Former Vol Joining Tennessee Basketball Coaching Staff

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    Former Tennessee basketball walk on Lucas Campbell is joining the Vols’ support staff as the director of recruiting, the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Mike Wilson first reported and a Tennessee spokesperson confirmed to RTI Tuesday.

    As Tennessee’s director of recruiting, Campbell oversees on campus visits for recruits as well as recruiting travel for the Vols’ coaching staff.

    Campbell comes to Tennessee from Johnson City where he spent a season as the director of basketball operations for former Vol assistant Desmond Oliver at ETSU.

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    A Christ Academy of Knoxville standout, Campbell came to Tennessee as a member of the track-and-field team before transitioning to the hardwood as a walk-on in 2015.

    Campbell scored 15 points playing in 16 games during his four seasons in Knoxville. The Knoxville native shot three-of-seven from three-point range in his career and was apart of Tennessee’s 2018 SEC Championship team and 2019 Sweet 16 team that spent over a month as the No. 1 team in the country.

    After graduating from Tennessee in the spring of 2019, Campbell spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on the Vols’ staff along with former walk-on teammate Brad Woodson.

    Tennessee’s recruiting has been excellent in recent years under head coach Rick Barnes. The Vols have signed six five-stars in the last four recruiting cycles including small forward Julian Phillips in the 2022 cycle.

    Alabama power forward Cade Phillips and New York power forward Tobe Awaka are Tennessee’s current commits in the 2023 recruiting cycle.

    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.