MEMPHIS — Penny Hardaway has a way of making quite the entrance into Memphis Madness.
Who will forget back in 2019 when Penny brought the smoke to tip things off at FedExForum.
But Hardaway upped his game Wednesday night for the return of the much anticipated Memphis Madness.
There was still smoke but Hardaway didn’t walk his way into the Forum.
A Polaris Slingshot.
Another impressive entrance for the Tigers fourth year head coach and just the start of a big night at FedExForum with the performances, maybe more important than anything basketball related.
Moneybagg yo, headlining a group of four rappers that included Tripstar, Big Homie G and Big 30.
On the court, both the men and women taking part in a number of competitions with former Tiger Tyler Harris returning home to win the three point contest.
Of course, the dunk contest gets all the hype and a trio of newcomers took part including the headliners to the nation’s number-one recruiting clas, Emoni Bates and fellow five star Jalen Duren.
The winner of this year’s dunk contest, another one of those talented freshmen, Josh Minott.
“Tonight was surreal,” Minott said. “I’m a long way from home, and where I’m from is not really a big basketball community. A night like this is a first for me in terms of the fanbase. I’ve never had a more supporting fanbase. You’re always going to have high school fans, but in terms of the national exposure, it’s great to be here.”
Memphis Madness, virtual last year, back in front of fans for another huge success at a packed FedExForum.