Vols land commitment from top 50 wing player

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    (Photo courtesy of Jahmai Mashack)

    Four-star wing player Jahmai Mashack has committed to Tennessee over Arizona, California, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, the Rancho Cucamonga, California native announced on Tuesday with a video he posted to Youtube.

    “Tennessee was just DIFFERENT,” Mashack told Rocky Top Insider of his decision on Monday night. “The Culture, the brotherhood, the work ethic, and it just fit my personality and style of play.

    “The whole coaching staff is amazing. Coach Barnes treats all the coaches with a ton of respect and they all could already be head coaches. That said a lot about them in my eyes. Everyone is like family there.”

    Mashack is a top 50 player nationally out of Etiwanda High School. The 247Sports composite rankings consider him the No. 92 overall player in the country for the class of 2021, the 16th-best small forward and the sixth-best player in the state of California. Rivals, who lists Mashack as a shooting guard, ranks the 6-foot-5, 190-pounder as the No. 48 overall player in the country and the 14th-best at his position.

    Mashack is the second commitment for Tennessee in the class of 2021. He joins five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler, who he’s excited about playing in the backcourt of Thompson-Boling Arena with.

    “All players love to play with good point guards,” Mashack said. “Kennedy’s game is smooth and he’s unselfish and crafty. But when needs to score, he definitely can. We both play lockdown defense, so we would definitely give players a challenge and make an impact as freshmen.

    “With me and him in the backcourt, I believe that we can be the best freshmen backcourt in the nation, so I’m excited.”

    With both Mashack and Chandler on board, Tennessee currently has the 19th-best recruiting class in the country according to 247. The class ranks as the second-best in the SEC.

    The Vols are well on their way to another elite recruiting class after signing the No. 4 overall class in the country during the 2020 cycle. That class included five-star guards Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer, as well as four-star forward Corey Walker.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.