Tennessee has earned its third commitment of the 2021 cycle today, picking up a pledge from French shooting guard Quentin Diboundje. The newest Volunteer made his announcement via Twitter on Wednesday.
Thank you again to my mentor and to everybody around me that has helped me make my dream come true.— quentin diboundje (@qdiboundje) April 7, 2021
GO VOLS !! pic.twitter.com/exAuQLYLdH
The 6-6, 185 pound prospect currently attends Montverde Academy in Florida. He is originally out of Montpellier, France.
Rick Barnes and his staff got way out ahead of the field on this one, as Diboundje is currently unranked by 247Sports. Being from France, it’s notable to remember the success that Tennessee had landing Yves Pons, who turned into an SEC defensive player of the year.
Diboundje played two seasons with Espoirs Chalon-Saone in the LNB Pro A league. He averaged 11.7 points and five rebounds during that time, making 11 starts. The 18 year old prospect will now make the jump to the NCAA, where he will fill one vacant roster spot for Barnes at Tennessee.
He joins five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler and four-star shooting guard Jahmai Mashack. Between the three of them, along with Auburn transfer Justin Powell, they’ll attempt to make up for the production lost from Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer, who opted to leave early for the NBA.
Tennessee still has a need for a post player, regardless of whether John Fulkerson opts to stay for another season. The Vols are in pursuit of Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, a five-star forward in the 2022 class who could reclassify to the class of 2021. They could also dip into the transfer portal once again to fill that need.