Beyond the Arc

by Ben Fiore

 

If I can tell you one thing, keep your eye on Tennessee’s men’s basketball program.  They are on the rise.  Until last year, Tennessee hasn’t produced much out of their hoops programs since the Bruce Pearl and Pat Summit coaching days.  But last season, Tennessee made a sweet sixteen run ranking as a higher seed in March Madness than the team had seen in over a decade.  Here’s why they have a bright future;

Tennessee produced 3 NBA draft picks this past year including 1st rounder Grant Williams to the Celtics and the linebacker built Admiral Schofield to the Wizards, who is one of the most fun players to watch I’ve seen in some time.

Tennessee just added two 4-star recruits to their 2020 class which jumps them up to the #5 class out of ALL D1 programs in the nation.

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Please look up these two’s highlight tapes because they are the real deal.  Adding these two bring some versatility to the program and I would expect at least Johnson to be a freshman starter at the 3 spot next year.  This adds some much needed life to replace what they lost in the draft.  Bottom line is that more and more kids are seeing Tennessee as a true valuable spot to play basketball, choosing the Vols over typical highly desired schools like Duke and North Carolina.  I believe the Volunteers will dominate SEC basketball and will truly be a big threat to all of college basketball for years to come. And if you’re up in the Smokey Mountains or a distant supporter, you’ve got a lot to look forward too.

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Written by benfiore

NBA writer of Beyond the Arc. Employee, podcast host and writer for Thoughts From the Bench.

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