Four-Star Center, Tennessee Basketball Target Sets Commitment Date

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    New England center JP Estrella will announce his college commitment on Sept. 2, On3’s Joe Tipton reported Monday morning.

    The South Portland, Maine native is coming off a weekend official visit to Syracuse and took visits to Marquette, Tennessee and Iowa earlier this summer.

    The blue-chip recruit originally scheduled an official visit to Duke in late July before cancelling it.

    Estrella has seen his stock rise over the last six months. The 6-foot-11 center was a lowly three-star with a small number of offers when Tennessee offered him in December but is now one of the top prospects in the country.

    Estrella ranks as a four-star and the No. 54 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. Estrella is even higher rated on other recruiting outlets, including On3 which ranks him as the No. 16 player in the country.

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    Tennessee being ahead of the curve and getting Estrella on campus for a visit gives them a fighting chance, but landing him over local Syracuse— who earned his final visit — could be a tough task.

    Alabama power forward Cade Phillips is currently Tennessee’s only commit in the 2023 recruiting cycle after committing to Rick Barnes’ staff back in May.

    While Tennessee only has one player committed they’re after a number of top 100 recruits including Coen Carr — who is announcing his commitment Tuesday — and Freddie Dilione.

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