Memphis landed a commitment on Monday from the most highly-regarded point guard on the transfer market, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com.
Ricky Tarrant committed to the Tigers on Monday during a visit. The former Alabama point guard will be eligible immediately. He averaged 13.1 points as a redshirt junior in 2014-15.
“Man, it’s a basketball city,” Tarrant told 92.9 FM in Memphis. “It’s a great city. It’s a great place to play basketball. The teammates I’ll be playing with, they’re great players. We’re just a step away from the tournament. I feel like it was a great decision.”
Tarrant’s addition is massive for the Tigers, who spent last season in dire need of a point guard. They added Vanderbilt transfer Kedren Johnson prior to the start of the year, but he came into the program out of shape. Tarrant should step in and start from day one, and, when combined with the return of Austin Nichols and Shaq Goodwin and another terrific Memphis recruiting class, headlined by K.J. and Dedric Lawson, make the Tigers look like a tournament team.