Tennessee — once again — is going to be dealing with expectations in the 2023-24 season. Unexpectedly, Rick Barnes got both Santiago Vescovi and Josiah-Jordan James back for another season. In addition to that, he got two big targets out of the transfer portal, adding Chris Ledlum and Dalton Knecht to create a loaded roster for the upcoming season.
The Volunteers are going to be able to go 10-11 deep this season, giving Barnes plenty of flexibility with his lineups. The experience coming back with Zeigler, Vescovi and James is going to make Tennessee a favorite to win the SEC, and perhaps more.
Obviously we’ve got a lot of games to play, but this should give you some sort of idea of where Tennessee is viewed nationally entering next season — and that’s going to be the favorite to win the SEC.
2023 Tennessee Basketball Roster Changes
Out: PF Olivier Nkamhoua (Michigan), SG Tyreke Key (Grad), C Uros Plavsic (Pro), SF Julian Phillips (Pro)
Portal Additions: F Chris Ledlum (Harvard), SG Jordan Gainey (SC Upstate), SG Dalton Knecht (Northern Colorado)
Class of 2023: G Freddie Dilione, C JP Estrella, SG Cameron Carr, PF Cade Phillips
Key Returnees: SG Santiago Vescovi, SG/SF Josiah-Jordan James, PG Zakai Zeigler, C Jonas Aidoo, SG Jahmai Mashack, PF Tobe Awaka