Tennessee Basketball Sitting at Top 15 Ranking After Big Recruiting Month

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    Tennessee Basketball has been firing on all cylinders in the recruiting department in the last month.

    Heading into the spring, Tennessee only had one addition to the roster in four-star point guard BJ Edwards from Knoxville. However, in late April, the Vols were able to add a commitment from Indiana State transfer Tyreke Key. Then, in May, Tennessee came down with two massive commitments.

    The first player that committed to and signed with Tennessee was five-star Julian Phillips, who is ranked as a Top 15 overall player in the class. Then, on Friday, Tennessee received news that four-star small forward DJ Jefferson was also going to sign with Tennessee.

    According to On3 Sports’ team rankings, Tennessee currently has the No. 11 class in the nation and the No. 4 class in the SEC. On3 Sports’ Top 11 is as follows:

    1. Duke (3 five-stars, 4 two-stars, 1 three-star)
    2. Arkansas (3, 1, 2)
    3. Texas (1, 2, 1)
    4. Oregon (1, 1, 0)
    5. Kentucky (2, 0, 1)
    6. Baylor (1, 0, 1)
    7. UCLA (2, 1, 0)
    8. Alabama (1, 3, 0)
    9. Houston (1, 1, 0)
    10. Kansas (1, 3, 0)
    11. Tennessee (1, 2, 0)

    In addition, 247 Sports and Rivals’ rankings have Tennessee a good bit behind On3’s rankings, and much closer to each other.

    In 247 Sports’ rankings, Tennessee is listed as the No. 22 team in the nation and the No. 6 team in the SEC. Rivals’ rankings, meanwhile, have Tennessee at No. 21 in the nation and No. 6 in the SEC.

    Tennessee Basketball Class of 2022

    • SF Julian Phillips
      • Signed Letter of Intent
      • Five-star prospect via 247, Rivals, and On3
      • From Blythewood, South Carolina
      • Plays for Link Academy in Branson, Missouri
      • via 247: No. 12 overall, No. 4 small forward, No. 1 player from Missouri
      • Committed 5/12, signed 5/16
    • PG B.J. Edwards
      • Signed Letter of Intent
      • Four-star prospect via 247, Rivals, On3
      • From Knoxville, Tennessee
      • Plays for Knoxville Catholic HS
      • via 247: No. 104 overall, No. 17 point guard, No. 2 player from Tennessee
      • Committed 7/1/21, signed 11/14/21
    • SF D.J. Jefferson
      • Signed Letter of Intent
      • Four-star prospect via 247, Rivals, On3
      • From Richardson, Texas
      • Plays for Minnesota Prep Academy
      • via 247: No. 116 overall, No. 28 small forward, No. 2 player from Minnesota
      • Committed 5/20, signed 5/20
    • PG Tyreke Key
      • Transfer from Indiana State
      • Three-star transfer portal prospect from 247
      • From Celina, Tennessee
      • Averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game with Indiana State during four seasons
      • Entered transfer portal 3/7, committed to Tennessee on 4/23
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.