Tennessee’s men’s basketball program is recruiting at a high level under Rick Barnes, and the Vols continue to be contenders for some of the top recruits across the country. Tennessee is in the thick of things with several five-star prospects in both the 2021 and 2022 classes, and yet another highly-rated prospect in the 2021 cycle as UT among his top teams.
Kowacie Reeves Jr., a four-star combo guard from Macon, Georgia, tweeted out his list of six finalists on Tuesday, Tennessee was included along with Georgia, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Clemson. Reeves added that he will be “committing soon” but did not specify a date.
Lately, I’ve had some time to process everything & after talking things over with my family, we feel it’s time to move forward in my recruitment.
Thanks to all the coaches that have recruited, your time & interest is much appreciated.
— Kowacie Reeves, Jr. (@wacie_wacie) April 14, 2020
The 6-foot-6 wing is rated as the No. 68 overall prospect and No. 5 combo guard in the 2021 class per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Of Reeves’ six finalists, Tennessee is the most recent to offer him. The Vols extended an offer to Reeves on January 29th of this year, the same day that Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers offered him. Auburn, however, did not make Reeves’ list of finalists, but the Vols did.
Reeves can do a little bit of everything, and he’s a capable three-point shooter with a nice stroke. He has the length to cut inside and attack the basket effectively, and he’s versatile enough to guard multiple positions as well.
As a junior for Westside High School this past season, Reeves averaged 21.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 1.7 assists per game according to MaxPreps. He connected on 42.5 percent of his shots, including 30 percent of his three-pointers.
While Tennessee doesn’t have anyone committed to them in their 2021 class as of yet, the Vols are contenders for several elite prospects in the cycle. Five-stars Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Moussa Cisse, Kennedy Chandler, Harrison Ingram, and Charles Bediako have all included the Vols among their top teams, and Tennessee is involved with other highly-rated prospects such as Carter Whitt and Trey Patterson.