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Five-star guard Josiah James commits to Tennessee


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Tennessee just landed their biggest basketball recruit in, well — years.

Five-star guard Josiah James committed to Tennessee this morning, giving Rick Barnes his first big recruiting win during his time in Knoxville. James picked the Vols over Duke and Clemson. He is the third highest ranked prospect to ever commit to Tennessee, according to 247 Sports.

After years of big misses on the recruiting trail, Barnes has finally landed his big fish. The experts were pointing to Clemson this week with the Tigers receiving over 90 percent of the crystal ball projections.

James is the 13th ranked player in the country, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. The 6-6 combo guard out of Charleston, South Carolina should settle in at the point guard position, providing a real length advantage for the Vols in 2018-19.

James will certainly ease the blow of losing Admiral Schofield and Kyle Alexander next year. He will settle into a Tennessee backcourt that will likely still feature Jordan Bone, Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner. James will help replace some of the production that will be lost next season from Schofield, which is a big deal considering Admiral’s value to this group.

Tennessee’s updated 2019 class now includes James, along with forwards Davonte Gaines and Drew Pember.