Memphis Tigers prepare for its 2020 season

Watch: Memphis Tigers prepare for its 2020 season

MEMPHIS,Tenn. — It’s almost that time for Penny Hardaway and his Memphis Tigers to hit the court for the 2020 season.

Last season was highlighted by the suspension of star freshman James Wiseman who eventually decided to leave the school and prepare for the NBA draft.

The Tigers are preparing for what they hope is a full season that includes an NCAA tournament berth.

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It may be hard to believe but this is Hardaway’s third year at the helm.

He said they’re being safe and making sure coaches are wearing masks.

They’re wiping down basketballs, there’s sanitizer at each basket and players are distanced as much as possible on the sidelines.

Hardaway said they’re going to start getting tested three times a week as well.

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Penny said he wants to be the fastest team in the nation.

There’s a couple of exciting newcomers, but Hardaway said a major key will be how last year’s freshman who are now sophomores step up.

“To see how much they’ve grasped and kind of soaked in from the previous year. You know Moussa is going to have his mistakes because he’s a freshman. But freshmen becoming sophomores and understanding the roles that we had last year,” he said. “I’m really anxious to see what Lester, Boogie, Damian and that group are going to do. DJ, coming into this year because now they have to mature.”

The Tigers had the top freshman class last year and Penny and his staff aren’t slowing down.

Right now they rank third for the class of 2021.

The Tigers have a nationally televised game to start to the season on Nov. 25 in South Dakota against Ohio State.