Rick Barnes brought in his most talented recruiting class to date on Rocky Top, and he has continued to make key additions to his team. There is no doubt that Barnes won the off-season, as he was able to land graduate transfer, E.J. Anosike, and star Forward, Yves Pons, made the decision to return to Tennessee for another season. Barnes also brought in a top-five recruiting class, and they are already bringing a competitive edge to Knoxville. Santiago Vescovi was available to the media yesterday, and he talked about how that was only going to help the Vols grow.
Vescovi was asked about the newcomers to which he responded, "Starting with Keon [Johnson], I think he's really athletic and he can also shoot the ball. I think he's really quick, strong, and he's also tall and long. He's a really good player. Jaden [Springer] is really talented. He's also athletic, but he just plays the way he feels and that makes him a really good player. His instincts are good. Corey Walker can really shoot the ball. He's also a big man, so he can really crash the board. Talking about E.J [Anosike], he's a unit. You cannot stop him going to the rim. I would rather just move to the side rather than staying in front of him. He's super strong, and he's really good at crashing the glass and getting offensive rebounds. He's also good at having the ball—he can read the defense and he can make good passes."
The depth and talent across the board at Tennessee should allow for competitive practices at Tennessee, day in and day out. Vescovi believes that to be the case, anyway.
He said, "They (practices) are really competitive, and that's what is going to make us be a really good team. Having the opportunity to compete everyday against each other is a good thing because we have a lot of talented players. Both the newcomers and people that have stayed are talented, and I believe that is what is going to make us grow every day."
Tennessee's full schedule has not yet been finalized for the 2020-2021 season, but it is safe to say that Rick Barnes and Company enter the season with high expectations.
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