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Tennessee continuing pursuit of five-star guard Kennedy Chandler

A big name to keep watching.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 02 Caron-Newman at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tennessee’s class of 2020 really took shape over the summer months and could get even better this fall. Rick Barnes is waiting on a decision from five-star guard Jaden Spring, which would really cement the Vols among the elite classes for next year. But recruiting is about the long game — and Rick Barnes has already been hard at work on future classes.

A top target for the 2021 class has been five-star guard Kennedy Chandler. The 6-1 point guard out of Memphis is the 16th ranked player in the class of 2021. Earlier this week, he set his five official visits, starting off with Tennessee later this month.

Additionally, Tennessee sent an assistant to see Chandler earlier today.

Tennessee has earned commitments from four-star wing Corey Walker and five-star guard Keon Johnson for 2020. Things are still looking good for Springer, potentially giving the Vols three top 50 pieces to replace Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner when they exit after this season.

The development of Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone from three-star prospects to NBA draft picks has without a doubt helped the Volunteers on the recruiting trail. Under Barnes, Tennessee is beginning to become a destination for top prospects. Chandler could be the next in line to continue that trend.

Chandler picked up his offer from Tennessee back in May of this year. Since then, Tennessee has kept close tabs on the star guard, earning one of those five coveted official visits. Expect Chandler to be a focal point next offseason as his recruitment winds down.