Tigers yet, he will likely be expected to sign soon once the early signing period commences this fall.
Smith’s already induced commitments from four-star combo guard Jamal Johnson out of Alabama and three-star Florida-based forward David Nickelberry. The latter is former NBA talent Buck Johnson’s son.
Enoh visited the Memphis campus on Wednesday, observing the Tigers’ first Smith-conducted practice. As a junior at Greenforest Christian High School, Enoh averaged eight points and 6.9 rebounds per game. So, there’s more potential than production here at this point.
Thought to be leaning toward Arkansas, per Stukenborg, due to close friend and fellow Nigerian Moses Kingley’s presence on the Razorbacks’ roster, he continues to fill out Memphis’ incoming class next fall.
The Tigers missed the NCAA tournament for the second straight season under Josh Pastner last year but now have a former national championship-winning coach overseeing the operation after Pastner departed for Georgia Tech. The Memphis roster houses three seniors — including two transfers in guard Christian Kessee (Coppin State) and Chad Rykoek (Baylor) — but none played a role for the Tigers last season, so the bulk of their roster stands to be around by the time these freshmen arrive on campus.