Tubby Smith is having a tumultuous off-season at Memphis. Six players have already said they are transferring, including the program’s three top scorers and rebounders.
Two of the transfers, brothers K.J. and Dedric Lawson, are headed to Kansas.
K.J. Lawson gave his thoughts on Tubby in a Snapchat video:
Memphis transfer/future Jayhawk KJ Lawson in a Snapchat video: "This what we do when we leave Tubby. F— Tubby." Such a bad look.
— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) April 13, 2017
Tubby says the Memphis program is is great shape right now. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports says has made a gigantic mess of the program in just one year:
Bottom line, in less than a year on the job, Smith has lost four former top-100 prospects to the transfer market and added zero top-100 prospects to replace them. And he burned his most valuable bridge to the fertile Memphis recruiting base when he demoted Keelon Lawson — who, in addition to being Dedric and K.J.’s dad, is also the father of a top-25 prospect in the Class of 2019, the father of a top-10 prospect in the Class of 2021 and the uncle of a top-10 prospect in the Class of 2021. If Keelon Lawson never did anything but secure commitments from prospects related to him, he would’ve eventually enrolled five top-55 national recruits, four of whom will likely go down as McDonald’s All-Americans. Plus, because his younger sons play for Team Penny, a summer program based in Memphis, NCAA rules would not have forbidden Keelon Lawson from being in the gym for Team Penny practices and games during times when no other college assistant would’ve had access. This is what having Keelon Lawson on staff meant for Memphis. He would’ve enrolled his sons and could’ve enrolled his nephew all while providing an inroad to the rest of the local talent. Now, that’s over. And Memphis will instead spend the next week trying to convince a player to pick the Tigers over Ouachita Baptist.
Based on Lawson’s comments, it sounds more like addition by subtraction to me. I’m sure they’ll fit in nicely at Kansas, however.