Long-term personal achievements in college basketball have very much become a thing of the past. In a day and age where we see most collegiate hoop stars enroll at a school for just a year before heading to the association, the most common records being set seem to be of the season long variety. It’s become increasingly harder for coaches of powerhouse programs to keep their stars for multiple years, but it’s a feat Vols head coach Rick Barnes has been able to attain.
For the past couple of seasons, Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams have been the heart and soul of Tennessee basketball. Together they make up one of the most feared frontcourts in the nation. They are solid defenders, good rebounders and dynamic scorers.
Williams is in his third year at Tennessee and has become one of the most dominant big men in the sport. His wide frame and stellar post play garnered him SEC Player of the Year honors in the 2017-18 season. Through three games this season, Williams is averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds, helping the Vols to a 3-0 start.
It came as a surprise to some fans that Barnes was able to convince Schofield to return to Tennessee for his senior year. While he only averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds during the Vols regular season, Schofield really seemed to blossom in SEC and NCAA tournament play. Thus far this season, he is putting up 12 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Heading into Wednesday’s game against Louisville, these two pillars of the Vols basketball team look to reach a solid career milestone. At 999, Williams is just a point short of 1,000 points in his career. Schofield is sitting at 996 points, just four short. Coming off a minor ankle injury against Georgia Tech, Schofield should be fine to play in the next game, as both players seem likely to eclipse the milestone.
To further illustrate the talent on the Tennessee roster, later this season Lamonte Turner should also hit the 1,000 point mark, making them the first trio in Vols history to do so in the same season.
Regardless, Schofield and Williams look to blow by the 1,000 point mark Wednesday and make a lot more noise as the calendar turns to 2019 and approaches March Madness. Tennessee will look to outdo their round of 32 loss to Loyola-Chicago in 2017-18, and they certainly have the on-court talent to do so.