Rick Barnes’ pursuit of a historic 2020 class at Tennessee is looking even better after this weekend. Already with two top 50 commitments in the class — five-star guard Keon Johnson and four-star wing Corey Walker — Tennessee is looking for another five-star addition in Jaden Springer. That possibility looks even stronger now.
According to multiple reports, Springer cancelled his visits to Florida and North Carolina. Springer was set to take official visits to each of the schools remaining in his top five, but that plan has now changed.
Source: Five-star guard Jaden Springer has cancelled his visits to Florida & UNC. He just visited Michigan and will visit Memphis & Tennessee in the coming weeks@GatorsTerritory @clintjackson1 https://t.co/lDDqYXgPdi— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) September 7, 2019
Following that news, Tennessee is now trending to land the five-star guard per 247 Sports’ crystal ball projections. The Volunteers now hold 67 percent of the vote, holding six of nine projections. Memphis and Michigan figure to be Tennessee’s biggest obstacle remaining.
Springer’s Tennessee visit is set for October. He saw Michigan in late August and will visit Memphis later in September. A decision should soon follow after his visit to Knoxville.
The 6-5, 195 pound guard is currently enrolled at the IMG Academy. He’s the 15th ranked player and the third ranked shooting guard in the 2020 class. With Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden set to exit the program after this season, Tennessee has huge minutes to fill in 2020.
Assuming 2019 five-star guard Josiah James returns for his sophomore season, Tennessee could be absolutely loaded in the backcourt in 2020, despite losing Bowden and Turner.
Springer averaged 21 points per game playing for former Tennessee guard Bobby Maze’s AAU team last year. He shot 37 percent from three-point range, while averaging 3.75 assists and six rebounds per contest.