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Tennessee Basketball Makes Top Seven For Blue Chip Big Man

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Tennessee basketball made the top seven for blue chip center Tyler McKinley Monday morning. The Vols joined Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Xavier in McKinley’s top group.

McKinley ranks as a four-star recruit and the No. 60 player in the country in the 2024 recruiting class according to the 247sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-9, 220 pound big man ranks as the 10th best center in the nation.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native has yet to take a visit to Tennessee during his recruitment. If the Vols want to become a big time player in McKinley’s recruitment, they’ll have to get him to Knoxville for a visit.

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While McKinley hasn’t yet visited Tennessee, he has taken a handful of visits during the recruiting process. The blue chip has taken a pair of visits to Cincinnati and one visit to both Ohio State and Xavier.

McKinley is a Cincinnati native but plays his prep basketball at Link Academy in Branson, Missouri. Link Academy is one of the top prep basketball programs in the country and Vols assistant Rod Clark has ties to the program.

In the last two years Tennessee has signed Julian Phillips, Cameron Carr and Cade Phillips out of Link Academy.

The Vols have yet to land a commit in their 2024 recruiting class as they start putting full focus on that cycle.

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