Tennessee Basketball Offers Four-Star Guard

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    Tennessee basketball offered Texas guard Chris Johnson Sunday, the four-star guard announced on his Twitter.

    Johnson ranks as the nation’s 43rd best player and ninth best shooting guard according to the 247sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-5 guard is a Missouri City, Texas native and plays his prep basketball at Elkins High School.

    The Vols have had a more active role in the state of Texas since hiring assistant coach Rod Clark. The first-year assistant has ties to Texas and the Great Plains and the Vols have swung hard their since, finishing runner up for five-star Cason Wallace.

    Johnson thanks Clark for the offer so the 28-year old coach is likely heading up Johnson’s recruitment.

    The class of 2023 guard is in the opening stages of his recruitment having not taken any of his visits yet.

    Johnson holds 12 major offers including from Kansas, Creighton, LSU, Houston, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas. 247sports currently lists Kansas at the early leader in the four-star’s recruitment.

    247sports’ Brandon Jenkins describes Johnson as a “versatile scoring and playmaking guard” while also offering high praise for Johnson’s defense, calling him “the ultimate competitor.”

    Knoxville Catholic guard B.J. Edwards is Tennessee’s only commit in the 2022 class while the Vols have zero commits in the 2023 class. However, Tennessee has had four-star class of 2023 power forward Cade Phillips on campus twice.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.