First Look At Tennessee Newcomers As Summer Practice Begins

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    Tennessee basketball’s summer practices are underway at Pratt Pavilion. All three of the Vols’ prep signees as well as Indiana State transfer Tyreke Key are on campus going through workouts.

    The Vols released a summer workout video giving us our first look at the newcomers in Tennessee orange.

    Here’s a look at all four of Tennessee’s newcomers in their practice gear during their opening weeks in Knoxville.

    Tennessee updated its roster on the website including the numbers, heights and weights of its four newcomers.

    Four-star point guard B.J. Edwards is taking Kennedy Chandler’s No. 1 in Knoxville. The Knoxville Catholic standout comes to Tennessee at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds.

    Five-star small forward Julian Phillips is wearing No. 2 at Tennessee and comes to Knoxville at 6-foot-8, 190 pounds.

    Transfer guard Tyreke Key returns to his home state to wear No. 4 — not his No. 11 practice uniform. The Clay County native is 6-foot-2, 207 pounds.

    Four-star wing D.J. Jefferson comes to Knoxville from the Lone Star State at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds. Jefferson is wearing No. 44 for his first year in Knoxville.

    Tennessee still has two open scholarship spots heading into head coach Rick Barnes’s eighth season. New York big man Tobe Awaka is in Tennessee’s 2023 recruiting class with plans to attend prep school next year.

    While the transfer portal has calmed down from its late spring chaos, the July session of travel basketball is still ahead of us. Tennessee found and offered point guard Zakai Zeigler at Nike’s Peach Jam Tournament last July.

    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.