While the Tigers live to see another game, members of their 2013 signing class are anxious to suit up for next season. Thursday, they took the court together for the first time to practice for the Jack Jones Shootout on Friday at MUS.
"They almost made me break my TV," exclaimed signee Nick King.
Playing for the Memphis Tigers is a dream for many in the Bluff City, but so few actually see that dream come true. It leads to instant, local "super-stardom".
For Memphians Austin Nichols, Nick King and Markel Crawford, this fall, they'll become hometown heroes.
"I really am glad to have this opportunity. It's an honor to play with Memphis across my chest and be able to represent my city," added King.
"My mom went to Memphis, she's always wanted me to go to Memphis," explained Nichols.
Crawford said, "Seeing Derrick Rose come to Memphis and the great fan support. I'm glad to be here."
Joining the new recruits on Friday will be future Tiger teammate Rashawn Powell of Orlando. It will be the first time Memphis fans can watch these top-notch-recruits play on the same court together.
"It's going to be awesome. Just shows us what we're gonna do next year and a lot of talent, so it should be fun," added Nichols.
Crawford said, "We're trying to get that chemistry early, so it's a good thing."
As they work on chemistry on the court, these Tiger signees have already bonded away from the hardwood.
"We text almost every other day," Powell told Fox13.
King says their message for Tiger fans is simple, "Just watch out. Watch out for this great recruiting class. Be ready to come to the games, have fun and watch us win."
"We will go all the way. I already know we will. I can feel it. It'll be great next year," promised Crawford.
The Jack Jones shootout is tomorrow at MUS. Action starts at 6 pm with a 3-point contest first and then a dunk contest. The actual game, where you can see those future Tigers play together is at 7:30. It's $5 for kids and $10 for adults. The money raised will benefit St. Jude and several other charities in Memphis.