In their annual post, SBNation has released their top 100 players for the upcoming 2018-19 college basketball season. Unsurprisingly, Tennessee had two players make an appearance on the list. It’s not that hard to guess who.
SEC player of the year Grant Williams checked in at 6th overall, while Admiral Schofield landed at 62. Here’s what Mike Rutherford had to say on each player.
No. 62 — Admiral Schofield
In addition to having one of the best names in college basketball, Schofield joins forces with Grant Williams to form one of the most intimidating frontcourts in the country. The 6’6, 241-pound forward averaged 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a junior last season.
No. 6 — Grant Williams
One of the most physically imposing post players in the country, Williams was the biggest reason for Tennessee’s surprisingly stellar 2017-18 season. He’s also the first reigning SEC Player of the Year to return to school since another Volunteer star, Chris Lofton, did so in 2007-08.
My reaction? Grant Williams is probably a little too high and Admiral Schofield is way too low. Anyone that watched this team down the stretch last year would tell you that Schofield really started taking ownership of this team. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Admiral get in the mix for SEC player of the year honors this time around.
Early last season, it was mostly Grant Williams on the offensive end. Teams clued into that, sending double teams down low and forcing other players to step up to the plate. Schofield was the guy that really took advantage of that opportunity. Now with both back, Rick Barnes has two primary scoring options once again.
If Barnes can find some consistency from Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden, Tennessee should be a legitimate contender in March.