Tennessee has officially added three players to their 2019 class, signing each of their three current commitments today. The group is headlined by five-star combo guard Josiah James, who chose the Vols over Clemson and Duke earlier this fall. James is the 14th ranked player in the country, according to 247 sports.
“Josiah has a great disposition as a true point guard to lead,” Barnes said of James. “We think he’ll fit right into our culture and what we’re trying to do. He’s already made a great connection with our current players, so much so that it almost feels like he’s been with us for a while. He’s a guy that we expect to make an immediate contribution and that we’ll look to, even as a young player, to bring some leadership qualities to our program.”
Drew Pember also made things official today after committing to Tennessee during the summer. The 6-9 Knoxville forward will join the Vols in 2019 after some talk of reclassifying. Pember is the 188th ranked play in the 2019 class, according to 247 sports.
“Drew is extremely skilled,” Barnes said of Pember. “He’s a tremendous outside shooter, but he really has the ability to do just about everything on the basketball court. He can pass the ball, rebound, block shots, and he’s a good decision-maker. He needs to get stronger, put some weight on. But Drew’s got a tremendous upside and a real chance to become a complete player for us. We’re really excited about him.”
Davonte Gaines was the final signature, but he was the first commitment of the class. The 6-7 small forward is the 328th ranked player in the 2019 class and the 13th player out of the state of Virginia, according to 247 sports.
“Davonte has a tremendous future ahead of him,” Barnes said of Gaines. “We’re all excited about the opportunity to work with him, because he has so much potential. What makes him special as a player is his versatility. He has excellent size and length and is an excellent passer and playmaker, which will improve our overall skill on the perimeter. Of course, he also has the ability to score. This season at Hargrave Military Academy will help him immensely.”