After a crazy roller-coaster day, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Yves Pons, announced that he’s returning to Tennessee for his senior season.
Earlier on Monday, ESPN’s Sean Farnham tweeted out that Pons was returning to Tennessee then later took his tweet down saying “Pons was having second thoughts.” About an hour later, Farnham confirmed that Pons was returning to the Hill.
I’m back. GBO 🍊 pic.twitter.com/UyKjWn0T7B
— Yves (@Airpons) August 3, 2020
Pons was a projected late first-round NBA Draft pick to many experts. Some even had him joining forces with former Vol Grant Willams for the Boston Celtics. This is huge for Rick Barnes and company because with Pons’ return, they’re a top-10 team and Final Four contender.
Yes, don’t take that statement lightly when I say this team can make a Final Four run with Pons returning. I’m sure the majority of SEC teams that heard this news were cursing the basketball gods for Pons returning.
If you missed any of last season, Pons dominated on both sides of the court, averaging 10.8 PPG, 5 RPG and 2.4 BPG. Pons also tied the single-season Tennessee record for blocks in a season with 73.
Vol Nation buckle your seat belt because it’s about to be a wild and electrifying season!
The nation's most athletic player.
Back on Rocky Top.
— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) August 3, 2020