Daniel Vieira-Tuck connects with Penny Hardaway

Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway has strengthened his new roster with the signing of guard Daniel Vieira-Tuck.

His father, Mack, confirmed the news to The Commercial Appeal late Wednesday.

“We sent (Memphis) some film and Penny liked it right away,” Mack said. “Penny is Penny, so he recognizes talent.”

The 6-foot-1 guard played in Portugal (his mother’s home country) this past year. Previously, he played for Fairmont Academy (Florida), BigTyme Sports Prep (Rockwall, Texas) and Mansfield Timberview (Arlington, Texas). Vieira-Tuck reported offers from West Virginia, Wichita State, Iona, Long Island and Arkansas Pine-Bluff in late 2022.

Vieira-Tuck’s father said his son will leave on Friday to participate in the FIBA ​​European Championships (in Romania) with the Portuguese U20 national team. He plans to report to Memphis at the end of July.

Vieira-Tuck joins a group of newcomers made up largely of Division I transfers, including guards Tyrese Hunter, PJ Haggerty and Baraka Okojie, wing Colby Rogers, forward Tyreek Smith and big men Dain Dainja and Moussa Cisse. Memphis also signed four-star freshman guard Jared Harris (Silsbee, Texas) and retained Nicholas Jourdain.

Each of these players recently arrived on campus ahead of summer workouts, which begin June 1.

The addition of Vieira-Tuck means Hardaway has at least three open scholarships. Earlier Wednesday, ESPN reported that All-AAC performer David Jones will keep his name in the NBA Draft and forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility.

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