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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WMC) - Members of the American Athletic Conference all gathered in Philadelphia for the start of basketball media days Monday.

The anticipation for Memphis Tigers basketball is at an all time high in the Bluff City. And we’re just three weeks away before the season tips off.

Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway along with freshmen James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa represented the U of M at the conference today.

Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa, two five-star recruits, hope to bring the Tigers back to national prominence under head coach Penny Hardaway.

2019 AAC basketball media day with Precious Achiuwa

The Tigers are picked to finish first in the conference this year, tied with the Houston Cougars for that spot. While Hardaway is confident in his talented young team, still some finishing touches to be added before the season gets underway.

“Right now we’re narrowing down the days until we start. There’s some things that we have to do to get caught up," said Hardaway. "Especially defensively. A lot of these kids haven’t played weak side defense or help defense before. They haven’t been asked to do multiple efforts in their careers or their own respective high school teams. It’s been a culture shock for some of these guys, but they’re getting it slowly but surely.”

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This year, the Memphis Tigers were the talk of the conference, with the top recruiting class in the nation.

Memphis opens Exhibition Play Oct. 24 against CBU at FedExForum.

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