There have been 12 different players in Tennessee men’s basketball history to wear the No. 5 jersey. Arguably the most beloved of those players was Chris Lofton, but the man wearing that uniform for the last four years is likely a close second to most Vol fans.
Admiral Schofield was recruited by Donnie Tyndall to come to Tennessee, and Rick Barnes kept him as part of his first official signing class as UT’s head coach. Schofield came in with little fanfare and low expectations, but his four years as a Vol have far surpassed anything Vol fans could’ve hoped for.
In his four years, Schofield has been named a First-Team All-SEC performer once and a Second-Team All-SEC player in back-to-back seasons by at least one outlet. He’s in the top 20 all-time scorers in UT history, and he’s been the emotional leader of Tennessee’s basketball team the last two seasons.
Schofield helped his team win an SEC regular season title last season and get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. This year, he helped the Vols get to No. 1 in the rankings for only the second time ever, and he and his team are on a mission to go further in the NCAA Tournament than any Tennessee team ever has before.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound forward’s four-year career is almost over at Tennessee, but he didn’t want to go before letting Vol fans know how much being a Vol meant to him.
Fans got emotional during Tennessee’s Senior Night a week ago when Schofield had tears streaming down his face in the pre-game ceremonies. Well, be prepared to get emotional all over again because of Admiral.
Schofield was the focus of a six and a half minute video produced by The Players’ Tribune that detailed his journey to Tennessee, what being a Vol means to him, and his relationship with his family and head coach Rick Barnes.
Get ready. You might need some tissues.
— Admiral Schofield 🐺 (@admiralelite15) March 14, 2019