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One thing Penny Hardaway was gung ho about, was former Tiger James Wiseman’s chances of being the number one pick in the NBA Draft, despite Minnesota having the top pick with Big Man Karl Anthony Towns already on the roster. “He’s the Unicorn. That’s what he calls himself,” said Hardaway. “He can run the floor. Rim protect. He works harder than anyone, and he’ll get his shot down out to the 3 point line and be a threat from out there as well. I’m not just saying that because I coached him, I just know the NBA and what they’re looking for, so to me, he’s the number one pick overall.”
You spent one summer at UCLA before your SAT score was invalidated and Baron Davis mentioned that you were dominating the UCLA pick-up games against Magic Johnson, Penny Hardaway and Hakeem Olajuwon. In the film, writers also talk about how you outplayed Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett in high school. These are NBA legends! What do you remember about those pick-up games? Schea Cotton: I was having fun! (laughs) It didn’t really matter who was in front of me, I had a killer mentality. These same legends that you talked about? I mean, I came out with guys like Kobe Bryant – rest in peace. Kobe couldn’t do nothing with me either when we played! I was a problem because I had a chip on my shoulder… I played against Kevin Garnett, and Kevin has talked about my legacy and my career and what it was like playing against me. These are guys that I came up with and made my name against. These guys were the best in their area and we all came up together. It was a magnificent experience. I don’t know if they’ll ever see basketball like that again, because we’re living in a different time.
Penny Hardaway, speaking to ESPN’s The Jump in an interview aired Thursday, said it came as an unpleasant surprise when the NBA began allowing high schoolers to sign with a G League pathway program. “It’s going to have a huge impact, because it’s just a recruiting war right now when it comes to that,” Hardaway said. “But I think it’s going to affect us because we’re recruiting a bunch of five stars.”
The NBA’s initial designs last year called for offers of $125,000. But contracts for players in the G League’s yearlong developmental program will now reportedly reach as much as $500,000. “When they took the money from a smaller level to a larger level, then that’s fair,” Hardaway said. “That’s definitely more appealing to a certain group of guys as we saw this year.”
The University of Memphis said Monday night that men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway and his staff should not have been holding workouts with NBA draft prospect R.J. Hampton at the program’s practice facility in recent weeks because it was not in accordance with the school’s COVID-19 protocols.
Hampton’s workouts with Hardaway inside the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center were first reported by The Athletic last week. Video and photos of Hampton at Memphis had been featured on Hampton’s Instagram account over the past week. Memphis assistant coach Mike Miller also posted a series of photos featuring him with Hampton inside the Memphis basketball practice facility to his Instagram account.