Ty-Lor JohnsonNo. 81 prospect in the class of 2023 has moved to the Memphis Tigers, he told 247Sports.
Six foot 165 pound point guard Penny Hardaway over other programs including Seton Hall and NC State.
“I feel like I can turn pro there,” he said of why he chose Memphis. “They have everything to prepare you for the League.”
Johnson seemed ready to deal with North Carolina, but things quickly changed after a surprise visit to Memphis, a visit that opened his eyes to the tigers.
“The facilities, the assistant coaches take care of the players and bring them to the gym, and Penny knows the game,” he described what caught his attention on campus.
Johnson will join his former New York Renaissance head coach Andy Borman in Memphis, who was hired as an assistant coach during the offseason.
With Borman now on the team, Johnson’s assistant with the Rens, Markkenzie Guylott, chimed in to share what Memphis gets at a four-star hotel.
“Memphis is getting a player who will come in with a winning mentality,” Guylott said. “Thai-Laur will add the ability to score and defend, as well as the ability to improve the players around him and put them in the position needed to win.”
Johnson averaged 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the Rens last AAU season.
“I will bring energy, leadership, I will play hard in every game and we will definitely win,” Johnson described what he will bring in his own eyes.
Johnson is the sixth commitment to Penny Hardaway joining the class in 2023 Mikey Williams, Jay Jay Taylor, Ryan Forrest, Carl Cherenfant as well as David Tubek.
Memphis now ranks fifth overall in the nation.