We caught up with Penny Hardaway on Memorial Day weekend just before his Team Penny 17 under squad coached by Todd Day got under way on Day 1 of the Nike EYBL Session 4.
Team Penny Session 4 Video Interview with Penny Hardaway and Highlights
Team Penny started off the weeking earning two wins over MEBO Express Team Hood and the Georgia Stars.
Against MEBO Express and 6’6 forward Robert Woodard II, DJ Jeffries led the way as he poured in a game-high 20 points on 10-14 shooting, to go along with six rebounds as he was on the receiving end of several alley-oops from Alex Lomax.
Chandler Lawson was equally as officient as Jeffries, addimg 13 points on 5-6 shooting from the field, 2-2 from the chairs stripe, and 1-1 from the three point land.
Team Penny followed up their first win with a 64-42 wire-to-wire victory over the Georgia Stars as they were led by James Wiseman’s 16 points on 8-9 shooting while he also grabbed 8 rebounds and added 2 blocked shots. Jayden Hardaway was the only other double figure scorer in that game after finishing with 11 points and knocking in two three pointers.
Day 2 proved to be not as nice to Team Penny as they suffered a narrow 62-60 loss at the hands of Team Takeover in an afternoon game, though Team Penny had possession of the ball and an opportunity to tie the game at the end of regulation.
In that game Jordan Johnson kept them alive as he shot 6-11 from the field including 5-9 three pointers on the way to 17 points, nearly all of which were in the first half. Chandler Lawson and DJ Jeffries scored 16 points and 14 points respectively, but it wasn’t enough.
While they held a lead for a substantial part of the game against Brad Beal Elite and top ranked point guard Darius Garland, a late second half stoppage stymied their momentum and the eventually were handed a 71-60 loss despite leading 38-32 at the half.
Curtis White Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas led Team Penny in their final EYBL contest as he finished with 13 points on a perfect 4-4 from the field and 3-3 from behind the arc 2-2.
Team Penny compiled a 10-6 record through a 16 game four-city tour that began at Boo Williams in Hampton, Virginia before quality events Indianapolis, Indiana and Atlanta, Georgia. The Sports Academy facility in Thousand Oaks, California was the final stop of the Sessions leading into July’s Nike Peach Jam held in Augusta, Georgia.
2019 prospects include: DJ Jeffries, Chandler Lawson, James Wiseman.
Stay tuned for more news on Team Penny.