Report: Vols to Get Visit from Elite Point Guard

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    Tennessee’s top point guard target in the 2020 class will be making a visit to Knoxville soon.

    According to Jake Weingarten of StockRisers.com, elite four-star point guard Caleb Love has rescheduled his official visit to Virginia and now also has unofficial visits planned for Kansas and Tennessee in the coming weeks. The visit dates haven’t been finalized as of yet, but the Vols will be getting a visit from the high profile point guard.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Love is right outside the five-star range and is the No. 31 overall player and No. 5 point guard in the 2020 class. He’s also the No. 1 player in the state of Missouri. The 6-foot-3 170-pound point guard plays for Christian Brothers College in St. Louis.

    The Vols extended an offer to Love back on May 8th, and the borderline five-star prospect also picked up an offer from North Carolina a couple weeks ago. Love also holds offers from Virginia, Texas, Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Missouri, Butler, and many others.

    With Tennessee likely losing Jordan Bone to the NBA this offseason and losing Lamonte Turner to graduation after the 2019-20 season, the Vols will be in need of a point guard for the 2020-21 season. Five-star guard and 2019 signee Josiah Jordan-James is expected to get a look at point guard for the upcoming season, but he could also be a one-and-done type of player, so his status for the 2020-21 season is a little more up in the air than the rest of the Vols’ 2019 additions.

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    Love has a phenomenal offensive game, and it’s easy to see why he’s rated so highly. He can create his own shot just about anywhere on the floor, and he’s extremely athletic and can sky for dunks just as easily as he can pull up and nail a jumper. Not only that, but Love has some incredible vision and is a highly capable floor general. He’s a crisp and accurate passer who has a knack for finding the open man and can get the ball to his teammates in difficult situations.

    Right now, Love is playing with the Brad Beal Elite team in Nike’s EYBL. That team was created by two-time NBA All-Star Bradley Beal in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Love was also named to the first team of the ALL-USA Missouri Boys Basketball Team by USA Today Sports. As a junior this season, Love averaged 18.9 points, four rebounds, just under three assists, and two steals per game while shooting over 200 free throw attempts on the season.

    So far in this year’s Nike EYBL circuit with the Brad Beal Elite team, Love has been a phenom. In 10 recorded games, he’s averaging 17.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game while shooting around 46 percent overall, 42 percent from three, and 80 percent from the free throw line according to D1Circuit.com. He has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.93 in those 10 games.

    Tennessee currently has a commitment from five-star small forward Corey Walker in their 2020 class. He’s rated as the No. 22 overall prospect and a five-star on 247Sports, and their composite rankings list him as the No. 29 overall player and a four-star. The Vols are also major players for five-star guard Jaden Springer, five-star center Walker Kessler, four-star guard and No. 1 in-state player Keon Johnson, four-star forward PJ Hall, and four-star guard Bryce Thompson among other prospects.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.