However, it isn’t too early to look ahead to the 2022 NBA Draft that will likely see at least one Vol drafted and potentially as many as four.
Freshman point guard Kennedy Chandler is expected to be a star for Tennessee this season and the former five-star recruit showed up in the first round of every mock draft as a fringe lottery pick.
Behind Chandler, no one on Tennessee’s roster is a lock to get drafted— and Chandler could return to UT if he doesn’t like his draft status. Still, there’s a handful of Vols with the potential to go to the NBA if they turn in a strong season.
Included in that list is Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, Josiah Jordan James and Justin Powell.
*Note: Only the NBA Draft Room and ESPN included a second round in their way to early 2022 mock draft.
Kennedy Chandler – Round 1, Pick 11 – Indiana Pacers
Kennedy Chandler – Round 1, Pick 18 – TBD
Kennedy Chandler – Round 1, Pick 17 – Boston Celtics
Brandon Huntley-Hatifled – Round 1, Pick 30 – Miami Heat (from Brooklyn)
Justin Powell – On the bubble – No. 88 overall prospect
Kennedy Chandler – Round 1, Pick 13 – Memphis Grizzlies
Josiah Jordan James – Round 2, Pick 36 – Minnesota Timberwolves
Kennedy Chandler – Round 1, Pick 11 – Washington Wizards