Memphis Mines Miami Pipeline

Miami Dade junior college forward Darnell Dodson has a new home and he'll be surrounded by familiar faces.

It's about a 1,000 miles from Memphis to Miami. This year, it'll be a route the Memphis Tigers will get to know all too well.

John Calipari's program landed its second recruit out of Miami Dade Junior College this year. Forward Will Coleman got it going and now wing Darnell Dodson, Coleman's teammate, is on board.

"There may be 2-3 people in the country that have a clue how good this kid is," Miami Dade JC coach Matt Eisele said. "We think he's really underrated. He was 6-5 out of high school and he's a legit 6-8. He's toned his body and can almost play anywhere on the floor. He's one of the best scorers in that class."

The really good news for Memphis is that Dodson, who visited last weekend, will have three seasons of eligibility after red shirting last year.

Memphis assistant Orlando Antigua was on the Pittsburgh staff when it signed Dodson out of high school. Antigua and Eisele also attended the same college.

"Orlando did a great job of jumping on it early. The Miami Dade staff had the comfort level with him and Coach Cal. When we sat down it was almost to the point where it was a no-brainer. There were 25-30 high-major schools that were trying to get involved."

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