Tennessee has quickly turned into a recruiting power in the college basketball world, landing back to back top five classes. Rick Barnes has capitalized on the success of Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield to land five five-star prospects over the last three years — two more of those coming in this class.
In the final rankings update at 247Sports, a couple of Tennessee signees made huge leaps up the board. Point guard Kennedy Chandler became a top ten player, while center Jonas Aidoo cracked the top 50.
Here’s a look at where everyone landed.
Kennedy Chandler: 17th to 8th
The electric point guard prospect got past Alabama signee JD Davison in the final rankings, setting the stage for the two freshmen to do battle on the floor next season. Now the top point guard in the class, Chandler shifts his focus to Knoxville, where he will take full control of this basketball team in November.
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield: 18th to 20th
A new addition to the class of 2021, Huntley-Hatfield finishes his recruiting process as a top 20 prospect. The 6-9 power forward will take some pressure off of John Fulkerson in the post, hopefully freeing Fulky up to return to his old self. Huntley-Hatfield is a power player that can score from all three levels.
Jonas Aidoo: 80th to 42nd
The biggest mover in the class is Jonas Aidoo, who jumps nearly 40 spots in the final rankings. The 6-11 prospect is now the 6th ranked center prospect in the class, filling a big size need in the post for Tennessee. Aidoo will likely need some time to get stronger, but expect him to at least have a role off the bench pretty quickly.
Jahmai Mashack: 46th to 51st
Mashack falls slightly in the final rankings. The 6-5 California native is a Rick Barnes guard if I’ve ever seen one, offering physicality and defense as his primary traits. The Tennessee staff will try to further develop his offense over the next couple of seasons.
Quentin Diboundje: Unranked
Tennessee’s potential diamond in the rough remains unranked in the final update. Diboundje brings length to the table, along with the ability to shoot. This situation is eerily similar to Yves Pons, who turned into a legitimate NBA prospect after a couple of years of development. We’ll see if history can repeat itself here.