BREAKING: Tennessee Beats Out Rival For Four-Star Combo Guard

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    Four-star shooting guard Freddie Dilione committed to Rick Barnes and Tennessee basketball Tuesday morning, On3’s Joe Tipton first reported.

    Dilione is one of the highest rising players in the whole 2023 recruiting class after turning in a fantastic July on the AAU circuit.

    The 6-foot-4 shooting guard ranks as the No. 86 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. Dilione is the No. 50 player in the On3 rankings and I anticipate the off ball guard will rise in the rankings in the coming months.

    While recruiting services list Dilione as a shooting guard, the Raleigh, North Carolina native is a true combo guard who plays point guard for his high school team and can handle the ball.

    Dilione impresses with his ability to change paces, hit difficult shots and do a little bit of everything on the floor.

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    Tennessee beat out Wake Forest, Virginia, VCU and rival Alabama for the four-star guard’s commitment.

    Dilione took official visits to all five previously mentioned teams between May and July. Tennessee seemingly made a big impact during his June visit and the Vols outlasted a late July visit to Alabama to land the sought after prospect.

    The Word of God Christian Academy standout is Tennessee’s second commit in the 2023 recruiting class joining four-star power forward Cade Phillips.

    Phillips is an Alabama legacy and Jacksonville, Alabama native and chose the Vols over the Crimson Tide and Georgia Tech. Dilione joins Phillips in choosing Tennessee over Alabama and gives the Vols’ some strong solace after Nate Oats plucked five-star Brandon Miller out of Nashville last year.

    Dilione’s commitment boosts Tennessee nearly 30 spots in the recruiting rankings to the nation’s No. 11 class according to 247sports.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.