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Five-star forward Harrison Ingram has Tennessee in his top ten

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A potential big piece of the 2021 puzzle.

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Tennessee football and Tennessee basketball are currently in a heated battle to see who can outdo each other — at least that’s how it’s felt over the last couple of months. The basketball team got rolling first, pulling in a top five class for the 2020 cycle by adding two five-star guards and a four-star forward.

Rick Barnes and company are in a good spot to keep that momentum rolling. Tennessee has positioned themselves to be big time players for a few more five-star prospects during the 2021 cycle, looking to replace the likes of John Fulkerson and Yves Pons after this season.

One potential option that has emerged is five-star wing Harrison Ingram out of Dallas, Texas. Tennessee has remained in contact with Ingram through the coronavirus shutdown, visiting virtually with the 6-6 small forward.

On Monday night, Tennessee landed in his top ten options.

Baylor, Memphis, Purdue, Stanford, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas A&M and Arkansas joined the Volunteers on the list.

Ingram is the 17th ranked player in the 247Sports Composite rankings and the top player in the state of Texas. He currently has two crystal ball projections that point towards Stanford.

Ingram is known as a tough defender that can rebound with the best of them. Offensively, he plays a point forward role, showing off his basketball IQ and passing ability. Ingram is a bit of a unique prospect — a throwback prospect. He seems like a kid that Rick Barnes would typically value, which is why Tennessee is making a big push here.

The Volunteers are also after five-star guard Kennedy Chandler and five-star power forward Paolo Banchero in the class. The decisions of those two along with Ingram will tell the story of Tennessee’s 2021 group.