Three Things — April 20: Memphis loses role player, Landers Nolley nearing announcement, Virginia Tech snags transfer

Eli Boettger | @boettger_eli | 04/20/20

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Here are the three things you need to know for April 20.

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Memphis loses role player

Another scholarship opened up on Sunday for Penny Hardaway’s Tigers as sophomore guard Tyler Harris announced that he will transfer. Harris, a 5-9 guard who attended Cordova High School in Memphis, started 15 games a freshman and came off the bench in each of his 31 appearances this past season.

There figures to be a long line of suitors for Harris. Though his career 36.9 percent mark from the field isn’t on par for a guard, Harris could thrive in the right system. Harris set the Memphis freshman record with 79 made 3-pointers in ’18-19, an easy selling point for minutes and a green light at his new home.

Landers Nolley nearing announcement

The biggest sit-out transfer on the market will pick a new school on Monday. Former Virginia Tech wing Landers Nolley will decide between Georgia, Memphis and Ole Miss and have three remaining years of eligibility.

Nolley, a product of Fairburn, Ga., enjoyed an excellent freshman season, averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Hokies. Even at 6-7 and 230 pounds, nearly half of Nolley’s shots came from 3-point range, where he hit 68 such baskets this past season. Nolley picked Virginia Tech over Georgia out of high school, and 24/7Sports lists Memphis as the favorite over Georgia and Ole Miss this time around.

Virginia Tech snags transfer

In hopes of finishing his college career with an exclamation point, Iowa grad transfer Cordell Pemsl selected Virginia Tech on Sunday. Pemsl appeared in 96 games with the Hawkeyes over the past four years, averaging 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Mike Young will hope Pemsl can return to his freshman form when the 6-9, 248-pound big man started 14 games for Iowa while averaging 8.9 points per game and shooting 61.7 percent from the field. Pemsl has dealt with injuries during his career, including a knee surgery that forced him to redshirt the ’18-19 season after appearing in two games.


Eli Boettger is a college basketball writer and founder of HeatCheckCBB.com. He has previously worked for Sporting News, DAZN and USA TODAY SMG.

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