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Former UNC prospect Dennis asks for release from Memphis

Posted April 13, 2009

MEMPHIS, TENN. — Nolan Dennis wowed sold out crowds at the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational in December, and at the time Dennis was a Memphis Tiger recruit.

However, Dennis has asked for a release from the school after head coach John Calipari was hired at Kentucky. The release is expected to be granted in the next few days.

Dennis does not have a list of schools yet, but he is expected to take a hard look at the Wildcats. Numerous reports indicate that he has no interest in attending Memphis now that Calipari is no longer the coach.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard will be at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic this weekend, and there is some speculation that he could go to Kentucky for a visit.

Dennis is a four-star prospect and ranked the No. 10 shooting guard in the Class of 2009, according to Scout.com. He averaged 18-points per game for Richland High School (Richland Hills, Tex.).

Prior to signing with Memphis, Dennis had offers from a number of schools. According to his profile on Scout.com, that list included Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA, in addition to Kentucky.

After Calipari announced his departure from Memphis, the Tigers lost recruit Xavier Henry and commit DeMarcus Cousins. Both players are expected to look at Kentucky, but they have yet to make their decisions.

Many recruiting analysts said Memphis' 2009 recruiting class was the best in the nation, and some said it had the potential to be the best recruiting class ever.

The signing period for men's basketball begins on Wednesday.

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