Memphis Dips Into 2011

Anthony Norris' dream came true on Monday night. After years of pulling for the Tigers, he's going to put on a Memphis jersey in the fall of 2011.

Small forward Anthony Norris was in New Mexico, with friends, watching Memphis play Kansas in the national championship game.

"I was rooting for them and they lost. It was a heartbreaker," Norris told "It was a heartbreaker to all of us. I told myself that was the place I would like to play one day."

Fast forward to Monday, the day when Norris, Class of 2011 out of Houston (Tex.) Sam Houston, accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Memphis Tigers and Josh Pastner. A native of Houston, Pastner has deep ties to the area and has mined them well in the past. However, Anthony Norris is a Tiger because he fell in love with Tiger basketball.

"I knew that's where I wanted to go since I was in the 7th grade. That was a goal for me. It was amazing. The year that then really made me like them was the year it was Derrick Rose, Robert Dozier, Chris Douglas-Roberts … and then I liked Tyreke Evans last year a lot."

Colorado State offered him as did the Tigers. But, the Tigers blanketed him and as a staff, made it clear he was their guy.

"All of the coaches have been here except for one coach."

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