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Five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler names Tennessee to his top five

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 06 Kentucky at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As promised, Kennedy Chandler delivered his top five schools on Thursday afternoon — just 24 hours after Paolo Banchero gave his. For Tennessee fans, it got a bit lost in all of the news that the football team was making with their own hot recruiting.

Rick Barnes and Tennessee basketball landed inside of Chandler’s top five, along with North Carolina, Duke, Memphis and Kentucky. It’s notable that both Chandler and Banchero included Tennessee here, seeing that they took an official visit together to Knoxville back in October.

Could the Vols land both? That’s the ultimate goal.

Chandler is another five-star prospect, currently ranked as the 15th overall player according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The 6-1, 160 pound point guard is the second ranked player in the state of Tennessee for the 2021 cycle. He’s been the focus of the 2021 class for some time now.

Some around the college hoops world even feel like Tennessee is the leader for Chandler.

Rick Barnes is looking to stay hot on the trail and keep Tennessee recruiting at an elite level. It took him a few seasons, but he’s now added three five-star prospects and is in pursuit of a few more. The work his staff did to turn Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone into draft picks hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer will join Josiah-Jordan James in Knoxville this year, which will represent a new era of Tennessee basketball. Knoxville is legitimately turning into a pipeline to the NBA — that should be on display in classes to come.