5-star UNC target Precious Achiuwa commits to Memphis; Tigers jump Duke for No. 1 class

In a bit of a surprise, 5-star forward Precious Achiuwa, a target of Roy Williams and North Carolina, has committed to Penny Hardaway and Memphis. 247 Sports ranks Achiuwa as a top-15 prospect in the 2019 class.

Achiuwa, who played his prep ball this season for the famed Montverde Academy in Florida, was believed to be a Kansas lean in recent weeks. The 5-star forward visited Kansas in late February. And earlier this week, 5-star UNC signee Armando Bacot caused a bit of a Twitter storm when he seemed to indicate that the Heels had added another 5-star commit. Bacot, however, had to pull back those comments.

Memphis has usurped Duke atop the 2019 class rankings with the addition of Achiuwa, too. He’s the second 5-star commit in the class — joining 7-foot center James Wiseman, the nation’s No. 1 overall player. Former NBA wing Mike Miller, now an assistant coach at Memphis, led the team’s recruitiment of Achiuwa.

With Wiseman and Achiuwa headlining, Memphis has an incoming class of seven players, which also includes recent Duke decommit Boogie Ellis, a 4-star combo guard.