Despite a rough 2019 offseason that featured Tennessee basketball losing four of their five starters, the class of 2020 is shaping up to potentially get the Vols back into position to compete nationally.
Tennessee already holds a commitment from five-star 2020 wing Corey Walker. They’re in a good spot with highly ranked four-star in-state guard Keon Johnson — and they’ve also landed in the top five of five-star guard Jaden Springer.
Springer, the 11th overall player in the 2020 class according to 247 Sports, recently included Tennessee in his top schools alongside of North Carolina, Memphis, Florida and Michigan.
Last week, Springer broke down his thoughts on each school for USA Today. Here’s what he had to say about Tennessee.
Tennessee: They were one of the first schools that recruited me the hardest and the coaches really believe in me and know that I can come there and lead that team. Having that type of confidence in me is big for me.
Springer noted that he grew up cheering for North Carolina and that he feels Memphis is “doing something big right now.” He said Michigan was one of the newer schools to reach out to him, but noted that new head coach Juwan Howard’s NBA connection were something that he was interested in.
The five-star guard plans on taking more visits when his senior year begins next month. He’s already used his official visit to Tennessee this year, seeing Knoxville on March 1st. On that day, he watched the Volunteers dismantle Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Springer plays for former Tennessee point guard Bobby Maze’s AAU team, so the Vols do have that connection going for them.
Tennessee will have at least two openings after this year with Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden playing in their final seasons. They still have one spot available currently, following the D.J. Burns transfer to Winthrop.