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Tennessee Volunteers in the NBA Draft: Open Thread

Big night for Tennessee fans.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

This is new territory for Tennessee fans. On Thursday, the Tennessee basketball program could send as many as four players to the NBA — an unheard of feat for a program that isn’t exactly known for sending players to the NBA.

It’s been since 2015 that Tennessee saw a player drafted. Josh Richardson went 40th overall in the second round to the Miami Heat. Before that in 2014, two Vols were drafted — Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes. In 2011, it was Tobias Harris.

Before Harris, you’ve got to go all the way back to 2002 to find Marcus Haislip and Vincent Yarbrough. That’s just six players drafted since the turn of the century. Rick Barnes is set to increase that number by 50 percent on Thursday night.

Tennessee’s 2019 Prospects

Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield are virtual locks to be drafted. The duo led Tennessee to a new program record winning streak, which included a four week stay at the AP No. 1 spot.

Williams opted to keep his name in the NBA Draft following the NBA Combine. We’ve seen projections ranging from the 19th pick to the top of the second round for Grant. Admiral’s projection is a little wider, appearing anywhere from pick 25 all the way to the end of the second round.

Jordan Bone is the wildcard tonight. He may have to do a little bit of sweating as he figures out whether or not he will be selected. Bone wasn’t appearing in many mock drafts until his outstanding combine performance, which put him in an elite category athletically. It’s tough to imagine some team not taking a chance on that upside in the later stages of the draft, though.

How to watch


Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Streaming: Watch ESPN