Tennessee close to more basketball recruiting wins?

 Posted by at 2:19 PM on September 3, 2020
Sep 032020
 

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After snagging arguably the best point guard in the 2021 class and one year removed from a nationally ranked recruiting haul, Tennessee appears on the verge of more good fortune.

Predictions in favor of the Volunteers for two high-profile basketball prospects in the class of 2021 have been coming in over the past week.

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have both put in recent pro-Tennessee picks for Ryan Mutombo, the No. 87 overall player in the 2021 class and one of the most intriguing big men in that group. Evans switched from his previous pick of Georgetown, which is the alma mater of Mutombo’s father, NBA great Dikembe Mutombo.

Meanwhile, over on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page, several national analysts from that recruiting service have put in pro-Tennessee predictions for 2021 small forward Jahmai Mashack, who 247Sports ranks as the No. 43 overall player in the country. Bossi has also placed a recent prediction in Tennessee’s favor for Mashack.

Tennessee already has a commitment from five-star point guard and former Kentucky target Kennedy Chandler, the No. 12 player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. If the Vols add Mutombo and Mashack, they’d have the No. 6 class nationally, according to the 247Sports class calculator.

The Volunteers’ 2020 recruiting class was ranked No. 4 nationally and trailed only Kentucky’s class in the Southeastern Conference.

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