Memphis, Houston both look to land Memphis’ top recruiting targets

MEMPHIS, Tenn.

— A former Memphis basketball player said Thursday that the school is interested in bringing back some of the players who were involved in the 2007 shooting death of a former basketball player.

Former Memphis guard Shavarrius Robinson was shot to death in 2007, after an altercation that resulted in a gunfight.

In a news conference Thursday, Memphis coach Josh Pastner said he was unaware of any interest from the school in recruiting Robinson.

Pastner said the school will not be recruiting anyone in that case.

He did not say when or where the school might make a visit.

The school has not released any details of the plan to recruit Robinson.

Robinson was the subject of a separate lawsuit filed last year by a man who said he suffered physical and emotional harm in the shooting and was unable to work or play due to the incident.

The suit alleged that Robinson was involved in a drug deal gone bad and was the target of surveillance by Memphis police.

Last month, a Memphis judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying the city did not have standing to bring the case to trial.