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Tennessee Transfer Portal Target Receives Invite To G League Elite Camp

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Tennessee basketball transfer portal target Chaz Lanier earned an invitation to the G League Elite Camp on Monday evening, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported.

The G League Elite Camp is a place for NBA Draft prospects who didn’t receive an invited to the NBA Draft combine to workout in front NBA scouts. While it isn’t certain whether Lanier accepted the invite, this year’s G League Elite Camp is from May 13-14.

Lanier declared for the NBA Draft back in mid March while maintaining his college eligibility. He entered the transfer portal in late April before the deadline to enter but his focus has remained on the NBA Draft process. Lanier, and any other college player in the draft, has until May 29 to remove his name from the draft and return to college for another season.

The 6-foot-4, 199-pound shooting guard has one-year of eligibility after a breakout senior season at North Florida. Lanier averaged just 4.7 points in 20 minutes per game as a junior before averaging 19.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in his senior season.

Lanier is not only one of the best but the most efficient scorers in the country, let alone just the transfer portal. He shot 51% from the field, 44% from three-point range and 88% from the free throw line last season. While that success makes him a potential NBA prospect, proving it against top level college competition would bolster Lanier’s draft stock just like it did for Dalton Knecht a season ago.

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The 6-foot-4 guard ranks as one of the best transfers this offseason. He’s a four-star and the No. 10 transfer in the country according to the 247sports transfer rankings and a four-star and the No. 8 transfer in the country according to the On3 transfer rankings.

Tennessee basketball has a number of connections to Lanier. The shooting guard in a Nashville native and played his prep basketball at the Ensworth School. That’s the same high school that former Tennessee guards Josh and Jordan Bone played at and Lanier has a relationship with the former Volunteer guards.

The top 10 transfer has also been linked to Kentucky and Maryland. He knows fellow Tennessee native and incoming Maryland transfer Jakobi Gillespie. Kentucky is Kentucky and Mark Pope still has multiple scholarships to work with as he fills out his inaugural roster.

Tennessee currently has three scholarships to work with as it fills out its roster for the 2024-25 season. The Vols lost three players to graduation and four players to the transfer portal. They added four-star point guard Bishop Boswell from the prep ranks and have landed Ohio State center Felix Okpara, Hofstra wing Darlinstone Dubar and Charlotte stretch forward Igor Milicic Jr. in the transfer portal to date.

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