Vols’ Coaches Visit Five-Star Prospects

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    Last week, Tennessee men’s basketball head coach Rick Barnes and his coaching staff went on the road to visit some of their top targets — and some of the top prospects in the country — in the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes. This week, UT’s coaches are back on the road and will be visiting some elite talent again.

    Barnes himself went and visited five-star guard Jaden Springer in the 2020 class last week. This week, Barnes will be heading over to the west coast to pay a visit to five-star power forward Paolo Banchero.

    Banchero, the No. 3 overall prospect and No. 1 power forward in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, got a visit from one of UT’s assistants last week. Now, Tennessee’s head coach will be visiting him.

    The 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward out of Seattle recently tweeted out his list of top nine schools in his recruitment, and the Vols made the cut along with Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis, Gonzaga, Georgetown, Washington, and Baylor.

    There’s a chance Banchero reclassifies to the 2020 class as well, but that remains to be seen.

    Another one of Tennessee’s top 2021 targets is getting a visit from the Vols this week, too.

    Kennedy Chandler, the No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee in the 2021 class, will be getting a visit from UT on Wednesday of this week along with several other SEC schools. Just like with Banchero, Kennedy got a visit from Tennessee last week as well. Assistant coach Kim English was the first to come in and see Kennedy on Monday of last week.

    The 6-foot-1 point guard from Memphis is the No. 16 overall prospect and No. 2 point guard in the 2021 class per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Kennedy is Tennessee’s top point guard target on their recruiting board at the moment.

    Today, Tuesday, one of Tennessee’s coaches will be making the trip over to Texas to check out another highly-rated prospect in the 2021 class.

    Harrison Ingram, a five-star small forward in Dallas, Texas, will be getting a visit from the Vols today along with Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway. Tennessee sent out an offer to Ingram back in May and have been involved with him since.

    The 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward is the No. 17 overall recruit and No. 5 small forward in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

    While Tennessee doesn’t currently have any players committed to them in their 2021 class, they do have a five-star and a highly-rated four-star committed to them in their 2020 class. Five-star guard and No. 1 in-state player Keon Johnson and four-star small forward Corey Walker are UT’s pledges in the 2020 cycle right now. The Vols are also in a great spot with five-star shooting guard Jaden Springer in the 2020 class.



    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.