The biggest need remaining on Tennessee’s basketball was a big man who can rebound and score when needed. And it looks like the Vols may have just found a guy who can do that for the upcoming season.
Lew Evans, a graduate transfer out of Utah State, has reportedly committed to the Vols and will join the roster for the 2016-17 basketball season.
Utah State graduate transfer Lew Evans just committed to Tennessee, he told ESPN. null
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 9, 2016
As a junior for Utah State in 2015-16, Evans averaged 8.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 21.4 minutes a game. Evans played for Utah State in the Mountain West Conference last season after sitting out a year after transferring from Tulsa in 2014.
At 6-foot-8, 235 pounds, Evans would be one of the biggest players on Tennessee’s roster heading into Rick Barnes’ second season as head coach.
Evans will have the most college experience of any true forwards on Tennessee’s roster heading into this upcoming season. Rising sophomore Admiral Schofield is technically listed as a forward on Tennessee’s roster, but at 6-foot-5, he’s not even close to ideal size for a forward. Kyle Alexander was the only proven big man with actual forward size on the roster till Evans’ commitment.
Barnes pulled in six commitments in the 2016 recruiting class before adding Evans. But since he’s a grad transfer and has only one year of eligibility, Evans won’t take up a scholarship spot after the 2016-17 season.
Tennessee needed more depth down low, and Lew Evans will give them just that.