The Vols have already reportedly reached out and shown interest in Utah State transfer guard Koby McEwen this offseason. Now they’ve reportedly contacted another transfer player, this time a small forward.
According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, Tennessee is one of 18 schools that have reached out to Houston Baptist transfer forward David Caraher. The 6-foot-6, 220 pound Caraher was a freshman this past season for the Huskies and led the team in both scoring and rebounding. He was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year this season.
Houston Baptist transfer David Caraher has already heard from 18 schools, including Nevada, Oklahoma State & Tennessee, he tells @247Sports. Caraher averaged 16.2 PPG & 7.2 RPG as a freshman.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 3, 2018
As a freshman, Caraher averaged 31.3 minutes, 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. He shot 45.5 percent from the floor, including 36.4 percent from three, and was 73.6 percent from the free throw line. He scored 20 or more points in 10 of the 29 games he appeared in this season.
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Caraher would have to sit out the upcoming 2018-19 season. But he would have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out.
Caraher attended the same high school of current Vol Jalen Johnson and played this past year with former Vol walk-on Braxton Bonds at Houston Baptist.
Right now, Tennessee has just one scholarship to hand out in their 2018 recruiting cycle. They’ve been pursuing a handful of point guards coming out of high school, but the Vols aren’t in great position to land either of their top remaining targets, Tyler Harris and James Akinjo. The Vols’ recent interest in transfer players may indicate they don’t feel like they’ll be able to add a true freshman this offseason, or they believe someone on their current roster may transfer out.
If someone on the Vols’ roster transfers this offseason, Tennessee will have an additional scholarship to offer either in this recruiting cycle or in the 2019 cycle.