One of Tennessee’s five-star signees in men’s basketball was in Knoxville on Saturday, but he wasn’t taking a visit to see UT’s campus; he was in Knoxville to play some basketball.
Five-star guard Jaden Springer and his IMG Academy teammates were in town to take on Knoxville Catholic, and the atmosphere at Knoxville Catholic was electric. It was a packed house to watch the future Vol take on a local team, and the game didn’t disappoint, with IMG Academy and Knoxville Catholic battling back-and-forth till IMG Academy was able to pull away in the fourth quarter and win 68-53.
Springer finished with 13 points and nine assists in the win, and four-star 2022 point guard and Vol target BJ Edwards dropped 17 points for Knoxville Catholic.
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Springer is the No. 17 overall prospect in the 2020 class and the No. 4 shooting guard in the class per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He committed to Tennessee on October 23rd, choosing the Vols over Memphis, Michigan, and others. He officially signed with UT on November 13th. Springer was named to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game earlier this week as well, giving the Vols a presence at the all-star game for the second-straight year.
After IMG Academy’s win over Knoxville Catholic, Springer met with the many media members who were in attendance for the game. RTI staff writer Ben McKee was there and got to talk with Springer after the contest.
Here’s everything Springer had to say after IMG Academy’s win over Knoxville Catholic: