Tennessee basketball added a player to the roster on Tuesday in transfer guard Jordan Gainey from USC Upstate.
Gainey joins the Tennessee program from the transfer portal and reunites with his father, Justin Gainey, who is the associate head coach for Rick Barnes’ Tennessee program. Justin Gainey has served as a coach on Barnes’ staff for the past two seasons.
Jordan Gainey is a versatile wing guard who has averaged 14.5 points per game over the course of his two years at USC Upstate. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard went from 13.8 points per game to 15.2 points per game from his freshman to his sophomore season. Gainey is a career .426 field goal shooter and a .408 shooter from behind the three-point arc.
Gainey and USC Upstate battled against Tennessee in December 2021 as the Spartans fell to the Volunteers by a score of 96-52. Gainey finished that game with just two points on 1-of-7 shooting.
“I’ve never coached him in a real game or rec league game or anything like that and never coached against him,” Tennessee AHC Justin Gainey said before the matchup in late 2021. “Emotions are all over the place. I don’t know what to expect, I don’t know what it’ll feel like.”
Check out some of Jordan Gainey’s highlights below. The first clip shows off overall highlights from his time at USC Upstate while the second video shows off a big game in the Big South tournament during Gainey’s freshman season. The final video is of Gainey this past season during the Big South tournament hitting back-to-back clutch shots including the go-ahead three-pointer with less than a second left on the clock.