For the second year in a row, Tennessee has a player on the McDonald’s All-American team. Five-star guard Jaden Springer made the cut for the event, which will be played on April 1st in Houston, Texas.
Fellow Tennessee commits Keon Johnson and Corey Walker Jr. were also nominated for the game. Josiah James, a five-star guard in the class of 2019, played in the event last season representing the Volunteers. It was Tennessee’s first McDonald’s All-American since Tobias Harris way back in 2010.
Springer is the highest rated prospect in Tennessee’s historic 2020 class, checking in as the 17th ranked player in the nation, according to 247Sports. Springer attends the IMG Academy in Florida. He, along with Johnson and Walker, have already signed with Tennessee. That trio will form a potent backcourt for the Vols, who are just trying to string things along until they arrive.
Springer checks in at 6-5, 195 pounds. He chose Tennessee over Memphis, North Carolina and Michigan back in the fall.
The 2020 roster has dropped! These @McDonalds All Americans are no doubt the future of the game — McDonald's All American Games (@McDAAG) January 23, 2020
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Tennessee’s class of 2020 ranks 6th nationally. Rick Barnes and his staff have come a long way on the recruiting trail since arriving in Knoxville. Turning a few former three-star prospects like Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, Kyle Alexander and Jordan Bone into NBA players have really opened some eyes.
Barnes has now inked three five-star prospects and is firmly in the mix for more down the road. So while Tennessee might just miss the NCAA Tournament this year, the future is as bright as ever for the basketball program.