On Wednesday, 247Sports released their final 2020 basketball team recruiting rankings, with Tennessee finishing at No. 4.
This is the highest-ranked recruiting class Tennessee has had since 2008 according to 247Sports. The Vols finish with the second-best recruiting class in the SEC behind Kentucky, who finished with the No. 1 class. 2020’s recruiting class was a special one for Rick Barnes and the Big Orange.
The Vols’ class consisted of two of the top-20 overall prospects in guards Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson. This class also includes 4-star PF Corey Walker, 3-star SF and football signee Malachi Wideman, as well as grad transfer EJ Anosike from Sacred Heart.
Springer was rated as the 14th best overall prospect in the 2020 class. He is regarded as a power guard who plays through contact and can score at all three levels. However, Springer has the potential of being a great defensive guard as well.
Johnson was rated as the 17th best overall prospect in the class. Johnson is known as a versatile player and an explosive athlete who can finish at the rim. Springer and Johnson will be adding talent and depth at the guard position that Vols didn’t have last season.
One could argue that this is the most talent the Vols have had at guard since the Bruce Pearl era.
Both Springer and Johnson will be competing for a starting five spot at guard.
Anosike, who is the brother of former Lady Vol legend Nicky Anosike, will be eligible immediately for the Big Orange. Anosike averaged 15.7 points and 11.6 rebounds last season for the Pioneers. While Anosike will most likely not be starting if Yves Pons decides to not remain in the NBA Draft, he will be an important contributor for the Vols this upcoming season.
With this talent coming in, the 2020-21 basketball season could be a special for Rick Barnes and the Vols.