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UT Vols, Vanderbilt give Tennessee hoops big jolt next season


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Knoxville will have a national championship contender on the men’s side – assuming Schofield returns after going through the NBA draft process without an agent, which seems a safe assumption at this point –

And we’ll see if the Vols can handle a psychological turnaround, from proving wrong everyone who picked them No. 13 in the SEC to proving everyone right. If you’ve been checking out the “way too early preseason top-25” lists this week, you’ve noticed everyone has UT between No. 5 and No. 10 in the nation entering next season. That’s with no roster additions at this point, so there is indeed much work to be done to live up to that.

Bryce Drew’s Vanderbilt Commodores bring in the program’s first two McDonald’s All-Americans, with two more still in play, and could take the biggest leap in the sport next season.

Drew is bidding farewell to seniors Jeff Roberson, Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis. Three talented players who hung in there (until Fisher-Davis was injured and lost) through a tough season. But everyone is looking ahead on West End. A top-10 class headlined by Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy) and Simi Shittu (Saxtons River, Vt.) could become a top-two class if Romeo Langford (New Albany, Ind.) and E.J. Montgomery (Marietta, Ga.) sign on this spring.

Langford is going to play college basketball for a year and then go high in the draft. There was a ton of buzz about him choosing Vanderbilt in the fall, but if he’s going through with a big announcement in his hometown later this month, that suggests a Hoosier celebration.

And Memphis and Nashville both scored a Penny. Penny Hardaway’s takeover of the Tigers, after Tubby Smith’s ill-fitting tenure ended quickly, will put a national spotlight on Memphis next season. Brian “Penny” Collins will try to build on the ...

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