WATCH: Tennessee Commit JP Estrella’s Impressive Highlight Reel

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    Tennessee basketball commit JP Estrella. Photo via JP Estrella (@jestrella_13) on Instagram.

    On Friday morning, Tennessee Basketball received a commitment from four-star class of 2023 prospect JP Estrella. The 6-foot-11 center brings a unique combination of size and athleticism to Tennessee’s recruiting class and fills an important spot on the court.

    Estrella is a strong rim protector, has nice touch around the rim, and even has range behind the perimeter – something that has rapidly become more and more valuable for that position. The newest Tennessee commit has solid footwork on the inside and a smooth hook shot. However, at the same time, Estrella has been described as a very talented passer with great vision, which is all evidenced in his Middlesex Magic highlights.

    During the fall 2021 season with Middlesex Magic, Estrella averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.

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    According to 247 Sports composite rankings, Estrella is listed as the No. 40 overall player in the class of 2023 and the No. 7 center in the class.

    “They’ve been there pretty much from day one,” Estrella said about Tennessee during his announcement. “They were my third offer. They’ve just been there for me throughout this whole thing. I talk to them, their staff, almost daily. Facetime calls, calls, texts. They do the same thing to my parents. They text them every day and call them every day. The relationship I’ve built with them is just something you couldn’t even ask for.”

    Estrella is the third commitment to Tennessee’s 2023 class. The New England native joins four-star combo guard Freddie Dilione and three-star power forward Cade Phillips.

    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.