One evening earlier this month, Cabot High School coach Jerry Bridges’ phone buzzed with a text from senior forward Matt Stanley.
“He told me, ‘I’ve just been offered by Memphis,'” Bridges said. “I went, ‘Wow, really?'”
The late scholarship offer from such a prominent program was a surprise to Bridges because Stanley hadn’t received much interest from other Division I programs. Miami (Ohio), SIU Edwardsville and a handful of other small-conference schools had all kept tabs on the skilled 6-foot-8 stretch forward, but Stanley committed to Division II Ouachita Baptist earlier this year because none of the Division I programs pulled the trigger with a scholarship offer.
Bridges’ first inkling that Memphis might be interested in Stanley came via a voicemail that Memphis assistant Saul Smith left on his office phone the Friday before Cabot High’s spring break. The high school coach did not getRead More »from Did Memphis really lose a recruit to Division II Ouachita Baptist?